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Lake Dillon Theatre Company presents Broadway favorites to benefit scholarship program

KIMBERLY NICOLETTI
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Audiences can always count on Lake Dillon Theatre Company to deliver a rousing Broadway fix, and this weekend is no exception.

Building upon last year’s success, when Christopher Alleman and Joshua Blanchard entertained the crowd, the Lake Dillon Theatre Company is expanding the show to include Meg Malsam, Kelly Renoux and Benjamin Whitmore, in order to bring even greater variety to the production.

Whitmore and Malsam have been part of the theater’s fabulous summer repertoire, and Renoux is a local favorite who has been away from the stage for awhile, due to motherhood.

All together, the group delivers a dynamic blend of classical voices and quirky character acting. Alleman sees Renoux and himself as more traditional singers, so they pair well. Blanchard, Whitmore and Malsam shine with their ability to transform into nearly any character, while still pulling off classic tunes.

“Meg has that dynamic ability,” Whitmore said. “She can sing classic theater and then sing something ridiculously funny that the audience will be rolling in the aisles with.”

And one of the elements of the show that will keep the audience enlivened (besides, uh, the open bar) comes in the form of Musical Mad-libs. The idea came from a cabaret in New York that hosts the zany event to raise money. It works like this: Audience members provide jolly words, in the forms of nouns, animals, verbs, etc. The singer remains backstage, far from earshot, then takes the stage and attempts to pull of the Mad-liberated words to well-known songs, like “A Cockeyed Optimist” from “South Pacific,” “Surrey with a Fringe on Top” from “Oklahoma” and “All I Care about is Love” from “Chicago.”

“It’s really fun if the audience loosens up and gets a little blue,” Alleman said.

Beyond the Mad-lib adventure, the entertainers will perform songs from “Camelot,” “Shrek the Musical,” “The Pajama Game,” “She Loves Me,” “Finian’s Rainbow” and more.

Proceeds from the shows benefit the theater’s scholarship program, which provides money for a Summit High School graduate who wants to pursue a performing arts degree.

“It’s important that we help the students be able to explore the arts in college,” Alleman said, adding that this event will become an annual staple in the theater’s April lineup.


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