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Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the Porchlight Players

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The Porchlight Players will present a special Valentine's Day dinner theater production of "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" for the next two weekends. Tickets are available at www.porchlightplayers.org.
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Another spirited production by the Porchlight Players will help downvalley couples celebrate Valentine’s Day over the next two weekends.

“Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” the community theater’s fourth annual Valentine’s Day dinner theater event, will be performed Feb. 7-9 and 13-15 at the Brush Creek Pavilion in Eagle Ranch.

“Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is a fun, fast-paced show with many surprises,” said Porchlight president Ann Olin.

The cast for “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” includes: John Tedstrom as Lawrence Jameson; Lance Schober as Freddy Benson; Kamille McKinney as Christine Colgate; Scott Winnegrad as Andre Thibault; Nancy Lorenzi as Muriel Eubanks; and Trish Schultheis as Jolene Oakes. The ensemble includes Irish Boston, Rita Schneider, Lisa Schober, Alyssa Boddy and Andrew Arbour.

Based on the 1988 film of the same name starring Michael Caine and Steve Martin, “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” is the story of two men competing to swindle an American heiress out of $50,000. Lawrence Jamieson is a cultivated and suave British con artist who operates in the French Riviera. His signature con is seducing wealthy and morally suspect women and stealing their money. His only concern is a mysterious, anonymous con artist known only as “The Jackal” who has been preying on other wealthy victims of late.

When small-time American hustler Freddy Benson decides to search for easy marks in Beaumont-sur-Mer, Lawrence’s home base, Lawrence believes that the Jackal has shown his face. Lawrence knows that there is not enough room in Beaumont-sur-Mer for both of them, so a bet is proposed to decide who stays. The first to con $50,000 out of a selected mark will be allowed to stay, while the other must leave town and never return. Who will stay, who will go, and who is really swindling whom? With music and lyrics by David Yazbek (‘The Full Monty”) and a book by Jeffrey Lane, this foot-tapping musical is sure to spark lots of laughs.

“It is a classic story, told in other productions such as “My Fair Lady” of an expert taking a novice under his wing and teaching him the ropes,” said Olin “Of course, in this case, Lawrence is teaching Freddy to become a better con man.” Olin also said that the music is varied in style, making the show fun and fresh.

Porchlight Players was founded in 2004 to provide opportunities to both attend and participate in live theater in western Eagle County. While numerous theatrical opportunities exist in the eastern end of the valley around Vail and Beaver Creek, distance and cost combine to make live theater inaccessible to a great number of people in the west end communities.

Olin said the organization’s mission is to touch the community with theater, and bring theatrical performances to the community conveniently and economically.

“We look for venues locally so people can enjoy live theater in their own western end communities,” she said. “We keep our ticket prices as low as possible, and even free in some cases, so that people can afford to experience live theater.” The organization now has its own stage, sound and light systems. They also host an annual children’s theater camp.

The shows performed by the Porchlight Players’ generally sell out. Tickets include dinner catered by HP’s Provisions and Catering of Eagle Ranch, dessert tray served at the table, three drinks (beer, wine or soft drinks), complimentary coffee and tea service, and the show for $50. Doors open at 5:45 p.m.; dinner service starts at 6 p.m. Curtain at 7 p.m., with dessert and coffee or tea served at intermission. The group’s sponsor, Alpine Bank, underwrites “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”.

Tickets must be purchased in advance at http://www.porchlightplayers.com

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