Last night, Thursday, Valentine’s Day, I attended opening night at the Sherbino in Ridgway to see its 3rd annual production of Sherbino Night Live, a take of on TV’s long-running Saturday Night Live comedy show. It was hysterical!
This is a completely community-created theatrical event with original skits written and played by local Ridgway area residents about local folk, events, and issues. Local volunteers also make up the stage, sound, and lighting crews, as well as costume and set designers and those working the door to meet and greet the audience members.
I was so impressed with the professionalism of the production in general. It was hard to believe the actors were really just amateurs, obviously enjoying themselves immensely. There were gags and jokes a minute which ranged from eye-rolling dumb to belly-laughing funny and surprising.
Where else but community theater do you get your newly elected county sheriff dressed in drag, a teacher by day playing a sexy, sado-masochistic marriage counselor, or the executive director of the local theater physically wrestling with a large bear-proof trash can in stunt-like fashion? I think Ashley King, the Executive Director of the Sherbino said it best in her welcome message in the SNL program:
“You know what’s really cool? I’ll tell you: Community Theatre, and more specifically, the Sherbino Theatre Company. Seriously. It’s really cool. You might be wondering why it’s so cool, so I’m gonna tell you: productions like this BUILD COMMUNITY. People, from all walks of life, are giving this art form a try while others are demonstrating their mastery of the craft. Behind the scenes, you’ll find laughter, teamwork, comradery, drama and magic. You’ll see PASSION — there’s not a more passionate group of people than those involved in community theatre. You’ll see VOLUNTEERISM — these awesome people before you have spent hours planning, designing lighting and sound, learning lines, rehearsing, blocking and collaborating; all for the sheer joy of performing in front of a live audience. You’ll see YOUR NEIGHBORS– one of the best things about community theatre is that you get to cheer for and enjoy the people you know in a play. You’ll see LOVE from the audience– community theatre audiences are the best! They pull for the actors and extend their positive feelings onto the stage to encourage and support. (That’s pretty dang exciting!) Finally, you’ll see COMMUNITY PRIDE– our community is proud of their new theatre company and the company members are proud of their place in the community. It’s just really cool — and it’s happening at the Sherbino! Thank you for being a part of it! “
If you want a good laugh and to be thoroughly entertained, do try to catch tonight’s or tomorrow’s show, Friday, Feb 15th or Saturday, the 16th. If you miss it this year, be sure you catch it next year. I am sure this very popular local production will be returning annually for many years to come.