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Chief Players to perform ‘Shel Shocked!’ at theater for 2 weekends

Laura Trabka

Jessica Miller and Scott Parker rehearse a scene from Shel Shocked, which will be presented by the Chief Players starting at 8 p.m. Friday at the Chief Theater.

The Chief Players will be back at it again as the group takes on its second show at the Chief Theater with "Shel Shocked! A Very Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein."

And the word “adult” is stressed.

"These are short plays by noted kids author Shel Silverstein, but these are anything but kids things," said Howard Bashinski, who is directing the show. "It's language and adult situations."

Bashinski said he is hoping for another good crowd after the first play the group presented, Agatha Christie's "The Mousetrap," brought in about 600 people.

The show will start at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Chief Theater, and tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Tickets can be bought online at And if you can't catch the shows this weekend, the play also will run at 8 p.m. Jan. 17 and 18.

Bashinski, who also is one of the founders of the Chief Players, said there are 12 cast members participating in the 11 short plays.

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"They range from patently ridiculous to the thoughtfully weird," he said about the cast.

He said getting people interested in participating in local theater has not been difficult since the Chief Players got started, and auditions are attracting loads of attention.

"We're trying to build a community theater, so we're trying to get as many people involved as we can, which is one of the reasons why we set this up to have a large cast," Bashinski said about "Shel Shocked!"

Bashinski said audience members also can expect to enjoy a lot of comedy and thought-provoking situations.

The show will run for about two hours with an intermission.

Besides stressing this is not a show for kids, Bashinski said he doesn't want to give anything else away for the audience.

"All (the plays) involve some kind of reveal that you don't realize at the beginning of the piece," he said. The 11 plays were "specially chosen for a Steamboat audience. They are fun, and I suspect at the end of them, people will not know whether to laugh or clap or what."

Bashinski said the Chief Players plan to put on more shows this year, including one in March and possibly another in late May or early June.

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