Founded in 2011 by New York theater veteran Jacob Thomas, Rockwall Summer Musicals blew audiences away in its first season with packed showings of The Sound of Music and Oklahoma! Refusing to rest on their laurels, the company's ambitious second season features Annie Get Your Gun and Gypsy, continuing to bring Broadway to Rockwall without hijacking theater companies' tour buses at rest stops.
The GSO is Garland's only fully-professional arts organization. Founded in 1978, the GSO features a roster of musicians from 17 different countries. The 2010-11 Season is "A Symphony for All Seasons," featuring pieces from Vivaldi, Strauss, Mozart and others.
Rebel Race's military-style obstacle courses challenge athletes from all backgrounds to shed humdrum day-to-day routines to experience the primal joys of mud, sweat and glory. Emerging from the mire in various states across the country, each Rebel Race packs its rucksack with tests of physical and mental toughness, rousing racers and washing machines alike to triumph in the face of sloppy opposition. After dashing through fire, climbing walls, and scaling mountains of hay, race participants bask in the collective kudos of parties, which include live entertainment, food, and beer for purchase. Camping options encourage participants and spectators to transform races into weekend getaways, while awards recognize each day's standout competitors and most-humble mud pits.
In the summer of 2002, a fire devoured the walls of Super Skate, and from those ashes a revived facility was born. In 2003, skaters found it freshly equipped with modern technology and a rink of maple hardwood. Atop the gleaming surface, athletes clad in rental skates or rollerblades perfect their figure eights during open hours and birthday parties. Even the teensiest skaters can glide around with the help of wheeled support apparatuses or the hands of their imaginary friends. A rinkside snack bar replenishes dwindling energy beside an arcade and a prize counter loaded with colorful toys and trinkets. After hours, adults seize control of the space for BYOB bashes that stretch into the wee hours. A projection TV splashes scenes across an expansive canvas, entertaining attendees at fundraising events and other large gatherings.