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Lindale Community Theater: A Passion for the Craft and What it Provides to the Community

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By Lynn Dark

A great movie or song might pull on our heartstrings, but nothing makes us feel more connected to our fellow man than when an actor on a stage is able to affect us. They might make us laugh, cry, or turn to a place of personal reflection. In any case, it is something that stays with us. The Lindale Community Theater (LCT) provides a special venue for just such an experience.

Tim Mitchiner is the LCT’s Executive Director. When I showed up to interview him for this article, I was immediately impressed. Though the LCT has been around since 2009, it moved to its new location at 109 W. Hubbard St. about a year ago. The configuration is something most theater goers are not familiar with.

In remodeling its new location, the LCT has brought an older form of live theater to East Texas. The stage is located in the center of the auditorium with seating for the audience on three sides. The fourth side serves as the play’s backdrop. This playhouse set up is known as a thrust configuration, which is the way the ancient Greeks did it.

Thrust Theatre is a very different experience than the “normal” set up in which the entire audience faces the stage from the same general direction. The actors have to be aware of where they are on the stage and which side of the audience they are playing to. The result is that each section of spectators leaves with the feeling that they got a little something extra that the other sections missed out on.

Mitchiner was kind enough to give me a tour of the building during our meeting. I was struck by his passion for the craft and what it provides to the community. He keeps the doors open when he’s around during the day and welcomes people to stop by and visit.

Parts of the building remain works in progress, but the auditorium itself is very much in operational order. It is equipped with state of the art lighting and sound equipment. The seats closest to the stage are about five feet away, but no seat is more than 30 feet away. In other words, there isn’t a bad seat in the house.

The building also has dressing rooms, a green room, a music/rehearsal room, a tech room, a concession, and a loading area. The lobby is a warm and welcoming area where you will find the work of local artists on display. The entire place has a vibe that can only come from the love and energy being poured into it.

The theater’s catch phrase is, “We love to act, and it shows.” Mitchiner says that they don’t hope for the best, they plan for the best. The goal is for each production to be better than the last one. The LCT as a whole strives for the best quality in every aspect of everything they do, and it definitely shows.

Mitchiner quips that theater is the only thing that has been dying for the last 2000 years, and yet it isn’t dead. He understands the challenge of getting people to commit to live performances. In order to lure people to step away from TV, Netflix, and other modern distractions, the LCT is constantly working to attract a younger audience, while continuing to appeal to its traditional patrons. Mitchiner gives high praise to the teachers and other theater folks around East Texas for their part in bringing a new generation to live theater.

A big part of Mitchiner’s love for what he does comes from giving people their introduction to the stage. He understands the importance of live theater in our culture, and what a difference it makes in the lives of the individuals who dare to overcome their fears by getting up on the stage. His raw emotion on this subject is both deep and sincere.

Over the years, Mitchiner has watched many people’s lives be transformed through the acting experience. He spoke of people who had always been told that they ‘couldn’t.’ Maybe someone made fun of their weight, or their looks, or had simply told them that they would never amount to anything. Once the performer finally takes the stage and gets the first laugh, or the first applause, their lives are changed forever. What greater gift can you give to another person?

The LCT typically puts on four major productions a year, though smaller productions are put on occasionally. The 2014 season is over, but there are exciting plays to look forward to in 2015. “Kitchen Witches” starts on January 30th and runs through February 8th. “The Glass Menagerie” begins in April, “Pump Boys and Dinettes” is coming in July, and “These Shining Lives” wraps up the 2015 season in late September and early October.

Plays are performed on Friday and Saturday nights, and Sunday afternoons for two weekends. Prices are generally $15 for adults, $12 for students and $8 for children 12 and under. Tickets for some performances might be slightly higher, depending on production costs. Season tickets are $45 for all four shows. The theater can accommodate an audience of up to 170 people per performance.

Most shows have open auditions for acting roles, though this is left to the discretion of the director. Many of the actors come from Tyler and Lindale, but people have been known to come from Whitehouse, Winnsboro, Mineola, and Van. Anyone interested in a behind the scenes role is also welcome. As Mitchiner puts it, he is always looking for people who are interested in walking the path, and enjoying the journey.

In addition to its own productions, the LCT rents its space out for live music performances in order to raise additional money. It also relies heavily on advertising, sponsors, and the generosity of those lovingly referred to as ‘Friends of the Theater.’ Small community theaters can’t survive on ticket sales alone. When you add up the mortgage, utilities, insurance, etc., it turns out to be an expensive enterprise.

The Lindale Community Theater is a 501(c)(3) corporation, and relies completely on volunteers. Mitchiner is the LCT founder, and he can’t say enough about the wonderful people who help make it all happen. He wants people to know that they are a group of amateurs who have no intention of being amateurish. Even though everyone on his team is working without financial compensation, they put forth a tremendous amount of energy and effort to entertain and expand the horizons of their audience, as well as provide the experience to the production participants.

Lindale, Texas is located just a few miles north of I-20, and everyone knows how we measure things in minutes around here. If you live in Tyler, it’s about 20 minutes away on Highway 69 north. When you reach downtown Lindale, take a left on Highway 16, and you will see the theater on your right. In addition to the LCT, Lindale is home to Miranda Lambert’s Pink Pistol store, and the Lindale Candy Company.

For more information, please contact the Lindale Community Theater by e-mail at tim@lindalecommunitytheater.org, by phone at (903)638-0402, or visit their website at lindalecommunitytheater.org. E-mail is the preferred method of contact.

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Feb. 21st-24th: ‘In the Heights’ on Stage

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Tickets on sale Feb. 14 for TJC spring musical, ‘In the Heights’

The stage of Tyler Junior College’s Wise Auditorium will be transformed into a New York City neighborhood for “In the Heights,” the Tony Award-winning musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda.

The show runs 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, Feb. 21-24.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and students. The TJC Box Office opens Wednesday, Feb. 14, and box office hours are noon-6 p.m. weekdays during the run of the show. For reservations, call 903-510-2212.

The TJC spring musical is a long-standing tradition, bringing together the considerable talents of the school’s theater, music, and dance departments.

The production is under the direction of Rebecca Faulds-Howard, TJC theater professor. Music director is Charles Praytor, the TJC music professor. The choreography is by Carolyn Hanna, director of the TJC Academy of Dance.

Music and lyrics are by Miranda, with book by Quiara Alegria Ludes. In 2016, Miranda won the Tony Award for “Hamilton,” his groundbreaking, a hip-hop musical about Alexander Hamilton and the American Revolution.

“In the Heights” won the 2008 Tony Awards for best musical, score, choreography and orchestrations.

The show combines Latin rhythms and dance with hip-hop lyrics to tell the story of the colorful residents of Washington Heights – a New York City neighborhood on the brink of change.

Usnavi, a first-generation Dominican-American and owner of the corner bodega, and his friends and family are dealing with the pressures of rising rents and closing neighborhood businesses.

Over the course of the show, the hard-working residents of Washington Heights grapple with love, identity, and racism, all while the prospect of a winning lottery ticket hangs in the air, potentially changing the livelihoods of the people and the community forever.

TJC cast and crew

Stage manager is Brittany Puente of Grand Prairie. Assistant directors are Grace Lutrell of Diana and Dylan Mulhany of Palestine. The assistant stage manager is Hannah Early of Joshua. Director’s assistant is Matt Mooneyham of Fairfield.

Principal characters, cast members and their hometowns are: Usnavi, Gerardo Carreon of Gilmer; Sonny, Joey Herrera of Katy; Benny, Christopher Flores of Muleshoe; Graffiti Pete, Bryson Chalk of Big Sandy; Kevin, Dustin Thomas of Daingerfield; Piraguero, James Loya of Tyler; Nina, Emilie Casper of Tyler; Vanissa, Iliana Herrera of Tyler; Abuela Claudia, Carson Moreland of Hughes Springs; Daniella, Nicky Dempsey of Tyler; Carla, Lucy Salto of Houston; and Camila, Rita Roman of Quitman.

Ensemble cast members and their hometowns are: Skylar Brumit of Tyler; Aryn Preddy of Tyler; Breanna Burney of Garland; Sunshine Cornell of Whitehouse; Erin Maharney of Forney; Savannah Williams of Hawkins; Kaitlyn Sullivan of Harmony; Bailey Patton of Arlington; Liz Danly of Tyler; Taylor White of Paris; Walker Delk of Tyler; J.W. McFarland of Bullard; Jesus Gonzalez of Winona; William Clark of Whitehouse; Bryce Neel of Troup; Sean-Riley Cunningham of Tyler; Ryan Jackson of Tyler; Jerod Rogers of Tyler; and Trevor Holcombe of Flower Mound.

For more on TJC Cultural Arts events, go to www.tjc.edu/performingarts.

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Feb. 27th: “Complexions: Bach to Bowie” at Cowan Center

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On Stage This Month:

The Cowan Center is located at 3900 University Blvd. on the UT Tyler campus. Tickets are available at the box office, by calling (903)566-7424, or go to cowancenter.org. Upcoming productions are:

February 27th (7:30pm) – “Complexions: Bach to Bowie” will be presented at The Cowan Center. Combining the best of athleticism, lyricism, technical training, and experience, “Complexions” awakens audiences to a new, exciting genre with their singular approach of reinventing dance through a groundbreaking mix of methods, styles, and cultures. The Bowie part of the evening is entitled “Star Dust” and will feature daredevil dancing, a hip soundtrack, glam rock costumes, and innovative stagecraft. Tickets are $37-$62.

March 6th (7:30pm) – “Motown The Musical” will be presented at The Cowan Center. “Motown The Musical” is the true American Dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson, and many more. Sales begin February 5th. Tickets are $37-$67.

March 9th (12:30pm and 2:30pm) – “Alice In Wonderland” will be presented at The Cowan Center! This all-new production finds a precocious girl, Alice, falling into a fantastic world of extravagant characters where little makes sense. To find her way, Alice charts a topsy-turvy course where every turn means a new adventure. This is ideal for Grades 2-6. All tickets are $4.

March 24th (7:30pm) – Time for Three will be presented at the Cowan Center. This trio is at home in Carnegie Hall, in famous night clubs, with symphony orchestras, at NFL games, on highly acclaimed albums, or in collaborations with artists from practically every genre of music. They are known for performances of Bach, Vivaldi and Mozart, mash-ups of hits by the Beatles, Justin Timberlake and more, plus a one-of-a-kind Orange Blossom Special.

April 3rd (7:30pm) – Kimberly Guilfoyle will be presented at the Cowan Center. Kimberly Guilfoyle joined FOX News Channel as a legal analyst in 2006, hosting the one-hour crime-based program, “The Lineup.” She currently co-hosts Fox’s primetime show “The Five.” Guilfoyle also appears as a legal and political analyst on “Hannity,” and is part of a rotating panel on “Outnumbered.” A Dinner and Post-Lecture Reception will be held, sponsored by Austin Bank. Tickets are $17-$37.

April 21st (7:30pm) – “The Wizard of Oz” will be presented at the Cowan Center. There truly is no place like home! The entire family will be captivated as they travel down the Yellow Brick Road and beyond with Dorothy, Toto, and their friends the Cowardly Lion, the Tin Man, and the Scarecrow in this lavish production, featuring breathtaking special effects, dazzling choreography, and classic songs. Tickets are $37-$72.

April 28th (7:30pm) – Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 will be presented at the Cowan Center. The East Texas Symphony will close their season with Beethoven’s monumental Symphony No. 9.  The Orchestra will be joined by ETSO Chorus, UT Tyler Concert Chorale, and Patriot Singers, and a quartet of soloists.  The concert also features the ETSO premieres of Handel’s Zadok the Priest and Brahms’ Nanie.  It’s a grand evening of choral music ending the season on a high note.

May 10th (7:30pm) – The Celtic Women will be presented at the Cowan Center. This global phenomenon started on a winter Dublin night in 2004. The idea was conceived to create a musical ensemble featuring a selection of exceptional classically and traditionally trained Irish female musicians. Tickets are $42-$77.

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Theatre Guide: “Blood Brothers” on Stage This Weekend

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February 16th-18th, 23rd-25th (Nightly at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2:30pm) – “Blood Brothers” will be on stage at Henderson Civic Theater. “Blood Brothers,” by the author of Educating Rita and Shirley Valentine, is a haunting rags to riches tragedy of the times. A woman with numerous children to support surrenders one of her newborn twins to the childless woman she cleans for. The boys grow up streets apart, never learning the truth but becoming firm friends and falling in love with the same girl. Henderson Civic Theater is located at 122 E. Main, Henderson. For more info call (903)657-2968 or go to hendersoncivictheatre.org.

February 24th (7pm) – “From Hollywood With Love” will be presented by Tyler Civic Chorale at First Presbyterian Church, 230 W. Rusk St., Tyler. For more info go to tylercivicchorale.org or facebook.com/tylercivicchorale. Tickets are available through TCC members and at the door.

February 27th (7:30pm) – “Bach to Bowie: Complexions” will be presented at The Cowan Center. Combining the best of athleticism, lyricism, technical training, and experience, “Complexions” awakens audiences to a new, exciting genre with their singular approach of reinventing dance through a groundbreaking mix of methods, styles, and cultures. This innovative dance company is at it again with their latest creation “Bach to Bowie.” The Bowie part of the evening is entitled “Star Dust” and will feature, as you might expect, daredevil dancing, a hip soundtrack, glam rock costumes, and innovative stagecraft. Member sales begin August 14th, and public sales begin January 29th. Tickets are $37-$62. The Cowan Center is located at 3900 University Blvd. on the University of Texas at Tyler campus. Tickets are available at the box office, by calling (903)566-7424, or go to cowancenter.org.

March 3rd (7:30pm) – “Cameron Carpenter” will be presented at The Belcher Performance Center. Cameron Carpenter is having a ball smashing the stereotypes of organists and organ music – all the while generating worldwide acclaim. His repertoire – from the complete works of J. S. Bach to film scores, his original works and hundreds of transcriptions and arrangements – is probably the most diverse of any organist. He regularly appears as a soloist with many of the world’s great orchestras and signed in 2013 an exclusive multi-album recording contract with Sony Classical. Cameron launched his International Touring Organ – a monumental digital organ of his own design, playable throughout the world – with two Lincoln Center concerts on March 9th, the release of the Sony album If You Could Read My Mind on March 3rd, and a 31-concert tour to Europe, the USA ,and the UK. Belcher Performance Center at LeTourneau University is located at 2100 S. Mobberly, Longview. For more info call (903)233-3080 or go to belchercenter.com.

March 6th (7:30pm) – “Motown The Musical” will be presented at The Cowan Center. It began as one man’s story… became everyone’s music… and is now a Broadway musical. “Motown The Musical” is the true American Dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson, and many more. Featuring classic songs such as “My Girl” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” experience the story behind the music in the record-breaking smash hit “Motown The Musical!” Sales begin February 5th. Tickets are $37-$67. The Cowan Center is located at 3900 University Blvd. on the UTTyler campus. Tickets are available at the box office, by calling (903)566-7424, or go to cowancenter.org.

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March 9th (12:30pm and 2:30pm) – “Alice In Wonderland” will be presented at The Cowan Center. Finally, an Alice for our time! It’s a new take on a favorite classic. This all-new production finds a precocious girl, Alice, falling into a fantastic world of extravagant characters where little makes sense. To find her way, Alice charts a topsy-turvy course where every turn means a new adventure. This breathtaking 21st-century staging uses cameras, projections, and puppets to help tell the story of Alice’s journey through Wonderland. This is ideal for Grades 2-6. Tickets are $4. The Cowan Center is located at 3900 University Blvd. on the UT Tyler campus. Tickets are available at the box office, by calling (903)566-7424, or go to cowancenter.org.

March 9th-11th, 15th-18th (Nightly at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2:30pm) – “The Lucky O’Learys” – This delightful new comedy by the author of “Cooking with Gus,” will appeal to a broad spectrum of audiences. A woman needs some ready cash right away because her apartment is about to be “condoed” – the hot new verb of the 80’s. As she believes she is going to win the big lottery, she withdraws her life savings to buy tickets. Meanwhile her husband, who left her three years before, arrives back home on her birthday, the day of the lottery drawing. The woman’s sister has also bought a lot of tickets. The husband has bought one for her and one for him. The women think the husband has won with his tickets, but it turns out, the reason he is flush is that he is now financially successful. Actually, one of the women just may have the winning ticket. Tyler Civic Theatre is located at 400 Rose Park Dr., Tyler, next to the Tyler Rose Garden Center. For more info call (903)592-0561 or tylercivictheatre.com.

March 24th (7:30pm) – East Texas Symphony Orchestra presents “Time for Three” at the Cowan Center. This trio of classically trained musicians performed with ETSO in 2015. During the concert, they will present a blend of classical favorites and mash-ups of music by artists such as Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, and The Beatles. The Cowan Center is located at 3900 University Blvd. on the UT Tyler campus. Tickets are available at the box office by calling (903)566-7424 or go to cowancenter.org.

April 3rd (7:30pm) – Kimberly Guilfoyle will be presented at the Cowan Center. Kimberly Guilfoyle joined FOX News Channel as a legal analyst in 2006, hosting the one-hour crime-based program, “The Lineup.” She currently co-hosts Fox’s primetime show “The Five” — a roundtable ensemble of FOX personalities who discuss, debate, and debunk news stories, controversies, and issues of the day. Guilfoyle also appears as a legal and political analyst on “Hannity,” and is part of a rotating panel on “Outnumbered.” Sales begin March 5th. A Dinner and Post-Lecture Reception will be held, sponsored by Austin Bank. Tickets are $17-$37. The Cowan Center is located at 3900 University Blvd. on the UTTyler campus. Tickets are available at the box office, by calling (903)566-7424, or go to cowancenter.org.

April 3rd-4th (9am), April 5th-8th (Nightly at 7:30pm, Sunday at 2:30pm) – “Screwtape” – Screwtape, a senior devil from hell, has delegated some authority to a junior fiend, Wormwood, whose assignment is to seize the soul of a very human and lovable young man. This might be called a devilish dramatic contest with high-level meaning thrashed out in terms of brilliant low-level comedy. The rather charming Wormwood is being critically supervised in this, his first case, by that extraordinary devil, Screwtape. Advice from this old hand from hell is devastatingly perceptive of human foibles and, despite the love of a wonderful young girl, our young man is in terrible danger. It’s really a close decision and, in a dazzling resolution, the audience learns something important about hell, heaven, religion, and humanity. Tyler Civic Theatre is located at 400 Rose Park Dr., Tyler, next to the Tyler Rose Garden Center. For more info call (903)592-0561 or go to tylercivictheatre.com.

April 9th (7:30pm) – East Texas Symphonic Band will be presented at The Belcher Performance Center. Belcher Performance Center at LeTourneau University is located at 2100 S. Mobberly, Longview. For more info call (903)233-3080 or go to belchercenter.com.

April 13th-15th and 20th-22nd (Nightly at 7:30pm, Sunday Matinee 2pm) – “Love, Loss & What I Wore” –  This is a play of monologues and ensemble pieces about women, clothes, and memory covering all the important subjects: mothers, prom dresses, mothers, buying bras, mothers, hating purses, and why we only wear black. Based on the bestselling book by Ilene Beckerman. Lindale Community Theatre is located at 109 W. Hubbard St., Lindale, lindalecommunitytheater.org.

April 14th (7:30pm) – “The Passing Zone Saves the World” will be presented at The Belcher Performance Center. The Passing Zone has been wowing audiences for decades with hilarious, award-winning performances. They have been finalists on America’s Got Talent; they have performed at the White House, and they hold five Guinness World Records. Their combination of comedy, dexterity, danger, and hilarity has audiences on their feet all across the globe. Imagine a show without hatred, ignorance, and bigotry! Are they superheroes? Or are they just a couple of talented guys who will make you forget your troubles and laugh ‘til your face hurts? Either way, the world becomes a better place while these guys are on stage. Belcher Performance Center at LeTourneau University is located at 2100 S. Mobberly, Longview. For more info call (903)233-3080 or go to belchercenter.com.

May 19th (6pm) – “50th Anniversary Gala” will be presented by Tyler Civic Chorale. For more info go to tylercivicchorale.org or facebook.com/tylercivicchorale. Tickets are available through TCC members and at the door.

April 21st (7:30pm) – “The Wizard of Oz” will be presented at the Cowan Center. There truly is no place like home as the greatest family musical of all time, “The Wizard of Oz” twists its way into the Cowan Center! The entire family will be captivated as they travel down the Yellow Brick Road and beyond with Dorothy, Toto, and their friends the Cowardly Lion, the Tin Man, and the Scarecrow in this lavish production, featuring breathtaking special effects, dazzling choreography, and classic songs. Sales begin March 26th. Tickets are $37-$72. The Cowan Center is located at 3900 University Blvd. on the UT Tyler campus. Tickets are available at the box office, by calling (903)566-7424, or go to cowancenter.org.

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April 21st (7:30pm) – “All That Jazz!” featuring Ning An on piano will be presented by the Longview Symphony Orchestra at The Belcher Performance Center. Belcher Performance Center at LeTourneau University is located at 2100 S. Mobberly, Longview. For more info call (903)233-3080 or go to belchercenter.com.

April 23rd (6:30pm) – “Dinosaur Zoo” will be presented at The Belcher Performance Center. Erth’s “Dinosaur Zoo Live” guides you on a breathtaking tour through prehistoric Australia. You’ll observe, meet and interact with an eye-popping collection of amazingly life-like dinosaurs and other creatures presented in a theatrical performance that will thrill and entertain kids while stimulating their imaginations in ways that will forever connect them to their world. Brought to life by a team of skilled performers and puppeteers, and designed with the help of professional paleontologists, Erth’s DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE’s puppets are so extraordinarily realistic you may feel the urge to run and hide – but don’t! While this fun, unique, entertaining, and educational live show created by Erth Visual & Physical of Sydney, Australia may have been 65 million years in the making, you’ll agree, it’s well worth the wait! Belcher Performance Center at LeTourneau University is located at 2100 S. Mobberly, Longview. For more info call (903)233-3080 or go to belchercenter.com.

April 28th (7:30pm) – East Texas Symphony Orchestra presents Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Choral, which includes the powerful “Ode to Joy” in the last movement. The orchestra will be joined by four soloists, the ETSO Chorus, and the combined UT Tyler Chorus and Patriot Singers. Cameron Rose, director of choirs at The University of Texas at Tyler, will direct the choruses. For more info or tickets go to etso.org or call (903)526-3876. Concerts are performed at the UT Tyler R. Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center. Concerts begin at 7:30pm.

May 4th-6th, 10th-13th (Nightly at 7:30pm, Sunday at 2:30 for a Mother’s Day Brunch) – “The Odd Couple” – This classic comedy opens as a group of the guys assemble for cards in the apartment of divorced Oscar Madison. And if the mess is any indication, it’s no wonder that his wife left him. Late to arrive is Felix Unger, who has just been separated from his wife. Fastidious, depressed, and none too tense, Felix seems suicidal, but as the action unfolds, Oscar becomes the one with murder on his mind when the clean freak and the slob ultimately decide to room together with hilarious results as “The Odd Couple” is born. The May 13th, Mother’s Day show offers an optional brunch. Tyler Civic Theatre is located at 400 Rose Park Dr., Tyler, next to the Tyler Rose Garden Center. For more info call (903)592-0561 or go to tylercivictheatre.com.

May 4th-6th, 11th-13th (Nightly at 7:30pm, Sunday at 2:30) – “The Miracle Worker” will be on stage at Henderson Civic Theater. “The Miracle Worker” is a three-act play by William Gibson adapted from his 1957 Playhouse 90 teleplay of the same name. It is based on Helen Keller’s autobiography, “The Story of My Life.” Henderson Civic Theater is located at 122 E. Main, Henderson. For more info call (903)657-2968 or go to hendersoncivictheatre.org.

May 10th (7:30pm) – The Celtic Women will be presented at the Cowan Center. They’ve sold more than ten million albums and three million tickets. Now, the global phenomenon known as Celtic Woman is set to embark on another world tour, which will include a stop in Tyler. It all started on a winter Dublin night in 2004. The idea was conceived to create a musical ensemble featuring a selection of exceptional classically and traditionally trained Irish female musicians. Sales begin April 9th. Tickets are $42-$77. The Cowan Center is located at 3900 University Blvd. on the UT Tyler campus. Tickets are available at the box office, by calling (903)566-7424, or go to cowancenter.org.

July 4th (4pm) – “Annual Independence Day Concert” will be presented by Tyler Civic Chorale at First Presbyterian Church, 230 W. Rusk St., Tyler. For more info go to tylercivicchorale.org or facebook.com/tylercivicchorale. Tickets are available through TCC members and at the door.

July 13th-15th, 20th-22nd (Nightly at 7:30pm, Sunday at 2:30) – “Charlotte’s Web” will be on stage at Henderson Civic Theater. All the enchanting characters from the book are here: Wilbur, the irresistible young pig who desperately wants to avoid the butcher; Fern, a girl who understands what animals say to each other; Templeton, the gluttonous rat who can occasionally be talked into a good deed; the Zuckerman family; the Arables; and, most of all, the extraordinary spider, Charlotte, who proves to be “a true friend and a good writer.” Henderson Civic Theater is located at 122 E. Main, Henderson. For more info call (903)657-2968 or go to hendersoncivictheatre.org.

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