Arts and Entertainment
Preview performance Thursday, Oct. 18
Kristen Hicks of Annetta, a member of the Board of Directors of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, announced that the symphony will perform for Aledo ISD students on Nov. 9. The symphony will set up in the Aledo High School auditorium, and will perform for grades 4 and 5 of two elementary campuses and grade six at 11:15 a.m., then perform for grades 4 and 5 of the remaining two campuses, along with grade 7, at 1 p.m.
The Adventures in Music program is called “Six Flags over Texas.”
“The program is designed to bring the rich musical heritage of Texas to Aledo students while combining disciplines such as reading, history, geography and cultural studies,” Hicks said.
“First Financial Bank and First Financial Trust Asset Management Company gave a $10,000 grant to help make this possible for every fourth through seventh grader in Aledo ISD,” she said.
According to materials from the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, the Adventures in Music program serves the Fort Worth community and beyond with “informative and educational performances for thousands of children.”
“The National Endowment for the Arts reports that at-risk students with access to the arts through elementary school earn better grades and higher test scores in science and writing.”
Calling all Vampires & Vamps, Monsters & Mummies, Goblins & Ghouls.
Theatre Off The Square announces open auditions for the fiendishly funny, farcical musical Dracula, Baby. Based on the novel by Bram Stoker, the poduction is directed by Jon R. Kruse with choreography by Karen Dohoney.
Audition dates begin July 23 for cold readings of the script. July 24 auditions are for singing and movement (be prepared to sing a simple, a cappella tune).
Call-backs are 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 26 at 114 N. Denton Dr. in Weatherford. Rehearsals begin August 20. Show Dates are Oct. 19-Nov. 4, 2012.
There are roles for seven men, three women and a chorus.
Count Dracula of Transylvania: 1,000 yrs. old but looks great for his age
Dr. Seward: runs a sanitarium, 40-60 yrs
Chief Nurse: sexy, falls in love with the Count, 30s
Renfield: a patient, a kook, 20-40
Lucy: Seward’s beautiful ward, late teens to early 20s
Arthur: Lucy’s fiancé, handsome but stuffy, properly British, 20s
Van Helsing: a professor, 40-60, German/Austrian dialect
Sylvia: a witch, any age
Chorus: Transylvanian Peasants, Hospital Matrons, Bartender, Barmaid, Pub Patrons, Monsters: teens, young adults/adults, up to 10 needed.
All must sing and be able to perform a few simple dance steps.
Most roles require an English or British Dialect.
For more information, call 817-341-8687.
The Aledo High School One-Act Play “Cockeyed Kite” has qualified to advance to state following performances at the regional competition. Only eight schools in the 4A classification advance to state. At regionals Emily Collard and Andee Rooney were Honorable Mention All-Star Cast, Sara Collins won Best Costumes and Joe Wilson was Best Actor. According to the UIL website, Aledo will be among four schools that perform at a 7:30 p.m. session on Tuesday, May 22 at the Bass Concert Hall on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin.
All four Aledo High School Bands received Sweepstakes this month at the UIL Region 7 Concert and Sightreading Contest in Burleson. This was the second year all four bands have gone to the competition, and the second straight year that all bands achieved Sweepstakes status.
Director of Bands Joey Paul said it is incredible that all four bands attained Sweepstakes.
“What impresses me most about these students is the level of difficulty in the music literature they are reading,” he said. “Our top band, the Wind Ensemble, is reading college-level music, and the other bands are reading one-to-two grade levels above required UIL standards.”
Paul said these accomplishments are achieved by the students’ overall dedication, and just as importantly, to the vertical alignment in the band program beginning from the sixth grade up. “The beginners in sixth-grade band receive the same level of devoted attention from their directors as students do in the higher grades, so the band program continually builds upon itself.”
Special to The Community News
Green River Ordinance released their new album, ‘Under Fire,’ on Feb. 28. This is the third full-length studio album for the multi-talented quintet, which includes Jamey Ice (guitar, banjo, mandolin), Josh Jenkins (vocals, guitar, piano), Joshua Wilkerson (guitar, keyboard/piano, vocals), Denton Hunker (drums, percussion) and Geoff Ice (bass, vocals). Jenkins and Wilkerson are graduates of Aledo High School.
GRO’s new single “Heart of Me” is available for a free download. Additionally, crowd favorite “Dancing Shoes” continues to gain popularity with nearly 300,000 views (and counting) on YouTube. The track was also the #3 most-played song on Sirius/XM’s The Highway last week.
"Green River Ordinance is the real deal,” said Mark Edwards, Program Director for CBS Radio. “The band has an incredible sound, they're real showmen, and their songs really move people. I'm looking forward to playing their music for many years to come."
The band will kick off an extensive North American tour on March 29 in Houston, crossing the country with special guest Graham Colton. They will be in Dallas on March 30.
For more information, visit www.greenriverordinance.com.
Special to The Community News: Hank Minor holds Sandra Leeman, who accidentally gets knocked for a loop, as Scott Campbell and John Cobb look on, in “Man With The Pointed Toes,” running through Feb. 19 at Theatre Off the Square.
“Man With the Pointed Toes,” described as a male version of “My Fair Lady, for the ranch set, continues at Theatre Off the Square in Weatherford.
The comedy tells the story of Tom Coterel, a shy, backwards cowboy who suddenly becomes rich when oil is discovered on his ranch. Soon a gold-digging debutante comes to call and Tom falls head over heels for her. When Tom hires a tutor to help him get some “culcher,” all sorts of mayhem breaks loose.
Performances are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays. Reservations may be made by calling 817-341-8687 or by visiting https://buy.ticketstothecity.com/venue.php?org_id=88. Tickets for Friday and Saturday evenings are $12 or $10 for seniors and students. Sunday matinee tickets are $9. Theatre off the Square is located at 114 N. Denton in Weatherford.
The Aledo Bearcat Regiment will hold a Cozy Christmas Celebration featuring all you can eat pancakes for $7, the jazz band, marching video and Christmas music by the High School Bands on Thursday, Dec. 15 at the HHS Cafeteria. Dinner will be served from 5-7 p.m., and the musical entertainment will begin at 7 p.m.
Tickets are available from high school band students or at the door.
The Aledo High School Theatre Department will host auditions for its upcoming production of “Fiddler on the Roof” next week. Dance auditions will be held at 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31. Singing auditions will be 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1. Childrens‘ auditions and callbacks will be at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2 and callbacks will also be on Nov. 3. High school and middle school students must attend the dancing and singing auditions. Children in grades K-6 just need to attend on Nov. 2. All high school and middle school students need to prepare 16 bars of music to sing with the piano and will learn a dance combination. Go to Aledo High School and see Ms. Carlberg or Mrs. Collard or call 817-441-5139 for assistance with finding music. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The Aledo High School Theatre Department’s production of “A Gap in Generations” begins Wednesday, Sept. 28 at the AHS Auditorium. The play is a re-worked Commedia dell’Arte by Jerry Blunt that, as performed, will be set in Aledo in the 1980s. Performance dates are Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 28-29, and Saturday, Oct. 1. All shows begin at 7 p.m. Admission for adults is $8 and for students is $5. For reservations, call 817-441-5139.
Truth in Illusion: Truth in Illusion is the name of the newest exhibit at the Doss Heritage and Culture Center featuring artists Michael Bane and Pamela Stern. “The two artists are playing with your perception of reality, or maybe your paradigms of reality with their art. You have to really look to see what’s real,” said C.B. Williams, Curatorial Director of the DHCC. Also on display are pieces from local artists as part of a show hosted by the Parker County Art Association. The Heritage Gallery houses a permanent interactive display that teaches about early pioneer and American Indian Life and the beginnings of Parker County.