This year’s ‘Cabaret’ to give the essence of ‘Steamboat Time’ |

This year’s ‘Cabaret’ to give the essence of ‘Steamboat Time’

David Jolly gets into character while preparing to rehearse for the 2014 Cabaret, which will open at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Chief Theater in downtown Steamboat Springs. There will also be shows at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
John F. Russell

— Production staff member Chad McGowen was the epitome of calm and collected at Tuesday night’s rehearsal for this year’s “Cabaret.” A plethora of actors and musicians were found buzzing about the Chief Theater as they rehearsed skits, songs and dance numbers. A few even had a beer or two in hand.

What may seem like chaos, with only two days until the opening night at the time, McGowen merely acknowledged the scene by saying nonchalantly, “It’s ‘Cabaret.’”

According to executive director of the Chief Theater and emcee for the show, Scott Parker, the key to “Cabaret” is that it’s current with whatever the local culture is in tune with. This year, June is the new May for “Cabaret.” Ironically enough, it goes along with the theme of the show, “Steamboat Time.”

The Steamboat Springs Arts Council’s annual “Cabaret” will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday and also will have performances at 6 and 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

With a cast of 45 members, the performance at the Chief Theater will bring together local talent for a night of good-hearted fun. Tickets for the show cost $30 and can be purchased at All That Jazz, Steamboat Springs Arts Council or at

“It’s a popular saying around town, and it needed a show,” Kris Hammond said about this year’s theme. Hammond has been part of “Cabaret” in Steamboat Springs for more than 20 years.

The lighthearted aspect of the show will embody inside jokes Steamboat locals know all too well.

True to its theme, rehearsals for the show started Saturday.

“We always pull it off,” McGowen said about the amount of work needed to be done before the opening show. “This part is actually the most fun. I really like the anticipation before the show’s opening night.”

The show will consist of topics ranging from parody songs about the Steamboat Springs City Council, dogs and the Steamboat Pilot & Today’s “The Record.”

“It’s really all about lightheartedly making fun of who we are,” Parker said. “There is never a shortage of material.”

Getting back to the old “Cabaret” of eyebrow-rising, raunchy comedy, McGowen said this year’s skits are about poking fun at everything and spoofing all.

“If we are not offending someone, we are not doing our job,” a phrase that has become Parker’s mantra for the show. It serves as a reminder for what his mentor, Doug Lockwood, envisioned for past “Cabaret” shows and the essence that is “Cabaret.”

Because with a cabaret, there is always someone who ends up as the butt of a joke.

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

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