Grand County stages open for summer theatre |

Grand County stages open for summer theatre

by Cyndi Palmer
Sky-Hi Daily News

Grand County is lucky to have two theatre companies offering live theatre this summer. Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre returns to Grand Lake for its 40th summer season and the Grand Theatre Company, open year-round in Winter Park, is also pleased to announce a full summer schedule.

“This season is a winner,” said Michael Querio, artistic director entering his fourth year with the Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre in Grand Lake. The annual C Lazy U benefit dinner for the group is at 6 p.m. May 31 (limited tickets at $150) and a party to welcome him and the rest of the company is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m June 3 at the Daven Haven Back Street Steak House in Grand Lake. The welcome party includes light hors d’oeuvres, cash bar and entertainment by the RMRT troupe for a minimum $10 donation. The annual party is always a good time to meet everyone, especially new cast members.

The company’s first of four live theatre shows staged this summer will be “Oklahoma!,” opening June 13. Musical comedy “Urinetown” makes its debut before audiences in Grand Lake a week later. A Gotham-like city government decides to enforce a ban on private toilets after a 20-year drought and what ensues is “a satirical tale of greed, corruption, love and revolution.” Next on the RMRT program is “Big!

The Musical,” which opens July 5. Based on the hit movie from 1987 starring Tom Hanks, the story follows Josh Baskin, a boy who gets his wish to be a man. Then, RMRT’s 2008 fall production attempts to answer the question that is the title of the play, “Why Do Fools Fall In Love?” A mixture of comedy and drama, the show highlights love songs from the 1960s as four friends celebrate an upcoming wedding for one of them.

The theatre company celebrates 178 sell-out performances during the last three seasons. Patrons are encouraged to buy their tickets early. For more information, call (970) 627-5087 or visit Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre is a nonprofit Colorado corporation.

The Grand Theatre Company opens “Murder at The Howard Johnsons” June 13 on its stage in Winter Park, next to the Silver Screen Cinema. The play is a suspense comedy about a love triangle in a Howard Johnson Motor Inn. Other performances are scheduled June 14, 21 and 26, July 9, 12, 17, 20, 25 and 31, and Aug. 2, 7, 10, 15, 21 and 24.

“How I Became a Pirate” is the next show on the schedule, opening June 20. Based on the book by Melinda Long, the musical comedy takes a look at the life of a pirate. Other performances are scheduled June 25 and 28, July 3, 11, 16, 19, 24 and 27,

and Aug. 1, 6, 9, 14, 20 and 23.

Next, the Grand Theatre Company opens “Lucky Stiff” June 27. The play is “a very funny murder mystery farce about an unassuming English shoe salesman forced to take the corpse of his recently murdered Atlantic City croupier uncle on a week-long vacation to Monte Carlo.” If he succeeds, he’ll inherit $6 million, if not, the money goes to the Universal Dog Home of Brooklyn. Other shows are scheduled July 2, 5, 10, 13, 18, 23 and 26, and Aug. 3, 8, 13, 16 and 22.

Curtains open to “Over the Tavern” starting Aug. 29. The show tells the tale of the Pazinski family, which has a lot going on in their cramped Buffalo, N.Y. apartment. All hell breaks loose when the youngest starts to question family values and the Roman Catholic Church. Shows are scheduled Aug. 30, 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 and 27.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and students, and $12 for children 12 and under. Shows usually begin at 7 or 7:30 p.m. with earlier shows on Sundays. Seating is limited and tickets are on sale now. Audience members are also treated to a cocktail and dessert service throughout the show. For more information call (970) 726-5048 or visit The Grand Theatre Company is also a nonprofit Colorado company.