Play On, Players

All along, the plan was to choose just six acts for the Play It Forward talent showcase. “But there was just so much good talent” among the 32 submissions, says Rebecca Saltman of A Foot in the Door Productions, that organizers went with eight.

A fundraiser for the Women With a Cause Foundation’s WE Initiative, which helps provide economic support to women here and around the world, the semi-formal, gala-style event features an open bar and silent auction, cuisine prepared by ten local chefs, and dancing until midnight. But the main event is the talent showcase, judged by a host of local celebrities, including Maggie Roswell (voice artist for The Simpsons), Jake Schroeder (Opie Gone Bad), Kirk Montgomery (9News) and Wende Curtis (Comedy Works).

“If you’ve seen America’s Got Talent,” explains Saltman, “it’s that kind of format,” — but without the rampant belligerence and Gong Show-style Xs and humiliation, which means the celebrity judges will talk with the performers and the emcee, and “they’ll all play off each other,” she says. Along with the audience, the judges will also select the top three entertainers, who will take home a combined $5,000 for their chosen charities or scholarship funds.

Play It Forward begins at 6 p.m. in the Seawell Ballroom at the Denver Performing Arts Complex. Tickets are $150, or $75 for young professionals under 35; for more information, go to or call 303-675-0405.
Fri., Feb. 18, 6 p.m., 2011

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