Tickets on sale now for Broadway Gala fundraiser for Thingamajig Theatre Company

Photo by Carole Howard
Rayshaughn Armant is among the many Thingamajig Theatre Company’s brilliant summer musical actors who will perform in a cabaret-style show at a Broadway Gala concert and fundraising event on July 30 at 5 p.m. at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts. It’s part of a special evening to raise funds for Pagosa’s only nonprofit professional theater that also will include a live auction for unique interactions with the actors, live music by the actors and backstage tours conducted by cast members.

By Carole Howard
Special to The PREVIEW
Tickets are on sale now for an exciting Broadway Gala concert and fundraising event on July 30 at 5 p.m. that will feature the talents of the Thingamajig Theatre Company’s brilliant summer musical cast performing in a cabaret-style show directed by Boni McIntyre.
It’s part of a special evening at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts to raise funds for Pagosa Springs’ only nonprofit professional theater that also will include a live auction for unique interactions with the actors, live music by the actors, backstage tours conducted by cast members, and catered hors d’oeuvres. There will be a cash bar with tips going to the actors.
Only about half of the costs of Thingamajig productions are covered by ticket sales. The remainder of the theater’s funding comes from private donors, business sponsors, program advertising, grants and proceeds from this annual Broadway Gala fundraiser — the most important event of the year to keep the theater up and running.
Tickets are $100 for this dressy evening and are on sale now at www.pagosacenter.org or by phone at 731-7469.
Unique auction items
The actors are working on their acts for the cabaret concert and their contributions to the auction — and keeping them a secret surprise for now.
A look at a few of last year’s one-of-a-kind auction offerings gives you a good idea of what very special fun will be available this year. They included an actor’s serenade at a private party, a brunch with several of the actors, a sunrise hike led by two actors and a personalized cocktail party featuring a drink created just for you.
Also, some of the perennial favorites will be offered again this year. One is a progressive dinner for 10 people when actors chauffeur you and your friends to four incredible locations where you’ll enjoy wine pairings, serenades and delicious food prepared by the cast. Another is a photo shoot for four when the actors will do your hair and makeup as you enjoy champagne and chocolate, then provide costumes before you pose with the cast for a very special picture that could be your best Christmas card ever. A third is an evening campfire sing-along with the actors.
“We know from previous galas that our guests have been surprised and delighted by the evening’s festivities — and especially the clever and creative auction opportunities,” said Laura Moore, executive director and co-founder of Thingamajig Theatre with her husband, Tim. “We are deeply grateful for everyone’s support because the five musicals that folks are seeing on stage this summer would not be possible without the funding raised at the gala.”
More about Thingamajig
Thingamajig Theatre Company is an award-winning professional nonprofit 501(c)(3) theater in residence within the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts. Its talented actors, directors and designers come from across the U.S. and around the world to produce musicals, comedies and dramas year-round.
The theater was co-founded in 2010 by Tim Moore, producing artistic director, and his wife Laura Moore, both extraordinary actors and directors in their own right.
Their mission is to provide high-quality theater experiences at a low cost to our community, thereby making art accessible, as well as providing a major economic driver for our tourist industry. They also provide youth, many of whom are recipients of scholarships, with low-cost, hands-on educational opportunities to see and participate in professional productions of important plays.
To purchase tickets for the Broadway Gala and this summer’s musicals, visit www.pagosacenter.org or phone at 731-7469.

This story was posted on July 17, 2019.