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Monday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 15 Oct 2012 7:50 AM

Today in the roundup: The end of the Arts Center of North Texas, checking in on a new local dance company and a look at The Addams Family.


ARTS CENTER DISSOLVED: Frisco, Plano and Allen have agreed to a plan to dissolve the Arts Center of North Texas – the development formerly known as the Arts Center of Collin County. “We were so close to breaking ground,” Plano Mayor Phil Dyer tells “This was a glorious opportunity.” The arts center’s biggest asset – the 124 acres of land valued at $22 million – will go back to the original donor.

A NEW DANCE COMPANY: Avant Chamber Ballet, a new dance company made up primarily of members of the now defunct Metropolitan Classical Ballet, performed for just the second time over the weekend. In her review, Margaret Putnam writes that the works in “European Crossing: Where Dance and Music Intersect,” performed at LifeStage Theatre in Grapevine, “range from spare and modern to scrupulously clean and sunny.” Before the weekend’s program, artistic director Katie Puder told that, “My choreography is closer to something along the lines of the Balanchine American aesthetic – focused on musicality and the music, and not so much the story.” Interested? The performance will be repeated Oct. 25 at the Eisemann Center.

OH, SNAP: The national tour of The Addams Family is in residence at the Music Hall at Fair Park through Sunday. If you haven’t made it out yet, the Dallas Summer Musicals offers this video preview:

  • CG

    Re Plano-Allen-Frisco arts center: great news. Now that parcel can be developed as everyone would really want, with a group of strip malls and fast food places.