Grand Lake " Rocky Mountain Repertory Theater unveils capital fund drive |

Grand Lake " Rocky Mountain Repertory Theater unveils capital fund drive

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Rocky Mountain Repertory THEATER has announced a $5.5 million capital campaign to fund a 300-seat theater complex in Grand Lake.

The announcement came in the midst of a July 11 block party held on the site where the new THEATER will be built and was attended by people from across Grand County and beyond.

“So much credit goes to our dear friend and board member, Suzi Maki, who chaired this event and whose energy and leadership resulted in a perfect afternoon,” said Executive Director Carol Wolff.

“RMRT is so pleased to have progressed to the public portion of this campaign and now be able to share the architect’s rendition of RMRT’s soon-to-be new home” said Board President and Capital Campaign Chair Judy Jensen.

RMRT is in its 40th year of developing interest in the performing arts in Grand County and the region through its live theatrical productions, which each summer and fall provide two dozen or so young professional actors and musicians a chance to hone their skills under the direction of RMRT’s professional staff.

Added to its mission in 1998 was a commitment to area youth with implementation of the Youth THEATER Program, directed by Sally Scott, geared to providing them with THEATER education and an appreciation for the performing arts.

Upon receiving an anonymous generous gift to purchase the site, the RMRT Board of Trustees commissioned Semple Brown Designs, a Denver architectural firm specializing in theater design, to draft the new theater floor plan and exterior renderings. The Board also retained Aspen International Consulting, a Denver fundraising and public relations firm, to assist in RMRT’s “Raise the Curtain! – A New Stage for RMRT Capital Campaign.”

Chad Scott who now wears the hat of Capital Campaign Manager in addition to his role as managing director said, “What we do is not about buildings but about bringing the finest theater we can produce to the very most people. This campaign will buy the bricks and mortar and all the tools necessary for our staff and artists to deliver the best possible theater experience.”

“But it all comes down to money, doesn’t it?” said board vice-president Susan Brandt. Isn’t that always the way of things? At the public announcement, Chad Scott informed the crowd that RMRT had already raised $2.2 million in its quiet phase. Said Chad, “Imagine what we can do when we’re loud.”

Judy Jensen also announced a challenge gift that has been given to RMRT. If $500,000 can be raised by the end of the year, the donor will match this amount with another $500,000 gift to the campaign.

Chad Scott also announced RMRT’s recent Colorado Enterprise Zone Status, which offers a tax credit on an individual’s Colorado State tax return. The amount of the credit is 25 percent of the value of a contribution to the “Raise the Curtain!” Campaign.

“The generosity of the residents of Grand Lake and Grand County is legendary,” said Judy. “Before we know it, that beautiful theater will appear on the corner of Grand Avenue and Vine and it will have happened because our friends and patrons made it happen with monetary gifts, both large and small, and with their contributions of time and effort and good will toward this campaign. I have not one doubt.”

Rocky Mountain Repertory THEATER hopes to raise the majority of the funds this year so that construction can begin in the spring of 2009. This would allow RMRT to perform a full summer season in its new home in the summer of 2011.

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