Play of the living dead
Upcoming Pirate Theatre production takes on zombies, realtors
October 31, 2008
At a Tuesday night rehearsal for an upcoming Pirate Theatre production, director and producer Brian Harvey was working to corral half a dozen zombie realtors.
“Zombies, we want to think about stage bounds here,” Harvey said, setting up a scene in “Scary Moving: Night of the Living Dead Realtor,” in which the Yampa Valley’s most prominent purveyors of real estate morph into a brains-crazed mob of walking corpses.
Like the Pirate Theatre works that have come before it, “Scary Moving” spares few in its lampooning of any and every person in Routt County. The show, written by Todd Danielson, takes on city officials and Steamboat Springs stereotypes while it works with caricatures of the area’s more recognizable realtors. Performances are Nov. 7 and 8 in the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel ballroom.
“The realtors that we are putting in are those that are very successful, those who advertise a lot, and those who are in everybody’s faces,” Harvey said, explaining that the spoof doesn’t focus on anyone for long.
“We’re taking reality and moving it to the absurd. And this is absurd,” he said about the play, which features characters such as Chief Yampa Dampa Doo, Sheriff Stonedwall Jackson and Lawsuit Coming Soon To Pirate Theatre.
With a set of original and parody songs describing areas of Routt County and their unique community attributes, “Scary Moving” offers audiences insider knowledge of communities such as Steamboat II, Old Town and Oak Creek, said actor and technical director Kelly Anzalone.
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“People can learn a lot about the outlying areas of Steamboat musically,” Anzalone said, offering the show’s advice that in Steamboat II, the neighbors have Pabst Blue Ribbon in the fridge. Andy Pratt, the musical director who set Danielson’s lyrics to music and appears onstage as Roscoe Tuberelli, said the upcoming show is one of Pirate Theatre’s best.
“I feel like we keep getting better and better at doing this. People are attending rehearsals and things are getting done,” Pratt said, adding that the script for “Scary Moving” helps the process. “Ultimately, if I was to describe it, it’s just hilarious.”
The concept of a Halloween show involving zombies and realtors has been in the works for at least a year, but has taken on new life in the past few months, Harvey said.
“It’s rather interesting, with what’s happening with our economy, that it’s become more poignant,” he said, adding that after poking fun at nearly every other popular profession in Routt County, realtors were due for a lighthearted skewering.
“We’ve definitely had our fun with waiters and waitresses and bartenders in our shows, and we’ve had our fun with City Council and School Board and pretty much everyone with an opinion,” Harvey said.
“With the town growing the way it is, it’s just one of those topical things that you’ve just kind of got to hit on.”