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Silence in the snow

Kiwanis play details a secret to be revealed at show time, director says

Joshua Roberts

— If Kiwanis Club member Jack Reed knows anything about the club’s upcoming play – and as play chairman and director, he does – he isn’t spilling details.

“Sorry,” said Reed, a Kiwanis member for seven years. “It’s a secret. They (other club members) would kill me.”

Reed’s reaffirmation of the club’s silent oath regarding its annual play – a raucous, comic affair that pokes good-natured fun at community members and political happenings from the past year – came Friday afternoon at the Veterans of Foreign Wars post, just hours before tickets went on sale.

In what has become as traditional as the play itself, more than 30 people braved the cold and snowy elements Friday at the VFW awaiting ticket sales. About 20 people stayed the night to keep their place in line.

The play’s two performances were expected to sell out by 7:30 p.m. There were roughly 900 tickets available for the play’s two performances.

“We’ll sell out,” Reed said, a not-so-subtle hint to the play’s popularity. “I don’t think there will be a problem with that.”

The play, scheduled for March 7 and 8 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion, is in its 62nd year. It represents the Kiwanis Club’s biggest fundraiser, essentially funding most of the club’s community activities throughout the year.

Those awaiting tickets Friday said camping out is a social gathering; some Kiwanis Club members referred to it Friday as a “redneck revival.”

People spend time with friends, socialize with others and, when the occasion calls, and it calls often, many will indulge in an adult beverage.

Or two.

Or several more.

People began staking out tickets Wednesday morning.

Craig resident Lyndi Wagoner began waiting at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, making this year her fourth camping out. The wait is worth it, said Wagoner, whose husband, Doug, is a first-year Kiwanis member.

“The play is hilarious. It’s the social event of the year,” Wagoner said. “We’re up all night visiting, having fun.”

Some people, she added, wait in line for the chance at plush seats for the play, but most people are just in it for the “fun.”

This year marked the first year Craig resident Sheena Halcomb waited in line for play tickets.

“I’ve always seen it, just never did it,” she said. “It’s worth it. The play is always good, and it’s for a good cause.”

Kiwanis Club members began play practice in January. The play is a tradition and provides a good time for a good cause, Reed said.

And that’s about as much information as he’s willing to divulge.

“We try to keep it as quiet as we can,” the director said. “We want it to be a surprise. It’s funnier that way. : It’s always been a secret. (People) never know what we’re going to do next.”

Joshua Roberts can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 210, or jroberts@craigdailypress.com.


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