A touch of CRT in the park

Photos by Keith R. Cerny: Top, CRT Artistic director John Diantonio is about to spew an egg from his mouth “forced through his head” by wife Caitlin Wise, but a closer look reveals the real result. Bottom, The crowd watches from Basham Park and Main Street in downtown Creede as Sean Thompson and Kate Berry perform “Easy Street” from the musical “Annie” that was among the offerings for CRT’s 2020 season until the pandemic struck.

CREEDE – An estimated crowd of more than 250 gathered Friday night in Basham Park and main street in downtown Creede to experience a variety show shared by current and former cast members of the Creede Repertory Theatre as a celebration of a 2020 season that didn’t happen thanks to COVID-19.

Fifteen acts performed everything from vocal and instrumental music, to clown antics, narrative and magic. CRT Artistic Director John Diantonio and popular actor/vocalist Sean Thompson kicked off the night, the latter playing the part of emcee for the 1 ½ hour program.

Thompson, known for his appearances on Broadway, as well as with CRT, kicked things off with “I Am What I Am” from La Cage Aux Folles. Holly Thompson followed with a rendition of “Are You Bored Yet,” and CRT clowns Sunny and Blue (Brittni and Lavour Addison) entertained with a silent sketch of their own.

CRT Development Manager Julia McCorvey broke out her violin and was joined by Thompson with vocals from the “Balcony Scene” from Westside Story.

The “masked” crowd was also treated to a magic act by Diantonio and wife Caitlin Wise who made four raw eggs pop from a tray to glasses of water waiting beneath them before forcing an egg through her husband’s head and into his mouth, except for the smashed egg on the top of his head.

Other highlights included performances by past and present CRT talents Kate Berry, Emily Diaz, Morgan Manfredi, Andy Brown, Logan Ernsthal, and 50-year CRT veterans Christy Brandt and John Brown. Berry and Diaz joined Thompson to perform “Easy Street” from the musical “Annie” that was slated for the 2020 season before being postponed to 2021.

Thompson capped the night with “Impossible Dream” from Man of La Mancha.

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