There’s more at Vaudeville than just vaudeville
The Glenwood Vaudeville Revue show may on hiatus until June 17, but director John Goss is working hard to bring a wide array of special events to the former site Springs Theatre.
“I get a lot of comments from people that are so glad we’re doing so many other things,” he said. “Most of the performances we do here are still vaudeville, but this is the icing on the cake.”
The offerings are deliberately eclectic.
“I just want to get people in here. I’m looking for a variety, to give different people different things to do,” Goss said.
On June 6, Grammy nominees Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley will take the stage with top notch bluegrass. On June 10, catch magic and juggling by Doc Eason and Jammin Jim.
There’s also monthly stand-up comedy, with Last Comic Standing finalist Noah Gardenswartz slated for June 11.
The cozy dinner-and-a-show lends itself to the medium.
“Seasoned comedians come in here and love this place,” Goss said. “It just makes me smile because we designed it for the vaudeville, and it happens to work well for other stuff.”
It even includes a small dance floor, which is getting use with a monthly dancing night. The last one for the season is June 9, with all-ability group instruction beginning at 7 p.m. Then, at 7:30, Blu Plate Special — Rich Ganson, Michael Jude, John Michel and Chris Bank — provide live music to dance to for $12.
The inaugural event in January drew a dozen or so students, while many dancing enthusiasts trickled in later.
“The response we got when we first were putting this together was incredible,” Goss said. “It’s turning out basically exactly what I was hoping for. If we can draw enough people we’ll keep it going.”
Barb Parquette, a Glenwood Springs resident and member of the Roaring Fork Social dancers, doesn’t think that will be a problem.
“There’s a lot of dancers coming in from all over the valley,” she said. “We drive to Wolcott, to Rifle, to Carbondale. We’ve been wanting something in Glenwood Springs. When there’s a live band, it really draws a crowd. They’re gonna need a bigger dance floor.”
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