The members of Ski Town Productions like to pick on people.
In their annual productions and in their one-issue-a-year newspaper -- the Steamboat Pirate and Yesterday -- they pick on the ski area, the Steamboat Pilot & Today, the U.S. Forest Service, Steamboat Springs City Council and themselves, among others.
¤ "Spinal Pirate," a songumentary
¤ 8 p.m. today and Saturday
¤ Steamboat Mountain Theater in Ski Time Square
¤ (866) 707-464
"If you can't pick on yourself, then you can't pick on anyone," said Brian Harvey, director of this year's "Spinal Pirate" show.
"Spinal Pirate," which is a songumentary, loosely spoofs the movie "Spinal Tap."
Cast members will perform 22 songs from their past four shows, including "Sausage Party," "Lose Your Turn" and "The Mule." The cast also will introduce three or four new songs from its next production, "Reality Town U.S.A.," which is scheduled for September.
"Spinal Pirate" will feature a variety of genres of music, including country, reggae and show tunes, Harvey said. "We try to steal from different styles."
Their shows are parodies of life in a mountain town, and they are hilarious. But Harvey never is sure whether people will find them funny.
Seth Bograd, who has performed in every capacity in about 75 Steamboat shows, knows that he has always been funny. Growing up, "my mom used to say, 'What are you, a comedian?'" Bograd said.
Patty Zimmer, who plays Lois in this year's production, thinks the cast always pulls off the humor in a non-threatening way.
"People in Steamboat have a good sense of humor," she said. "If we were taking ourselves totally serious, we'd all be living in Denver."
Audiences will not be lost if they've never seen a Ski Town Productions show -- such as "24 in 24," "6 to 1," "Episode III" or "Community Use Theater." All the characters will be reintroduced, and the stories will be explained.
Locals seem to expect Ski Town Productions to put on a new show every spring.
"It's become considered a rite of spring to locals," Harvey said. "But Steamboat is a fickle and tough audience. We have to keep outdoing ourselves."
One principle remains the same every year -- "If we don't offend someone, we're not doing our job," Harvey said.
CDs and DVDs of the show will be recorded live and sold after the shows. And food and wine will be available.
"The more you drink, the funnier we are," Harvey said.