Hellos to Dolly and Lighthouse in June


The star of the Sophie Blackall book "Hello Lighthouse."

The star of the Sophie Blackall guide “Hi Lighthouse.”

The stop of school would not genuinely conclude the spring leisure season.

That comes a thirty day period from now.

McMurry by now has started off its summer time theater period, although it really is not nonetheless summer season. Yet, we had ample 100-diploma days in May well to connect with it summer months.

There are two far more exhibits to go, such as the regional premiere of “Chicago” in late July.

On deck, of system, is the 10th Children’s Art & Literacy Pageant, which honors its to start with feminine writer-illustrator, Sophie Blackall.

A costume contest is one of many fun activities for youngsters at the annual Children's Art & Literacy Festival, which begins Thursday.

A costume contest is one particular of many fun activities for children at the annual Kid’s Art & Literacy Festival, which commences Thursday.

The a few-working day celebration commences Thursday with the Storybook Parade and unveiling of the most up-to-date sculpture at Adamson-Spalding Storybook Garden. It will be Winnie, the bear from “Discovering Winnie.”

Not like most CALF highlighted artists, Blackall has been listed here in advance of. She experienced a just one-human being present the drop of 2018 at the Countrywide Heart for Kid’s Illustrated Literature, where her perform shortly will be on exhibit.

That identical weekend, the Abilene Philharmonic completes in 2021-22 season with “Classical Secret Tour: A Tribute to the Beatles.” It starts off at 7:30 p.m. June 11 at the Abilene Conference Middle.

A 7 days later on, it really is time to saddle the horse (or gasoline up pickup, however a horse would be cheaper to push) and head to Albany for the to start with of two weekends of Fandangle. The tale of Shackelford County’s settling is scheduled for June 17-18 and 24-25 at the Prairie Theatre.

And that very same latter weekend, the Paramount Theatre delivers its summer musical. Even though it went with a two-individual efficiency of “The Previous 5 Yrs” in June 2021, the theater goes significant with “Hello, Dolly!”

And rather of just a few performances, there will be five: June 24-26 and July 1-2.

McMurry twice will give “Charlotte’s Web” at the downtown general public library June 21, then shift again to campus for 11 a.m. displays June 24-25 at Ryan Minor Theatre.

There will be other functions coming up, such as Garageband Woodstock on July 16.

So there will be anything to do in July just after a chaotic June.

Searching a very little additional in advance

Some entities currently have established their 2022-23 seasons.

The Abilene Philharmonic, Hardin-Simmons College theater and Children’s Executing Arts Series have by now declared their seasons.

Abilene Group Theatre also has announced its coming season.

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ACT joyfully is promising a good share of “Distress” for its 2022-23 period.

The lineup involves a phase model of “Distress,” the Stephen King thriller that gained Kathy Bates an Oscar as Very best Actress in the 1991 motion picture version. Keith May is directing.

Other functions scheduled are:

  • “The Participate in That Goes Completely wrong,” Mike Stephens directing

  • “The Boys Next Doorway,” Tyler Sparks and Keith Might co-directing.

  • “Romeo and Juliet,”  Ginger Vinson directing

  • “Sherlock’s Veiled Secret,” Stacey Love and Pam Peraza directing

  • “Puffs,” Scot Miller directing.

The very last creation is dependent on a famed faculty of magic but is not endorsed by J.K. Rowling.


A few shows are scheduled for what will be known as the “Vibrant Lights, Significant Desire” season, starting with “The Pout-Pout Fish” on Nov. 6.

The other two performances arrive in the spring – “The Jason Bishop Present” (Feb. 26), featuring illusion and magic, and “The Jungle Book” by Panto Company (April 16).


Per tradition, the time begins with “Pops at the Pond.” The joke could be that mom is there, also, but it can be a showcase of singing talent presented at the university’s drinking water aspect.

Scheduled are “A Divine Kerfuffle” (Oct. 6-9), “Silent Sky” (Nov. 17-20), the “Starlight Extravaganza” meal demonstrate fundraiser (Dec. 3), “Useless Man’s Mobile Cell phone” (Feb. 16-19), Christian College Theatre Pageant (March 6-8), “The Spitfire Grill” (March 30-April 2) and “24-Hour Shakespeare.”


The time commences Sept. 24 with “Concierto de Aranjuez,” featuring guitarist Jason Vieaux. It continues with “Czech Journeys” (Oct. 29), the “House for the Vacations” Xmas show (Dec. 3), “Joyful Beginnings” with violinist Daniel Bae (Jan. 14), “Hotel California: A Salute to the Eagles” (Feb. 4), “Beethoven 5” that includes five visitor musicians (March 4) and “Broadway a la Carte II” (May 6).

Greg Jaklewicz is editor of the Abilene Reporter-News and basic columnist. If you value domestically pushed news, you can assist community journalists with a digital membership to ReporterNews.com

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