Ahoy! Grand County youth take the RMRT stage in Grand Lake this weekend
July 31, 2009
The spotlight hits Grand County’s 11- to 13-year-olds this weekend as Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre’s Youth Theatre Production performs To Be or Not To Be A Pirate?
The 35 workshop participants have been rehearsing the full-length musical for three weeks. In addition to learning their lines and musical numbers, the young actors have also been learning audition technique, stage blocking and performance style.
To Be or Not To Be A Pirate? That is the question for teenage heartthrob Frank, a dashing young actor with the starring role in The Fearsome Pirate Frank Show back in the days of Shakespeare. Frank and his supporting cast of pirate actors, including prima donna Esmerelda, get kidnapped by real pirates and find themselves swabbing the decks of the REAL pirate Frank. Join the crew of singing nightmare sailors, zombie pirates, sirens and even Spiderman in this zany musical romp.
“You won’t believe your eyes,” says RMRT Program Administrator Sally Scott. “The costumes, the musical numbers, the talent – this show should not be missed. Grand County has so many talented young actors.” Participants in RMRT’s Youth Theatre Production include: Becca Bretz, Alissa Brown, Kaitlynd Burmaster, Kipp Dearduff, Lexie Dill, Austin Dobby, Georga Feek, Callie Hale, Darby Hartman, Whitney Huffines, Jessica Kemp, Damien Kern, Mark Knight, Kaylee Langlois, Max Leman, Kaya Love, Jacob Magee, Amelia Matteson, Jesse McClain, Chelsea McManigal, Chloe McManigal, Nelson Mitchell, Logan Miller, Ben Morgan, Erin O’Conner, Haley Olson, Sophia O’Malley, Jafei Polliet, Mia Rosacci, Hana Rupp, Gabby Strauss, Erika Taylor, Julia Tekansik, Allen Waters-Nutter and Kendra Witt.
RMRT welcomes Scott Haden, RMRT alumni from 1997, as director of To Be or Not To Be A Pirate. The YTP is staffed by members of RMRT’s 2009 company including Erin Crabb – Musical Director, Katharine McEnery – Assistant Director and Chelsea Barker – Choreographer.
The Youth Theatre Programs would like to thank its official sponsors: White Fence Farm, The Bear’s Den, High Plains Pediatric Therapy, The Grand Foundation, Mountain Park Electric, Independent Sports Club and Wells Fargo Bank.
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The 35 young performers will amaze audiences on Saturday, Aug. 1, at 2 p.m. and twice on Sunday, Aug. 2, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
“In all my years of directing, I can’t remember a more talented and enthusiastic group. This cast is pure dynamite,” says Haden.
Call the RMRT Box Office at (970) 627-3421 to reserve your seats. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children 14 and younger.