About The Voice of the Prairie
As the play begins, an old hobo named Poppy by his avid companion, young Davey Quinn, is telling a tall tale. It is the early 1890s and itinerant story tellers like Poppy are the voices of the prairie. Years later, Davey is discovered by a radio entrepreneur while he is telling stories about Poppy and Frankie, a blind girl he rescued from a cruel father. Quinn becomes famous on radio as the Voice of the Prairie. Frankie reenters his life, and the FCC threatens them all for broadcasting without a license.
Sopris Theatre Company at CMC
The Colorado Mountain College Theatre has been in existence for over forty years, first under the direction of Tom Cochran until 2007, then Gary Ketzenbarger until 2020. Brad Moore is now at the helm. In 2009 our Associate of Arts with an emphasis in Theatre was instituted, with students able to take a degree in that subject area. With the passage of the state-wide articulation agreement, students majoring in Theatre are now able to transfer their AA degree in full to virtually all the four-year Theatre programs in the state of Colorado.
CMC Theatre changed its name to Sopris Theatre Company at Colorado Mountain College to reflect our hybrid model of students and community members working together. This transformation reflects not only the growing breadth of the Theatre program, but also the nature of the company itself, which functions both educationally and as a true theatre of the community. CMC students and Roaring Fork Valley artists work side-by-side as actors, directors, designers, stage managers, and technicians. This collaboration between students and local professionals enhances intergenerational learning, leading the Sopris Theatre Company at Colorado Mountain College to new heights worthy of its namesake.