My journey across the USA began and I arrived in Albuquerque a little later than expected due to road construction.

My friend Sheryl had a lovely dinner waiting. Sheryl asked if I would like to see a musical production being held at the Kimo Theater, in Albuquerque. I love live productions and stated yes, so we made the plan to attend the next day.

Musical Production

On Thursday we went to a musical production called Tarde De Oro. Sheryl’s friend VanAnn Moore was one of the star’s in the show.

We arrived shortly after it started so we had to sit in the balcony but could still see and hear everything perfectly. Picture taking was not as good because it looked as if we were miles away.

This was the seventh annual production sponsored by the City of Albuquerque, Department of Senior Affairs and the Department of Cultural Services along with DeOro Productions. They made an announcement at the end of the show that there would be an eighth annual.

Admission was free, and the musical was about the historical eras of the Santa Fe Trail. It featured an array of local artists as well as dancers. The background graphics were amazing.

Kimo Theater

The production was held at the Kimo Theater which was built in 1927 and is registered with the National Register of Historic Places. It was newly renovated to its historic charm.

Its ceilings and unique Indian decor were amazing. It had the old theater movie projector and piano on display.

I enjoyed the beautiful theater and would recommend anyone to see it and enjoy a production or whatever else may be playing.

The Show

The show went through the different eras of the Santa Fe Trail. With each era VanAnn, who was in character of each period, told us of the era and its historical significance through skits she performed. The skits were based on a woman’s point of view and she also adds humor, which made it even more exciting and funny.

The eras went as follows:

Native American Era – featuring, Shelley Morningsong and Fabian Fontenelle

They did the Knife Wing Dance together, then Shelley did the Zuni Sunrise Song alone with the flute, which was beautiful. Fabian joined in for the traditional Buffalo Dance.

Spanish Era – featuring, Leslie Roybal and Casa Flamenca (dancers)

This was a musical rendition with guitar, Spanish vocals, and Flamenca dancers. It was spellbinding with hand clapping, use of castanets, a fan and shawl while they danced.

Mexican Era – featuring, Mike Anaya, Las Bailarinas de Oro and Ballet en Fuego Dancers

Mike played the marimba, which is a percussion instrument consisting of a set of wooden bars struck with rubber mallets to produce musical tones. The way he played was beautiful, and while he played, the dancers performed around him.

The Territorial Era – featuring, Lenore Armijo, Las Bailarinas de Oro and Ballet en Fuego dancers

Lenore is a singer who performed several songs, El Jinete, Navajo Trail and Amor Bonito, while the dancers danced. She is a local who performs throughout New Mexico as well as other parts of the country.

Contemporary Era – featuring Freddie Chavez, Las Bailarinas de Oro and Ballet en Fuego dancers

Freddie was scheduled to share the stage with Sal Garcia; however, Sal was recovering from an illness, so Freddie performed alone. He sang Rocke 88, All Night Long and Su Modo De Amar while some or all of the dancers danced around him.

Freddie is a Native of Albuquerque, NM, and has entertained for more than five decades. He has performed in concerts with Blood, Sweat and Tears, Fats Domino, Freddy Fender, Mitch Ryder, and the Detroit Wheels among others.

After The Show

After the show, I was able to meet VanAnn and Frances Lujan (the producer/ director). We were invited to join them, and the cast at a local family-owned Mexican restaurant called El Charritos New Mexican Restaurant in Albuquerque.

 

Because I’m watching what I eat, I decided to have the chicken taco plate. It came with beans and rice and two Sopapillas. The Sopapillas, although not diet friendly, came with honey, which I drizzled on and ate one too many.  They were excellent. I could have made a meal of those alone.

The waitress, service, and overall experience was great. I would certainly recommend a visit if you are in Albuquerque.

Meeting the Cast

I was thrilled to meet Van Ann and wanted to know how she got started in the line of entertainment she was in and she told me it was a long story so I’ll share that when I find out.

I also was able to meet Frances Lujan, who is impressive. Not only was she the producer/director, but she also teaches dance to all ages. She travels to senior centers in the area and teaches seniors to dance. These students were some of the dancers on stage.

All in all, it was a great day, and I am looking forward to more adventures in New Mexico before I leave for Colorado. So stay tuned.