Breckenridge Backstage Theatre celebrates April Fools’ with new variety show format |

Breckenridge Backstage Theatre celebrates April Fools’ with new variety show format

Daily file photo/Timothy Faust(L-R) Alex Miller, Jon Whitfield and Bob Moore reprised a scene from their 1990s show 'The Complete Works of William Shakespeare-Abridged' at the first Backstage Bash in 2009.

The best thing about the Backstage Bash is the community spirit it reawakens.

When it began three years ago as the Backstage’s main annual fundraiser, the feeling of small-town, long-time togetherness filled the theater as favorite performers such as Bob and Wendy Moore, Allyn and Joyce Mosher, Alex Miller and Jon Whitfield re-enacted scenes as a tribute to the best of the Backstage.

This year, artistic director Christopher Willard initiates a new variety show format, which he plans to continue every April 1 (because what better night for fools to take the stage in a topsy-turvy celebration?). This Friday’s show features local celebrities, such as Jeffrey Bergeron (aka Biff America) as the host and Wendy Moore as director. Willard promises “outrageous acts and surprise appearances that will be an over-the-top April Fool’s celebration and a night full of hilarity and great fun.”

“We approached groups and people we thought would be fun to feature onstage,” Willard said. “They’re very brave, foolhardy in a really great way, and they completely embraced the community spirit of this show and fundraiser.”

For a taste of what you’re in for, imagine Breckenridge Recreation Center life guards performing a Black Swan-inspired water ballet or Karn Stiegelmeier, Bob French and Gary Martinez embodying Peter, Paul and Mary for a folksy reunion. Bob Moore will sing Jim’s ode from “Big River,” and even Noah and the Arks make a long-awaited return to the stage. You’ll also see Scotty Bondo and Environmentalist Ed; Summit Daily editor Miller, who’s trying to wrangle up a few of his employees to sing with him (so far, he hasn’t offered any good bribes, so no word on who’ll show); Genevieve Price; Arrow Insurance; and the Red, White and Blue Firefighters.

In spontaneous Willard form, he’s adding more acts each day, so you never know who’s going to pop up on stage.

“It’s going to be a foolish good time,” he said.

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