Storytelling on the prairie: Sopris Theater Company’s season is starting back up this weekend |

Storytelling on the prairie: Sopris Theater Company’s season is starting back up this weekend

Scott Elmore is in Sopris Theatre Company’s first production of the season, “Voice of the Prairie,” playing Sept. 30 through Oct. 16. Photo by Scot Gerdes

The Sopris Theatre Company at Colorado Mountain College-Spring Valley is back for the season and kicking off with “The Voice of the Prairie.”

The play tells a story about storytelling during the advancement of the radio, a news release states. 

“The Voice of the Prairie,” is set in 1895 when the radio was first being introduced, and then 1923 when radio gained appreciation and changed some of the way people experienced story telling. 

The story opens with a traditionalist, old hobo storyteller named Poppy, who prefers to tell his stories the old-fashioned way, in person and in his own voice. The story will then fast-forward to a radio entrepreneur discovering Davey Quinn, a man telling stories about Poppy and a blind girl named Frankie, who was rescued from her cruel father. 

Quinn becomes a radio star as he’s transformed into “The Voice of the Prairie.” What follows may seem like it’s from a bygone era, though it soon becomes apparent that the radio was once as unregulated and as ripe for corruption as the internet is today, according to the release from the Sopris Theatre company.

The story is written by John Olive and locally directed by Brad Moore, with cast members Joshua Adamson, Delven Bourne, G. Thomas Cochran, Scott Elmore, Bostyn Elswick, Courtney Lindgren, Dayra Loya Palacios and Wyatt Tulk.

If you go…

What: The Voice of the Prairie

When: Sept. 30 – Oct. 1, Oct. 6-8, and Oct. 14-15 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 2 and Oct. 16 at 2 p.m.

Where: New Space Theatre at CMC Spring Valley at Glenwood Springs

How much: $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, students and CMC faculty (Full-time CMC Spring Valley students are admitted at no charge, as part of their student activities fees.)

If you can’t make it in person, livestream on Oct. 2, 8 and 14

To purchase season or individual tickets, visit and click on “Current Productions,” click on “Reservations,” call 970-947-8177 or contact

Later this season…

“The One-Act Play that Goes Wrong,” by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields, is a hilarious play within a play. Directed by Moore, the production will be performed live from Nov. 18 through Dec. 4 at the New Space Theatre at CMC Spring Valley and in Aspen at the Wheeler Opera House on Jan. 27 and 28.

“Frankenstein, Monster or Man,” is an original musical by Los Angeles-based playwright and composer Carol Weiss, who will collaborate with Sopris Theatre Company’s actors to bring her production to life from April 7 to 23 at CMC Spring Valley and live streamed. CMC’s annual Student Workshop Productions will wrap up the season on April 27 at CMC Spring Valley.

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