Category: Panel Discussions

10 Things You Can Expect From The Lake Dillon Theatre Company In 2019

The New Year is upon us, and the LDTC is gearing up for our 2019 season. The New Year is full of potential, and we are excited to deliver on some very exciting happenings from past favorites to new programs, 2019 will be a big year at the Lake Dillon Theatre Company.

1. It’s our 25th Anniversary!

Yes, it has been 25 years since the LDTC opened its doors as a small community theatre in Dillon. Since then we’ve expanded from a staff of one to a team of 10. We’ve produced hundreds of productions, including Kiss of the Spider Woman, Big River, Sister Act: The Musical, and so many more. Want to take a walk down memory lane? Or maybe just learn more about our history? Buy tickets to our 25th Anniversary Cabaret January 31 – February 3, 2019. Tickets are on sale now!

2. The Season to be Connected

After 25 years you are definitely connected to your community. This season we will celebrate that connection. You can expect musicals including Mamma Mia! and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tell Me on a Sunday. Comedies including The Cake and Neil Simon’s Barefoot in the Park, and a few heartfelt stories including Every Brilliant Thing and Tiny Beautiful Things. Each show this season will connect us to the ones we love, our differences, our pasts, and our futures. Individual show tickets will be on sale soon, or purchase your season subscription today!

3. Specialty Nights

New this season are Specialty Nights an initiative designed to bring our patrons together as a community to enjoy some of Summit County’s finest food, drink and live music, all before taking in an exciting production at the Lake Dillon Theatre Company. Specialty Nights will begin 90 minutes before a show’s start time and will be held in the lobby of the Silverthorne Performing Arts Center. Check out all of the Specialty Nights the LDTC has to offer!

4. Cabarets, Cabarets, and more Cabarets

This year we begin our season with the 25th Anniversary Cabaret, but we are excited to announce this year’s line up includes 2 Signature Cabarets in May and November, 4 Summer Sunday Cabarets throughout July and the first Sunday of August, and of course our Signature Holiday Celebration, Holiday Follies. Tickets for all Cabarets will be on sale soon don’t forget to purchase your tickets for the 25th Anniversary Cabaret!

5. Theatre for Young Audiences

Another addition to our 25th Anniversary Season is our family friendly production Polkadots: the Cool Kids Musical. This fun and brightly colored musical will take place on select afternoons this summer. Tickets are $5.00 each or $20 for families of four or more! General Admission Tickets will be for sale at the box office on the day of the performance. Read more about Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical.

6. More Youth Theatre Offerings

This year we are excited to offer our most extensive variety of youth theatre classes, camps, and workshops. Starting this Spring, the LDTC Youth Theatre Program will provide 12 different Summer & Production Camps. Summer Camps are one-week camps that focus on one area of theatre, from singing, dance, and acting. With the new additions are the ever popular Youth Theatre Workshops, this year’s offerings include James and the Giant Peach Jr., Disney’s The Aristocats KIDS, and Guys & Dolls Jr. See all of our 2019 youth offerings or Enroll today!

7. Additional Adult Education

The LDTC is proud of our Adult Education Programs. This year you can still expect to pull back the curtain during Page to Stage, read and discuss a variety of plays in Play Club, discuss issues in arts today with experts and professionals in the field during Panel Discussions, and come early and stay late for our Prologues and Epilogues at every show. New this year adults can sign up for Introduction to Acting as well as Introduction to Playwriting.

8. Quality, Impact, Integrity, Intimacy, &, Diversity of Programming

Our values are important to us and will come with us to the new year. No matter what show you come to see, the educational program you or your children take part in we will always keep these values at the forefront.

9. Season Subscriptions

As always you can purchase tickets for every show and keep your wallet happy with a Season Subscription. This year we have a few new offerings, and if you purchase by January 31, you will get a complimentary beverage card.

10. Celebrations

There are so many reasons to celebrate this year. It’s our second full season in the Silverthorne Performing Arts Center. It’s our 25th Anniversary Season. Our season includes challenging, beautiful, and musical productions. We hope you will celebrate this year with us at a Specialty Night, a youth performance, cabaret, or theatre production. We’ll have a seat waiting for you. 

Q & A with the Cast of UGLY LIES THE BONE

We caught up with the Cast of UGLY LIES THE BONE to ask them a few questions about the play, and their thoughts on its impact.
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Missy Moore (Jess): What excited me first about UGLY LIES THE BONE is the fact that it is a story about a female army vet.  You just don’t come across these kinds of plays very often. – Missy Moore (Jess)

Jennifer Condreay (Voice/Mom): What first excited you about UGLY LIES THE BONE?  It was not the script in the beginning. It was the chance to return to the Lake Dillon Theatre and perform in this new space!  After reading the script, however, I was immediately struck by this compelling story.  There is an exciting and challenging moment when an actor reads a script for the first time, and realizes that a director entrusts you with that role.

Samantha Rosentrater (Kacie): I spent a good bit of time growing up in and near Florida, so I recognized and was drawn to these characters immediately. People who often never leave their state – never see anything but flat – but most importantly folks who just want to carve out a tiny little piece of happiness in their small corner of their world.

Joel Oramas (Stevie): The first thing that excited me was the language. When I read my character’s lines, there were many ellipsis and interruptions in his thought process, and I connected to his personality, wants and fears very quickly.

Joel Rainwater (Kelvin): Ugly Lies the Bone tackles the issues facing returning combat veterans in a nuanced and humorous way, and it’s great to see it told from a woman’s point of view. Also, Lindsey Ferrintino’s writing is just so damn good. It’s a real tribute to the experiences of our servicemen and women that goes way beyond the often pandering “thank you for your service” sentiment that you so often see portrayed.


Moore: Healing and moving forward after a life-altering event.

Condreay: It is a deeply personal story that allows the audience to experience one woman’s reentry to civilian life from the horrors of military service in Afghanistan.  It has no political focus to it and that is what makes it so compelling.  Here is a very tragic event that happened to a veteran, but I do not consider this an “anti-war” play.

Rosentrater: UGLY LIES THE BONE is about connection. About loss – loss of self, spirit, love, community.  It’s about starting over and moving forward.

Oramas: UGLY LIES THE BONE is about a soldier who is severely injured, unrecognizable, and through VR, is yearning to relive her life the way it was.

Rainwater: It’s about the mutual healing that takes place for a vet returning home from Afghanistan and her family.


MOORE: Jess is an army veteran who did three tours in Afghanistan and on her third tour she was severely wounded by an IED.  The extent of her wounds qualifies her for an experimental virtual reality therapy which ultimately allows her to live pain free while exploring the virtual world.

Condreay: I am The Voice of the therapist who conducts the Virtual Reality sessions with Jess.  I come from a scientific perspective, instead of the predictable compassionate approach to helping veterans reenter civilian life.  I want the Virtual Reality therapy to be successful; I will move on to the next veteran if Jess’s is not.  I also play the Mom, which ropes in another layer to the story.  Ferrentino manages to tie Jess’s story with other conflicts that families face: sibling issues, caring for aging parents, imperfect romantic relationships, and financial pressures of a failing economy. She does this all in 85 minutes!

Rosentrater: Kacie is Jess’ older sister, an elementary teacher, who chose to stay in her hometown and take care of their mother. She is protective, sweet, and exasperatingly positive. Life has led her to settle a bit – she longs to see something besides Florida. Responsibility has taken over, but glimpses of a fun and carefree spirit peek out from time to time.

Oramas: Stevie is your friendly and quirky convenience store worker who has the best intentions but doesn’t always say the right thing. Although he is sincere, he sometimes uses humor to try to get away from difficult conversations. His fear of leaving his current routine prevents him from seeking greener pastures.

Rainwater: Kelvin is irrationally confident and brash, and he completely lacks self-awareness. He’s also kind of a sweetheart.

Moore: The heart of the piece.  You are glimpsing into a life that is struggling but completely infused with magical realism.

Condreay: Audiences will be surprised that they will laugh throughout the play.

Rosentrater: It is bitingly FUNNY.

Oramas: I think audiences will be surprised by the balance of the heavy subject matter and the lighter moments of humor. Upon researching some images from the play, I couldn’t fathom how audiences would be comfortable with the comedic moments.  Playwright Lindsey Ferrentino creates a world where the characters are charming, likeable and relatable enough for audiences to easily connect with.


Moore: That no matter how wounded and broken Jess is, her momentum forward is one of healing and acceptance.  That there is beauty in pain and understanding within the daily struggle to pick the pieces that have shattered her life.

Condreay: In this intimate theatre setting, I am certain that audiences will deeply connect with at least one of the conflicts in the play.  I would be very surprised if they rode home not discussing the experience!

Rosentrater: Our country is surrounded and immersed in trauma and grief right now. This play offers hope. Hope that the possibility of navigating an uncertain future is possible.
Oramas: I hope the audience can see themselves in these characters. The characters all have wants and desires but have too much fear of leaving their current lifestyles in order to achieve them. I believe this is a struggle that many audience members can latch onto in their personal lives and reflect on.

Rainwater: I hope that audiences are moved by the fact that the sacrifice of our armed services personnel often extend far beyond the battlefield. I also hope that they enjoy being introduced to playwright Lindsey Ferrentino, who explores this subject in such a funny and poignant way.

Panel Discussion

Arts as a catalyst for community development

For many years, the arts have been heralded as a solution for all kinds of problems. From revitalizing neighborhoods to improving physical and psychological well-being of participants; the arts really are a catalyst for community development.

The arts scene in Summit County is growing at a rapid pace and with rising investment in the arts, many organizations are increasing programming and opportunities for our community. But how do arts organizations actually impact the community they are settled in and how far does the reach go? Is it just those who participate in the arts or does it affect the whole community?

Join the conversation

On Saturday, December 5th The Lake Dillon Theatre Company is hosting a panel discussion to explore how the Arts are and can be used to impact more than just a communities culture and arts scene, but also stimulate local economy and quality of life.

“The Town of Silverthorne has an ambitious multi-year plan that will make an exciting and vibrant arts culture that will spread well beyond the city limits” said Tim O’Donnell, Director of Education at the Lake Dillon Theatre Company. “This panel is a real opportunity for the community to come learn about the exciting emerging arts scene in Summit County”

The panel includes Robb Woulfe, president and CEO of Breckenridge Creative Arts, Joanne Cook, Silverthorne Recreation and Culture Director and Josh Blanchard, Executive Directive of The Lake Dillon Theatre Company. The panelists will discuss the growing trends in Arts today and the challenges faced by arts organizations and communities. They will also talk about their own experiences working in Summit County and how we can continue to grow the unique and engaging arts scene in our community.

The Lake Dillon Theatre Company would like to invite you to join the discussion.

“This will be a great opportunity for people to come hear what’s going on and also how they can be a participant of the process,” explains Tim O’Donnell.

This is a free event hosted at The Lake Dillon Theatre at 10am on Saturday, December 5th. No tickets or reservations are required. Please arrive at 9.45am to enjoy the available refreshments and take your seat in time for the beginning of the discussion.