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The funny side of getting older

Dixon Community Players to present 'Mid-life! The Crisis Musical'

By Tempo staff
tempo@taosnews.com
Posted 9/13/18

The Dixon Community Players will present "Mid-life! The Crisis Musical" Friday and Saturday (Sept. 14-15) at 7 p.m., and Sunday (Sept. 16) at 2 p.m. The performance directed by Holly …

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The funny side of getting older

Dixon Community Players to present 'Mid-life! The Crisis Musical'

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The Dixon Community Players will present "Mid-life! The Crisis Musical" Friday and Saturday (Sept. 14-15) at 7 p.m., and Sunday (Sept. 16) at 2 p.m. The performance directed by Holly Haas will return to the Dixon Elementary School Gymnasium after an eight-year hiatus and 12 productions.

The book, music and lyrics to "Mid-life! The Crisis Musical" are credited to Bob and Jim Walton. It is, according to Haas, "guaranteed to cause laugh lines … This is by far the funniest musical I've ever been a part of … in fact it's hard to get the talented cast to stop laughing long enough to sing. Speaking of the cast, once again they come from all over Northern New Mexico."

The cast features a multi-community roster of actors. Rick De Stefano, Karen Thibodeau and Sandi Welter are from Taos; Anna Dillane is from Los Alamos; Marilyn Johns is from Española; and Deb Kerstiens is from Pojoaque. And, from the Dixon-Embudo area, there's Arthur Fonseca, David Rigsby, Jeff Spicer, Richard Martin, Edna Martin, and Will De Maret.

The show will also feature an orchestra, including musical director and pianist Sheila Schiferl, Gretchen Amstutz on keyboard, Joyce Guzik on reeds, Dick Padberg on bass and Richard Kline on percussion.

It was written by "two real showmen," Haas said. "(It) really hits on all our fears, joys and surprises with our bodies and minds as we go into and continue on in midlife. My favorite songs are 'What did I Come in Here For,' 'Singing Mammogram' and 'Classical Menopause,' which is sung in the style of a madrigal choir while husband and wife contend with the foibles of menopause.

"When does midlife actually start or end remains a question I ask every day. All the various symptoms focused on in the songs I can't imagine happened to me when I turned 40, but loss of memory, being easily distracted and trying every available means offered at the drugstore to give a quick fix, I truly relate to in my 70s."

The musical offers a variety of songs, scenes, characters and situations to laugh at during this time in our lives. "And," Haas said, "I'm thankful every day for that ability this show reveals to us in its straightforward approach through humor that touches on the edge of silliness and sometimes raunchiness to prove that we can take on the challenge that growing old offers."

The show will be presented as an internet radio show, including prompting the audience with "APPLAUSE" and "ON AIR" signs (loaned by Taos Onstage), "which, believe it or not are popular on NPR. Dixon has our very own radio station, KLDK ,which will play some songs from the show," Haas states.

Tickets: $12 adults, $10 students & seniors. Purchase tickets online at dixonplayers.com or at the door 30 minutes before the show. It is recommended for "all those with a good sense of humor" between the ages of 16 and up. It is recommended that audiences bring a cushion to sit on the bleachers.

Dixon Elementary School Gymnasium is located at 220 State Road 75 in Dixon. To get there from Taos, head south on State Road 68 for about 25 miles, turn left onto State Road 75 at the Embudo turnoff and continue for about 1.8 miles.

For more information, call (505) 579-4602.

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