Lake Dillon Theatre’s summer repertory program still kickin’ |

Lake Dillon Theatre’s summer repertory program still kickin’

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DILLON – The Lake Dillon Foundation’s summer repertory program is no longer at risk after supporters stepped up with donations to the tune of $60,000. In its fifth year, it’s the foundation’s most popular program, and it’s also its most expensive – encompassing more than one-third of the performing arts organization’s expenses with a $150,000 price tag.

“We were in jeopardy of losing the summer repertory program, and our development committee decided to do some personal asks from our friends and patrons,” said performing arts director Chris Alleman. “These people really love what we do, are strong supporters and have stepped up to the plate in a big way.”

The necessary funding used for operating expenses was raised in only two weeks, Alleman added. The theater decided to fundraise for $50,000 in October.

“We made the budget work around that $50,000, and we are going forward with what may be our best summer rep yet,” Alleman said. “I think the shows that we have chosen to do are going to make it a wildly successful summer.”

The Lake Dillon Theatre will put on summer productions including “Rent,” “Hair,” “Smokey Joe’s Cafe,” a children’s musical – “Rapunzel.” It will also do a song review at the end of the season.

“It will either be songs from the ’70s or ’80s,” Alleman said. “We haven’t decided yet. We’ll make that decision within the next month.”

The foundation plans to recruit and house 15 actors, along with eight to 10 technicians for the 2010 summer program – that doesn’t include directors and designers brought in for specific shows.

“We hope the summer rep (program) is safe indefinitely, for sure for 2010,” Alleman said. “We’ll be taking measures to make the sustainability of the summer rep successful every year.”

The Lake Dillon Foundation has been trying to survive mainly on ticket sales, but the organization took a hit when the economy caused a downturn in ticket sales and donations.

“It is a draw for the town, and I don’t think that anyone could ask for a better venue,” said Dillon’s mayor Barbara Davis. “They’ve been a partner with Dillon for years. We rely on them and they rely on us. The summer program is extremely popular, and I’m thrilled that they got the money. I didn’t want the summer program in jeopardy.”

For more information about the Lake Dillon Foundation, call (970) 513-9386 or visit

Caitlin Row can be reached at (970) 668-4633 or at

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