Whether the results of the midterm election filled you with energy or frustration, you could probably use a good laugh.
Comedic and musical performers The Capitol Steps will perform once again in Caroll County on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m. at Winters Mill High School, 560 Gorsuch Road, Westminster.
The show benefits the Arc of Carroll County and has been a signature annual fundraiser for years. The nonprofit organization provides services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. nonprofit organization provides services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Tickets are $25 and are available by calling The Arc Carroll County at 410-848-4124 ext. 112 or online at www.ArcCarroll.org. Tickets are also available at all branches of The Carroll County Public Library system and at The Carroll Arts Center, 91 S. Main Street in Westminster.
The Capitol Steps was formed when one December in the early 1980’s there was a Christmas party for Senate staffers but no booked entertainment. Three staffers put together a satirical show that would grow into a full touring selection of skits and musical numbers poking fun at the goofiest, most blustery and larger-than-life characters from both sides of the aisle.
Elaina Newport, one of the co-founders of the Capitol Steps and a writer and performer, said the Arc is one of their longest-running partners and they have been performing for them yearly since 2003.
Scheduled for just a few days after the midterm elections, the bits and gags at the Westminster show promises to be fresh.
Newport said that they have to almost prepare two versions of the shows directly following an election as they wait for results.
“Who’s going to be gloating and who’s going to be depressed?” she said.
But some characters will show up regardless, from Bernie Sanders to Donald and Melania Trump to Elizabeth Warren to foreign powers like Angela Merkel and Kim Jong Un.
The show is designed to tickle the ribs of guests whether their political leanings are more liberal or conservative.
“We try to get everybody,” Newport said.
As performers swap wigs and props rapidfire to play all sorts of characters, Newport said they were proud when someone described the show as “More costume changes than a Cher concert.”
With the current state of politics something that can stir up strong emotions and cause disagreements, Newport said, “We were kind of concerned. Would anybody even think this is funny anymore?”
But when audience members tell them that the show relieved stress or allowed them to laugh about something they didn’t think they could, “That’s like the nicest thing any body can say,” she said. “That’s really what we’re about.”
The show runs about an hour and a half and is composed of about 30 skits and songs.
At the end of the show, “If we can all laugh and get along a little better, then we will have done our job,” Newport said.
A sample of the Capitol Steps’ work can be found on their Youtube channel.
For more information about the Arc and the show, visit arccarroll.org, search The Arc Carroll County on Facebook, or call 410-848-4124 ext. 112.