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— Whoever had the idea to begin with (Brian Harvey, Doug Lockwood or Eric Leach), it was one that led to continuous script tweaking, newfound singing voices and a mountain of laughs.

"You have to bury your ego because there are so many talented people," Harvey said.

"Nobody's got a real big ego, except maybe Brian," Lockwood said in sarcasm.

The Pirate Theatre recently has published and distributed the latest edition of The Steamboat Pirate & Yesterday newspaper featuring inside stories that foreshadow scenes in the upcoming production "24 in 24: A Day in the Life of a Ski Town."

While Harvey and Lockwood of Ski Town Productions brought friends together to produce another original comedy for locals, the idea of Fox's "24" gave way when brainstorming and writing were top priorities for the cast and crew.

In fact, the script still was being poked and prodded by Steamboat Springs' local actors as of Monday.

The two-act comedic play begins in the early morning at a diner and ends the following early morning at the same diner. Although the cast and crew could not create a play that depicts 24 scenes of the 24 hours in a day ("24" is 24 one-hour episodes of real life), Lockwood said he liked the idea and wanted to use something similar for his winter gig.

The scenes, the news clips and weather updates are fictitious but Lockwood said regional and national politics and music and pop culture will resemble the feeling in Steamboat Springs.

"If people really listen and think about it, they'll get it," Lockwood said.

Writing the script was a collaborative effort from the entire cast, Lockwood said.

And if the same members of "Cabaret" and "Community-Use Theatre" are a part of "24 in 24," the audience will understand the emphasis on local humor.

Lockwood said "24 in 24" refers to many things including 24 inches of powder or two-dozen eggs. References to the number 24 will be revealed throughout the play.

Although the stage probably will not look similar to Ski Town Production's other productions such as "Community-Use Theatre" or "Cabaret," Lockwood said the band Flashback and the Steamboat Horns will return after the play for a night of dancing.

A band consisting of Andy Pratt on keyboards, Dave Allen on drums and Willie Samuelson on bass will be a part of the play.

"Some songs are originals or some are original lyrics to familiar songs," Lockwood said of the 10 to 12 songs. "We needed to extend the use of the multimedia thing to drive the jokes in."

Harvey said they've used a similar formula that is part of their other comedic productions but "24 in 24" actually follows a plot.

"We use the elements that work," Harvey said.

Instead of silly small-town antics with only three-minute segments for each of the cast members who want to participate, "24 in 24" actually could be considered a play, Harvey and Lockwood said.

And ideas are beginning to stir but have yet to be determined for a traveling "24 in 24" act. Lockwood said the comedy and ideas could be used in almost any resort town in Colorado.

"It's a show we would like to develop and take on the road ultimately," Harvey said.

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