Two of a kind

Mother-daughter pair Irene and Alexis Losolla are more like friends than family

They dress alike. They are about the same height. They enjoy ice cream and a movie on Friday nights.

They joke with each other. They talk about boys. They even have dance parties. They're best friends.

They're mother and daughter.

Irene Losolla, 45, and her 11-year-old daughter, Alexis Losolla, do just about everything together.

"We'll have tickle fights every Saturday morning," Alexis said. "That's our thing to do."

But the tie that binds the two closest is music.

"Ever since I was little, I have always sang with the radio," Irene said.

She joined the choir in eighth grade and performed in front of an audience as a high school freshman.

"I was scared to death," Irene said.

That fear dissipated over time, and Irene performed in the musical "TEXAS" for three summers during college in the state of the same name.

Since then, she's performed in community programs and made sure to keep music a part of her and Alexis' lives.

When Irene was pregnant, she played classical music to Alexis through headphones.

Now Alexis says, "I don't like classical music. It has no words."

But the love of music still runs deep for the sixth-grader at Craig Intermediate School.

She likes nearly all types of tunes and plays the clarinet in the school band.

Alexis even has a book in her bedroom in which she records lyrics. She started the book as a way to cope with the loss of a neighbor with whom she was close.

"That's what helped me let go," Alexis said.

Now, she said she writes mostly about "guy problems."

"She can be a handful," Irene said, "but I wouldn't change it for anything."

Irene, who is originally from Texas, moved to Craig with Alexis 10 years ago from their previous home in Phoenix.

Irene works at the Moffat County Department of Social Services in child support enforcement, which she said keeps her on her toes.

"I like that it's challenging. It's never the same thing," Irene said. "It's always a different day."

And while Irene does not describe herself as a cold-weather person, she said she likes Craig.

Alexis isn't so sure.

"I like my town but I'm more of a big city person," she said. "It's huge. There's so many places to go and so many people to see.

"But I still like it here. This is where my friends are. And I love all the snow."

And with snow comes the holidays. Irene and Alexis both are performing in Black Mountain Theatre's production of "A Christmas Carol," on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Irene sings "Hark, the Herald Angels Sing," and Alexis acts and plays recorder in the show.

It's just one more way the mother-daughter duo keeps music alive.

"I think music is a good way to express yourself," Irene said. "For me, it's a really good stress reliever. And I think it helps (Alexis') creativity."

And for these two, it's all about supporting each other. Alexis said she takes the good with the bad when it comes to her mother.

Irene cries at movies and commercials, Alexis said.

"I cry, too, now," Alexis said. "It's not my fault. It's hers."

She truly is her mother's daughter.

Michelle Perry can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 213, or mperry@craigdailypress.com.

What: Irene and Alexis Losolla in Black Mountain Theatre's production of "A Christmas Carol" When: 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday Where: Craig Middle School auditorium, 915 Yampa Ave. Cost: Adults $7, children $5, or $4 for all ages at the matinee. Ticket are available at the door.

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