Lively Arts Series Presents Popular Political Satire Troupe ‘The Capitol Steps’

The Capitol Steps, photo by Michael M. Reyna

The Capitol Steps, photo by Michael M. Reyna

Using their fine-tuned wit, The Capital Steps will turn White House and Capitol Hill news into musical comedy gold to create an enjoyable, fun-filled performance at Montgomery County Community College on Saturday, May 2 at 8 p.m. in the Science Center Theater, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell. Tickets cost $38. Visit mc3.edu/livelyarts or call 215-641-6518 for more information and tickets.

Founded nearly 35 years ago, The Capitol Steps began as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people who employed them through song parodies and skits that played off recent headlines. Since then the group has won numerous awards, been featured on national TV and radio, and recorded nearly three dozen albums, including the recent “Fiscal Shades of Gray” and “How to Succeed in Congress Without Really Lying.”

Between its nationwide touring schedule and regular weekend performances in Washington, D.C., the group usually performs about 400 gigs each year―with more in presidential election years. Now that the 2016 presidential campaign is officially underway, The Capitol Steps will have more fodder than ever to delight audiences.

“Over the decades, the Steps have staked out space for themselves at the side of every big Washington blowup,” says Steve Hendrix of The Washington Post. “Merging a wide interest in politics, even policy, with a deep love for musical theater, they form a wonky-tonk geek chorus at the wings of our political theater.”

This performance is part of the College’s 2014-15 Lively Arts series, which will close out with a bang on May 9 with its annual Betzwood Film Festival. This year’s festival showcases a retrospective of the adventurous life and films of Wilna Hervey―the silent film star of “Powerful Katrinka” and Woodstock art colony trailblazer who defied convention through a decades-long same-sex relationship―along with a “meet the author” reception and book signing with festival founder and Hervey biographer Joseph Eckhardt.

The College’s Lively Arts programs have connected the community for more than a quarter century. In addition to the film festival and performances from internationally acclaimed artists, each season features student choral, jazz ensemble, guitar, dance and theater performances; a Young Arts Explorers series; a presidential symposium; and the Richard K. Bennett Distinguished Lectureship for Peace and Social Justice.

For more information, visit mc3.edu/livelyarts or call the Box Office at 215-641-6518. Follow the College’s “Destination Arts” page on Facebook at facebook.com/DestinationArts.

~ by Lauren Somers

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