The Great American Laughing Stock Company is a not-for-profit summer repertory theatre company thriving in Steamboat Springs, Colorado whose mission is to enhance and diversify the performing arts in the Yampa Valley region.
GALSCO’s dedication to artistic excellence and the human spirit invokes an environment of empowerment and creativity through the transformative power of theatre. Our goal is to touch the hearts and souls of all those living in the Yampa Valley community with the life sustaining and supporting qualities of live performance. Quoting Christian Penny, New Zealand stage director, artist, and director of the New Zealand National Drama School, “Theatre exists in the coming together to share air, the ritual of real life, ephemeral and transitory, with the very real possibility that something totally transforming will reveal itself.”
Through its commitment to the performing arts GALSCO serves to educate area youth through exposure to arts nationally and internationally. We perform valuable human service to the greater community through entertainment and cultural development. Simply put: we do theatre outdoors, in a picnic setting, through partnerships with local performers and guest artists from the finest New Zealand conservatories, to build a spirit of community. Community means theatre that touches all ages, abilities, cultures, genres from Shakespeare to Seuss, and is indelibly printed with the values of the Yampa Valley.
Originally founded in 1971, the Company was resurrected in the summer of 2005 and has continued to produce shows and children's theatre workshops each summer, as well as holding classes and workshops for local middle school and elementary aged students during the school year. Led by Stuart Handloff, a director with over 40 years of theatrical experience and a Masters degree graduate of the New Zealand National Drama School, GALSCO has produced the Picnic Theatre Festival, a summer repertory outdoor theatre program in the Yampa River Botanic Park and the Bud Werner Memorial Library in Steamboat Springs, CO.
Contact GALSCO at P.O. Box 770181, Steamboat Springs, CO, 80477 or contact the Artistic Director, Stuart Handloff, at email@example.com
You, too, can be a part of The Great American Laughing Stock Company. To join or contribute, contact us for your membership packet including free company memento!
Beginning in 2016, all Saturday performances will be at the Bud Werner Memorial Library and all remaining performances will be in the outdoor amphitheatre at the Yampa River Botanic Park. Performances will remain free but no dogs are allowed at the Botanic Park.