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Black Box Theater grand opening announced

On April 15, the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts  (PSCA) will mark the opening of the 150-seat Black Box Theater with live musical performances, cocktails and dining and a performance by critically acclaimed actor Christopher Willard in the Broadway favorite, “Fully Committed.”

The grand opening events include PSCA details for future productions and attractions as well as gallery exhibits from Pagosa and regional artists.

“The Black Box Theater is a flexible theatrical space intended to nurture local and national artists. In addition to the Center’s resident companies and their productions, the Center will present regional and national performers,” said Laura Moore, executive director of the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts. “People can expect to see cabaret, dance, comedy and drama. The theater is an extraordinary addition to the Center. I’m especially eager to utilize the Black Box Theater for emerging artists, performers in the early stages of their careers. Opening Night presents an amazing opportunity to join us as we unveil this intimate arts venue.”

Conceived as a flexible “black box” theater, the multiple configurations are ideal for intimate performances. The theater has four seating/stage configurations: cabaret, proscenium, round and thrust. The flexibility provides resident companies the ability to stage concerts and theatrical productions. Additionally, the theater will be used as support and rehearsal space for the 250 seat proscenium theater scheduled for future construction. 

The Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts, which is located at 2313 Eagle Drive in Pagosa Springs, includes several venues: the Black Box Theatre hosting music, theatre and dance performances, a visual art gallery, and the Gallery Hall. The Gallery Hall will act as a multi-use gallery and education center by day and an event venue by night.

Black Box Theater Grand Opening lineup:

Friday, April 15: Gala Grand Opening ($75 — reservations required).

• 6 to 7 p.m. — Live music/cocktails and dining/art exhibition.

Musical performances by local Pagosa musicians. Cocktails and dining (catered by Alley House) are provided while you peruse local art in the gallery.

• 7 to 8:30 — “Fully Committed.”

Enjoy an evening with one of Colorado’s favorite performers, Christopher Willard in his one-man tour de force performance of “Fully Committed.” Willard is the recipient of several Denver Post Ovation awards, most recently for his role as Bilbo Baggins in the Backstage Children’s Theatre production of “The Hobbit.” In 2007, he received a Marlowe Award as Best Director for his production of “My Fair Lady” at Town Hall Arts Center. He also received Best Director honors from CCTC for his direction of “Crazy Bag,” which received its world premiere at the Backstage Theatre in Breckenridge. He is a past recipient of a National Endowment grant and many other awards and nominations for his work.

• 8:45 to 9:30 — Dessert/meet the actor and production crew.

Conclude your evening with a decadent dessert from Pagosa’s Alley House and spend a moment meeting, Willard and the production crew behind “Fully Committed” and the Black Box Theatre.

Make your reservations today by calling 731-SHOW or on the Events tab at www.pagosacenter.org and experience this new addition to Pagosa’s rich artistic community.

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