Thingamajig Theatre Company will raise the curtain on its 2021 Summer Season on Friday, June 25 with a new production of the A.R. Gurney comedy “Sylvia” starring Laura Moore… to be followed by two fundraising gala concerts, and a special limited engagement with Thingamajig favorite Dennis Elkins in early July, performing two original one-acts.
“We can’t imagine a better way to commemorate this milestone than being able to reopen the theatre with so many inspiring and fun events after the long COVID closure,” said Tim Moore, producing artistic director. Restrictions relating to the COVID-19 pandemic required Thingamajig – like theatres around the world – to go dark on March 15, 2020.
The crown jewel of the summer season is the return of “Sylvia,” the touching canine comedy about a dog and her new owner, a middle-aged man who brings her home to live in his apartment in New York City, much to his wife’s distress.
Back by popular demand, “Sylvia” was the highlight of Thingamajig’s first season back in 2011 when Laura Moore played the part of “Sylvia” to huge acclaim. Now she will reprise the role from Friday, June 25 through Sunday, August 29 in honor of the theatre’s 10th anniversary. Tim Moore, the theatre’s producing artistic director, will direct the production.
Tickets are $35.
Dennis Elkins performs two original one-man plays
Dennis Elkins, one of Thingamajig Theatre Company’s most admired artists, will return to Pagosa Springs to perform on Wednesday, July 7 and Friday, July 9 at 7pm in the first two plays of the autobiographical trilogy he wrote and produced. He will present both one-man shows each evening.
The story showcases Elkins’ writing and acting skills as well as his naïve world view as he attempts to find his future through a culture so different from his own. His insightful storytelling offers wonderment and humor balanced against cynicism and fear of being the “other” – while sharing tips for travelers that will reshape your own expectations for the changing world around us.
Tickets for the two Elkins evenings are $35 each.
Two fundraising galas
Thingamajig’s annual fundraising galas have become must-attend events on our community’s festive summer social calendar because of exciting live performances and auctions for unique follow-up private events with the actors. This year’s gala concerts will be even more special because there are two of them and they will bring back some of the most popular cast members who have performed at Thingamajig over the past decade.
Theme of the first gala concert on Saturday, July 31 is “The last 10 years,” when the audience will be treated to the best numbers from previous Thingamajig musicals. Theme of the second on Thursday, August 5 is “The next 10 years,” which will feature musical performances from some great Broadway shows the Moores hope to produce in the future – “sort of our wish list or our bucket list,” as Tim put it.
Past season ticket holders were given the first opportunity to purchase gala tickets, and only a very limited number still are available as part of the season ticket package. To purchase that package, which also includes a ticket to “Sylvia” and other benefits, please phone 970-731-SHOW (7469).
COVID guidelines in Black Box
All of the summer events will take place in the theatre’s Black Box under whatever COVID health guidelines are in effect at the time. The Moores will remain flexible and nimble regarding various seating configurations and other requirements, given the ever-changing COVID environment. The actors will not be wearing masks, but they all will be vaccinated.
Thingamajig is celebrating its 10th anniversary with this summer season. “We can’t imagine a better way to commemorate this milestone than being able to reopen the theatre with inspiring productions and fun events after the long COVID closure,” said Tim.
Restrictions relating to the COVID-19 pandemic required Thingamajig – like theatres around the world – to go dark on March 15, 2020, resulting in a 15-month closure.
Thingamajig Theatre Company is an award-winning professional nonprofit 501(c)(3) theatre in residence within the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts. Its talented actors, directors and designers come from across the U.S. and around the world to produce musicals, comedies and dramas year-round – COVID permitting, of course.