Craig Kiwanis Club Play ticket sales begin today

If you go …

What: Ticket sales for the 66th annual Craig Kiwanis Club Play

When: 3 p.m. today

Where: J.W. Snack’s, 210 E. Victory Way

— Doors open at 2 p.m., and people waiting for tickets are welcome to gather outside and socialize with others in line. Tickets cost $20 per person or $200 for a table of 10 and will officially go on sale at 3 p.m. The play is scheduled for March 2 and 3 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion. Tickets can also be purchased at Rehabilitation Services of Craig, 473 Yampa Ave., after the initial sale. For more information, call Jeff Pleasant at 824-9359.

The chance to see people from around town performing onstage in a locally produced and unique show is something Craig residents have come to love year after year.

Just as big of an event is the process of getting admission to the stage performance.

Tickets to the 66th annual Craig Kiwanis Club Play go on sale today at J.W. Snack’s, 210 E. Victory Way. For anyone who’s ever purchased tickets to the play in the past, it’s not just a walk-in, walk-out setup.

Patrons of the show line up hours and sometimes days before the tickets go on sale, congregating with others who love the tradition.

Jeff Pleasant, who oversees ticket sales for the Kiwanis Club, said the tradition is something most people enjoy as much as the play itself.

Residents have already begun lining up with their lawn chairs across the street from the restaurant. While waiting, they engage in games, share food and drinks and talk about shows of recent years.

“It’s a talkative atmosphere, and people you probably wouldn’t normally talk to will open up like you’re their buddy,” Pleasant said.

J.W. Snack’s will also offer special meal deals for those in line, opening the doors at 2 p.m. to everyone before the tickets go on sale at 3 p.m.

“It’s held at just the right time of year,” Pleasant said. “People are starting to get cabin fever, and they want to get out and do something.

“They’ve been tied up all winter long, so they need to blow off some steam and have some fun. And it’s for a good cause.”

Funds from the ticket sales average about $12,000 and go toward scholarships for local students. The cost is $20 per person or $200 for a table of 10.

Pleasant said the Kiwanis Club should have room for slightly more than 400 people per night, depending on how tables are arranged.

The play, scheduled for March 2 and 3 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion, is a satire on the events of the year.

Pleasant said the script is nearing completion.

About 40 club members will work the event either onstage or behind the scenes.

“We’ll have our usual gnarly comic relief,” he said. “We’ll make some fun of our public officials around town, and if the city and VFW keep jawing at each other, I’m sure we’ll have something there as well.”

The content also includes shots at state and national government.

“I’m sure Obama will get hit hard, especially in an election year. We’ll take some jabs at Newt and Mitt, too,” Pleasant said.

Pleasant said the two nights will offer some different crowds.

“A lot of times, Friday is a lot rowdier because people are just getting off work,” he said. “Saturday is more subtle, and we usually sell out of that show faster. Either way, it’s fun.”

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