Live theater on the cheap

Live theater is alive and well. Not at the Buell, and not at the Denver Center but in an old school building that dates back to the early nineteen hundreds in Parker.

The actors and crew of "Escanaba In Da Moonlight" are definitely not in it for the money, but for the love of their craft. Most are volunteers, and because of their shoestring budget, they have to get creative for all the basics, including makeup, costumes and props.

Director Spencer Duncan says some of the scenery used in the Jeff Daniels play are fresh from Goodwill. They've also had to get inventive to use some very limited space. "So there are a couple rooms back there that act as our green room. Our dressing room...there's no mirrors, there's no lights, there's no makeup area," he explained. "Everything that we do is just on a whim and on our own, from things that we bring from home".

Duncan says the actors, most of whom juggle rehearsals and performances with day jobs, don't really mind doing a little extra legwork for the show. "That's one of the things about community theater is that people love the craft and they love what they do so much that they are willing to lose all the creature comforts in order to bring joy to the people that are in this community," he explained.

Escanaba In Da Moonlight continues through Saturday at the Mainstreet Art Center in Parker. Tickets are $15 at the door or online at

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