Witness ‘Love at the Lake’ amid gloam at Valhalla Tahoe

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The “Love at the Lake” cast is about to take a bow during a rehearsal in the Boathouse Theatre at Valhalla Tahoe. From left, Chris Taylor, Rich Sargent, Joanie SanAgustin, Sharon Kerrigan, Matthew Ault, Tom Callahan, Andrea Rogers, director Mark D. Williams.
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They say there’s always magic in the air on Broadway – and in the Valhalla Boathouse Theatre.

A musical revue, “Love at the Lake,” will be presented over two weekends at the Tallac Historic Site as part of the Valhalla Art, Music & Theatre Festival on the shores of South Lake Tahoe.

“Love at the Lake” will feature sets with the different stages of love: attraction, desire, crisis and commitment.

Singer Sharon Kerrigan

“There are some classic songs as well as some modern ones,” music director Mark D. Williams said. “It’s a good mix of things that are lighter and funnier and things that are more serious.”

Broadway tunes include “Seasons of Love” from “Rent,” “Phantom of the Opera,” “Purple Summer” from “Spring Awakening,” Cole Porter’s “I Hate Men” from “Kiss Me, Kate” and “Burn” from “Hamilton.”

A professor at Lake Tahoe Community College, Williams has directed many Boathouse Theatre productions but this is the first since 2012.

A three-piece band is comprised of Sue Kinney Whitehouse on piano, Brian Bartlett on bass and Bill Rogers on drums.The singers are Chris Taylor, Rich Sargent, Joanie SanAgustin, Sharon Kerrigan, Matthew Ault, Tom Callahan and Andrea Rogers.

Six of the seven “Love at the Lake” 90-minute performances start at 7:30 p.m., so audience members will exit into the Lake Tahoe’s spectacular gloaming just after sunset. There is a 1 p.m. matinee on Sunday, July 7.

— Tim Parsons

  • Love at the Lake
    Presented by Valhalla Tahoe’s Broadway at the Boathouse
  • 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 5-6
  • 1 p.m. Sunday, July 7
  • 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, July 11-14
    Where: Boathouse Theatre, Tallac Historic Site
    Tickets: $20 and $28 LINK
    Phone: (530) 541-4975
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Rich Sargent and Tom Callahan during a rehearsal.

Andrea Rogers and Sue Kinney Whitehouse

Chris Taylor

Joanie SanAgustin Matthew Ault



About Tim Parsons

Tim Parsons is the editor of Tahoe Onstage who first moved to Lake Tahoe in 1992. Before starting Tahoe Onstage in 2013, he worked for 29 years at newspapers, including the Tahoe Daily Tribune, Eureka Times-Standard and Contra Costa Times. He was the recipient of the 2011 Keeping the Blues Alive award for Journalism.

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