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Time to gear up for Hollydaze

If you already have felt inundated with the “buy this, buy that” aspect of the holidays and are looking for a little relief, Music Boosters has the perfect solution.

Enjoy an entertaining evening with your family and friends at the beautiful Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts. On Friday and Saturday, Dec. 9-10, Music Boosters will delight audiences with their presentation of “Hollydaze,” a musical variety show featuring many of your favorite local artists and the new Pagosa Springs Symphonic Band.

The price is a reasonable $12 for adults and $5 for children, and tickets are now on sale at the Chamber office downtown. The Center for the Arts will open at 6 p.m. with gathering music by the Pagosa Springs High School Jazz Band. The show will begin at 7. Space is limited, so buy your tickets now.

Pagosa Springs Music Boosters has a long-established reputation for presenting excellent music and theater entertainment, utilizing the talents of Pagosa’s many gifted entertainers, while keeping costs low in order to serve the greater public. The proceeds from their productions go to enable local public school music and theater programs to purchase needed computer programs, equipment, instruments, costuming, sets, and a variety of other things that allow students to fully participate in and learn from the arts. Music Boosters also awards annual scholarships to selected students who plan to major in the arts.

“Music Boosters offers students a wonderful training ground,” says director Dale Johnson. “By bringing family friendly musical theater to the public, we encourage young people to bring their talents to the stage and develop their skills in a hands on, fun environment. It has been a win-win opportunity, allowing students to grow and develop their talents and also allowing the public to enjoy the fruits of these students’ hard work.”

But Music Boosters is not exclusive to student performers. There is a wonderful and talented pool of adult performers who were bitten by the “theater bug” many years ago and continue to delight in getting on stage and strutting their stuff.

“There is no doubt that the theater is a magical place,” says Johnson. “It is a contagious atmosphere, a special community that develops through rehearsing and performing together. Once you have been bitten by the ‘theater bug’ it is very hard to stay away.”

“Hollydaze” will feature both adult and student performers as well as the amazing sounds of Music Boosters new Pagosa Springs Symphonic Band under the direction of Larry Baisdon and Bill Gottschalk. Like the theater performers, instrumentalists enjoy the special bond that playing in ensemble provides. There is a rich pool of talented instrumentalists who have formed a new winds, brass and strings band.

So, put “Hollydaze” as a must-see addition to your holiday festivities. No question, you will be Holi-dazzled, and put in a festive frame of mind for the season.

For more information about Music Boosters go to www.musicboosterspagosa.org.

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