Thingamajig Theatre Company actors, crew preparing for summer season

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By Amy Wolfe | Thingamajig Theatre Company

Photo courtesy Thingamajig Theatre Company
The Whatchamawhozit Kids Camp will be back at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts this summer. This year, the camp will culminate with public performances of “The Music Man Kids.”

The professional actors arrived this week to begin rehearsals for Thingamajig Theatre Company’s production of the musicals “Bright Star,” “Guys and Dolls” and “The SpongeBob Musical.” 

Costumes are being fitted, sets detailed, music and choreography rehearsed to prepare for a magical summer of live musical theatre. Visit our website at pagosacenter.org for links to purchase season and individual tickets for these wonderful shows.

Following the opening of the three summer shows, the Whatchamawhozit Kids Camp will take place on weekdays from July 5 through July 15, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and will culminate in public performances of “The Music Man Kids” on July 16 and 17, directed by a returning camp favorite, Tyler Price Robinson. The camp works with 7- to 12-year-olds (inquire about special consideration of 6- and 13-year-olds), introducing them to all aspects of theater production. 

Thingamajig’s professional actors for the main-stage shows work with the campers on signing, dancing, storytelling, character development, costume design, painting and lighting while teaching them the invaluable skills of teamwork, public speaking, critical thinking and self-confidence in a fun and active environment. 

At Whatchamawhozit Kids Camp, all the art forms come together to provide an amazing experience right here in Pagosa Springs. Register your youngster at pagosacenter.org for the transformative power of theater education.

The cost of the camp is $375 and includes admission to the July 13 matinee performance of “The Spongebob Musical” which features all the camp counselors. 

The opening of our Broadway in the Mountains season is only three weeks away, on June 3, with “Bright Star.” The award-winning collaboration of Steve Martin and Edie Brickell was inspired by a true story and their 2013 bluegrass album “Love Has Come for You.” Set in the Blue Ridge Mountains in the 1940s with flashbacks to the 1920s, the music and script weave a story of loss and the power of love. Allie Tamburello returns to Thingamajig’s stage to perform in a dream role on her bucket list as Alice Murphy.

The musical romantic comedy of “Guys and Dolls,” subtitled “A Musical Fable of Broadway,” will open on June 17 with familiar songs and amazing dance. The unlikely pairing of Manhattan underworld figures with straight-and-narrow “dolls” is set in 1920s New York and Havana, Cuba. You will be singing along with songwriter Frank Loesser’s brilliant compositions, “Bushel and a Peck,” “If I Were a Bell” and “Luck Be a Lady.” 

Opening July 1, “The SpongeBob Musical” will transport audiences to the underwater world of Bikini Bottom. Inspired by Nickelodeon’s long-running animated children’s cartoon, “SpongeBob SquarePants,” trouble is about to erupt in Bikini Bottom, producing an unlikely hero. This family-friendly and fun musical is sure to delight audiences of all ages.

Visit our website at pagosacenter.org to purchase tickets and learn more about Thingamajig Theatre Company and the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts. It is going to be a great summer.