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‘Winter Wonderettes’ will rock the house for Christmas

By Laura Moore
Special to The PREVIEW

Photo courtesy Palace Theatre Karen Jeffreys stars as Missy in the Thingamajig Theatre production of “Winter Wonderettes.” The holiday musical opens on Dec. 13 and runs until Dec. 29 at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts.

Photo courtesy Palace Theatre
Karen Jeffreys stars as Missy in the Thingamajig Theatre production of “Winter Wonderettes.” The holiday musical opens on Dec. 13 and runs until Dec. 29 at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts.

Thingamajig Theatre Company is preparing for it’s Christmas show, “Winter Wonderettes,” which opens on Dec. 13 and runs until Dec. 29.

This holiday show is a delightful Christmas gift with four tremendously talented singers, including “Spamalot’s” Lady of the Lake, Jamie Finkenthal, who is returning from Chicago to the stage at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts.

The Wonderettes are a 1968 girls’ group who are all set to perform at their local hardware store’s Christmas party. They celebrate the season in a big way, with all your favorite holiday tunes and plenty of good cheer.

Some of the songs included are “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” and “Winter Wonderland.”

This family-friendly show is just perfect to help you celebrate the holiday season. The ladies will have you tapping your toes and grinning from ear to ear with their antics.

“Winter Wonderettes” is directed by Denver’s Pat Payne whose work with Thingamajig include “Lion in Winter,” “Spamalot,” “Steady Rain” and “Full Monty.”

Choreographer Ryan Hazelbaker returns to Pagosa after his stunning debut with “Spamalot” and the “Full Monty” this summer, to wow the audience with charming dance moves that will keep the girls floating across the stage. Local pianist Venita Burch is the musical director for the Wonderettes, polishing up the incredible talents of Missy, Suzi, Cindy Lou and Betty Jean.

Tickets are well worth the cost of admission, “for it is kindling of the Christmas spirit.” The Champagne opening catered by Thingamajig Theatre’s season sponsor The Pagosa Baking Company on Dec. 13 is a true Christmas celebration. Tickets to the opening are $32 in advance or $37 at the door, and include a glass of champagne, delicious food, a musical surprise and a talk-back with the cast and crew of the show. Regular tickets are $22 in advance and $27 at the door. Ask about children and family prices.

Tickets can be purchased online at pagosacenter.org or by calling 731-SHOW.

This story was posted on December 2, 2013.