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Actors dream of a stage of their own

Cindy Chotvacs thinks Craig is ready for a formal theater group and a building to perform in.

She said turnout for the last two plays put on by the Craig Performing Arts Project back her up on that. Nearly 150 people turned out for each performance.

“Theater benefits the whole community,” said Chotvacs, founder and organizer of the Craig Performing Arts Project. “It’s great for everyone.”

This week, she wants to advance the idea of theater in Craig. A Thursday at The Center of Craig will give anyone interested in theater arts a chance to participate.

“We’re looking for anyone with theater or musical experience, or even if you just have an opinion,” Chotvacs said. “We want everybody to feel involved.”

Just after its second presentation, “Way, Way Off Broadway,” the group is hoping to become more formalized so it can to qualify for grants and other funds available for artistic endeavors.

Chotvacs is looking for people familiar with formal organizations to set up a board, help select a name for the organization and to decide on a play for the summer.

Anyone of any age is welcome to get in on the action, she said.

“Our last stage manager was 11 years old,” Chotvacs said. “That’s the nice part, getting people of all ages to participate.”

Chotvacs, who had no previous stage experience other than being a musical mother, just thought it would be fun to put on a performance.

For now, plays are performed at the Moffat County High School auditorium, though Chotvacs hopes that someday the group can have a building of its own but also available to others in the community.

“This could bring business to Craig,” she said. “We have a lot of people interested in the musical end, or performing or lighting. We get a whole different group for each play we put on.”

Roni Smith, who was in a local theater group called “The Boomtown Players” back in the early 1980s is excited about the direction of the current organization.

“The audiences were good for the last performance,” she said.

“We enjoy the diversity of new performers for each play. That’s what we want.”

The Craig Performing Arts Project put on its first play, “Something’s Afoot,” last year. This year, it teamed up with the Sweet Adelines for the musical, “Way, Way off Broadway.”

“I just really like the theater, especially directing,” Chotvacs said.

“That’s why I encourage the people in Craig that want to try this or that to come to our meeting.”

The meeting is at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Center of Craig.

Dan Olsen can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 208, or

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