Routt County Spotlight: Kelly Anzalone


Kelly Anzalone

Age: 34

Occupation: Theater owner/performer/juggler/video producer

Place of birth: Westfield, N.Y.

Q. When did you move to Routt County and what brought you here?

A. In 1994. My buddy Rick Boese told me to move here and that I would like it.

Q. What's the biggest risk you've taken recently?

A. Opening Steamboat Mountain Theater : the joys of running a theater.

Q. Describe your morning routine.

A. Roll out of bed and take some vitamins, coffee 70 percent of the time, then off to the theater to start doing the million little things it takes to run a theater.

Q. Has a book ever changed your life? What was it and why?

A. "The Journals of Lewis and Clark." Reading about what they did inspired me to create "natures web," a program that allowed me to retrace the Lewis and Clark Trail and have the children of Routt county follow along online. It ended up being an experience of a lifetime.

Q. What's the best piece of advice you've ever been given?

A. Do what you love and the money will follow. I'm still waiting for the money, but I've definitely had a great life so far.

Q. What are the first three things you tell new acquaintances about yourself?

A. I own Steamboat Mountain Theater (it's all about getting the word out), I can juggle, and I ask them to tell me something about them.

Q. What did you want to be when you grew up?

A. A fighter jet pilot.

Q. If you could invite any four people to dinner, who would they be and what would you talk about?

A. George Lucas, Jerry Seinfeld, Joe Sakic, and my dad. I would barbecue and we would hang out and play one-handed beer croquet. Just get to know each other, share stories, and hopefully become good friends.

Q. Do you collect anything?

A. DVDs.

Q. In the Meatloaf song, "I'll do anything for love, but I won't do that," what is that?

A.. Lie.

Q. What was your first job?

A. Sweeping a 1,500-seat amphitheater in Chautauqua, N.Y. I had to ride my bike four miles to get to work by 7:30 a.m. I actually quit because a kid my age (13) was my boss and he tried to make me pick things up to impress some girls that were watching, and I didn't think that was right.

Q. Who is your favorite superhero? Why?

A. Wow, that's a tough one. Hopefully a Jedi knight counts because I don't know of anything any cooler than being able to use The Force.


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