Breckenridge Backstage Theatre hosts Meet and Greet fundraiser Friday
Wendy and Bob Moore are not only beloved and talented actors who have appeared in Backstage Theatre productions for decades, they’re also some of the friendliest people you’ll meet. And that’s one reason artistic director Christopher Willard decided to hold a special Meet & Greet Friday, before the Moores perform one of the final shows of “On Golden Pond” at the Backstage. (The last show is Saturday.)”We loved the idea of a mixer with cast and crew – a chance for not just a ‘sit there and answer questions’ Q&A, but for the audience to relate to the cast on a one-on-one basis in an informal setting,” Willard said. “And with Bob and Wendy in the cast and so many of their old friends in attendance, this was a perfect way to catch up.”Plus, it’s Wendy Moore’s birthday, which offers the perfect excuse to invite the audience on the “Golden Pond” set, to relax in Ethel and Norman’s “home” while enjoying dessert.Since the play opened Jan. 14, it has garnered standing ovations.”Audiences are excited to re-discover this classic stage play,” Willard said. “They are also reminded how funny this play is. Some initially remember the movie and think it’s a darker story, but there are really only a few ‘heavy’ scenes, and even those scenes are balanced with humor before, during and after … And who doesn’t love Bob and Wendy? They’re in their element with this show.”Yes, playing a couple comes easy to the pair, who have been married since 1972 and share a passion for theater. In fact, they met when Wendy Moore was working at Heritage Square Opera House in Golden, then spent a few years acting full time, before raising two daughters and living in Summit County.”It’s a joy for the two of us to share the stage,” Bob Moore said.”The longevity and experience and comfortability with each other that Bob and Wendy bring to the roles is what sets this production apart from others,” Willard said. ” … Chemistry, timing, conveying the history of the relationship – all of this comes with much greater ease when the actors have been together so long. Wendy has said that this production is the perfect 38th year wedding anniversary gift for them. Well, it’s been a perfect gift for us, too.”
The meet-and-greet fundraiser benefits the Backstage Children’s Theatre program, which includes the Backstage’s world premiere production of Edith Weiss’ “The 3 Little Pigs,” opening July 1.In the past, the Backstage has paid its children’s theater actors a percentage of ticket costs, but because the kids’ theater tickets were priced so low, the actors usually made “very little in return for their incredible amount of work they put in.”So this year, Willard is fixing that by moving to a per-show pay structure. Friday’s fundraiser helps offset the wages.”This program consistently wins awards, and its original shows have toured to other venues and seen publication,” he said. “We are eager to keep this important work going.”Willard commissioned Weiss to write the children’s play because she’s “a wildly funny and inventive writer (who) has the ability to write for children and keep adults thoroughly entertained.”
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