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‘Beauty and the Beast’ enters second weekend

By Laura Moore
Special to The PREVIEW

Photo courtesy Doug Chapin

Photo courtesy Doug Chapin

Thingamajig Theatre Company opened “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” to a sold-out crowd last Friday and patrons are saying that, once again, “Thingamajig has outdone themselves.”

Beauty runs in repertory through Aug. 24 at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts alongside “Putnam County Spelling Bee,” “Les Misèrables” and “A Chorus Line.”

“It’s been an amazing experience working with such talented performers and technicians,” remarks Tim Moore, Thingamajig’s producing artistic director. “Every year we attract more and more professionals from all across the country. This year our dancers are out-of-sight good. When you include ‘A Chorus Line’ into your summer rep, you end up with an outstanding ensemble for the other shows and that’s what we’ve got — amazing leads and an ensemble that any theatre company would die for. It’s our most well-rounded company to date.”

Audience members seem to agree, as ticket sales have sky-rocketed since “Beauty’s” opening, with more than half of the run pre-sold for “Les Misèrables.”

“I knew that show would be special for our audience. It’s my favorite musical of all-time and after 25 years, it still holds a very special place for theatre goers as well as people who may not consider theatre on their weekend entertainment, but they know ‘Les Mis’ and understand that it’s a show that delivers,” Moore adds.

The 2014 – 2015 winter season is also in the selection process. Moore has narrowed the list of plays and musicals for final review to 15 for the upcoming season.

“We try to produce 5 shows October through May of the following year and this coming season we’ll continue that. There are a lot of meetings going on now and directors are reviewing the play finalists for consideration,” said Moore.

Auditions for the 2014 -2015 season will be held in mid-July in Pagosa Springs and Durango, and nationally beginning later that month.

Thingamajig Theatre Company presents “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,” directed by Laura Moore with choreography by Ryan Hazelbaker and music direction by Boni McIntyre. Rated G. Starring Morgan Howard and Zachary Spiegel. Weekdays at 7 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts. For tickets and information, please visit www.pagosacenter.org or call 731-SHOW (7469).

This story was posted on June 19, 2014.