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Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre preps for summer

Nestled into the Rockies on the boardwalk-lined streets of Grand Lake lies the Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre (RMRT).

Starting June 12, RMRT will again fill the summer season in Grand Lake with music and dance, bringing professional off Broadway theatre performances to the western gateway of Rocky Mountain National Park.

For those who might have misconceptions about RMRT, the organization is not a community drama program. Rather RMRT employs professional actors, directors, costume creators and set designers. Each year RMRT holds auditions in multiple cities around the U.S. looking for talented thespians to bring to the high country for the season.

Returning this year as Artistic Director for RMRT is Michael Querio, now in his 20th year with RMRT. This will be Michel’s 11th year as Artistic Director. During his tenure he has helped produce over 50 stage productions, previously working as a music director and pianist and acting in such productions as West Side Story. While not in Grand Lake Querio lives in the Midwest.

“We are bringing back a couple of shows this year. We are excited to revisit them in our bigger space with our newer technology,” said Querio. “The whole audience experience is going to be fantastic.

Helping Querio in the technical portions of production will be Artistic Associate Jeff Duke, a 12-year veteran of RMRT. Leading up the scenic design and production design elements at RMRT is Production Manager and MIT instructor Kent Barrett. Barrett has eight years experience with RMRT.

Costume Designer Jesus Perez keeps the actors arrayed in the finest regalia. Perez lives in Chicago where he is the artistic director and co-founder of Chicago Kids Company, Theater for Children.

Over the course of the summer RMRT will feature four main productions: 42nd Street, The Addams Family, All Shook Up and Forever Plaid. The season kicks off with 42nd Street on June 12.

Set in 1933, 42nd Street is a celebration of Broadway itself and the dreams of those who seek it out. The G-rated production runs through Aug. 21.

Following up on a successful Broadway run in 2011 The Addams Family comes to Grand Lake with the famous characters beloved by Americans for over a generation. The PG production runs from June 19 through Aug. 20.

Starting July 3 is All Shook Up, inspired by the life and music of Elvis Presley. The production will feature classic Presley songs like “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Jailhouse Rock,” and the eponymous “All Shook Up”. The G rated production runs until Aug. 22.

Closing out the 2015 season for RMRT is “Forever Plaid,” a fun-loving musical review about a singing quartet whose careers come to a literal halt after their bus crashes on the way to their first concert. Featuring classic barbershop quartet harmonies and hits from the 1950s. “Forever Plaid” is G-rated and will run from Aug. 28 through Sept. 26.

Check out the RMRT Web site, http://www.rockymountainrep.com for more details and information. You can reach them by calling 970-627-3421. The Box Office at the theatre, located at 800 Grand Ave. in Grand Lake, will open Memorial Day weekend. Tickets can be purchased anytime on the website and by phone weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


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