Get to know George Zamarripa

George Zamarripa as The Piragua Guy, IN THE HEIGHTS

George Zamarripa as The Piragua Guy

Name: George A. Zamarripa
DOB: July 15
Hometown: Pueblo, Colorado
Education: BA, Sarah Lawrence College, Concentrations in Literature and Philosophy
Day Job: I manage marketing, recruitment, and communications for the International English Center at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Season: Fall
Movie: I’d have to say it’s a tie: Dangerous Liaisons and The House of Yes
Musical: A Chorus Line
Color: Red
Animal: Cats. My husband and I have two!
Book: Another tie: Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin and Beloved by Toni Morrison
Band: I’m good with ties: The Smiths and Depeche Mode
Song: Express Yourself by Madonna
Sport: What’s that?
Beverage: I love lots of different beverages of the adult variety. Right now, I’m really into Negronis (dry gin, vermouth rosso, and campari).
Pastime: Spending time with my husband Clay.

Piragua or Ice Cream? Why choose? Have both!
Dogs or cats? I love both, but we’re a cat household.
Beer or Wine? Depends on my mood and what I’m eating. Mostly wine, though.
Cake or Pie? Probably cake.
Sweet or Sour? Sweet
Coke or Pepsi? Coke, no question.
Spicy or Mild? Spicy!
Coffee or Tea? Coffee!
Boxers or Briefs? Briefs. Boxers are too bulky.
Piercings or Tattoos? Tattoos.
City or Country? I’m a city boy through and through.
Netflix or Hulu? At this point, you should know I don’t really like making choices.

You are stranded on a deserted island, what two items do you bring? My husband and my iPhone.
You win the lotto, how do you spend $96,000.00? Pay off bills and put the rest into investments. Boring, I know. OK, and maybe a trinket or two. Perhaps a European vacation.
When life hands you lemons? Throw them at your enemies!
Who is your hero? My father. He lived through a time where storefronts posted signs that read “No Mexicans.” He understood the value of a hard day’s work, the importance of family, and had the integrity and the guts to stand up for what he believed in. He was a WWII vet, a true role model, and I miss him very much.
What’s your biggest fear? Not being taken seriously.
What inspires you? Lots of things: music, film, raw talent, thoughtfulness, kindness, integrity, empathy, justice.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Happy, healthy, still performing, and happily married to the love of my life!
Can we follow you? FB? Twitter? Instagram? Follow me on Instagram: @gzam76
Why see IN THE HEIGHTS? In the Heights is a musical that celebrates the immigrant experience. It highlights the joys, the struggles, the relationships, the dreams, of a community living at the top of Manhattan in Washington Heights. The story reminds us of how interconnected our lives are, that communities and families rise and fall together, and that “home” is more than where you live. We’ve worked so hard to breathe life into these characters – to tell their stories with respect and love. We can’t wait to share their stories with you – to invite you to their home “at the top of the world.”


In the Heights

Get to know Dillon Colagrosso

Dillon Colagrosso as Sketch in HAIRSPRAY

Dillon Colagrosso as Sketch

Name: Dillon Colagrosso
DOB: July 16th, 1993
Hometown: Littleton, CO
Education: BFA in Theatre Performance, BA in Communications and a minor in Dance from CU Boulder
Day Job: Lifeguard at Student Recreation Center at CU Boulder

Season: Winter.
Movie: Se7en. “WHAT’S IN THE BOX?!?!”
Musical: Either Big Fish or In the Heights.
Color: Orange.
Animal: Wolf.
Book: The Bible. Specifically, Romans has really shaped me as a person.
Band: So tough! My favorites are Killswitch Engage and Breaking Benjamin, but lately I’ve been listening to a lot of Passion and Upon a Burning Body.
Song: “Our God” by Chris Tomlin.
Sport: Don’t tell football, but basketball has always been my #1 sport.
Beverage: Orange juice.
Pastime: Working out, reading, playing guitar, listening to music and podcasts, getting together with old friends.

Dogs or cats? Dogs.
Beer or Mixed Drinks? Beer, no question.
Cake or Pie? Cake.
Sweet of Sour? Sour.
Coke or Pepsi? Coke is America. Coke for sure.
Spicy or Mild? Spicy.
Coffee or Tea? Coffee, but now that I’ve graduated my coffee intake may decrease.
Boxers or Briefs? Briefs.
Piercings or Tattoos? Neither, but no judgement.
City or Country? City!
Netflix or Hulu? My parents Netflix account. Not paying for either.

It takes two to…? Alley-oop.
You can’t stop the…? High amount of people moving to Colorado. But hey, who wouldn’t want to live here?
You are stranded on a deserted island, what two items do you bring? A flare gun and a pack of flares.
When life hands you lemons? You got vitamin C! Yay for no sickness!
Who is your hero? Jesus Christ, my parents, and the Dance MFA students at CU Boulder. Those grad students are the most kind and talented people you’ll ever meet.
What’s your biggest fear? Sunburns.
What inspires you? My heroes.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Still listening to metal and cheering on my Denver professional teams.
Can we follow you? FB? Twitter? Instagram? Please do so! My professional page on facebook is “Dillon Colagrosso” (@dilloncolagrossoofficial) or my website
Why see HAIRSPRAY? Chrstiopher Whyde and Scott McLean are the cutest Edna and Wilbur.  The entire cast, crew, and creative team are the real deal.
HAIRSPRAY is set in 1962 Baltimore Maryland, what can this story teach us today? That the same racial tensions that are present in this play are still alive in 2017 America. It’s an awful truth that needs everyone’s attention and care to improve.