Backstory Youth Theatre in Broomfield, Colorado, proudly presents Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch, a comedic musical in two acts. Written by Ron and Bret Carter, and directed by Backstory Theatre’s Artistic Director, Anna Marie Wilcox, the story follows a group of ranch hands in 1889 in the town of Two Pigs, Idaho. The men are willing to do just about anything to make the next cattle drive a success. They might have to take a dangerous trail. They might have to face a gang of rustlers. And worst of all, they might even have to sing to the cattle. Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch is an original musical that has only been produced one other time.
This is the second show for Backstory Youth Theatre. Last fall, the Youth Theatre produced its premier show, Bird Brains. The Youth Theatre is one of three arms for Backstory Theatre, a Colorado non-profit. There is an active Theatre Academy for students 20 months old through adults and a Theatre Company in Broomfield as well. BackStory Theatre Academy classes are listed in the Broomfield Rec Services catalogue.
Students that are performing in Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch auditioned in July to be cast. Many of them have participated in the Theatre Academy. The 40 cast members include youths from the northern metro area, ranging in age from eight years old to seventeen years old.
The musical will be performed on Friday, November 16 at 7:00pm; Saturday, November 17 at 2:00pm; and Saturday, November 17 at 7:00pm; at the Broomfield Auditorium, 3 Community Park Road, Broomfield, Colorado.
Tickets are $12 for adults, $9 for students and seniors, and $5 for children 10 and under. Tickets may be purchased at or may be purchased at the door.
For further information, please contact or call (303) 460-7777.
Anna Marie Wilcox (Stage Director) received her BA in theatre and speech communications from Oklahoma Christian University in Oklahoma City, OK. Since relocating to Colorado in 1999, Anna has worked professionally as an actor, theatre teacher, and director in the Denver area. She has performed with the Denver Children’s Theatre, Town Hall Arts Center, Caravan Players, Denver Victorian Playhouse, Real People Productions, and the Denver Center Theatre. Anna has stage directed and choreographed for BackStory Theatre Company, Real People, Hyland Christian School, and Voices Unlimited. She has directed the Acting Up! production camp for the D.L. Parsons Theatre for three summers. Anna has been the Theatrical Supervisor for the Broomfield Summer Youth Players. She has taught numerous workshops for the Denver Children’s Theatre, Hyland Christian School, and the Bob L. Burger Recreation Center, as well as theatre classes and production camps for the Wolf Theatre Academy/Mizel Center for Arts and Culture, Boulder Arts Academy, Sanchez Elementary, and D.L. Parsons Theatre. Anna founded BackStory Theatre in 2006.
Bret Carter (Playwright/Music Director) is a teacher, director, actor, playwright, and published author. He and his father, Ron, have written many full-length plays, one-acts, and musicals, which have been produced by Hyland Christian School, Real People Productions and Backstory Theatre. In 2008, he was accepted with fourteen other writers to attend the Orson Scott Card Writer’s Boot Camp in San Diego. Bret currently teaches at Hyland Christian where he has taught for 15 years. He writes and performs for BackStory Communications. Bret also adapts stories for the stage and is an instructor for BackStory Theatre Academy.
Ron Carter (Playwright) lives in Thornton, Colorado. He and his son, Bret, have written several plays, which have been produced at Hyland Christian School and for their community theatre company called Real People Productions. Ron attended Harding College back in the 50s where he appeared in three major productions and several one act plays. Two of these one acts were written by Ron, and one, A Greater Law, was presented at the Arkansas State Speech Festival where it won first place in the competition.

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