If you go
What: “Elementary School Musical,” a Pirate Theatre comedy presented by Ski Town Productions
When: 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; doors open at 7:15 p.m.
Where: The Steamboat Grand
Cost: $20; tickets available in advance at All That Jazz
Call: 879-4422 for tickets
Steamboat Springs A few years ago, writer Todd Danielson had an idea for a comedy script: He would take local and national news issues, and make most of the people involved about 9 years old.
The script puts news topics and personalities, including Bernard Madoff, the real estate market and Steamboat 700, in an elementary school setting, with most of the characters being students.
Aside from its inclusion of current events and local caricatures, Danielson’s “Elementary School Musical” script follows a fairly traditional story line: There is a little guy hero, a bully and a chance for them to battle.
The Pirate Theatre show presented by Ski Town Productions opens at 8 p.m. Thursday at The Steamboat Grand. Shows continue at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $20 and are available in advance at All That Jazz. Celebrating its 10th year in locally focused comedic skewering, the cast, crew and production team behind Pirate Theatre are presenting their first show in about a year and a half.
“Elementary School Musical” features a mostly new cast of characters, though a few Pirate Theatre mainstays will make appearances, said producer, director and actor Brian Harvey. No subject or person is off-limits, and the show touches on a variety of local characters and issues, he said.
“It all comes back to that social mirror that theater is,” Harvey said.
Musical director Andy Pratt wrote several original songs for the show. There’s also a musical spoof of the song “Start of Something New” from the popular “High School Musical” movies. New to the show this year, there will be choreography to accompany the musical numbers.
Despite the show’s title and elementary school setting, “Elementary School Musical” is not suitable for school-age children, technical director and actor Kelly Anzalone said.
The Ski Town Productions team will show a preproduction trailer for its upcoming film project, “Powder Daze,” at each “Elementary School Musical” show. Drawing on characters, bits and songs from the theater group’s first couple of shows — including “24 in 24” and “6 to 1: The Goods are Odd” — the movie will be a day-in-the-life spoof for any ski town, producers said. The group hopes to attract the attention of sponsors with its “Elementary School Musical” show and “Powder Daze” trailer, Harvey said.
— To reach Margaret Hair, call 871-4204 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org