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By Rick Artis
Special to The PREVIEW
StageStruck Productions, the production arm of Springs Theatre Company, is pleased to announce its summer 2014 season. In a departure from previous seasons, this year’s calendar will highlight two plays every week from late May until late August. In addition, four Sundays have been reserved for big band dances.
Each Monday from May 19 through Aug. 25, StageStruck will present a brand new melodrama, “It’s All or Nothing or Twenty-One and No Beau in Sight.”
This ensemble play features several familiar faces and a couple of players new to the StageStruck family. One newcomer, Heather Muirhead, plays our heroine, Cherish MacKenzie. Elizabeth Claire Baldwin is her mother, Adelaide. Our hero, J.J. Jordan, will be presented by Kevin Muirhead. The dastardly villain, Danforth Pendergrass, is played by another fresh face, John Lock. Audiences will recognize his accomplice, Millicent Flannery, as veteran Brittany Bedtke. Undercover detective Peter Ventura will be Rick Artis.
Doors open at 6 p.m. in anticipation of a 6:30 p.m. curtain. Concession snacks will be available beforehand and during intermission. Family friendly ticket prices are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12.
Every Wednesday from May 21 through Aug. 27 (except July 30), guests are invited to play along and solve a murder mystery.
“Girl’s Night Out” will test the audience’s sleuthing ability as the murder takes place during dinner at “A Taste of Tuscany” restaurant. Prime suspects include, but are not limited to, the victim’s ex-wife, Gwendolyn “Gwen” McAlister played by D’Ann Artis; Victoria “Victor” Vanderbilt-Carnegie, attorney and Gwen’s step-sister, portrayed by Janet Kubelka; the victim’s girlfriend, Brigitte Valentine, performed by Amber Ricker; and even the investigation’s police detective, Lucretia “Lu” Lamonica, played by veteran Elizabeth Claire Baldwin. The victim, Everett McAlister, will be Rick Artis.
A three-course meal will be served during the performance. Again, doors open at 6 p.m. with a 6:30 p.m. curtain. All seats for this evening’s entertainment are $30, and advance purchase is required.
The last Sunday of each month, May 25, June 29, July 27 and Aug. 31, have been reserved as “Swinging Sundays.” Under the direction of Bill Gottschalk, Pagosa Springs’ only big band, Pagosa Swings, will delight audiences and dancers alike with music from the ‘20s through the ‘80s.
Doors open at 1:30 p.m. The music begins at 2 p.m. All tickets are only $10. Concession snacks will be available.
StageStruck Productions’ pavilion tent will be erected on the grounds of the picturesque Canyon Crest Lodge, located at 580 Yeoman Drive near the end of Trails Boulevard.
Tickets for all performances are available through PayPal on the Springs Theatre Company website (http://SpringsTheatreCompany.org/Tickets.htm), at various lodges, hotels and resorts. For additional information, please call 946-1262.