Welcoming in a new year

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By Kirsten Laskey

For some people, the New Year may be started off with fireworks, or clouds of confetti or glasses clinking together, but why not do things a little differently for 2009? Kick off the New Year with drama.

Los Alamos Little Theatre is hosting a special New Year’s Eve performance of its upcoming production of “Ten Nights in a Barroom.”

The doors of the Little Theatre will open at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The show, a “typical prohibition type of drama” depicts a drunk who loses his daughter because of his drinking problem but eventually is able to turn his life around, director Tom Severinghaus said.

The curtain does not close on the evening after the play is finish, at 10:30 p.m., dinner will be served. Bob’s Bodacious Barbecue will supply the meats. There will be also party favors, appetizers and music.

This has been a long tradition for LALT, Severinghaus said. He estimates the New Year’s Eve celebration has been held 30 years.

It’s an enjoyable tradition, he added, offering theatre to the community. “It’s my love, my passion. It’s keeps my sanity. And everybody here likes to have a good time, that’s why we do it.”

Even the play has a long history in Los Alamos. “Ten Nights in a Barroom” was last performed 21 years ago, Severinghaus said.

A play is a perfect way to ring in the New Year.

“It’s fun,” Severinghaus said, “It’s entertaining, you get to have a good time. It’s entertaining and fun.

“It is organized chaos, but it’s a lot of fun.”

To attend, theatergoers need to purchase tickets in advanced. Tickets cost $25 and are available at CB Fox.

The LALT’s performance is not the only gig in town for New Year’s Eve. The Best Western Hilltop House will be hosting a celebration from 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Wednesday. There will be live music from the local rock n’ roll band, Last Call as well as appetizers and drink specials. There will also be door prizes and a champagne toast at midnight.

“We want people in town to have something safe to do,” said Kim Selvage, co-owner of the hotel. “Plus, they going to know everyone. Basically, we like to support local businesses so we have a local band, and we also have giveaways and prizes from local businesses. Basically, local businesses have been generous and donated prizes for our New Year’s party and that’s just the amazing town we live in.”

She added Last Call played at last year’s party and “It was just a great party.”

Tickets are $30 per person or $50 per couple. The event, which is in its fourth year, has sold out every year so people are encouraged to buy their tickets in advanced at the hotel.

If interested in celebrating in the great outdoors, the Los Alamos Ice Rink will hold a New Year’s Eve Skate from 8 p.m.-midnight. Admission costs $6 and there will be a grand prize drawing at 10 p.m. for a Nintendo DS, or portable Playstation.