Las Cruces Magazine

Spring/Summer 2017

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12 I AREA ART The Showstoppers Ready for a night out on the town? These four theatre companies are bringing the drama (and comedies) to Las Cruces Live theatre has a rich history here in Las Cruces, and includes a wide range of plays and musicals at the New Mexico State University Theatre Arts Department, as well as downtown theatres, and at least one theatre company that two local artists created a few years ago. "This might be one of the great open secrets of this town: Las Cruces has such a highly inventive and productive community of people offering all kinds of good theatre at low prices, enriching themselves and their community," says NMSU Theatre Arts Visiting Professor Algernon D'Ammassa, who has acted and/or directed for LCCT, Black Box, NMSU Theatre, and Scaffolding Theatre Company. "I believe that a sign of cultural health for a city is a varied theatre scene that serves diverse tastes. In the current theatrical season, theatre artists in Las Cruces are presenting musical theatre, Greek tragedy, Pulitzer Prize-winning American drama, comedies, a drama by a New Mexico playwright, a Disney musical re- envisioned, and more. Two companies based here have been invited by the El Paso Community Foundation to perform at the Philanthropy this spring." Written by Mike Cook NMSU performs A Christmas Carol COURTESY MIKE WISE

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