The curtain will rise on the second annual Lake Dillon Theatre Company Theatrical Roasts tonight in the Finkel Auditorium, on the CMC Breckenridge Campus. Tickets are still available and doors open at 7 p.m. for a 7:30 performance featuring friendly roasts of three of Summit County's favorite people and regional heroes. Three plays last approximately 15 minutes each. This year's roastees are: former Frisco Mayor Bill Pelham, Breckenridge fireworks guru and historic renovator Robin Theobald, and Keystone philanthropists Bob and Nancy Follet.The roasts are a way to celebrate the community and to raise funds to support the performing arts through the efforts of the Lake Dillon Foundation for the Performing Arts. "My aim is really to have fun with the roastees in a respectable manner, so it's not like we're trying to embarrass people," said script author and roast actor Alex Miller. Miller is the author of two of the three works, and LDTC producing artistic director Christopher Alleman wrote the third, and is also the director of the production. Alleman's skit will examine the life of Bill Pelham. At press time the piece was being called "Bill Pelham: American Man," with 9News mountain newsroom reporter Matt Renoux portraying a younger Pelham. Renoux is a fifth-generation Colorado native, as is roastee Robin Theobald. Renoux's wife, Kelly, will play the wife of young Bill Pelham. October marks Alleman's 10th year with the LDTC, and the roast is part of an ongoing effort to help support the theater and its mission. "We started this event last year as a new, interesting way to both celebrate the wonderful people in our community and create an interesting fundraiser," he said, adding that last year's roasts raised more than $15,000."These pieces are a lot of fun to write," said Miller. "Mostly it's about finding hooks to riff off in comedic fashion, so the Folletts' long association with book publishing and philanthropy was one obvious hook, while Robin's experience with explosives and fireworks was another."First I interview the people as if I'm doing a profile story, and I have absolutely no idea what if anything I'll use from it. In the case of the Folletts, it's not so much a biographical piece, whereas with Robin Theobald, there was a lot of material from his actual life I could use," Miller said. "Also, I had no idea while writing it that I was going to be cast as Robin."The title of this roast is "Robin Theobald Out-Locals 'Em All," with Miller playing Theobald and Patty Theobald being played by Barbara Leffler. Additional cast members include Gary Drescher, Alastiar Stonee, Susan Harrison, Bob Campbell, Judy Campbell and Andy Miller as young Robin.Miller's second piece is titled "The Agony and Ecstasy of Bob & Nancy Follett," a not-so-subtle play on the controversial one-man show about Steve Jobs. This gentle roast of Keystone's philanthropic and publishing legends includes cast members Michael Martorano playing Bob Follett and Claudia Stein playing Nancy Follett. Benjamin Whitmore plays the role of Steve Jobs, and the young Andy Miller plays a street urchin."The other fun thing about this year is that my 10-year-old son Andy is a pretty darn good actor, so I wrote a part in there for him," said Miller. "It adds dimension to the pieces and also serves to remind that the LDTC is committed to children's theater and that a lot of the funds raised go toward local scholarships for the arts."Tickets to Friday's one-night performance are $50 and include champagne and dessert. If these acts of theatrical comedy, now in their second year, serve both purposes of celebrating the community and raising much needed funds to support the performing arts, then they will certainly be considered a success.
WHAT: Lake Dillon Theatre Company Theatrical RoastsWHEN: April 13, 7 p.m.WHERE: Finkel Auditorium, CMC Breckenridge Campus, 107 Denison Placer Rd. INFO: $50; (970) 513-1151, www.lakedillontheatre.org