April E. Clark
Steppin’ Out with April

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July 31, 2014
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‘Sharknado’ returns, Friday night at the Caverns, and channeling Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

I would say I have a healthy imagination.

I can come up with some crazy stories. My writing and comedy style has been described as quirky. Some people might even think I’m a little weird.

Mostly I hope I’m different.

As imaginative as I like to think I am, I’m not sure if I could have devised the pop culture craze that is the SyFy Channel’s “Sharknado.” I might be underestimating my abilities, but to create a science fiction cult classic film that combines bloodthirsty fish and a city- destructing storm in one natural anomaly is, quite simply, amazing.

Throw in an initial 1.4 million viewers before the additional 1.9 million viewers in the second run, and I think we have a winner.

I really have to give the creators of “Sharknado” serious credit for thinking outside of the sci-fi box. As a Midwesterner closely familiar with tornadoes, I have yet to see sharks thrown into these frightening funnels. That’s down-right terrifying and, oddly enough, slightly silly if given too much consideration. Just search the #Sharknado trending topic on Twitter and there are others who agree.

Don’t forget the hashtag.

This week, “Sharknado 2: The Second One” premiered on Syfy. More than 3.9 million viewers tuned in to see what happens when a freak hurricane hits New York City after terrorizing L.A. in the first movie. Not only is one of the lead characters named April, played by Tara Reid, but the “Sharknado” series — with a third movie in the works — stars “Beverly Hills 90210” ’90s teen heartthrob Ian Ziering. He was great as Steve. These days, his character is named Fin Shepard.

I can’t even make this stuff up.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Lion’s Park in Basalt comes alive with live entertainment — and no sharks or tornadoes — all weekend, featuring a catered children’s dinner theatre, comedy show and Motown dance party. Basalt Live presents a kids’ production of “The Sound of Music” at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the downtown park. Enjoy family-friendly music made famous by Julie Andrews and the beloved Von Trapp family with dinner catered by Tempranillo. Later in the evening, bring a blanket for a funny evening in the park for live comedy and drinks from Heather’s at 9 p.m. After “The Sound of Music” at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, boogie to the Motown sounds of Carbondale’s favorite soul and funk providers, The Starletts at 9. The weekend is sure to be a real blast. Call 309-1269 or e-mail info@BasaltDowntown.com for tickets and visit www.basaltdowntown.com for more information.

Friday

A summer spent enjoying all that Glenwood Springs offers isn’t complete without a tram ride up to Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, 5100 Two Rivers Place, for Friday Afternoon Club. Perched high above the valley, the city’s newest FAC is the queen of them all, featuring live local music, old west photos with friends, and drink specials. Peruse the PI for a free tram ride coupon and enjoy the Local’s Choice best place to watch the sun set from 5-9 p.m. Or take a Friday off for fun on the Glenwood Caverns array of amusement rides and walking and spelunking tours in the historic Fairy Caves. Visit www.glenwoodcaverns.com for ticket pricing and additional information about Glenwood Caverns attractions.

Sunday

Rifle’s Boomtown Players are beaming with excitement these days with the opening of the new downtown New Ute Theater and Events Center. The stage performance troupe can host open mic nights there, and plans for a fall production at the refurbished historic theater are officially under way. In October, Boomtown Players presents “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” the dark classic about split personalities. An audition for the Oct. 16-19 stage adaptation of Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson’s famous novella, first published in 1886, takes place from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 3, at the Rifle Library, 207 East Ave. Thespians interested in acting, directing, stage management, set design, costume and make-up, high school age or older, are encouraged to audition with the Boomtown Players. Those seeking speaking roles should prepare a 1-2 minute dramatic monologue and will be asked to read from the script. I love the stage and recommend the camaraderie that comes with live theater. Give it a try, and break a leg.

April E. Clark might need a chainsaw handy to ward off any future Sharknado invasions. She can be reached at arts@postindependent.com.


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