Opening tonight is the fourth annual Lake Dillon Theatre Company fundraising performance to benefit its annual educational scholarship, providing funding for a Summit High School senior pursuing performing arts in college, as well as scholarships for the theater company's youth workshops. The fundraising Broadway program takes place twice a year, featuring two themed performances: Broadway Then, and Broadway Now.
"Through our Educational Outreach programming, over the past five years, we have awarded over 75 scholarships to students for our Youth Workshops, totaling $15,000, and have awarded $8,000 through six scholarships to Summit High graduates majoring in the arts," said the theater's producing artistic director Christopher Alleman.
Previous Summit High graduates receiving scholarships include Clarissa Jimenez, Ian Quandt and Chloe King.
The cabaret style act starts at 6:30 tonight and at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights. Broadway Now is indeed a fitting name, as the show brings guests an evening of contemporary Broadway performances compiled from current Broadway shows, as well as from top shows from the last decade.
"I like the Broadway Now because it's an opportunity to give people a taste of Broadway and bring it to Summit County," says actor Ben Whitmore. "We bring the Great White Way all the way here to Summit County. Hopefully people will see it and maybe decide to see that show when they go to New York. There's nothing quite like seeing a Broadway show, and we like to give people a taste of that."
But that's not all. The show features an entire second act dedicated to the music of Elvis Presley. Another rendition of Musical Mad Libs will also take place, where audience members supply lyrics for the company to sing to.
Featured performers include Alleman (The Glorious Ones, Doubt), Joshua Blanchard (Cabaret, Rent), Melanie Beck (Shout, Sylvia), Kelly Renoux (I Do, I Do, and Always...Patsy Cline), and Whitmore (Hair, Charlie Brown). Musical direction is provided by Emily Marshall.
Regular seating is $30; table seating is $35, and includes a complimentary desert. For more information and to order tickets, visit www.lakedillontheatre.org.