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Reality, comedy are the keys in original short play

The line between actual reality, what passes for "reality" on TV, and other televised fare provides comedy fodder for an original short play to be performed at Rifle's ArtillumA Dance Co. this Friday and Sunday.

"Static Reality" was written by Todd Sieber and directed by Sieber, Ted Churchill and Dylan Fixmer. All cast members live in the area.

Sieber said the play was a collaborative effort, based on an idea he developed.

"It was a loosely-knit TV show idea, kind of a variety show," Sieber said. "Each act is a TV program. Exercise, reality, cooking. We all worked on it to turn it into a play."

ArtillumA Dance Co. is owned and operated by the Churchill family (Lynn, Ted, Michael, Jordon, Landon and Taylor). The name comes from a combination of several artistic-related words and reflects the Churchill's goal of making art easier to understand, "to provide knowledge and education to those who wish to learn; to add colored, artistic elements to our page in history; and by doing so shine a light into the world, causing people to look happy," according to their web site.

Lynn and Ted, raised in Marble and Redstone, moved their family to Rifle in 1995, where they home schooled their four children.

"Our family has always done things like variety shows, when the kids were home schooled," Lynn Churchill said.

Sieber said the Churchills offered a performance workshop for creative minds last fall. He and the others involved in "Static Reality" participated in the workshop and worked together on the play.

Initially, Sieber said the idea for the play was much loftier.

"But it really seemed to come together when the line blurs between reality and what you see on TV," Sieber said.

There are five core characters, Sieber said, and up to 25 different characters for the ensemble cast.

"There's a lot of quick costume changes and a lot of jokes," he added.

Lynn Churchill said "Static Reality" is the first original play the dance company has performed.

Last fall's performance workshop was the first time it had been offered, Churchill said.

"We'll offer it again to anyone with an interest in theater," she added. "We're always looking for new folks."

"Everyone is really excited," Sieber said. "This has been a real from-the-ground up experience and we're looking forward to providing something different for Rifle. There are a lot of talented people involved."

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