COUNTRY AT THE OPERA: Last week, Jerome pointed out in his story about Ava Pine that she grew up singing country music. And apparently she’s not the only member of Fort Worth Opera’s Lysistrata cast to do that. Scott Scully plays a Greek general in the show, but opera wasn’t his first love either. “I went to [The University of] North Texas to be a country singer,” he tells dallasnews.com. “But the jazz program is so big up there that I couldn’t get into any of the ensembles as a freshman, so they put me in a choir. I had to audition for the choir director and the classical voice faculty, at which point I had to learn an art song in English and one in Italian.” As they say, the rest is history. Your next chance to check out Lysistrata is Saturday.
TBT 2012-13: Texas Ballet Theater has announced its 2012-13 season, which it has dubbed “Two Great Cities, One Great Company!” The season opens Oct. 19 with artistic director Ben Stevenson’s Peer Gynt, based on the Norwegian fairy tale. Then we’ll get a new production of The Nutcracker before the North Texas premiere of Glen Tetley’s Voluntaries and Val Caniparoli’s Lambarena. The season concludes with TBT’s Springfest. There’s more on each of these shows on TBT’s website.
AND THE BUCKLEY GOES TO: Congratulations to Grapevine Faith Christian School and Mansfield High School, whose productions of Godspell and Seussical, respectively, dominated this year’s Betty Lynn Buckley Awards. The awards were handed out last night at Casa Mañana. All the winners are over at dfw.com.