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Remembering Lucy

Remembering Lucy

Lucy Roucis - A True Grande Dame

We are heartbroken to share news of the sudden and unexpected death of longtime Phamaly actor, Lucy Roucis.

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Lucy Roucis as Princess Winifred with Jeremy Palmer as Prince Dauntless from Phamaly's Once Upon a Mattress.

Lucy was the epitome of the spirit and artistry of Phamaly…a true grande dame of our company and the Colorado theatre community. She performed in 43 Phamaly shows…more than any other actor. She was a key writer for years on Vox Phamalia and co-wrote on other projects, like Phamaly’s touring show Smile and Say Hello, the CineVox and Rewrite webseries, and many other events and outreach programs. She co-led education classes, and consistently worked with other Phamaly actors behind the scenes on honing their acting craft. She was a role model for fellow actors in Phamaly and beyond, and was admired and beloved by friends, critics, and audiences.

Phamaly has lost one of its most extraordinary and dedicated artists…an unmatched force of nature who was central to everything Phamaly has become. 

But we know at a moment like this, Lucy probably would have caught us off guard with an irreverent joke, funny face, or some dry wit accompanied by her low rumbling laugh. As we process through the sadness of no longer having her in person with us, we also celebrate her humor, artistry, energy, and talent that we were so fortunate to experience. The impact of her brilliance is forever imprinted on Phamaly and our community, and it will never be extinguished. 

We invite you to share in celebrating Lucy. Phamaly has created a virtual board where members of the community can post memories, photos, videos, and messages about Lucy. We also invite you to enjoy some of our filmed projects that featured Lucy.

In lieu of flowers the family asks people to make donations to either Phamaly or to the Michael J. Fox Foundation.

Below is information about the celebration of Lucy's life. Together with Lucy's family and friends, Phamaly is planning to honor Lucy through multiple events this spring and summer. Events will be open to all that loved her, so that we can give her the curtain call she deserves.

We are so grateful for the time that we got to share with her, as well as our good fortune to have gotten so many incredible moments with Lucy in our Phamaly family. 

“No more despair, or burdens to bear…out there in the yonder…”

We love you, Lucy.


Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds Video Description: Above is a music video cover of the song “Lucy In the Sky with Diamonds” filmed inside a domestic setting. There are several black and white shots of instruments like drums and guitar paired with full-color portrait style shots of multiple individuals singing. The singers include many in the “Phamaly family” and are varying in age, gender, color, and disability.