Young Audiences of Abilene

Abilene Public Library


Summer 2014 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.




Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Nancy Burks Worcester — FIZZ BOOM READ!
One of our favorite performers returns to kick of the summer series!  This very talented ventriloquist and puppeteer is from Granbury, TX, 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. 


Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Shelly Tucker - Spin Me a Yarn!

Enjoy tales with a twist from Shelly Tucker! This energetic storyteller hails from Denton and can make an audience rock with laughter, bring a crowd to tears, cause a group to gasp with surprise, or make them shiver with fear.  Stories come alive through Shelly Tucker’s vivid imagination!






Tuesday, July 8, 2014
The Legend of King Arthur

The Hampstead Stage Co. comes to us from New Hampshire.  The mission of this touring company is to educate audiences throughout the country by bringing classic literature to life through live theatre, thus sparking an interest in reading the classics, instilling a love and appreciation of the arts, and preserving theatre for future generations. Join King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table in this legendary story of the sword and the stone! In our quest, Merlin and Arthur battle their adversaries, Morgana Le Fay and her son, Mordred, for the rights to the sword called Excalibur and Camelot.



Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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?"







FLY Dance Company: "The Healthy Hip-Hop Show"
Sept. 8-14, 2014

Everybody dance, now! FLY is an all-male contemporary dance company from Houston consisting of four talented young men .The company is known for its high-energy performances with clever staging to a variety of music including classical, jazz, pop, hip hop, experimental, drumming, and live sound effects. FLY crosses street dance with classical choreographic principles. FLY’s concerts are clean-cut, wholesome artistry designed to cross all audience boundaries young and old, boys and girls, with pieces combining styles and cultures to reflect contemporary Americana.

Best suited for grades 2-6. $700 per performance.


Nancy Burks Worcester: "Join the Club"
Sept. 15-17, 2014

This very talented ventriloquist and puppeteer is from Granbury, TX, and she is dedicated to making a positive difference in peoples' lives through laughter, learning and love! In this show, Lili, Waco, Larry and Charlotte each want to be the president of the new club and all have different ideas for the club. Along the way we learn about cooperation, different abilities and interests. Come join Nancy and friends on their exciting adventure and see how this show takes an unexpected turn!

Appropriate for all ages. $350 per performance.


Mister Mark: "What They Hear Is What They Get ... Or IS It?"
Oct. 13-15, 2014
As a former teacher, Mark Burrows places a premium on the educational content of his material. He also 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 Pre-K through second. $350 per performance.



After School Dance & Drama Residencies:
The after school dance & drama residency programs at Bowie, Lee and Martinez include fourth- and fifth-graders. The programs continue to be accepted with enthusiasm by the principal, the teachers, and most importantly, the students. Children meet with the artist once a week after school for one hour. Residencies are 10-12 weeks in the fall and 10-12 weeks in the spring.


Dance Resident: Clara Kromer (Lee and Martinez)
Drama Resident: Lindsay Snedeker (Bowie)


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 Lindsey Trook, executive director of Young Audiences of Abilene, at (325) 677-1161.