Arts and Entertainment

Poetry Slam

Bob Harbuck read some of his original works during the End of Semester Open Mic and Poetry Slam held in the ACA Gallery Monday, Nov. 26.


AC Big Band with student Trevor Curtis

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AC Jazz Combo/Big Band perform in fall concert

The AC Swingin’ Roadrunner Jazz Combo and AC Big Band, both under the direction of music instructor Larry Greer, presented a concert Nov. 13 in Hudgins Hall.

The jazz combo set list included such favorites as “Comin’ Home Baby,” “Basin Street Blues,” “Harlem Nocturne,” “All Blues,” “Girl From Ipanema,” and “Tenor Madness.”

The big band set list included “Just Friends,” “Night in Tunisia,” “Night and Day,” “Cold Duck Time,” “I Got Rhythm,” and “Dr. Blues.”

AC Jazz Combo members are Morgan Robertson of Groveton on the trumpet, Andrea Leaman of Crockett on the trumpet, Trevor Curtis of Hudson on tenor saxophone, Kara Glover of Huntington on alto saxophone, Daniel Kiesel of Lufkin on trombone, Earl Howell of Corrigan on guitar, Qurdale Huff of Clarksville on bass, David Evett of San Augustine on drum set, and Greer on piano.

The AC Big Band is made up of community members who share a passion for big band music. The saxophone section includes Dixon Shanks, Trevor Curtis, Jimmy Simmons, Michael Parrish and Bethe Girardi. The trumpet section includes Eduardo Rocha, Scott Williams, Mel Miller and Ricky Gay. The rhythm section includes Luigi Lazareno, Phil Rumbley, Mark Saldana and Greer.


Nicholos Trusclair, left, bass I, and Quavious Johnson, tenor I, both  members of the AC Chorale and AC Singers, successfully auditioned for the Texas Two-Year All State Choir at the Region III auditions held Friday, Nov. 9 at Angelina College. They will be joining vocalists from other community colleges in February for a concert at the Texas Music Educator’s Association conference in San Antonio.


Angelina College presented the classic musical fable of Broadway, “Guys and Dolls,” Nov. 15, 16 and 17 in Temple Theater in the Angelina Center for the Arts.

“Guys and Dolls” contains such favorite songs as “I’ll Know,” “If I Were a Bell,” “Luck Be a Lady” and “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat,” and it brings to life characters such as Nathan Detroit, Sky Masterson, Miss Adelaide and Sarah Brown.

Director Andrew Reed partnered with the Angelina Community Theatre for this production. “It takes a lot of people to put on a show like ‘Guys and Dolls,’ and we appreciate the support of the Angelina Community Theatre,” Reed said.

Members of the cast from Lufkin were Sarah Jackson as Ferguson/Havana Dancer, Kim Noble as Vernon/Havana Dancer, Scotty Nunn as Benny Southstreet/Havana Dancer, Joshua Robinson as Rusty Charlie/Havana Dancer, Cody Carter as Harry the Horse/Havana Dancer, Ben Reynolds as Nathan Detriot, Eryn Forrest as Angie the Ox/Havana Dancer, Patty Donaldson as The Greek, Ashleigh Bentley as Brandy Bottle Bates/Havana Dancer, Caitlyn Hutson as Scranton Slim/Havana Dancer, Julianna Ferro as Society Max, Nicholos Trusclair as Liver Lips Louie/Joey Biltmore/Fancy Dancer, Britney Day as Mimi/Fancy Dancer, Jessica Reynolds as Agatha, Retha Powers as Lt. Brannigan and Abby Adams as Waiter/Bartender.

Other cast members included Jordan Dietz of Riviera as Sky Masterson, Don Glenn of Livingston as Big Jule, Cynthia Moore of Livingston as Martha, Cassidy Kelly of Waller as Miss Adelaide, David Young of Mt. Vernon, Washington, as Nicely-Nicely Johnson, Hannah Young of Athens as Sarah Brown, Joe Jones of Lubbock as Calvin/Master of Ceremonies, Sharon Buffalo of Nacogdoches as Allison/Havana Dancer, Samantha Johnson of Diboll as General Cartwright and Garland Buffalo of Nacogdoches as Arvide Abernathy.

Orchestra members were Ana Watts, violin and flute; Amanda Burns, cello and alto saxophone; Lori Letney, flute; Jo Tucker, clarinet; David McArthur, alto/ tenor saxophone and clarinet; Steven Brown, trumpet; Stacy Perkins, trumpet; LaVan Watts, trombone; Tom Corbitt, percussion; and Beckie Compton, piano.

The crew included Andrew Reed, director; Beckie Compton, music director; Meredith Taylor, production manager/set designer/sound engineer; Alyssa Moss, stage manager; Taz Powers, light designer; Darbi Powers, costume designer; Retha Powers, costume designer; and Tyler Arnold, properties master.

The running crew consisted of Audrey Gandy of Nacogdoches, Riley Elledge of Huntington, Noah Ashby of Katy, Lindsey Dobbins of Colmesneil, and Christa Bowman, Alexis Reynolds and Blaze Steptoe, all of Lufkin.


Area high school students attend arts Preview Day at Angelina College

More than 150 students and teachers from areas high schools came to Angelina College to take part in the Visual and Performing Arts Preview Day Friday, Oct. 26. Juniors and seniors took part in breakout sessions in various areas of study including; art, graphic arts, journalism, music, sound recording technology, speech and theatre.


Graphic arts students to exhibit semester work in ACA Gallery

Angelina College graphic arts students will exhibit their work beginning Nov. 6 in the Angelina Center for the Arts Gallery. A reception will be held from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Admission is free.

Students from Lufkin who will exhibit works are Ra’Nese Canada, Terry Gould, Guillermo Gutierrez, Kylie Haggard, Abigail Hernandez, Tyler Law, Stacey Parry, Kaitlyn LePage, Karen Machain, Eliana Padilla, Holly Stephens and Gabriel Tovar.

Students from Nacogdoches participating in the show are Hector Castillo, Alisia Lozano, Joshua Norment, Lizeth Rodriguez and Desirea Spiecher.

Huntington students exhibiting works are Jennifer Banks, Brandin Brewster and Elora Flowers.

Other students exhibiting works are Hector Lopez of Diboll, Amber Weaver of Hemphill, Francisco Lopez of Carthage, Jacob Vinton of Zavalla, Joshua Weeks of Jasper and Halle Washington of Dallas.

Libby Stapleton’s Editing and Layout classes will be showing booklet covers, résumés, business cards with logos and sports story layouts that the students designed. Editing and Layout is the beginning design class for visual communications for both graphic arts and journalism students. The students begin by learning about the history of design, typography and the principles of design before they start applying those concepts to their designs. The projects the students complete in class begin with very basic designs, like booklet covers, and end with complex multi-page designs, like a four-page newsletter.

Students from Jan Anderson-Paxson’s black and white, wet chemistry basic photography class will exhibit photos that demonstrate their knowledge of the creative controls of the camera, controlling depth of field, understanding directional lighting as well as paying particular attention to the photographic composition. They will also show a project that involved printing a cell phone image, in which they combined new technology with traditional darkroom photography techniques.

Students in Anderson-Paxson’s Digital Publishing II class will show projects including original calendars, flyers for the Visual and Performing Arts Preview Day and advertising campaigns for a company, service or product.

Reg Reynolds’ Digital Art I students worked on projects involving painting with light, 3-D imaging and scanning and overlaying graphics.

Reynolds’ Digital Imaging II students worked with video, food photography and fashion photography.

The Design and Applied Arts program prepares students for employment as entry-level graphic artists with the knowledge and skills necessary to perform desktop publishing, photography, computer layout, graphic arts, digital imaging, web design and video production.

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Angelina Arts Alliance presents “Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure”

The Angelina Arts Alliance will present “Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure” at Temple Theater for two performances on Sunday, Nov. 18 at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.

The adventure was created in Australia by Erth Visual and Physical, Inc., who spent years scouring the seven seas, collecting playful prehistoric creatures of the deep for their giant theatrical aquarium. The show explores the unknown ocean depths where prehistoric marine reptiles lived eons ago.

The adventure features a large-scale cast of creatures brought to life by sophisticated design, theatrical presentation and puppet mastery. Using actors, technology, puppets, science and imagination, the show creates a visual experience that connects young audiences to science.

“Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure” is produced in North America by Red Tail Entertainment. Both companies are dedicated to offering entertaining family shows that are based in the real science of paleontology.

As part of the Angelina Arts Alliance’s annual Discovery Series, tickets for the show are $5 for youth and $10 for adults, and they are on sale now. A limited number of VIP tickets are available for $20 for youth and $25 for adults, which include a meet-and-greet with the artists, a photo opportunity and a keepsake.

To purchase tickets, go online to http://www.angelinaarts.org, call the box office at 936-633-5454 or visit the Temple Theater box office. Office hours are Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Follow Angelina Arts Alliance on Facebook for late-breaking news and ticket giveaways.

The annual Discovery Series is underwritten by funding from the T.L.L. Temple Foundation, the Ernest L. Kurth Jr. Charitable Foundation, JM Chevrolet, Harold and Conni Estes, The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy, Ellen Temple and Woodland Heights Medical Center.

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AC theatre department presents “Bell, Book and Candle” play

The Angelina College theatre department revived “Bell, Book, and Candle” by John Van Druten Oct. 11, 12, and 13 in the Temple Theater.

This play was the first play ever performed by the theatre department at Angelina College during its inaugural school year 1968-1969.

The plot of the classic romantic play centers on a modern witch who falls in love and risks losing her powers.

After becoming a Broadway hit in 1950, the play was made into a movie in 1952 starring Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak.

The cast members included Lindsey Dobbins playing Gillian Holroyd, Cody Carter as Shephard Henderson, Cassidy Kelly playing Miss Holroyd, Riley Elledge as Nicky Holroyd and Sara Flowers as Sidney Redlitch.

Kary Raine, Angelina College theatre instructor, directed the play while Michelle Hill acted as stage manager and Blaze Steptoe was the assistant stage manager and run crew chief.

Other members of the crew included Meredith Taylor as scenic designer and technical manager; Retha Power as costume designer; Taz Powers as sound designer; Noah Ashby as sound assistant and board operator; Alyssa Moss as electrics and LX board operator; Darbi Powers as properties master; Matthew Kitchens and Henry Tovar as the run crew; and Andrew Reed, Angelina College theatre instructor, as lighting designer.

Before the performance on Saturday, Oct. 13, a reception was held in the Angelina Center for the Arts Gallery to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Angelina College.

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Angelina College will host the exhibition “Robbie Lacomb: A Retrospective”

Angelina College will host the exhibition “Robbie Lacomb: A Retrospective,” Oct. 2-30 in the Angelina Center for the Arts Gallery. An opening reception is planned for Oct. 2 from 6-7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the community.

Lacomb will be exhibiting artworks from the past 30 years of her career, including etchings, woodcuts, book arts and photographs.

“Reflecting on my career, it has become apparent to me that while I have learned, changed and grown with experience, some things have remained constant,” Lacomb said. “My love of nature, the joys of sharing life with others, and the hunger for learning have all continued to reveal true beauty to me, beauty that I commune with through my art.”

She has worked as a teacher and artist since 1978 and recently retired from Angelina College after serving as an art instructor and gallery curator for 25 years.

While Lacomb has shown her work in countries such as Morocco, France, Italy, the United Kingdom, Ireland and Russia, she has also held exhibitions throughout the United States.

She has also been distinguished in education with various awards for teaching excellence. Lacomb received the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Excellence Award and was twice named the Minnie Stevens Piper Professor Nominee for Angelina College. In 2017, she received the Distinguished Faculty Award.

Faculty members show off their talents in the annual faculty art exhibition

Angelina College Visual and Performing Arts Department is hosting the annual faculty art exhibition until Sept. 26 in the Angelina Center for the Arts Gallery. The exhibition features Angelina College art instructors’ works in various media.

Le’Anne Alexander, AC’s new art instructor/gallery curator, is showing some of her recent work. An accomplished painter, she studied at the Art Students League of New York and received her master’s degree in fine arts from Stephen F. Austin State University.

Photography instructor Jan Anderson-Paxson is showing her award-winning photography. She has exhibited her works throughout the United States and in several shows abroad. Her black and white photographs are distinguished by her spare compositions and nuances of light and dark.

Reg Reynolds, graphic arts instructor, works in many media, including film, video, collage, sculpture and installation art. This year’s work is a video, “The Cosmic Microwave Background: Figure and Ground in Art.”

Adjunct instructors are also exhibiting their work. Ann Phifer Reyes, adjunct Art Appreciation instructor and accomplished portrait and landscape painter, is showing her recent works. Her medium is oil paint.

Steve Paul, also an adjunct Art Appreciation instructor and accomplished painter, is showing his recent watercolor paintings.

Joy Fuller, adjunct Art Appreciation instructor, is exhibiting a painting and a photograph.

Sean Dupre, adjunct faculty member who also teaches photography at Lufkin High School, is showing recent photographs.

Adjunct Art Appreciation instructor Denise Davis, an accomplished printmaker and installation artist, is exhibiting prints and drawings in the faculty exhibition.


Art season events announced

Angelina College released its visual and performing arts schedule for the 2018-2019 season, packing a full list of events catering to every taste.

The first theatre offering of the season, “Bell, Book and Candle,” will run Oct. 11- 13. This play is an enchanting tale about a spellbinding romantic triangle that is as magical as it is entertaining. A 50th anniversary musical showcase and reception beginning at 1:30 p.m. in the Angelina Center for the Arts lobby will precede the Oct. 13 matinee performance.

The next production is the classic musical “Guys and Dolls,” which will run Nov. 15-17. This production features such memorable songs as “I’ll Know,” “If I Were a Bell,” “Luck Be a Lady” and “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat.”

“Dial ‘M’ for Murder” will run Feb. 28 through March 2. This classic tale of suspense from the 1950s is one of the most performed mysteries in the world.

The final production of the season is “The Glass Menagerie,” which will run April 25- 27. This play first premiered on Broadway in 1945 and is Tennessee Williams’ most personal work. “The Glass Menagerie” is a memory play set in St. Louis where Williams moved when he was eight. This beautiful, haunting family drama shows what happens when reality shatters one’s illusions.

Art exhibitions include the AC Art Faculty Exhibition, Sept. 4-26; Robbie Lacomb: A Retrospective, Oct. 2-30; Black History Month Exhibition, Feb. 12-27 with a Live Poets’ Society Poetry Recital during the opening reception Feb. 12; Crnogorska: Works by Montenegrine Artists, March 5-27; Graphic Arts Student Exhibitions, Nov. 6-21 and April 23-May 7; Visual Arts Student Exhibitions, Nov. 27- Dec. 11 and April 2-16.

Musical offerings this season include AC Chamber Winds and AC Swingin’ Roadrunner Jazz Combo, Oct. 2; the AC Swingin’ Roadrunner Jazz Combo and AC Community Big Band Fall Concert, Nov. 13; the 5th Annual “Holiday, Hope and Honor” featuring the AC Chorale and Friends, Nov. 29; “America Remembers” featuring the Lufkin Community Band and AC Chamber Winds, Dec. 2; the AC Swingin’ Roadrunner Jazz Combo and AC Big Band in Concert and High School/Middle School Jazz Festival, March 7; “EXTRAVAGANZA!” featuring the AC Singers and guests, March 30; “The Band and Our Soloists” featuring the Lufkin Community Band, April 14; “This is AC!” featuring the AC Chorale and Friends, April 16; and the AC Swingin’ Roadrunner Jazz Combo and AC Big Band in Concert, April 30.

Season subscriptions are available at the following levels: Corporate Donor, $750 (18 tickets per show); Scholarship Donor, $500 (12 tickets per show); Benefactor, $200 (6 tickets per show); Patron, $150 (4 tickets per show); Friend, $75 (2 tickets per show); and Regular, $40 (1 ticket per show). Music-only and theatre-only packages are also available. Season subscribers help fund visual and performing arts scholarships.

For a full listing of event times and subscription and/or ticket information, visit http://www.angelina.edu or contact the Temple Theater Box Office at 936-633-5454, Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Graphic art students show work

Photo by Austin Anderson

Students, friends and family admire graphic art students’ work Tuesday April 23, in the Temple Theater. The exhibit will be up until May 2.

Angelina College graphic arts students are exhibiting their work through the end of the semester in the Angelina Center for the Arts Gallery.

Students who are showing their work include Austin Anderson, Richard Hardesty , William Martin, Evelyn Okray, Daniel Salinas, Gabriel Tovar, Gillermo Alfredo Gutierrez, Tyler P. Law, Megan Lashell Scogin, Tonia Kleen, Jacob W. Smith, Jharell Hackney, Isaiah Williams and Aaron Wilson.

Angelina College’s Lufkin concurrent students participating in the exhibit are Don Roach, Esmeralda Moncivais, Shandy Aubertin, Michelle Martinez, Jasmine Jones, Stephanie Cordero, Marc Anthony Watts, Aleida Lopez, Shyla Whinery, Kevin Hernandez, Sonia Huitron, Connie Rodriguez, Ben Willmon and Cody Martin.

Students from Huntington who are exhibiting their work are Jordan Abbott, Jennifer Banks and Ana Watts. From Houston is Kennedy Sessions.

Students from Nacogdoches who are showing their work include Samantha Cain, Christopher Aguirre, Alisia Lozano and Mario Saldivar.

Also exhibiting work are Cameron Jones and  Hector Moises Vasquez, both of Diboll; Elora Flowers of Hudson, Shelby Packard of Burke, Jennifer Escobedo of Pollok, Amber Weaver of Hemphill, Neal Patrick and Graham Bailey, both of Wells; Keegan Mitchell of Corrigan, Melissa Trevino of Houston, Kaitlyn Marie Lepage of Pearland, Joshua Weeks of Jasper, Jacob Vinton of Zavalla and Alisia Lozano of Anaheim, California.

Libby Stapleton’s Editing and Layout class will be showing booklet covers, résumés, business cards with logos that the students designed, sports page designs and magazine layouts. Editing and Layout is the beginning design class for visual communications for both graphic arts and journalism students. The students begin by learning about the history of design, typography and the principles of design before they start applying those concepts to their designs. The projects the students complete in class begin with very basic, simple designs, like the booklet cover, and end with complex multi-page designs, like a four-page newsletter, for visual communications.

Students from Jan Anderson-Paxson’s black and white, wet chemistry basic photography class will exhibit photos that demonstrate their knowledge of the creative controls of the camera, controlling depth of field, understanding directional lighting as well as paying particular attention to the photographic composition. They will also show a project that involved printing a cell phone image in which they combined new technology with traditional darkroom photography techniques.

Students in Anderson-Paxson’s Digital Publishing I class will show projects including a flyer for Black History Month, brochures, CD covers, posters, advertisements and newspaper and magazine layouts.

Reg Reynolds’ and Sean Dupré’s Digital Imaging I students worked on fashion, food styling and architecture photography.

Reynolds’ Illustrator students created movie posters in the style of Saul Bass, as well as package designs.

Reynolds’ Video students produced commercials for Bags of Love, the Fine Arts Division, as well as an alien autopsy sci-fi video.

Reynolds’ Internship students worked at local businesses including La Lengua newspaper and Hidden Escape. Students also interned at Elliott Electric in Nacogdoches and The Pacer, Angelina College’s student newspaper.

Reynolds’ portfolio students learned how to create a professional portfolio. Zimmerman Communications reviewed those portfolios and met with the students to provide feedback.

The Design and Applied Arts program prepares students for employment as entry-level graphic artists with the knowledge and skills necessary to perform desktop publishing, photography, computer layout, graphic arts, digital imaging, webpage design and video.

“In the Design and Applied Arts/Graphic Arts program at Angelina College, we teach to the problem, not to the tools; thereby, the student discovers the relevance of the tools. This adds a new dynamic to design learning in the classroom,” Reynolds said.

Chorale/Wind Ensemble present ‘Night at the Movies!’

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Melanie Gonzalez and Ingrid Nunez of the AC Chamber Winds rehears for “A Night At The Movies

The Angelina College Fine Arts Division presented “Night at the Movies!” featuring the AC Chorale and Friends and the AC Wind Ensemble April 26 in Temple Theater. The East Texas Praise Symphony also performed. 

The movie-inspired program featured “Hooray for Hollywood”; “Gone with the Wind”; “William Tell Overture”; “Magnificent Seven”; “The James Bond Theme”; “The Pink Panther”; “Star Wars Suite”; “Songs of a Disney Princess,” a medley from Disney cartoons; “My Heart Will Go On” from “Titanic”; “Pirates of the Caribbean”; “The Incredibles”; “The Chronicles of Narnia”; “Listen” from “Dream Girls”; “Les Miserables”; and “This is Me” from “The Greatest Showman.”

Chorale members and friends are Shelby Brown, Sarah Jackson, Heather Barney, Tammy Oliver, Whitney Hogue, Kari Naumann, Erin Wise, Marina Zinck, Nicole Hunt, Ailyn Torres, ReShonda Keys, Sarah Shaffer, Cynthia Casparis, LaRonda Agent, Cheryl Sims, Patti Donaldson, Sandi Roberts, Robyn Adams, Caitlyn Hutson, Monica Scurlock, Lachelle Thompson, Clif Layton, Stacy Perkins, Joe Jones, Micah Shaffer, Justin Birdwell, Lamar Casparis, Quavious Johnson, Bryan Compton, Joshua Robinson, Jad O’Connor, Nicholos Trusclair and Colin Wise. Beckie Compton, AC music instructor, directed, and Davy Thomas accompanied.

Members of the East Texas Praise Symphony and AC Wind Ensemble are Evelyn Walker, Lori Letney, Malinda Compton, Rose Wilson, Zinck, Jo Tucker, Walter Bates, Melanie Gonzales, Karen Mitchell, Dixon Shanks, Emily Cavanaugh, Bethe Girardi, Ingrid Nunez, Scott Williams, Ricky Gay, Mark Crager, Kylie Briggs, LaVan Watts, Heather Barney, Jimmy Battle, Melvin Eckman, Trevor Powell, Laura Treadaway, Aaron Kossie, Mark Saldana, Thomas, Lee Miller, Brenda Josephsen, Nadine Chadwell, Gene Moon, Ana Watts, Dianna Smith, Theresa Moon, Sheila Hill, Carole Deptula, Alison Wier, Jan DeVries, Amanda Burns, Farrah Stohner and Jake Chadwell. Compton and Jimmy Battle, AC music instructor, directed.

Photo by Jennifer Banks

AC Fine Arts Division presented “Night at the Movies!” featureing the AC Choral and Friends and the AC wind Ensemble Thursday April 26 in the Temple Theater.

Community Band concert set

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Community Band members practice for their upcoming concert

Lufkin Community Band will present “A Music Tour” April 29 at 2:30 p.m. in Temple Theater. Tickets are $5 for adults and $4 for seniors, students and children. The concert will take listeners on a musical tour around the United States.

Dr. Jimmy Simmons, guest artist, will be featured in works for solo clarinet and band, and solo alto saxophone and band. Simmons will be featured in two solo works, “The Music Box for Clarinet and Concert Band” by Charles Booker, and “Come Sunday for Alto Saxophone and Band” by Duke Ellington and adapted by Paul Murtha.

Simmons, who has performed with countless wind bands, orchestras and jazz ensembles nationally and internationally, was for several years director of bands at Lamar University. He recently retired after serving as university president.

The concert will open with the presentation of the colors by Boy Scout Troop 136 as the band performs “The Star Spangled Banner.” Following this, the band will perform a new work by Robert Sheldon, “The Red Covered Bridge.” This work was commissioned by the Princeton Community Band of Princeton, Illinois. Sheldon is the director of concert band publications for Alfred Music.

 “The Alamo March” by Will Huff honors the city of San Antonio as it prepares to celebrate its 300th anniversary. 

Alfred Reed’s arrangement of “Autumn Leaves” encapsulates the feeling of despair in war-ravaged Europe as people there struggled to make sense of the utter destruction of civilization that had been left to them.

Harry Alford’s composition “Independent Moving Picture March” was commissioned by Chicago theater owner Carl Laemmle. This work is a special piece that was issued to theaters screening independent moving picture films to use as overture or exit music.

Community band members from Lufkin are Cindy Broyles, Lori Letney, Evelyn Walker, Rose Wilson, Amanda Burns, Charlotte Powell, Karen Mitchell, Jo Tucker, Bethe Girardi, Ken Bunge, Dwain Forsythe, Melvin Eckman, Lavan Watts, Jimmy Battle (AC music instructor), Robert Shanks, Carl Wallace, Lance Byers and John. A. Thompson.

Community band members from Nacogdoches include Jacob Mann, Sara Gray, Owen Kopp, Dennis Fleetwood, Allison Girt and Carole Deptula.

Community band members from Hudson are Stephanie Carcano, George Scogin, Steven Brown and Kyle Campbell.

Other community band members include David Collins, Cleveland; Hannah Huebner and Micah Huebner, San Augustine; Carol Parrish and Michael Parrish, New Willard; Heather Barney and Trevor Powell, Liberty; and John Schmidt, Livingston.

For more information about this event, call the Temple Theater Box Office at 936-633-5454.

AC Swingin’ Roadrunner Jazz Combo and AC Big Band In Concert

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‘Plays in Ten’ set

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Darbi Powers and Logan Mosig practice a scene from “Lessons in Fear,” one of the “Plays in Ten.”

Angelina College’s theatre department will present “Plays in Ten” by David Raine April 19, 20 and 21 in Black Box Theater. All performances are at 7:30 p.m.

“Plays in Ten” is a collection of ten-minute plays that range from stories of paying it forward to revisiting the past and many more. Out of the collection, we have chosen seven plays. “Attic Treasure,” “Samaritan,” “Crosswords,” “The Tooth Hurts,” “Cuttin’ Line,” “Lessons in Fear” and “976-Lust.”

Director Retha Powers said, “One of the coolest things about this show is that all of these plays are written by local playwright David Raine. This is also our final show of the season that we call Outrageous Theatre. Usually that’s something that might make audiences a little nervous, but ‘Plays in Ten’ has a little bit of something for everyone that we hope they will enjoy.”

Powers is an AC theatre alumna and earned her bachelor’s degree from Stephen F. Austin State University.

The cast includes AC students Cody Carter from Lufkin, Riley Elledge from Huntington, Marina Zinck from Nacogdoches, Gregory Bryce from Diboll and Tanya Head from Lufkin; AC alumni Tyler Arnold from Nacogdoches and Darbi Powers from Huntington; and community members Eryn Presley, Linda Burnett, Logan Mosig and Art Vandalay.

Tickets are $6 for adults and $5 for seniors, students and children. AC students are admitted free with their college ID.

For more information about this event, call the Temple Theater box office at 936-633-5454, 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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Logan Mosig, Eryn Forrest and Marina Zinick, left to right, rehearse lines from “Attic Treasure,” part of “Plays in Ten” to be performed April 19, 20 and 21 in the Black Box Theater.

Showtime Finale!

Jazz Combo, AC Big Band to perform

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AC Swingin’ Roadrunner Jazz Combo member Tyler Dover practices on the xylophone for an upcoming concert. AC Swingin’ Roadrunner Jazz Combo and AC Big Band concert will be April 17 at 7:30 p.m.

The Angelina College Swingin’ Roadrunner Jazz Combo and AC Big Band will celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month with a concert feturing special guest Phil Rumbley April 17 at 7:30 p.m. in Hudgins Hall Auditorium.

Tickets are $5 for adults and $4 for seniors, students and children.

Bassist Phil Rumbley currently serves as orchestra director and assistant band director at Dogan Middle School in Tyler and is a faculty member in the music departments of the University of Texas at Tyler and Tyler Junior College.

Rumbley has been the instrumental ensemble director for the Tyler Rose Festival and has been an orchestra member with the Texas Shakespeare Festival for more than 12 years.

As a professional bassist, he has played with the legendary trumpeter Bobby Shew, trombonist John Fedchock, Vince DiMartino, Shelly Carroll, The Texas Tenors and Ruta Lee to name just a few.

Rumbley has also has played with the  the Tom Houston Orchestra, Tyler Big Band, Take 2, The East Texas Symphonic Band, the Tyler Community Band and is currently a member of the Jazz Connection out of Tyler.

Performers in the AC Swingin’ Roadrunner Jazz Combo are Max Vallejo from Lufkin on tenor sax, Trevor Powell from Liberty on bass and tenor trombone, Heather Barney from Liberty on tenor trombone, Qurdale Huff from Clarksville on bass, Tyler Dover from Livingston on percussion, David Evett from Nacogdoches on percussion and vibraphone and Larry Greer, AC music instructor and band director on guitar and piano.

The combo’s program includes “Bag’s Groove,” “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy,” “A Night in Tunisia” and other favorites.

The AC Big Band saxophone section includes Michael Parrish, alto saxophone; Dixon Shanks, alto sax; Amanda Burns, tenor sax; Jimmy Simmons, tenor sax; and Bethe Girardi, baritone sax. The trombone section includes AC music instructor Jimmy Battle, bass trombone; Ken Barnes, Trevor Powell and LaVan Watts.

The trumpet section includes Scott Williams, Steven Brown, Ricky Gay and Mel Miller. The rhythm section includes Eric Chinn, piano; Phil Rumbley, bass; Mark Saldana, drum set; and AC music instructor, Larry Greer, guitar.

The big band’s set list includes “Now’s the Time,” “C Jam Blues,” as well as a tribute to Miles Davis, and other favorites.

For more information about this event, call 936-633-5454.

Visual Arts Student Exhibition

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Fransisco Lopez admires works of art at the Visual Arts Student Exhibition on display until April 18 in the ACA Art Gallery.

JazzReach conducts workshop

Jazz Workshop March 19

Mark Gross, director of jazz at New Jersey Performing Arts Center, center with saxophone, along with bass player David Craig and Hans Schuman, founder and executive and artistic director of JazzReach hold a workdshop for the AC Swingin’ Roadrunner Jazz Combo Monday, March 19.

AC Singers to present Showtime! 2018

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The AC Singers performing at Showtime! 2018 April 7 include, front row from left, Marina Zinck, Caitlyn Hutson and Heather Barney; back row from left, Nicholos Trusclair, Erin Wise, Quavious Johnson, Justin Birdwell, Robyn Adams and Colin Wise. Not pictured is Monica Scurlock.

Take a trip through time with the AC Singers as they bring down the house with songs and dances from the 1920s through today during Showtime! 2018 April 7 at 7:30 p.m. in Temple Theater.

Tickets are $6 for adults and $5 for seniors, students and children.

The AC Singers are directed by Beckie Compton, AC music instructor, and include Colin Wise, Monica Scurlock and Nicholas Trusclair from Lufkin; Marina Zinck and Robyn Adams from Nacogdoches; Erin Wise of Jasper; Caitlyn Hutson of Kennard; Quavious Johnson of Conroe; Justin Birdwell of Alto; and Heather Barney of Devers. Stacy Dicks is the choreographer.

The group will perform songs such as “Hooray for Hollywood,” “How Great is Our God,” “Cowboy Sweetheart” and its signature song, “Guiding Light,” as well as a hip hop mix and other family-friendly selections.

“This year’s event is special because we have several AC Singer alumni performing as part of our reunion celebration. It will be a spectacular evening of remembering wonderful tunes and friends,” Compton said.

Alumni performers are Sarah Jackson, Joshua Robinson, MaryJo Carlton White, Bill Taylor, Benton Reynolds, Shelby Perkinson Brown, Dominique Douglas, Kimberly Noble, Billy Jack Smith, Julia Casey and Jad O’Connor.

For more information about this event, call the Temple Theater Box Office at 936-633-5454, 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday-Friday.

AC Swingin’ Roadrunner Jazz Combo, AC Community Big Band Perform Spring concert

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AC students From left to right, Trevor Powell, Max Vallejo, Heather Barney; play in AC Swingin’ Roadrunner Jazz Combo & AC Community Big Band in Concert.

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Larry Greer, misic instructor, hosted a Jazz Festival with Rick Coditt, clinician, on March 7. Livingston High School and Hudson Middle School jazz bands attended theses two bands as well as the AC Swingin’ Roadrunner Combo received individual band times with Mr. Conditt.

Visual Arts Student Exhibition

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Susan Robberts, visual art major, is displaying her “Acrylic on Paper” art piece April 3-18 in the ACA Art Gallery. Robberts, along with several other students taking Le’Anne Alexander’s ARTS 1311 Basic Drawing class, will present several pieces during the show.

The Visual Arts Student Exhibition will be held in the Angelina College Gallery from Tuesday, April 3 through April 18.

Students from Basic Drawing and Basic Design classes will be exhibiting their works.

Students exhibiting from Le’Anne Alexander’s ARTS 1311 Basic Drawing class will be showing drawings in various media. This is a course aimed at developing basic drawing and composition skills. The students included will be Elora Flowers, Dona Gibbs, Francico Lopez, Arkadyia Mills, Caleb Perkins, Susan Roberts, Jacob Vinton and Leandra Wills.

Alexander has taught art at AC for four years and has exhibited her art in New York and internationally. Her paintings have won numerous awards, including the Texas National competition’s Best of Show.

The ARTS 1316 Basic Design course taught by Robbie Lacomb Roach focuses on students’ compositional skills, paying close attention to the use of the elements and principles of design. Works in various media will be shown.

The students from this class who will be exhibiting are Milam Bragg, Quinn Brashier, RaNeese Canada, Yeraldy Castorela, Hailey Hope, Lopez, Madelyn Markus, Roberts and Jenny Taylor.

Roach has taught at AC for 24 years and exhibits her prints and photography internationally. Her work may be viewed at lacombroachpress.com.


The 5 Browns concert set

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The 5 Browns will perform a piano quintet in Temple Theater at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 12.

The Angelina Arts Alliance will present The 5 Browns, a piano quintet, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 12 in Temple Theater.

The group consists of Ryan, Melody, Gregory, Deondra and Desirae, who all attended New York City’s Julliard School at the same time, the first family of five siblings ever accepted simultaneously.

They have been featured on “Oprah,” “The Today Show,” “The View” and “60 Minutes” and in People magazine, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Entertainment Weekly and the Sunday London Telegraph.

The three CDs the quintet has released went to No. 1 on Billboard magazine’s Classical Album Chart. The New York Post newspaper said, “One family, five pianos and 50 fingers add up to the biggest classical music sensation in years . . . When these kids do Rachmaninoff, they’ll make you forget about Marshall amps.”

Angelina College offers free rush tickets to every student with a valid student ID for all Performing Arts Series performances this season.

Students may obtain their free tickets by arriving at the box office no earlier than one hour before show time. All AC faculty and staff members receive a 15 percent discount on Premier Series performances.

For more information or to purchase tickets for the event, visit the Temple Theater Box Office Monday through Friday 11 a.m.-5 p.m., call 936-633-5454 or go online to http://www.angelinaarts.org. Follow Angelina Arts Alliance on Facebook for late-breaking news, photos, videos and ticket giveaways.

The Angelina Arts Alliance is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to present a wide array of diverse, quality performing arts, along with educational and family performances, which collectively enrich, engage and educate the community.

 

Knight Art Show

Nacogdoches found object sculptor Wally Knight will exhibit his work March 6 – 28 in the Angelina Center for the Arts Gallery.

Knight is a long-time Nacogdoches resident whose work has inspired his fellow artists and community for many years. He has exhibited his work throughout Texas and the Southwest and has created an installation in Miltown Malbay, Ireland.

Knight’s career as an artist began in the 1970s when he met William Baker, a California artist and carpenter making his way to the East Coast. Baker’s advice to Knight was “Everything is already there. You just have to bring the right things together, and they will speak.”

Making art from the most humble and unexpected things, Knight has been on this journey through discovery and serendipity since that time.

“When I’m making art with found objects,” he said, “there is no predetrmined destination. I’m not a designer. I’m just along for the ride. I’m often surprised and sometimes amazed at the directions they take and relationships they form.”

This exhibition will include pieces that have recently been shown in Fort Worth’s Fort Works Art Gallery in an invitational exhibition “Los Fantasmas Ambulantes,” as well as several new works.