Curtains Up Pagosa – The Pagosa Springs SUN http://www.pagosasun.com The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Thu, 07 Nov 2019 22:36:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.4 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 (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

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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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Curtains Up Pagosa (CUP) music director Dale Scrivener works with the cast for the community theater’s winter show. CUP is in rehearsal for “Willy Wonka the Musical” with a cast of about 60 and a full orchestra pit. Save the dates now, Nov. 21-24, and make plans to kick off the holiday season.

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Performers of all ages sought for CUP’s ‘Willy Wonka’ http://www.pagosasun.com/performers-of-all-ages-sought-for-cups-willy-wonka/ Thu, 12 Sep 2019 22:23:48 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=177661 By Dale Johnson
Special to The PREVIEW
Calling all actors ages 10 and up: Curtains Up Pagosa (CUP) will be holding auditions for its winter musical, “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” on Friday, Sept. 13, from 2 to 8 p.m. in the music room at Pagosa Springs High School.
We are seeking performers of all ages through adult to help create the magical characters of “Willy Wonka.” Please come prepared to sing one verse of a Broadway tune of your choosing; bring sheet music for your song as an accompanist will be provided. A script read and group dance will be part of the audition process.
We welcome our veteran actors and newcomers alike, and are especially looking for adult thespians to round out our fabulous cast. “Willy Wonka” will be produced and directed by the team of Dale Johnson and Dale Scrivener.
CUP is celebrating its 30th year of community theater in Pagosa.

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Auditions for ‘Willy Wonka’ just around the corner http://www.pagosasun.com/auditions-for-willy-wonka-just-around-the-corner/ Sun, 08 Sep 2019 11:00:11 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=176973 By Dale Johnson
Special to The PREVIEW
Curtains Up Pagosa (CUP), now in its 30th year of bringing professional level community theater to Pagosa Springs, will be holding open auditions for its winter show, “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” on Friday, Sept. 13, from 2 to 8 p.m. in the music room of Pagosa Springs High School.
We are seeking actors and performers of all ages from 10 and up to fill the cast. All roles in this popular musical are currently open.
Auditionees, please prepare one verse of a Broadway tune of your choosing. A script read and group dance will also be part of the audition process.
We welcome our veteran actors and newcomers alike to come out and join us for “Willy Wonka.” Dale Scrivener takes on the role of music director, teaming up with Dale Johnson as director and choreographer.
Leave a message on CUP’s Facebook page if there are any questions. Join our amazing CUP family.

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Auditions set for ‘Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory’ http://www.pagosasun.com/auditions-set-for-willy-wonka-and-the-chocolate-factory-2/ Wed, 04 Sep 2019 11:00:02 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=176559 By Dale Johnson
Special to The PREVIEW
Curtains Up Pagosa (CUP), now in its 30th anniversary year, is excited to announce its winter production of the popular “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” a musical.
CUP has been waiting for just the right time to bring this fabulous and fun musical to the Pagosa Springs stage and the time is now.
“Willy Wonka” is a favorite of CUP President Kim Moore and we are excited to bring this show to life in her honor. The musical will run for four shows only, Nov. 21 to 24, just in time to kickstart your holiday plans, so save the dates.
Auditions will be held on Sept. 13 from 2 to 8 p.m. in the high school music room. All roles are currently open, from ages 10 to 85. Watch for more details concerning auditions. CUP is saving the world one musical at a time.

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Auditions set for ‘Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory’ http://www.pagosasun.com/auditions-set-for-willy-wonka-and-the-chocolate-factory/ Tue, 27 Aug 2019 11:00:48 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=175999 By Dale Johnson
Special to The PREVIEW
Curtains Up Pagosa (CUP), now in its 30th anniversary year, is excited to announce its winter production of the popular “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” a musical.
CUP has been waiting for just the right time to bring this fabulous and fun musical to the Pagosa Springs stage and the time is now.
“Willy Wonka” is a favorite of CUP President Kim Moore and we are excited to bring this show to life in her honor. The musical will run for four shows only, Nov. 21 to 24, just in time to kickstart your holiday plans, so save the dates.
Auditions will be held on Sept. 13 from 2 to 8 p.m. in the high school music room. All roles are currently open, from ages 10 to 85. Watch for more details concerning auditions. CUP is saving the world one musical at a time.

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