Curtains Up Pagosa! will ease you into the holiday season with a fun song and dance-filled Broadway review called “HollyDaze Too,” with shows opening next Thursday, November 19 at 7 pm at Pagosa Springs High School and continuing through to the Sunday, November 22, 2 pm matinee. Tickets will be sold at the door and are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors (age 65+), and $10 for students. Children under 5 admitted free.
This evening of entertainment encompasses musical theater tunes from blockbuster hit shows such as “The King and I,” “The Sound of Music,” “Oklahoma,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Miss Saigon,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Wiz,” “Rent,” “Mama Mia,” “Jersey Boys,” “Children of Eden,” and much more. Interspersed will be songs such as “White Christmas” and “Feliz Navidad” performed by June Marquez, “The Christmas Song” sung by Gus Palma, “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” sung by Doug Roberts, and songs from the new musical “A Christmas Story.”
Curtains Up Pagosa, a non-profit organization just completing its 26th year in Pagosa Springs, has proven that community theater doesn’t have to be second rate. Their shows, directed by Dale Johnson and Sally Neel, provide a perfect showcase for the immense creative skill that resides right here in our community. From the very young to the not-so-very- young, there is an abundance of talent to choose from.
“There is no question that our little town has been gifted with more creative talent than most towns our size,” says Dale Johnson. “Curtains Up Pagosa provides a place for amateur actors, singers, and dancers to come together, develop their natural abilities, and give back to the community in a fun and entertaining way. And the best part is that we have such a great time working together and deepening our friendships in the process.”
There is a long list of CUP “veterans,” people who have performed in numerous productions, who will grace the stage in “HollyDaze Too.” Katrina Thomas will offer her lovely soprano voice singing “My Favorite Things” from “The Sound of Music,” and “Getting to Know You” and “I Have Dreamed” from “The King and I.”
Amy Harbison Crook returns to the CUP stage in fine voice as she serenades us with “How Could I Ever Know” from “A Secret Garden” and singing with tenor, Jeremy Medina in “Sun and Moon” from “Miss Saigon.” Medina will entertain us with “Miracle of Miracles” from “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Everything’s up to Date in Kansas City,” from “Oklahoma,” and “Close Every Door” from “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat.”
CUP also welcomes back lyric tenor Jarret Heber who will pair up with Katrina Thomas in singing “I Have Dreamed” and with Chrissy Ferguson singing “In Whatever Time We Have” from “Children of Eden.” He will also sing “One Song Glory” from “Rent.” Ferguson, who gave a powerful performance as Mary in “Jesus Christ Superstar,” will perform “Home” from “The Wiz.”
Rarely seen in solo capacity will be our own director, Dale Johnson, performing the beautiful and touching, “A Change in Me” from “Beauty and the Beast.” CUP welcomes back Riley Searles, last seen in his starring role in the PSHS production of “Les Miserables.” He has rejoined CUP after an extensive mission trip and will be a featured soloist in several production numbers.
These soloists will be joined by a stellar cast of 35 singers and dancers who will most certainly assure your holidays are kicked off with the best entertainment around. Mark your calendars and plan to enjoy an evening of great music, dancing, and holiday cheer.