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Lake Dillon Theatre Company announces 2013 season

Erica Marciniec
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Special to the DailyThe Lake Dillon Theatre Company announced its 2013 season at a party for season subscribers and donors on Thursday. The theater just closed 'Kiss of the Spider Woman' (pictured) and its next production, 'Marry Me a Little,' opens Aug. 31.

The Lake Dillon Theatre Company announced its 2013 season at a party for season subscribers and donors on Thursday.

“Patrons can expect an exciting variety of professional theater programming in our upcoming season, with ‘something for everyone’ including a Tony-winning thriller, a renowned American comedy, a world premiere family musical, a classic farce and much more,” executive director Joshua Blanchard said.

The season features seven main stage productions, starting with the “Sleuth” by Anthony Shaffer, which opens on January 17.

Described as “incredibly entertaining” by producing artistic director Christopher Alleman, “Sleuth” is a widely-produced mystery thriller that earned a Tony for Best Play.

Next summer, audiences can look forward to an adaptation of the 200-year-old farce, “Scapin,” by Bill Irwin, who “puts a contemporary relevance to the classic,” Alleman said, describing Irwin as “the master of physical comedy.” The show runs July 5 to Aug. 2.

For the company’s annual original children’s musical, Alleman, Blanchard and music director Jonathan Parks present “Golden,” the “true story of what really happened” when the Bear family returns home to the “mischief-maker” Goldie in their home. The musical runs June 28 to Aug. 2.

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Other 2013 productions include “The Sunshine Boys” by Neil Simon (Mar. 7-31), “And the World Goes Round” by John Kander and Fred Ebb (July 18-Aug. 18), “The Owl and the Pussycat” by Bill Manoff (Aug. 30-Sept. 22) and “Don’t Dress for Dinner” by Marc Camelotii (Aug. 30-Sept. 22).

“Theatergoers can expect exciting, high-quality theater in an intimate setting that engages audiences in ways that cannot be experienced elsewhere,” Blanchard said.

The Lake Dillon Theatre recently received approval on an eight-year strategic plan that will center on six core values as the organization moves forward.

“Quality is one of the main core values,” Alleman said. “It’s what’s come to define us as an organization. We’re really excited about how this year will spring us into action on our strategic plan.”

Additional programming for the upcoming year include the theater’s fifth annual New York City trip, in which 30 patrons spend three nights in the city to see four shows, three Broadway and one off-Broadway. A trip to the Utah Shakespeare Festival, new this year, is scheduled for June, 2013. The theater also announced plans for expanded educational opportunities for adults and students.

“As always, we’re excited about everything we do,” Alleman said. “Every year we say it’s the most exciting season we’ll have. I think that’s good. If an organization can say that every year, it means you’re doing something special.”

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