Thingamajig Theatre Company announces upcoming winter season

Photo courtesy Tess Wisher
Dennis Elkins will return to Thingamajig Theatre Company to perform his solo show “box” this October.

By Tess Wisher
Special to The PREVIEW
This past Monday, Thingamajig Theatre Company summer season ticket holders gathered at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts for the theater’s Wine and Cheese Winter Season Announcement. There, Thingamajig Theatre’s Artistic Director, Tim Moore, had the privilege of announcing the winter lineup of shows.
In October, the season will start with the ever-anticipated Thingamajig Playwrights Festival, headlined by Dennis Elkins’ original “box” and two completely new plays. “box” is a comical, yet touching autobiographical one-man show that leads us through the journey of cleaning house after parents/children die when we must decide what to keep. Elkins gives voice to the sometimes prickly, yet pleasurable, process of packing and unpacking our prized possessions.
The two new plays in the Thingamajig Playwrights Festival will have the awesome opportunity to incubate with a week-long professional workshop, and you have the opportunity to watch the process happen. Festival passes will include exclusive admittance into select rehearsals for each of the plays so you can watch the works transform from words on a page to actions on the stage.
In the Youth Playwrights Festival, local youth playwrights will also have the opportunity to have their plays workshopped with a professional team, including professional playwrights. These young Pagosa Springs playwrights will get a taste what life of some of the greatest storytellers in theater is like.
Along a midnight clear, “A Christmas Carol” comes bounding along in December, just in time to add to Christmas cheer to Pagosa. This Christmas classic adaption, by Elkins, comes as close to the original book by Charles Dickens as you can get. With a majority of the text coming straight from Dickens’ pen, Elkins’ adaption stays true to the book while highlighting Scrooge’s forgotten humanity.
While Christmas ghosts haunt the Thingamajig stage, “Little Women” will grace us for December and January. Based on the 1869 classic written by Louisa May Alcott by the same name, “Little Women” is the ultimate tale of sisterhood told through four sisters living and growing in the Civil War era. This heartwarming musical will have sisters, mothers, brothers and fathers captivated by these young women.
In February, Pagosa Springs legend Karl Isberg is back again with “Cerebrotini: Stirred, But Not Shaken.” The same mind behind “Welcome to Sibera, Now go Home,” Isberg has an unparalleled comedic pen. “Cerebrotini” will take you on an evening’s romp through the ICU and ask the ever-important question: “Are there cocktails in the afterlife?”
If you’re interested in seeing any of these engaging and inventive pieces of theater, season tickets become available to the public Sept. 1. This winter, there will be two options for season tickets: season tickets and season tickets with festival.
Winter season tickets include tickets to “A Christmas Carol,” “Little Women” and “Cerebrotini: Stirred, But Not Shaken,” admittance to champagne openings at no extra cost, free come-again tickets when you attend openings and bring a friend who pays, invites to our wine and cheese events, discounted tickets, no ticketing fees and the option to reserve your seat.
Winter season tickets with festival include all the perks of the winter season tickets and a Playwrights Festival pass at a discounted price. The Playwrights Festival runs Oct. 12-23 and the festival pass includes admittance to select rehearsals for both plays, final stage readings of both plays, and admittance to Elkins’ “box.”
Come see all that Thingamajig Theatre and the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts has to offer this winter. For more information, visit at pagosacenter.org, call 731-SHOW (7469) or stop by the box office.
Thingamajig Theatre is a professional nonprofit 501(c)(3) theater in residence within the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts producing musicals, comedies and dramas year-round.

This story was posted on September 1, 2018.