On January 30, 2019

Capitol Steps ‘ Make America Grin Again ’ in Rutland

Friday, Feb. 1, 8 p.m.—RUTLAND— The Capitol Steps began as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them. They return to Rutland’s Paramount Theatre on Friday, Feb. 1 for an 8 p.m. show.

The group was born in December, 1981 when some staffers for Senator Charles Percy were planning entertainment for a Christmas party. Their first idea was to stage a nativity play, but in the whole Congress they couldn’t find three wise men or a virgin. So, they decided to dig into the headlines of the day, and they created song parodies and skits which conveyed a special brand of satirical humor.

In the years that followed, many of the Steps ignored the conventional wisdom (“Don’t quit your day job!”), and although not all of the current members of the Steps are former Capitol Hill staffers, taken together the performers have worked in a total of 18 Congressional offices and represent 62 years of collective House and Senate staff experience.

Since they began, the Capitol Steps have recorded over 30 albums, including their latest, “Make America Grin Again.” They’ve been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC, and PBS, and can be heard twice a year on National Public Radio stations nationwide during their “Politics Takes a Holiday” radio specials.

Tickets are $39, available at paramountvt.org. The Paramount Theatre is located at 30 Center St., Rutland.

Photo by Richard Termine

The Capitol Steps put the “mock” in democracy, in their politically satirical shows about current affairs.

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