Angelina Arts Alliance News Release – January 30, 2015

Contact: Tracy Pinkerton, 936-633-5234 – Executive Director

School time Fun and Old time Radio

January has been a busy month for the Arts Alliance with 2 educational shows back to back for our local school kids. Presenting live theatrical events for children is one of our favorite things. After all, who doesn’t love to see all those little faces, filled with wonder, as they enter the Temple Theater for the very first time? For many students, it may be the only time they will ever experience live theater. In fact, when they first enter the lobby many of them will ask; “Are we going to see a movie?” “Oh no”, I reply. “This is a live show with real singers, dancers and actors”. Their little eyes get real big—and so does their smile. Dr. Larry Phillips, Angelina College President, says seeing all the school busses lined up across the parking lot is one of his favorite things. I’m sure the T.L.L. Temple Foundation and Woodland Heights Medical Center, the series sponsors, would say the same thing. We all love the opportunity to inspire the next generation.

The two shows presented, Janet’s Planet and Schoolhouse Rock Live, both integrate the arts into school curricula, giving both the students and the teachers a unique experience. A fourth grade teacher from Slack elementary, brought his students to Schoolhouse Rock Live and commented, “For me it sets an example of what teaching should look like; Entertaining, attractive, and dynamic. For the students it was an opportunity to review very important concepts in a different and hopefully more effective way.”

Two of the teachers who brought their students to Janet’s Planet have earned a SKYPE session with an astronaut from NASA or Mars Rover scientist. Angela Duncan from Huntington, and Debbie Pope from Etoile, are both excited to connect their students via SKYPE with an expert who has real-life experience in space science technology. The opportunity for kids to interview a real live astronaut or space scientist is not something that happens in Angelina County every day—and it’s pretty exciting!

But as much as we love to educate and inspire our kids, there are times when inspiring adults can be just as rewarding. Our next show in our Premier Series is the racially charged, classical American thriller In the Heat of the Night. The play is based on John Ball’s 1965 novel, and takes place in the south, when much of the country grappled with integration and an evolving acceptance of the Civil Rights Movement. It inspired a movie, television series, and has now been adapted by L.A. Theatre Works into a “live radio-theater” style performance. Imagine, as an audience member, stepping back in time to the days of live radio dramas—complete with live actors and all the sound effects created on-stage. The subject matter is challenging, and the genre is fascinating; it should be a truly unique night of theater. For more information you can go to or call 936-633-5454.