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Opening night gala kicks off performances of ‘Cinderella’

A gala celebration, including a special announcement by board member Jay Davison, will kick off opening night of Music Boosters’ summer musical, “Cinderella,” Friday June 29, at the high school. 

The high school jazz band will be on hand to add to the opening night festivities, playing in the high school commons area 6-6:30 p.m.,with the production beginning at 7. 

Tickets for “Cinderella” are $15 (adults); $12 (seniors 65+), and $10 (students), with children age 5 and under admitted free.  They are available online through Brown Paper Tickets (www.brownpapertickets.com), at the Chamber office, and will also be sold at the door. 

“Cinderella” will continue performances at 7 p.m., Saturday, June 30, and at 2 pm on Sunday, July 1. The matinee performance offers  children 10 and under to be admitted free when wearing the costume of a favorite fairy tale character.   Performances will resume the next week on July 5, 6 and 7 at 7 pm. 

The beloved fairy tale, “Cinderella,” is punctuated by the timeless music of the great American duo, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein.  The talents of  Johannah Laverty (Cinderella), Jarret Heber (Prince Christopher), Kurt Laverty (King), Anne Price (Queen), Max Miller (Lionel, The Royal Steward), Sacha Santa Cruz and Brooke Hampton (Stepsisters), Katrina Thomas (Stepmother), Darcy DeGuise (Fairy Godmother), and Ella Lindner (dove) bring each song to life on stage in sometimes sweet, sometimes hilarious renditions of these unforgettable songs.

 Julian Oliver, Anika Thomas, Shasha Hampton, Ella Bachman, Samaya Dunn, and Sydney Mitchell (Mice) and Iris Grad (Charlotte the Cat), will charm the audience with their playful scampering about the stage as they bring their sweet support to the woeful Cinderella.  Members of the excellent ensemble cast of singers and dancers add their talents to make this an unforgettable musical theater experience.

 The tale of “Cinderella” is not just for children.  Indeed, it brings a message of hope and triumph over adversity.  Cinderella longs to live a life that allows her to make her own choices and realize her own dreams.  Prince Christopher portrays the frustrations of one who is bound by the expectations and traditions of his birthright.  He dreams of breaking free of the demands of royalty and having the opportunity to choose his own wife and make his own decisions.  Together, with youthful innocence and determination, they find each other and overcome the confinements and constraints that would keep them from becoming the people they are meant to be. 

 Music Boosters’ extensive costume collection will be paraded in full force adorning each character with colorful and elegant period costumes.  Each performance will be accompanied by members of the Music Boosters Pit Orchestra.  Without a doubt, audiences will be charmed and will leave feeling they have experienced a little bit of magic at this not-to-be-missed spectacular summer musical event. 

 Proceeds from these productions go towards helping Music Boosters fulfill its mission to strengthen youth through performing arts and adult volunteer mentorship.  This is done through scholarships for selected seniors planning to major in the arts, the purchase of instruments, equipment and teaching supplies for school arts programs, as well as providing individual scholarships for selected students who wish to pursue private studies in music.  Music Boosters has been a non-profit organization in Pagosa Springs for the past 23 years and is excited to be a driving force in the future of the arts in our schools and in our community.

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