Glenwood set to sing and dance like it’s 1885
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – John Goss has something fun planned to celebrate Glenwood Springs’ 125th Anniversary this summer.
Goss is the owner of – and performer with – the Glenwood Vaudeville Revue, which debuted at the Masonic Lodge in Glenwood Springs last summer. But in addition to the regularly scheduled shows – which kick off the season on May 28 at the Masonic Lodge – this summer the Vaudeville troupe will be taking their show to the streets of Glenwood Springs, literally, with free performances Friday and Saturday evenings at the pedestrian mall on Seventh Street near the Train Depot.
“This is the 125th anniversary for the city,” Goss said. “And the chamber wanted some kind of show that was free to the public.”
The Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association contacted Goss with the idea of doing some sort of free public shows throughout the summer. Goss thought the idea was perfect for his vaudeville show, because vaudeville style shows were a popular form of entertainment in Glenwood Springs around 1885.
“People don’t realize that Vaudeville was a huge form of entertainment at that time. It was like the movies here now,” Goss said. “They would come to the old opera houses and come and see these shows because it was the only form of entertainment around.”
The Glenwood Vaudeville Revue will be performing at the location near the train depot beginning June 4 and running through Labor Day, according to Goss. Each show will be approximately 20-30 minutes in length and are free to the public. Shows will begin at 5:30 p.m.
Goss said that the shows will represent the historical aspect of Vaudeville shows.
“I’m not doing any of the modern stuff that we did in last year’s shows,” he said. “All the stuff might have been seen pre-1900s. Very wacky and goofy but, really fun and up-beat stuff.”
The Glenwood Springs Kiwanis Club volunteered and constructed a stage where the performances will be held.
When Goss presented the idea to Glenwood City Council in April, Council waived permit and planning fees of $155.46 to allow a stage to be built on property that is owned by Union Pacific, which leases the property to the city.
Glenwood Mayor Bruce Christensen liked the idea of free Vaudeville performances.
“I think it’s a great idea,” Christensen said. “And it’s something I would like to see more of – adding life and vitality to the downtown area.”
President and CEO of the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association, Marianne Virgili, said that the historical aspect of the shows will make them very unique and the shows will be a great addition to the numerous festivities planned throughout the summer to celebrate the city’s anniversary.
“They have researched entertainment and what it was like back then,” she said. “And they will be performing like they would have 125 years ago.”
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