Social Eyes: Junior Woman’s Club tunes back in time

02/20/2014 1:42 PM

02/19/2014 5:43 PM

Coming soon to Fort Worth: a stage show extravaganza with spectacular music, fabulous dancing and talented singers and actors playing characters who travel back in time to “save” music from the evil Fort Worth Mayor Depressley, who has bought all the rights to music and banned it for all eternity.

Now that we have your attention, here’s the scoop on the 57th annual spring show presented by the Junior Woman’s Club of Fort Worth. Performances at the W.E. Scott Theatre, 1300 Gendy St., are set for 8 p.m. Feb. 28 and 7 p.m. March 1.

The entire show is written, directed, choreographed, sung, danced and acted by talented Junior Woman’s Club and Woman’s Club members. Says member (and Star-Telegram features editor) Stephanie Allmon, who was the head script writer, “Audience members will go back in time — with the help of a ‘Fairy God DJ’ in a time machine — to hear some of their favorite hits from the ’60s, ’70s and ’90s.”

The show includes at least a dozen dance numbers from tap to hip-hop, and adding to the fun will be celebrity cameo appearances.

Director Ashley Pittman said: “Spring show is such a special experience because it starts with a seed of an idea that blossoms to a fun and entertaining experience on stage. And the idea that me — a mom, wife and full-time working woman — could be sitting in the director’s chair and be onstage dancing is truly a privilege.”

Each year the spring show aligns with the president’s theme, said President Robyn Rogers, whose theme is “Let the Music Move You.”

“With my theme being all about music, this year’s show is guaranteed to have the audience dancing in their seats and singing along to some of the great hits from the past as well as some more current hits that are in the show,” Rogers said.

Pittman said the proceeds from the show will be contributed to the American Heart Association Go Red for Women campaign. As a nurse practitioner, Pittman said she sees women on daily who are battling heart disease, and she is pleased that the club can create awareness of women’s cardiovascular health.

Reserved seats are $20, and general admission is $15. Make note that the ticket includes complimentary beverages and hors d’oeuvres beginning an hour before the show both nights. But tickets at www.jwcfw.com or at the door.

Northeast Tarrant

Arts League seeks new members at coffee Thursday

Women interested in learning what membership in the Arts League of Northeast Tarrant County is all about are invited to the annual coffee that the group is hosting from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Colleyville Center, at 5301 Riverwalk Drive.

The league, established in 1985, supports the arts and works with the Arts Council Northeast to bring cultural and artistic opportunities to the community.

“The Arts League takes a three-tier approach to the arts: philanthropy, education and enjoyment,” President Jill Danahey said. “Please join us at the coffee and see how the Arts League can be your path to enjoying the arts.”

Entertaining guests at the coffee will be performers from the Fort Worth Opera, who will preview numbers from the upcoming season.

Member Lynn Buffington said the club meets on the first Monday each month at the Bedford Boys Ranch. Members enjoy excursions to local events and exposure to local artists along with chances to promote the arts.

An annual project is working on the Shining Stars fundraiser. Dues are $40 annually.

“We’ve taken a trip to Crystal Bridges [museum] in Arkansas, visited the Kimbell and attended a variety of mystery dinner theaters,” Buffington said, adding that a trip to the George W. Bush Library is an upcoming outing.

Make reservations for the coffee through event organizer Connie Nichols at 817-577-0754. Learn more about the organization at www.artscouncilnortheast.org/arts_league.aspx.

Arlington

Girls Inc. celebrates accomplishments at breakfast

Girls Inc. of Tarrant County, providing programs that “encourage girls to confront and master their physical, intellectual and emotional challenges,” will honor accomplishments and exceptional achievements at the annual celebration and awards breakfast Feb. 28 at Ridglea Country Club in Fort Worth.

Presentations by young girls participating in several the Girls Inc. programs will illustrate why the agency’s tagline is “inspiring girls to be strong, smart and bold.” Master of ceremonies for the morning will be Fort Worth Eastern Hills High School senior Deion Hightower, an active Girls Inc. member.

“Our annual breakfast is our opportunity to share our successes from the previous year with our community and stakeholders. We demonstrate how our life-changing programs are actually changing the lives of girls in Tarrant County,” said Becky Balarin, senior program director. Balarin said the event celebrates the girls in Girls Inc. programs and their community partners.

The board of directors, led by President Barbara Williams, is coordinating the event with assistance from the Girls Inc. staff.

During a spotlight awards presentation, the Strong Partner award will go to Texas Trust Credit Union. Other awards to be presented include Smart Girl honoree Stefani Ortiz; the Bold Woman award winner, Tahita Fulkerson; and the volunteer of the year, Ellen Ray.

The entire community is invited to attend. Tickets are $25, and reservations are due by Monday. Register at www.girlsinctarrant.org or call Stacia Newton at 817-468-0306.

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