Biz Buzz:
‘Firebird’ opens at Simpich Showcase

       The Simpich Showcase Marionette Theatre, 2413 W. Colorado Ave., has begun its run of “The Firebird.” The first show was Jan. 20; it will continue through April 1.
       The solo theatre presentation, written by puppeteer David Simpich, was based on more than seven versions of the ancient fairytale. “The character or 'image' of the Firebird appears very often in Russian folklore and, really, stories from around the world,” Simpich explains in a press release. “I have attempted in my adaptation to pull from many elements surrounding its mythology to create something new and preserve something old.”
       In the play, featuring marionettes hand-carved by Simpich, Prince Ivan is “pitted against his power-hungry brothers to find and capture the mysterious bird who is stealing golden fruit from the Tsar's enchanted frozen garden,” the release summarizes. “Ivan is aided in his quest by the mysterious and versatile 'Friend,' who helps him by taking on the form of many creatures, including a wolf, mouse, owl and firefly.”
       Performances are Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. For times and price information, call the box office at 465-2492 or go to
       Goodwill given furniture
       Air Academy Federal Credit Union recently donated about $30,000 worth of office furniture to Goodwill Industries of Colorado Springs, for use in Goodwill's new administrative office.
       In December, nearly 350 items were donated to the organization, including custom private cubical offices, cubical panels, desks, chairs, tables, chair mats, credenzas, file cabinets, book cases with shelves, cork boards, coat racks, and office décor.
       “The donation will assist us [Goodwill Industries] in accomplishing our mission of helping individuals with disabling and disadvantaged conditions achieve their fullest potential,” said Armand La Voie, special services coordinator for Goodwill.
       New name for gym
       The private gymasium known for 15 years as ArtSports is now called Trampoline World Gymnastics.
       Since 2005, owners Mike and Christin Zapp have operated their business at a 26,000-square-foot facility they built at 780 Vondelpark Drive in Holland Park.
       “We have been contemplating changing our name since Christin leased out her dance studio and we also had leased out the martial arts,” Mike Zapp explained.
       Trampoline and power tumbling are taught. The facility trains beginning and high-level gymnasts. In recent years, several have competed at the international level or won national age-group/skill level events.
       The phone is 531-5867.

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Westside Pioneer/press release