Waco stages will vibrate this weekend with dance, song and drama as no fewer than seven productions on local professional, college and high school theaters.
Here’s an overview of what’s going on.
“Fall (And Recover) 2016,” 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, McLennan Community College’s Ball Performing Arts Center. $10, $8 for senior adults and students.
Last year, McLennan Theatre presented its first dance concert in several years, organized by dance instructor Melissa Edwards and featuring both student dancers and choreography.
Audiences and administrators liked what they saw. “I knew right away it was going to be repeated,” she said.
Returning MCC sophomores expected it and spent the summer emailing Edwards with ideas for dances or music. The result goes onstage this week: about 30 dancers with short pieces that fall largely in contemporary dance, but with some musical theater, hip-hop, jazz/pop, even something that skirts performance art.
This year’s “Fall (And Recover)” lacks the ballet and tap seen in last year’s concert, but with more solo works. Those who enjoyed the variety of the first “Fall” will see a similar diversity, Edwards said.
“A . . .My Name Is Alice,” Brazos Theatre Group, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Brazos Theatre, 7524 Bosque Blvd., Suite Q. $30 and $26 dinner theater, $18 general admission. Call 313-8920 or go online at www.brazostheatre.com.
Since its creation in 2013, the Brazos Theatre Group has staged comedy, murder mysteries and improv comedy, but not a musical. That gets rectified this weekend when the BTG puts on the all-female show “A . . . My Name Is Alice.”
“I knew this was the one when I read it,” said director and founder Beth Richards, who described the show as “the story of every woman - we’re all Alice.”
The musical revue is a series of vignettes acted and sung by a seven-member cast with piano accompaniment by Susan Russell. “Some are poignant, some super funny, some over the top and some downright bawdy,” Richards said. “It’s an all-woman show, but we’re not about to do any man-bashing.”
Performing in the musical are Regan Haddock, Melora Roach, Amber Bolden, Kami Yasko, Jori Sutton, Jenni Holley and Richards. Kim Jukes is stage manager with Ian McGuire on sound and lighting.
“STARS Of The Silver Screen,” 7:30-10 p.m. Saturday, Waco Civic Theatre, 1517 Lake Air Drive. $50 and $100. Go online at wacocivictheatre.org or call 776-1591.
The Waco Civic Theatre turns its attention to Hollywood for its annual STARS fundraiser with actors from the theater singing numbers from “Titanic,” “The Muppet Movie,” “The Bodyguard,” “Selena,” “The Wizard Of Oz,” “Rocky II” and more.
There’s a meal provided by Bestyett Catering and an open bar.
“An Experiment With An Air Pump,” Baylor Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, and 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center; tickets $20, available online at www.baylor.edu/theater or by calling 710-1865.
Baylor Theatre continues its run of Shelagh Stephenson’s “An Experiment With An Air Pump,” which looks at science, gender and ethics on the eve of a new century in two time periods, with performances Thursday through Sunday at Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center.
• “Rapunzel — A Musical Adventure,” Christian Youth Theater of Waco, 9:15 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Thursday, 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Lee Lockwood Library and Museum, 2801 W. Waco Drive. $12.
• “The Little Mermaid,” Waco High School theater, 7 p.m. Thursday and Nov. 17-18, 2:30 p.m. Nov. 19, Waco High School, 2020 N. 42nd St. $10.
• “The Wiz,” Connally High School Theatre, 7 p.m. Thursday and Saturday, Connally High School Auditorium, 901 N. Lacy Drive; $8, $5 students, free to ages 3 and younger.