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April E. Clark
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Colorado Mountain College senior Nick Galay, as Billy Claven, and Glenwood Springs' Kristin Carlson — who plays Billy’s Aunt Eileen — in CMC’s spring production, “The Cripple of Inishmaan.”

SPRING VALLEY, Colorado ” Nick Garay plays more than one role in Colorado Mountain College’s spring production, “The Cripple of Inishmaan.”

“I’m taking a theatre production class so I helped build the stage set and I’m appearing in the play,” said Garay, a CMC senior. “I’ve always liked the acting part.”

As the play’s lead character, Billy Claven, Garay is a relative newcomer to theater. He has one play on his resume as a castmember of Glenwood Springs High School’s 2005 production of “Les Miserables.”

“I’ve never had a lead role, so I’m pretty excited,” he said. “I was really glad to get it.”

Director Wendy Moore said she’s thrilled to help guide Garay and the “Inishmaan” cast in developing their characters.

“It has been amazing to watch the pros take the stage, play against each other and offer their expertise to the CMC students in the production,” she said. “The script is so well balanced that everyone has a place in the spotlight. The group is a large mutual admiration society.”

Like Moore, Kristin Carlson ” who plays Billy’s Aunt Eileen ” has enjoyed the camaraderie shared among the cast.

“It has been a wonderful ensemble of experience,” Carlson said. “It’s an incredibly well-written play. Every character is multi-layered ” there are no stick figures on stage. Everything is beautifully crafted.”

Carlson, of Glenwood Springs, is also relishing her return to CMC’s New Space Theater stage.

“Honestly for me, acting is a wonderful way to be someone else,” she said. “If we all stepped into someone else’s shoes we might have more empathy for each other.”

Moore said audiences should expect to be entertained as their imaginations are heightened in the Martin McDonagh-scripted play.

“It is a terrific script by an award-winning playwright, an engaging story that is filled with rich and interesting characters,” she said. “Expect to be taken into the world of the play, entangled in the story, entrapped by the characters and helped to laugh and perhaps cry.”

Admittedly a little nervous prior to Thursday’s opening night, Garay said he’s prepared for his lead role debut at CMC. He gives Moore credit for his metamorphosis.

“I was directed to memorize my lines as fast as I could so then I could start focusing on what my character becomes,” he said. “Wendy’s really fun to work with. She makes it a lot of fun. That’s what she said is most important. If we lose track of that there’s no point.”

The curtain opens for “The Cripple of Inishmaan” at 7 p.m. March 6-7 and March 12-14; with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, March 15. Tickets are $14 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. For reservations call 947-8258.

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