The Lake Dillon Theatre Company is a professional theatre committed to enhancing the quality of life in Summit County and the Colorado Front Range by providing unique and accessible cultural experiences through the Performing Arts. We increase imagination, engagement and empathy in our community through our performance, educational and outreach programing.
2020 MISSION STATEMENT:
So that we can continue to engage our patrons with cultural experiences, the Lake Dillon Theatre Company is dedicated to providing uplifting virtual and digital programming until we are able to welcome audiences again at the Silverthorne Performing Arts Center. Additionally, we offer responsible outdoor performing arts programs while prioritizing public health and safety.
By 2020, the Lake Dillon Theatre Company will become a destination, regional theatre recognized for its quality and variety of work, unique character, and intimate experience while having achieved financial stability.
Our vision includes expanded facilities, broadened theatre programming, and enhanced performing arts education accomplished through increased community, corporate, and foundation partnerships.
EDUCATION STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:
The Lake Dillon Theatre Company's educational programming engages a diverse community of youth and adults through discovery, collaboration, and creation of performing arts. Our education and enrichment initiatives provide inclusive environments to imaginatively and empathically explore the world around us.
The Lake Dillon Theatre Company and the Silverthorne Performing Arts Center is located on sacred land that has been a site of human activity for over 12,000 years. This land is the ancestral territory of the Native American Mountain Utes. We acknowledge all of the peoples whom have been care takers of the land on which we work, create, and welcome.
The Lake Dillon Foundation for the Performing Arts dba the Lake Dillon Theatre Company (LDTC) was incorporated March 10, 1993. The LDTC's purpose was to raise funds for a capital expansion project for the Lake Dillon Amphitheater and subsequently produce a free summer concert series now known as the Sunset at the Summit. After a successful capital campaign, the organization expanded to include a chamber concert series, a youth educational series now called the Youth Theatre Workshop, and an amateur theater company now operating as a professional, regional theatre.
In 1995, the LDTC moved into an historic building built in 1899 that once served as Dillon Town Hall. The LDTC added a lobby, a workshop, and lighting booth. In 2002, the LDTC hired its first full-time employee, an Artistic/Executive Director. Fundraising efforts in 2003 enabled the company to expand its lobby and lighting booth, upgrade audience bathroom facilities, and add office space, a dressing room and a green room.
Since 2008, the LDTC has grown from a seasonal community theatre to a financially and artistically successful year-round professional theatre company. The LDTC season pass holder and donor bases increased almost 500% from 2006 to 2014. Through ongoing partnerships with The Summit Foundation and the Town of Dillon, the LDTC is one of the most visible and patronized arts organizations in Summit County. During this time, the LDTC has experienced strategic, steady growth in earned and contributed revenues, allowing for increased investment into community programs.
In 2012, the Board of Directors and senior staff drafted a strategic plan outlined several goals including increased community programming, increased financial stability, and eventual expansion into a larger location. Since then, we have worked diligently to implement the goals outlined in the strategic plan.
The LDTC has worked to increase the quality of its productions and programs through enhanced staff and implementation of core values. In May 2013, the LDTC joined the Actors Equity Union becoming one of a handful of member theater companies in Colorado. In 2014, the LDTC joined Theatre Communication Group and became one of two organizations, along with Theatre Aspen, to be part of the National Alliance of Musical Theaters.
Additionally, staff and board members have dedicated its efforts to increased fundraising through a multi-year pledge donation program to support the organization's programs. Through the increased support of granting agencies, corporations, board giving, and individual contributions, we plan to continue to enhance performance, educational and community programs.
During this period of growth, in November 2013, The Lake Dillon Theatre Company (LDTC) and Town of Silverthorne (TOS) began exploring the opportunity to partner on a new theatre facility based upon the intersection of goals identified by both organizations. The LDTC was looking towards relocating to a larger facility to enhance operational efficiency, increase earned and contributed revenue opportunities, and further cement our company as a regional destination theatre. TOS was exploring potential catalysts to develop downtown Silverthorne into a lively and economically viable place to be. Leaders from both organizations soon determined that building a new performing arts center would be the first step in fulfilling our joint vision.
In spring of 2015, the LDTC launched a $3.8M capital campaign, which included $2.7M in support of construction and FFE towards the total $9M performing arts center budget. TOS funded the remaining $6.3M of the construction and design costs. Just under 16,000 square feet, the new performance venues included expanded patron spaces (lobby, bar, restrooms) 3 flexible performance venues, scenic and wardrobe shops, dressing rooms, an additional classroom, and administrative offices. Furthermore, spaces within the facility were designed to display temporary art features curated by TOS staff and committee.
The LDTC staff moved into the Silverthorne Performing Arts Center in April 2017, celebrating our grand opening with our first public performance of Sister Act the Musical on June 23. The administrative and patron spaces are aesthetically inviting and inspiring, while the operational and performance spaces allow for the creation of theatre, music, and dance. And the multiple production venues have allowed us to expand the scope of our storytelling in ways that have deeply impacted our community of patrons and neighbors.
Our new home at the Silverthorne Performing Arts Center certainly fulfills key aspects in our ongoing strategic plan, including expanded facilities, broadened theater and educational programming, and increased community visibility. But more importantly, the new performing arts center has become a vital anchor for community enrichment and identity, as well as a gathering place that members from throughout our diverse community have embraced as their own. And we at the LDTC are both honored and elated to be at the center of such unique growth and excitement at the Silverthorne Performing Arts Center.
Today, the LDTC has a 7-member full-time staff, an enthusiastic Board of Directors and volunteer base, plus a growing season pass holder base. Since January 2014, approximately 5500 new patron contacts have been added to our patron list. In 2019, the LDTC celebrated its second full year of programming in the new Silverthorne Performing Arts Center.
In 2020, the LDTC has continued to fulfill its mission of enhancing the quality of life for Summit County guests and residents by offering 17 free, unique online theatre, music, and educational programs for all ages; a robust outdoor, in-person, physically distanced youth theatre program serving more than 100 of Summit County's youth; and an outdoor concert series with performances throughout Summit County neighborhoods.
In 2021, the LDTC continued with more than a dozen safe, arts-based programs for youth and teens. Following health protocols from public officials and theatre unions, the LDTC offered intimate, indoor concerts with limited audience capacity and physically distanced seating. By mid-summer, the LDTC returned to producing live theatre with 10 outdoor performances of SHOUT: The Mod Musical. And in August and September, the company brought live theatre back indoors with more than 30 performances of the hit musical review 8-Track: The Sounds of the 70's and two-person play The Roommate. This December marks the return of the family-friendly, holiday spectacular Holiday Follies, this year bigger than ever featuring nearly 20 singers, actors, dancers and musicians and 11 performances for audiences of all ages.
We are honored by the continued support of our patrons and partnerships with our sponsors and partners and will continue to serve our community through the performing arts.
"I wanted to thank you for that terrific performance at the Keystone Ranch. It was a great way to spread some good cheer and great talent without spreading the virus!! Sad thing is it made me realize how much I miss live theatre." - Anonymous Patron, 2020
"I wanted to write NOW because I am feeling overwhelmed by the amazing things Lake Dillon Theatre is doing during this very difficult time. And what joy you have brought a particularly hard week for my family! ..... The classes, the zoom get togethers...ALL THAT... have given us stuff to look forward to and have kept us connected while we have been forced to be apart. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU FOR BEING WHO YOU ARE, AND FOR ALL YOU DO. YOU ARE THE BEST. - Sandi B, 2020
"Community Connections! Sharing an LDTC theatre experience with our friends neighbors promotes wonderful conversations among community members that might not otherwise be had. Watching a story being expressed on an intimate LDTC stage is a powerful experience that inspires great discussions. Conversations with a neighbor or friend begin with the wonderful play we just saw at LDTC, but then continue on to fun, political, cultural, or difficult topics that are easier discussed within the context of the play. The LDTC has done a fantastic job of bringing thought-provoking, culturally current issues to the stage which can create community connections through dialogue.
The LDTC has renewed my love for theatre by bringing high quality productions to smaller stages. Intimate performances are so much more captivating than huge auditorium experiences. The variety of shows has been remarkable and I've enjoyed attending performances with many different friends!" Jen Barchers, Colorado Mountain College Professor, Town of Dillon Council Member, 2018
"While the citizens and officials of Silverthorne could not be more excited about the opening of the Performing Arts Center and the inaugural season of the Lake Dillon Theatre Company in the new facility, this is only the beginning of the growth and development of the arts in our mountain community. With the creation of the new non-profit Silverthorne Arts Initiative, opportunities for the community to support and participate in the development of the arts in Silverthorne are virtually limitless." Mayor Bruce Butler, Town of Silverthorne, 2017
"My daughter participated in her first Lake Dillon Theatre Company workshop 3 years ago and became immediately addicted. These workshops have made a huge impact on her, and I have seen her self-confidence and enthusiasm soar. She doesn't want to miss a workshop, and this is partly because she loves performing and singing, but it is more than that. She has made many friends through the workshops, and they stay friends long after the workshops are over. She has learned a lot about theater in a fun, no-stress atmosphere, and it has given her more clarity and direction about the person she wants to become. She has learned about a variety of different shows and learned the history and the context of them. My daughter wants to go into theater as a career thanks to the LDTC workshops, but I recommend these workshops to all kids. The experience tends to help to bring kids out of their shells and let them be themselves and really express who they are in a way that they don't get to do in their everyday lives. I feel strongly about the positive impact of these workshops on children, and I highly recommend them!" Amy J Clark, 2017
"Suzy and I make every effort to attend the prologue and epilogue talk backs, whether attending the performance for the first or many times. They are always educational and insightful whether the discussion is about the play and/or playwright, set design, actor aspirations, production (lighting and sound) and so many more. The talk backs just enrich the experience and gives one a greater appreciation for the production." Cap Witzler, Season Producer, 2017
(The) Cabaret art form is THE most personal, intimate type of performance. The audience gets an insight into the life, interests and talents of the artist when they share "aside comments" during the show. Those famous show-stopping songs, the romantic ballads, or the off-the-wall comedic songs never before heard will fill the venue for a great evening of fun. The Lake Dillon Theatre Company always brings the best talent available from around the theatre-world. What a wonderful experience!" -Sharon Anderson, Patron, 2017
"Theatre and the performing arts add a special dimension to living in Summit County and allow all of us, at a very reasonable cost, to enjoy a variety of types of entertainment in our own backyard. The LDTC productions are quite professional and very entertaining while intimate and with immediate connection to the audience. Many times you feel you are a part of the play." Howard and Sue Carver, Patrons, 2016
"What an interesting and educational experience to go behind the scenes like we did. Meeting agents, directors, writers and entire casts was unique and wonderful. LDTC gives you so much for your money that this becomes a MUST on your agenda! LDTCs experience is not to be missed for an insider's dose of frenetic, exciting Broadway!" - Charlotte Clarke, Patron, 2016
"It has been wonderful to participate in the unique experience of reading and discussing plays with a group of bright and insightful people. The discussion is greatly enhanced by the leadership of theater professionals; (the staff) add the dimensions of actor, producer, and director to broaden our understanding of the playwright's intentions. The resulting 'picture' is more than the written word! Participants have varied backgrounds and experiences, augmenting my understanding by bringing multiple perspectives to the play. An additional benefit is that my involvement with the Lake Dillon Theater Company is greatly increased!" -Sue Greene, The Play Club Participant, 2015
"I always come for the Prologue and stay for the Epilogue. The Prologue is a perfect opportunity to deepen and expand my thoughts and feelings about the performance. I enjoy learning something about the author and some history of the piece. I'm involved even before the play begins! The Epilogue allows us the space to deepen, mull over, and congeal our experience of the show. Many bright and insightful thoughts are shared! Also, staying for the Epilogue gives us an opportunity to visit with and get to know the actors, which is one of my favorite parts of my theater experience! And lastly, staying for the Epilogue offers the opportunity to chat with our wonderful staff and fellow patrons, which is such a joy. I'm a huge fan of the Lake Dillon Theater!"
-Joni Bauer, Season Subscription Holder, 2015
"The small space is certainly unique; but mostly, it's the people. The staff is professional, dedicated, and hard-working, yet the mood holds the kind of enthusiasm I've only often seen in community theatre where everyone is there for fun. I thought I was done with theatre for quite a while, but when I first came here I noticed a positive and encouraging environment. Everyone from the directors, design team, actors, and crew have specific responsibilities and talents, but egos don't get in the way of the overall goal to create a professional quality production. Also, the audiences are incredibly open-minded and encouraging. It's great to see a theatre do such a diverse variety of new work, familiar musicals, comedies, and serious dramas while continuing to maintain such a supportive patron base."
- Scenic Designer, Jared Grohs, Nominated for a 2015 Colorado Theatre Guild 'Henry Award' for his design of FREUD'S LAST SESSION
"I loved the way the FREUD'S LAST SESSION engaged me, I was front row and felt like I could have joined in the conversation at any moment. The actors were wonderful in their roles and held my interest through out the play. I enjoyed both the prologue and epilogue and am now looking forward to reading the book that inspired the play. Thanks for a wonderful evening!"
"What I enjoy most about cabaret concerts at the LDTC are the personal stories woven into the songs. At a cabaret, you are sitting three feet away from the performer and you feel like they are performing just for you. You hear songs performed that you have heard all your life with a story behind it that makes you live it right along with the actor. The cabaret is a wonderful form of entertainment that should not be missed.
-Linda Kelly, Lake Dillon Theatre Company Board Member and Cabaret Enthusiast, 2015
"My son and grandchildren were visiting me in Boulder. My daughter, highly recommended BIG RIVER. We LOVED the production - professional, entertaining, engaging. We enjoyed the proximity to the cast and being included by them. The grandchildren ages 10-16 were enthralled by the performance, especially Gabe, who sat at the edge of his chair leaning in almost the entire time. Excellent experience and a friendly reception by all who worked on the play, cast, crew, and Lake Dillon staff. Thank you so much." -Regina Marian, 2014
"I always leave feeling like I saw a very professional production.
Wow, very intimate, excellent cast and staging, especially considering the small space. The live music was a plus. When "Jim" sang "Free at Last," I got goosebumps for the first time in a long time at the theater. We spend a few weeks in Breckenridge every summer and will definitely attend Lake Dillon company again... Also, this was the first live theater experience for our 14 year old grandson. He expected to hate it, but, ta da, he LOVED it. Thank you."
"The Lake Dillon Theatre picked a thought-provoking, meaningful play to produce. We were talking about it all the way home and I continue to wonder about choices that the characters made and the nature of evil when it becomes attached to dogmatic religion. The characters were also isolated from support they might have received from a caring religious community. Would this kind of support have changed the outcome?"
Anonymous, (On GRACE by Craig Wright) January 2014
"The summer celebration was fantastic. Just to be in the room with all that talent, enthusiasm and dedication." - Steve Smith, 2014
"I love volunteering at the theatre for a variety of reasons, but most importantly being part of the wonderful talent that is here. Volunteering at the theatre is great fun because of interacting with the people who are attending the production. Their enthusiasm is contagious as is their love of theater." - Shirley Beatty, Summer 2013
'Another solid, fun performance of "Xanadu", from the Lake Dillon Theatre gang. Hats off (to the LDTC staff) for assembling another extremely talented cast and producing a real funny show. Great singing, acting, dancing and, oh yeah, roller skating."
-Scott Sperry, August 2012
"I loved your tongue-in-cheek take on Xanadu! What fun!!! Thanks for involving the audience members by sitting in our laps, stroking our hair, singing those old familiar 80s hits, and roller blading into our hearts!"
-Renee Holmes Anderson, July 2012
"Congratulations Christopher Alleman, Josh Blanchard, Selah Grace and the cast and crew of Spider Woman! Beautiful work! Loved it!" -Award-Winning Denver-based Actor, Director, Choreographer and Producer Nick Sugar, July 2012
"Thank you to the cast and crew of Xanadu for making my niece Betsy's 13th birthday so special. We loved the show!"
-Kate Rich Hudnut, July 2012