Lee College Players present ‘Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some)’

Lee College actors prepare for “Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some).”
Lee College actors prepare for “Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some).” From left are Marc Glover-Garcia, Marci Barrientos, Beth Powell, Mary Arrigo, Frankie Moncada and Mason Lauderdale.

After a while, the reindeer and elves and snowmen and Whos and all the fantastical creatures of Christmas can start to blend together like the green beans and gravy at the big feast.

The Lee College Players’ upcoming production of “Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some)” takes an over-the-top comic mix-and-match spin on the holiday stories we all grew up with.

There will be just four performances, starting Thursday night, Dec. 6, and ending Monday. All shows are in the black box theater of the Performing Arts Center. Showtimes are at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2:30 p.m. Saturday and 7:30 p.m. Monday.

Tickets are $15 (Lee College faculty, staff and students $8). For tickets, go to www.lee.edu/pac or call 281.425.6255.

Lee College offers more than 100 associate degree and certificate programs, as well as non-credit workforce and community education courses, that prepare its diverse student body for advanced higher education; successful entry into the workforce; and a variety of in-demand careers. With the main campus and McNair Center located in Baytown, Texas, and a satellite education center in nearby South Liberty County, the college serves a geographic area of more than 220,000 residents that includes 14 independent school districts. To learn more, visit www.lee.edu.

BSO presents ‘Christmas in Baytown’

BSO practice session
Baytown Symphony Orchestra members rehearsing for Christmas in Baytown, directed by Pierre-Alain Chevalier.

Enjoy the sounds of the holidays this weekend as Baytown Symphony Orchestra presents Christmas in Baytown. Vocalists from the Baytown Community Chorus, high school choirs and church choirs will perform with the orchestra.

General admission tickets are $20. Students with ID are free. For tickets, go to http://www.lee.edu/pac or call 281.425.6255.

BSO conductor Pierre-Alain Chevalier will conduct the concert, with Michael Grauvogl leading chorus preparations. Lee College Voice Artist Instructor Cassandra Black will be featured soprano soloist.

Michael Grauvogl leading Baytown Community Chorus rehearsal.
Michael Grauvogl leading Baytown Community Chorus rehearsal.

Music to be performed by the symphony and chorus includes “Rejoice Greatly” and “Hallelujah” from “Messiah;” “’Twas the Night Before Christmas,” “Rudolph” and “Bells and Holly.”

In addition to the music performed by the orchestra only or the orchestra with the chorus, there will be familiar songs the audience is invited to sing along with, including “We Three Kings,” “Silent Night,” “Joy to the World,” “Up on the Housetop” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”

Lee College offers more than 100 associate degree and certificate programs, as well as non-credit workforce and community education courses, that prepare its diverse student body for advanced higher education; successful entry into the workforce; and a variety of in-demand careers. With the main campus and McNair Center located in Baytown, Texas, and a satellite education center in nearby South Liberty County, the college serves a geographic area of more than 220,000 residents that includes 14 independent school districts. To learn more, visit www.lee.edu.

Posada set for Sat., Dec. 8

In celebration of the season, the Lee College Hispanic Education Access and Completion Committee is hosting a Posada Saturday in Parking Lot 13, which is on Texas Avenue near the Baytown Oak.

Marylou Ortuvia, with HEACC, said the Posada celebration is based on a traditional Mexican Christmas observance that recalls the search for shelter faced by

Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem. “Posada” literally translates to “inn.”

There will be bolos (treats) for the little ones, live music, food and an art contest.

Live music will be provided by Alcanzable (10:30 a.m.-noon) and Clave 45 (12:30-2 p.m.).

Students from Goose Creek CISD high schools will take part in an art contest, with winners announced at 2 p.m.

There will also be food vendors and several community organizations with information booths.

This is a first-time event for HEACC, Ortuvia said. Christmas on Texas Avenue will be going on the same day in Town Square, and guests can easily visit both events.

Lee College shines in Christmas Tree Fantasy

Christmas tree photoThe Lee College Alliance made sure the school is well represented at Baytown Historical Museum’s Christmas Tree Fantasy for 2018 with a decorated tree titled “Navigate Your Future.”

The tree features a multicolored track winding its way through various career options and leading to a Lee College compass rose on top.

More than a dozen trees from businesses, organizations and families make up this year’s Christmas Tree Fantasy at the museum at 220 W. Defee St.

To kick off the annual event, the museum scheduled an open house for 6-7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3.

Visitors may vote on their favorite Christmas tree through Dec. 14, when the winners of the competition will be announced.

The museum is open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Admission is free.

Lee welcomes ‘Animal Farm’ to Black Box

The Lee College Players will present “George Orwell’s Animal Farm” in the Black Box theater of the Lee College Performing Arts Center for two weekends, opening Friday.

Performances will be Nov. 2-3 and 9-11, with Friday and Saturday shows at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinee at 2:30 p.m.

The stage play is adapted by Ian Wooldrige from the novel by George Orwell. (Wikipedia article about the book)

Orwell’s satire on the perils of Stalinism has proved magnificently long-lived as a parable about totalitarianism anywhere and has given the world at least one immortal phrase: “Some are more equal than others.”

The animals on Manor Farm drive out their master and take over and run the farm for themselves. The experiment is successful, except that someone has to take the deposed farmer’s place. Leadership devolves upon the pigs, which are cleverer than the rest of the animals. Unfortunately, their character is not equal to their intelligence. This dramatization remains faithful to the book’s plot and intent, and it retains both its affection for the animals and the incisiveness of its message.

General admission tickets are $15. Lee College students, faculty and staff can get tickets for $8. Tickets may be purchased online at www.lee.edu/pac.

Some material in the play may be too graphic for young viewers.

Lee College offers more than 100 associate degree and certificate programs, as well as non-credit workforce and community education courses, that prepare its diverse student body for advanced higher education; successful entry into the workforce; and a variety of in-demand careers. With the main campus and McNair Center located in Baytown, Texas, and a satellite education center in nearby South Liberty County, the college serves a geographic area of more than 220,000 residents that includes 14 independent school districts. To learn more, visit www.lee.edu.

Spring Preview Night Scheduled for Nov. 8 in Liberty

LIBERTY, TX — The Lee College Education Center – South Liberty County is opening its doors to potential students 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8. Students and families are invited to meet program faculty members, tour the facility, have their questions answered, receive advice on course selections, register on the spot, and get help with financial paperwork. A Financial Assistance Workshop is scheduled for 5:30-7:30 p.m. the same day in Room 124. Light refreshments will be provided.

Spring Preview Night

  • Date: Thurs., Nov. 8, 2018
  • Time: 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Location: Lee College Education Center – South Liberty County
    1715 TX-146
    Liberty, TX 77575

“Attending the Spring Preview Night is an excellent opportunity to explore the academic programs offered in Liberty and meet with the instructors who are committed to educational success,” said Wesley Wells, Education Center manager. “We welcome all prospective students to come take a closer look at the Lee College Education Center – South Liberty County.” 

To attend, register online at www.lee.edu/workforce or call the Center for Workforce and Community Development at 281.425.6311.

Lee College offers more than 100 associate degree and certificate programs, as well as non-credit workforce and community education courses, that prepare its diverse student body for advanced higher education; successful entry into the workforce; and a variety of in-demand careers. With the main campus and McNair Center located in Baytown, Texas, and a satellite education center in nearby South Liberty County, the college serves a geographic area of more than 220,000 residents that includes 15 school systems. To learn more, visit www.lee.edu.

‘Remembering Harvey’ comes to Town Square

The Lee College Players will present ‘Remembering Harvey,’ a collection of remembrances of the hurricane that brought massive flooding to the region a year ago, at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 12 and 13, on the stage at Baytown Town Square, 213 W. Texas Ave.

The outdoor performances are free.

Theater instructor Kim Martin described “Remembering Harvey,” as, “a challenging and provocative look back at the events which rocked the world of our region and community one year ago. In this originally conceived presentation, we will invite the community to look back at Hurricane Harvey, relying on our artistic resources to remember and reevaluate the experience that has left many of our community’s citizens touched for life.”

Lee College also performed this original production at the Fort Worth Fringe Festival, Sept. 7, 8 and 9, a play festival presented by Texas Nonprofit Theatres.

Lee College offers more than 100 associate degree and certificate programs, as well as non-credit workforce and community education courses, that prepare its diverse student body for advanced higher education; successful entry into the workforce; and a variety of in-demand careers. With the main campus and McNair Center located in Baytown, Texas, and a satellite education center in nearby South Liberty County, the college serves a geographic area of more than 220,000 residents that includes 14 independent school districts. To learn more, visit www.lee.edu.