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.

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.

BSO to present Elgar’s Enigma

The Baytown Symphony Orchestra is kicking off its 51st season with a bang! Italian violinist Laura Cividino will perform the beloved Violin Concerto in E minor by Felix Mendelssohn at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, in Lee College’s beautiful Performing Arts Center.

This performance is Cividino’s debut with the Baytown Symphony, but she is no stranger to the greater Houston area. She performs regularly with the Houston New Arts Movement, Mercury Chamber Orchestra, Bach Society Houston, Austin Baroque Orchestra, and the Brazos Valley Symphony — among other guest appearances — and tours internationally with the Calliope String Quartet. You are sure to be impressed by her rich sound and musical depth.

This season-opening concert will conclude with Edward Elgar’s unparalleled Enigma Variations. This inspired work is built from multiple short movements that represent the important people in the British composer’s life, from his wife to his colleagues. This orchestral homage to Elgar’s friends is among his greatest works and, undoubtedly, one of the finest works by a British composer.

Student tickets are free at the box office before the concert.

The program includes “The Italian in Algiers” Overture by Rossini, Violin Concerto in E minor by Mendelssohn, and Enigma Variations by Elgar.

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.

Catch “Remembering Harvey” at the PAC

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.

Theater instructor Kim Martin described the play 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.

Local performances will be at two locations:

  • 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 21-22, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, at the Lee College Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $8 for students and Lee College faculty and staff members. They may be purchased at the box office. Call 281.425.6255 or visit www.lee.edu/pac.
  • 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 5 and 6, at the Baytown Town Square. Town Square performances are outdoors and free.

Baytown Concert Band to host concert April 21 at PAC

The Baytown Concert Band will present its Spring Concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 21, at the Lee College Performing Arts Center.

Ken Booker, conductor of the Baytown Concert Band and Director of Instrumental Music at Lee College, said the theme of the evening’s free performance is “Vesuvius,” which is also one of the pieces being performed.

“It’s a community band that has a few students in it, but most of the people in it are from the community,” he said.

Booker said most of the music is classical, though he does introduce some newer selections as well. The Concert Band mainly differs from an orchestra in that it has no string instruments.

In addition to conducting and teaching, Booker is a composer, and the performance will feature one of his compositions titled “Black Water Scenes.”

“It’s really about East Texas,” Booker said. “One of the movements is called “Red Clay.” He said the title “Black Water Scenes” is meant to evoke the feel of the woods of that region.

“You see that still water that is black because of the shadows. The cypress trees and stuff like that make it look kind of (black),” he said.

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.

Jazz @ Lee College Friday, April 13

The Thursday Night Band will present a free concert under the direction of Ken Booker at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 13, in the Performing Arts Center.

Featured performers will be trombone instructor Carl Woodall and vocalist Kevin Lewis.

Lewis is a former Lee College music student who now teaches in Goose Creek CISD. He will be performing “Route 66,” “Kissing a Fool,” and “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy.”

Booker said the night’s program will include many big-band favorites.

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.

Lee presents comedy night April 13, 14

Lee College Theatre presents 30 short comedy plays in just one hour. The performance is in the Black Box Theatre of the Performing Arts Center.

Tickets are $10; $5 for Lee College students, faculty, and staff.

The Friday performance is at 9:30 p.m., following the Jazz@Lee College concert in the adjacent main hall. The Saturday performance is at 7:30 p.m.

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.