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The Chief Theater is one of the focal points of Historic Downtown Steamboat Springs. Our theater is consistently booked with a diverse line up of programming. From live theatre and music to films and student programs, all facets of the community are utilizing our space on a nightly basis.

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Comedy

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Adults

Description

Stand Up Comedy is an art form that has not been readily available in Steamboat Springs. One of the goals of the Chief Theater is to provide programming that encompasses diverse forms of art. Therefore, the Chief Theater has regularly been hosting Stand Up Comedy nights. Some performances bring 2-3 comedians from the famous Comedy Works in Denver to the Chief Theater for an evening of laughs. The nights that the Chief hosts comedians from Comedy Works, members of the Chief Theater's own, Tongue in Chief Players, open the show with stand-up and improvisational comedy. The Chief Theater has also welcomed We're Not Clowns, Katie West, Kip Attaway, Super Fun Steamboat Show, Elect to Laugh 2016 with Will Durst, Hippie Man, Comedy Central's Sean Patton, and much, much more.

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Evidence of Program's Success

The shows have been well attended with sold out or close to sold out audiences.
We have added to the line up famous comedians such as; Claude Stuart, Jackie Flynn, Will Durst and Jennifer Rawlings.

Chief Players

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Families
Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)

Description

The Chief Players is the Chief Theater's house theater troupe. The Players are a theater group that offers opportunities to local actors, directors, producers and stage and technical supporters. Successful productions include Agatha Christy's "The Mousetrap", Shel Shocked: An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein, "Sylvia", "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever", "A Night of One Acts", "Love, Loss and What I Wore", "Cannibal! The Musical by Trey Parker", "Scrooges Christmas", "A Weekend of One Acts", "It's Only Murder", and the Live Western Melodrama: The Secret of Yonder Mountain. The Chief Players continues to produce theater productions for our community and visitors. The Tongue in Chief Players, is the Chief Theater's improv troupe that helps build our local actor base through rehearsals, trainings, and performances. The Chief Players also offers youth workshops to build youth interest and involvement in acting, directing and the technical aspects of live theater.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Increased attendance at performances, growing interest from local actors, directors, writers, volunteers and lighting and tech support have driven the Chief Players to mount a larger annual production schedule.

In 2017, the Chief Theater hosted performances of "The Secret of Yonder Mountain", The Santa Clause Chronicles", "A Weekend of One Act Plays", "Staged Readings of Edgar Allan Poe", "Accused of Comedy" and "The Professional". All productions were well attended with many selling out!

Songwriter Series

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Adults
General Public
Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)
Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)

Description

The Songwriter Series of 2019/20 is entering its 6th year and features performers who create and perform their own music, such as blues, pop, folk, country, soul, rock or bluegrass. Most instrumentation is acoustic and performers consist of solo acts, duos, and small groups. This is music that is designed to be listened to, pondered, and enjoyed. The performers are excellent storytellers with a delivery that shows they know how to relate to an audience in an intimate setting like the Chief Theater.

Music performances at the Chief Theater are unique. This series allows the audience to sit back, relax in comfortable theater seating, and enjoy a wide range of music that they can clearly hear, played by musicians with whom they can relate on a personal basis.

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Evidence of Program's Success

We have heard a lot of feedback from the community about how impressed they have been with the quality of musicians we bring to each concert. We have also noticed an increase in ticket sales when we are able to promote the artists through sharing links to their music.
In 2017 our Songwriter Series featured Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Richie Furay!

Steamboat is Magic! Festival & Series

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)
Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)

Description

Our Steamboat is Magic! series began in September 2014 with David and Leeman who were finalists on NBC's most popular show "America's Got Talent". They performed two sold out shows and dazzled the crowds with their blend of comedy and magic. The series continues with individual performances by world-renowned close-up magicians. And, in 2019, the Chief Theater will host its 5th Annual Steamboat is Magic! Festival. This weekend long event will feature six shows with three magicians.

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Evidence of Program's Success

All shows for the 3rd Annual Steamboat is Magic! Festival were sold out. And, because of the success of the seven shows held in 2015, another seven shows were held in 2016.
Our lineup for the 4th Annual Steamboat is Magic! is better than ever!

Free Foreign Film Series

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)

Description

Each month the Chief Theater and the Bud Werner Memorial Library present a foreign film for public viewing before the film is placed in the Library's collection. Most of the movies come from the independent movie circuit. All film showings are free.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Audience attendance is based heavily on this word of mouth and the film showings have a very loyal audience of attendees.

Tread of Pioneers Winter Film Series

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)
Families

Description

For the winter of 2016-2017, the Chief Theater once again welcome the Tread of Pioneers Museum: Winter Film Series. Four films that are unique in content to the Tread of Pioneers were made available to the public with these showings at the Chief Theater. These films are vintage, and included both professionally produced and local home movie footage. The movies presented were: The Ute Indians, Perry Mansfield, Vintage Skiing, and Edward S. Curtis and the North American Indian.

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Evidence of Program's Success

This series was well attended from the beginning and continued to increase with each viewing.

Youth Theater

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Description

The Chief Theater offers theater camps and workshops for children in elementary and middle school as part of the Chief Players programs. These after school theater clubs meet once a week and kids learn the basics of acting, directing and how to operate a live theater. Summer theater camp runs for a full week, four hours a day and culminates with a live production on the last day of camp. The camps are lead by community professional actors, directors, writers, and sound and lighting technicians. The youth program performed its first performance in December 2015 of "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever". All performances of this show were sold out. The second youth performance in December 2016 of "Scrooges Christmas" also had all shows sold out.

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Evidence of Program's Success

The increase in workshop attendees, the increase in the youth holiday performance and the sold out performance of the holiday show, tell us that the Chief Theater's youth theater program is successful. Our 3rd Annual Youth Production was "The Santa Clause Chronicles" and all performances were sold out!

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