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Area theater troupes team up for fund-raiser

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By AJ Vicens

The Main Street Players, Littleton’s longest-running community theater group, and the Ovation Players are looking for a bit of support in exchange for dinner and a show July 12.

The troupes will be hosting a fund-raising gala July 12 at Columbine Country Club. Tickets cost $45 and include dinner and a scene from “Eleemosynary” and “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.” The groups will also perform 11 numbers from other musicals staged during the 25-year history of the Main Street Players.

“It’s going to be a very nice time and a wonderful evening of entertainment,” said Allan Liebgott, producer of “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.” He added that because the two troupes are nonprofit organizations, up to 85 percent of the cost of the ticket is tax-deductible.

“This is to help support the overall effort of the show,” Liebgott said. “These things have a big price tag.”

He said people should support community theater because art is essential to well-rounded citizens, and it’s lacking in public schools.

“When you look at the schools, they’re the main breeding ground for artistic endeavor,” Liebgott said. “But, by and large, they are underrepresented by good, quality art programs.”

He added that community theater “offers the individuality of creative expression to children and adults … in a setting where the ability to be part of the show includes education about what putting a show together is all about.”

The current show is running July 18-27 at the Lakewood Cultural Center (tickets $18 to $26), but rehearsals are going on at South Jeffco’s Pinnacle Theater and Event Center. At a July 3 rehearsal, it was hard to tell that opening night is still two weeks out.

Liebgott sat back and watched as the actors — from high school students to adults in their 50s — ran through the entire show, a rehearsal during which the cast rarely missed a line or step, even though they were without a couple of the actors, and only two members of the show’s 15-piece orchestra were present.

Even in rehearsals, it was clear that the cast is ready, as the vocals were crisp and clear, and the acting was engaging and hilarious at times.

Liebgott looked like a proud father when asked about the quality of the show.

“Oh, they’re really very good,” he said.

    

For more information about the gala July 12, contact Allan Liebgott at 303-979-3738. Tickets for “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” can be purchased at the Lakewood Cultural Center box office, or call 303-987-7845. They’re also available at www.ovationplayers.com.