Diverse summer season of theater planned

By Laura Moore
Special to The PREVIEW

Photos courtesy of Thingamajig Theatre Company

Troy Bruchwalski, Mary Leigh Sturino and Nina Schreckengost are coming to Pagosa Springs off national tours to join Thingamajig’s 2014 summer season.

For many Pagosa locals and visitors, summer means grabbing the sunscreen, their favorite flotation device, packing a picnic basket and heading to river for relaxing day in the sun. As the sun sets and temperatures slowly drop, river rats-turned-theatergoers begin to flock to the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts.

If the constant calls and e-mails asking about the big summer 2014 season are any indication, folks are excited and ready to be entertained by some of the best local and national talent in musical theater. While theater options are plentiful year-round, the Thingamajig Theatre Company (in residence at PSCA) has pulled out all the stops again for this summer and is offering four big Broadway musicals in repertory beginning in June.

The season opens with the beloved family-friendly “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” and is followed by the laugh-out-loud contemporary hit “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” The Fourth of July weekend brings the fireworks indoors as Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil’s world-wide phenomenon “Les Misérables” joins the mix and Broadway’s darling “A Chorus Line” rounds out the lineup, opening July 17. The shows play in rep through Aug. 24 Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m.

If you enjoyed last summer’s regional premiere of “Monty Python’s Spamalot” and “The Full Monty,” you’re in for a real treat this summer. Thingamajig Theatre Company has assembled some of the finest professional talent and secured fabulous pieces (costumes again this year) from the original Broadway productions.

“Last year we were incredibly fortunate to have the original costumes for ‘Spamalot’s’ West End production in London. This season, we’re working with the same organization and will be bringing the original costumes from ‘Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.’ We’re all very excited to continue bringing Pagosa audiences pieces of Broadway to compliment the professional talent onstage,” remarked producing artistic director Tim Moore.

And, speaking of talent, the upcoming summer season features local favorites along with a bevy of new and returning national ones. Among the new faces are Mary Leigh Sturino, Nina Schreckengost and Troy Bruchwalski. All three are coming into Pagosa off tours of some big shows.

Sturino recently finished her run of the national tour of “A Chorus Line” and is featured in Pagosa as Diana Morales in the same show. Schreckengost’s National Tour of “Cats” has been extended into May. In Pagosa, she’ll step into the role of Cassie in “A Chorus Line” and Babette in “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.”

Bruchwalski recently completed a regional production of “South Pacific” and is on the national tour of “Les Misérables” as Javert, which also concludes in May. Bruchwalski carries a large load this summer as Gaston in “Beauty,” VP Panch in “Spelling Bee,” Javert in “Les Mis” and Zach in “A Chorus Line.”

Please welcome these and the other fine folks of the summer acting company as they begin arriving in Pagosa during late May.

Season ticket renewal has already begun. If you’re a current 2013-2014 season ticket holder, you have the first chance to secure the best seats to the upcoming shows. Payments must made no later than March 31 by check and can be mailed to Thingamajig Theatre Company, 2313 Eagle Drive, or processed by credit card by calling the box office at 731-SHOW. For more information, please contact info@pagosacenter.org.

This advanced reservation process is only available to current season ticket holders through the end of March. Season tickets sales for the general public begin April 1 and single tickets go on sale May 1. We’ll see you at the theater.

This story was posted on March 13, 2014.