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"THE MIKADO"

JULY 19 AND 20.

 

The Gilbert and Sullivan Company of El Paso, celebrating their 44th anniversary this year, brings the well-known delightful comic operetta, "The Mikado" to the Black Box Theatre, 430 N Downtown Mall in Las Cruces.

Nanki-Poo, the son of the Mikado arrives in the small town of Titipu disguised as a wandering minstrel. He is looking for Yum-Yum who is betrothed to marry Ko-Ko.  However, Ko-Ko has been condemned to death for flirting, so Nanki-Poo thinks he now has a chance. When Ko-Ko is reprieved and elevated to the rank of the Lord High Executioner, Nanki-Po decides to kill himself. Ko-ko is under pressure from The Mikado to perform more executions so he agrees to let Nanki-Po and Yum-Yum marry for one month. At the end of that time, Nanki-Po will be put to death. Numerous plot twists insures this does not take place and the operetta ends happily.

There will be two performances on Saturday, July 19 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The performance on Sunday, July 20 will be at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $12.00 regular admission and $10.00 students and seniors over 65. Reservations: (575) 523-1223

 

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music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine

directed by Nora Petty

 

July 25-August 3

 

No Strings Theatre Company presents "Into the Woods," directed by Nora Petty, at the Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Downtown Mall in Las Cruces which has performances on July 25 to July 27 and August 1-3. "Into The Woods" is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine. It won several Tony Awards including Best Score, Best Book, and Best Actress in a Musical in a year dominated by Phantom of the Opera.

The musical cleverly begins with the characters of "Little Red Riding Hood," "Jack and the Beanstalk," "Rapunzel," and "Cinderella" whose stories continue after the "happily ever after" in their own fairy tales. In addition there is the story of a childless baker and his wife who wish to have a child. their interaction with a Witch who has placed a curse on them, and their interaction with other storybook characters during their journey. Musical Numbers include "Into the Woods, "There's a Giant in the Sky," " Agony," and "Ever After."

Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays July 25 and August 3 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $12.00 for regular admission and $10.00 students and seniors over 65. Reservations: (575) 523-1223.

 

 

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Denise Marie and Marcel Koster

 Sunday, August 31 at 7:00 p.m.


Denise Marie and Marcel Koster Guitars, Vocals, Accordion, Percussion, Songwriting, Recording Artists, Producers Denise Marie was born with a gypsy soul. At sixteen she bid adieu to the upstate New York farm and moved to the wild west of Santa Fe, New Mexico where she befriended hippies, cowgirls, Indians and studied jazz guitar. But when she learned to finger-pick the blues a whole new universe of possibilities opened up. In 1995 she moved to the center of music on planet earth, New Orleans, where she was encouraged to perform the original songs she had hidden in an old shoe box. There she embraced trumpets, saxophones, Cuban percussion, violins and well.....just about everything to do with music, BIG HUG. She recorded with such legends as Johnny Vidacovich, James Singleton, "Sunpie" Barnes and worked with a long list of talented musicians. By 2005, she had toured in Europe several times and was there when hurricane Katrina blasted old New Orleans. As a result she stayed in Europe for almost two years. While visiting the "night mayor" of Den Haag in 2007 she was introduced to her now husband and music partner Marcel Koster. He was born with drumsticks in his hands. In school he often found himself tapping on his desk and legs with pencils and hands flying, driving his teachers mad. He played snare drum in the marching band for ten years and finally got an entire drum kit up in the attic, driving his father mad. When he picked up the accordion and began to croon old Dutch classics he was accepted as the musician of the family. Well, that's the drummers cross to bear. Marcel has played with such Dutch legends as Johnny Hoes, Joke Bruijs, Gerard Cox, Pierre van Duijl, Kees Korbijn, Philip Kroonenberg, Peter te Bos, Federique Spigt and Arthur Ebeling. Marcel has toured in Russia, China, Europe and The United States. Nowadays he plays in several bands and as a duo with his wife. They live in The Netherlands. Denise Marie plays electric, acoustic, slide and tenor guitars, sings, writes songs and plays the riqq (middle eastern tambourine). Marcel Koster plays accordion, drums, percussion, piano and sings. Admission is $10.00. Reservations (575) 523-1223

 

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August 29 - September 14, 2014

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By Steven Dietz

Directed by Ceil Herman

 

A serious comedy about the road not taken. Donny Rowan has placed everything he owns on his front lawn, along with a sign that reads: "Here's my life. Make an offer." Rocket Man explores one man's obsessive desire to find his "parallel world"

 

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October 10 - October 26, 2014

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By Ron Hutchinson

Directed by Shaun Hadfleld1939 Hollywood is abuzz. Legendary producer David O. Selznick has shut down production of his new epic, Gone with the Wind. The screenplay, you see, just doesn't work. So what's an all-powerful movie mogul to do?  He locks screenwriter Ben Hecht and director Victor Fleming in his office, closes the shades, and on a diet of bananas and peanuts, the three men labor over five days to fashion a screenplay for one of the most successful and beloved films of all time.

"Frankly, my dear, this is one funny play…a rip-roaring farce…[with] witty, pointed dialogue and hilarious situations…" —NY Daily News

 

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November 21 - December 7, 2014

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By Ed Howard, Jaston Williams, and Joe Sears

Directed by Ceil Herman

 

It's Christmas in the third smallest town in Texas. Radio station OKKK news personalities Thurston Wheelis and Arles Struvie, played by Algernon D'Ammassa and David Reyes, report on various Yuletide activities, including hot competition in the annual lawn display contest. Many colorful Tuna denizens, some you will recognize from Greater Tuna and some appearing here for the first time, join in the holiday fun. A Tuna Christmas is a total delight for all seasons.

"A hoot!" - The New York Times

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January 30 - February 15, 2015

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By Beth Henley

Directed by Nikka Ziemer

Dedicated to the memory of Dale Pawley

"A brisk and perky new comedy. What gives the play its savor and joy are, as usual, Henley's women—those ditsy females, unknown to natural law, who always seem to get their own way, disconcerting even when they don't know what their own way is." —NY Post.

 

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March 13 - March 29, 2015

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By Harold Pinter

Directed by Algernon D'Ammassa

 

"Set in an unnamed government institution of dubious purpose, which is run by a particularly Pinteresque assemblage of bumbling, sometimes sinister, and often hilarious bureaucrats, the play finds the author at the top of his youthful powers. —The New Yorker.

"The Hothouse is riotous and spooky fun…bringing a new lift to the theater season." —NY Daily News

 

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May 1 - May 17, 2015

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By William Missouri Downs

Directed by Ceil Herman

 

A new comedy by the author of Cockeyed about two Dada performance artists who have built a theatre in their living room. Tonight their home/theatre is hosting a dinner party. Things go quickly awry when they discover the other couple wasn't told about the live audience and go bad to worse when they discover an asteroid is heading their way. They and the audience are forced to answer existential questions: Can humans be good if no one is watching? What is the meaning of life? What the hell is performance art?

 

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June 5 - June 21, 2015

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By Dominic Cooke

Directed by Karen Caroe

 

A simple and delightfully inventive re-telling of the stories from the Arabian Nights.

"...superb... weaves a potent spell of enchantment as it moves from cruelty to happiness and from the blissfully ribald to the deeply affecting"-Daily Telegraph

"...a masterful piece of storytelling... a truly magical piece of theatre that delights all the senses"-Whatsonstage.com

 

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