Fri & Sat Jan 6 + 7, 2023
6 pm doors, 7 pm show
Side Balcony $30
In this emotional and deliciously funny play written by Bekah Brunstetter (“This is Us”), all is going well for Della (Emma Messenger). Her North Carolina bakery is legendary and she’s just been cast on her favorite television baking competition. But then, her late-best-friend’s daughter comes home from New York City to ask her to make a cake for her upcoming wedding. When Della learns that Jen’s about to marry a woman, she is forced to re-examine her deeply held beliefs, as questions of morals, judgment and family swirl. Starring a cast of nationally recognized actors and directed by Heather Hughes.
Regional work includes Twelfth Night and The Tempest (Great River Shakespeare Festival); Men on Boats, As You Like It, The Cherry Orchard, The Grapes of Wrath, A Civil War Christmas, Henry IV parts 1&2 (Connecticut Repertory Theatre). Colorado credits include Tlittle Red! A New Musical, (Denver Center for the Preforming Arts), The Bluest Eye (Theatreworks); Cinderella, Bye Bye Birdie, Shrek the Musical, 9 to 5, White Christmas, Mary Poppins, and Reefer Madness (The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center); Little Shop of Horrors (Thin Air Theatre Co.); and Hairspray!(Performance Now! Theatre Company).
In addition to her acting work, Alex is also a Teaching Artist and an aspiring Intimacy Director.
Training: MFA, Uconn 2020
Kelly is thrilled to be part of this story. Originally from Northern California, she moved to Colorado and graduated from UNC with a BA in Musical Theatre and a Dance Minor. She is a proud member of The Honey Taps and is represented by Donna Baldwin Agency. Past favorite roles include Katherine (Disney’s Newsies), Fiona (Shrek the Musical), Charlotte (R&H’s Cinderella), Euterpe (Xanadu), and Sheila (A Chorus Line). Insta: @kellymaur Web: kellymaur.com
Heather is an actor, director and teaching artist and currently holds the title of Artist-in-Residence at Western Colorado University. As a teaching artist, Heather has worked with The Denver Center for the Performing Arts, The New Victory Theatre (NYC), ENACT (NYC), Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Hospital (NYC), Disney (NYC), and The Lincoln Center (NYC). As an actor, favorite roles include Persephone/Semele in Polaroid Stories (The Studio Theatre), Harper Pitt in Angels in America (The Little Theatre), Lizzie Borden in SICKS (Walker Space at SOHO Rep), and every male role in Off-Center at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts drag spectacular, DragOn. Heather is never happier then when she’s able to dig into an important theatre piece with actors she loves, so tonight’s reading of The Cake feels like a dream project. Heather wants to thank Brooke MacMillan and The Crested Butte Center for the Arts for always being so supportive, excited, and willing to bring live theatre to the Gunnison Valley.
Steven Cole Hughes
Steven is a Professor and the Director of Theatre at Western Colorado University. As an actor, he has worked at theatres all over the country including the The Gunnison Valley Theatre Festival, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Creede Repertory Theatre, Portland Center Stage, Baltimore Center Stage, Ensemble Studio Theatre in NYC, and has appeared on television in “Law & Order,” and “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.” He has a BA in Theatre from Indiana University and an MFA in Acting from the National Theatre Conservatory.