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Why We Love Holiday Music So much

There are a lot of arguments out there around the playing of holiday music too early. While some save the holiday music for well, the Holidays, there are so many reasons why it makes us happy and brings us back to a more joyful time of our lives. Here are a few reasons to get into the spirit of the season and listen to some of the most classic songs to ever exist.

It’s Joyful.

Yes, there are a few songs out there that talk about giving up your heart on Christmas and having it given away the very next day, but most of us are blaring “Joy to the World” and “Deck the Halls” and who could forget every elementary kid’s favorite “Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer.” If these titles didn’t make you smile, you might be the Grinch.

It’s Scientifically Proven To Make You Happier

On a neurological level, your brain connects holiday music to those joyful times in your life. The nostalgia certain songs bring you helps your brain make these connections.

Bing Crosby

Better known as the father of holiday music. His albums are still on top as some of the best holiday albums ever made, and most everyone in the world has heard his renditions of “O’ Holy Night,” “White Christmas,” and just about every other joy-filled tune played during the Holiday Season.

Holiday Follies

That’s right, the Lake Dillon Theatre Company’s Holiday Follies are the perfect opportunity to get in the spirit of the season. A perfect mix of yuletide classics and new songs celebrating the season of giving. It is a warm hug by a cozy fire. Featuring some of the LDTC’s favorite artists including Chrissy Schmidt, Bob Moore, Alexa Hendrickson, Caleb Warren, Britney Jeffery, and Arnold Harper II. So, what are you waiting for? Get ready for a whole lot of holiday celebrations and purchase your tickets before they run out. We can’t wait to see you there!

Why We Sing Auld Lang Syne on New Year’s Day

As soon as anyone mentions “Auld Lang Syne,” you probably start singing it in your head. The tune has long been the song for the new year. But where did it come from, and why do we sing it as the ball drops at midnight on January 1st?

A Brief History

“Auld Lang Syne” roughly translates to for old times sake in Scottish. The earliest known history of the song dates back to 1788 when Robert Burns sent the poem to Scots Musical Museum indicating it was an ancient song. While Burns claims he did not write the song he was the first to put it on paper. It became a favorite song in Scotland and was sang during several occasions from weddings to the New Year, but it wasn’t until 1928 that the old Scottish song became famous around the world.

Credit for its worldwide popularity can be given to the band Guy Lombardo and the Royal Canadians. Lombardo was raised in Ontario which was founded by Scots. This made him well aware of Scottish history and of course, the famous poem Burns put on paper. Auld Lang Syne was one of the bands popular songs, and when it hit the airwaves, the world was hooked.

“Auld Lang Syne” Meaning

Though the old tune has been around for years, the meaning of the song is why it is so significant for the New Year. Auld Lang Syne is about reminiscing old friendships and looking back over the events of the past year. It asks the question, “Should old acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind?” In other words, should we forget all past acquaintances and move on or remember for old times sake? The song offers reflection and hope for a better new year.

New York New Year’s Eve

We won’t forget about our LDTC acquaintances old or new in 2020, and invite you to spend New Year’s Eve at the LDTC. Sing Auld Lang Syne with us during New York New Year’s Eve doors open at 6:00 PM we count down to the New Year at 10:00 PM (Midnight New York Time).

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2019 Isn’t Over Yet!

I don’t know about you, but this is one of my favorite times of the year. The buzzing of summer has calmed down, the leaves are falling, and the snow isn’t quite sure if it wants to stay around just yet. Even though it may look like the Lake Dillon Theatre Company is settling in for a long winter’s nap, there are still so many things happening in the last two months of the year. So if you are like me, and use this time to plan for the holidays settle in to find out what’s coming up at the LDTC.

Divas and Duets

Our final Signature Concert of the year features Summit County local and LDTC alum, Kelly Renoux. We invite you to join us on November 8th and 9th for a night of story and song. This event is sure to scratch your theater-going itch until we open the final show of our 25th Anniversary Season.

Tiny Beautiful Things 

Admit it, we’ve all needed guidance in our lives, and sometimes the best person to give us that advice is a stranger. As we close out our 25th Anniversary Season entitled, To Be Connected, we explore what it means to be connected to those we have never met. Want to learn more about Tiny Beautiful Things? Click here!

Holiday Follies

Everyone’s favorite holiday extravaganza is back! Our holiday variety show features holiday music, comedy interludes, stories and so much more. It’s festive cheer for the whole family! Don’t wait for the holiday rush! Tickets are on sale now!

New York New Year’s Eve

Our final celebration of 2019 will take place in New York City time! Join us at 6:00 PM for dinner, special cabaret performances, and so much more! Then countdown to Midnight New York Time (or 10:00 PM our time)! Learn more about this special evening here!


So, there you have it! Four exciting events to end our 25th Anniversary season. We hope you will join us! We’ll have a seat waiting for you.

Cabaret: A Brief History

With Summer in full swing, the Lake Dillon Theatre Company is gearing up for one of it’s most popular events of the year, Summer Sunday Cabarets! This year the LDTC will feature four Summer Sunday Cabarets with a variety of themes including, ‘My first job,’ ‘The Ensemble,’ ‘Beatlemania!,’ and the ever popular ‘Jukebox Musicals.’ With a summer full of excitement and the music of Mamma Mia! these four musical events are the cherry on top of the LDTC’s 25th Anniversary Season.

But where did cabaret originate? And why do we enjoy these intimate story-telling concerts? Here is a brief history.

Cabaret’s origin has been traced to Europe in the late 19th Century. While this kind of entertainment was seen across Europe during this time the first cabaret has been credited to France and took place in November 1881 in Paris. Rodolphe Salis created what was initially called Le Cabaret Artistique which began a culture in which musicians, dancers, poets, and even writers would gather to discuss their ideas and works over drinks and food.

We now know cabaret as a frivols art form in which artists gather to perform for an audience while they dine or drink. When you attend a cabaret at the Lake Dillon Theatre Company you will be greeted with so much more than just a show. Each performer brings their own unique story to the stage. Many times, these meaningful stories engage audiences in ways that a regular theatre performance cannot.

So what are you waiting for? Come to the Cabaret and listen to the music and the story!

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‘Cool Kid’ Chronicles

Polkadots: The Cool Kid Musical talks all about what it means to be a ‘Cool Kid’. People often ask, “What is a Cool Kid?” Well, if you are reading this, then you are already a pretty cool kid! Cool Kids encompass the best of our amazing country: a belief that we are all created equal. Cool Kids come in every shape, size, color, age, orientation, and religion.

Lily Polkadot and Sky Square in ‘Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical’

Cool kids surround us everyday! In fact, even YOU are a cool kid! We thought it would be interesting to ask some of the actors here at  Lake Dillon Theatre Company what being a ‘Cool Kid’ means to them!

First, we asked actor Corey Barrow who plays Henry Square in Polkadots. Corey said, “Being a cool kid means owning who you are no matter where you come from, what you look like, how you talk, just know that you are you, and you are magnificent!”

Next, we asked actress Sofie Flores who plays Gabby Square and Mamma Square in Polkadots.

Sofie said she thinks “A cool kid is someone that embraces who they are and treats others with the same respect that they want to be treated with!”

Lily Polkadot and Sky Square in ‘Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical’

It is important to be the coolest kid you can be! This means accepting yourself as uniquely you and accepting others as uniquely them. You will never meet the same person twice; we are all different in our own special, and amazing ways! Learning to accept the people around you for who they are is a key component in being as cool as possible. Accepting individuality does not have to mean agreeing or disagreeing. Instead, embrace one another and recognize the amazing contributions that each and every one of us gives to the world around us. Accepting yourself and others is a great way to make a difference in the world so come as you are ‘Cool Kids’! Let’s unite and stay cool!


Come watch Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical at The Lake Dillon Theatre Company July 6, 12, 13, 20, 26; August 2, 3, & 9 At 10:00 AM. Tickets available for purchase at the box office the day of the performance.

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Instagram Takeover: Tony Melson

Want to see opening week from the perspective of an actor? Tony Melson a member of the Ensemble of Mamma Mia! gives you an exclusive view of what tech week entails for an actor at the Lake Dillon Theatre Company during his Instagram takeover!


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Mamma Mia! runs now – Aug 11! Purchase tickets today!

In the Rehearsal Room: Mamma Mia!

It’s safe to say Summer is in full swing at the LDTC. Tell Me on a Sunday is in its last week and Mamma Mia! has been in rehearsals for a week now. Since the LDTC has a fast rehearsal schedule once they start we know opening is not far off. With this in mind, there was exciting energy in the room during the cast’s first dance rehearsal.

Before they start director Adam Estes talks Gina Ward, Abigail Gardner, and Christina Schmidt through the scene of “Honey Honey”.

Gina (Sophie) jumps to action as Christina (Lisa) and Abigail (Ali) practice their reactions.

As a director, it is important for Adam to watch every move and make adjustments as needed.


Mamma Mia! Opens June 28 tickets are selling fast so purchase today!


Tell Me on a Sunday Rehearsals

By now you’ve probably heard, but if you haven’t, the Lake Dillon Theatre Company is opening the first show of the 2019 Summer Season Tell Me on a SundayThis production by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black explores the story of a young British woman newly arrived in New York City. Brimming with optimism, she sets out to seek success, companionship and, of course, love. But as she weaves her way through the maze of the city and her own anxieties, frustrations, and heartaches, she begins to wonder whether she’s been looking for love in all the wrong places. Earlier this week we took a behind the scenes look at the rehearsal process for this one-woman show.

Emily Dennis and Dan Gaeber work beautifully together on “Nothing Like You’ve Ever Known.” After running the song the pair speak about the meaning behind the lyrics and moments for Emily to take during the song. During this rehearsal community member, Jon Kirkpatrick visits for a special page to stage benefit which is available for specific donors to the theater.

Director Josh Blanchard gets up and helps Emily run through the song “Sheldon Bloom.” Before Emily sing through the song they do some quick, fun choreography that brings the story to life.

After the slow run through Emily takes the “stage” and puts the words together with the new steps.

Even seemingly simple steps are practiced.

After they sing and dance through rehearsal Emily diligently writes notes on her score to help her remember for the next rehearsal and ultimately the show.

See all this hard work come together during Tell Me on a Sunday’s run June 1 – 23 in the Henry Studio Theatre at the Silverthorne Performing Arts Center 460 Blue River Parkway, Silverthorne, CO.

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