Tag: Cedar Park theater

It’s a New Dance Year!

old town

With temperatures still in the 90s, we can’t quite tell that fall has rolled around.  Fall brings cooler temperatures, new school years, pumpkin spice lattes, and most importantly, a new dance year!

The start of a new dance year brings exciting changes, opportunities, and a renewed love for dance.  It’s not that we really lose our love for dance throughout the year, but by the end of the year the teachers and the students alike are really tired of hearing their recital or competition songs for the 100th or more time.  Throughout the summer, the teachers search and search and then search some more to find the perfect song for each of their classes.  They then begin thinking about choreography and costumes and creating their visions for the recital.  As they get to know their dancers, they make adjustments to their choreography to make sure each dancer is feeling both confident and challenged.  It’s exciting!

From our youngest to our oldest dancers, the new dance year brings opportunity for growth as a dancer as well as the opportunity to make new friends.  We love watching our youngest dancers come into the studio with their pink tutus and huge smiles!  We also love watching our older dancers hanging out with their dance friends in the lobby talking about what they did over the summer.  We watch our new company dancers coming in with a bit of nervousness, but those nerves soon turn to smiles as they get to know the other dancers on their team.  It’s exciting!

This year we have added new teachers as well as an office manager, Monica.  You all will see Monica around the studio.  She is looking forward to getting to know all of our Center Stage families.  You will also see some new faces as we have added three new teachers –  Cornesha, Alissa, and Emma.  These ladies are all excited to be a part of the Center Stage family.  You can read a little more about their backgrounds on our website.

We thank you all for choosing Center Stage!  We look forward to a great new dance year together (and cooler temperatures too)!

Experience Local Theater this Spring!

 My 5 year old daughter has watched Tangled so many times that she knows exactly what happens next and even begins laughing before Rapunzel knocks Flynn rider on the head with a frying pan. Although she loves this movie and watches it repeatedly, she never says, “Mom, remember the time we watched Tangled” because it is not a memorable experience. She does, however, recall the time we saw “the real Belle on the stage” at Leander High School’s presentation of Beauty and the Beast. She remembers seeing the “dancing cats” at the Georgetown Palace Theater’s production of Cats. I love theater and want to share the appreciation for the art with my kids. We love spreading a blanket out at the Zilker Hillside Theater to watch a musical on a summer night. It’s a great way to spend a summer night.

This area provides a rich culture of music, art, theater, and dance. We have so many venues to watch great performances. We are close to the Bass Concert Hall, Zach Theater, Long Center, Cedar Park Event Center, Georgetown Palace Theater, Way Off Broadway Players, and more. From professional performances to community theater to high school productions, we all can find something that appeals to our tastes and our budgets. A great resource for information on discounted shows or even free shows in the area is www.freefuninaustin.com . You can find that Joe McDermott will have a free show at Brilliant Sky Toys on Jan. 21. He plays guitar and sings fun, silly songs that kids love. You will also find on the site a discount code for a buy one adult ticket, get one child ticket free to see Lion King at the Bass Concert Hall on Jan. 17.

Lion King

Zach Theater has a youth theater program that offers shows geared toward young audiences. In their upcoming season, you can catch a theatrical presentation of the popular storybook Goodnight Moon from Feb. 2-Mar. 23 followed by Hans Christian Andersen’s Little Mermaid showing April 6-May 11.  For more information, visit www.zachtheater.org.

If you haven’t been to the Georgetown Palace Theater, I highly recommend it. The theater is rich in history. It was built in 1926 and showed silent films of the times. Restored to its 1938 art deco style, you will find yourself in a piece of history as you take your seat. As a small theater, every seat in the house is a great one! Thoroughly Modern Millie will be playing at the Palace May 17-June 16. For more information on their current season, visit www.georgetownpalace.org.

Palace Theatre

Our local youth are quite talented as well. My daughter, niece, and nephew were impressed with the talent at Leander High School’s production of Beauty and the Beast. Tickets to the local high school theater productions are inexpensive and support their theater programs. Leander High School will be revisiting a bygone era with their production of Grease this spring, Rouse will kick up their heels in Footloose, and Vista Ridge will be presenting Seussical. Check out www.leanderisd.org for more information on these shows.

I hope you take advantage of the many wonderful opportunities to experience live theater in the area. I know my kids and I will be catching a few of these shows this spring. If you have a favorite theater spot, show, or group, please share it with the rest of us. We would love to hear from you!