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Music Boosters announces summer musical selection

Pagosa Springs Music Boosters has announced their selection of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s rendition of that beloved classic fairytale “Cinderella,” to present June 29, 30, and July 1, 6 and 7.

Auditions will be held at Pagosa Springs High School on April 13, from 2 to 8 p.m. Those interested in auditioning will be asked to sing a song of their choice and read from a portion of the script provided by the audition committee. A piano accompanist will be provided.

The musical “Cinderella,” first produced in 1957, is Rodgers and Hammerstein’s only one written for television. It was presented live on CBS and served as a vehicle for Julie Andrews’ rise to fame. It was remade for television twice more, once in 1965 with Leslie Ann Warren, and again in 1997 with Brandy starring as Cinderella. Its timeless charm has remained consistent throughout its various recreations, bringing memorable songs and wonderful characters to delight audiences young and old.

Music Boosters produces two musical theater productions each year, one in the summer as a part of the July 4 celebrations, and another in early December during the winter holiday season. The summer musical, performed in Pagosa Springs High School auditorium, is one that is anticipated by the entire community and by the many tourists to the area as well. Many tourists have remarked that they plan their visits to Pagosa Springs around the opportunity to see the Music Boosters summer production.

Music Boosters theater productions are a grassroots community effort involving the creative talents of volunteer amateur actors, both young and old, as well as the musical talents of a live pit orchestra, also volunteers from the community. Other volunteers serve by building and painting sets, operating lights and sound, working in costumes and makeup, ticket sales and advertising, or serving concessions. “Music Boosters has traditionally drawn the most amazing talent from our small community,” says production director, Dale Johnson. “Every year we discover the most incredibly talented people who are living right here in our small town. Those who come to see our musicals are astounded by the level of skill and talent we are able to put on stage. And for every actor or musician on stage, there are just as many volunteers behind the scenes helping to make sure that things run smoothly. It is truly a community effort.”

Music Boosters is a local non-profit organization established in 1989 to assist with the continued development of arts in our public schools. After covering production costs, Music Boosters allocates proceeds from their productions to provide college scholarships to selected students majoring in the arts, as well as help provide equipment such as instruments, lighting, sound equipment, teaching tools, and other requested assistance for arts programs in the schools. Music Boosters also generously shares its considerable supply of costumes and sets with the school and with other organizations in the community.

Music Boosters recently established the new Pagosa Springs Symphonic Band to bring quality band performances to the community and to help promote band programs in the schools. Under the volunteer direction of Bill Gottschalk and Larry Baisdon, both retired professional band directors, the band dazzled audiences during its debut performance at Music Boosters winter holiday production “Hollydaze” in December 2011. Members of the Symphonic Band will serve to accompany Music Boosters musical theater productions and will also perform special band concerts. In keeping with Music Boosters mission to promote arts in the schools, their first all-band concert on March 24, entitled “Band-o-rama” will include performances by students from local junior high school and high school bands.

To learn more about Pagosa Springs Music Boosters or how to become a volunteer, go to www.pagosamusicboosters.org.

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