For a Purl of great price, Summit County stage is her oyster
Ryan Summerlin January 22, 2013
The Broadway, film and television star Linda Purl takes the stage at the Silverthorne Pavilion Saturday for the Lake Dillon Theatre Company’s annual Broadway at the Summit gala fundraiser. Purl, whose most recent television features include recurring roles on “True Blood,” “The Office” (as Helene Beasley) and the Golden Globe Award-winning series, “Homeland” (as Elizabeth Gaines) comes to Silverthorne Saturday with her cabaret act, “Midnight Caravan – Celebrating the Great Ladies of the Glamorous Nightclub Era.” Purl has starred in more than 40 made-for-TV movies and is well known for her roles as Charlene Matlock on “Matlock” and Ashley Pfister, Fonzie’s fiance, on “Happy Days.” On Broadway, she appeared in the Tony-nominated “Getting and Spending” and “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.” “She just really knows how to connect with the audience in a show,” said Christopher Alleman, artistic director for the Lake Dillon Theatre Company (LDTC). “She’s an incredible performer and has the voice of an angel.”The evening starts with a cocktail hour at the cash bar, complementary hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction followed by a four-course gourmet meal of roast prime rib. (The vegetarian option is Portobello mushroom Wellington; guests must inform the box office in advance.) Purl will perform nearly 20 songs in the course of two acts, with dessert by Keystone executive pastry chef Ned Archibald and a live auction during intermission.Items for this year’s auction include a Denver weekend with a condominium, dinner and tickets to a museum and show; a 50-bottle wine wagon; supper and song where Alleman and LDTC executive director Joshua Blanchard come over and cook dinner paired with music and wine; a theater buyout where guests and their friends attend an exclusive LDTC performance; and a trip to Costa Rica. We’ve been doing this for 11 years now and we have this event down to a science,” Alleman said. “It’s a great evening of food, drink and entertainment; we think it’s the perfect night-out event. It’s an opportunity to not only support our great organization but also hang out with friends and have one hell of a great night.”In the past, Broadway at the Summit has come close to selling out, with 200-220 people attending, so guests are recommended to start buying tickets now.