Lake Dillon Theatre Company says goodbye to summer troupe with celebration
If you go
What: “Take Flight,” the Lake Dillon Theatre Company’s annual summer celebration and fundraiser, featuring the 2015 summer theater company
When: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5
Where: Warren Station Center for the Arts, River Run Village, Keystone
Cost: Tickets are $75 plus processing for reserved seating
More information: Purchase tickets by visiting www.lakedillontheatre.org or by calling (970) 513-9386
The Lake Dillon Theatre Company will present its annual summer celebration and fundraiser “Take Flight” on Wednesday, Aug. 5, featuring company members from the 2015 Summer Theatre Season and current production of “La Cage Aux Folles.”
“Take Flight” is a one-night-only signature event featuring a three-course dinner of food and wine, plus entertainment spanning a wide range of music genres.
“Our annual summer celebration is a wonderful way to celebrate our summer theater season and our community,” said Josh Blanchard, LDTC executive director. “‘Take Flight’ is a unique event that brings together our patrons and our summer company in one festive evening of food, wine and song. It’s unlike any other special event in our community.”
“‘Take Flight’ is versatile, energetic, heartfelt and fun,” said music director Cameron Kinnear. “The entertainment can be described as a variety of music ranging from pop tunes and jazz to classic Broadway. And if it’s anything like last year, there will be great food!”
A special celebration
The Lake Dillon Theatre Company provides high-quality, professional theater, musical theater and concerts in its intimate venue on Lake Dillon Drive in Dillon all year long. But, while the Lake Dillon Theater usually holds 53 to 70 patrons per performance, “Take Flight” will take place at the Warren Station Center for the Arts in Keystone, which seats as many as 200 for this event.
“The Warren Station Center for the Arts is a great venue for this event,” said Chris Alleman, LDTC producing artistic director. “Warren Station is big enough to host a larger group of our loyal patrons and has the support areas for us to pair three distinct food and wine flights with three unique acts of entertainment.
“And, one of the most special aspects of the evening is that the stage is large enough to feature the live orchestra, which is something our intimate venue in Dillon could not accommodate this summer season.”
Audiences have been thrilled to discover that the orchestra for “La Cage Aux Folles” includes eight musicians playing more than a dozen instruments live for each performance, Alleman said. But, Summit County audiences have yet to see the orchestra in action and its entirety.
“What is most exciting for this event is that the band is heavily featured and on stage,” said Kinnear, who describes the band’s overall sound as impressive and big. “What is unique is their ability to play a huge selection of styles and play them all equally impressively, especially the horn section with their ability to improvise. (The band members) are very excited for this event. They are pumped for it.”
Taking the final bow
“For 10 years now, this summer celebration has always been a fun way to conclude our big summer theater season,” Blanchard said. “We will continue our summer season with the wonderful musical comedy ‘Cloak and Dagger,’ opening Aug. 21. But, next week marks the final week of performances for ‘La Cage Aux Folles,’ and that company of talented musicians, actors and technicians will be departing Aug. 10.”
“Audiences have been overwhelmingly enthusiastic about our 2015 summer theater season,” Alleman said. “Remaining performances of ‘La Cage Aux Folles’ are completely sold out, as is our final First Sunday’s Cabaret concert. So for anyone who has not yet enjoyed the incredible talent of our summer company, ‘Take Flight’ is the last chance.”
A cocktail hour, live auction and the chance to leave the event with one of 10 different door prizes round out the evening.
“This event supports a growing theater,” Kinnear said, “and more importantly, it is just a fun night of good entertainment, good food, good people.”
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