Summer school: Performing arts come to Cardiff
March 17, 2010
A pair of local characters is getting set to begin a new phase of existence for the Historic Cardiff School House in south Glenwood Springs.
Jack Green and Bob Willey, two longtime activists in the local theatrical scene, have teamed up to present a variety of shows at the old school, which is located in the Park East subdivision, next to the Roaring Fork River.
Under the name Camp Chair Productions (named for the expedient of having the audience bring their own camp chair to sit on), the pair will be producing a series of plays and other events at the school house starting in mid-April.
The first production is to be a set of short, comedic plays written by Green, Willey and another longtime local, Joe Mollica, scheduled for April 15-17.
Following the opening weekend, Camp Chair Productions hopes to attract other local talent to put on shows, ranging from comedy to drama to live music to live readings of poetry or prose.
The plan is not so ambitious as to predict events every weekend, Willey said, but the hope is for “as many as we can get between April and September … and make that little school house come alive again.”
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This will be the second season of events at the historic school house, which was moved from its original location and renovated by Dick Helmke and Marice Doll a few years ago.
Green, who met with Helmke and Doll after they had finished working on the building, put on a series of events last year.
“So this is our second season,” he remarked with some glee on Tuesday.
In addition to the productions being planned by Champ Chair, the duo of Green and Willey plan to get involved in the summer-long celebration of Glenwood Springs’ 125th anniversary.
“Here’s one more element [to answer the question], ‘What can you do in Glenwood in the summertime?'” Willey said.
But for this summer’s events, Willey said, the audience won’t need to bring their own chairs.