Salida SteamPlant hosts theater troupes from across Colorado

Workshops, performances and an acting competition are just a few examples of what to expect at the 29th Annual Colorado Community Theatre Coalition Festival at the Salida SteamPlant Event Center Thursday through Saturday, June 22-24.

This is the fourth time the statewide festival has been held in Salida. Other festivals have been held in Fort Morgan, Denver, Idaho Springs and Aspen.

Shane Delavan, president of the coalition’s board of directors, said they try to move the festival around the state to make it accessible for more people.

Live performances will be presented throughout the weekend by Fremont Civic Theatre Company, Crested Butte Mountain Theatre Company, Sopris Theatre Company and Longmont Theatre Company.

Since Salida’s community theater association, Stage Left, is not participating this year, Delavan said Chaffee County residents should come out to support the Fremont Civic Theatre Company’s performance at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 22. “I love to see local people coming out to support their local theater. It’s encouraging,” he said.

Delavan said each performance is limited to 60 minutes, so the presenting theater companies typically trim down a “tried and true” performance from their regular season, or sometimes they choose a new play just for the festival.

This year, Crested Butte Mountain Theatre Company held a 10-minute play festival June 15-17 in which local playwrights were invited to submit a 10-minute play. The theme was “The Real Housewives of Crested Butte.” The People’s Choice winner will be performed at the state festival.

This is the Crested Butte company’s first time to attend the coalition festival. Delavan said he thinks the idea is a “fun concept.” Aside from that as yet unknown piece, the rest of the submitted performances are family-friendly, he said.

Delavan has been on the board for six years; before that he participated in a few festivals as an actor. He said the 10-member board is made up of volunteers and there is no paid director.

While the festival is “brief and discrete,” Delavan said the impact is “pretty significant.”

“We’ve seen some great results. (Participants) have taken to heart what they learned and then applied it to their community program,” he said. “That’s why we do it.”

General workshops at the SteamPlant annex include “Pupperty in Performance,” “Qlab Sound Program for Dummies” and “Stage Makeup 101 and Beyond.” They cost $10 each and are open to the public.

Master workshops like “Dynamic Directing: Analysis, Blocking and MDQ” and “Using Your Artistic Super Powers to Invoke the Creative Muse” cost $25 each.

Full access passes for the entire festival are $65 per person.

“The success of those ideas rests on how well the local community responds to this year’s festival,” said local board member Stephen King. “So your support and participation is important to that effort to expand the SteamPlant and Salida image as a place to go for performing arts, both stage and film.”

If interested in volunteering or purchasing tickets online, visit Tickets can also be bought on site at any point during the festival.