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Lake Dillon Theatre Company presents its final ‘Signature Series Cabaret’

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This weekend The Lake Dillon Theatre Company (LDTC) will celebrate 21 years of musical memories with its final "Signature Series Cabaret" in Dillon. Performances are Dec. 18 and Dec. 19 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 20 at 6:30 p.m.

This "Signature Series Cabaret" will feature each of the 47 musicals produced since 1997 peppered with a few fun stories and facts about the state of the musical at the LDTC.

"Our final 'Signature Cabaret' is going to be truly special," said Josh Blanchard, LDTC executive director who has been performing at the Lake Dillon Theatre since 2002. "The selection of music is a great representation of the work and quality we've presented over the past two decades and it is an honor to celebrate all of the years of memories and performances."

WHY CABARET?

Originating in 19th century Paris, cabarets originally showcased poets and artists performing in tight spaces for audiences reveling in their one-of-a-kind comedy, burlesque and even sociopolitical satire.

Today, cabaret is once again finding its footing among crowds seeking a more intimate and meaningful performance experience.

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Cabaret is different from a fully produced musical theater performance, or even a musical revue, because the performer herself or himself is part of the presentation.

"Cabaret allows the performer to explore the themes of the music and lyrics beyond the character's context for whom the song was written," explains Blanchard. "As a singer, the challenge and joy becomes telling a short story through song in a compact period of time."

Cabarets mean freedom for actress Ellen Kaye, who has performed at the Lake Dillon Theatre company since 2006.

"Men and Women can swap roles, duets can become trios; the bets are off when it comes to the rules," she said.

REMEMBER THAT TIME …

For many of the "Signature Cabaret" performers, the Lake Dillon Theatre is their home-away-from-home theater and they hold many precious memories in their hearts that they look forward to sharing with audiences this weekend.

"The entire rehearsal process has been smattered with 'remember that time' moments," said Blanchard. "We've shared so many laughs and heartfelt stories that we look forward to sharing with our community."

The Signature Cabaret is a one-weekend-only event featuring longtime Lake Dillon Theatre Company performers Christopher Alleman, LDTC artistic director (LDTC credits include: "Orphans," "Xanadu," "A Behanding in Spokane," "Doubt: A Parable," "The Glorious Ones," "Same Time and Next Year"), Joshua Blanchard, LDTC executive director ("Freud's Last Session," "Grace," "Kiss of the Spider Woman," "Seascape," "Rent," "The Baltimore Waltz," "Lend Me a Tenor," "Cabaret," "The Glass Menagerie," "Equus," "Proof" ), Ellen Kaye ("Agnes Of God," "Chicago") Bob Moore ("Making Sense Of It," "Outrageous Claims," "Seducton," "A Cabaret," "The Oldest Profession," "Gypsy," "Cabaret and Lend Me A Tenor," "Third," "A Walk In The Woods" and "Moon Over Buffalo," "The Sunshine Boys," Scapin," "Grace," "1940's Radio Hour," :Freud's Last Session"), Tim D. O'Donnell, director of education, (LDTC debut), Kelly Renoux ("Ragtimin… a Cabaret," "Always," "Patsy Cline," "Lucky Stiff," "I Love You Because," "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf," "Rumors and Bat Boy, the Musical") and Ben Whitmore, LDTC production manager ("Scapin," "Ring of Fire," "Boeing Boeing," "Moon Over Buffalo," "Chicago," "Forever Plaid," "I Love You Because")

A FINAL FAREWELL

This "Signature Cabaret" will mark the final cabaret performance at the Lake Dillon Theatre Company's current facility in Dillon.

The Lake Dillon Theatre Company has entered into a partnership with the town of Silverthorne to build a new performing arts facility for 2017. The Lake Dillon Theatre Company is getting ready to embark on a journey across the county, stopping first at the Outlets in Silverthorne for the 2016 season, before moving to the newly constructed Silverthorne Performing Arts Center in 2017.

"For longtime patrons of the Lake Dillon Theatre Company, this cabaret will be one of nostalgia indeed; it's truly a walk down memory lane," said Blanchard. "And for the folks who have never joined us for a performance, you will experience a wide range of musical theater favorites, classic Golden Age standards, some lesser known tunes, and a truly entertaining evening at the theater."

Tickets are $38 each for table seating and $28 for general reserved seating and may be purchased by visiting the Lake Dillon Theatre Company website http://www.lakedillontheatre.org or by calling (970) 513-9386.

IF YOU GO

What: “Signature Series Cabaret”

When: Performances are Dec. 18 and Dec. 19 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 20 at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Lake Dillon Theatre Company

Cost: Tickets are $38 each for table seating and $28 for general reserved seating and may be purchased by visiting the Lake Dillon Theatre Company website http://www.lakedillontheatre.org or by calling (970) 513-9386