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Capitol Steps

"THE CAPITOL STEPS" is appearing at Harris Center/Three Stages in Folsom on Wednesday, Oct. 2. Courtesy photo

Prospecting

‘The Capitol Steps’ spoofs Washington politics

By From page B3 | September 30, 2013

“The Capitol Steps” was just named winner in Washington City Paper’s annual Reader’s Choice poll for “Best Place to Take an Out-of-Towner 2013.”

Not going to DC anytime soon? No worries. Harris Center/Three Stages saves you the trip by bringing this award-winning political satire group to Folsom for just one night on Wednesday, Oct. 2.

“The Capitol Steps” had an innocent beginning.

What started as Christmas entertainment party-planning for the staffers of Senator Charles Percy in 1981, quickly took on a life of its own.

The original plans were discarded when, according to co-founders (committee members) Elaina Newport, Bill Strauss and Jim Aidala, “Their first idea was to stage a nativity play but in the whole Congress they couldn’t find three wise men or a virgin.”

They decided instead to dig into the headlines of the day and create song parodies and skits which conveyed a special brand of satirical humor that was as popular in Peoria as it was on Pennsylvania Avenue.

Performers for this tour of “The Capitol Steps” are Mike Thornton, Morgan Duncan, Mike Tilford, Delores King Williams, Ann Margaret Schmitt with pianist Howard Breitbart.

Although not all of the current members of the Steps are former Capitol Hill staffers, over the past 30 plus years the performers have worked in a total of 18 Congressional offices and represent 62 years of collective House and Senate staff experience.

Some have worked for Democrats, some for Republicans, and others for politicians who firmly straddle the fence.

No matter who holds office, there’s never a shortage of material.

“Typically the Republicans goof up and the Democrats party. Then the Democrats goof up and the Republicans party. That’s what we call the two-party system,” co-founder Elaina Newport said.

Since they began, “The Capitol Steps” has recorded more than 33 albums, including its latest, “Fiscal Shades of Gray” and a special holiday release, “Barackin’ Around the Christmas Tree.”

They’ve been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC and PBS, and National Public Radio stations nationwide during the “Politics Takes a Holiday” radio specials.

“The Capitol Steps” has performed for the last five Presidents. The only complaints the Steps seem to get are from politicians and personalities who are not included in the program.

Former President George Bush Sr. remarked, “The Capitol Steps makes it easier to leave public life.”

“The Capitol Steps” will perform at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $25 to $35, premium $45 and students with ID $12 (parterre and balcony).

Tickets are available online at harriscenter.net or from the Harris Center ticket office at 916-608-6888 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and two hours before show time.

Parking is included in the price of the ticket.

Harris Center is located on the west side of Folsom Lake College campus, 10 College Parkway in Folsom.

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