Curtains Up Pagosa – The Pagosa Springs SUN http://www.pagosasun.com The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Wed, 27 Nov 2019 20:40:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.5 ‘Willie Wonka the Musical’ http://www.pagosasun.com/willie-wonka-the-musical/ Fri, 29 Nov 2019 12:00:10 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=192145

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Curtains Up Pagosa continued its celebration of 30 years of community theater with four performance of “Willy Wonka the Musical” Thursday through Sunday. The production, based on the Roald Dahl book, featured a large cast and crew to help kick off the holiday season.

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Willy Wonka the Musical http://www.pagosasun.com/willy-wonka-the-musical/ Wed, 27 Nov 2019 16:54:57 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=192027

SUN photo/Randi Pierce

Charlie shows off his Golden Ticket during Sunday’s final performance of “Willy Wonka the Musical.” The Curtains Up Pagosa production featured dozens of cast and crew members.

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Golden Ticket Winners http://www.pagosasun.com/golden-ticket-winners/ Thu, 21 Nov 2019 22:00:55 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=191689

Photo courtesy Dale Johnson

Just like in the “Willy Wonka” musical, five of the candy bars recently sold in conjunction with Curtains Up Pagosa contained Golden Tickets, allowing the bearer one free ticket to “Willy Wonka.” “Willy Wonka the Musical” opens tonight and runs for four performances this weekend.

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‘Willy Wonka’ opening tonight http://www.pagosasun.com/willy-wonka-opening-tonight/ Thu, 21 Nov 2019 22:00:13 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=191683

Photo courtesy Dale Johnson
Just like in the “Willy Wonka” musical, five of the candy bars recently sold in conjunction with Curtains Up Pagosa contained Golden Tickets, allowing the bearer one free ticket to “Willy Wonka.” “Willy Wonka the Musical” opens tonight and runs for four performances this weekend.

By Dale Johnson
Special to The PREVIEW
Today is the day that Pagosa Springs gets “Wonka-Ized,” as Curtains Up Pagosa (CUP) opens its four-day run of “Willy Wonka the Musical” in celebration of 30 years of community theater in Pagosa Springs.
We have been working for over two months to bring our version of this well-known story to our mountain town. It is a story for everyone.
Tickets are available at the door of our home stage at the high school. The performances will be evenings at 7 p.m., with Sunday being a matinee only at 2 p.m. Kids 10 and under get in free on Sunday if they come dressed in a costume from Willy Wonka.
Come spend a few hours with us, meet some Oompa Loompas, shake hands with Wonka and the Candy Man and Charlie; enjoy our live pit orchestra — they are fantastic. Thanks for supporting the performing arts in our town.
CUP is a giving and service organization that not only produces professional-level shows, but also acts as the support for the performing arts in our schools and community. CUP awards college scholarships plus gifts in the form of vocal, music and dance scholarships in partnership with our schools and other local teachers.

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‘Willy Wonka the Musical’ just around the corner http://www.pagosasun.com/willy-wonka-the-musical-just-around-the-corner/ Mon, 18 Nov 2019 12:00:05 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=191274

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The huge and happy cast of Curtain’s Up Pagosa’s “Willy Wonka the Musical” poses for a photo during the final rehearsals for the fun and funky musical. “Willy Wonka” will be performed for four shows only, Nov. 21-24.

Special to The PREVIEW
“Willy Wonka the Musical,” a show for all ages, opens in a week, and runs for four shows only, Nov. 21-24 on Curtain’s Up Pagosa’s (CUP) home stage at Pagosa Springs High School.
The huge and happy cast of CUP’s “Willy Wonka” is in final rehearsals of this fun and funky musical.
Cast as Oompa-Loompas, townspeople, squirrels and other quirky characters are: Tamsen Todd, Alanis Sanchez, Robin Davis, Sienna Rose, Caroline Smith, Joni Bussoli, Raygan Porter, Jenna Jenkins, Reese Jenkins, Isabela Forster, Kaylee Hensle, Riley Perrie, Matthew Happ, Faith Domingo, Hope Domingo, Eman Domingo, Kirra Noir, Anneka Slead, Charity Domingo, Andrea Mackey, Angie Mackey, Ella Martinez, Cheyenne Todd, Heather Simpson, Leela Simpson, Carissa McSwain, Emma Happ, Elise Yeager, Avonlea Thomas, Chloe Scholer, Maya Nasralla, Maverick Webb, Karissa Foster, Mila Miller, Sophie Martinez, Grace Thompson, Grace Kiker and Alyssa Martinez.
CUP is Pagosa’s community theater and is in celebration of 30 years of professional-level productions, live music in the pit, mentorships and support of the performing arts in our schools.
Tickets will be available at the door. Come on out and step into a world of imagination with our beautiful show.

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Katrina Thomas to play Mrs. Gloop in upcoming ‘Willy Wonka’ production http://www.pagosasun.com/katrina-thomas-to-play-mrs-gloop-in-upcoming-willy-wonka-production/ Fri, 08 Nov 2019 12:00:33 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=190724

Katrina Thomas

Dale Johnson
Special to The SUN
It takes many villages to produce a show with over a hundred cast, musicians, crew, techies and volunteers.
Curtains Up Pagosa (CUP), a community theater, has been fortunate over the years to have the help and support of the talented Katrina Thomas, not just for her onstage performances, but for her production expertise as well.
Thomas has been a choreographer, assistant director, assistant to the director, seamstress, artist, kid wrangler and more. She is an invaluable part of our production team, raising the bar on every show for all of us.
She stars in CUP’s winter show, “Willy Wonka the Musical,” as Mrs. Gloop.
“Wonka” opens Nov. 21 for four shows only on CUP’s home stage at the high school. We feature a live pit orchestra, led by Dale Scrivener.
We thank Thomas for helping to bring our own version of “Oompa-Loompas” to Pagosa.

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Curtains Up Pagosa http://www.pagosasun.com/curtains-up-pagosa-3/ Sat, 02 Nov 2019 11:00:50 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=190282

Photo courtesy Dale Johnson

Curtains Up Pagosa (CUP) Music Director Dale Scrivener works with Maverick Webb (cameraman) and Antonia Bussoli (Veruca Salt) in advance of CUP’s “Willy Wonka the Musical,” which opens in three weeks. The cast of almost 60, crew, technicians and pit musicians are hard at work preparing this well-known, whimsical and colorful show for the Pagosa stage. CUP is the support for the performing arts in our schools. The show opens Nov. 21 at Pagosa Springs High School for four performances only. Tickets will be available at the door.

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‘Willy Wonka’ rehearsals in full swing http://www.pagosasun.com/willy-wonka-rehearsals-in-full-swing/ Sun, 27 Oct 2019 11:00:03 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=189849

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The Thomas kiddos will join their mother, Katrina Thomas, in “Willy Wonka the Musical,” Curtains Up Pagosa’s winter musical set for November.

By Dale Johnson
Special to The PREVIEW
Curtains Up Pagosa (CUP) is in full swing with rehearsals for “Willy Wonka the Musical” in celebration of its 30th year of community theater in Pagosa Springs. With a huge cast of 57 in the production, we are excited that we have so many “family” groupings in the show.
One of those families is led by Katrina Thomas, a veteran and talented performer who is cast as Mrs. Gloop in this well-known and fun musical. Three of her children are also in Wonka: Kaeden Thomas, who is playing the Candyman; Connor Thomas, who is playing Charlie; and Avonlea Thomas, who is a featured Oompa-Loompa.
Katrina Thomas is also part of our production staff, supporting directors, making videos and recordings for the cast, creating choreography, helping with costumes and sets, and doing just about anything in support of the show.
Anika Thomas, her oldest, who has been in almost every CUP and high school production since 2010, has graduated and is on a new adventure of her own.
“Willy Wonka” will perform for four shows only, from Nov. 21-24 on its home stage at Pagosa Springs High School. The musical is directed, choreographed and produced and music directed by the dynamic team of Dale and Dale (Dale Johnson and Dale Scrivener, in case you don’t know).

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Look for the Golden Tickets: ‘Willy Wonka’ cast holding chocolate fundraiser http://www.pagosasun.com/look-for-the-golden-tickets-willy-wonka-cast-holding-chocolate-fundraiser/ Wed, 23 Oct 2019 11:00:34 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=189106

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Michele Smith, owner of PS Chocolates, and her Willy Wonka helper, Dale Scrivener, hard at work in their own chocolate factory making luscious candy bars for a fundraiser in support of Curtains Up Pagosa’s “Willy Wonka the Musical.”

By Dale Johnson
Special to The PREVIEW
“Willy Wonka the Musical,”Curtains Up Pagosa’s (CUP) winter production, has a local connection.
CUP is partnering with Michele White, the owner of PS Chocolates, to create a special line of chocolates for the show. Wonka’s Oompa-Loompas and other cast members will be selling our own Wonka chocolates as a fundraiser for CUP.
The specialty chocolate bars are handmade from high-quality Belgium chocolate, Callibaut dark chocolate and Ghiradelli white chocolate. White will create small batches of quality globally sourced artisan chocolate bars in her own “chocolate factory” right here in Pagosa.
The bars will be $3 each and will be available in the next couple of weeks.
And, there’s more. Just like in the “Willy Wonka” musical, amongst the candy bars sold, there will be five Golden Tickets hidden. The Golden Ticket allows the bearer one free ticket to “Willy Wonka.”
See any cast members to purchase.

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Record-breaking 61 try out for ‘Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory’ http://www.pagosasun.com/record-breaking-61-try-out-for-willy-wonka-and-the-chocolate-factory/ Tue, 15 Oct 2019 11:00:29 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=179704

Photo courtesy Dale Johnson
The “Willy Wonka” cast begins rehearsals with Music Director Dale Scrivener. There will be four performances of the show Nov. 21-24.

By Dale Johnson
Special to The PREVIEW
Curtains Up Pagosa (CUP) is winding up its 30th anniversary year celebration in a big way as it presents “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” as its winter production.
CUP chose this musical as a way to involve as many kids and community members as possible, and also because it is a favorite of CUP President Kim Moore. You may even see her take to the stage as an Oompa-Loompa.
We had a record-breaking 61 hopeful auditionees try out for the show, ranging in ages from 9 to 68, and we cast as many as we could in this quirky, classic and well-known production.
Willy Wonka himself will be played by veteran performer Hunter Swinehart, seen most recently on the Pagosa Springs stage as Mr. Porter in CUP’s “Tarzan the Musical” this summer. The Candyman is played by veteran Kaeden Thomas, with the loveable Charlie portrayed by veteran performer Connor Thomas.
Others cast as leads in Wonka are: Samuel Yeager, Hayden Kiker, Kim Domingo, Nina Smith, Dean Sanna, Miles Roque, Antonia Bussoli, Allen Domingo, Hannah Rockensock, Ella Hemenger, Emma Ziminsky, Augusta Happ, Pat Doocy, Eileen Bartig and Doug Roberts. Our delightful show is produced, directed and choreographed by Dale Johnson, with music direction by Dale Scrivener and costuming by Kaitlen Smith.
CUP, a community theater, is the supporter of the performing arts in our schools.
“Willy Wonka” plays for four shows only, Nov. 21-24; save the date.

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