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By Rick Artis
Special to The PREVIEW
All of StageStruck Productions’ shows open next week. 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.
Starting Monday, May 19, 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.
Synopsis: Set in a small town, the story centers around Cherish MacKenzie, the first born daughter of the late Ian MacKenzie, a prominent businessman whose fortune was made manufacturing bees-wax soap. The scene opens with the good news that the kidnapped Cherish has escaped and will be returning home soon. The reason for the kidnapping is divulged as an attempt to keep her from marrying before her 21st birthday, thus allowing the villain to abscond with the family fortune. As the story plays out, the hope of true love and the family fortune are intertwined with revelations of black market babies, long lost twins and revenge for unrequited love.
Doors open at 6 p.m. in anticipation of a 6:30 p.m. curtain. Family friendly ticket prices are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12.
Beginning Wednesday, May 21, 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.
Synopsis: Four women, on their way to an evening at the theater, stop for dinner at an establishment owned by the ex-husband of one of them. Between the salad and entrée, he ends up dead. Each has a reason to wish him so. Did one of them more than wish? Perhaps it was one of the other guests. Maybe someone seated at your table. Only unwinding the plot will tell which one is the murderer.
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 show.
Starting May 25 and continuing June 29, July 27 and Aug. 31 will be “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.
StageStruck Productions’ pavilion tent will be erected on the grounds of Canyon Crest Lodge, located at 580 Yeoman Drive, Pagosa Springs, near the end of Trails Blvd.
Tickets for all performances are available on the Springs Theatre Company website (http://springstheatrecompany.org/tickets.htm) or at various lodges, hotels and resorts. For additional information, please call 946-1262.