“The Addams Family”, a new musical, will be presented at the end of October by Curtains Up Pagosa (CUP).
If you’re new to town or just don’t know much about CUP, we thought we’d fill you in.
Here’s what CUP does, as stated in our mission statement: “To nurture, educate, inspire and empower the artists of Pagosa through the power of the performing arts, and entertain our community by providing a superior theatrical experience.” »
Who participates in CUP productions?
Pagosa students and their families, along with many other locals who play, sing, dance, build sets, manage the stage, play in the pit orchestra, sell tickets, distribute posters, create costumes, makeup and more.
In short, CUP is indeed a community theater effort and has been for 33 years, beginning as Music Boosters.
In addition to organizing musicals and shows, CUP today offers workshops for students and adults in voice, theater and dance, as well as college performing arts scholarships for graduates. from Pagosa Springs High School.
We thought you’d like to hear from one of these scholars who told us about her Pagosa experiences in theater, her college theater experiences, and what it has meant to her life.
Meet Randi Andersen Tolme, daughter of Terri and Bruce Andersen, who recently retired to Pagosa. Here’s what we asked Tolme.
How did you become involved in community theater in Pagosa?
“My first show was ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ in eighth grade. I never saw myself on stage but because I loved ‘Fiddler’ I got into the chorus. I was hooked. I was also into ‘Annie’ that year and I got involved in high school musicals starting in ninth grade.
What prompted you to get involved?
“It was just fun. I especially liked the singing. When I was in elementary school, before I moved to Pagosa, the school was going to put on a play. I wanted to be behind the scenes until what they tell me I had to dance on stage with a tree and be seen I decided not to do it at all I really don’t know what possessed me to suddenly try a show here at Pagosa (my dad used to play in the pit band a lot) but obviously I’m so glad I did. Pretty soon I started making friends with other kids and it was still More fun.
What have you learned?
“This theater is the best team sport. Which I’m good at memorizing and love to sing more than act. Singing something can have a lot more emotional impact than just talking. I’ve learned that the way which you really get to know people and get involved in something is working behind the scenes and volunteering for things.
What shows and performances were you in?
“All. Everything from 2001 to 2005: “Fiddler on the Roof”, “A Christmas Carol”, “Meet Me in St. Louis”, “It’s A Wonderful Life”. “Oklahoma” and “A Magical Madrigal Dinner” I always seemed to be into something.
“The summer after my freshman year in college, I came back and showed up at rehearsals for ‘Joseph and the Incredible Technicolor Dreamcoat’ to fill in for the soloists while they were rehearsing other scenes. It was fun because I got to sing all the solos that I could ever sing as part of the chorus.
Share your favorite theater attendance memory here at Pagosa.
“There are so many of them. In ‘Meet Me in St. Louis,’ all the women in the cast wore corsets. Although it was often uncomfortable (sometimes painful), it was fun and exciting to experience to dress from another era. There was some serious girl-on-girl bonding behind the scenes as we all helped each other put on and take off those corsets.
“The ‘Madrigal Dinner’ was truly a memorable sight. Becca pricked her fingers every night, pinning my skirt to my top and my hairstyle that looked like Princess Leia buns. The musical experience of singing a cappella in a small group is incomparable to anything I have ever done. Since then, I have a weakness for the ‘Madrigals’.
“I also have very fond memories of the days of setting construction, and seeing sets and sets coming together from nothing, knowing that I helped make it happen.”
What awards and scholarships have you received?
“I wrote music in high school, but after I went to college they created a letter for theater and gave me one after graduation. It meant so much to me. I also received a scholarship from Music Boosters (now CUP) for college, which also meant a lot to me.
How did these theatrical experiences at Pagosa continue at university?
“I was so disappointed to find that my college hardly ever did musicals. We did ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ in the theater department and ‘Pirates of Penzance‘ with the choir, but the two departments had a rivalry long time and have never worked directly together on things.
“I went to college as a theater major and ended up adding music as a second major because I wanted them to be on equal footing. My senior year, I realized “I love you, you are perfect, now change”. I didn’t end up with any music students involved, but it was a huge success and a few cast members ended up joining the choir, so I consider that a win.
How has being in the theater at Pagosa as a student impacted your experiences with Creede Repertory Theatre?
“My school attendance at Pagosa definitely gave me the confidence to get involved with Creede Repertory Theatre. I did a few summer theater camps and auditioned for their ‘Kids Show.’ couldn’t find accommodation in Creede unless I was employed by the theater, so I ended up in the internship program and worked at the box office. I learned a lot about the front of the house, about the how shows are organized from the stage and house management side, and what professional work in theater looks like.
What else would you like to share about your experience of theater as a student and its impact on your life?
“It was hard and sometimes frustrating, not getting the roles I wanted, feeling typecast as a friend/aunt/teacher character instead of any kind of lead. But I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Later, when I started having small speaking roles, I missed being able to sing and dance in all the big chorus numbers. And in the end, I am still close to several people with whom I participated. at shows, and the kind of togetherness and camaraderie we shared is something I’ve never found anywhere else.
How have your experiences aligned with Curtains Up’s current mission statement?
“I wasn’t aware of a mission statement at the time, but they were definitely doing all of these things. And those experiences definitely changed my life.
It’s easy to hear from Tolme’s sharing that participating in theater as a student here at Pagosa has positively impacted her life in many ways. CUP is proud to continue the tradition of Music Boosters by providing life-changing training and experiences for our children, their families, and many other Pagosa residents.
Come see our production of “The Addams Family Musical” October 27-30 with five performances – three evenings and two matinees. Tickets are available online at www.CurtainsUpPagosa.org, https://our.show/cupaddams and at several local businesses: The Choke Cherry Tree, PS Chocolates, Chamber of Commerce and at the door.
Tickets are $10 students, $20 adults in advance; $15, $25 at the door. Children 5 and under are admitted free.