Grand Lake theatre opens fall show |

Grand Lake theatre opens fall show

by Cyndi Palmer
Sky-Hi Daily News

As the Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre closes out yet another record-breaking summer, cast and crew look forward to a promising fall season with the opening of “Why Do Fools Fall in Love” at 8 p.m. tonight.

“The summer season was better than we could ever imagine. Thank you, Grand Lake, for making it possible,” said Chad Scott, RMRT managing director who noted RMRT sold 97.2 percent of its available seats and sold out 46 of the 52 offerings this summer with “Oklahoma!,” “Big! The Musical” and “Urinetown.”

Artistic Director Michael Querio, who also serves as stage director for “Why Do Fools Fall in Love?,” said he hopes audiences will “be touched and amused … You might find yourselves singing along or dancing in the aisles.”

The script and vocal arrangements are by Roger Bean, with musical arrangements by Jon Newton. Ideal for those who grew up in the early ’60s or for those who love listening to the oldies station on the radio, “Why Do Fools Fall in Love?” is filled with classic hits like “My Boy Lollipop,” “He’s A Rebel,” “I Will Follow Him” and “Hey There Lonely Boy.”

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The fall “jukebox musical” is set in the early 1960s and introduces audiences to four girlfriends, gathered to celebrate the upcoming wedding of one of them.

“As the bachelorette party picks up steam, the girls discover more about each other’s love lives than they had ever imagined. The nostalgic show mixes drama, comedy, and ’60s love songs creating a lighthearted and engaging mix, re-affirming that during real-life struggles, friendship will unveil its everlasting strength,” Querio writes in the play program.

The four-woman cast is made up of what Scott calls “true RMRT all-stars.” Mallory Good (Ado-Annie in this year’s smash “Oklahoma!”) plays Millie, the bachelorette who has invited three friends to share her special night. Her friends are Florence, played by Carol Rose (Hope Cladwell in “Urinetown”), Dee Dee, played by Elizabeth Lanza (lead “ingenue” Laurie in “Oklahoma!”), and Sally played by Mary Nye (performing in her 16th RMRT production).

Stand-out “Urinetown” choreographer and performer Clark Ausloos lead the ladies’ dance routines for the show, Denver Post Ovation Award winner Jesus Perez is again designing the costumes, and RMRT alumni Erin Crabb returns on piano and as musical director. Former Managing Director Skelly Warren is also taking time off from his busy job at the Shadowcliff Lodge to design the scenery as another special treat for RMRT.

The box office was forced to turn away an average of 70 people each day this summer and in typical Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre fashion, opening night of “Why Do Fools Fall in Love?” is sold out. However tickets are still available on weekends through September 20. Stop by the box office in the Grand Lake town square or online to find a performance schedule.

The play is brought to the area through RMRT and sponsors Vivian and Eddie Wedelstedt who also sponsored this year’s performances of “Urinetown.”

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