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Rocky Mountain Repertory Theater gives holiday gift to Grand Lake, supporters

Looking back upon 2009, Grand Lake’s Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre has much to be thankful for, according to the theater company.

The summer company boasts that it once again sold out the majority of summer performances (95 percent of the theatre’s capacity).

And, RMRT’s Raise the Curtain! – A New Stage for RMRT Capital Campaign reached $4.2 million dollars, guaranteeing Phase One construction next spring, including the 300-seat auditorium, stage and backstage areas.

With two challenge grants awarded, $675,000 is all that is needed to complete the entire 12,000 square foot complex at 404 Vine St.

“We have achieved so much because of the exceptional support from our theatre family and the one-of-a-kind town of Grand Lake. We’re always looking for ways of saying thank you,” said Chad Scott, RMRT’s Managing Director.

On Dec. 13, 2009, RMRT will give their holiday “thank-you” gift to Grand Lake.

RMRT’s Home for the Holidays will be a one-night-only production, 6 p.m. at the Grand Lake Community House.

The Repertory’s Artistic Director Michael Querio has assembled four RMRT actors and produced a song-filled holiday performance.

“It’ll consist of many holiday favorites and some new ones that are destined to be Grand Lake classics. It has been great to bring together these four alums from different seasons,” said Querio.

Returning to the Repertory stage will be: Emily (Kish) Waver, company member from 2005-2008 (Lina Lamont in 2006’s Singin’ in the Rain), Elizabeth Lanza, 2006-2008 (Laurie in 2008’s Oklahoma!) and Jack Bartholet, a member of last year’s company (Fredrick in Pirates of Penzance).

“Elizabeth lets her glorious voice shine through on ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.’ Jack moves us with his rendition of ‘Mary, Did You Know?.’ Emily gives us a contemporary laugh with Jason Robert Brown’s ‘Surabaya Santa.’ And the whole program is accompanied by pianist Erin Crabb, who will step into the spotlight with ‘Go Tell It On The Mountain,'” Querio said.

RMRT’s Home for the Holidays is sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre Board of Trustees and Advisory Board and will be free to the general public.

“There are only 172 seats available in the Community House and tickets are going extremely fast,” Scott said. “Once the new theatre is built, there will be 300 seats available for the holiday show. Let’s get that theatre built!”

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