Briefly in the arts

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Guyer High School student Teddy Santiesteban earned a best actor nomination in the Dallas Summer Musicals High School Musical Theatre Awards. Santiesteban starred as Usnavi in “In the Heights.”

High school musicals nominated for awards

Guyer High School is up for awards in seven categories in the Dallas Summer Musicals High School Musical Theatre Awards, which will be presented on Wednesday night. Another area program with Denton ties also earned nominations.

Guyer’s theater arts program, directed by Eleshia Crotwell, earned notice for two musicals.

In the Heights, a multicultural tale staged in September, was nominated in five categories:

Best Leading Actress — Bre Welty as Nina Rosario,

Best Leading Actor — Teddy Santiesteban as Usnavi,

Best Direction,

Best Choreography/Musical Staging and

Best Ensemble/Chorus.

Guyer’s November production of Les Miserables received two nominations:

Best Ensemble/Chorus and

Best Crew and Technical Execution.

Longtime Denton resident Vicki Kirkley directs the theater arts department at McKinney High School. The program returns to the awards contest with lauded performances from Monty Python’s Spamalot.

McKinney High’s Spamalot led the contest with nods in 12 categories:

Best Musical,

Best Leading Actor — Alex Miles as King Arthur,

Best Featured Performer — Luke Moraglia as Sir Robin,

Best Supporting Actor — Caleb Whitten as Sir Lancelot,

Best Ensemble/Chorus,

Best Direction,

Best Musical Direction,

Best Scenic Design,

Best Lighting Design,

Best Costume Design,

Best Crew and Technical Execution and

Best Choreography/Musical Staging.

The DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards ceremony will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Music Hall at Fair Park in Dallas. Tickets cost $30.25 to $81.75.

For tickets and more information, visit


Grandparents University planned at UNT in June

Learn how to make a robot, discover more about the stars or find out how crime scene investigators identify fingerprints at Grandparents University, a two-day summer camp offered by the University of North Texas on June 19-20.

Grandparents — or other family members — and their young ones from ages 7 to 12 are invited to pick two out of 10 “majors” for hands-on experience. Campers have the option of staying in a university residence hall, where they can get an authentic taste of college life.

Now in its sixth year at UNT, Grandparents University has drawn campers from around the Dallas-Fort Worth area and from as far as Idaho.

This year’s classes include robotics, astronomy, veterinary medicine, CSI-style fingerprinting and identification, 3-D constructions, geocaching, apparel merchandising, computer animation, disaster and emergency preparedness and storytelling.

For the event only, registration costs $417 for two people or $496 for three.

With housing, registration costs $463 for two or $595 for three.

Those who enroll in astronomy pay an additional $5 per person. Registration include T-shirts.

For more information, including a video about the program, and to register, visit


Woodturner to speak at artists’ meeting

Local woodturning artist John Beasley will reflect on the evolution of woodturning at this month’s meeting of the Visual Arts Society of Texas at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Center for the Visual Arts, 400 E. Hickory St.

Beasley will discuss the Golden Triangle Woodturners, of which he’s a member. He’ll also talk about the lathe, the machine that spins the wood an artist shapes, as well as addressing how woodturning has evolved from a trade or craft to an art form. Finally, Beasley will lead a brief discussion on selling turned objects and demonstrate at the lathe.

About 50 turned items will be displayed during Beasley’s address.

The meeting is free for members of the Denton-based society and $3 for visitors.

For more information, visit and


New combined gospel choir seeks members

A Denton gospel choir is creating a Denton Area Combined Choir. Founder Barbara Scott said interested singers should attend the first rehearsal at 3 p.m. Saturday at Morse Street Baptist Church, 921 Morse St.

The choir is open to all singers who enjoy gospel music, from American spirituals to hymns and contemporary praise music. Singers need not be members of a local church to join.

Scott is the director of the founding gospel choir, Total Witness.

For more information, call Scott at 940-442-9986 or email


Wind orchestra to celebrate Grainger

The Lone Star Wind Orchestra, under the direction of University of North Texas regents professor Eugene Migliaro Corporon, wraps ups its eighth season with “Wildflowers: An Afternoon With Percy Grainger.”

The concert is at 2:30 p.m. today at the Eisemann Center for Performing Arts, 2351 Performance Drive in Richardson.

Grainger is one of the most influential composer-pianists of the 20th century. The concert will feature the Irving Chorale, with the orchestra accompanying on Grainger’s “Lincolnshire Posy,” “Molly on the Shore,” “Irish Tune from County Derry” and others.

Tickets cost $20 for floor, tier and mezzanine seating and $40 for box seats. For reservations and discounted tickets, call 972-744-4650.

For more information, visit

— Staff reports

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