Trailblazer Theatre Announces its 2020 season



The Trailblazer Theatre Company is performing three shows in the 2020 Season, the Lamar community theatre group announced on Monday. Season tickets will go on sale this week.

In April, Lamar Community College Professor David Frankel will be directing Our Town: Lamar, Colorado. This is an adaptation by Frankel of the Thornton Wilder classic that will give it that hometown feel. Auditions will be at the end of January.

Madison Wagnaar will be back as director for the summer production, which will be Anne of Green Gables, a play adapted from the LM Montgomery children’s classic. This show, which will feature many of the local kids, is in July.

The season will round out in November 2020 with the annual theatrical variety show: The 2020 Fall Showcase. The showcase is popular because it gives people who don’t have a lot of time the opportunity to share their theatrical talents with the community. Frankel will direct the showcase.

“This isn’t all we will be doing this year,” said Trailblazer president Sue Lathrop, “but this is what we are considering our official season. This is what will be included in our season ticket package.” Tickets usually cost $8 per production, but a season ticket that includes all three shows will be $20. They will be for sale at the 2019 Fall Showcase or by calling the library.

The local theatre group has only been around since January of 2018 and had its first production just a year ago, but has since produced the Tony Award winning musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and the sold-out summer production of Peter Pan & Wendy. It is relying heavily on support from the community and local businesses, who have donated hundreds to help get the group going.

“Not every person likes or is good at sports,” said Lathrop. “Community theatre gives kids and adults a place to be creative and have fun together in a positive, healthy way. Theatre is truly for everyone.” It is also good for the economy, she added. The Arts tend to attract more people to a community, which in turn attracts more businesses and raises the reputation of the area.

But you do not have to want to act to get involved. Lathrop said there are lots of things people can do with the group if they would like to stay off the stage. “Costuming, set-design – even taking tickets or pointing lights at the stage are a necessary component of good theatre,” said Lathrop. “We are asking anyone who wants to get involved to contact us!” For more information, call the Lamar Public Library at 719-336-4632 or 719-336-1293.

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