The Northglenn Arts and the Northglenn Youth Theatre and Academy programs know that this year has been especially challenging for the high school seniors, many of whom were robbed the opportunity of taking their final bows whether with us or in their school productions.

So we wanted to give them each a moment in the spotlight.  We’ll honor these incredible people and their time with NYT every other day throughout what would normally be the graduation season.

Here’s to you – may your futures remain bright, your lights still shine and dreams continue to grow as you head into the next chapter of your creative lives!

May 26

Liam DeLude

Stargate Charter School  – Class of 2020

Plans: Work as a Personal Trainer for a year and then attend MSU     Major: Athletic Science     Minor: Business

NYT Credits

2011 – Seussical, 2012 – Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, 2013 – Twinderella, Shrek, 2014 – History Hunter, Anne of Green Gables, 2015 – Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, 2018 – Big Fish

Awards

Most Improved Actor (Big Fish)

What was your favorite NYT memory?

Having four guys help him put his pant on with the stilts on!

Which costume was your favorite?  Least favorite?

Carl the Giant because he got to run around on stilts.  Least favorite costume was Junk Man from Chitty because it was really hot and had a lot of layers.

Advice for a NYT newbie?

When getting into character, run a conversation through your head with your character and another character visualizing facial expression and body movement with the conversation.

Shout outs:

Shout out to Kimberly for being an amazing director and helping to inspire me to be an amazing person.

May 23

Ella Galaty

Denver School of the Arts  – Class of 2020
Plans: Attending Tulane University in the Fall

NYT Credits:

Seussical the Musical (2011), Wind in the Willows (2012), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat (2012), Alice in Wonderland (2013), Shrek (2013), Mary Poppins (2017)

Awards:

Directors Choice Award (Mary Poppins)
I won the Banana Contest twice 🙂

What was your favorite NYT memory?

Oh goodness! I’ve had the pleasure of doing shows at NYT since I was NINE! So there are endless beautiful memories. One of my favorites has to be sitting at Applebee’s on 11/11/2011 at 11:11 and celebrating with all my cast mates! Also, obviously biting on the lifesavers in the dark bathroom to see if they would glow. AND doing the Step In Time dance with no music – what a wonderful ensemble moment.

Which costume was your favorite?  Least favorite?

DEFINITELY my pink dress I wore in Mary Poppins during Step In Time, and my Gingy costume in Shrek (wearing a giant cooking pan is a once in a life time opportunity).
Least Favorite Costume – I loved every single costume I had at NYT. I mean it. However, wearing three dresses at once for my quick changes in Mary Poppins got toasty!!

Advice for a NYT newbie?

Enjoy every moment with these people. Laugh a LOT. Take risk! Make memories. Run around as fast as you can after bows so you can get a good spot on the stairs to see the audience members. Do the banana contest. Jam to music before shows. Be yourself. This time goes by so fast, and it’s important that you cherish all of it! I have made so many friends, memories, and self-discoveries through my time at NYT and I encourage you to let yourself do the same.

Shout outs:

Thank you to every single person who stuck by me throughout my artistic journey. Angela, wow you got me out of my shell and taught me to take risks as a dancer!!!! You are a beautiful human, and I am forever grateful for the love you have given me. Kim, you inspire me every day, as an artist and person. Thank you for pushing me so hard, and believing in me since the beginning. I can’t wait to give you the biggest hug. I love you! To all my cast mates in Mary Poppins: I LOST THE GAME! You guys are my family. I love you all forever.

May 21

Zoe Ackerman

Homeschool/APEX Enrichment Program  – Class of 2020
Plans: Attending Grand Canyon University    Major: History, Minor: Theater

Credits:

NYT: 2018 – Big Fish (tech), Peter Pan (tech); 2019 – The Little Mermaid (tech)

NYTA Camp Shows:  2017 – The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet; 2018 – Spamalot; 2019 – The Magical Land of Oz

What was your favorite NYT memory?

All of them! I cherish every moment in that theatre! The first time I stepped on stage I was a duckie in my kindergarten class performance and you could really tell that I was meant to be on stage.  I was the most enthusiastic duck there.

Advice for a NYT newbie?

As soon as you get into a show you’re instantly family. I was welcomed into the crazy NYT/NYTA family – you’ll be at home right away.  Don’t be afraid to stand out. Like Christina Roberts says, “be wrong and strong!” Just be yourself, you are amazing the way you are!

Shout outs:

I just wanted to say thank you to the amazing staff at the Rec Center for dealing with a bunch of crazy kids constantly!  Thank you to the wonderful Christopher Waller, Rebekah Atwell, Kim Jongejan, Angila Waldman, Christina Roberts and David Moyer, and Candace Duke for all these amazing years!  I love and miss all of my peers and mentors so much!

May 19

Logan Jones

Pomona High School  – Class of 2020

NYT Credits:

Alice in Wonderland (2013), Shrek (2013), Narnia (2014), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (2015) , Catch Me If You Can (2016), Into the Woods (2017), Big Fish (2018), BIG* (2020)

NYT Awards:

Most Improved x 2 (Alice in Wonderland, Into the Woods)

What was your favorite NYT memory?

My favorite memory is my scene with Alexa in Into the Woods where I say, “I was raised to be charming, not sincere.”

Which costume was your favorite?  Least favorite?

My favorite costume was the Childcatcher in Chitty. My least favorite costume was the “family tree” costume in Catch Me.

Advice for a NYT newbie?

Don’t be afraid to fail when trying something new.

Shout outs:

Thanking my dad for having my back no matter what and also shouting out my Instagram because I need more followers @kurtisjjones (crylaughing emoji).

   

May 16

Andrew Hensel

Horizon High School  – Class of 2020
Plans: Attending University of Northern Colorado    Major: Musical Theatre

NYT Credits:

Alice in Wonderland (2013), Twinderella (2013), Shrek (2013), Narnia (2014), History Hunter (2014), Anne of Green Gables (2014), The Magical Lamp of Aladdin (2015), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (2015), Catch Me if You Can (2016), Into the Woods (2017), Mary Poppins (2017), Big Fish (2018), Freaky Friday (2019), The Little Mermaid (2019)

NYT Camp Shows:

Unmurdered (2016), The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet (2017)

Awards:

NYT Awards: Director’s Choice for Excellence (Big Fish and Freaky Friday)
NYA Awards: Outstanding Supporting Actor (Big Fish)

What was your favorite NYT memory?

My favorite memory has to be playing “Where’s Andrew” around the theatre, it’s been one of my most prominent memories and it became a constant “To Do” at least once for every show I was in for the last 3 years. It was always a great way to have fun with all of the cast.

Which costume was your favorite?  Least favorite?

My favorite has to be Will Bloom’s Yeehaw outfit. Completely out of character for him and for me and we unequivocally cowboy-ed up. It made me so happy to put that crazy cowboy costume on every night.  My least favorite has to be Prince Eric’s VERY open shirt. It was very loose and airy but very VERY open. Cause who doesn’t love putting makeup on their chest right?

Advice for a NYT newbie?

Don’t waste your time trying to be like the people around you, just be yourself, because when you mold yourself to others standards, you start to lose sight of yourself. Have fun and enjoy this time with your theatre family.

Shout outs:

I would like to shout out several people. First, my family for tolerating my loud singing and my proneness to being angry when I perform and coming to every single show I’ve ever done. Kim, Rebekah, Angila, Jeremy, and Christopher, you have all given me so much over these last 6 years and I am incredibly thankful for you all. Debbie, it just so happens that some of my best memories are from me wearing your costumes, you have shown me so much kindness, and taught me so much, I’m so grateful for each moment. Finally, Alexa and the Rodriguez’s. You have all been so accepting of me since I met you all, even when I’m slithering around the theater, I couldn’t have prayed for a better best friend, and I’m so happy I got to spend all of these years getting to know you and your family. I love you all very much, and from the bottom of my heart. Thank you.

May 14

Kate Shoulders

Monarch High School  – Class of 2020
Plans: To take a year off and then pursuing a musical theatre degree
*Kate has the honor of being with NYT the longest of all the graduates this year!

NYT Credits:

Willy Wonka (2010), Sound of Music (2011), Seussical (2011), A Midsummer Night’s Midterm (2012), Alice in Wonderland (2013), Shrek (2013), Narnia (2014), Magical Lamp of Aladdin (2015), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (2015), Doctor Dolittle (2016), Into the Woods (tech-2017), Freaky Friday (2019)

What was your favorite NYT memory?

My favorite moments include cracking Lifesavers in the dark of the girls bathroom to see if they glowed, circle up before a show to pass the squeeze, and chillin’ with the tech peeps for Into the Woods.

Which costume was your favorite?  Least favorite?

I had so many great costumes so it’s impossible to pick one.  I really loved all my costumes from Sound of Music and having so many quick changes was actually quite fun.  I loved the Cobweb costume for Midsummer’s and teasing my hair into a massive tangled mess, even if it took forever to take out.  And the letterman with track pants for Freaky Friday was also quite comfortable.

My least favorite costume was probably my monkey costume in Dr. Dolittle.  It looked really cool, but wearing a skin tight brown morph suit as an insecure preteen was definitely not my favorite thing in the world.  The mask, as epic as it was, also didn’t fit my little head very well and I couldn’t see much without my glasses on.

Advice for a NYT newbie?

One of the biggest things that took me FOREVER to learn is to not compare your abilities to that of others.  As an actor, it’s easy to get discouraged when we see people who may seem more talented or may get more leads but the truth is you are exactly where you need to be.  Never stop reaching for your goals and know that every single thing you do is a learning experience.  Every audition you go to makes you that much better of an actor, even if you don’t get the role.  As long as you love the craft and dedicate your time to it, then you will continue to grow and more opportunities will present themselves.  So get out there, make friends, have fun, be yourself, and never stop learning.

Shout outs:

  •  Angila: thank you for being so patient and always answering my “which foot do we start with” questions because I simply cannot remember choreography.  The dance portion was always my favorite part of callbacks.
  •  Christopher: thank you for all the amazing lighting and set designs you’ve done for basically every NYT production I’ve been a part of.  I’ll never forget the time in Into the Woods when the lights for Act 2 weren’t cued and you magically finished it as I frantically flipped through your script.  That was probably one of the most stressful moments of my life but wow that sunset fade you did was mind blowing.  I’m really gonna miss you.
  •  Kim and Rachel: thank you so much for everything you’ve taught me throughout the years.  You guys were my biggest role models as a kid and never ceased to put a smile on my face.  I’ll miss all the crazy stories that made me laugh and the dictionary of new words that you guys would make up.  I am so grateful for every production you allowed me to be a part of that made me fall in love with theatre, find great friends, and make great memories.  I’ll never forget you guys.

 

May 12

Alexa Rodriguez

Mountain View High School – Class of 2020
Plans: Attending AMDA – New York City

NYT Credits:

Thoroughly Modern Millie (2015), The Magical Lamp of Aladdin (2015), Catch Me if You Can (2016), Into the Woods (2017), Big Fish (2018), Freaky Friday (2019), The Little Mermaid (2019)

NYT Awards:

Spirit of NYT (Freaky Friday), Above and Beyond (The Little Mermaid)
National Youth Arts Awards: Outstanding Lead Performance in a Musical (Freaky Friday)

What was your favorite NYT memory?

My favorite NYT memory was definitely being able to play Ariel in The Little Mermaid this past fall. The Little Mermaid is one of my all-time favorite movies and she’s always been one of my favorite Disney Princesses. It was just so life changing and truly beautiful getting to walk out after every single performance and meet everyone in the audience, especially the little kids who came to see the production.

Which costume was your favorite?  Least favorite?

I actually have a tie for my favorite costume. One of my favorite costumes (which is also a costume I now have at my house since our amazing costumer, Debra Faber, allowed me to keep it) was definitely my wedding dress in The Little Mermaid. I only had the costume on for 5 minutes at the most, but the dress was absolutely elegant and had like the longest train in the world. My other favorite had to be my Cheryl Ann costume in Catch Me If You Can. You can never go wrong with white GoGo boots!

It’s hard to pick a least favorite costume because I’ve had so many amazing costumes throughout my time at NYT, but if I did have to choose one it would be my Witch costume in Big Fish. It was just so many layers, a lot of weight and I didn’t have a lot of stage time in Big Fish so I wasn’t able to really show off the absolutely gorgeous costume it was.

Advice for a NYT newbie?

Theatre is such an honor to be able to participate in it. Don’t ever be afraid to just go for it! Reach for the stars! The feeling you get when you’re on that stage will always be so gratifying and once you feel it, you’ll immediately become addicted to it. Audition for anything and everything you can. I started performing on the stage when I was just 2 years old and now that I’m nearly 18, I just can’t seem to stop. I know that you won’t be able to stop theatre either. Get into dance classes, take acting classes, get voice lessons, just do whatever you want to do. I will always tell anyone who is thinking about doing theatre to just do it and to never give up on your dreams. Any dream can become a reality with the right amount of work ethic and hope!

Shout outs:

I want to shout out Jeremy Kurn and Carla Baldwin for being amazing vocal directors there at Northglenn; Debra Faber and again Carla Baldwin for making gorgeous costumes that I’ll never forget; Christopher Waller for always being like a brother to me throughout these years and for making INCREDIBLE sets; Kristin Fernandez and Rebekah Attwell for being amazing and absolutely hilarious stage managers; Angila Waldman for being my dance teacher for the past 6 years, for being an amazing choreographer and for always being one of my biggest supporters throughout everything. I want to shout of Victoria Pace who was the director in The Little Mermaid and who became a major inspiration to me. I want to shout out all of the amazing people I’ve had the pleasure of sharing the stage with at NYT and everyone who has ever done tech crew with NYT. I want to shout out my amazing family, my brother who has done sound and light for NYT, my amazing parents who were always willing to drive me to Northglenn from Johnstown for every rehearsal and my boyfriend Andrew who has been my best friend ever since we first did Aladdin together and who is also a senior with NYT. To Kim Jongejan who has been such an amazing director at NYT and who has always pushed me in every single role I’ve had the pleasure of playing.  Lastly, I want to shout out God for giving me the amazing talent that I have.

May 9

Lina Tagestad

Horizon High School – Class of 2020
Plans: Attending Colorado State University          Major: Biology and Music

NYT shows:

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (2015), Doctor Dolittle (2016), Into the Woods (Tech-2017), Mary Poppins (2017), Big Fish (2018), Peter Pan (2018), Freaky Friday (2019), The Little Mermaid (2019), Big* (2020)

What was your favorite NYT memory?

Lying around onstage before a performance of Into the Woods with the tech crew.

Which costume was your favorite?  Least favorite?

My maid dress for Liza in Peter Pan was my favorite.
Under penalty of the “wrath” of Debbie, I think I’ll avoid saying which one was my least favorite!

Advice for a NYT newbie?

 Don’t be worried about not making an audition; just get out there and see what happens! If you don’t put yourself forward, you’ll regret the missed opportunity even more.

Shout outs:

Kimberly and all of the NYT staff for giving us all these amazing opportunities!

Fun Fact:

Lina has been in 13 Missoula productions here at the DL Parsons Theatre in addition to her 9 NYT shows. Her first one was “Rumpelstiltskin,” in June of 2008 when she was 6 years old and she played a Busy, Busy Bee.

May 7

Janelle Nichols

Colorado Early College – Class of 2020
Plans: Attending Community College of Denver          Major: Dental Hygiene

NYT shows:

Seussical (2011), Wind in the Willows (2012), Alice in Wonderland (2013), Narnia (2014), Thoroughly Modern Millie (2015),  Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (2015), Catch Me if You Can (Tech – 2016), Doctor Dolittle (Tech – 2016 ), Into the Woods (Tech – 2017), Mary Poppins (2017), Big Fish (2018), Freaky Friday (2019), Big* (2020)

What was your favorite NYT memory?

My favorite NYT memory would be the improvised no music version of Step in Time. I remember waiting for the music to come on and thinking what are we going to do. Then Hunter started singing and we all joined in. We continued to do the dance without any music. It was so beautiful to witness the teamwork of the cast in that moment.

Which costume was your favorite?  Least favorite?

I think my favorite costume would be my Naiad costume from Narnia. It would flow with me as I did my dance and it helped me to really embody water.
My least favorite costume would be the card costume from Alice in Wonderland. It had a chain that would dig into your neck and the “card” part was very cumbersome and would give you paper cuts if you weren’t careful.

Advice for a NYT newbie?

As cheesy as it sounds, the advice I would give is to believe in yourself! There were some many times I would not audition for a show because I thought I wouldn’t get in. I had to push myself outside of my comfort zone and just go for it.

Shout outs:

I would like to give a shout out first to Kimberly, Angila and Christopher. These three people have taught me so much over the years and encouraged me to do things I never thought I could do. Second, I would like to give a shout out to the casts I have been a part of. They always made me feel like a part of a family and have been there for me in crazy times.

Fun Fact:

I once ran into someone’s grandma with a motorized snail and I will never live it down. I have also completed 63 college credits before graduating high school.

May 5

Emily Skinner

Peak to Peak Charter School – Class of 2020
Plans: Attending Colorado Mesa University           Major: Musical Theatre

NYT shows:

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (2015), Into the Woods (2017), Big Fish (2018), Peter Pan (2018), Freaky Friday (2019), The Little Mermaid (2019), Big* (2020)

What was your favorite NYT memory?

My favorite memory from NYT was probably the closing night of “Big Fish.” I was onstage behind the door during “How It Ends” and it was so emotional and incredible.

Which costume was your favorite?  Least favorite?

My favorite costume was my seagull costume!!! It was big and poofy and definitely the most comfortable out of all of my costumes in Little Mermaid.
My least favorite costume was my corset in Into the Woods because it was so tight!
Advice for the Newbies:  Advice I would give is to trust the process and take every opportunity you can get.  Being optimistic and respectful through the process is also important.

Shout outs:

Thank you to Kim and the NYT team for always supporting me and for making me fall in love with theatre.  Thank you to my family for driving me to rehearsals before I got my license and for putting up with me singing and dancing around all the time.  Thank you to my NYT friends, for loving me and supporting me no matter how crazy things got!

Fun Fact:

Here is a picture of Emily’s girl scout troupe getting a backstage tour of NYT’s “Beauty and the Beast” (2009)  She’s in 1st grade.  Little did she know that she’d be scoring lead roles on that very stage just a few years later!   ~ Kimberly

May 3

Aunya Mallick

Legacy High School – Class of 2020
Plans: Attending University of Northern Colorado            Major: Early Childhood Education

NYT shows:

Shrek (2013), Thoroughly Modern Millie (2015), Catch Me if You Can (2016), Peter Pan (2018), Freaky Friday (2019)
NYTA Camp: Spamalot (2018), Tarzan (2017), Beauty and the Beast (2016)

What was your favorite NYT memory?

Favorite NYT memory is learning stage combat for Peter Pan!

Which costume was your favorite?  Least favorite?

My favorite costume was for Tiger Lily.  My least favorite costume was the Dulocian dress in Shrek.

What advice do you have for a young actor just new to the process?

Show love to everyone! You are going to make some of the best friends of your life here, and everything you do should be for the betterment and growth of the entire cast and production.

Shout outs:

Big shout outs to Kimberly and Angila for being the most inspiring and patient teachers I’ve ever had the pleasure of learning from, and to everyone that’s contributed to making this program successful time and time again.  Also thank you to all my friends who never fail to put a smile on my face and give me somewhere I belong. <3

May 1

Peyton Mazza

Horizon High School – Class of 2020
Plans: Attending University of Northern Colorado              Major: Musical Theatre

NYT shows:

The Magical Lamp of Aladdin (2015), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (2015), Mary Poppins (2017)

What was your favorite NYT memory?

My favorite NYT memory was doing the banana contest for the first time during Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.  I thought it was so much fun to see everyone’s ideas and I had a great time putting a banana in Barbie clothes!

Which costume was your favorite?  Least favorite?

The Mary Poppins costumes I wore for Mrs. Banks were absolutely gorgeous!! I loved all the pretty dresses I got to wear – it made me feel like a princess.  There weren’t any costumes I disliked, but during Mary Poppins there was a scene where I had to have on 3 layers of heavy skirts so I could do a quick change, it got very warm.

What advice do you have for a young actor just new to the process?

My biggest piece of advice is to be yourself!  This is a pretty common one, but it can be pretty easy to compare yourself to others, but it is so important to remember that everything happens for a reason.  If you ever doubt yourself, it’s important to remember that you were cast for a reason!  And above everything else, have fun!!  Theatre should be an outlet for you to relieve stress, do something you love and have tons of fun while doing it.

Shout outs:

I want to shout out everyone on the creative team who help make the shows come to life.  I think it’s easy to focus on the success of the actors, but the shows wouldn’t be as amazing as they are without the technicians, directors and musicians.  Thank you all so very much!!!