Chief Players Western melodrama, Piknik Theatre Festival performances return |

Chief Players Western melodrama, Piknik Theatre Festival performances return

Piknik Theatre season to continue this summer with new cast and performances.

The Chief Players present: ‘The Secret of Yonder Mountain’

The Chief’s live western melodrama is back.

With quirky humor and a new cast, this tribute to classic melodramas popular in the 19th century will take the stage this summer. Follow the story of Persephone Proudheart as she searches for her lover Cyril Twigbucket, who she fears has died in the mountains. Cyril, however, has struck gold and has not perished.

Shows are July 12, 19 and 26 and Aug. 2 and 9. Shows start at 7 p.m., and tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children.

Piknik Theatre Festival releases dates and featured performances

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Members of the Dacha Theater ensemble from Seattle will be joining the Piknik Theatre Festival cast this summer.

Members include founding member and Director Mike Lion, Kate Drummond and Nathan Whitehouse. Other professional performers include Hannah Dubner (returning for her third Piknik Theatre season), Hunter Ringsmith, Ginny Chesson and Nick Demarest (original Piknik Theatre cast member).

Originally founded in 1971, the Great American Laughing Stock Co. is a nonprofit summer repertory theater company that was resurrected in summer 2005 and has continued to produce shows and youth theater workshops each summer as part of the Piknik Theatre Festival. The festival is led by Artistic Director Stuart Handloff, who has more than 45 years of theatrical experience and a master’s degree from the New Zealand National Drama School.

The schedule for 2018 features performances of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Bee Man of Orn.”

The free, outdoor theater series runs from July 27 through Aug. 11, with performances taking place at 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays at Yampa River Botanic Park and the Steamboat Springs High School outdoor stage.

On Aug. 5, the theater will commence on the Bud Werner Memorial Library lawn, premiering “Bee Man of Orn (and Other Stories You Can’t Quite Remember).” 

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

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