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Comedy Shows Provide Laughter and Support to Charities

Some metro area comedians are opening their hearts to the Parker community. Not only are they making Parker area residents laugh – and laugh loud – but they’re also supporting three local charities.

Known as The Red Shirt Landing Party, this group of comedians has been doing improv and stand up for more than 10 years and more than three years together, says Pam Terpenny, a Parker resident and one of the comedians organizing the shows. This will be the third year that they will be among the featured entertainers at Deep Space Theatre, 11020 S. Pikes Peak Drive.

Terpenny says comedy shows have been scheduled for the first half of the year – on February 26, March 18, April 15 and May 6 – at Deep Space. The Red Shirt Landing Party plans to continue the shows in the second half of the year, she says.

Although each show may vary, the main comedians include Terpenny, Micah Smidt, Meredith Badler, Tom “Hobe” Hobelman, Jesse Greaves-Smith, Lindsay Giachetti and Emily Coates.

“We perform around the Denver Metro area in theatres and for private events,” Terpenny says, adding that the group is committed to the art of improv and members continue to refine their skills through workshops and practice.

“The show is a combination of improv – short form, better known to the masses as games like you see on Who’s Line is it Anyway? – and some scenes with fun characters. We weave stand up between the improv.”

She also gives a heads up that the audience members can become part of the production, saying, “the show is interactive – meaning we ask the audience for suggestions and incorporate them into the show.”

The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show runs from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  Guests are welcome to stay after the performance to join the cast for drinks and socializing. The cost is $10 per person and discounts are available when booking groups of four or more.

Members of the audience are encouraged to bring their own food to enjoy during the show. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase, from which the proceeds will go to these three charities:

  • The Parker Task Force, an all-volunteer organization that provides food, limited financial assistance and other support services to people in need in the Parker, Franktown and Elizabeth areas.
  • The Boy Scouts of America’s Colorado Adventure Point, a 20,000-square-foot, indoor adventure facility that makes the wide variety of skills and knowledge taught through the Boy Scout and Girl Scout programs available to all schools and youth in Colorado. Money raised helps provide adventure education to under-served youth.
  • The Castillo Family Foundation, a new nonprofit created by Omar and 
Carrie Castillo of Parker to provide financial assistance for families going through the adoption process.

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