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.
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.
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.
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.
The West Texas A&M Lady Buffs have their sights set on making a second-half run to climb the Lone Star Conference rankings. Cheer on the squad, led by senior Megan McLain and junior Jamie Simmons, as they drain three-pointers, posterize defenders with tomahawk high fives, and put dazed opponents in a deep slumber with hypnotic dribbling. Upon the conclusion of the women's hard-fought sweat swap, basketball aficionados and fans super glued to their seats can stick around as the men's team takes the court to show off their high-flying athleticism and Charles Barkley impersonations. Led by seniors Jacquiese Holcombe and LaDarius Hall, this dream team–composed of players with the ability to dream and be part of a team–has already posted 13 victories heading into division play, and is hoping to inflict its dominance on opposing teams as fans clap in approval, shout out random lottery numbers, and melt the flesh of opposing fans with flaming foam fingers.