‘How to Eat Like a Child’: A fun look back

Photo courtesy Audrey Layne Crocker For one more weekend, the cast of “How to Eat Like a Child” will take audiences back to the orneriest parts of their childhoods. The show is being performed at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts through Feb. 28.

Photo courtesy Audrey Layne Crocker
For one more weekend, the cast of “How to Eat Like a Child” will take audiences back to the orneriest parts of their childhoods. The show is being performed at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts through Feb. 28.

By Audrey Layne Crocker
Special to The PREVIEW

Elly Osmera ends the show and stands up in the midst of about five different kinds of food. From carrot sticks in her nose to spaghetti on the floor and the chewed bubble gum hanging off of her music stand, she is fully immersed in her role (and snacks) from “How to Eat Like a Child.” Portraying one of the most gregarious and brave characters, Osmera has a blast reliving her childhood on stage with Thingamajig Theatre Company for one more weekend (closing Feb. 28).

Along with a juggernaut cast of folks that are willing to bravely step onto a stage, perhaps for the first time, Thingamajig is proud to present its annual “locals show,” which features folks from right here in Pagosa Springs as the performers. An audience member can walk in and find a seat, only to see their nurse appear onstage as a troublemaking child, or their club organizer leading the pack with hilarious stories of “torturing her sister.”

Any audience member watching the show, whether from Pagosa or not, will be struck by the flood of memories from their own childhood. Beautifully adapted from Delia Ephron’s novel, this play dances through the subconscious of a child with adult humor understanding and childlike innocence.

The script itself strikes an interesting balance of poking fun and reminding the audience of the joys of childhood abandon.

Thingamajig Theatre Company is proud to present such a story and to do it serving specifically the audience of Pagosa Springs.

For only one more weekend, audiences in Pagosa can watch the incredible bravery of six local actors taking a chance and teaching the world “How to Eat Like a Child.” Directed by Laura Moore, this show is full of surprises and moments that somehow hearken back to everyone’s youth when the most exciting thing was recess. A break from the hum-drum of February is in order, and this is just the place to do it.

Come rediscover your inner child with Thingamajig Theatre Company this weekend and have yourself an incredible laugh. Visit pagosacenter.org or call 731-SHOW for tickets or information. Tickets are $28.

This story was posted on February 26, 2016.