After shutting down all productions due to COVID-19, Glenwood Springs's Vaudeville Revue is returning to the stage with a new variety show—a production they're aptly calling the "COVID Revue." The troupe said the goal is to bring some light—and laughter—to the current situation.
"It’s going to be another variety show," said the Revue's artistic and managing director John Goss. "It’s some skits and some jokes and some wacky stuff and audience participation—all in a comic theme.”
Goss added that the cast is excited to be back in the theatre, and so are audiences; the show's debut performance (July 3) is sold out.
"We have a huge fan base of folks and families who come every year," said Goss. "Our show is very silly, but it's quality and it's professional, and it's a lot of original stuff ... anyone who takes a chance to come see it will not be disappointed."
Goss said that public health protocols, however, are no laughing matter. The theatre is capping audience size at 50 people in accordance with state and Garfield County public health protocols and implementing social distancing guidelines.
Along with being the dinner theatre's first post-pandemic production, the debut of the COVID Revue marks another first; the theatre's first-ever fundraiser. Audiences can tune in for a livestream of the show (July 9, 7 p.m.), with donations going towards operational costs while theatre capacity is limited due to public health orders. The in-person production will run each week throughout the summer and into the fall.
Editor's Note: The online article originally stated that the Vaudeville Revue's director's name is Jeff Goss; it's John Goss.