by Emily Hagen, Grand Lake

Mention Grand Lake and most people picture snow-capped peaks, the clear waters of Colorado's largest natural lake, trout streams, and hiking trails. This magnificent mountain backdrop also inspires a rich environment for the arts and culture. Visual arts, live theatre, and music resonate throughout the community.

Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre fills the summer and fall calendar with professional family-oriented productions. As the summer sun sets behind the Never Summer Range, it is "lights up" on the stage in Grand Lake's historic Town Hall Community Center. From mid-June to late-August three different shows entertain audiences; with the right planning theatre-goers can enjoy all three productions on consecutive nights. A fourth show is presented on weekends from late-August through September.

To provide a cultural and creative outlet for youth the Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre offers theatre workshops for youth and teens. Each workshop concludes with weekend performances. Numerous workshop alumni have gone on to study theatre arts at colleges and universities.

Wooden boardwalks and rustic architecture lend a distinctive Western flair to Grand Lake's shops and galleries.

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