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Lake Dillon Theatre Company announces 2016 season

Bob Moore in his Henry Award-nominated performance in Lake Dillon Theatre Company’s 2015 production "Freud's Last Session" by Mark St. Germain. The LDTC will kick off its 2016 theater season with St. Germain’s play "Dancing Lessons."
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The Lake Dillon Theatre Company has announced its 2016 theater season, which includes a regional premiere of a drama, a critically-acclaimed new comedy, a Tony Award-winning “Best Musical” and more.

“All of us at the Lake Dillon Theatre Company are thrilled to announce our 2016 season,” said producing artistic director Christopher Alleman in a statement. “We will celebrate the diversity of relationships that inspire, challenge and reward us. From an unlikely romance to an estranged mother and son, to a pair of lovers kept apart by impending war to a set of cousins battling over a family heirloom, our 22nd theater season examines the ties that bring us together, push us apart, and ultimately give meaning to the lives which we live.”

ONSTAGE FOR THE 2016 SEASON

Opening March 2016 is the regional premiere of Mark St. Germain’s romantic comedy “Dancing Lessons.”

When a brilliant young professor with Asperger’s syndrome seeks the instruction of an injured Broadway dancer to teach him some basic moves for an upcoming awards dinner, an unlikely friendship blossoms.

Through a series of dancing lessons, the two odd-ball characters navigate the complicated dance steps and unexpected relationship that ensues along the way, discovering that what keeps people connected are often the same things that push them apart.

Opening May 2016 is the Tony Award-nominated comedy-drama “Velocity of Autumn” by Eric Coble.

“Velocity of Autumn” centers on Alexandra, an octogenarian artist battling her family over where she’ll spend her remaining years. But when her estranged son Chris crawls through her second-floor window serving as the family’s unlikely mediator, Alexandra’s ferocious wit and volcanic passion are suddenly met with the sensitivities of her past.

“Velocity of Autumn” reveals how a mother and son who haven’t spoken in 20 years reconnect in the most unlikely of circumstances, ultimately realizing that what had pushed them apart were not their differences, but rather their similarities.

Opening June 2016 is the new hilarious musical by Bruce Arntson, “The Doyle & Debbie Show.”

Old-guard country star Doyle Mayfield had a handful of regional hits with his duet partner Debbie 30 years ago. Three decades, four wives, and three Debbies later, Doyle finds himself traveling across America playing every dive bar and bowling alley along the way at one final attempt to regain his former glory.

Our classic, country duo performs their hit revue with a wickedly funny script and a slew of equally hilarious original songs. Hailed as “clever and wacky” by The Chicago Sun Times, “The Doyle & Debbie Show” takes a satirical look at our relationship with pop culture, celebrity, and, of course, country music.

Opening July 2016 is the 12-time Tony Winning Best Musical “Cabaret” by the legendary team of Joe Masteroff, John Kander, and Fred Ebb.

The scene is a nightclub in Berlin as the 1920s are drawing to a close. Exploring the relationships of a young American writer and his English muse, a Jewish greengrocer widower and a German widow, and an ensemble of colorful characters, “Cabaret” examines life during a tumultuous and heartbreaking era.

The show, an award-winning musical from the creators of “Chicago” and “Kiss of the Spider Woman,” includes classical musical numbers such as “Willkommen,” “Cabaret,” and “Don’t Tell Mama and Two Ladies.”

Opening August 2016 is the new comedic musical “First Date” by Austin Winsberg, Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner.

When blind date newbie Aaron is set up with serial-dater Casey, a casual drink at a busy New York restaurant turns into a hilarious high-stakes dinner. In an unexpected twist, the couple’s inner critics take on a life of their own when other restaurant patrons transform into supportive best friends, manipulative exes and protective parents, who sing and dance them through ice-breakers, appetizers and potential conversational land mines.

“First Date” is a hysterical and hopeful new musical about the chances we all take to find the perfect romantic relationship.

Opening November 2016 is the acclaimed, regional premiere comedy “Bad Jews,” by Joshua Harmon.

The night after their grandfather’s funeral, three cousins engage in a verbal (and sometimes physical) battle. In one corner is Daphna Feygenbam, volatile, self-assure and unbending. In the other is her equally stubborn cousin Liam, a secular and entitled young man, who has his shiksa girlfriend, Melody, in tow. Stuck in the middle is Liam’s brother, Jonah, who tries to stay out of the fray. When Liam, Jonah and Daphna are left to determine who ends up with a precious family heirloom in the wake of their grandfather’s death, a vicious and hilarious brawl over family, faith and legacy ensues.

Exploring the ties that ultimately keep families knotted together, “Bad Jews” is a biting comedy about family and faith that questions what you choose to believe, when you’re the chosen.

“Our 2016 theater season presents six diverse, exciting productions for our community’s guests and residents,” Alleman said. “As part of our signature style, we promise to provide something for everyone in an intimate theater setting.”

Early, discounted pricing 2016 season pass options are available now through Sept. 15. Season pass prices changes on Sept. 16 and will continue through the end of the year. For details and information, visit the Lake Dillon Theatre Company box office at (970) 513-9386 or visit the website at http://www.LakeDillonTheatre.org.


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