Grand Lake: Rehearsals begin for 2009 summer theatre season |

Grand Lake: Rehearsals begin for 2009 summer theatre season

Autumn Phillips
Sky-Hi Daily News
Grand Lake, Colorado

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The actors at the Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre hit the stage running.

They arrive in Grand Lake Friday, and their first rehearsal is Saturday.

They will rehearse for 12 hours a day ” 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. – until opening night for their first show, which opens in 13 days.

“Then it’s seven days to our second show,” said RMRT managing director, Chad Scott.

It takes a certain kind of person to handle the rigors of that kind of schedule, live in close quarters for the summer with 14 other actors in an unfamiliar town and still put on a great performance.

That’s why, when the staff holds auditions in Chicago, Memphis and St. Louis, they look for more than talent.

“We audition 1,500 actors and choose the top 15,” Scott said. “Not only do they have to hit that high C note, they have to pass the ‘sparkle’ test as my wife, Sally, calls it.

“We hire talented people that are also good people who belong in Grand Lake.”

By the end of the summer, the cast has become a family,” Scott said.

Cast members are mostly college juniors and seniors majoring in musical theatre and performing arts, with a few graduates already working as professional actors.

They live together in the Betty Dick Off-Broadway Cabins in Grand Lake behind the hardware store.

This year, in addition to the 15 actor cast and the five professional musicians, the season will be created with the help of technical theatre faculty members and students from the University of Colorado at Denver.

RMRT will stage four Broadway musicals this summer: “Brigadoon” opens June 12, “Pirates of Penzance” opens June 20, “All Shook Up”, the Elvis Presley musical, opens July 3 and “The Andrews Brothers”, a musical tribute to the ’30s and ’40s USO era, opens Aug. 22.

Opening nights for the first two shows are already sold out.

To reserve tickets, call (970) 627-3421.

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