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Wednesday Morning Roundup
by Stephen Becker 30 Nov 2011

Today in the roundup: Jubilee Theatre revives a Christmas classic, a new sculpture at the Ballpark and Strativari violins for everyone!


ALL IN THE FAMILY: Jubilee Theatre’s contribution to the holiday season is Auntee Explains X-Mas. Stormi Demerson plays the title character, who guides the audience through a number of Christmas stories intertwined with a few songs. The show is a revival of a book written by Jubilee founder Rudy Eastman. And it sounds like this is a show worth reviving. “This is a good, old fashioned Jubilee musical that recalls an earlier era at this venue,” Punch Shaw writes in his dfw.com review. “In a year where there seem to be fewer holiday performing arts options to the standard Big Three—A Christmas Carol, The Nutcracker, Messiah, ” Mark Lowry writes on theaterjones.com, “Auntee is a sweet option.” Catch it through Dec. 30.

IN MEMORY: When you visit Rangers Ballpark in Arlington next season, you’ll be greeted by a new sculpture called Rangers Fan. The work has been commissioned by the Rangers to remember Shannon Stone, the firefighter who died at a game last year that he attended with his son, Cooper. Bruce Greene, who lives in Norse, Texas, has been given the job, and it’s one he doesn’t take lightly. “It’s about relationships — a dad and his son, a family that can gather over baseball and spend time at the ballpark,” Stone tells Unfair Park. “Those things are on my mind, and to do that with the sensitivity as it relates to Jenny Stone and Cooper at obviously a very hard time. I want to be sensitive to them.”

MAKIN’ COPIES: A few weeks ago, we passed along news that the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra now has a pair of Strativari violins. And now there’s a chance that every violinist in the orchestra could theoretically play one. Or at least one that sounds just like the originals. That’s because a radiologist claims he’s figured out a way of replicating the instruments by taking a CAT scan of the originals. “The copies are amazingly similar to originals in their sound quality,” Dr. Steven Sirr tells the BBC.