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Pirate Theatre to premiere new show at The Steamboat Grand

Pirate Theatre performers Eric Leach and Brian Harvey rehearse a scene for "Colorado Jones and The End of the 'Boat as We Know It." The comedy will have showings at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday at The Steamboat Grand Ballroom.
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If you go

What: Pirate Theatre presents: "Colorado Jones and The End of the ‘Boat as We Know It”

When: 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday

Where: The Steamboat Grand Ballroom, 2300 Mount Werner Circle

If you go

What: Pirate Theatre presents: “Colorado Jones and The End of the ‘Boat as We Know It”

When: 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday

Where: The Steamboat Grand Ballroom, 2300 Mount Werner Circle



— Comedy often can be determined by taking reality and transporting it to the absurd.

This year, Pirate Theatre’s newest rendition of reality is just that — absurd.



“It’s basically going to be a Steamboat version of ‘Monty Python’ onstage,” co-producer and co-director Brian Harvey said.

The satirical theater production is a Steamboat tradition for locals to attend, held primarily in the offseason. The production draws on local peculiarities and personalities for laughs from the crowd.

“There are lots of inside jokes and understanding about things going on here that we all live with and love,” co-producer, co-director and writer Todd Danielson said. “We point out just how silly and ridiculous it all is.”

After a two-year break since the Boulder International Fringe Festival in 2012, the cast of 20 is ready to get back on The Steamboat Grand Ballroom stage this weekend. The performances will take place at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

“The goal is to make people laugh, whether that’s being silly, stupid, witty or clever,” Danielson said. “We pick on ideas or things that are going on. If it’s an individual, it’s because they are in the public arena like public office or people who go out of their way to be a big deal in town.”

Incorporating myriad Steamboat eccentricities, the new production this year will be “Colorado Jones and The End of the ‘Boat as We Know It,” written by Danielson, who also does the lead writing for the group’s promotional newspaper spoof, “Pirate & Yesterday.”

Danielson explained that the rough outline of the script was written three years ago, playing on the Mayan prophecy of doom that the world would come to an end in 2012. Then the idea spiraled to become the “Milnerarian Calendar of Doom” with an Indiana Jones theme.

The story starts out with a construction company digging bike trails near the airport and stumbles across an ancient text, “The Milnerarian Calendar of Doom,” created by the semi-lost tribe of Milnerans, related to the Mayans — distantly — but from the town of Milner. They made a prophecy that the destruction of Steamboat would occur in two days. To save the city, the unlikely hero Colorado Jones and his crew of inept crusaders such as “Short Brian” get together for a number of unsuccessful attempts.

“People always say what a wonderful relief it is when they see a show because it makes you laugh and takes your mind off of everything else happening in your life,” said Kelly Anzalone, founder of KPA Productions, who plays the lead character, Colorado Jones. “It’s one of those shows you can really just cut loose. It’s Pirate Theatre.”

The VIP tickets are priced at $60 and include drink service with a cocktail waiter or waitress for those seated in the first three rows. Premium seating behind the VIP section is priced at $30 per ticket. General admission tickets are $20. All ticket options can be purchased at All That or online at http://www.yourpirate.com.

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email adwyer@ExploreSteamboat.com or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1.


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