Saturday, March 11, 2017

Day 26: Theater at Baldpate: Part Four, Sundeck to Key-thedral Theater

Nearly ten years after the addition of the stage on the Sundeck, Encore!Encore!, an incredible theater production group from Fort Collins, contacted me regarding their upcoming performances of an adaptation of Seven Keys at Baldpate asking if I would like to help sponsor. Of course I said YES!   (Over the years, many community theaters from around the country had done the same, and we were always pleased to help however best we could.) 

It was such a delightful performance at the Fort Collins Lincoln Center, both companies thought Baldpate’s stage had to be next!   We agreed!

Encore!Encore! 2009 Cast
So with one final update on Sundeck, now dubbed The Key-thedral Theater, the summer of 2009 brought a new level of expertise to our stage.

For the next several years, we enjoyed many performances by the Encore!Encore! family including radio play variations of Seven Keys to Baldpate and in 2011 another fun story, Arsenic & Old Lace.

As you can imagine, the sheer work and logistics of bringing a theater company to the mountains was incredible to say the least. 

The show will go on!
In 2012, with Encore!Encore! on sabbatical for a year, our own Estes Park Fine Arts Guild of the Rockies stepped in to meet the demands of our theater lovers.  Over the next couple of years, they delighted our guests with Southern Comforts & Love Letters in 2012, Marriage can be Murder 2013 (along with Encore!Encore! return with the radio play version of 7 Keys), Vintage Hitchcock 2014, and Coming Apart 2015, and back by demand, Seven Keys, story theater version in 2016. B3Creative joined our venue producing Barbara Boyer Buck’s original plays, Impossible Paradise in 2014 & Paradise Protected in 2015.

Outdoor theater brings it special challenges, be it rain or bears or who knows what! You still gotta say it is always an adventure!  

We are planning big events of course for this year!   So make plans now to come for our Birthday Celebrations special productions of Seven Keys to Baldpate, live on stage at the one and only Baldpate Key-thedral Theater!

Written by Lois Smith

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