Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre’s annual holiday show to bring cheer, nostalgia |

Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre’s annual holiday show to bring cheer, nostalgia

The Home for the Holidays cast clockwise from upper left: Jack Bartholet, Beth Lanza, Joe Carroll, Greg Paladino, Keely Vasquez, Suzanna Champion, and Matilde Bernabei.
Courtesy Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre

GRAND LAKE — Though the Home for the Holidays show started as a holiday karaoke event with a simple boombox and a cheerful setlist, it has become an anticipated winter tradition for the Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre.

This year Home for the Holidays is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a holiday medley featuring a cast made of alumni to the theater, as well as new performers. The first show is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 and the second show is at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16.

The show will feature about an hour and a half song collection and choreography performed by Jack Bartholet, Matilde Bernabei, Joe Carroll, Suzanna Champion, Beth Lanza, Keely Vasquez, and Greg Paladino on piano. It is written and directed by Michael Querio and Jeff Duke.

“We tried to bring back some faces that have been with us for a while and some faces that have been here recently,” said Jennifer Mace, the communications manager for the theater. “Bringing the snow, bringing the lights, bringing the nostalgic feeling of music is just a really nice way to kick off the holidays.”

Bernabei performed this season in the “Pump Boys and Dinettes” performance. Champion previously performed in at least six shows at the theater and Lanza started her career with the theater in 2007.

This year, the theater will also host a free community night at 6 p.m. Friday with caroling, a visit from Santa, a photo booth, refreshments and three animated movies.

“It’s just a nice way to enjoy the holidays,” Mace said. “It’s holiday songs you hopefully recognize and most people have some nostalgic feelings with a lot of holiday songs.”

Tickets are still available starting at $35 for adults and $25 for children.

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