Grapevine Opry's family-friendly confines have played host to high-profile performers and up-and-comers alike, specializing in classic country tunes. All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. (unless otherwise noted), leaving arts aficionados plenty of time to finish work, find a babysitter, or watch a kitten mature into a cat. "Country Music Showcase" nights on June 4, June 25, July 23, August 13, and August 27 round up adroit chanteuses for a night of grassroots all-American jams. "The Redneck Chronicles" on June 11 promises to focus on tales from a farm, relaying stories that rarely appear in mainstream magazines or fortune cookies. On July 16, Grapevine Opry dedicates a night to the music of country legend Patsy Cline, and on August 20, musicians pay tribute to the similarly smashing George Strait. The Opry boasts an intimate first-come, first-served seating arrangement and a handsome stage to captivate country-loving minds.
A nonprofit corporation, Texas Family Musicals helps launch the careers of talented young stars to the benefit of local family audiences. America the Beautiful is an uplifting spectacle that celebrates the excitement and wonders that make contemporary America great. This musical journey is a positive reinforcement of all things patriotic set to the sounds of catchy tunes and choreographed dancing. Cats holds the record for longest-running Broadway show with 7,485 shows in over 18 years. Enjoy the local adaptation of T. S. Eliot's classic collection of poems where eclectic cat costumes blend with sincere storytelling to entertain the human audience. The final performance option is The Sunshine Boys, which explores the 40-plus-year dichotic relationship between Al Lewis and Willy Clark, a vaudevillian team who enjoy professional success on stage but loathe each other off stage.
“It all starts with an idea and block of wood,” John Hopkins, founder of Le Theatre de Marionette, marvels on his website. While that may be true for marionette-theater productions ranging from Hansel and Gretel to The Wizard of Oz, it took a little more for Le Theatre itself. John began the operation in a defunct bus station in Arlington, drawing in families with the just skill of his hands and voice, before achieving enough success to move to Dallas and expand from one theatre to three. He also brought on a skilled team of puppeteers and voice actors. Yet despite the company's growth, John remains hands on, helping to shape those ideas and blocks of wood into puppets, sets, and smaller blocks of wood.
• For $20, you get one general-admission seat at the quarterfinals on Thursday, August 25, at 5:30 p.m. (a $40 value before fees, or up to a $47.04 value online, including all Ticketmaster fees). • For $24, you get one stadium-reserved seat at the quarterfinals on Thursday, August 25, at 5:30 p.m. (a $48 value before fees, or up to a $55.04 value online, including all Ticketmaster fees). • For $22, you get one general-admission seat at the semifinals on Friday, August 26, at 5:30 p.m. (a $45 value before fees, or up to a $52.04 value online, including all Ticketmaster fees). • For $27, you get one stadium-reserved seat at the semifinals on Friday, August 26, at 5:30 p.m. (a $55 value before fees, or up to a $62.58 value online, including all Ticketmaster fees). • For $25, you get one general-admission seat at the finals on Saturday, August 27, at a to-be-determined time (a $50 value before fees, or up to a $57.58 value online, including all Ticketmaster fees). • For $30, you get one stadium-reserved seat at the finals Saturday, August 27, at a to-be-determined time (a $60 value before fees, or up to a $67.58 value online, including all Ticketmaster fees).
Since age 3, Dana Bailey has been twirling to her own beat, progressing from childhood cha-chas to appearances in promotions for Pepsi and JC Penney. After studying under instructors in California and New York City, Dana now offers pintsize patrons the same opportunity to get a head start in the performing arts with child and teen dance classes. She enlists working industry pros to wrangle kids as young as 2.5 in tap, ballet, and tumbling classes atop pliable wood and marley floors.
The boys' tap, jazz, and hip-hop classes accommodate a demographic often overlooked by the dance industry and prepare a studio team for local and national performances. Instructors regularly glean pointers from top national choreographers to craft classes such as Teen Hip Hop, which equips students with basic moves and combos that, much like the prom held outside the Grammys, are set to a soundtrack of current hits.
Arthur Murray's experienced instructors and owners, including some who have worked with shows such as Dancing With the Stars, stand ready and waiting to teach students in the ways of balance and coordinated rhythmic motion. Bring a partner to your two 45-minute private lessons (a $100 value) or fly solo and dance with your instructor. In either case, you'll leave with a greater understanding of the dance style of your choosing. These lessons are ideal for a betrothed pair prepping for the big wedding dance or a fledgling fitness seeker looking for a fun new way to get in shipshape. Stick to a stately waltz, spicy up life with a rumba, or feel vibrant and playful with a few swing steps in your personal repertoire. Whether you're an experienced dancer hoping to brush up on certain techniques or you have two left feet for feet and two right feet for hands, private lessons at Arthur Murray Dance Studio offer bountiful dance-based benefits. This Groupon also allows dancers to stop in for one group class ($30 value) to test out their newly acquired skills against unfamiliar counterfeet.