‘Willy Wonka’ rehearsals in full swing

Photo courtesy Dale Johnson
The Thomas kiddos will join their mother, Katrina Thomas, in “Willy Wonka the Musical,” Curtains Up Pagosa’s winter musical set for November.

By Dale Johnson
Special to The PREVIEW
Curtains Up Pagosa (CUP) is in full swing with rehearsals for “Willy Wonka the Musical” in celebration of its 30th year of community theater in Pagosa Springs. With a huge cast of 57 in the production, we are excited that we have so many “family” groupings in the show.
One of those families is led by Katrina Thomas, a veteran and talented performer who is cast as Mrs. Gloop in this well-known and fun musical. Three of her children are also in Wonka: Kaeden Thomas, who is playing the Candyman; Connor Thomas, who is playing Charlie; and Avonlea Thomas, who is a featured Oompa-Loompa.
Katrina Thomas is also part of our production staff, supporting directors, making videos and recordings for the cast, creating choreography, helping with costumes and sets, and doing just about anything in support of the show.
Anika Thomas, her oldest, who has been in almost every CUP and high school production since 2010, has graduated and is on a new adventure of her own.
“Willy Wonka” will perform for four shows only, from Nov. 21-24 on its home stage at Pagosa Springs High School. The musical is directed, choreographed and produced and music directed by the dynamic team of Dale and Dale (Dale Johnson and Dale Scrivener, in case you don’t know).

This story was posted on October 27, 2019.