Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre opens 42nd year with Carousel
It is the beginning of a monumental year for Grand Lake’s Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre, recently dubbed “Colorado’s premiere summer musical company” by the Denver Post. Entering its 42nd season producing live, professional theatre, 2010 will be the last in the Grand Lake Community House. Next season, RMRT will move into its new home, which is currently under construction on Grand Avenue, next to Grand Lake Lanes. “While we certainly have some fond memories of this space, there will be no hesitation to pack up our equipment, lock the door of this Community House and move into our new home.” said Artistic Director Michael Querio.RMRT’s Community House “final act” starts this Friday, June 11, with the opening of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s classic Carousel. The tale revolves around a love affair between Billy Bigelow (three-year RMRT alum Dylan Paul), a traveling carnival man, and Julie Jordan (RMRT newcomer Meredith Jones), a local factory worker. Desperate for money after learning that he is soon to become a father, Billy is killed during an attempted robbery. Several years later, when he is allowed to return to earth for a short time, he seeks out the daughter of his union with Julie. The show includes the classic musical numbers “If I Loved You, “June Is Bustin’ Out All Over,” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone”. Artistic Director Michael Querio (and Musical Director for Carousel) once again leads the artistic team that, after five seasons, is selling 96 percent of the available seats and turning away approximately 80 individuals per day at the box office. Jeff Duke returns to direct his 12th RMRT production. Costume Designer Jesus Perez and Scenic Designer Kent Homchick also return to RMRT’s artistic team. “This magnificent American musical beckons us to reflect on our lives and how our actions affect those who love and attempt to understand us.” said Director Jeff Duke. Before RMRT can move into its new 296-seat theatre complex next year, the term “sold out” will ring out once again this summer. Friday’s opening night performance is, indeed, sold out. Call 970-627-3421 to reserve seats for Saturday night’s Carousel and all of RMRT’s 2010 productions, including the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee opening on June 1, and Thoroughly Modern Millie, opening on July 3.
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