Curtains Up Pagosa welcomes new artistic director, announces changes

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    Dale Scrivener

    By Antonia Bussoli
    Curtains Up Pagosa

    Curtains Up Pagosa (CUP) is undergoing a lot of changes in this new year. With the recent resignation and relocation of Dale Johnson, long-time CUP artistic director, a new artistic director has stepped in to fill her shoes. 

    Dale Scrivener, a local teacher with Pagosa Family School and acting music director for the organization, has begun to create new plans for CUP. 

    Scrivener began his career with CUP in fall of 2018 as the rehearsal accompanist for its production of “Nutcracker The Musical.” He then took over the role of music director after the resignation of Robert Neel for the CUP 2019 production of “Disney’s Tarzan.” Scrivener then shadowed Johnson over the fall of 2019 during their production of “Willy Wonka” to start training to take over as she began planning to retire. 

    Scrivener is looking forward to seeing where he and the board can take this organization. He hopes to continuously raise the level of performance, as well as increase the amount of community involvement. Having had the break with no shows in 2020, what better time for a transition of power? Scrivener and the board of directors are taking the time to restructure, reorganize and regain status in the community. 

    CUP has always strived to give back to the community and that remains our ultimate focus, but we are going to do that by stepping in a new direction. 

    We are working together to focus on the quality of entertainment, as there is always room to grow and get better, as well as how we can promote local businesses, artists and other organizations to work more closely together as a community. 

    We will continue to offer scholarships, but with a focus that the recipients have to contribute into giving back to the community as well. With the community slowly opening up, we are excited for the changes and ready to entertain Pagosa once again. Let’s save the world one musical at a time.