Entertainment at elevation is Colorado sensation

Theaters in mountain towns add to state’s sense of beauty

Posted 7/23/18

One might hike or fish all day in the beautiful Rockies and still enjoy a colorful show in the evening at one of several theaters in nearby mountain towns. Last week, we drove up to a family house in …

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Entertainment at elevation is Colorado sensation

Theaters in mountain towns add to state’s sense of beauty

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One might hike or fish all day in the beautiful Rockies and still enjoy a colorful show in the evening at one of several theaters in nearby mountain towns.

Last week, we drove up to a family house in Tabernash, in the Grand Valley, then continued north to Grand Lake for an evening at the handsome 250-seat Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre, for a performance of “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.” (This time, we failed to see the town’s resident moose strolling along the main drag, but maybe next time ...)

• Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre has operated in Grand Lake for many years and attracts strong professional actors from New York, Chicago and elsewhere who enjoy a cool mountain summer. They are also performing in repertory: “Annie,” “The Full Monty” and “Pump Boys and Dinettes” through August, with the last-named running through September.

“A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” with book and lyrics by Robert L. Freedman and music and lyrics by Steven Lutvak, won the 2014 Tony Award for Best Musical. It really is a clever piece about a man named Monty Navarro (Russell Mernagh) who learns he is ninth in line for an earldom behind a string of stuffy D’Ysquiths. How to remedy that situation?? A funny and skilled Josh Kellman plays all nine aristocrats in a fast-paced tour de force performance. (Kellman is in his seventh year of summer shows at RMRC and director Michael Querio is also the theater’s executive artistic director, with a number of summers under his belt.) Look at the season’s dates online and order tickets in advance at RockyMountainRep.com, 970-627-3421.

• Also well-established as a place to find professional productions through the summer is the Creede Repertory Company. Set in an old silver mining town, it is on one of Colorado’s spectacular scenic highways (another set of places to pursue), en route to Lake City. Creede’s season incorporates two theater spaces and includes Neil Simon’s classic, “Barefoot in the Park,” as well as “The Wizard of Oz,” “Dolly Parton’s `9 to 5,’” a kids’ show called “Abandoned Way Out West,” and a twist called “Miss Holmes,” by Christopher M. Walsh. Also scheduled is Tony Meneses’ “Guadalupe in the Guestroom.”

• For opera fans, Central City Opera performs in the famous old stone opera house and is an easy day trip from the Denver area. 303-292-6500.

• Farther west, through lovely mountains, is Thingamajig Theatre Company at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts, which offers “Legally Blonde,” “West Side Story” “Little Shop of Horrors” and “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” 970-731-7469.

• Award-winning Theatre Aspen’s season runs until Aug. 5, but is worth remembering for next summer. 970-300-4474.

• Newer and worthy of note: Southern Colorado Repertory Theatre in Trinidad is a decade old now, offering professional theater year-round on Trinidad’s historic Main Street. scrtheatre@gmail.com, 719-846-4765.

• And finally, remember the Colorado Shakespeare Festival on the CU-Boulder campus. “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” “Richard III,” “Edward III,” “Cyrano De Bergerac,” and “You Can’t Take it With You” run in repertory through Aug. 11. Pack or buy a picnic and go! Coloradoshakes.org, 303-492-8008.

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