The Stage Performance

Throughout the winter of 2010 John Thomas and Co-Producer Tami Graham assembled a team of talented performers and stage crew to stage Twenty-Four Pounds of Bullets and Steel.

First rehearsals began in late January at various places around Durango. At the same time, the stage crew, led by directory Theresa A. Carson were planning the stage design, collecting props costumes and working out lighting and dance arrangements.

On-stage rehearsals at the Durango Arts Center began in late February and were on-going through March and April, with the world premier performance on April 30, 2010.

The Cowgirl Opera played to standing-room only, standing ovation crowds every night. Local media reviews were glowing.

Throughout the process filming was on-going to preserve as much of the early history of the development of the Opera as was possible.

If you were at the first performances, you already know the the story. But if you missed it, you can view the opera and find out view cast auditions, hear interviews with John Thomas and more on the 2-disc DVD set. For more info on that, click here.

Read the Review of the Live Performances:

in the Durango Herald here, from the Durango Telegraph and in the Mancos Journal (pages 1, 2, 3)

Teaser: For video of the very first rehearsal run-through click here

The 2010 Cowgirl Opera was sponsored by Carver's Brewing Company and other fine local businesses.