Grand Lake theatre opens Big! |

Grand Lake theatre opens Big!

by Cyndi PalmerSky-Hi Daily News

Curtains open to Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatres third and final summer production Saturday with the regional premiere of Big: The Musical.The play, which rotates with the companys two other plays through Aug. 16, is based on the 1987 hit movie Big, starring Tom Hanks. It traces an adolescent boys adventures in the corporate world of politics and romance as he battles his apprehensions and searches for his identity.Frustrated adolescent Josh Baskin (played by four-year guest artist Cole Conger) wishes to be big on a Zoltar machine at a New Jersey carnival. The next morning, Josh (now played by Steven Pierce) awakes as the same adolescent boy, but in a 30-year-old mans body.With the help of best friend Billy (RMRT new-comer, 14-year-old Dillon Berger), Josh leaves home in search of the machine that granted his wish. Their journey takes them to New York, where Josh meets and is hired by the owner of a fledgling toy company, MacMillan (played by Josh Franklin). Josh and MacMillan seal their friendship on the iconic giant keyboard, a feature for the RMRT stage this summer. You won’t believe the size and scope of this massive musical and how we make it work in our intimate Community House stage, says Chad Scott, managing director.The story includes an endearing relationship when Josh’s innocence sparks the interest of co-worker Susan Lawrence (played by Sarah Anderson of RMRTs Beauty and the Beast fame).Big: The Musical is about every adult’s longing to return to the simpler days of childhood and every child’s desire to grow up, said Musical Theatre International. We are reminded that we must all grow up at our own pace, and that we must be wary of what we wish for — because our wish could come true.Although the play opened on Broadway in 1996 to less-than-stellar reviews it received five Tony Award nominations. Later, it was reworked with some rewrites and new songs for the 1997 national tour, and it was dubbed a triumph by patrons and critics alike said Jeff Duke, director and co-choreographer. This show provides audiences members of all ages a chance to have fun and offer a few lessons learned.The production rounds out Artistic Director Michael Querio’s fourth summer bringing smash hits to Grand Lake. Alongside Querio is Resident Costume Designer Jesus Perez, Co-Choreographer Clark Ausloos, Scenic Designer Glen Anderson and Lighting Designer Kent Barrett.RMRTs performance is sponsored by The Bear’s Den, Cabin Quilts & Stitches, ERA Realty, Grand Lake Wine & Spirits, Grand Mountain Bank, Humphrey’s Cabin Fever, Mountain Food Market, Mountain Lake Properties, Never Summer Mountain Products, Village Hub and Western Riviera Motel & Cabins.As are many of their shows, opening night of Big: The Musical is sold out, but there are a few seats for the remaining performances, scheduled July 6, 10, 12, 15, 18, 21, 23, 26 and 29, and Aug. 1, 4, 7, 13 and 16.