Rocky Mountain Repertory announces Christmas show
Ryan Summerlin December 14, 2012
GRAND LAKE – Vocal talent seen on the summertime stage at the Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre is returning this weekend to ring in the holiday.”Even though we have been doing a Christmas show for a few years now, this one should be particularly special,” said Scott Haden of the Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre. “Some beloved alums are returning.”Known Repertory performers Anna Danielson (actress during fall season), Elizabeth Lanza (played Belle in Beauty and the Beast), Christine Myers (Adelaide in Guys & Dalls; Millie in “Thoroughly Modern Mille”), Keely Vasquez (performed with RMRT in the 1990s), Dylan Paul (Billy Bigelow in “Carousel”), and AJ Robb (piano player and orchestrates Cabaret each year) are taking part in the fourth annual “Home for the Holidays” event, when the Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre opens its doors in winter to invite the public to come celebrate the season. “Decorations in the theatre complex are in full bloom,” Haden said.The evening is all about “joyous tunes and heart-warming performances,” Haden said. And this year the theatre group plans to debut an original Christmas song written specially for Grand Lake. “This town means so much to everyone at Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre and beyond. It has created memories for generations of people, including myself,” Haden said. “We thought the perfect way to immortalize this special place was by honoring it with a holiday song that everyone can celebrate and enjoy.”The performers plan to share their favorite Christmas memories during an original holiday show created by Artistic Director Michael Querio. This year’s holiday performances will also feature the Middle Park High School choir and instructor Brad Pregeant. The choir is planning to perform a number with singer Dylan Paul and will also participate in the closing number of Josh Groban’s “Believe.””In other words, lots of cheer will be spread,” Haden said.Deck the HallsFor the second consecutive year, the Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre is offering a free community night of Christmas cheer, this Friday preceding the Home for the Holidays shows on Saturday and Sunday. The gathering is being set up to offer caroling and merriment. The festivities include Christmas songs and refreshments, followed by a showing of the holiday classic “Miracle on 34th Street,” which will be played on a movie screen in the theatre auditorium.