Rudyard Kipling kid’s tale comes to life in Keystone |

Rudyard Kipling kid’s tale comes to life in Keystone

KEYSTONE ” The Lake Dillon Theatre is putting on the classic children’s tale “Rikki Tikki Tavi” at the Lodge at Keystone beginning New Year’s Eve.

Using puppets by Cory Gilstrap (the creator of the puppets for the Backstage Theatre’s “The Hobbit”), director Phil Rohrbacher describes the show as a “visual feast.”

He said that since the show is fanciful, the costumes are brightly colored and cartoonish.

Rohrbacher also plays the role of the father Ted, whose son Teddy (played by Tristan McDonald) finds a mongoose, named Rikki Tikki Tavi (played by Spenser Hill), who keeps the family and garden safe from snakes and birds. Janelle Copp plays the nanny, JP Devine is a cobra and also plays the role of a muskrat, while Matt Devine and Ben Whitmore play birds and Sam Crocker is another of the snakes.

“Rikki Tikki Tavi” opens New Year’s Eve and continues Saturdays through the end of March.

Leslie Brefeld can be reached at (970) 668-4626 or

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