Theater – The Pagosa Springs SUN http://www.pagosasun.com The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Thu, 02 Apr 2020 17:32:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 Gracelyn Kiker named performing arts apprentice http://www.pagosasun.com/gracelyn-kiker-named-performing-arts-apprentice/ Mon, 06 Apr 2020 11:00:32 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=200589

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.

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Curtains Up Pagosa announces scholarship recipients http://www.pagosasun.com/curtains-up-pagosa-announces-scholarship-recipients/ Tue, 31 Mar 2020 11:00:54 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=199966

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.

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It takes a village: Community comes together for ‘Matilda’ http://www.pagosasun.com/it-takes-a-village-community-comes-together-for-matilda/ Tue, 10 Mar 2020 11:00:23 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=198583

Photo courtesy Dale Johnson
Torry Hessman’s woodworking students work on a set piece for “Matilda the Musical.”

By Dale Johnson
Special to The PREVIEW
It definitely does take a village. And the performing arts department at Pagosa Springs High School is surrounded by a caring village of volunteers that love music, theater and kids.
As the young actors work on final preparations for the opening of their spring musical, they are supported in all areas of production. Curtains Up Pagosa (CUP) is the school’s biggest supporter and proponent, as it offers and provides not only assistance with sets, costumes, props, but also mentorship and apprenticeship with the technical side of lighting and sound design. CUP also offers expertise and coaching for vocals, dance and acting coaching to our students.
The Tanner family, assisted by Chris Weigand, work as stage managers, crew, backstage help, fly technicians, and with sets and costumes; we could never mount a show without their love and support. Nora and Ricardo Martinez, fairly new to the Pagosa community, lend their expertise to sets and costumes and whatever else they are asked and are becoming an invaluable asset to our performing arts family.
This year, for “Matilda the Musical,” the theater department partnered with Torry Hessman and his woodworking class to craft a set piece that looks like a jail gate for one of the numbers, “School Song,” in the production. We are excited for this collaboration and will seek more of this in future shows.
“Matilda” opens on March 17 for five shows only. Curtain is at 7 p.m., with tickets at the door. It is an exciting musical for everyone.

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Thingamajig’s ‘Pagosa City Limits’ benefit concert set for March 30 http://www.pagosasun.com/thingamajigs-pagosa-city-limits-benefit-concert-set-for-march-30/ Wed, 04 Mar 2020 12:00:21 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=198189

Photo courtesy Cynda Green
Multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter Bruce Hayes will be featured in the March 30 “Pagosa City Limits” benefit concert for Thingamajig Theatre Company.

By Cynda Green
Special to The PREVIEW
Thingamajig Theatre Company is excited to announce the inaugural “Pagosa City Limits” benefit concert featuring outstanding Colorado musicians in an intimate concert setting.
Featured artists include Bruce Hayes from Salida, Kirk James from Durango, Leah Orlikowski from Durango and Allora Leonard (returning to Pagosa from Nashville) playing with Jeff Hibshman of Bayfield. Various genres of music are on the program.
Sound will be provided by Michael Fuchs. Perry Davis Harper will emcee the show.
The concert is set for March 30 at 7 p.m. at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts, where the nonprofit Thingamajig Theatre Company is in residence. If the sold-out “Acoustic Duets” concert last year is any indication, “Pagosa City Limits” will sell out early.
Tickets are $30 and are available online at pagosacenter.org or by calling 731-7469 (SHOW).

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‘Matilda’ slated to open March 17 http://www.pagosasun.com/matilda-slated-to-open-march-17/ Tue, 03 Mar 2020 12:00:34 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=198145

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.

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Our Savior Lutheran Middle School to present ‘The Princess and the Pea’ http://www.pagosasun.com/our-savior-lutheran-middle-school-to-present-the-princess-and-the-pea/ Thu, 27 Feb 2020 22:00:09 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=198126

Photo courtesy Pennie DeClark
Our Savior Lutheran Middle School will be performing its first-ever full-length production, “The Princess and the Pea,” this Friday, Feb. 28, at 6:30 p.m. There is no admission charge, but donations will be accepted to benefit the school’s fine arts program.

By Destiny Packer
Special to The PREVIEW
Our Savior Lutheran Middle School will be performing its first-ever full-length production.
This Friday, Feb. 28, at 6:30 p.m, the fifth- through eighth-grade students will perform a one-hour-long production of “The Princess and the Pea” by Pat Rosenthal. In addition, the elementary drama class will open the show with two fairytale skits.
There is no admission charge, but donations will be accepted to benefit the school’s fine arts program. Bring your kids or grandkids, or just come on your own.
If you have any questions, please contact the school at 731-3512.

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Two performances left of Drama Club’s ‘Crying Out’ http://www.pagosasun.com/two-performances-left-of-drama-clubs-crying-out/ Thu, 20 Feb 2020 22:00:53 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=197920 By Dale Johnson
Special to The PREVIEW
Teenage life is full of pitfalls: drugs, alcohol, suicide and unexpected pregnancies. Just saying “no” isn’t always enough. With an innovative style that combines different scenes with a chorus, the play “Crying Out” addresses drug abuse, teen sexuality, male responsibility in pregnancy, communication and other current issues.
A powerful dramatic piece, spliced with humor and utilizing ensemble roles, it has provoked extensive discussion after every production. Such is the description of the Pagosa Springs High School Drama Club as it presents “Crying Out,” rated PG, by Matthew Hunt, a one-act play.
The play is student-directed by Sydney Mitchell and features Hunter Swinehart, Alex Rountree, Blaize Guiterrez, Ana Perea, Myles Roque, CeCe McSwain, Caroline Foster, Caroline Smith, Hannah Rockensock and Sara Laucius.
“Crying Out” was the winner of the Texas Educational Theatre Association Playwriting Award. Nineteen years ago, in 2001, it was presented by the then PSHS Drama Club winning several awards in competition.
The 2020 cast has been working hard to bring Pagosa a strong and powerful rendition of this extraordinary one act. “Crying Out,” produced by Sean Downing, opened on Feb. 15 and offers two performances, on Feb. 21 and 22 at 7 p.m. at the high school. We appreciate the support of our young actors.

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Pagosa Springs High School Drama Club http://www.pagosasun.com/pagosa-springs-high-school-drama-club/ Thu, 20 Feb 2020 22:00:50 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=197874

SUN photo/Randi Pierce

The Pagosa Springs High School Drama Club rehearses “Crying Out,” its student-directed one-act play. The club will present the play two more times, on Feb. 21 and 22 at 7 p.m. at the high school.

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Drama Club to present ‘Crying Out’ for three performances http://www.pagosasun.com/drama-club-to-present-crying-out-for-three-performances/ Fri, 14 Feb 2020 12:00:47 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=197292 By Dale Johnson
Special to The PREVIEW
Teenage life is full of pitfalls: drugs, alcohol, suicide and unexpected pregnancies. Just saying “no” isn’t always enough. With an innovative style that combines different scenes with a chorus, the play “Crying Out” addresses drug abuse, teen sexuality, male responsibility in pregnancy, communication and other current issues.
A powerful dramatic piece, spliced with humor and utilizing ensemble roles, it has provoked extensive discussion after every production. Such is the description of the Pagosa Springs High School Drama Club as it presents “Crying Out,” rated PG, by Matthew Hunt, a one-act play.
The play is student-directed by Sydney Mitchell and features Hunter Swinehart, Alex Rountree, Blaize Guiterrez, Ana Perea, Myles Roque, CeCe McSwain, Caroline Foster, Caroline Smith, Hannah Rockensock and Sara Laucius.
“Crying Out” was the winner of the Texas Educational Theatre Association Playwriting Award. Nineteen years ago, in 2001, it was presented by the then PSHS Drama Club winning several awards in competition.
The 2020 cast has been working hard to bring Pagosa a strong and powerful rendition of this extraordinary one act. “Crying Out,” produced by Sean Downing, offers three performances on Feb. 15, 21 and 22 at 7 p.m. at the high school. We appreciate the support of our young actors.

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Rehearsals underway for this spring’s ‘Matilda the Musical’ http://www.pagosasun.com/rehearsals-underway-for-this-springs-matilda-the-musical/ Mon, 10 Feb 2020 12:00:04 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=196818

Photo courtesy Dale Johnson
Hannah Rockensock has the title role of Matilda in “Matilda the Musical,” set to open for five performances in mid-March.

By Dale Johnson
Special to The PREVIEW
The Pagosa Springs High School Performing Arts Department is now three weeks into rehearsals and preparation for its 2020 spring musical, Roald Dahl’s “Matilda,” which will open and play for five performances in mid-March.
Challenging songs, dynamic choreography and a beautiful orchestra pit will be the marks of this delightful and insightful production.
Hannah Rockensock has been cast in the title role for the musical.
Casting also includes Hunter Swinehart, Emma Happ, Caroline Smith, Kaden Hessman, Cheyenne Todd, Nick Voelker, Karissa Foster, Gabe Gallegos, Sophia Raymond, Alyssa Martinez, Arden Blakemore, Mykah Michele, Lauren Peart, Sophie Heidelmeier, Ella Blechman, Peyton Khung, Ellie Perrie and Alanis Sanchez.
Also invited to be in “Matilda” are three younger veteran acting students, Sophie Martinez, Avonlea Thomas and Leela Simpson.
“Matilda” will be amazing. Watch for more updates.

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