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By Rick Artis
Special to The PREVIEW
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 restaurant.
Four women, on their way to an evening at the theater, stop for dinner at the establishment owned by the ex-husband of one of them. Between the salad and entree, 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 who 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.
The last three Mondays in August, StageStruck will present the 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.
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 beeswax soap. The story 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. Concession snacks will be available beforehand and during intermission. Family friendly ticket prices are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12.
Sunday, Aug. 31, will be the final “Swinging Sundays” of the season. Under the direction of Bill Gottschalk, Pagosa Springs’ only big band, Pagosa Swings, will delight dancers of all ages 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 is located on the grounds of Canyon Crest Lodge, at 580 Yeoman Drive, near the end of Trails Boulevard. For those unfamiliar with how to find the property, detailed directions are available at 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.