This past Saturday, around 25 community folks and visiting family members were busy sawing, painting and helping to make magic at the Steamboat Springs High School theatre. The air was filled with laughter, friendly ribbing, freshly cut pine, and great tunes from KRAI. Why all this flurry of activity? It's the beginning of what is affectionately known, particularly in the world of community theatre, as "hell week", the week immediately before a show opens.

As the Director of this amazing and talented cast of local middle and high schoolers and dedicated (and pretty worn out) group of parents and local professionals, I need to say how excited I am for you to experience the beauty and joy of our production of "Seussical, Jr." this coming weekend. We have all been pouring our hearts into this wonderful little musical that is now one of the most produced shows in community and school theatres all over America, and the Steamboat Springs Arts Council and Steamboat Community Players are helping bring it to our town!

Based on beloved Dr. Seuss characters, the story centers around Horton the Elephant, who finds himself faced with a double challenge--not only must he protect his tiny friend Jojo (and all the invisible Whos) from a world of dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left to his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him, the only one who recognizes "his kind and his powerful heart." Do the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community emerge triumphant? Well, what do you think (wink)?

So, please plan to join us this Thursday (when it's "Buy One, Get One Free" night, if you purchase your tickets in advance!), Friday or Saturday nights from 7:00-8:30pm at the SS High School. Tickets in advance may be purchased at the Arts Depot (879-9008), or by visiting Epilogue Book Company downtown (879-2665, Lincoln Ave. between 8th and 9th, cash only). Both children and the young at heart will enjoy the sparkling, colorful sets and costumes as well as outstanding performances from our young people, and hopefully will be moved by simple yet profound messages in the story. Though this is a show many children will enjoy, we do strongly recommend it for those five and older, due primarily to its length (one and 1/2 hours, including intermission).

We hope to see you this weekend for some of the most magical moments you've had all summer. We've been waiting for YOU!"

Guest Blogger, Director Michael Brumbaugh