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Thingamajig opens final show of summer season

Thingamajig Theatre Company is opening its final show of the summer season on Friday, Sept. 7, with a Champagne Opening at 6 p.m.

Following the razzle dazzle of “Chicago,” and the adorable charm of “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown,” “The Last Five Years” will showcase one of southwest Colorado’s finest musical theatre performers, Rachel Saul Pollack, and Thingamajig’s own Tim Moore.

The story is a typical boy-meets-girl and covers a five-year relationship through first date, marriage and, unfortunately, divorce. However, the female protagonist, Cathy, starts the show at the end of their relationship and moves backwards, whereas her successful writer husband, Jamie, travels the show in chronological order. But, forget the story, this show you won’t want to miss because of the music.

“It’s challenging ... and complicated,” cellist Jean Broderick said through a (kind of) joking grimace at rehearsal last week. “Are those nice enough words for it?”

Jean is one of four talented musicians who have spent the last couple of weeks mastering one of the most complicated scores in musical theatre.

“I have been locked in my house for the last couple of days figuring this out,” says Dan Fitzpatrick, who plays the guitar for the show. “It is incredibly beautiful music.”

With live musicians on the stage, no dialogue, very little speaking and an abstract set, “The Last Five Years” is more like a concert than a theatre piece. Audiences can enjoy violinist Heidi Tanner and watch pianist Venita Burch’s fingers fly across the keyboard as she changes tempos, jumps through flaming musical hoops and leads both singers through a demonstration of unbelievable range as one minute they are belting beautifully and the next they are pulling back into stunning head voices.

“The Last Five Years” is one of those cult shows that hardcore musical fans have all heard of, but which is rarely performed due to its challenging score, and despite its small cast and limited technical requirements. Thingamajig has put together a talented cast of musicians and singers and you don’t want to miss it.

“The Last Five Years” opens on Sept. 7 with the Champagne Opening. Tickets to the opening are $30 in advance or $35 at the door and include a glass of champagne and hors d’oeuvres. The show runs Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. through Sept. 30. Regular show tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Tickets can be purchased online at www.pagosacenter.org or by calling 731-SHOW.

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