GLENWOOD SPRINGS — In proverbial showbiz fashion, “the show must go on” for the Glenwood Vaudeville Revue, following injuries sustained by show manager and one of its main cast members, John Goss, in a paragliding accident on Red Mountain last week.
“John is doing very well and will make a full recovery from his recent paragliding accident, and will be back on our stage in no time,” said Lisbeth Odén, co-manager of the Vaudeville Revue, in a statement released on Wednesday.
In the meantime, the show is “still open and going strong,” including three Labor Day weekend performances on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Odén said.
“We have an amazingly talented group of professionals in this cast and last weekend, everyone rallied and reworked the show to cover all of Mr. Goss’ parts and did an amazing job,” she said. “While we all missed him terribly, our out-of-town guests would have never known we were missing a member of our cast, and our local friends cheered us on.”
Goss was injured the morning of Aug. 21 when he was solo paragliding from the top of Red Mountain on the west side of Glenwood Springs, came too close to the hillside and crashed about three quarters of the way up the mountain above Midland Avenue.
It took rescue workers nearly four hours to reach the injured Goss, who was conscious and reportedly not severely injured but was stranded on a steep, rocky slope.
A Colorado National Guard helicopter was eventually called in to assist in the operation, lifting Goss off the slope in a rescue basket and lowering him to an ambulance crew waiting in the football field at Glenwood Springs High School across the Roaring Fork River.
“We would also like to take this moment to thank the community for your tremendous outpouring of support and well wishes,” Odén said in her statement. “We are so very proud to be a part of such a wonderful community.”
Rejoining the Vaudeville Revue cast this weekend in Goss’ absence will be another longtime cast member, Bob Moore, she said.
And Goss could rejoin the cast on a limited basis as soon as next weekend, she said.
The Glenwood Vaudeville Revue dinner theater shows continue until Oct. 6, with performances every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. For show information, visit www.gvrshow.com.