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Children’s Theatre at the Center for the Arts

Whatchamawhozit’s Children’s Theatre presents “Game Over” on April 27 and 28 at 6 p.m. at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts.

The Whatchamawhozit’s class, taught by Laura Moore, has been working since February on an original play, written and performed by the students in the class.

The play is a wild ride through the imaginations of the 22 kids in the class. The story follows three children who got abducted by a Mad Scientist who has been building a board game that is alive.

The scientist shrinks the children down and plops them on their “square” where they are captives to some rowdy pi,rates waiting a roll of the dice from the scientist to find out if they get nthrw over board to the Evil Mermaids of Mermadia.

The children escape to the next playing square on the board game and to the next where they encounter a shipwreck on a beach, a girl obsessed with M&Ms, two explorers, trickster monkeys, secret agents, queens, a witch, a princess and a court jester who only talks in jokes. The kids maneuver from square to square trying to find a way off the game board.

The end of the play brings a surprising twist that no one will anticipate.

The play is appropriate for all ages, young and old. The actors will astonish the audience with their charming characterizations.

Tickets to the performances are only $5 and can be purchased at the door. The doors to the center will open at 5:30 for the performance.

Next up for the Whatchamahozits is the annual Summer Theatre Camp.

The camp runs July 2-19 with a performance on July 2. Camp is held Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., except on the Fourth of July, when the campers are invited to ride on the theatre’s float in the parade, in costume.

This summer camp revolves around putting on the Disney musical “Aladdin.” Campers act, dance, sing, build costumes, work on the set and learn the basics of lighting and makeup from the talented staff of counselors. The theatrical skills are taught through a series of fun acting games that each emphasize a different element of the craft — such as the game “Big, Bigger, Small,” where the children practice reacting to the same situation with three different levels of intensity, allowing them explore the endless choices that an actor can use to create a character.

The children are taught warm-up exercises for their singing voices as well as choreography and the tricks makeup can play on an audience.

The camp is run by Laura Moore, the executive director of the Center for the Arts. Laura has eight years of experience running the Young People’s Theatre Camp in Lake Dillon, teaching children’s theatre around Colorado, and performing in the nationally recognized Arvada Center’s Children’s Theatre programs. The other counselors include actors and singers in Thingamajig Theatre Company’s Summer Stock. Actors who have studied singing, dancing and performing share their talents and skill sets with the kids who attend the camp.

The cost of the camp is $300 for early registration or $350 if you register after June 15. Registration forms are available on the website www.pagosacenter.org and can be mailed in with a check to 2313 Eagle Drive, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147.

If you have any questions about the camp, don’t hesitate to e-mail Laura Moore at laura@pagosacenter.org.

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