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Friday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 9 Dec 2011 7:51 AM

Today in the roundup: Dallas Summer Musicals in financial trouble, a TCU filmmaker on the rise and an entertainment complex possibly coming to Irving.


DSM IN FINANCIAL TROUBLE: Dallas Summer Musicals will launch a major fundraising campaign now that it has exhausted its emergency fund. “I have not seen a period this bleak before,” DSM President Michael Jenkins tells “We have gone through the rainy-day fund. It’s expired. We’ve used it. It’s rained.” Jenkins lists the down economy, a drop in subscription sales, increased competition and a lack of new shows as the reasons for the financial trouble.

A FILMMAKER IN THE MAKING: By day, Ryan Bijan is a 21-year-old TCU student. But when he’s not cracking the books, he devotes his time to making movies. His most recent project is Erik: Portrait of a Living Corpse, based on The Phantom of the Opera. He talks about his budding film career both as an actor and director with

ETC.: The Irving City Council has voted to support a $170 million bond package to fund a new entertainment complex. ( … The Observer has collected it best 50 concert photos of 2011. ( … Members of Pentatonix, the quintet that recently won NBC’s a cappella singing competition The Sing-Off, returned to their old stomping ground of Arlington Martin High School on Thursday for a performance. (