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Lake Dillon Theatre Company presents ‘The Duets,’ part of Cabaret Series

Cait McCluskie.
Special to the Daily |

If you go

What: “The Duets,” part of the Lake Dillon Theatre Company’s Summer Sundays Cabaret Series

When: 6:30 p.m. Sunday, July 19

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

Cost: Tickets are $38 for reserved seating and $28 for general seating

More information: Purchase tickets by visiting www.lakedillontheatre.org or by calling (970) 513-9386.

The Lake Dillon Theatre Company continues its summer cabaret season Sunday, July 19, with “The Duets,” featuring company members from its 2015 Summer Theatre Season and current production of “La Cage Aux Folles.” “The Duets” is a one-night-only event featuring favorite duets from musical theater, film and the classic American songbook.

“Our cabaret series is an integral part of our diverse programming schedule,” said Josh Blanchard, LDTC executive director. “The Summer Sundays series celebrates a diverse set of music genres and themes, including this week’s song set, which captures the ideas of friendship, hardship and romance with some recognizable standards, as well as some lesser-known gems.”

“‘The Duets’ is both exciting and challenging because the theme opens and closes a lot of doors,” said singer Justina Ercole. “It is a very broad theme, so it forces us as performers to find a similar connection within the material, which is inspiring as an artist.”

“The music is a mix of songs from Broadway and film musicals, as well as some classic standards,” said musical director and accompanist Jonathan Marro. “I am a huge Jule Styne fan, so I am really excited about one of the mash-ups in the concert featuring some of his music.”

“Ultimately, each song in the cabaret will feature two artists who are not only performing an amazing song but also exploring the unique relationships and connections that make that single song unique. The music and lyrics are only part of the presentation.”Josh BlanchardLDTC executive director

“The Duets” not only includes singing performances, but will also feature dancing.

“I grew up as a competition dancer and don’t have the opportunity to dance much in ‘La Cage Aux Folles,’” Ercole said. “So I’m thrilled to showcase that side of myself.”

The Lake Dillon Theatre cabaret concerts often focus on a signature style of music or a specific era of songwriting. But this week’s format of tunes allows for an expanded program of songs, which naturally covers a wider range of material.

“Ultimately, each song in the cabaret will feature two artists who are not only performing an amazing song but also exploring the unique relationships and connections that make that single song unique,” Blanchard said. “The music and lyrics are only part of the presentation. What each song represents, the relationship and situation involved, will allow each performance to stand on its own like a series of short plays.”

“We’ll be presenting many different relationships throughout the cabaret,” Ercole said. “These relationships may be romantic, familial, resentful — but they’re all situations that the audience can relate to.”

Audiences can expect to recognize much of the music but will be pleasantly surprised by how the performers present it, Blanchard said.

“We are taking a less traditional route with some of the duets,” Marro said. “We are being more neutral with how some of the songs were once performed within their original contexts and are focusing on connecting with people today. The cast is playing off their personal experiences on how we feel about each other through these songs.

“For example, two of the summer company members, who are actually roommates, will be performing a famous song about living together as roommates, but infusing their performance with their own personal touches.”

“I love performing at such a phenomenal theater in my own backyard,” said Summit County native Cait McCluskie, who joins the 2015 Summer Theatre Company as a performance and educational apprentice. “The song I perform is quite humorous and is about being a ‘secondary character.’ I share the fun of being an acting apprentice and all the wonderful things I am learning from the professional company.”

“The Duets” features company members Ercole, Matthew Aaron Liotine, Logan Scott Mitchell, Randy Dierkes, Daniel Daigle and McCluskie, and Marro said audiences could expect a wonderful night of entertainment and to leave with great songs in their heads.

“Throughout the whole cabaret, (the audience) will cry and laugh with us, sometimes simultaneously,” McCluskie said. “That, along with just about everything in between.”


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