Guests tonight are Channel 9 personality Kirk Montgomery, musicians John Common and Jessica DeNicola, and Captain Corelli's Mandolinprov, a loose improvisatory aggregation that includes area actors Matt Zambrano, Jessica Austgen and Geoffrey Kent. "They do this abridged version of It's a Wonderful Life with audience suggestions, and it's completely improvised," Trevathan says, adding that they'll return for the second show, along with the Lounge Lizards and the Tommy Freed Band.
But the biggest reason that Trevathan, Hinshaw and Padilla keep polishing Balls! is to promote the spirit of giving--in this case, to Project Angel Heart, the event's fundraising recipient--in a painless atmosphere: "This is not one of those swank $75-per-ticket events; it's only $15," Trevathan points out. "Part of what we're doing is giving people the opportunity to experience something and be a philanthropist at the same time." The silly puppets, improv and impromptu holiday haikus promised just make it that much more worth-while.
Start giving tonight at 7 p.m. at Lannie's Clocktower Cabaret, 1601 Arapahoe Street; reserve tickets ($15 in advance, $20 at the door) at www.lannies.com or call 303-293-0075.
Mon., Dec. 12, 7 p.m.; Mon., Dec. 19, 7 p.m., 2011