<em>Thoroughly Modern Millie </em>by Prism Theatrics at Will Rogers Auditorium

Places! July 3-9, 2014

Here are some of the performing arts events opening on local stages this week. Plus, the list of last-chance shows.

published Thursday, July 3, 2014

Every week in Places!, TheaterJones rounds up the weekend and coming week for theater, music, opera, dance and comedy performances that are opening/happening on North Texas stages.

This week: It's Fourth of July weekend, so there's not a whole lot opening (next weekend will be HUGE), but there's still plenty to get you going. Prism Theatrics debuts in Fort Worth with a million-dollar Millie; Jubilee Theatre goes to the Little Shop of Horrors; and chamber music festivals begin with Mimir at TCU and Fine Arts Chamber Players' Basically Beethoven Festival at Dallas City Performance Hall.

Click on the slideshow icon in the floating menu at bottom left of your screen, and you'll see photos from some of these productions and events.





Photo: Cecil Fuqua
Little Shop of Horrors at Jubilee Theatre

1. Prism Theatrics debuts with a big-budget Thoroughly Modern Millie, featuring Anneliese van der Pol of the TV show That's So Raven in the title role; plus a 17-piece orchestra, July 3-20 at Will Rogers Auditorium in Fort Worth

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more

» Read our feature on Prism Theatrics


2. Jubilee Theatre closes its season with the beloved musical Little Shop of Horrors, with Gabriel Lawson playing Seymour and Kyra McNeil as Audrey. Previews begin July 5, opens July 11 and runs through Aug. 3

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more


3. The Mimir Chamber Music Festival runs July 3-11 at Texas Christian UniversityMimir Artists concerts are set for July 3, 5, 8 and 11 at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee performance on July 6 at 2 p.m. The evening performances are at TCU’s PepsiCo Recital Hall; the July 6 matinee is at the Kimbell Art Museum's Piano Pavilion auditorium

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more


4. The Fine Arts Chamber Players' annual Basically Beethoven Festival happens on Sundays, July 6-27 (Rising Star Recital starts at 2:30; featured performance at 3 p.m.) at Dallas City Performance Hall. The featured performer roster is:

  • July 6: Wyeth String Quartet
  • July 13: Pianist Eduardo Rojas
  • July 20: The Orchard Ensemble
  • July 27: FWSO Principal Horn Mark Houghton, soprano Camille King and pianist Carol Leone perform Schubert's Auf dem Strom

» See more about the lineup in our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more


5. The Dallas Wind Symphony presents A Star-Spangled Spectacular at the Meyerson Symphony Center, 1 p.m. July 4

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more



Photo: Karen Almond
Les Miserables at Dallas Theater Center


Pocket Sandwich Theatre opens another popcorn-tossing melodrama, Herbitts, Wizards & Borks, Oh My!, a spoof on The Lord of the Rings books and movies

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more


Les Misérables, which we featured in last week's Places!, officially opens this week at Dallas Theater Center, with opening performance at 5 p.m. July 4. It runs through Aug. 17 at the AT&T Performing Arts Center's Wyly Theatre.

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more


If you're looking for a matinee on July 4, so to have time for fireworks events at night, drop by Theatre Three, where there's a Fourth of July picnic at 1:30 p.m., and then at 2:30 p.m. performances of By the Way, Meet Vera Stark ($25-$35) on the mainstage, and Shear Madness ($40) in the basement.

» Our review of By the Way, Meet Vera Stark

» Our review of Shear Madness



Photo: Justin Locklear
Matthew Posey in ChristHelmet at the Ochre House


Catch the Royal Shakespeare Company's Henry IV, Part 2, July 7 and 12 at the Angelika Film Centers in Dallas and Plano

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more


Matt Posey's latest original creation at the Ochre House is ChristHelmet. Taking place in an LA dive bar, a man has a vision on a particularly stormy night as the bar erupts in its own nativity of a "dead-god-rising myth." As is often the case at the Ochre, it features original live music, dance, puppetry and illusions. It opens July 9 and runs through July 27 at the group's space in Exposition Park.

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more


The Metropolitan Opera's Live at the Met HD Encore series screens Verdi's Otello at various movie theaters in town, 7 p.m. July 9

» Find a location near you here



These productions will close this weekend


Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson at Ohlook Performing Arts

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more

Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story at Denton Community Theatre

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more


Concerts in the Garden, presented by Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. Closing weekend performances are:

  • July 3: Old-Fashioned Family Fireworks Picnic
  • July 4: Old-Fashioned Family Fireworks Picnic
  • July 5: Classical Mystery Tour

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more


1776 at Granbury Theatre Company

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more



a look ahead at 51 performances opening/happening in the subsequent weeks/months

  1. Amphibian Stage Productions does the regional premiere of Nick Jones and Rachel Shukert's The Nosemaker’s Apprentice: Chronicles of a Medieval Plastic Surgeon, July 10-Aug. 10
  2. Stage West does the area premiere of Tom Stoppard's translation of Gerald Sibleyras' Heroes, July 10-Aug. 10
  3. The Alternative Comedy Theater and Audacity Theatre Lab present the Big Sexy Weekend of Improv at the Margo Jones Theatre, July 10-12
  4. The Firehouse Theatre does Hello, Dolly! at the Plaza Arts Center in Carrollton, July 10-27
  5. Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth presents the 11th annual Modern Dance Festival at the Modern, July 11-25 at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
  6. The 15th Festival of Independent Theatres, featuring eight local theater companies, is July 11-Aug. 2 at the Bath House Cultural Center
  7. Hip Pocket Theatre presents Lake Simons' Rose Nose Rhapsody, July 11-Aug. 3
  8. Drag Strip Courage presents Harold Pinter's Old Times at Arts Fifth Avenue in Fort Worth, July 11-20
  9. Grapevine's Ohlook Performing Arts Center does the area premiere of Lizzie Borden, the Musical, as its late night show (11 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays) July 11-20
  10. Artisan Center Theater in Hurst presents Disney's Tarzan, July 11-Aug. 23
  11. Greater Lewisville Community Theatre does Jerry Herman's La Cage aux Folles, July 11-Aug. 3
  12. Theatre Arlington does a youth production of Three Musketeers: All Swash and No Buckle, July 11-20
  13. The Metropolitan Opera's Live at the Met HD Encore series re-broadcasts The Enchanted Island at various movie theaters in town, 7 p.m. July 16
  14. The 10th season for MBS Productions closes with the comedy The Straight Guy at the Stone Cottage Theatre in Addison, July 17-Aug. 10
  15. Theatre Coppell presents Annie, July 18-27
  16. Onstage in Bedford does Steve Martin's Picasso at the Lapin Agile, July 18-Aug. 3
  17. Garland Summer Musicals does Thoroughly Modern Millie, July 18-27
  18. Ballroom with a Twist, featuring Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Karina Smirnoff, Tony Dovolani and Cheryl Burke from Dancing With the Stars, as well as finalists from American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance, has performances at 2 and 7:30 p.m. July 19 at the Music Hall at Fair Park
  19. Menopause the Musical returns to the Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts in Richardson July 23-Aug. 24
  20. The 2014 season for Uptown Players closes with the area premiere of The Boy from Oz, July 25-Aug. 10
  21. The world premiere of Broken: The Musical is July 25-Aug. 17 at the Lone Star Room in Gilley's in Dallas
  22. WaterTower Theatre has the area premiere of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul's Dogfight, July 25-Aug. 17
  23. Artes de la Rosa brings back Dora the Explorer Live! Dora's Pirate Adventure, July 25-Aug. 10
  24. Runway Theatre in Grapevine does The Great American Trailer Park Musical, July 25-Aug. 17
  25. The season for Mainstage Irving-Las Colinas closes with Maury Yeston's Phantom, July 25-Aug. 9
  26. Richardson Theatre Centre presents Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know, July 25-Aug. 10
  27. The Epic Theatre in Colleyville presents Godspell, July 25-28
  28. Rover Dramawerks in Plano does Norman Krasna's Who Was That Lady I Saw You With?, July 31-Aug. 23
  29. Stolen Shakespeare Company presents the musical Gypsy, Aug. 1-17 at the Sanders Theatre in the Fort Worth Community Arts Center
  30. Garland Civic Theatre's 2014-15 season opens with The Wiz, Aug. 1-23 at the Granville Arts Center in Garland
  31. Denton Community Theatre presents Murray Schisgal's Twice Around the Park in the Point Bank Black Box Theatre, Aug. 1-3
  32. The tour of The Phantom of the Opera comes to the AT&T Performing Arts Center Winspear Opera House for the first time, Aug. 6-24
  33. Theatre Three opens its 2014-15 season with the premiere of Ronnie Claire Edward's Candy Barr's Last Dance, Aug. 7-31
  34. Theatre Arlington closes its season with Larry Shue's The Nerd, Aug. 8-24
  35. WaterTower Theatre stages Mary Louise Wilson and Mark Hampton's Full Gallop in the Studio Theatre at Addison Theatre Centre, Aug. 9-31
  36. Sundown Collaborative Theatre opens its seventh season with its third short works festival, We'veDone It Again: A Mixtape, Aug. 11-17 at the Margo Jones Theatre in Fair Park
  37. Hip Pocket Theatre presents Johnny Simons' Nekkid With the Cats: A Wisepecker Connundrum, Aug. 15-Sept. 7
  38. Contemporary Theatre of Dallas does A.R. Gurney's Sweet Sue, Aug. 15-Sept. 7
  39. Plaza Theatre Company in Cleburne presents the revue Breaking Up is Hard to Do, Aug. 15-Sept. 13
  40. Stage West closes its season with Christopher Durang's Beyond Therapy, Aug. 21-Sept. 28
  41. Circle Theatre opens Bruce Graham's Stella & Lou, Aug. 21-Sept. 20
  42. The Fort Worth Symphony's annual Great Performances Festival features the music of Brahms and Dvorak, Aug. 22-24 at Bass Performance Hall
  43. DVA Productions presents the original revue It's a Man's World, Aug. 22-31 at the Sanders Theater at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center
  44. The inaugural Dallas DanceFest happens Aug. 29-31 at City Performance Hall in the Dallas Arts District
  45. The tour of the Gershwin revue Nice Work If You Can Get It comes to Dallas Summer Musicals Sept. 2-14; and then to Bass Hall Sept. 16-21
  46. AT&T Performing Arts Center's Off-Broadway on Flora series begins with the tour of Buyer and Cellar, starring Plano native Michael Urie at Dallas City Performance Hall, Sept. 3-6
  47. Lyric Stage opens its 2014-15 season with a full-orchestra revival of Fiddler on the Roof, Sept. 5-15 at the Irving Arts Center
  48. The Dallas Symphony's Pops Seasons opens with a program called Let's Dance!, Sept. 5-7 at the Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas
  49. Dallas Theater Center's 2014-15 season opens with The Rocky Horror Show at the AT&T Performing Arts Center's Wyly Theatre, Sept. 11-Oct. 19
  50. MOMIX opens the season for TITAS at AT&T Performing Arts Center's Winspear Opera House, Sept. 12-13

» For complete listings of what's happening on North Texas stages, click on the calendar icon at the top right of the page. Once there, you can click the red "Search the Calendar" box, and search for listings by dates, performance type, the presenting company, titles or descriptions. Thanks For Reading

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Places! July 3-9, 2014
Here are some of the performing arts events opening on local stages this week. Plus, the list of last-chance shows.
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