Cat’s Corner-Thin Air Theatre Company Presents the “Cripplecreep Show” By: Catherine Mahrholz


Last Friday evening, with eager anticipation, I attended opening night of this year’s Halloween themed melodrama, “Cripplecreep Show” at the historic Butte Theater in Cripple Creek.

I am pleased to say that the tradition of top notch live theater continues to this day thanks to Cripple Creek’s own Thin Air Theatre Company.

“Cripplecreep Show” will be shown throughout the month of October for both afternoon matinee and evening performances. The performance runs for almost three delightful hours and includes four vignettes developed and written by Chris Armbrister, Mickey Burdick, Mel Moser and Chris Sorenson. These gentlemen are longtime theater professionals devoted to Cripple Creek’s tradition of world class, Broadway worthy musicals and plays, many in the Melodrama tradition of the 1800s when Cripple Creek was a booming mining town.

The Halloween Olio, a collection of tunes performed by the cast with Music Director James Mablin playing the piano, was a spectacular ending to this delightful performance. Mablin’s piano also provides the musical backdrop so essential to the character and flavor of “Cripplecreep Show.”

“Cripplecreep Show” runs for about three entertaining hours and is comprised of four vignettes developed and written by Chris Armbrister, Mickey Burdick, Mel Moser and Chris Sorenson. Imagine “Twilight Zone” and “Creature Features” meet “Saturday Night Live” and you’ll have some idea of what to expect.

The four stories are titled, “Mirror, Mirror,” “The Donkey Hoof,” “The Chained Girl” and “Cry of the Sasquatch.”

The talented actors who make up the cast of the “Cripplecreep Show” hail from all over the United States and each has an impressive history of educational and theater accomplishments. Longtime fans of our local Melodramas and theater productions will recognize some of them and welcome the exceptional skill of all of the actors and actresses participating in this year’s Fall performance at the Butte Theater.

I especially enjoyed “The Donkey Hoof.” It was hilariously creepy and the plot centered on an archeological find that was endowed with a supernatural curse!

Whether planning a date night or looking for a fun family outing, “Cripplecreep Show” offers a delightful and engaging escape for adults and children alike.

And there’s not a Jack O Lantern to be seen! Expect the unexpected in this marvelous and fabulous live theater production performed right here in Teller County in our own little mountain town of Cripple Creek at the historic Butte Theater.

The Halloween Olio had the entire audience laughing and hooting at jokes inserted into the musical dance numbers that were the Grand Finale for this year’s Halloween inspired Melodrama, “Cripplecreep Show.” What a great tongue twister title for a show that is a must see for young and old alike!

Prior to show time, snacks and soft drinks are available at the counter next to the Box Office and there’s a full bar at the back of the theater. The drink special on the evening I attended was, of course, a Bloody Mary!

And theater patrons get a chance to see the actors before the show because they staff the snack counter, the bar and work as ushers to guide audience members to their seats.

For the month of October, matinees are Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 pm and the evening performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:00 pm.

For reservations please call 719-689-3247 or if you prefer, the box office is open two hours prior to every performance. The Butte Theater is located at 139 Bennett Ave. in the heart of downtown Cripple Creek, Colorado. You may email the Butte Theater at