The River Theater's own version of Saturday Night Live, "Simple Salmon," featuring original comedy skits by local writers, turns its comic tales to the celebration of the decade: the bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. The deadline for sketch submission has been extended to Feb. 28, "due to chronic procrastination among comedy writers," said Heidie Johnson, theater manager.

Part writing competition, part theater production, the event promises the opportunity to put on paper the most amusing facets of whatever the names "Lewis and Clark" conjure: Lewis and Clark as children ... how York came up with the peppermint patty ... Sacagawea and Charbonneau are actually both in drag ... the boys try to trade buttons for horses on the return journey ... if only Charbonneau could go on "Oprah" ...

Submissions will be reviewed by a panel of theater artists-turned-judges, who will select about two hours worth of material to be performed by a troupe of comic actors. The audience votes for their favorite sketches, with the winners receiving cash awards.

Sketches must be less than 10 minutes in length, technically simple, and must regard the Lewis and Clark Expedition in some manner. Submission guidelines are available online at www.rivertheater.com or by calling (503) 325-7487. Performance dates are in May and June.

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