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UNT Press title released

The UNT Press’ newest release, Convict Cowboys: The Untold History of the Texas Prison Rodeo by Mitchel Roth, is available online. Convict Cowboys covers the history of the country’s first prison rodeo, which ran from 1931 to 1986. The rodeo drew as many as 30,000 spectators and stood at the intersection of numerous forms of American popular entertainment.

The book tells the story of the Texas Prison Rodeo alongside Texas history and discusses the prison system and how it evolved over time. For more information, visit

The book is available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Indiebound.


Company announces 2016-17 season

Denton Community Theatre has announced its 2016-17 season, which will begin with the farce Noises Off in September and conclude with the musical Bonnie & Clyde next August.

Noises Off, a comedy about an acting troupe that focuses on the drama and strife of life onstage and off, will run Sept. 9-18. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9-10 and 15-17 and 2 p.m. Sept. 11 and 18. The show is for an adult audience.

Next, The Crucible, Arthur Miller’s drama about a witch hunt in Puritan New England that consumes a community, will run Nov. 11-20.

The black comedy Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf tells the tale of George and Martha, a middle-aged couple, and their guests Nick and Honey, a younger couple. Throughout the evening, the older couple play manipulative head games with each other, and soon the younger pair gets sucked in.

The show will run Jan. 13-22. It contains adult themes and mild language.

Oliver!, a classic musical about a young orphan boy who falls in with pickpockets and thieves in Victorian London, will run from March 31 to April 9.

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, a comedy about three middle-aged single siblings, will run June 9-18. Two of the siblings live in their childhood home and are supported by the third, who visits to announce she intends to sell the house.

The play is a humorous adaptation of playwright Anton Chekhov’s themes that doesn’t require familiarity with Chekhov.

Bonnie & Clyde, an unconventional musical combining blues, gospel and rockabilly music, will run Aug. 11-20, 2017.


Concert will open wind orchestra’s season

The Lone Star Wind Orchestra, conducted by University of North Texas regents professor Eugene Corporon, will begin its 2016-17 season with “The Big Apple in Big ‘D,’” a performance that will combine classical music, jazz and musical theater staples to celebrate New York’s culture.

The performance will be at 2:30 p.m. Sept. 18 in the Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St. in Dallas. Tickets are available online at Tickets cost $19 for general admission and $9 for students and seniors. Box seats are $39.

For more information, visit


Theater school enrolling students for fall semester

Denton Community Theatre’s Theatre School continues enrollment for the fall semester.

Classes begin on Sept. 10 at PointBank Black Box Theatre, 318 E. Hickory St.

Creative Drama for ages 4 to 7 meets from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays.

The class develops imaginative thought and creative expression through the use of movement, pantomime, improvisation, story dramatization and group discussion. Reading ability is not required. $180 per student.

Acting 1 for ages 8 to 11 meets from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. on Saturdays. The class develops acting, auditioning, body and voice skills as well as imagination, character history and characterization.

Children will learn improvisations, performing and related skills. Individual and small group coaching will be included during class. $180 per student.

Acting 2 for ages 12 to 18 meets on Saturdays from 1:30 to 3 p.m. In this flexible acting class, teenagers and advanced students will be taught according to their abilities and experience.

Study will focus on basic stage direction, audition techniques and the development of an acting resume. Students will also explore scene study, monologues, characterization, improvisation and performance. Individual and small group coaching will be included during class.

Younger students with acting experience may be admitted with permission of the instructor. $180 per student.

A showcase for each class will be during the final class on Oct. 29 at the Campus Theatre. To register, call 940-382-7014, ext. 2, or visit

— Staff reports

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