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Summer 2016 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.



Joe McDermott


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Singer/songwriter Joe McDermott has composed soundtracks for video games and specializes in music for children. He teaches audio engineering and songwriting at Austin Community College. His high-energy, Austin-style pop sound comes through on songs such as “Let The Dog Go Out” and “Way Out West.”

Dru Woods


Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Storyteller/puppeteer Dru Woods taught school for 30 years and now tours Texas performing her shows with puppets and music. Her show is titled "Movin' and Groovin' ... Exercise the Body and Brain."

Lucas Miller


Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Singing zoologist Lucas Miller has a head full of science, a heart full of music and a car full of truly goofy props. Lucas has earned the adoration of wiggly preschoolers, surly sixth-graders and stoic principals alike. He has reached millions with his hilarious – yet scientifically accurate – songs and stories in his 22 plus years presenting legendary science assemblies and school author visits.

Barry Smooth and Betty Hukill


Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Betty Hukill and Barry Smoot, both of Paramount Theatre and both veteran Young Audiences of Abilene performers, have created a new program on Abilene, the Storybook Capital of Texas. This interactive program will have children laughing and clapping along to the fun. Stories and characters from illustrator/author Mark Teague, 2016 Children's Art & Literacy Festival honoree, will be featured along with past CALF honorees who have inspired the Storybook Sculptures around downtown Abilene.



Featured Performers 2015-16


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



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 - Bowie Elementary
Dance - Lee and Martinez elementaries


Artists in Residence

Lindsay Snedeker- Bowie Drama Residency
Jacob Kilpatrick and Hannah Knight - 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, Kiwanis Club of Abilene and the Dodge Jones Foundation.


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