Thingamajig Theatre Company’s summer season running through August

Photo courtesy Robin Brobst

By Tess Wisher
Special to The PREVIEW
The Thingamajig Theatre Company Broadway in the Mountains summer is coming to a close. On Aug. 31, the 2018 Summer Thingamajig Theatre Company will take its last bow after what is sure to be a wonderful performance of “Legally Blonde” and pack up from an amazing summer of performing.
The entire company, over 50 artists, performers and technicians strong, has spent the summer rehearsing and performing five Broadway-style musicals that have gotten rave reviews: “Legally Blonde,” “West Side Story,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” “Little Shop of Horrors” and our Theatre for Young Audiences piece, “Pinkalicious.”
With performances happening every Wednesday afternoon through Sunday afternoon, there are still plenty of opportunities for locals and tourists alike to see the cast members of the only professional theater company in Pagosa Springs strut their stuff before the season ends.
“Legally Blonde,” based on the critically acclaimed movie starring Reese Witherspoon, is a fun, energetic musical. The musical follows the story of Elle Woods as she goes from Malibu to Harvard to win her ex-boyfriend, Warner, back. Overall, the show is a joyous romp through the halls of Harvard, with a lot more pink and dancing than you’d expect in those hallowed halls.
“West Side Story” is a classic retelling of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” set in 1950s New York City with breathtaking music by Stephen Sondheim. A high-energy gang war erupts on stage as soon as the lights are dimmed with soft moments of romance sprinkled between impressive dances and convincing combat. You’d be remiss if you didn’t take the opportunity to see one of the most beautiful pieces of musical theater ever written for the stage.
“Thoroughly Modern Millie” tells the story of a 1920s young woman who moves from Kansas to New York City in search of a rich husband. By far the fan favorite of the summer, the show includes plenty of toe-tapping tap numbers and phenomenal singing through a joyous and funny story.
“Little Shop of Horrors,” based on the cult classic horror film, is funnier than it is scary. The show follows Seymour, a young florist, as he raises in fame due to a strange new plant he names Audrey II, after his crush Audrey. The problem arises when we discover the only thing the plant will eat is human blood. This horticultural horror is hysterical.
“Pinkalicious,” which plays every Saturday morning at 11 a.m., is apart of the ThingamaWHOs program that combines local Pagosa Springs high schoolers with professional actors from all over the country. The show is a family friendly treat about a girl, Pinkalicious, who eats too many pink cupcakes and turns bright pink from head to toe. While originally written for children, this show is funny and entertaining for the young and young at heart.
There are tickets available to almost all of the shows until the end of the season, but there won’t be for long. If you are interested in seeing a show with Thingamajig Theatre, visit the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts website at pagosacenter.org, call at 731-SHOW (7469) or stop by and visit the box office.

This story was posted on August 24, 2018.