The Get-Us-Heard Address | Voyeur Actor Justin Ivie

10 June 2014

 

The Get-Us-Heard Address

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Written by Justin Ivie

June 2014

 

 

One score and sixteen years ago our founding mother brought forth to this unsuspecting state a new musical, conceived in comedy, and dedicated to the proposition that no cow is too sacred for roasting.

Now, we at SLAC are engaged in rehearsals for another great summer of Saturday’s Voyeur, testing whether this company, or any company so insane and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met in the chapel six days a week—come to dance, and to sing and to seek out the punchiest line deliveries so that this irreverent bacchanal once again might live. It is altogether thrilling and possibly delusional that we do this.

 

But, in a larger sense, we can not satirize, we can not caricature, we can not lampoon this state. Those beautiful, bombastic, ridiculous Utahns, living and dead, who frolic here, have practically parodied themselves - far above our poor powers to send-up or takedown. The conservatives and blowhards who run our state will little note, nor likely understand what we have to say here, but we can never forget what they do here. And it’s better for us to laugh than to cry! It is for you, the beleaguered but sane denizens of our fair community, to be inebriated here - and to laugh at the noble buffoonery which those gasbags have so seriously advanced. It is for us, the company, to tackle the enormous tasks remaining before us—that from these glorious idiots we take-the-piss, and mine the last full measure of comedy gold—that we here highly resolve to learn every note, every step and every line—that these jokes shall not die in vain—that this very serious comedy, under the noses of the G.O.P. and the C.O.B., shall have a new birth of hilarity—and that satire of those people, by these people, for you people, shall not perish from SLAC’s stage.

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