Dear Editor:

There is a song from Stephen Schwartz’s Broadway show, “Pippin,” called “Magic To Do”;  and magic it was surrounding Curtains Up Pagosa’s production of the show over the July 4 holiday.  It is often said that there is a great deal of talent in the area of performing arts in our small mountain town — it has been proven over and over.  But more than the talent, it is the “magic” that is created when a group of people, gathered together to work towards a common purpose,  is nurtured and mentored and loved and given the opportunity to bring out the best in themselves and each other.  This experience is the essence of the CUP organization — the bringing together of people of all ages and skill levels, to create and learn and give back, and to walk away with memories and lessons for a lifetime.  “Pippin” was our most difficult and challenging show in 24 years to produce, to learn, to work on; and, in turn, became  one of our most beautiful and soulful.  Our cast ranged from age 10 to mid-70s, every one of us became better actors, singers, dancers and performers, supported by a dedicated pit orchestra and technical crew.  More importantly, we all walked away as better people, kinder, more appreciative and patient, more giving.  We gathered together, provided an open and caring environment that allowed everyone to pull the best and greatest out of themselves and each other, guided by Sally, Darcy and me.  The production, in this case, “Pippin” is our gift to our audience; the bigger gift is what we walk away with and that gift is priceless.

Dale Johnson

This story was posted on July 11, 2013.