Voted Amarillo's Best Theatre Group in 2009 by CityVoter, Avenue 10 offers a premier theater-arts experience through exciting exhibitions, musical performances, and staged productions showcasing local acting and directing talent. Set to music, A Clockwork Orange transports audiences through Anthony Burgess' psychological dystopian satire, examining the nature of free will, morality, and lactose intolerance. Staged by director and actor Michael Blake, this performance features the acting chops of Aaron Lee Jones, Terri Morgan, and David Burton, and the muttonchops of Arthur A. Chester.
Dedicated operateers and burgeoning aria appreciators congregate within Amarillo Opera's modernly appointed amphitheater to satisfy their theatrical cravings. On April 2, a gaggle of talented rafter shakers present The Italian Straw Hat, a frolicsome farce from Nino Rota, the composer of The Godfather's solemn soundtrack and rollicking baptismal tap-dance number. The harmony-heavy performance relays the tale of a hapless husband-to-be who finds himself contending with a lady and her beau after his horse devours her enticing straw hat.
With a history stretching back to 1927, Amarillo Little Theatre keeps the community entertained with a full season of riveting productions. The Tony Award–winning musical La Cage aux Folles tells the story of nightclub owner Georges and his partner, Albin, as they try to hide their relationship for one night in order to win over the conservative parents of Georges's son's fiancée. The show features wacky antics, flashy dancing, and ear-tickling melodies, with a story about family and acceptance that warms the heart like a defibrillator powered by hot cocoa. Shows will take place in Amarillo Little Theatre's main-stage space, which sports free parking and 453 seats, ensuring enough room to stand for enthusiastic ovations and preshow jumping jacks in the aisle.
YMCA of Amarillo has opened its doors to peoples of all faiths, races, income levels, and abilities since 1937. Today staffers continue to uphold the YMCA’s core values of honesty, acceptance, and fairness as they ensure each location is a safe place for members to play, exercise, and strengthen family bonds weakened by overzealous games of Monopoly. Adults can take aquatic, boot-camp, and Zumba classes or workout within fitness centers filled with cardio and strength-training equipment. Kids, meanwhile, can join in on youth basketball and soccer matches or stimulate their imagination, mental development, and growth in afterschool programs, homework-assistance sessions, and art classes. To help guests of all ages get in touch with their creative sides, local artists host writing groups, dance courses, and photography classes.
YMCA of Amarillo emphasizes the importance of cultural enrichment in their community as well—they partner with such community-based organizations as Boy Scouts of America, Lone Star Ballet, and Amarillo Opera. They also further strengthen the community by offering much-needed funding to children and families who cannot afford the full cost of any of these progressive programs.
A lone announcer stands in the center of the ring, preparing to call the night’s first challenger from the alliance’s roster of wrestlers. As his voice booms, the house lights drop. Pulsating intro music builds until it ricochets off the rafters and through the crowd. After the wrestlers wade past fans, they clamber into the ring, rile up the masses, stare each other down, and accuse one another of looking like an australopithecus. Then the match begins, and body slams, piledrivers, and high-flying leg drops descend onto the mat in a program that includes several matches and a main event.
As an affiliate of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association, the Randall County Roller Dames challenge a lineup of regional rivals to fast-paced bouts of derby, eliciting cheers from an adoring flock of fans. The athletes sport helmets, skates, and tough nicknames based on obscure Cockney rhyming slang as they race around a circuit, elbowing and knocking away enemy skaters in a dizzying display of skill and teamwork. The Roller Dames exhibit a lasting loyalty to their home turf, not only through a series of six exhilarating home bouts, but also through yearly charity benefits for nonprofits such as Habitat for Humanity and Make-A-Wish Foundation.