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CARBONDALE – Watching Joyce Bulifant and Roger Perry sing and crack jokes, one might suggest they take their show on the road.But the married veteran actors are happy in the Roaring Fork Valley, sharing their talents with local audiences for a good cause.At 8 p.m. today and Saturday, they present “Life Upon the Wicked Stage,” a benefit for the River Bridge advocacy center for abused and neglected children, at the Thunder River Theater in Carbondale.”‘It’s about my life on the stage, sometimes unfortunate – and there’s a little bit of Roger in there, too,” Bulifant said. “It weaves a bit of our love story and my life on the ‘wicked stage.’ And it’s all to help the children.”Bulifant’s true Hollywood stories are revealed in the musical featuring Perry on piano and her favorite film clips and photographs illuminated on screen. Bulifant’s acting credits include both film and movie – she was cast in roles such as “Airplane,” “Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “Just Shoot Me” and “Match Game.” Perry’s acting resume includes “Star Trek,” “The Facts of Life,” “Falcon Crest,” and “Barnaby Jones.”

“People have said to me, ‘Why did you become an actor?’ ‘How did you become an actor?’ and ‘What famous people do you know?'” Bulifant said. “The idea for ‘Life Upon the Wicked Stage’ came about because I was asked to do a similar show on a cruise ship. A lot of the music Roger wrote. It really has a personal side because theater directs a lot about my life. I talk a lot about husbands and marriage.”To star in the two-night benefit, Bulifant had to check her modesty at the door and be willing to translate her life story to the stage.”I was a little embarrassed – I was afraid it would look like an ego trip,” she said. “I’m a semi-star, not a star.”Perry said he’ll join Bulifant on stage for moral support, not just to entertain.”I’ll be playing the piano, and I’ll sing like a bird – more like a vulture,” he joked.All humor aside, the talented pair are hoping “Life Upon the Wicked Stage” is a sell-out effort to help make River Bridge a reality in the Roaring Fork Valley. Bulifant and Perry, along with Carbondale/Aspen Glen Rotary Club and several dedicated volunteers in the valley such as Sue Coyle and Jean Katkov, aspire to create a safe and caring atmosphere for children who have been traumatized.

“The sad thing is that something like this is needed,” Bulifant said. “The fact that this valley is growing and there are more and more meth labs popping up, our children need to be loved and protected.”Tickets for tonight’s show are $100 per person and include a gala champagne and dessert reception with a chocolate fountain. Saturday’s performance is $25; tax deductible tickets are available at Sounds Easy in Carbondale, 963-1303, and Glenwood Travel King, 945-9500. To make a donation to River Bridge, call 963-8838, or send donations to: Roaring Fork Rotary Club Foundation, P.O. Box 426, Carbondale, CO 81623. Please specify the donation is for River Bridge.

Also on stage this weekend, the spirit of the Old West comes alive with “Doc Holliday and the Angel of Mercy,” starring Patrick Payne.No Strings Theatre Co., of New Mexico, presents the one-man play at 8 p.m. today and Saturday at the Blue Acacia Theatre in the Masonic Temple. The play is set in Holliday’s Tombstone, Ariz. hotel room, just prior to the legendary shoot-out at the OK Corral with his good friend Wyatt Earp.”‘Doc Holliday and the Angel of Mercy’ is a biographical piece which shows Holliday as he truly was, not just as he has been portrayed in books and movies,” said Payne, in a press statement. “It also focuses on his close friendship with Wyatt Earp. Holliday was extremely loyal. It didn’t matter if you were right or wrong – he was friends with you no matter what.”Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door or by calling 379-6041.Contact April E. Clark: 945-8515, ext.

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