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Champagne opening for ‘Sylvia,’ kids summer camp set at arts center

The Thingamajig Theatre Company and the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts is pleased to announce the summer schedule is in full swing beginning Friday with a special champagne opening for “Sylvia,” the first show of the 2011 summer season.

The event, which includes a glass of champagne and hors d’oeuvres that patrons can enjoy an hour before the show opens in the newly hung art gallery as they listen to live music. The gallery is graced with works from local and out-of-town artist.

After the show on Friday, the opening audience can stay and enjoy a “talk back” with the cast and crew of “Sylvia,” where the cast will answer any questions or reveal interesting choices, histories or circumstances about the process of the production. The cast of Sylvia includes Tim and Laura Moore, the owners of the Center for the Arts who were last seen together on stage in “Brilliant Traces, “Robin Hebert, a talented Denver actor who is gracing the Thingamajig Theatre Company’s stage for two productions this summer and Lizz Baldwin, a longtime local favorite. The champagne opening ticket holders will also receive a ‘Come Again’ ticket which will allow them to come see the show for a second time during the run if they bring a friend with them. The “Come Again” tickets are a great way to share something that you enjoy with more people as well as see how a show evolves throughout the run. Tickets to the champagne opening are only $25. Reservations are highly recommended, but walk-ins are welcome. Tickets can be purchased by calling 731-SHOW or online at www.pagosacenter.org. 

High school students are invited to come for free to the Final Dress First Thursday performance today, June 23, at 6:30 p.m. 

“Sylvia” will continue to run Thursday-Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m., and as always, we encourage patrons to come an hour early to enjoy local musicians and artists. Ticket prices for the normal run of the show are $15. Sylvia is rated PG-13 and does contain some “colorful” language when Sylvia tracks down a cat on a late night walk. 

Following “Sylvia,” the Thingamajig Theatre Company is proud to host a kids’ summer day camp, which will run July 5-21. The camp will focus on teaching kids ages 7-12 the joys of theatre, and will culminate in a kids’ performance of “The Jungle Book” on the night of the 21st. The camp is from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Thursday with a $5 per day option to have the kids stay for an after camp hangout until 5.

The Thingamajig Theatre Company strives to establish a creative and positive outlet for kids during the summer months here in Pagosa Springs, focusing on five goals.  The first is to show kids the value of the performing arts.  Theatre is a wonderful, powerful outlet, especially for kids. Many people have their first performing experience during the pre-teen years, which instills a sense of pride and confidence, as well as working on important skills, such as memory, communication, public speaking.

The second goal is to provide an educational experience for kids 7-12. Kids are constantly thirsting for knowledge and allowing them the opportunity to perform, to flex muscles they didn’t know they had, is an opportunity for intellectual and emotional growth.  Acting teaches empathy for others and gives kids the ability to see life from other people’s perspectives.  It is also quite possibly the most fun way to experience a summer reading program.

The third goal is to give parents a safe, worry-free environment for their kids this summer.  During the day camp, the kids will be provided a safe, monitored environment, and will be busy working together toward a common goal — a fun experience for the kids, and a peace of mind for working parents.  The camp will be run by longtime children’s theatre director Laura Moore, she will be assisted by professional actors who enjoy sharing their craft with young people.

The fourth goal is to provide a positive impact on the Pagosa Springs community.  One of the Thingamajig Theatre Company’s goals is to contribute to the Pagosa Springs community, and the kids’ camp is a prime example of the benefits an Arts Center holds for the residents.

The fifth goal is to have fun!

For more information or registration forms for the kids’ camp, visit the website www.pagosacenter.org or contact laura@pagosacenter.org, or call 731-SHOW. Scholarships are available to families in need, so act now.

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