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Mike Brumbaugh: Good show

I wanted to take a moment and publicly thank the dedicated and interested community and college folks who helped make the Colorado Mountain College musical theater production of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” a resounding success.

Thanks to Peter Perhac, CEO of CMC’s Alpine Campus, for having the vision to connect the college more with its local community; the always amazing Christel Houston, who led a backstage band of brilliant local talent comprised of Gary Foss, Ron Wheeler, Sean Fairlie and Barb McKown; Tom Stockdale, Chris Duryea and other parents for helping to build a fantastic set; Rusty de Lucia for always being our beloved “theater goddess”; the Steamboat Pilot & Today, tv18, KBCR and all local businesses that let us hang posters, for being willing to help advertise local theater productions; Epilogue Bookstore for ticket sales; the ushers and all the other folks who had smaller but no less important roles in the show’s success; the wonderful audiences who validated all of our hard work; and, finally, to the young people themselves, who allowed me in the space of seven short weeks to help mold them into believable characters who are known and beloved by many, who danced and sang their way into our hearts.

For those of you who weren’t able to see the show, you missed some of the most talented younger actors, singers, dancers and “techies” we have in this town, particularly Sean Hill, Grace Stockdale, Matthia Duryea, Cody Poirot, Simonne Hill, Jake Barker and Hannah Ramirez. Without the help of the parents, other community members and the audience, the young people in this show wouldn’t have had this opportunity to develop more self esteem, confidence, more basic life skills working as a team, a more positive outlook on life and a continued love of the performing arts.

Research has shown that communities that support the performing arts are communities interested in economic growth and healthy, emotional and spiritual lives for their citizens. Thank you, Steamboat, for once again showing your love for your young people and your love of this community. I hope that when these opportunities continue to arise for our community to be involved, we will all be even more interested in supporting our local performing arts, so we may continue to create outstanding productions for our town.

Mike Brumbaugh

Steamboat Springs