Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre caps banner week with debut of fall show, The Andrews Brothers
August 27, 2009
What a week for Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre.
First, last Friday night the new theatre capital campaign received a 24-hour challenge gift. If RMRT could raise $105,000 before the final summer show on Saturday night, then a donor would award another $105,000, effectively reaching the Phase One fundraising goal of $4 million.
In eleven hours, RMRT raised $175,000, shattering its goal. Therefore, Phase One construction of the new theatre project will begin in early 2010, to be completed in time for opening night of the 2011 season. Fundraising for Phase Two, to include the rehearsal room, dressing rooms and lobby, has commenced.
Then, the theater said goodbye to the summer company and the three record-breaking summer musicals. The season sold 96 percent of the available seats and sold out 46 of 58 summer performances.
At the box office, an average of 87 people were turned away each day.
“It all came together this summer. Thank you Grand Lake for making it possible” said Chad Scott, managing director.
Next, Artistic Director Michael Querio and company present their fall offering, The Andrews Brothers, opening at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28.
“This show, full of zany characters, incredible harmonies and laugh-out-loud comedy, will appeal to the entire family, not just those folks who lived during the period,” said Querio.
Set in the South Pacific during World War II, Roger Bean’s The Andrews Brothers tells the story of three soldiers who find themselves giving the performance of a lifetime when three singing siblings fail to arrive at their USO show.
Mistaken identities, madcap comedy and the greatest music of the 1940s fill this sweet and hilarious valentine to the heroes of World War II. Featuring classic songs like “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” Shoo Shoo Baby,” “Slow Boat to China” and “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree.”
This fall cast is once again composed of RMRT all-stars. Christina Myers (Miss Sandra in All Shook Up) plays pin-up girl and performer Peggy Jones. RMRT’s soldier boys are: Scott Brown (Police Sergeant in Pirates of Penzance), Mark Kuroski (Jeff Douglas in Brigadoon) and Dylan Paul (Chad the Roustabout in All Shook Up).
Artistic Director Querio is also stage directing The Andrews Brothers. Clark Ausloos, RMRT alumni, leads the choreography and Denver Post Ovation Award winner Jesus Perez is again designing the costumes. RMRT alum Erin Crabb returns on piano and as Musical Director and this summer’s Technical Director, Cat Johnson takes on the roll of Scenic Designer.
In typical Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre fashion, opening night is sold out. However, tickets are still available on weekends through Sept. 26. Stop by the box office in town square or online at http://www.rockymountainrep.com to find a performance schedule. Call (970) 627-3421 to reserve your seats.