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By Rick Artis
Special to The PREVIEW
Monday, July 21, and each Monday through Aug. 25 (except Aug. 4), StageStruck Productions will present a brand new melodrama, “It’s All or Nothing or Twenty-One and No Beau in Sight.” As with any good melodrama, there will be plenty of opportunities to cheer the hero and boo the villain.
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.
Wednesday, July 23, and each Wednesday in August, 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 Italian bistro. 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, with ticket purchase for each performance ceasing early in the morning on the day of each the shows.
Mark your calendars for the two remaining Swinging Sundays, July 27 and Aug. 31. 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 is erected on the grounds of Canyon Crest Lodge, located at 580 Yeoman Drive, near the end of Trails Boulevard. Detailed directions are available on the Springs Theatre Company website, SpringsTheatreCompany.org/CanyonCrestMap.htm.
Colorado evenings can become quite cool. Jackets or layered clothing is recommended.
Tickets for all performances are available through PayPal on the Springs Theatre Company website (SpringsTheatreCompany.org/Tickets.htm). For additional information, please call 946-1262.