Winter Park: Curtain falls on Grand Theatre Company March 21
February 20, 2009
The stage curtains will fall to the Grand Theatre Company’s last show March 21, at least in the space it has occupied for the past four years.
“Due to the small number of donors and the present economic situation, it has become necessary to close our doors,” announced company owners Tanny and Kimberlee Nanda. “We would like to take a moment to thank all the locals and visitors of this amazing adventure of a lifetime. Thanks to all of you that have given so generously to our non-profit organization. … We are so grateful for the opportunity to share our dream with the people of this community.”
Kimberlee said the company has had a “fantastic” four years. Since 2005, the Grand Theatre Company has produced over 30 full-length plays, and has hosted at least a dozen concerts. “What an incredible and diverse line-up, and we couldn’t have done it without you.”
When the Nandas decided not to renew their lease at the theater suites in Winter Park, they asked their loyal sponsors what they wanted to see this spring. Top votes went to “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change,” which opened last week.
With the impending closure, this next month is one of the last chances to catch it and the company’s second spring offering, “Best of the Best,” which opens Feb. 26. The feature was easily voted a favorite-show runner-up, the Nandas said.
The play includes favorite scenes, songs, and dances from some of the company’s most talked-about productions including “Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know,” “Hank Williams,” “Cabaret,” “Golf the Musical,” and “All in the Timing.” Cast includes the Nanda couple, as well as local talents Melanie Horton and Randel Davis.
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Tanny said the show will live up to its title, presenting the best songs and scenes from The Grand Theatre Company’s long lineup. The dedicated team will present numbers like “Golf the Musical,” “Hank Williams: The Lost Highway,” “All in the Timing,” “Little by Little,” “Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know,” “A Year With Frog and Toad,” “Schoolhouse Rock Live!,” “Cabaret,” “How I Became a Pirate,” “Romantic Fools,” “The James Taylor/Carol King Tribute,” and “Honky Tonk Laundry.” The show is rated PG.
“Best of the Best” runs in rotation with “Perfect” through March 20. Dates are Feb. 26 and 28, and March 6, 12, 14, and 20. “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change,” about the aspects of love, relationships and marriage opened Feb. 6 and will run it through March 21. The fast-paced musical comedy was written by Joe DiPietro with music by Jimmy Roberts. It is rated for mature audiences with adult language and themes. Dates are Feb. 21 and 27, and March 5, 7, 13, 19 and 21.