‘Beehive’ buzzing in preparation for opening night

Photo courtesy Dale Johnson Some of the cast of “Beehive” don their ‘60s costumes during a rehearsal break. Shown, from left to right, are Averie Lynch, Zoe Geraghty and Taylor Jones.

Photo courtesy Dale Johnson
Some of the cast of “Beehive” don their ‘60s costumes during a rehearsal break. Shown, from left to right, are Averie Lynch, Zoe Geraghty and Taylor Jones.

Curtains Up Pagosa has prepared a fun and entertaining launch for your holiday activities with its production of  “Beehive,” the 1960s musical scheduled to open at the Pagosa Springs High School auditorium on Wednesday, Dec. 3, and continuing Dec. 4, 6 and 7.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors (65-plus) and $10 for students. Children aged 4 and under get in free.

On Sunday, Dec. 7, the 2 p.m. matinee will include a “Beehive” ‘60s contest. You are encouraged to don your favorite ‘60s attire and enter the world of music, fashion and fun. There will be prizes for the three most authentic costumes.

The musical review includes audience participation in a nostalgic walk down memory lane. For those who are not old enough to have lived through the era of “Beach Party Bingo,” Patty Labelle, Annette Funicello, Petula Clark, The Beatles, Aretha Franklin and Janis Joplin (to name just a few), be prepared to be enlightened.

The musical has given the female high school actors a real education in the life and times of the ‘60s. Coming to understand the political, social and musical changes of the decade has been an enlightening experience for the girls.

“Most had never heard of the artists of the early ‘60s, or about Woodstock, or understood the drastic changes that came with the civil rights movement, the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr., and the Vietnam war,” said Production Director Dale Johnson. “Though the musical doesn’t dwell a great deal on the drama of the ‘60s, it has given us a chance to enter into some interesting dialogue with the students.”

The girls have also taken a physical walk into the era as well, learning the dances (the Twist, the Pony, the Swim, the Jerk and others) and wearing the colorful styles of the era created by the wonderful costume committee.

“The outfits are fun,” said Johanna Laverty, one of the leads. “They really help us get into the character of the time.”

Tickets may be purchased at the door. All the performances will be dedicated to the memory of John Graves, former board member, longtime mentor, colleague and friend.

For more information about Curtains Up Pagosa, go to www.CurtainsUpPagosa.org.

This story was posted on November 27, 2014.