By Beth Dodd:
The latest show at the Butte Theater in Cripple Creek, The Frozen Man, is a delightful blend of humor and horror that your whole family will enjoy from beginning to end. Be sure to arrive early to find parking and get to your seat so you won’t miss a minute of the fun.
The action begins as a small group of would-be rescuers arrives at the Exham Mine near old Cripple Creek during a gathering blizzard to search for the missing crew of the mine. Intrepid Dr. Helen West (played by Madeline Fallier), guilt-ridden mine owner William Dyer (by Kevin Pierce), his amorous right hand man Bruce (by Ross Hellwig), and grief-stricken miner’s wife Emma (by Laureen Smith) are drawn into a web of intrigue as clues from the journal (or is it a diary?) of Emma’s lost husband Zeke (by Nick Madison) make it clear that something sinister is happening at the mine.
The plot thickens when Hap (played by Rebecca Myers), a bold mountain woman living alone near the mine, and coincidentally Bruce’s ex-wife, arrives with the frozen body of Zeke and tales of the Curse of the Exham Mine. Now the rescuers must battle the gravest peril to themselves as they struggle to withstand the elements, insanity, zombies, and each other to stop the evil that has been freed from the mine.
The cast of the play does a wonderful job of maintaining their top-notch musicianship while inducing laughter from the audience. For example, Laureen Smith as Emma sings as beautifully as a meadow lark even as the audience begins to realize that her dead frozen husband has begun to thaw behind her and may not be as dead as he first seemed.
This group of performers also does an excellent job of drawing the audience into the show, as the first few giggles become open laughter and the suspense builds. Ross Hellwig is an excellent addition to the otherwise veteran cast in his first appearance on the Butte Theater’s stage, and it is to be hoped that he will return in future shows.
The resolution of the play is followed by an all-new zombie-themed Halloween Olio. The talented cast spoofs many of your favorite pop classics and gives them a haunting twist. From the Dead Man’s Party to the Zombie Jamboree and the Graveyard Boogie, you’ll be delighted at how entertaining the afterlife can be.
The Frozen Man will be performed at the Butte Theater at 139 E Bennett Ave in Cripple Creek through November 2nd. Show times are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Ticket prices range from $8.25 to $13.25 and group rates are available. You can buy tickets online athttp://
You also won’t want to miss the Butte’s upcoming Christmas program The Christmas Blaze opening on November 29 and running through December 29. Members of the local community will have the opportunity to perform side by side with the professionals of the Thin Air Theater Company in this holiday show. Auditions will be held on Sunday October 20th and Monday October 21st, from 6pm to 8pm, at the Butte Theater. All ages will be considered. No need to bring audition material as you will be asked to read from the Christmas script. Auditioners aged 12 and under are asked to be accompanied by an adult. For further information call 719-689-6402.