Curtains Up Pagosa – The Pagosa Springs SUN The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Thu, 21 May 2020 17:14:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Curtains Up Pagosa – The Pagosa Springs SUN 32 32 Curtains Up Pagosa announces quartet of scholarship recipients Tue, 26 May 2020 11:00:42 +0000

Emma Happ

Anika Thomas

By Dale Johnson
Curtains Up Pagosa

Curtains Up Pagosa (CUP) is thrilled to announce the 2020 recipients of the John Graves Memorial Scholarship, given to students pursuing advanced degrees in the performing arts. 

There are four students receiving scholarships this year: Emma Happ, Anika Thomas, Sydney (Simon) Mitchell and Grace Wiersma. All of these exceptional students have been active performers with CUP for many years, and have chosen unique and specialized career paths within the performing arts. 

Happ will be attending Northern Arizona University, where she will work toward the goal of special education teacher with an emphasis on music and art therapies. 

Thomas’ choice of college is Colorado Christian University, where she will double major in music education and kinesiology/exercise science. Thomas plans to further pursue a master’s degree in music therapy and eventually return to Pagosa to give back to the community she loves. 

Sydney (Simon) Mitchell

Grace Wiersma

Mitchell has been accepted into the prestigious and rigorous theater program at Rutgers University, to pursue a degree in theater, a passion since a child. 

Wiersma will be headed to Vanguard University to study music and business on her way to creating a nonprofit that supports the musical arts.

We look forward to supporting and following the career paths and adventures of these extraordinary young students that we have grown to know and love over the years. They will always be part of our CUP family.






Hayden Kiker receives music scholarship Sun, 03 May 2020 11:00:15 +0000

Photo courtesy Dale Johnson
Hayden Kiker.

By Dale Johnson
Special to The PREVIEW

Juliana was a beautiful, brilliant and talented young woman of 19, who loved music and singing and life. A music scholarship was created to honor her memory and spirit. Our latest scholarship recipient is Hayden Kiker.

Kiker has been in several Curtains Up Pagosa productions, beginning with “Jesus Christ Superstar.” He has participated in “Hollydaze,” “Tarzan” and “Willy Wonka,” and was the fiddler in “Fiddler on the Roof.” He has also performed in “Mary Poppins,” “Hunchback of Notre Dame,” “Footloose” and “Matilda” with Pagosa Springs High School (PSHS), and “Jungle Book” with Thingamajig Theater Company. Kiker lends his vocal talents to Heralds of Christmas each year. 

Kiker is a voice and piano student with Venita Burch and a violin student with Heidi Tanner. He also plays percussion in the PSHS concert band and jazz band, as well as the community band, and he performs with the PSHS Piratones and the Americana Project. 

Kiker is appreciative of Juliana’s scholarship so that he can continue his studies.



Curtains Up Pagosa Wed, 22 Apr 2020 11:00:29 +0000

Photo courtesy Dale Johnson

Curtains Up Pagosa (CUP) is quiet right now in terms of performances, rehearsals, auditions and readying for concerts and productions. It is happy to be able to help the community by donating fabric, materials and equipment for masks. Dale Scrivener, CUP’s music director, has been hard at work sewing masks and getting them out to folks in Pagosa. Stay safe.







Curtains Up Pagosa announces Juliana Ellsmore scholar Sat, 18 Apr 2020 11:00:22 +0000

Hannah Rockensock

By Dale Johnson
Special to The PREVIEW
Curtains Up Pagosa is happy to announce one of the latest recipients of the Juliana Ellsmore Scholarship, Hannah Rockensock.
This scholarship was established to honor the memory of 19-year-old Ellsmore; it supports students’ studies in music and voice.
Rockensock is a freshman at Pagosa Springs High School and a veteran performer in Pagosa. She was most recently in rehearsals for “Matilda the Musical,” where she was playing the title character, Matilda.
Rockensock’s vocal scholarship went towards her voice studies with Sally Neel.
Rockensock is a definite rising star of the performing arts and we are grateful to Juliana’s family for giving her more learning opportunities.



Gracelyn Kiker named performing arts apprentice Mon, 06 Apr 2020 11:00:32 +0000

Gracelyn Kiker

By Dale Johnson
Special to The PREVIEW
Curtains Up Pagosa (CUP) and the Pagosa Springs High School Performing Arts Department partner together in sponsoring a student apprentice program that supports an eighth-grade actor participating in the annual high school musical and CUP summer show.
The student chosen must have participated in a number of performances and musicals, show a high level of interest in the performing arts, and have exhibited both leadership skills and a strong sense of maturity and responsibility.
This year’s eighth-grade performing arts apprentice is Gracelyn Kiker, who has been hard at work in rehearsals for the high school’s spring show, “Matilda the Musical.”
Kiker’s first show was CUP’s “Snow White,” where she was a forest animal. Other productions with CUP include: “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Hollydaze,” “Elf,” “The Nutcracker,” “Tarzan” and “Willy Wonka.” She was also cast as Young Cossette in “Les Misérables,” and in “The Jungle Book” and “Willy Wonka” with Thingamajig Theatre Company; high school musicals were “Mary Poppins” and “Matilda.”
Kiker has taken voice lessons and piano lessons with Venita Burch for many years and has played saxophone with the Pagosa Springs Middle School band. She enjoys playing ukelele, guitar and bass; and additionally takes dance lessons. Kiker has been the recipient of several vocal and dance scholarships through CUP.
Although performances for “Matilda” were recently postponed, Kiker has been very strong and a standout vocalist in her rehearsals as Hortensia, one of Matilda’s classmates and friends.

Curtains Up Pagosa announces scholarship recipients Tue, 31 Mar 2020 11:00:54 +0000

Antonia Bussoli

Elise Yeager

By Dale Johnson
Special to The PREVIEW
Juliana Ellesmore was a beautiful, brilliant and talented young woman of 19 who loved music and singing and life, and whose life was cut short by a tragic accident.
A music scholarship was created to honor her memory and spirit. Curtains Up Pagosa has been partnering with Juliana’s family and friends in managing this generous scholarship program.
Elise Yeager, a 2019 high school graduate, moved to the Pagosa area recently and has been seen on stage performing in high school, Curtains Up Pagosa and Thingamajig productions, where she was most recently seen as Alice in “Alice in Wonderland.” She studies voice with Dale Scrivener.
Antonia Bussoli, also a 2019 high school graduate in Pagosa, has been active in the performing arts since she was a young child. Starting freshman year, she performed in every high school and Curtains Up Pagosa production that came along. Antonia was the 2019 recipient of Best Performing Artist with the high school’s performing arts program. She also studies voice with Dale Scrivener.
Both of these outstanding young women are grateful to have been able to pursue their vocal studies under the Juliana scholarship.

‘Matilda’ slated to open March 17 Tue, 03 Mar 2020 12:00:34 +0000

Photo courtesy Dale Johnson
Taking a break from building the sets for “Matilda” are, left to right, Ella Hemenger, KC Yeneza, Gracelyn Kiker, Sophie Martinez, Arden Blakemore, Hannah Rockensock, Ricardo Martinez and Nora Martinez.

By Dale Johnson
Special to The PREVIEW
Less than three weeks remain in preparation for the high school’s production of Roald Dahl’s “Matilda the Musical,” and the cast, musicians and crew of the production are hard at work.
In addition to rehearsals, there is much to be done with sets, props, light and sound design, and stage setup. Some in the cast, plus their parents and volunteers, spent a Sunday afternoon building, crafting, repairing, repurposing, painting and creating a background on the stage for “Matilda.”
Curtains Up Pagosa is the support for the performing arts in our schools, as it lends a hand in all productions in mentoring, sharing theatrical sets, costumes and props, historical wisdom and help.
“Matilda,” rated PG, will open on March 17 and run through March 21, evenings at 7 p.m. It is a wonderful and exciting musical, perfect for everyone. Save the date and support the performing arts and our wonderful young actors.

Juliana Ellsmore scholarship Thu, 30 Jan 2020 22:24:00 +0000

Photos courtesy Dale Johnson

Juliana Ellsmore was a bright, beautiful, talented young woman who loved music and singing and family and life, and whose life was cut short way too early at the age of 19. A scholarship was created in her memory, sponsored by Curtains Up Pagosa, that is given to young students of music and voice. Our most recent scholarship recipients are, left, Gracelyn Kiker, an eighth-grader studying piano and voice with Venita Burch, and Olivia Craig, also studying voice with Burch. The Juliana Scholarship has provided private studies and lessons in music and voice for more than a dozen Pagosa Springs area students.

‘Willie Wonka the Musical’ Fri, 29 Nov 2019 12:00:10 +0000

SUN photos/Randi Pierce

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.

Willy Wonka the Musical Wed, 27 Nov 2019 16:54:57 +0000

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.