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Antics allow escape from reality

Kelly Silva

— Burgers and brats spurred ideas for a second performance by the cast and crew of the annual Cabaret. But this time, they’ll poke fun at community-use bikes in “Community Use Theatre.”

Doug Lockwood, producer of May’s Cabaret, invited the cast to a barbecue at his house in July. After a consensus that many performers wanted to produce a second show of the same caliber, Lockwood decided Thursdays from then on out would be rehearsal day for a fall cabaret-like production.

“But calling it Cabaret is unique to the arts council,” Lockwood said of the Steamboat Springs Arts Council. “It’s their signature fund-raiser.”

Although Community Use Theatre is not an arts council-sponsored event, co-producer Brian Harvey said they’ve kept the arts council informed of what they’re doing.

“We wanted to give people an opportunity to see another show, although everything is original and the spring Cabaret will continue,” Harvey said.

Because creating a glossy program has cost Ski Town Productions so much money in the past, Lockwood said he planted the idea to cast members to put out a newspaper, then to make the paper a spoof on the Steamboat Pilot & Today, titling theirs the Steamboat Pirate & Yesterday.

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“Every time I get into a stage production, I end up in the publishing business,” Lockwood said. “It was my idea, but it was a collaborative effort.”

Harvey said the U.S. Forest Service passed the paper around at its Monday morning staff meeting, but others in the community didn’t take the spoof lightly.

“We did get negative feedback. They obviously took it in the wrong light,” Harvey said. “It was meant as a tongue in cheek. We did it laughingly.”

At weekly meetings, Lockwood, Harvey and the cast would throw out ideas for the paper, as well ideas for performances in the show.

But as performers were clamoring to do more, Lockwood and Harvey collaborated once again to deliver a minstrel show of songs, skits, media productions a variety show.

Although not as many cast members will perform at Community Use Theatre, the Strings in the Mountains Tent provides dynamic space for a production, Lockwood said.

The Strings Tent will hold the first ever Community Use Theatre with 12 tables in front to create a cabaret-style effect, followed by theater-style rows of chairs.

Proceeds from ticket sales, which still are available at All That Jazz and the Depot Art Center for $15, will benefit an arts council performing arts scholarship fund.

Lockwood said a large section of Community Use Theatre will cover the Olympics, as well as taking jabs at the airport, rock stars and the local cattle drive.

Although Lockwood would not embellish on any skits or songs to keep them a surprise, he did mention a hilarious skit called “The Yampranos,” a satire of “The Sopranos,” featuring the two families: the Tuberelli’s and the Troutellini’s.

In light of the recent terrorist attacks against the United States Tuesday, Harvey said he and Lockwood discussed whether to cancel or postpone the show.

“It’s important in times of tragedy to get an escape from reality. Our problems seem so trivial to what’s going on around the world, and we don’t want the terrorists to win,” Harvey said.