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Star Bar Spotlight: Michael Miller

January, 2012:  Mike Miller, California transplant, film industry veteran, recent Denver Post Ovation Award nominee and member of Springs Ensemble Theatre, hit the Springs scene in SET's inaugural production of Eric Bogosian's Talk Radio; his earthy, naturalistic style instantly made him a local heavy-hitter. His stint as Victor in Michael Hollinger's An Empty Plate in the Café du Grand Boeuf is his first time on the Star Bar stage.

How long have you been doing theatre?  Two years 3 months and 17 days.

What was your first role? I played the part of Bernardo Gui in St. Cecelia’s Parochial school musical rendition of Umburto Ecos “Name of the Rose”.

What was your most difficult role?All of them. I hate this sh!t. Then again, for a few brief moments…I don’t have to be me.

What was your most rewarding role?I made $140k on a movie once. Although I didn’t know it at the time, fluffing is very lucrative.

Worst onstage mishap: During the last performance of “Name of the Rose” we set fire to a kid named Tommy Gallager. He was playing the part of the hunchback and we were burning him at the stake and I “accidentally” set him on fire. Tommy was a dick. Nobody cared.

Most Terrifying Moment: Sister Mary pulled out a fire extinguisher during the Tommy Gallager incident and she almost got to pull the pin before she “accidentally” fell. It terrified all of us as Tommy was a dick and nobody cared whether he burned.

Funniest performance anecdote: During a performance of “The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire” one of the actors thought it would be funny to do his dialogue in Latin. All of us were stunned and there was a HUGE dead silence when he started. He eventually got back into the groove and although not funny to the rest of the actors at the time, we all got a big chuckle when the SM stuck a big Maglite flashlight up his ass after the last performance. To the best of my knowledge it’s still there.

Theatrical High point: Shots at Benny's after a performance. Surprisingly their dumpster is very comfortable.

You as a performer in three words: Really fulla crap

What do you want the audience to know about the current show? The writing is exceptional. It’s a wonderful read and a wonderful cast.

Tell us three things about you that have nothing to do with theatre:

When I was 7 years old I ate an entire 4 ½ horsepower Johnson outboard motor.

I was the spokesman for the Ronco Home Lobotomy kit.

I’ve never had an STD and hope to never have one again.

What's your Actor's Nightmare? Filling this out.