December 2015 - Cover Story - True Words from Jim Parrack

It was another year of promoting the annual Santa Fe Comic Con and I was prepared for the outrageous cosplay costumes that took some folks a year to create and the celebrities who would be gracing us with their presence. What I wasn’t expecting was the openness of one star in particular. I didn’t know what to expect with Jim Parrack. Dressed in jeans and leather jacket with a laid-back presence, I wasn’t sure if Parrack would be overflowing with feedback or a quiet soul that I would have to pull information from. Just finished filming Priceless here in New Mexico, releasing next year, Jim wasn’t unfamiliar with the territory, sharing previous projects that he worked on. But it was the next q

December 2015 - Let us Entertain You - The Dolls' Cinderella: An E! True Hollywood Story

When it comes to the holiday season there are many traditions, but none as entertaining as The Dolls annual Christmas show. This year, The Dolls are bringing a taste of British pantos with this year’s show, The Dolls Present Cinderella: The E! True Hollywood Story. The Dolls creator, Ken Ansloan, took a moment to talk about what we can expect with this production. Where did the idea to do Cinderella as an E True Hollywood story come from? After almost 20 years of doing Christmas Shows I was wondering what this years Christmas Show would be. My friend, Jessica Osbourne, is from England and she suggested that we do a Christmas Panto. Christmas Pantos are one of the biggest Christmas traditio

December 2015 - Let us Entertain You - A Christmas Carol

Albuquerque Little Theatre’s production of A Christmas Carol like you’ve never seen it before - an highly inventive adaptation of the classic Dickens story, paired down to its essential elements. In this version, we encounter a company of traveling players about to enact the Dickens story. As the on-stage trunk of supplies opens, actors and clowns spill out and roll on. The gruff stage manager and prop boy check the show’s props, which are shabby and third rate, but the troupe improvises by creating a magical world of make-believe. The acting troupe soon discovers that the actors playing Scrooge and Tiny Tim have abandoned the tour; but the show must go on, and the prop boy eagerly volunteer

December 2015 - Extras - Winter Ball

Winter is coming, but so is Magic! Last year Micaela Brown, president and owner of Heritage Productions, created the first ever Christmas at Hogwarts to benefit UNM Children’s hospital. Included in the evening was a ballroom transformed into the Hogwarts Great Hall complete with candles that floated at the ceiling and a talking sorting hat. It was such a success that Warner Brothers, whom she had to let know of every step and process, appears to have mimicked it for their Dinner in the Great Hall in the UK. But thanks to Micaela, we can say it was done in Albuquerque first. This year, for the First Annual Magical Winter Ball, she is creating a new theme and new, enchanting events for adult

December 2015 - Extras - The Little Mermaid and Cliff's Magical Christmas

While some are celebrating the holidays with ice and snow, others are going under the sea with Albuquerque Little Theater. Disney’s The Little Mermaid is an exciting production at the theater filled with music, song and fins. In a magical kingdom beneath the sea, the beautiful young mermaid, Ariel, longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories, with music by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken, it’s a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. Disney’s The Little Mermaid will capture your heart with its timeless tale and irresistible songs including “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl” and “Part of Your World.”

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