“CSI: Steamboat — Who Killed the Economy?” cast members rehearse Tuesday night at The Steamboat Grand.

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“CSI: Steamboat — Who Killed the Economy?” cast members rehearse Tuesday night at The Steamboat Grand.

Steamboat-themed lampoon comedy marks Pirate Theatre’s 10th anniversary

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Pirate Theatre rehearsal

The cast of "CSI: Steamboat — Who Killed the Economy?" takes the stage in a rehearsal for the Pirate Theatre production, which runs Thursday, Friday and Saturday at The Steamboat Grand. Tickets are $20 and are available at All That Jazz or at the door.

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Kris Hammond sings during a rehearsal of “CSI: Steamboat — Who Killed the Economy?” rehearsal Tuesday night at The Steamboat Grand.

Past Event

"CSI: Steamboat — Who Killed the Economy?" performances

  • Thursday, November 10, 2011, 7 p.m.
  • The Steamboat Grand, 2300 Mount Werner Circle, Steamboat Springs
  • Not available / $20

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Past Event

"CSI: Steamboat — Who Killed the Economy?" performances

  • Friday, November 11, 2011, 7 p.m.
  • The Steamboat Grand, 2300 Mount Werner Circle, Steamboat Springs
  • Not available / $20

More

Past Event

"CSI: Steamboat — Who Killed the Economy?" performances

  • Saturday, November 12, 2011, 7 p.m.
  • The Steamboat Grand, 2300 Mount Werner Circle, Steamboat Springs
  • Not available / $20

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— 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.”

“CSI: Steamboat” opens at 8 p.m. Thursday at The Steamboat Grand and continues at the same time Friday and Saturday nights. Tickets are $20 and are available at All That Jazz or at the door.

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

Comments

exduffer 2 years, 9 months ago

It better be good, or CSI: Steamboat is going to have another crime to solve;)

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John Rogers 2 years, 9 months ago

duffer...No worries there my friend Bring a bag to catch all the funny that be fallin out your face~

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Matthew Stoddard 2 years, 9 months ago

It was a great show tonight and the audience rocked!!! One of the best opening night performances we could have ever had. The audience was packed and even helped us out on the end number! Way to go, Steamboat!

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