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Thingamajig Theater Company to benefit from 19th Hole Concert Series

Photo courtesy Carole Howard

By Simon Fuger
Thingamajig Theatre Company 

On Thursday, July 15, beginning at 5.30 p.m., the Thingamajig Theatre Company, our local professional theater, will be the showcased nonprofit to benefit from the 19th Hole Concert Series at the Pagosa Springs Golf Club. The featured band will be the San Juan Mountain Boys, a local favorite. 

The Thingamajig Theatre Company has been presenting top-notch professional theater in Pagosa Springs for the last 10 years. Over 80 different productions and thousands of performances have been staged by the Thingamajig Theatre Company in residence at the Pagosa Center for the Arts. These have included Broadway musicals in the summer, Christmas-themed shows in the winter and dramas throughout the year. 

There is an annual tradition of shows that feature local performers and playwrights as well as a playwright’s festival that attracts artists nationwide. In addition, there are the very popular kids’ camps and performances in the summer. Some of these children, along with other interested local school children, have been cast in some of Thingamajig’s professional performances — an amazing opportunity for them. 

The last 18 months have been very difficult for the theater world and the Thingamajig Theatre Company in particular. All productions had to be suspended. There were no half openings or other viable alternatives. Closed was closed in every sense of the word. The financial impact on the theater was considerable. 

With the prospect of an easing to the COVID restrictions, a decision was made to take some tentative steps to provide live theater during the summer. “Sylvia” was performed in the first year of Thingamajig’s existence. It was hugely popular that first year. Its revival this year in some ways signifies the rebirth of live theater in our town. 

If you saw “Sylvia” that first year, you know what a treat it is. The cast is completely different from 10 years ago with one notable exception: Laura Moore once again plays the part of the dog, Sylvia. This is a role Laura embraces, and 10 years and three babies later, still brings all the passion and energy to the part she did 10 years ago. 

Other performances at the theater this year was a limited engagement by one of our most admired directors and actors, Dennis Elkins. His play, “box.,” has been performed worldwide and his sequel, “bag—,” was performed after intermission. The annual Broadway Gala, the theater’s major fundraiser, will also be performed during the summer. There will be other limited performances at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts during the course of the summer. 

We hope you can join us on July 15 at 5.30 p.m. at the 19th Hole Concert Series at the Pagosa Springs Golf Club and support the Thingamajig Theatre Company and the three other nonprofits that are beneficiaries of the 19th Hole Concert Series. 

The cash entrance fee is $10 per head. Tickets are available at the door. There will be a cash bar and food can be purchased on site. The 19th Hole Concert Series is sponsored by the Community Foundation serving Southwest Colorado. All proceeds from the 19th Hole Concert Series will be distributed equally amongst the four featured organizations. Bring a chair or blanket and come out and enjoy the music. 

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