Now in their 86th season, the Harlem Globetrotters continue to entertain millions of parents, children, and general basketball admirers with a trademark blend of athletic precision and razzle-dazzle showmanship. For the team's 2012 world tour, a rotating roster of Globetrotter favorites take to the hardwood each game, so spectators might spot Special K Daley sharing a behind-the-back pass with newcomer Jacob “Hops” Tucker, the 2011 NCAA slam-dunk champion whose 50-inch vertical leap cruelly dashed his dreams of working in a ceiling-fan store. The Trotters might also present a study in contrasts with five-foot-two Too Tall Hall and seven-foot-eight Paul "Tiny" Sturgess, the world's tallest pro basketball player.
After months of grazing on the Amarillo Civic Center's frozen pastures, the young players of the Amarillo Bulls stampede toward season's end atop the North American Hockey League's standings. Through 54 games, the South Division leaders have netted 42 victories, including 20 inside The Bull Pen amid the hometown crowd's raucous cheers. 2011 All-Rookie first-teamer Karl Beckman leads the squad's puck-smothering defense alongside goalie Gregg Gruehl, whose acclaimed flexibility enables him to deflect shots while attending multiple dinner parties simultaneously. Offensively, forward Brooks Behling skates among the league's most potent scorers with 70 points, highlighted by 34 goals.
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. Inspired by the 1936 film it shares a title with, Reefer Madness charts the hysteria unleashed when a batch of clean-cut kids falls prey to marijuana, sending them on a raucous, pot-fueled downward spiral toward depravity punctuated by a bevy of big musical numbers. Filled with Broadway-style showstoppers and Vegas razzle-dazzle, the comedy brims with irreverent political and religious satire, stylized spoofery, and, for audience members, a possible case of vicarious munchies.
A charter member of National Youth Theatre, AC Lamplight awakens the thrill of live theater in children and adults alike with productions that seek to enlighten, challenge, and entertain their audiences’ spirits. The Surprising Story of The Three Little Pigs serves up snappy twists on the traditional fairy tale, mashing The Three Little Pigs, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, and Goldilocks and the Three Bears into a vibrant, fable-rich smoothie of sophisticated storytelling.
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.
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.
"TEXAS" is the most spectacular outdoor musical drama in the world. Set in the majesty of the Palo Duro Canyon, visitors from all over the world come every summer to witness the story of those first settlers in the Texas panhandle. Bring the entire family and enjoy fantastic singing, dancing, and fireworks galore!