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After a day of playing in the river, hiking a local peak, angling for that wall-worthy brown trout or stirring up some mud with the fat tires of a mountain bike, take advantage of the numerous opportunities in Pagosa for the musically minded and the theater lover.

The summer season opens up restaurant patios and beer gardens for local, regional and national talent, while area establishments host bands almost every night during the summer. Doors open wide to allow a refreshing blast of cool air for patrons and a taste of the excitement indoors for those strolling by. 

More than that, area stages come alive with comedies, dramas and musicals, making Pagosa Springs a premier destination for theater.

Get your groove on

While nationally-renowned music festivals (listed in other pages in this guide) rightfully grab most of the glory, a quick glance at events listed inside the front page of The PREVIEW section (published each week in The Pagosa Springs SUN newspaper) will show that the local music scene ranges from acoustic performances to Zydeco — and everything in between. 

Two stepping? Techno freestyle? Reggae? Good old rock ‘n’ roll? Area restaurants and bars offer excitement for everyone in the late-night crowd, while early evening usually offers more low-key performances under the stars.

Check out the “Flavor of Pagosa” section of this guide for phone numbers and addresses of establishments to find out what’s being offered on any given night.

Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts

The Thingamajig Theatre Company in residence at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts (PSCA) has achieved a reputation for featuring Broadway-quality productions, earning the distinction as one of Colorado’s premiere venues for professional theater. 

The award-winning Thingamajig Theatre Company brings in professional talent from around the nation to perform in, direct and design its shows, as well as harnessing local talent. 

PSCA offers four major musicals six days a week throughout the summer, as well as an ever-changing art gallery, and a summer theater camp for children. 

For event and theater information or to purchase tickets, check out the PSCA website www.pagosacenter.org or call (970) 731-SHOW (7469). 

Thingamajig Theatre Company’s 2020 Summer Season which runs May 22-Sept. 13 will include “Bright Star,” “The Wizard of Oz,” “Sweeney Todd”  and “Godspell.”

Curtains Up Pagosa

Pagosa Springs has an outstanding and unique community theater organization. Curtains Up Pagosa, established in 1989, presents two excellent productions each year. 

Each production includes an auditioned volunteer cast that is accompanied by a live pit orchestra of talented local and professional musicians.

Celebrating 32 years of CUP in Pagosa this summer, Curtains Up Pagosa will be presenting “Cinderella the Musical” June 25, 26 and 27 and July 2, 3 and 5 at the Pagosa Springs High School auditorium. All evenings are at 7 p.m. with a matinee only on July 5.

Tickets are available at the Chamber of Commerce in mid June and at the door. 

Curtains Up Pagosa is a nonprofit organization and proceeds support young people in the performing arts. The organization strives not only to entertain residents and visitors with the very best of community theater in Pagosa, but also to support local public schools by providing funding for arts programs. That support manifests not only in its stage productions, with cast members ranging in age from those young to those better classified as young at heart, but also in the scholarships CUP awards for students going on to study performing arts after high school. This support includes local student scholarships for private voice, dance and instrumental lessons.

For more information about the show and tickets, watch The PREVIEW section of The Pagosa Springs SUN newspaper.

Pagosa Springs Community Band

The Pagosa Springs Community Band formed in 2011. The band includes talented community musicians and can be seen throughout the year. 

Quickly becoming tradition, the band puts on a Fourth of July concert, as well as its annual fall and spring concerts. At Christmas, the organization presents The Heralds of Christmas chamber music concerts featuring The Pagosa Brass Quintet. 

The Fourth of July concert will take place at 2 p.m. on July 4 on the back lawn of The Springs Resort. This is an outdoor concert, so bring a lawn chair or a blanket to relax on while you enjoy the performance of patriotic music.