...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!
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.
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 framer 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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