TELLURIDE – It may seem like just yesterday that the Telluride Repertory Theatre Company got its start, but the beloved community theater troupe that has brought this distant corner of the Rocky Mountains everything from Little Shop of Horrors to Much Ado About Nothing and Waiting for Godot is nearly legal drinking age and it’s cause for celebration.
But banish any thoughts of beer, popcorn and movie theater candy for what promises to be a swank affair. This Saturday, March 12, thespians and theater fans are invited to lift a glass to the Rep in style at a gala champagne and dinner reception in celebration of the 20 (and-a-bit years) that have passed since starting as the seed of an idea in the minds of founders Angela (Cavins) Watkins, Suzan Beraza and Bunzy Bunworth back in 1990, to become the local, cultural institution it is today.
“We’re actually 20-and-a-half,” said Dylan Brooks, chair of the Rep’s board of directors, going on to describe the evening’s planned festivities.
“It was designed as a great date night,” he continued, elaborating on the four-course menu created for the occasion by Mountaintop Catering and paired with perfect wines – from sparkling to port – thanks to the Republic National Distributing Company.
Dinner begins with a nut-glazed Brie with dried apricot, figs, red seedless grapes and crostini, followed by a mixed green salad with beets, orange segments, toasted almond slivers and Craisins in an Asian vinaigrette.
The main course provides a choice of blackened grouper with mango avocado salsa and lemon-scented saffron rice or Osso Bucco with creamy rosemary polenta. The meal ends with a trio chocolate mousse cake.
In between, a host of beloved Rep performers past and present – think Beraza, Jeb Berrier, Ashley Boling, Buff Hooper, Judy Kohin, Leo McNamara, Bob Saunders and Watkins – will take to the stage in numbers from Hair, Chicago, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Cabaret and Cinderella in Telluride during the family-friendly evening.
Two special guest performers, Jade Graham and Joey Lindley, will also be back in town to help make the evening a success.
Equal parts celebration and 2011 season fundraiser, the event offers guests the opportunity to bid on a variety of items, highlights of which include a number of travel packages, during a small, silent auction to help fund the year ahead.
Highlights of the coming season include: the return of the ACTions Tours and its kid-oriented theater with a positive message, now in its 18th year; a still undetermined musical that will play for a two-week run in July at the Michael D. Palm Theatre; an equally as-of-yet-undecided Shakespeare in the Park production directed by Berrier playing in Telluride Town Park for two weeks in August; and contemporary play readings.
The Telluride Repertory Theatre Company celebrates its 20th Anniversary with a gala evening at the Ah Haa Gallery on Saturday, March 12, 7-10 p.m. Tickets are $150 for adults and $75 for children 12 and under. For tickets or more information call 970/728-4539 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.