One-liners echo through Indigo Sky Theatre’s ‘Grandest Canyon’
RIFLE – A couple of old biddies are taking the cross-country trip of their lives this weekend.Literally.Isabelle and Imogene Ingram have never been out of their home state of South Carolina. But their triplet sister, Ida, died and charged them with getting her ashes to the Grand Canyon.”Grandest Canyon,” being presented at 7 p.m. today and Saturday at Rifle Middle School, is the third annual Indigo Sky Theatre Company play. The small Rifle community theater group has also performed “When Bullfrogs Sing Opera” and “Daughters of the Lonestar State.”Vanessa Ivy, the gym teacher and after-school drama club coach at RMS, started the company three years ago. Indigo Sky shows always benefit the Rifle Animal Shelter. Last year, the group raised almost $2,000.”Vanessa wanted to do something that would combine her love for theater with her love for animals,” said Julia Conrad, a special education teacher who plays a variety of different parts.
“Vanessa has chosen plays from the south the last few years,” said Irene Massey, a RMS English language learners teacher, who plays Imogene. “I’m not sure why. But they are really funny.”Massey has performed in all three plays and helps coach the after-school drama club with Ivy, the theater company owner.”One thing this area is lacking is live entertainment,” Massey said. “You have to go up valley. Hopefully this will create a trend.””Grandest Canyon” is loaded with misadventure and witty one-liners. Massey warns that there are some subtle adult themes and minor language. She would rate the play PG-13.Imogene and Isabelle travel across the southern part of the United States with their sister’s urn and a bedpan.”That bedpan, we picked up because it looked like the one we had when we were girls and it makes us think of Ida,” Massey explained. “We carry it around with us. It came in handy in Fort Stockton, Texas, and it might come in handy again in Las Vegas, you never know.”
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• Who: Indigo Sky Theatre Company• What: “Grandest Canyon” with coffee and dessert from Starbucks• Where: Rifle Middle School• When: 7 p.m. today and Saturday• How much: $10/advance, $12/door• Why: To benefit the Rifle Animal Shelter• Information: 984-2579
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