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Thingamajig Theatre Company announces 2011–2012 season

Since April 2011, Thingamajig Theatre Company has brought Pagosa Springs some of the finest stage presentations in the region including “Fully Committed,” “Brilliant Traces,” “Sylvia” and “A Year With Frog and Toad.”

It is on the heels of these very successful shows that Thingamajig Theatre is proud to present the 2011-2012 season along with a season ticket package. This dynamic collection of plays and musicals represents the best in contemporary professional theatre-brought to you at very affordable prices. Join us for a season full of comedy and drama, accompanied by the beautiful music and gorgeous production values you’ve come to expect from the Thingamajig Theatre Company.

The 2011-2012 Season consists of the following plays and musicals:

Oct. 14-31, 2011: “The Turn of the Screw.”

Nov. 18-Dec. 4, 2011: “The Lion in Winter.”

Dec. 15–30, 2011: “The SantaLand Diaries.”

Jan. 13-29, 2012: “Guys on Ice.”

Feb. 10-14, 2012: “Love Letters.”

March 16-April 1, 2012: “Escanaba in da Moonlight.”

May 18 June 3, 2012: “Doubt: A Parable.”

2011 - 2012 Season Ticket Packages are available now from Thingamajig Theatre Company. Choose from two easy, affordable and convenient packages. Enjoy generous discounts and ticket upgrades to our very special Champagne Opening Nights.

Four Show Package — $60 (you save 40 percent).

Two ticket upgrade eligibility for Champagne Opening at zero cost.

Seven Show Package — $105 (you save 50 percent).

Seven ticket upgrade eligibility for Champagne Opening at zero cost.

Packages apply to all regularly scheduled Thingamajig Theatre Company performances. Have questions about which deal is right for you? Give us a call at 731-SHOW and let us help you make the choice that’s right for you.

The following are additional summaries describing each of the 2011-2012 offerings:

• The Turn of the Screw.

Oct. 14-31, 2011.

By Jeffrey Hatcher, from the story by Henry James.

Directed by Christopher Willard.

Drama Rated PG

A young governess journeys to a lonely English manor house to care for two recently orphaned children. But she is not their first governess. Now the new governess has begun to see the specters of her predecessors haunting the children, and she must find a way to stop the fiends before it is too late. But one frightening question tortures the would-be heroine: Are the ghosts real, or are they the product of her own fevered imagination?

• The Lion in Winter.

Nov. 18–Dec. 4, 2011.

By James Goldman.

Directed by Pat Payne.

Comedy Rated PG

King Henry II of England has three sons by Eleanor of Aquitaine: Richard, Geoffrey, and John. He wants the kingdom to stay united after his death, but all three sons want to rule and it is likely to be torn apart by revolution. Henry favors the youngest John, while Eleanor favors the eldest, Richard. Middle son Geoffrey hopes to play both ends against each other and come out on top. Henry would like to have another heir by his mistress Alais, but that would only add to the confusion. Uneasy is the head on which the crown lies, and uneasy the truce between a matchless king and queen.

• The SantaLand Diaries.

Dec. 15–30, 2011.

By David Sedaris, adapted by Joe Mantello.

Directed by Tim Moore.

Comedy Rated R.

This hilarious and irreverent tale detailing Sedaris’ real-life experience of working as an Elf in Macy’s SantaLand. For those searching for the cure for the common Christmas show, look no further.

• Guys on Ice.

Jan. 13–29, 2012.

Book and Lyrics by Fred Alley, Music by James Kaplan. 

Directed by Laura Moore.

Musical/comedy Rated PG

From their ice fishing shanty, longtime pals Lloyd and Marvin keep warm with a mutual appreciation for good bait, cold beer and the Green Bay Packers. As Marvin anxiously awaits his opportunity to appear on a cable TV fishing show and share secrets of his life on da’ lake, Lloyds ponders a recent squabble with his wife concerning plans to spend their anniversary at Lambeau Field. Both pals scramble to protect their cold ones from fellow angler, Ernie the Moocher. With musical numbers like “De Wishing Hole”, “Ode to a Snowmobile Suit, “ and “Fish is de Miracle Food,” Guys on Ice will charm your wool socks off.

• Love Letters.

Feb. 1014, 2012.

By A.R. Gurney.

Directed by Tim Moore and Laura Moore.

Comedy Rated PG

From the author of “Sylvia” comes the Pulitzer Prize nominated play “Love Letters,”the perfect presentation for the month of February, when valentines pass through the hands of young and old, and thoughts turn to matters of the heart. The play centers on just two characters — Melissa Gardner and Andrew Makepeace Ladd III. Using the epistolary form sometimes found in novels, the two sit side by side and read the notes, letters, and cards — in which, for over 50 years, they discuss the hopes and ambitions, dreams and disappointments, victories and defeats that have passed between them throughout their separated lives. The letters, both sweet and bittersweet, span two lifetimes, and are full of innocent banter, hilarious exchanges, bittersweet recollections, longing for kisses and destinies entwined.

• Escanaba in da Moonlight

March 16–April 1, 2012.

By Jeff Daniels.

Directed by TBD.

Comedy Rated PG 13

When the Soady clan reunites for the opening day of deer season at the family’s Upper Peninsula camp, 35-year-old Reuben Soady brings with him the infamous reputation of being the oldest Soady in the history of the Soadys never to bag a buck. In a hunting story to beat all hunting stories, ”Escanaba in da Moonlight” spins a hilarious tale of humor, horror and heart as Reuben goes to any and all lengths to remove himself from the wrong end of the family record book.

• Doubt: A Parable.

May 18–June 3, 2012.

By John Patrick Shanley.

Directed by Pat Payne.

Drama Rated PG 13

In this brilliant and powerful drama, Sister Aloysius, a Bronx school principal, takes matters into her own hands when she suspects the young Father Flynn of improper relations with one of the male students. Winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award.

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