Lubbock dance group’s choreographies inspired by music, songs from movies

A bit of this and a bit of that … with a reminder that Lubbock Community Theatre, 4230 Boston Ave., will hold an audition at 2 p.m. Sunday for its production of “Over the River and Through the Woods,” written by Joe Di Pietro and directed by Heather May. Auditions are cold script readings, with the play opening a three-weekend run on April 28.


Needed are six characters: one man and one woman, age 25 to 30; and two men and two women, age 60 and older. May said younger actors will be considered if they are “able to look realistically older with makeup.” E-mail with questions.

Flatlands Dance Theatre, Lubbock’s professional dance company, will look to the movies for inspiration when it stages “Movie Night:A Dance and Sing-Along” at 8 p.m. April 28 and 29 at the Firehouse Theatre at LHUCA, 511 Ave. K. It will be “a dance through cinema history,” according to Flatland Dance Theatre executive director Kyla Olson and artistic director Ali Duffy.

They are referring to the FDT original dances being choreographed to music and songs from 007/James Bond films, “A Hard Day’s Night,” “American Beauty,” “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” “Footloose,” “Mary Poppins,” “Mission Impossible,” “New York, New York,” “O’ Brother Where Art Thou,” “The Pink Panther,” “Purple Rain,” “Singin’ in the Rain” and “The Wizard of Oz.”

A cash bar is a available at each show.

General admission seating is $25 for the general public and $15 for seniors, children and students with valid ID. Tickets are on sale at the Select-A-Seat outlets at Amigo’s Supermarket, Dollar Western Wear, Lubbock Memorial Civic Center, Market Street, Ralph’s Records, Texas Tech Student Union and United Supermarkets.

Tickets also can be purchased at the door and online at or at

Call 770-2000 for more ticket details.

Dance fans may be delighted to know that dance previews — or live trailers, in a way — will be made available at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 120 W. Loop 289. For example:

* Those attending a special screening of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” at 6 p.m. April 2 will be able watch a Flatlands Dance Theatre preview of “Movie Night:A Dance and Sing-Along.” Choreographer Sarah Mondle will talk before the screening about how music from “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” inspired her choreography.

* Those attending “Singin’ in the Rain” at 6 p.m. April 23 also will be able watch a Flatlands Dance Theatre preview. Choreographer Kyla Olson will talk before the screening about how music from “Singin’ in the Rain” inspired her choreography.

Movie tickets can be purchased online at

Company performers include Duffy, Olson, Mondle, Ashley Anderson, Celeste Delgado, Amiee Dixon, Hannah Dunn, Sarah Estrada, Courtney Ferguson, Morgan Fowler, Leslie Gomez, Allison Jones, Morgan May, Allison Pelham, Katie Reed, Courtney Rickel, Molly Roberts, Sarah Sabin, Rachel Ure and Juliet Wallace.

Choreographing the FDT show are Duffy, Dunn, Vakerue Hill, Jones, Mondle, Olson, Pelham, Sabin and Ure.

And this week…

West Texas native Jaston Williams co-wrote “Greater Tuna” and then devoted decades to performing thise hit comedy, and don’t forget its sequels, around the nation. When the new touring production of “Greater Tuna” arrives this week in Lubbock, Williams also will return, but in a different role.

This time. he’s directing.

The nation-wide tour of comedy “Greater Tuna” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday, and both 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Theatre, 1501 Mac Davis Lane.

Direction is by Williams, who decided to cast three instead of the usual two actors: Ryan H. Bailey, Tim Leavon and Will Mercer.

The touring production is brought to Lubbock by Celebrity Attractions.

“Greater Tuna” debuted in 1981 and is the first in a series of four comedies, all set in the fictional town of Tuna, Texas. The series was written by Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard. Each “Tuna” play was notable because, until now, two men portrayed the entire cast of more than 20 characters of both genders and various ages.

Reserved seats are $55.50 for the center floor, $50.50 for the side floor and most of the balcony, and $35.50 for the rear of the balcony.

Tickets are on sale at Select-A-Seat outlets at Amigo’s Supermarket, Dollar Western Wear, Lubbock Memorial Civic Center, Market Street, Ralph’s Records, Texas Tech Student Union and United Supermarkets.

Call 770-2000 for more details.




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