Thingamajig winter actors gearing up for winter season

Photo courtesy Thingamajig Theatre Company
Dan Morrison and Johannah Laverty are two of the many talented actors, designers and directors returning to Thingamajig Theatre this winter.

By Tess Wisher
Special to The PREVIEW
The beginning of Thingamajig Theatre Company’s winter season is just around the corner. Rehearsals for the winter season are set to start Nov. 26, which means many of the professional actors from around the country are beginning to arrive in Pagosa Springs.
This winter, Thingamajig Theatre and its cast of talented artists will be taking on two literary classics: “A Christmas Carol” and “Little Women.”
“A Christmas Carol,” originally written by Charles Dickens, was adapted by Pagosa Springs favorite Dennis Elkins. This particular adaption is as close to the original text by Dickens as a stage adaption can get with most of the text coming directly from Dickens’ quill. The lively Christmas show cast even includes Laura Moore, co-founder of Thingamajig Theatre.
“Little Women: The Musical” is based on Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel by the same name. Marion Bienvenu will star as the passionate and determined young author, Jo March. Bienvenu was last seen on the Thingamajig stage this past summer most notably as Enid in “Legally Blonde: The Musical” and Ronnette in “Little Shop of Horrors,” although Bienvenu is best known for her role as Tracy Turnblad in “Hairspray.”
Much of the cast this winter has performed with Thingamajig Theatre before. A few crowd favorites set to return this winter are Dan Morrison, last seen as Professor Callahan in “Legally Blonde” and Anita Jo Lenhart, last seen as Mrs. Meers in “Thoroughly Modern Millie.”
Pagosa Springs native Johannah Laverty will also be joining the cast as Tiny Tim in “A Christmas Carol” and Amy in “Little Women.” Laverty is no stranger to the Thingamajig stage, having been in “Damn Yankees,” “A Chorus Line,” “Les Miserables” and “Pinkalicious.”
To see the entire Thingamajig cast work their magic, come see “A Christmas Carol” and “Little Women” playing this December. These two shows are a perfect holiday treat to compliment the Pagosa Springs holiday festivities.
If you’d like to get to know the actors of Thingamajig better, consider joining the Friends of the Theatre group or attending opening night performances. After the first performance of each show, there is a talk back where audience members have the chance to ask questions of the artists on stage. This winter, the opening night for “A Christmas Carol” will be Dec. 14 and the opening night for “Little Women” will be Dec. 20.
For tickets or more information, visit pagosacenter.org, call 731-SHOW (7469) or stop by the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts.

This story was posted on November 23, 2018.