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‘Night of the Living Dead’ production set

The North Central Texas College Drama Department will present a production of Night of the Living Dead by Lori Allen Ohm, based on the original film by George Romero and John Russo.

In this cult classic, a satellite probe shot to Venus returns to Earth carrying a mysterious radiation that transforms the unburied dead into flesh-eating zombies. Seven people trapped in an isolated farmhouse, held hostage by the ravenous ghouls, begin to turn on each other as the dead encroach.

Performances are set for 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Friday; 6 p.m., 9:30 p.m. and midnight Saturday; and 7:30 and 9 p.m. Oct. 31. All performances will be held in the Outside Box Theater at the First State Bank Center for the Performing Arts with limited seating for each performance.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for youth (high school age and younger). NCTC students are admitted free with their student ID.

The 6 p.m. performance Saturday will be a Zombie Dinner performance. Tickets are $15 and include participation in a lecture by Kyle Bishop.

The box office is open weekdays from 1 to 6 p.m. Call 940-668-3355 to reserve tickets.

The NCTC Drama Department will also present Zombie Trick or Treat from 6 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31 in the lobby of the First State Bank Center for the Performing Arts. Some images may be too intense for younger fans.


Concert to feature ‘Music of the World’

The College Singers from North Central Texas College present their first concert of the school year.

The fall concert, set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the First State Bank Center for the Performing Arts in Gainesville, is titled “Music of the World” and will feature folk songs from many different lands.

The ensemble will present folk songs from four continents, including North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. Some will be recognizable, like “Shenandoah” from the United States.

A multimedia presentation will accompany each song with images from all four continents featured in the music.

In addition, NCTC guitar professor David Tercero will be featured and perform Spanish folk songs.

For more information about the free concert or the College Singers, contact Shane Studdard, the director of the College Singers, at 940-668-3322.


Faculty members attend conference

NCTC faculty members Jane England, Emily White, Pat Ledbetter and Donna Hooper recently attended the 33rd TCCTA Conference for Faculty Leaders in Austin.

The conference is an annual event sponsored by the Texas Community College Teachers Association. Each year, faculty members representing a cross section of the state’s 52 community and technical colleges are invited to this forum in which colleagues, guest speakers, TCCTA lobbyist Beaman Floyd and members of the Hill-Gilstrap Law firm discuss major educational issues. 

The NCTC attendees participated in a variety of activities. England, the TCCTA president, gave the welcome speech and presided over the executive committee meeting where plans were made for the annual spring convention. Additionally, she and Ledbetter, a TCCTA Legislative committee member, assisted in developing strategies and setting the agenda for TCCTA involvement in the 2013 Legislative session.

Hooper served on a “Faculty Senate Best Practices” panel of former Faculty Congress/Senate Presidents and responded to questions posed by members of the audience.

White attended the general sessions and noted that the conference provided timely and important knowledge regarding current and upcoming changes in Texas legislation that will directly impact higher education practices.