Theater – The Pagosa Springs SUN http://www.pagosasun.com The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Thu, 14 Nov 2019 21:07:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.4 ‘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

Photo courtesy Dale Johnson
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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Thingamajig Theatre Company http://www.pagosasun.com/thingamajig-theatre-company/ Thu, 31 Oct 2019 21:00:54 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=190275

Photo courtesy Bill Hudson

On Saturday, Oct. 26, the professional actors from Thingamajig Theatre Company performed staged readings of two original plays written by Pagosa Springs students Chance Hurt and Amelie Heinecke as part of its month-long 2019 Playwrights Festival. Shown from left are (back row) Laura Moore, Laura Kelly, Alexandria Bates and Simon Mitchell; (second row) festival director Melissa Firlit, Hurt, Melissa Melendez and Rosa Julia Campbell; (front row) Heinecke, Jessi Miller and Christina Norris.

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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

Photo courtesy Dale Johnson
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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Second-grade student Amelie Heinicke’s play selected for Youth Playwright Festival http://www.pagosasun.com/second-grade-student-amelie-heinickes-play-selected-for-youth-playwright-festival/ Fri, 25 Oct 2019 11:00:49 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=189842

Photo courtesy Alison Beach
Amelie Heinicke’s play, “The Adventure of Samantha,” has been selected for th 2019 Youth Playwrights Festival with Thingamajig Theatre Company.

By Alison Beach
Special to The PREVIEW
Pagosa Peak Open School is proud to announce that our very own Amelie Heinicke’s play, “The Adventure of Samantha,” has been selected for the 2019 Youth Playwrights Festival with Thingamajig Theatre Company.
Heinicke is a second-grade student of Ms. Robyn’s second-/third grade-class at PPOS and her play will be workshopped by a professional team at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts.
Heinicke will have the opportunity to work with one professional playwright that is in town for the festival, along with professional actors and a director.
Her play will be performed on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 2 p.m. at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts. Admission is free and we hope to see you there to support Heinicke’s play.

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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

Photo courtesy Dale Johnson
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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Thingamajig’s Playwrights Festival to feature new works from award-winning playwrights http://www.pagosasun.com/thingamajigs-playwrights-festival-to-feature-new-works-from-award-winning-playwrights/ Sat, 19 Oct 2019 11:00:21 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=189115

Heidi Kraay

Jay Koepke

By Bill Hudson
Special to The PREVIEW
Thingamajig Theatre Company’s 2019 Playwrights Festival this year will feature new works — still in development — by two award-winning playwrights, Heidi Kraay and Jay Koepke.
Under the guidance of internationally known director Melissa Firlit, the nearly three-week-long festival will also present short plays by Pagosa teens in a special reading on Oct. 26, as well as three weekends of Jaclyn Backhaus’ 2015 play “Men on Boats.” A crew of professional actors from around the U.S. will be assisting the playwrights in their script development.
“Men on Boats” opened last weekend, while the exploration of two original plays by Kraay (“See in the Dark”) and Koepke (“After Owen”) began on Tuesday, Oct. 15, at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts with an initial public reading of the fledgling works.
Tickets for the 2019 festival include the opportunity to watch the development of these two new plays; visit pagosacenter.org for tickets or call 731-SHOW (7469). Tickets can also be purchased as part of winter 2019-2020 season tickets.
Kraay was a top finalist at the Women Playwrights’ Initiative with her play “Cloudmelt”; a finalist at Creede Repertory Theatre’s Headwaters Festival with “How to Hide Your Monster”; and has had her work supported by grants from the Idaho Commission on the Arts, the Alexa Rose Foundation, and the Boise City Department of Arts and History. She teaches at Boise State University.
Her new play, “See in the Dark,” portrays a time in the indefinite future, with the arrival of a young girl in Juneau, Alaska — now a struggling and desolate village — where the surviving community embraces her as their new hope until a boy shows up with brutal accusations. Set in Alaska after all the glaciers have melted and the ice fields have vanished, “See in the Dark” presents a mythic look at the value of compassion over suspicion.
Koepke has seen his past work staged in New York, Chicago, New Jersey and Pittsburgh, and has been a finalist in the O’Neill National Playwrights Contest and the New Jersey Playwrights Contest, and has twice been a semifinalist for the Bay Area Playwrights Festival. He also works as a photographer and talent agent in Chicago.
“After Owen” tells the story of David, who finds himself suddenly widowed and alone before the age of 30, after the death of his celebrity chef husband, Owen. But Owen’s spirit won’t let David rest until he has finished repairing Owen’s relationships with his ex-wife and child. By asking us to suspend our disbelief, “After Owen” leads us to deeper truths about growing up, fortitude and forgiveness as David takes ownership of his new life.
The festival will also present readings of past award-winning plays by the two playwrights, including Koepke’s “Adrift” and “The Oak Tree,” and Kraay’s “How to Hide Your Monster.” You can learn more about these additional plays at pagosacenter.com.
Firlit writes: “If you participated in the festival last year, we’re glad to have you back. If you are new to these events, we are so pleased you are joining us. Developing and workshopping new plays is a process, and a very sacred journey … During this year’s festival, we will be working to hone and strengthen the pieces that are in residency. We look forward to you, the audience, watching the progress each play makes …
“Journey is an appropriate word for the festival, the act of traveling from one place to another. In this collaborative journey with the playwrights, we hope that where we end up is different than where we start … It takes a village to get a play where it’s going.
“We are embarking on the journey together.”

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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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Tickets for ‘Men on Boats,’ Playwrights Festival on sale now http://www.pagosasun.com/tickets-for-men-on-boats-playwrights-festival-on-sale-now/ Thu, 10 Oct 2019 22:05:13 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=179676

Photo courtesy Bill Hudson
The female cast of “Men on Boats” present an unorthodox version of the 1869 John Wesley Powell Expedition down the Colorado River as part of Thingamajig Theatre Company’s 2019 Playwrights Festival at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts Oct. 11-27. The festival will also feature new works in progress by playwrights Heidi Kraay and Jay Koepke.

By Bill Hudson
Special to The PREVIEW
Veteran Thingamajig Theatre Company director Melissa Firlit is helming the 2019 Playwrights Festival at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts (PSCA) to kick off the 2019-2020 winter season — the ninth season for Pagosa’s professional theater company.
The festival will feature new plays by up-and-coming playwrights Jay Koepke and Heidi Kraay, as well as a fully-produced, 10-actor staging of a true-life but totally contemporary adventure story that winds its way down the uncharted Colorado River in 1869.
“Men on Boats” by playwright Jaclyn Backhaus opens tomorrow night, Friday, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m., to present an unusual portrayal of John Wesley Powell’s 1869 scientific exploration of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. In Backhaus’ original script from 2015, the 10 men who set out from Green River, Wyo., to survey the river are played by actors identifying as “female” — lending sometimes humorous, sometimes revealing, insights into a true story adventure.
The show plays through Oct. 27 in the PSCA Black Box theater.
“The story is told seriously,” explained Thingamajig Artistic Director Tim Moore, “but it makes occasional contemporary references — a ‘wink and a nod’ sort of thing — for the audience to enjoy. But the acting is played straight, just as if the female actors were the men, themselves.”
“Men on Boats” is a fully produced show — in contrast to the fledgling plays that will be “under construction” during the 2019 Playwrights Festival this month, also hosted at PSCA.
This year, the festival will explore new plays by Koepke and Kraay. The festival audience is invited to watch the unfolding development of the plays as they are explored by Thingamajig’s professional actors under the guidance of Firlit.
The featured plays include “After Owen” by Koepke and “See in the Dark” by Kraay. The first reading of the featured plays is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 15, with final readings on Sunday, Oct. 20, and Thursday, Oct. 24. The festival will also feature works in progress by Pagosa Springs youth on Oct. 26, and readings of three additional new plays by Koepke and Kraay on Oct. 17 and 23.
Tickets for the 2019 Playwrights Festival include admission to all of the above-mentioned events.
“See in the Dark” by Kraay tells a futuristic story of a young girl showing up in Juneau, Alaska — now a struggling and desolate village — where the surviving community embraces her as their new hope — until a boy is found hunting her down with brutal accusations. Set in Alaska after all the glaciers have melted and the ice fields have vanished and nothing is recognizable, “See in the Dark” presents a mythic look at the value of compassion over suspicion.
In Koepke’s new work in progress, “After Owen,” recently married David loses his celebrity chef husband and finds himself widowed and alone before the age of 30. Meanwhile, Owen’s spirit won’t let David rest until he has finished repairing Owen’s relationships with his ex-wife and child. By asking us to suspend our disbelief, “After Owen” leads us to deeper truths about growing up, fortitude and forgiveness as David takes ownership of his new life.
Tim Moore said, “The thing we do with the Playwrights Festival, which is obviously new works that are being read and tested, and presented in a staged reading format — we’re anchoring that with a fully-fleshed out newer play. Last year, we featured Dennis Elkins’ play, ‘Box,’ which just so happened to not require any set — it was a fully realized play, but all Dennis needed was a cardboard box. This year, with ‘Men on Boats,’ we have a full production with 10 actors on stage. So ‘Men on Boats’ anchors the festival and everything else during the Festival are works in progress.”
Tickets for “Men on Boats” and for the 2019 Playwrights Festival can be purchased, individually or as part of a winter season ticket package, on the PSCA website, pagosacenter.org, or by calling 731-SHOW (7469).

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