Curtains Up Pagosa is proud to announce our latest CUP scholar, and recipient of the John Graves Memorial Scholarship given for students pursuing advanced college degrees in the performing arts. Trace Gross. Trace started acting at seven years old, joining the cast of 1001 Arabian Nights produced by the Pagosa Pretenders and has been hooked ever since. At age 16 he was cast in Oliver! his first Curtains Up Pagosa Production, still known as Music Boosters at the time, as Noah Claypool. Since then he has been in numerous High School and Curtains Up Pagosa Productions including West Side Story, The Crucible, Les Miserables, The Audition and Cinderella. However acting isn’t Trace’s only skill in theatre; as well as acting Trace is also interested in both costume design and directing. For the last two years Trace has been the creative director for the acting troupe in Pagosa known as the Gypsy Players as well as costume designing for many High School and Curtains Up Pagosa Productions including the upcoming summer production Shrek. Trace is currently going to Adam State University studying those three fields of theatre as well as working on a creative writing degree.