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Lake Dillon Theatre Company presents musical comedy “Cloak & Dagger”

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The Lake Dillon Theatre Company continues its 2015 theater season with "Cloak & Dagger: Or The Case Of The Golden Venus," a zany musical whodunit in the style of the film noir detective flicks of the 1950s.

"Irreverent, zany and bold," said actor Joel Rainwater as he described "Cloak & Dagger." "It's essentially the love child of 'The Maltese Falcon' and 'The 39 Steps,' but with music. And sex."

"In fitting with our 21st theater season's theme of presenting recognizable characters," said producing artistic director Chris Alleman, "'Cloak & Dagger' harkens back to the age of the black-and-white film noir genre. The story and characters will seem familiar. The suspense, the humor and the characters — including the private detective, the beautiful maiden in distress and all the quintessential supporting characters from the film noire '50s — all create a strong sense of nostalgia."

"Cloak & Dagger" tells the story of third-rate detective Nick Cutter who is down on his luck when the beautiful bombshell Helena Troy tosses a very intriguing case (and herself) into his lap. The unassuming detective races through every New York City neighborhood imaginable to solve this zany, mile-a-minute musical caper.

"'Cloak & Dagger' is about a detective trying to solve the case of the missing golden Venus statue," said actor Diane Huber, who returns to the Lake Dillon Theatre Company after last season's 1940s Radio Hour. "Along the way, he finds love, meets many characters and survives several near-death experiences. This story shows what can happen in a day and that your luck can always change on a dime."

Small Cast, Big Story

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In "Cloak & Dagger," a cast of four actors plays nearly 20 roles, ranging from the traditional musical leading man and woman to a love-struck millionaire to a middle-aged, Italian superintendant to a whole host of hilarious, colorful characters.

"Helena Troy has many different colors to her personality," said Huber of her bad-girl-with-a-heart-of-gold role. "She's a feisty Midwestern gal with a dark seeded past. It's exciting to explore what makes her tick and what it's like to unexpectedly find the love of your life."

"I play seven characters, so obviously it's a challenge to create interesting and distinct portrayals, and then make them sing and dance on top of it all," said Rainwater, who returns to the Lake Dillon Theatre Company after the 2013 production of "Sleuth." "I love doing multi-character roles because it's so uniquely theatrical. I'm particularly enjoying the creation of Fat Tony because it's all my hacky Brando impression dreams come true."

Another Opening, A Brand New Show

Originally produced by the Signature Theatre Company in June 2014, this new musical whodunit by Ed Dixon gets its third production at the Lake Dillon Theatre Company this month.

"The Lake Dillon Theatre Company is thrilled to be producing just the second production of this hilarious family-friendly musical comedy after its world premiere in Arlington (Virginia) last summer," said Alleman. "It is exciting to occasionally present a new musical or play for our patrons that they cannot experience anywhere else."

"It's really awesome to have nearly brand new material that we get to bring to the stage," said Huber. "There's a lot of room for exploration and play in the rehearsal process. It makes the process challenging but very rewarding."

"I love the opportunity to bring audiences something brand new," said Rainwater. "If they walk away humming these songs they've never heard before, we've done our job."

While "Cloak & Dagger" is new, Alleman said the show's familiarity is rooted in its homage to the films that many people know and love. "Although the show will be new to our audiences, there is a nostalgia that you will appreciate and enjoy."

"The show has danger, mystery, laughter, cross dressing, accents, an opium den, me attempting to execute choreography and an unforgettable vaudeville-style entertainment," said Rainwater. "Mel Brooks would be proud."

"'Cloak & Dagger' is a great night at the theater," said Huber. "It's a fast-paced tale with hilarious characters, musical merriment and thrilling suspense. It will have you rolling in the aisles. It's definitely not to be missed!"

if you go

What: “Cloak & Dagger: Or The Case Of The Golden Venus”

When: Opens August 21 and runs Tuesdays-Sundays through September 20

Where: Lake Dillon Theatre Company, 176 Lake Dillon Drive, Dillon

Cost: Tickets are $32-$36 for adults and $22 for students and may be purchased by visiting the Lake Dillon Theatre Company website http://www.lakedillontheatre.org or by calling (970) 513-9386

More information: Visit http://www.LakeDillonTheatre.org

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