Rehearsals begin for family-friendly Thingamajig Theatre Christmas shows

Photo courtesy Carole Howard
Director Dennis Elkins and his cast for Thingamajig Theatre Company’s two family-friendly Christmas shows at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts take time out from rehearsals to pose for a photo. “A Christmas Carol” plays Dec. 14-30. “Little Women, the Musical” plays Dec. 21-Jan. 20.

By Carole Howard
Special to The PREVIEW
The actors arrived in town last weekend and rehearsals are underway now at the Thingamajig Theatre Company for two family-friendly Christmas shows that will be performed at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts.
“A Christmas Carol” plays Dec. 14-30. This Christmas classic of generosity by Charles Dickens has been adapted by Dennis Elkins, staying close to the original book while also highlighting Scrooge’s forgotten humanity.
“Little Women, the Musical” plays Dec. 21-Jan. 20 and is based on the heartwarming 1869 classic written by Louisa May Alcott. Many consider it the ultimate tale of family solidarity and sisterhood, told through the lives of four sisters growing up in the Civil War era.
The Friday opening nights for the two shows include a champagne and dessert reception at 6 p.m. prior to the 7 p.m. performances. Their audiences also will participate in talk-back sessions with the director, cast and crew following the shows.
For dates, times and tickets for the Christmas shows, visit www.pagosacenter.org or phone 731-7469. They are perfect family events for the holidays.
Familiar actors returning
More than half of the cast are familiar and much-admired actors returning to Pagosa Springs for the Christmas shows: Marion Bienvenu, Anito Jo Lenhart, Boni McIntyre, Dan Morrison, Alicia Osborne, Tyler Price and Adam Sowards. Well-loved locals Johanna Laverty and Betty Schwicker will also perform.
Fans of Thingamajig co-founder Laura Moore will be thrilled to know that she is returning to the stage to play three roles in “A Christmas Carol.”
The rest of the cast and crew are brilliant newcomers to Pagosa, coming to Thingamajig for the first time.
The cast of 12 play a total of 60 characters in the two productions.
Dennis Elkins directs, ‘box.’ returns
Both Christmas productions are directed by Dennis Elkins. Over the eight years that Thingamajig has brought professional theater to Pagosa Springs, Elkins has impressed both locals and out-of-town visitors with his keen directing, brilliant acting and remarkable versatility.
This summer, he directed the smash-hit musical “Thoroughly Modern Millie” and in October he performed his one-man autobiographical show “box.” as the headliner at the theater’s Playwrights Festival.
On Sunday, Dec. 23, at 7 p.m., “box.” will return for a special encore performance by popular demand.
More about Thingamajig
Thingamajig Theatre Company is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit professional theater in residence at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts producing comedies, dramas and musicals year-round. The theater was co-founded in 2010 by Tim Moore, producing artistic director, and his wife, Laura Moore, executive director, both brilliant actors and directors in their own right.
Their mission is to present Broadway-level professional theater for the entertainment and enrichment of our small mountain community. They provide youth, many of whom are recipients of scholarships, with low-cost, hands-on educational opportunities to see and participate in professional productions of important plays. This fall they also hosted a Playwrights Festival showcasing the work of two new professional writers as well as three local Pagosa teens.
Performers love working here
Thanks to the exceptional casting skills of Tim Moore, Thingamajig consistently attracts gifted directors, actors, singers, dancers, choreographers and technical experts from across the country. This year’s Christmas cast and crew are no exception.
The actors say that they love performing in Pagosa because of the warm welcome they receive from the Friends of the Theatre as well as other patrons and supporters of Thingamajig. Living in the new actors house is also a huge plus, given that it was built especially for them a year and a half ago. They also praise the energy, expertise and passion of the theater’s directors, all accomplished actors themselves.

This story was posted on December 2, 2018.