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April 27, 2014

Times Record News, Wichita Falls, Texas

April 27--Encore! concert to benefit Faith Refuge

The Encore! Women's Choir will present the Ann Thomas Memorial Concert to benefit Faith Refuge at 3 p.m. Sunday at Floral Heights United Methodist Church, 2214 10th St.

Thomas was a member of Encore!

The choir commissioned composer Dan Forrest to arrange his "A Covenant Prayer" for women's voices in her memory and will premiere this transcription at the concert. The text is a prayer adapted by John Wesley.

Admission: Free, though donations to Faith Refuge will be welcome.

Blackand White to color Backdoor stage

Backdoor Theatre's next band night will be at 8 p.m. Saturday on the main stage.

To be featured will be the Black and White Band, a seven-piece classic rock and soul band that plays music of the great horn bands of the 1960s and 1970s, such as Chicago, Stevie Wonder and James Brown.

The band includes Alan Black, keyboards and vocals; Dan White, guitar and vocals; Charlie Bradberry, drums and vocals; Dusty Potter, bass; Brian Francis, trumpet; Chase May, trombone; and Tom Hauptman, sax and vocals.

Tickets: $12.

Information: 322-5000 or

Enrollment begins for theater camps

Enrollment has opened for Backdoor Theatre's summer camps for children.

Cameron Hall and Karlene Boucher will instruct and direct the sessions.

Students will learn about all aspects of theater, including acting, stage presence, singing, set design, props, costumes and more.

This year the shows will be "Annie Jr." and "The Frog Prince."

Session I, "Annie Jr.," will be for ages 10-14 and will run from 9 a.m. to noon from June 16 to July 11. It will culminate with a performance July 12.

Session II, "The Frog Prince," will be for ages 7-11 and will run from 9 a.m. to noon from July 14 to Aug. 8. It will culminate with a family and friends performance Aug. 9.

Each participant will receive four complimentary tickets to the performance at the end of the camp. Each additional ticket is $5.

Cost: $180 per student per session.

Information: 322-5000 or

Theater scratches up auditions for 'Cats'

Auditions are at 3 p.m. Sunday and 6:30 p.m. Monday at downtown's Wichita Theatre for "Cats the Musical."

The music is by Andrew Lloyd Webber with the play based on "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats" by T.S. Eliot.

"Cats" tells the story, in song and dance, of the annual gathering of Jellicle cats, at which time one special cat is selected to ascend to the Heaviside layer.

A musical theater phenomenon, "Cats" opened at London'sNew London Theater on May 11, 1981, and ran for a record-setting 21 years. "Cats' " London success was nearly matched on Broadway, where it ran at the Wintergarden Theatre for more than 18 years.

Those who audition must be at least 14. Only those who are auditioning for a role will be allowed in the auditorium during auditions.

All audition material will be provided.

The theater is at 10th Street and Indiana Avenue.

Information: 723-9037 (office hours are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday).

'Evening of One-Act Plays' to be performed

"An Evening of One-Act Plays" will be presented at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Holliday High School Auditorium.

To be performed will be Rider High School's "The Diary of Anne Frank" at 6 p.m., Archer City High's "Chemical Imbalance: A Jekyll & Hyde Play" at 7 p.m., and Holliday High's "Anatomies" at 8 p.m.

All three schools will compete in the regional OAP contests Friday and Saturday.

Admission: Free.

Museum draws up summer art camps

The Wichita Falls Museum of Art is registering youth for its summer art camps.

Camps will run from June 2-6, June 16-20, July 14-18 and July 21-25.

Each camp is offered in morning and afternoon sessions, from 9-11:30 a.m. for those ages 6-9 and from 1-3:30 p.m. for those 10 and older.

Cost: $70 (with a discount for registering for two or more camps). All supplies provided by the museum.

Note: Art Camp No. 3 from July 14-18 will be for junior-high-age artists.

Information: or call 397-8900.

Hay's work to be exhibited at Forum

Sandy Hay's "A Colorful View" will be on display for the grand reopening of the Kemp at the Forum.

A gallery of her paintings will be exhibited in the restored lobby of the Forum from May 5 to July 3.

Hay was raised on a ranch outside of Charlie, where she developed her love for the land and nature. She graduated from Petrolia High School and attended Midwestern State University. She worked in the retail and banking world, all the while developing her love of art.

She went to the Fredericksburg Art School and also studied with Guido Frick and as part of Jane Spears Carnes'Pecan Creek Farm studio. Her work has appeared in the Midwestern State University student show, the Kemp Center for the Arts' Mystery Art Exhibit, and at the Breckenridge Fine Arts Center. And in 2011, she was invited to exhibit her work at Studio Four in New York City.

Information: 766-3347.


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