Grand Lake theatre announces summer season |

Grand Lake theatre announces summer season

by Cyndi McCoy
Grand Lake, Colorado

Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre announces its live theatre lineup for Summer 2009 with three plays never before seen on the Grand Lake stage.

Show selections are “Brigadoon,” “Pirates of Penzance” and “All Shook Up.” RMRT’s fall musical will be announced by next month.

The first production is classic American musical “Brigadoon,” one of Artistic Director Michael Querio’s favorites. It has been a suggested season inclusion for at least five years, and is a production Querio has wanted to do for a very long time, said Chad Scott, RMRT managing director.

“One of the most intriguing and delightful aspects of a musical show is its ability to open up a whole new world to both its audience and cast,” according to notes from Tans-Witmark, licensing company for the play. “This Lerner and Loewe classic does this better than any other Broadway musical.”

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The story tells of two American male tourists lost in the Scottish Highlands who come upon a mysterious village. One of them falls for a local but discovers the town reawakens just one day every 100 years.

“It contains some of the most memorable music in all of the American musical theatre songbook,” Querio said, including “Almost Like Being in Love” and “From This Day On.”

RMRT next presents “Pirates of Penzance,” based on the 1980s Broadway revival of the opera. Music is by Arthur Sullivan and lyrics are by W.S. Gilbert. “Wacky, irreverent,” and many say as entertaining today as it was when it first opened in 1879, the classic score is brought together with “a modern sensibility and rollicking good fun.”

It is a fresh adaptation featuring sentimental pirates, bumbling policemen, young lovers, and an eccentric major-general.

“The zany antics of these beloved characters guarantee a saucy, swashbuckling good time filled with rapier wit and lush, memorable music.” Querio guarantees it to be a “fast-paced, hilarious, slightly contemporary-but-always-faithful-to-the-original production.”

RMRT will be the first regional theater company in Colorado to perform “All Shook Up,” the third summer feature. The energetic Broadway production, featuring the songs of Elvis Presley, is brand new, told through more than 24 of his most popular songs, (including “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Blue Suede Shoes,” and “Don’t Be Cruel.”)

Hits are sung by the female town mechanic and many other quirky characters in this “feel-good” musical. Audiences follow “tall, dark, and handsome” into a quiet Midwestern town that boasts one diner, one bar, and one car shop. All it takes is a little rock ‘n’ roll for the town to burst into life, creating a story of “zany love triangles and laugh-out-loud comedy.” The rebel rocks the world of the townspeople and the young mechanic, who becomes instantly love-struck and falls head over heels for him.

Scott said the company worked hard to offer three shows that “really exemplify good entertainment,” and will hopefully take people away from the worries of life, if only for a couple hours.

“This will be a fun-loving, light-hearted, every-show-is-for-family summer,” he said. Tickets go on sale March 2 and as they have in the past, summer shows sell out at a record-setting pace.

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