Satirical Craig Kiwanis play successful | CraigDailyPress.com

Satirical Craig Kiwanis play successful

From left, Craig Kiwanis Club members Richard Haslem, Dan Severson, Mike Butler and Don Smith stand with their stuffed animal prop before a rehearsal for the 68th annual Kiwanis play. The comedy show, which took place Friday and Saturday, is the main fundraiser for the group to provide scholarships and community outreach.
Andy Bockelman

— Every year, it’s sensational, it pushes the envelope and it’s something you won’t see any traces of after the fact.

The 68th annual Craig Kiwanis Club play took place this weekend, and if you weren’t there, you’ll have to wait until next year to find out what the hype was all about. The two-night performance is something that, as loyal fans know, is kept within the confines of the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion.

Cameras are not allowed, because of both the adult nature of the show and the added aura of secrecy that makes it all the more intriguing. The play is a lampoon of the many events that have happened regionally and nationally during the past year.

Each year, those who write the script mine the Craig Daily Press — lovingly referred to as the Craig Daily Mess — for news items that can be skewered onstage. Among the things that made the cut were legalized marijuana; the Daily Press’ encounter with Sally Jewell, U.S. secretary of interior; and pop star Miley Cyrus’ now-infamous twerking at the MTV Video Music Awards.

The performers have been known to cross a line or two in certain years, but Kiwanis member Pete Pleasant said the show and the “roast” humor it provides are all in good fun as Craig welcomes in the spring season.

“It’s like the groundhog coming out in (Punxsutawney) Pennsylvania, only we don’t care what the weather is,” he said.

More importantly, the show is the main fundraiser for the year for Kiwanis, said Mike Butler, who organized the production with fellow member Don Smith. Those who purchase a ticket for a night of laughs also contribute to plentiful efforts to reach out to the youths of the area.

“We’re big into stuff with kids,” Pleasant said.

The organization has donated a minimum of $10,000 in scholarship funds each year to college-bound students throughout the past four or five years, Pleasant said. Special Olympics activities continue to benefit from the group, as does work with local seniors and individuals involved with Horizons.

Past projects include the first incarnation of the local senior bus.

It’s too late to get in on the fun of this year’s performance, but mark your calendars for this time next year. The 69th annual play is set for March 6 and 7, 2015.

Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or abockelman@CraigDailyPress.com.