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LDTC Mini-Series Episode 1: The Rehearsal Process

Have you ever been curious about how we put up a show? Or what things are important for actors and directors in a rehearsal process? Want to learn more about theatre in general? Introducing the Lake Dillon Theatre Company Mini-Series, where we take you behind the curtain to learn more about what we do and why.

In episode 1, we explore the rehearsal process. Stay tuned throughout our entire theatre season for 5 more episodes.



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Meet the Cast of The Cake: Kenneth Wayne Bradley

The Cake opens March 15, 2019, at the Lake Dillon Theatre Company. We sat down with the cast to learn more about why they are excited about the show! Today we feature Kenneth Wayne Bradley. The Cake is Kenneth’s LDTC debut!

What excites you about your first show in Summit County and with the LDTC?

Have you seen this place? Wow! The breathtaking mountains, the lake, the incredible Theatre! Every picture I take is a postcard straight from the chamber of commerce!   And getting to work with Melissa Livingston again is a dream come true! I couldn’t pass this up!

What can audiences expect when they come to The Cake?

I think they will see a version of themselves in at least one of the characters, and pieces of themselves in ALL the characters!  I think sometimes in our new hyper-social media world we sometimes get duped into the falsehood that things are either black or white.  These people are very real, multi-dimensional, warm and rounded…and they all have a heart. The writer has captured each character’s inherent human warmth along with their flaws.  She has taken a complete 360-degree view of EACH character which I as an actor, love, but so will the audience.

How do you relate with your character?

Tim lives life as he sees it.  He doesn’t intentionally judge, he just doesn’t know any better.  I think we’re all a bit guilty of that. Recognizing it is key. Change doesn’t come with the snap of a finger. It takes encouragement, and love and civil conversation for your eyes to start to open…and it takes time. And a bit of mashed potatoes!

What is most exciting about being in The Cake?

The “family” created when staging a live production is dear to my heart. The bonds we create with each other and that live connection to the audience is something that I have always deeply treasured.  It is very real and organic and there’s nothing else like it on earth! That’s what makes the theatre experience, and the audiences who come to witness it, the best in the world! And THIS story is sure to connect on all levels; humor, tragedy, philosophy… it’s timeliness, and it has it all.  And I think it will open up real face to face conversation, patience and an understanding of how the other person lives, without judgment… which we desperately need right now.

What is the most Challenging?

Well, dodging the snow avalanches!! I’m more the guy who grabs an inner-tube and floats down the river in 113 degree weather!!! I am learning a fast lesson about another side to Mother Nature! But I love it up here!

Don’t miss out on the instant mashed potato hilarity!

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Meet The Cast Of The Cake: Claire Kennedy

The Cake by Bekah Brunstetter opens March 15, 2019, at the Lake Dillon Theatre Company. We sat down with each of the cast members to learn more about their characters and what excites them about the Show. Today we caught up with past LDTC performer Claire Kennedy who will take the role of Jen in The Cake.

What most excites you about coming back to Summit County and the LDTC? 

I love the people here. The artistic vision and integrity of the LDTC family and the kind community throughout Summit County…I’m excited to be back with such good people.

What can audiences expect when they come to The Cake

Audiences can expect to laugh, hopefully, be inspired and moved. They can expect to see multiple sides of important issues, and maybe be opened to new perspectives.

How do you relate with your character? 

My character Jen is full of life and energy and she loves her family. I relate to her sense of wanting to give and love all she can. I’m a people person and I always love to learn all I can about everyone I meet.

What is most exciting about being in The Cake

It’s a wonderful cast and crew, which is always exciting. And I’m excited to share the hearts of these very different, but loving characters. I think they’re all striving to do their best, to stand up for themselves and what they believe, while also learning and changing along the way. This play showcases very real, and at times challenging, conversations that are happening all across this country. Sharing that and hopefully opening hearts and minds is why I love my job.

What is the most Challenging? 

There are wonderful moments of fun and laughter and moments of strong feelings and thoughts throughout this play. So if I had to name a challenge, perhaps striving to maintain the balance of those two things, to create a joyous and thought provoking experience.

Don’t miss this delicious new comedy!

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The Absolute Brightness Of Leonard Pelkey is the first production of the Lake Dillon Theatre Company’s 2018 summer season. This season, we want to share with the community what it means “to be human” and to celebrate humanity.

The play follows Chuck DeSantis, a small Jersey Town Cop, who is investigating the disappearance of Leonard Pelkey, a flamboyant, optimistic fourteen-year-old. As the story unfolds, we see how a community reacts when someone goes missing.

This show offers a look at how one community addresses LGBT issues and how its residents respond to a series of tragic events. This show is timely, poignant, funny and important. It is an inside look at how each of us build a connection with the people around us.

For a more enriching theatre experience come early and stay late for the prologue and epilogue. The Prologue is a ten-minute production preview A LDTC staff member offers a brief introduction including themes, production history, information about the playwright and more. After the show, take part in a post-show discussion with company members. Actor Jeff Roark and the show’s designers will lead a discussion inviting the audience to ask questions concerning the production.

The Lake Dillon Theatre Company would like to thank our 2018 Summer Theatre sponsors Town of Silverthorne, The Summit Foundation, Kaiser Permanente, the Outlets at Silverthorne, Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate, Affinity Wealth Management Group, Heavenly Times Hot Tubs & Billiards, KUNC, and The Summit Express.

Performances are June 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, and 24. Tickets are $29-$46 and can be purchased HERE.

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Meet New Staff Member Jen Schwartz

1.  What are you most excited about working at the LDTC?
How do I choose?  I suppose having a degree in Theatre, getting back to my roots in the Arts is what I look forward to the most. Even if I am not back on stage, just being in the environment gives me a sense of pure joy.  I have to add that the community aspect of the Theatre is hard to ignore.  We provide such an amazing experience for all ages, it’s hard not to be excited about that….okay one more, this Team is amazing.  I genuinely enjoy coming to work everyday knowing I’ll be among some of the best people around.

2.  What do you love most about Summit County?
Look Outside, we live in paradise!  I love that while Summit County is a popular vacation destination, we are still small….ultimately I have to admit the people are what I love the most.  I swear I make a new friend everyday!….which is super easy to do with all of the events, festivals and amenities around town.

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3.  What kind of activities do you participate in Summit County?
My favorite things to do are hike and trail run with my dogs.  There are so many amazing trails to explore up here, finding new and beautiful places with my four legged kids makes for a fantastic day.  I am a big fan of winter (good thing) so try to take advantage of as many winter activities as I can, though I am looking forward to putting together my garden, BBQ season, and of course paddle boarding on the reservoir this summer.

4.  Why theatre?  
I was practically born on the stage (thanks mom).  I have never had a feeling in my lifetime like looking out at an audience seeing, hearing, and feeling their reactions.  There is something about being able to sit in a seat and be taken to a place you had no idea existed.  To be able to connect with the actors on the stage – be moved by a simple phrase, a look, a song, or a dance move – it’s like nothing else in the world.  It’s a gift.

5.  What do you think will be the most challenging and rewarding thing about your new position?
I love the fact that I get to marry my two lives together.  I spent the first half of my life on stage and the second in the business world.  I am so fortunate to have been given the opportunity to be in an environment that I thrive in, utilizing the skills I have worked so hard to perfect.  My biggest challenge besides the desire to be the best I can be for this Company and our community (seriously), will be not singing along during rehearsals and performances!

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