Steamboat-themed lampoon comedy marks Pirate Theatre’s 10th anniversary
November 8, 2011
Steamboat Springs — Brian Harvey and the small team at Ski Town Productions just can't help themselves.
"It's a bad habit, man," Harvey said. "Some people are addicted to booze and drugs and whatever; we're addicted to making people laugh."
Harvey calls it a labor of love, and that's why he, Andy Pratt and Todd Danielson still are writing and producing comedic musicals in the 10th year of Pirate Theatre.
It takes a love of performance and comedy to rehearse and produce a show in less than a month, build a full-size stage complete with video installations and write and print a satirical newspaper to advertise the Pirate Theatre original production of "CSI: Steamboat — Who Killed the Economy?"
"Comedy is taking reality and moving it to the absurd, but I don't know if we even start in reality," Harvey joked.
"Theater is a social reflector, and we certainly reflect our little society in Steamboat, in the Yampa Valley, and poke fun at prominent people in town. But we try to do it in a nice way."
The show is, as the title suggests, based broadly on the "Crime Scene Investigation" TV series, but the plot points have been sculpted and molded by Danielson and the actors' creative interpretation into a decidedly Steamboat-themed lampoon comedy.
"It's going to be a great one," Danielson said. "It's a universal plot, everyone will like it."
Matt Stoddard, who has appeared in every Pirate Theatre production, is reprising one of his own stock characters, "Steve," a 1980s-fixated man who talks in the third person.
Stoddard tends to be the shy type offstage. But when he steps onto the platform, his voice can carry across the ballroom.
"It's a spot in the limelight," he said while sitting backstage at rehearsal Tuesday evening. "Being a quiet kind of person, it's just being able to come out and having people being able to enjoy what's going on front of them."
As the ensemble behind him broke into a song about medical marijuana, Stoddard said, "Being onstage is the biggest high in the world. There's nothing better."
The show brings back several well-known characters, from the sheriff to Kelly Anzalone's "Dude."
And with the local, political and social commentary, Stoddard knows there might be a variety of audience reaction: The cast of about 40 is ready for the heckling.
But the most desired reaction is, of course, laughter.
"We want people to laugh," Harvey said. "It's OK to laugh. A complete loss of bodily function is what we're shooting for."
— To reach Nicole Inglis, call 970-871-4204 or email ninglis@SteamboatToday.com