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Wednesday Morning Roundup
by Stephen Becker 28 Jul 2010

Today in the roundup: Saving the Ridglea, more arts in schools and a veteran North Texas actress discusses her career.


CATCH IT WHILE YOU CAN: The future of the  Ridglea Theater in Fort Worth is up in the air after its owner lost the building in a bankruptcy sale. But lovers of the Ridglea are doing their best to make sure the historic building remains an arts venue. On Thursday, Historic Fort Worth will conduct a tour of the building. (Click here to watch Historic Fort Worth Executive Director Jerre Tracy’s recent appearance on Think TV.)  “We want to do this tour to make people aware of this building and see it,” Historic Fort Worth member John Roberts tells dfw.com. Among the proposed new tenants for the building: a bank. Sigh.

MORE ARTS IN SCHOOL: You may have heard that the State Legislature upped the requirements for students for this year when it comes to fine arts. But as it turns out, many North Texas school districts already ask their students to take the required number of arts classes, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Robert Floyd, executive director of the Texas Music Educators Association, tells the paper that the new rules help balance out all the emphasis on the TAKS test. “I think it was a very positive move by the Legislature in spite of these days of high-stakes testing,” he said.

THE SCENE STEALER: The Full Montycurrently onstage at WaterTower Theatre – is famously a show about men. But Lawson Taitte says in his dallasnews.com review that the women definitely make themselves heard – especially Pat Dougherty. “From the minute she comes out from behind the piano, Dougherty dominates her every scene,” he writes. So who is Dougherty? Theater Jones is so glad you asked. The actress who has starred in local productions for the past 30 years spoke to the site in this video.