Young Audiences of Abilene

Abilene Public Library

 

Summer 2015 Show Schedule!

 

All performances are at 10:45 a.m. and 3 p.m. No admission charge.

Shows are approximately 45 minutes long. Please arrive early.

 

Key City Brass

 

 

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Key City Brass — "Melody and Rhythm"
Key City Brass is a brass quintet made up of local music professionals from Hardin-Simmons

University, McMurry University, Abilene Christian University, and Cooper High School. From classical music to popular children’s songs, this interactive program will teach students what makes brass instruments unique. Come see the “hose-a-phone” and play a game of “Who’s got the melody?"

 

 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Storybook Theatre of Texas presents "The New Little Red Riding Hood"

"The New Little Red Riding Hood" is a fractured fairytale that's surprisingly different than what you might expect. Wanda Wolf (Big Bad Wolf's New Little Red Riding Hooddaughter), Granny Red (the original Little Red), forest critters, songs and lots of interaction make this story a crowd pleaser for all ages! Little Red Riding Hood has to learn that character makes a difference, even in the middle of the forest. The story demonstrates good character traits, making responsible choices, friendship and protecting the environment.

 

 

Tuesday, July 7, 2015
ACU Opera Company presents "The Music of Disney"

Abilene Christian University's vocal performers will present a show of songs from Disney movies.

 

 

Nancy Burks Worcester

Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Nancy Burks Worcester - Journey

One of our favorite performers returns to the summer series! This very talented ventriloquist and puppeteer is from Granbury, and she is dedicated to making a positive difference in peoples' lives through laughter, learning and love! Come meet the family: Larry, Lily, Charlotte, and the baby Waco. 

 

 

 

FEATURED PERFORMERS 2015 - 2016

 

Mark Shelton, PercussionistStrike, Scrape & Shake Show
Mark Shelton

Sept. 21-24, 2015
One of our favorite artist returns!  Percussionist Mark Shelton treats the crowd to high energy expert playing on several members of the percussion family.  The audience gets into the act with a little “hambonin,” as Mark talks about the history of percussion. Instruments include Roto-Toms, a Snare Drum, Spoons, Hammered Dulcimer, Handsonic, Cymbals, Doumbec, and Hang.  Lots of sound!  Lots of variety! 
Appropriate for all ages.   $350 per performance

 

Mister Mark, singer/songwriter,
“What They Hear Is What They Get… Or IS IT?”
Oct. 20-22, 2015

As a former teacher, Mark Burrows places a premium on the educational content of his material. He also Mister Mark recognizes that kids learn best when they enjoy the learning process.
Every Mister Mark show is packed with interactive games, dance, humor, and easy-to-sing choruses. But just beneath the surface of the songs are lessons – character lessons, science lessons, history lessons, literary lessons – that the kids, whether they realize it or not, will carry with them long after the show is over.
Best suited for grades PreK – 2nd grade.  $350 per performance.

 

 

Nancy Burks Worcester, Ventriloquist—Journey – A brand new show for  2015-16
Nancy Nov. 9-11, 2015
What do you get when you get one crocodile, a monkey, two weasels and one very confused ventriloquist mom? You get a fabulous journey full of stories and songs that take you to lands you never dreamed of,  into your own heart and imagination and back again! You will laugh and learn with stories like The Peddlar of Swaffam, The Day it Rained Tortillas and more! Plus hear a brand-new poem about taking care of your body - "Rough Randy" specially written for the show by Nancy and Waco.

Appropriate for all ages.  $350 per performance

 

Storybook Theatre in “Country Mouse, City Mouse”
Feb. 8-11, 2016Country Mouse
Storybook Theatre brings an old favorite to the stage. This story teaches the children about differences in city and country life styles.  The primary goal is to encourage children to accept each other’s differences, because those differences are what makes each of them unique and special.
Appropriate for K-5.  $350 per performance

 

 

 

 

Local performing ensembles for 2015-16

 

Mixed Nuts in

Tales from the Story Trunk
Scheduled by request

Wherever you go, you carry with you an invisible trunk. You put everything in this trunk: feelings, impressions, ideas, songs, people, dreams and even your fears. Everything you come in contact with goes into it. All of your life you add to it. When you use your trunk properly, it becomes your source of creative energy and imagination. With help from the audience, this improvisational theatre troupe entertains, enlightens, and educates as they weave numerous stories around the items in their trunk. 

Appropriate for all grades. $200 per performance

 

ACU Opera Company in
The World of Opera…The Music of Disney!
Available Fridays beginning Jan. 15 through April 30, 2016
The purpose of this program is to challenge children to listen to an extended amount of vocal music, uninterrupted by dialogue. This is beginning opera with familiar songs. The 24 singers are all vocal performers studying at ACU. The songs they will sing are all songs from Disney movies. There will be a brief introduction and explanation at the beginning, followed by 32 minutes of uninterrupted music, dance and performance.
Best suited for grades K-3. $500 per performance.

 

Key City Brass in
Melody and Rhythm
Scheduled by request
Key City Brass is a brass quintet made up of local music professionals from Hardin-Simmons University, McMurry University, Abilene Christian University, and Cooper High School. From classical music to popular children’s songs, this interactive program will teach students what makes brass instruments unique. Come see the “hose-a-phone” and play a game of “Who’s got the melody?”

Best suited for grades 3-5. $300 per performance.

 

Key City Winds in
Rats, Cats, and Wolves. Oh My!
Scheduled by request
Key City Winds is a woodwind quintet made up of local music professionals from Hardin-Simmons University, McMurry University, and Abilene Christian University. Using Peter and the Wolf , the Pied Piper of Hamlin, and The Tortoise and the Hare, this program will demonstrate how the tone, pitch, and volume of different instruments and melodies can create suspense, humor, and vivid characters, while setting the appropriate mood for a story.
Best suited for grades 3-5. $300 per performance

 

New local ensembles coming soon! 

Young Audiences of Abilene is excited to be working on bringing some new local ensembles to our roster! We are working on many options from dance to voice to piano and more! Stay tuned for more information coming in the fall!

 

After School Residencies:

Drama
Dance
Music Theatre (New this year!  Stay tuned for more info!)

 

Artists in Residence

Lindsay Snedeker- Bowie Drama Residency
TBA - Lee and Martinez Dance Residency

 

Support for the Young Audiences residency programs is provided by a grant from the Future Fund of the Community Foundation of Abilene, the Abilene Education Foundation and the Dodge Jones Foundation.

 

For more information about any of these artists or programs contact Judy Surles, executive director of Young Audiences of Abilene, at (325) 677-1161.

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