...continues to live in Dixon.
Originally from New York, Barbara has lived in the Peñasco area since 1972 raising three amazing daughters with her husband of 31 years. She is a long time member of The Chokecherry Singers and the Taos Gospel Choir, and is passionate about education, music and family…especially her three beautiful granddaughters. After working for over twenty years as a
bookkeeper in Taos, she recently joined the staff at the Dixon Market, as part time bookkeeper, and has worked with the Peñasco Theatre Collective since 2011.
“Cindy” studied opera & musical theater in NYC,
has performed throughout the US, is a therapist in her 4th year of psychodrama
training and teaches theater for Taos Academy. She is married to Paul and they are the proud parents of Alexandra and David. She is the director and co-creator of “The Eighth Annual Night of 1000 Stars” which features 100 talented local kids at the TCA . Thank you mom and dad for the love of music and to Holly for this great opportunity!
Chuck has been in Dixon for a little over 2 years, not nearly long enough, but he got here as quickly as he could. Soon after moving here, and seeing Holly’s Follies, he wondered if he could ever do something like that, quickly answering “no way”.
This is my first show in Dixon and I’m very happy to be part of the talented Dixon Community Players. Since moving to Los Alamos in 2002, I have appeared in various productions, including “The Sound of Music”, “Into the Woods” (Los Alamos Light Opera), Agatha Christie’s “Go Back For Murder” and “Frost/Nixon” (Los Alamos Little Theatre), as well as several Dance Arts Los Alamos productions of “The Nutcracker”. When I’m not on the stage, I could be swimming, taking Zumba or fitness classes, singing in the choir of Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church or Los Alamos Choral society, speaking the Queen’s English, or translating Dutch and French. I also like dressing in zany costumes and dancing with the Hill Stompers band.
Kile grew up in Los Alamos and is currently working for Atomic City Transit. In his senior year of high school he met Holly Haas taking her stage and theater classes which launched his stage career. He did musicals, plays and even ballet; yep, even ballet. Kile is also a musician, playing the drums, piano, guitar and bass guitar. One of his major inspirations and dreams is to one day join the Blue Man Group. He has been to three auditions and at each one gets one step closer. He is back on stage with the Los Alamos Little Theater, Santa Fe Performing Arts, and best of all, The Dixon Community Players where he plays as a gangster; oops, that’s a pastry chef.
Makaela is a theatre lover who attended this summers DCP “DRAMA Workshop” where she had her first experiences on the stage. She joins DCP for the first time in two roles, on stage as a member of the ensemble, and behind the scenes “monkeying around” with the very scary sound board and trying to balance the sound and portable headsets connected to more than a dozen wacky actors. She apologizes in advance for any snaps, crackles, or pops. Makaela says “this experience is awesome and I can’t wait to do things like this again”.
Winston Earl Woods
Winston is a multi-talented artist and an accomplished Chef. As a visual artist, his work has been shown at various galleries and at universities in the Midwest. As an actor, he has performed on stage with the Milwaukee Public Theater and Hansberry Sands Theater. He also had an appearance in the film “Wild Hogs”. Stormē is his singer/songwriter name. He has lived in parts of New Mexico for about 7 years.
Emily is a native New Mexican, born in Las Cruces, raised in Los Lunas, and now living in Los Alamos. Her stage experience is limited to technical support for productions in elementary school. She also performed for 4-years in the Belen High School Concert Chorus. Through her school years Emily’s hobby was as an artist drawing and painting in various mediums. Recently she started using those talents as a painter using oils and acrylics. For her first stint with DCP she’s happy to be behind the scenes as Lighting Technician, and says “I’d be up on stage if I didn’t have terrible stage fright”.
has performed in community theatre productions throughout her adult life. Now a resident of Taos, she has appeared in several productions at Metta Theatre. In another life she taught secondary Theatre Arts and English in Amarillo and McKinney,Texas. She started a secondary deaf education program in Lawton, Oklahoma, and taught Special Education at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and Texas Woman’s University. Most recently Charlotte wrote a one-woman play, If A Door Opens: A Journey With Frances Perkins.
was born into a traveling theatre family and has performed in Taos for many years. He is tickled pink to once again be working with this wonderful group of actors. He is honored to perform an original work with actors, audience, and crew coming together now to participate in the catharsis of art’s immortality. He lives in Taos with his wife, Alison, their kids, Jon and Samka, and attendant cadre of feral ragamuffins.
Like Salt & Pepper, Helen Rynaski’s stage career is also a celebration of aging with . . . . well, humor anyway. Her debut was just last year as the Head Nun in The House of Blue Leaves at Metta Theater in Taos.
Originally from England, Jane arrived in Taos via Danville, California where she co-founded the Role Players Ensemble Theatre and also performed in various plays including Run For Your Wife, Blithe Spirit and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In 2007 she opened at the Space Theatre with sold out performances of Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me followed by such hits as The Dining Room, Sylvia, The Boys Next Door and Peter Pan.
has been active in the performing arts since she was seven. While living in Brooklyn, New York, she ran The Parlour where she curated and hosted art exhibits and music and theatre performances. Most recently, she directed The Cursing Mommy (an adaptation of a series of comic essays by Ian Frazier, which first appeared in The New Yorker) and The House of Blue Leaves by John Guare (in which she also played Bananas Shaughnessy), both at Metta Theatre. Karla is a freelance copy editor.
first tread the boards at Metta, found he had succumbed to the theatre bug and became an overnight thespian (work in progress). Mose is a furniture maker by trade.
Playwriting is his encore profession after a distinguished career in physics research. His interest in issues of aging emerges from looking in the mirror; also from learning about conscious aging at elder groups, workshops and caregiver support groups.
Instinct moves me. By 2010 V-Day I was an actor in The Vagina Monologues, Tamara, an Israeli mother in The Land to Fanny Church the Bostonian matriarch of Painting Churches. Kristen Woolf and I co-produced Churches for The Space and The Harwood Museum and played opposite each other as Flo and Edna in Lives of the Saints. 2012 in Pecha Kucha 6 Remarkable Women of Taos. I wrote and narrated a 6.5 minute slideshow: The Hemptress says It’s Hempening. Why the USA needs hemp. I played Aunt Em, a munchkin and a winkie in 2012 production of The Wizard of Oz.
was born in Hollywood, California -- a million years ago. Now, the Big Time, finally, in Dixon, New Mexico! Singing, dancing and theatre always a secret (and sometimes not so secret) passion. Great fun to be coming out to play again.
The theater is sacred. To be on stage, pre-house, to feel the energy in that expanding emptiness... the promise, the passion, the unknown. After 35 years (senior year, Thurio, in white tights), I ventured back into drama after a divorce, and a son, who, attending high school in Chicago found himself excelling in Theater. It was cheap therapy and a way to connect with him. In the last few years Styling and Coloring hair just wasn’t, ahem, cutting it. I attended a year of UNM’s acting class, sang at Metta Theater, acted in 2 plays at the Space, and most recently took workshops and am involved at the Playhouse Theater. This past winter I played a truculent tree in The Wizard of Oz!
is aka Gayle fulwyler Smith (the name she’s been painting under for many years) has lived in Dixon for thirty years, tucked up against a mountain with a husband, two dogs and two cats. Gayle needs to get out more….. hence, Holly’s Follies 2.
recently moved to Dixon/Taos from Florida. Tuna Does Vegas was her second appearance with the DCP, although she has been around theater all her life. You may see her at other times at her regular job at Sugar Nymphs.
has appeared with the DCP in Hollies Follies 2, Salt & Pepper, Drowsy Chaperone and in Tuna Does Vegas.
George R. Spillman
After minor brushes with musical performance in early years and after retirement, George succumbed to a bit of arm twisting by a friend and wifely encouragement to attend a meeting of a Barbershop chorus in Los Alamos, where he confirmed his need for some vocal education, which he then pursued. Since then, barbershop, classical chorus, a few stage performances, assistant musical director for one show, occasional other musical performances, scripting for a couple of Barbershop shows and arrangement for a couple of barbershop songs, and a bit of coaching for barbershop quartets has occurred. George sang in the “Senior Boomers” quartet a few years ago. Now this!
lives in Embudo NM. Jessy is 10 years old and loves going to school at Dixon Elementary. Jessy’s hobbies are trapeze, flamenco, marimba, and
has recently fallen in love with theatre. Jessy has gained great inspiration from many talented people in the Dixon Community and she is grateful to be a part of such a wonderful group of caring and creative people.
Kay Peters Johnson
A retired Librarian and a retired Presbyterian minister, loves her new hometown of Dixon. Kay did some ‘little theater’ in the ‘70’s in Houston and taught Theater and Acting at Satya Wacana Christian University in Salatiga, Java, Indonesia. “I love being around the excitement and craziness of theater people and the challenge of the production. If I had known about Dixon Community Players, I would have been here sooner.”
born in NYC, Ruzina studied and taught ballroom and salsa dance at the Arthur Murray dance studio and performed in all major hotels in NYC and Miami Beach. She came to N.M. in 1973 and is now an eclectic artist and photographer. She worked in the theatre and film industry and was a feature
dancer in the movie “Buffalo Girls”. Ruzina lives in Truchas and shows her work at High Road Gallery.
Kristen was born into a theatrical family in Salt Lake. She grew up singing, helping her mom with costumes and sets in SLC theaters, and performing in school and community productions. She sang the lead in both her Junior High and High School musicals, and went on singing as soloist at St. John’s Cathedral in Albuquerque, singing leading roles in opera in New Mexico. She retired to Taos, where she immediately founded Opera Tazza, and sang seven more roles with her amazing talented friends. Then she retired. She created and operated The Space Theater in Taos, until her director put her, protesting, on stage where she performed numerous roles. THEN she retired. Then, missing the theater with all its delights and foibles, she accepted Holly’s offer to sing in Holly’s Follies. What can I say?
This is Linda’s first theater production except for the time when she was a belly dancer in a play her freshman year of college. She is grateful for the
opportunity to sing somewhere else besides the shower and hopes you enjoy the show and maybe go home singing a little yourself.
joins DCP for the first time as percussionist. A native of California, he studied at USC School of Music and later formed a musical partnership with New York guitarist, Carlos Vivanco.
Began playing drums as a teenager and played in numerous bands for many years. As a singer-songwriter, Richard and his brother, Glenn, who is a lyricist, have won at the NM Music Awards three years in a row. He retired from CNM as a vocational advisor. Richard has performed at the Alberta Canada’s Cowboy Gathering the past two years and returns in July. Richard said “being in a musical was on his bucket list”… so cross one off.
Rick De Stefano
is an attorney and club musician (keyboards, vocals) in Taos. He has played in many blues, rock, and jazz bands, including the Blue Reys, the Damn Band, the Swing Daddies, Afterburner Blues Band, and Take Note, a jazz vocal group. He frequently accompanies singers in the Broadway and jazz standard repertoires, including many appearances on the TCA stage as a pianist. Holly’s Follies 2 is his musical theater debut as a singer.
Rose is excited to perform with the Dixon Players for the first time. She recently appeared in the Los Alamos Little Theatre’s AACT Fest competition
entry, Van Choc Straw. She has also appeared at LALT as Cecily in The Importance of Being Earnest, as Scratch in The Devil and Daniel Webster, and as Might/Chorus in Prometheus Bound. Rose has a degree in theatre from Columbia College Chicago.
Susan P. Lewis
Born and raised in NYC,
I served in the theater world for many years doing stage managing, producing, and some grant writing. And I am grateful to be in this incredible community
Watende Thabiti Wazid
Born in Philadelphia, he has lived in Key West, Berkeley & Oakland, Santa Fe, and now resides in Hernandez. He is a musician who plays Congas, Bongos and other percussion instruments, and is also a singer/
songwriter. Watende is the
father of three sons and a daughter.
A student of the Arts for years with experience in numerous venues from television to Hollywood, however she says “that my biggest accomplishment would have to be my 15 year old son Christopher who is by far the greatest Act of my life.”
Born South of the border, raised mostly in Dixon. He had never performed in any productions before The Bee and now he has succumbed to ‘theater’. My Philosophy suggests “Why Not?” “Never eat too much pie, you’ll get a tummy ache!” I enjoy long walks in the rain, a good old fashion time, ice cold drink and a warm smile.
is hard at work on double major of Theatre and Linguistics at UNM- Albuquerque. She appreciates the friendships she has cultivated here in Dixon. In her spare time she enjoys hockey, reading plays and impersonating a certain Lady (GaGa) with her bestest friends Elizabeth “Ed” Dombek and Ryan Gallen. Each day she thanks God she was BORN THIS WAY!!
After 25 years of working in professional theater Holly has brought her passion for theater to Dixon. She helped create the Dixon Community Players in 2007 and played Hannah in Spitfire Grill that year, the same year she retired from Los Alamos High School as head of the drama department where she taught acting and theater design for 5 years. She continues to design scenery for various theatrical events in Los Alamos. Rock Pool Gardens vacation rental in Dixon has been the joint venture of Holly and her husband Will De Maret since1996.
With a picture like this, who needs a bio?
She was a founding member of The New World Consort, an ensemble of four musicians, performing Medieval and Renaissance music in NYC. She has been a voice teacher and the director of a madrigal singing group for many years both in NYC and in northern New Mexico. She has also worked as a vocal coach at NNMC in Española and Peñasco High School, including the shows Godspell, Little Shop of Horrors, Grease, West Side Story, and Fiddler on the Roof.
Born in NY, Simon spent much of his childhood surrounded by a musical family. In college he majored in Hotel/Restaurant Management and after working in the hotel industry for a few years he started a Special Event Production company and began his passion of creating theatrical events for corporations worldwide. After 20 years of hiring actors, singers, and various creative people he decided it was time to practice what he had experienced from all the talent he had worked with. Simon built our new playhouse, The Toolshed.
Born in Kansas City, Mo, moved to Scottsbluff, Neb. where he was given a white Fender Stratocaster guitar when he was 14. Played in bands with Randy Meisner, who went on to be the bass player with the Eagles. Moved to Okla. City and played lead guitar with the famous Mojomen and with drummer, Bill Maxwell of Koinea fame. On to dental school and Dixon where he became the village dentist and guitar/bass player with the Arroyo Kings, who rocked Holly’s bar, El Quinto Sol, in Dixon. The rest is history.
Bob Chrien (Clarinet/Saxophone) has been living and working in Los Alamos for 31 years. He plays clarinet in various local groups, including Concordia Santa Fe, High Desert Winds, and Kammermusik Workshops. He enjoys playing in pit orchestras for Los Alamos Light Opera and Los Alamos High School musicals. For this show he is trying to play saxophone. Results may vary with each performance.
Brian Huysman (Keyboard) is recently transplanted to Los Alamos from the balmy coast of Galveston Bay where he played in ensembles including a Big Band with a bunch of fellow NASA geeks. In Texas, he arranged, performed, conducted, and even recorded the accompaniments for various community theater productions of Broadway musicals. In New Mexico, Brian has found opportunity to indulge his favorite pastimes of hiking, backpacking and musical theater. While in the Dixon area, if not at the keyboard, you will, he hopes, find him fishing in the Rio Grande.
has played venues from the Troubadour in Los Angeles to The Bluebird Café in Nashville, the Kennedy Center in D.C. and at many of the finest music festivals including The Newport Folk Festival, the Kerrville Folk Festival, The Philadelphia Folk Festival and the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival. In addition to studying guitar and voice he has taken acting and improv classes at Chicago’s Second City. He performs and records with several ensembles in the vibrant Taos music scene, tours nationally and has been looking for an opportunity like this to work with the Dixon Community Players.
Gretchen Amstutz (Vocal Coach) Active in Los Alamos theater since first singing in the chorus of My Fair Lady in 1986, Gretchen has been the musical director for numerous productions, the most recent being The Spitfire Grill and Seussical with Los Alamos Little Theatre and Into The Woods with Los Alamos Light Opera. In addition to her passion for musical theater, she enjoys her dog Toby, working at a busy medical office in Albuquerque, and especially, life and laughs with her daughters, Erin and Brenna.
plays flute and piccolo in Los Alamos and Santa Fe. And now in Dixon! In her spare time she practices, gardens and looks after an aging physicist.
He has been a fixture of the five burros area for 45 years. Dead on Arrival is a good description of this character, rather like Mr. Rigsby, who is, as all know, a fixture of our communities, Rinkidixudapacito: Rinconada, Dixon, Embudo, Apodaca, and Cañoncito.
had four years of theatre experience in high school with the Los Alamos Olions. She continues performing in college at UNM with fellow cast member, Ellen Kress creating the ever-changing Lady Gaga Dance Explosion.
Lynn E. Alden
received a BA degree in Theatrical Design from Univ. of Iowa and a MA degree in Whole Systems Design from Antioch Univ. Her recent design credits include set designs for the Santa Fe Theatre Festival, Home for the Holidays and Zing Goes My Heart for the National Dance Institute of New Mexico, and the Dixon Community Players production of The Fantastics. Quote: “Yikes! Twenty Five actors and all of their clothes!”
met Holly Haas his Sophomore year of high school. She directed the musical for his Senior year and apparently she liked how Ethan performed, so he was in The Bee and Holly’s Follies. He currently attends UNM in Albuquerque.
One of the founding members of the Dixon Community Players, and has appeared in Spitfire Grill, The Fantasticks, Holly’s Follies & Lucky Stiff. She would like to thank all her fellow cast members for working hard, laughing a lot and making these fun shows.
played Vice Principal Panch in the Dixon Community Players’ production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee in 2010 and the emcee in Hollies Follies. He has performed extensively in Los Alamos. Jeff is the snare drummer and leader of the Hill Stompers, a quirky adult community marching band. He also juggles fire.
“the drummer who can read music,” Ken first joined the DCP with the 2010 production of the Spelling Bee. He also enjoys sitting in or playing with any and every other group in town including the Kombucha Marimba Ensemble and Dixon’s finest bluegrass band, Mule Britches. He makes his living as a computer programmer.
met her husband, Ken (the drummer), at the Univ. of North Texas where she earned a BM in vocal performance and then proceeded to a Master’s degree at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Not long after starting her career as a professional opera singer, Lori decided to do something else and is now raising their three children. She is a full time resident of Dixon and dabbles in pottery on the weekends.
grew up in Dixon and got his good looks from his dad, John Moulton. Max is the co owner of Gizmo Productions, plays in a band, lives in Taos, dates a singer, has a cat, drives a truck, records bands, has a garden, cooks decent food, and swears too much. Though Holly keeps trying to get Max on stage, he can’t act so he runs the sound board. Right now he is trying to make sure all headset mics are working, he is probably pretty stressed out, please buy him a drink.
Picks the banjer, mends fences and spends a good deal of every day pushing pixels about. He built this website. Occasionally, he acts and sings.
was wrangled in to this eclectic group of performers by Ms. Holly. He typically spends his days being an enginerd, but when the boards call, he’s apt to go along. A frequent performer with the Los Alamos Little Theatre and Los Alamos Light Opera, he has also performed in regional venues in Los Angeles, San Diego, Las Vegas, Chicago, Detroit, New Orleans, Orlando, Nashville, and now Dixon. Oh, and those pieces of metal stuck to his feet, yeah, they’ve been there since 1983… nothing seems to be able to get rid of them.
A distinguished graduate of the University of Arizona, she has been the winner of the Metropolitan Opera Auditions in Arizona and a guest solo artist and instructor with many groups. Among her opera and Zarzuela roles have been Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, Concha in En Las Astas del Toro, and Menegilda in La Gran Via. Ms. Mosiman is a vocal coach and instructor of voice and piano in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She has enjoyed working with the enthusiastic and dedicated Dixon Community Players in true community theatre.
Served as music director for the DCP Holly’s Follies, plays various keyboard instruments as well as harp; she has also sung, coached and directed music. For many years she was the melodrama piano player (not pianist!) at Los Alamos Little Theatre. Sheila is the organist, harpist, and choir director of the oldest parish in the United States,San Juan Church at the Okeh Owingeh Pueblo.
has been on stage before and really likes it. Her theatrical background is generally in dance but, due to a nasty back injury she has had to step towards broader horizons. She asks that you bear with her as she stretches her wings (and voice) and joins in the world of musical theater. She would like to thank her kids, Sascha and Brooklynn for their tolerance...baby steps.
Gary has successfully avoided the Boards in the public eye for nearly 40 years -- until now, but with Holly’s persuasion and encouragement the curtain is going up.
has finally joined Dixon Community Players after spending probably more time in the theater than any single player during Holly’s Follies. Time to get to work. She loves playing the violin and marimba, dancing, singing, and is currently a member of the Extreme Martial Arts Team at Taos Tae Kwon Do Academy. Although she is currently residing in Taos, she commutes to Dixon Elementary because “there’s no place like Dixon”
Chris just joined the Dixon Community with his mother Al Graham. He is a sophomore at Taos High.
has left the building...
Edna Trujillo Martin
I was born here in Embudo, attended elementary school here, and settled in Albuquerque. I love being back home, where I’ve reunited with relatives and friends I grew up knowing and have met some very talented and friendly folks, as well. Thanks for the ‘memories’.
While theatrically inclined, he never formally studied music or theatre arts. He performed for 13 years in ensemble with the internationally renowned Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles. Born in Minneapolis, he grew up in the Los Angeles suburb of Downey and spent his first 50 years trapped in Southern California before escaping. A retired business professional, Dixon and the Embudo Valley is his unofficial home.
began her performance career as a toddler, tap dancing at the San Diego County Fair. In the 70’s she was co-creator and co-star of the Rhythm and Sleaze Review, which played to packed audiences in the bathhouses of San Francisco. Her original one woman show Jukebox JuJu showcased her songwriting, singing, and acting abilities in the 80’s. After moving to New Mexico, her performance career was cut short by the grueling demands of life as an organic farmer and floral artist.
has always had a lively interest in music theater. In his thirty-some years as a traveling freelance player he has worked on productions ranging in style from Mozart to melodrama, including works of Puccini, Granados, Gilbert and Sullivan, Gershwin, Rodgers and Hammerstein, and Stephen Sondheim. He is currently based in Austin. Roger was musical director for Spelling Bee and Lucky Stiff.
Suzanna Duran retired in 2007, after forty years work as a healthcare professional (i.e. lab tech). Three years ago she returned to Dixon where two of her sons were born and where dear, dear friends still reside. She is now the proud owner of an old adobe home that needs tons of work--so much for retirement. Her only theatre experience is selling tickets for Spitfire Grill, Fantasticks, The Bee and hanging out at DCP rehearsals.
Linguist by profession and textile artist by inclination, Kornelia DeKorne has had several Thespian stints, including the improvisational tradition of the Living Theater with its challenging ethos of audience participation. In more traditional roles, she has played Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, and Nancy in Oliver! – performances that sealed the deal on her love of singing. She is delighted to return to what her native Hungarian labels “the boards that mean the world” – i.e. the stage – in this brilliant, merry Company, with an audience to die for.
Will has the remarkable nerve to take on a part in a local musical play with no acting ability whatsoever. After a brief stint as a nearly invisible townsperson in The Spitfire Grill he was commandeered by his wife (incidentally, the Director) to again undertake potential humiliation – this time in actual speaking and singing roles in Spelling Bee, Holly’s Follies and Lucky Stiff. The only reason he succumbs to such pressure is that he does enjoy being around strange (i.e., theatre) people, not to mention that it is very hard to say “no” to Holly.
Anastasia Tsiagkouris first began her theatrical career at the age of seven, with her stunning performance in her self- written, self directed, and self performed production of “The Mystery of the missing Kit-Kat”, this production later went on to receive two thumbs ups from both her parents. Although she was never able to achieve the same amount of “Humanism” as she did in her first play, she continued to take on many other roles such as Marion in Woody Allen’s, “Don’t Drink the Water”, Milton the monkey in “Words, Words, Words”, and Lina Lamont in the musical “Singin’ in the Rain”. Anastasia also received an award from Eastern New Mexico University for her outstanding acting as Penny in a student written play “Purple Haze”. She is now in Greece somewhere.
At first Einar, steeped deep in his role, refused to talk about the Mute, his past or anything else for that matter. However, prodded by the threat of no more cookies at rehearsal, he opened up long enough to admit that this was his first time in theatre since playing a weasel in "Wind in the Willows" several generations ago.
His career as a percussionist started in high school and culminated as a member of Dixon's own Pathetics.
That's all by night. By day he is the librarian at the Embudo Valley Library.
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