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University of Colorado theater students get special access to The Book of Mormon

Students go behind-the-scenes of hit Broadway show

8/14/2012
Matt Stone talks to CU students


By Amanda Heersink | University Communications

DENVER - The team of Matt Stone and Trey Parker is somewhat of a legend, espe​cially in Colorado.

The pair of CU Boulder alumni has been bringing their brand of humor to the small screen with "South Park," and now they've landed in Denver to open their Broadway mega-hit "The Book of Mormon."

Stone and Parker's Tony Award-winning adventure "The Book of Mormon" -- 2011 Tony for Best Musical - opens tonight at Denver's Ellie Caulkins Opera House.

CU Denver and CU-Boulder students got the opportunity for a behind-the-scenes look at the technical side of what goes into a Broadway show. The crew arrived in Denver last week for the first stop of the road-show tour.

“It was really interesting to see all the small details that go into one scene,” said CU Denver student Ryan Flint. More than 25 students were on hand to watch a technical run through of the first scenes of the show.

After the rehearsal, students were invited to sit down with three of the show's actors, Gavin Creel, Jared Gertner and Grey Henson, as well as the executive producer for "South Park" and "The Book of Mormon," Anne Garefino.

The actors had several words of wisdom for the aspiring theater students, “Be honest to yourself and things will always work out,” said Creel. Gertner added, “Everyone has their own path; you just need to stay on your own.”

“This show came together in a unique way; we kind of just held our breath and did it," said Garefino. "The process was different from any other show you will see.”

All of the students were invited to watch the final dress rehearsal on Monday night. “It is so much better than anything else on Broadway right now,” said Flint.

"The Book of Mormon" is running for the next three weeks, Aug. 14 – Sept. 2, at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. But getting tickets for the show might be difficult as more than 50,000 tickets sold out in less than five hours.

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Contact: amanda.heersink@ucdenver.edu​​​

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