Super Fun Steamboat Show hits Chief Theater Friday
June 1, 2017
If you go:
What: Super Fun Steamboat Show
When: Doors/bar open at 7:30 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. Friday, June 2
Where: Chief Theater, 813 Lincoln Ave.
Tickets: Free, donations encouraged; age 18-plus recommended
It's super fun, it's super funny and it's for a super fantastic cause. The free, donation-based June production of the Super Fun Steamboat Show is sure to pack the building and raise the roof of the Chief Theater, as well as help cover the costs of renovations within it.
The variety show hosts a slew of acts ranging from goofy to serious, sweet to sultry.
Members of Steamboat Dance Theater will perform, as will Jasmir belly dancers. A Super Fun staple — rapping — will accompany the belly dancers, and another rap number closes out the show.
The Chief Players improv group will appear. There's magic and an act from a play. There are three-foot swords, shimmery-sequined dresses, cowboy chaps, poodle skirts and at least one very excellent wig.
It’s glamorous, it’s fun, it’s free.
Sharon Pinney-Gamradt, Super Fun Show actor
"It's glamorous, it's fun, it's free," said Sharon Pinney-Gamradt, who's been acting in the Super Fun Show since its inception in 2015.
Those who star in the show have been acting, writing and performing together in Steamboat for more than a decade.
"We started with a core group that's been here a long time, and people end up joining in random ways that have always worked out really well," the show's creator, director and writer Todd Danielson said. "We all enjoy being around each other."
The cast also boasts some exciting new additions — and re-additions — this month.
Kelly Anzalone, co-founder of We're Not Clowns, is back.
"He's one of the best talents in Steamboat," Danielson said.
"He's funny," Pinney-Gamradt said.
"He's kind of funny," fellow Super Fun Show actor Eric Leach added.
The cast also welcomes its youngest comedian: the 12-year-old daughter of Leach, who's been part of the Super Fun Show cast since day one. She's been to every rehearsal — mostly to watch her dad, but in the past few weeks, they've been on stage with a standup sketch.
"(Zoe) is a kid with an adult sense of humor," Leach said. The show is recommended for audience members age 18 and older.
A classic section of the show, Cabaret, takes on a slightly serious note this month as a tribute piece. The piece is dedicated to two members of the Super Fun Show: Royston and Marilee Davenport. The two were Steamboat locals, theater regulars and magicians who performed "Mental Telepathic" in WZ Cabaret in 2000. Royston passed away in 2003, Marilee in 2011.
The comedic magician act is re-enacted in their memory.
Danielson, the show's main sketch writer, did not write for this month's show — he's been undergoing treatment for a brain tumor in Denver the past several months. Post-surgery, everything is looking great, and Danielson is directing Friday's show. The audience can also look forward to seeing a major sketch in the August show that he's writing.
The remaining Super Fun shows of 2017 will be free to attend with donations benefiting the nonprofit Chief Theater encouraged.
“In December of 2016 the Chief Theater began a remodel of their small theater in order to convert it into a multi-use green room," Chief Theater Executive Director Scott Parker wrote. "Due to unforeseen circumstances the project is more than double over budget and has put a financial strain on the Chief Theater. If the Chief Theater is to continue its eclectic mix of live theater, music, comedy, magic, dance and films, we need some help raising funds to pay for the completion of this renovation.”
"I hope that (the shows being free) does become something that people can expect (past 2017) and support and get behind," Danielson said.