The Abilene entertainment season, during the school year, is a roller coaster.
There are times when it Peaks, with events stacked on top of each other, and times when it bottoms out. There is nothing planned, now often due to holidays.
The entertainment scene Easter weekend is quiet.
That comes after no less than four theater Productions on stages last weekend, an Abilene Philharmonic concert and, perhaps the event that drew the most people, Cruise Night on Saturday.
After Easter, there will be a push toward the end of school and continue into the summer.
Abilene Christian University will offer a second weekend of “Bus Stop” at the Williams Performing Arts Center. The show began before Easter and resumes next weekend.
McMurry’s summer theater season is the next collegiate effort, but there won’t be an Abilene Shakespeare Festival this summer “due to budget constraints,” according to an Abilene Christian University posting.
May will include the annual Western Heritage Classic in mid-May and the Dyess Big Country AirFest, which is back at Abilene Regional Airport on May 21. After that, the children’s Art & Literacy Festival comes, June 8-11. The first woman artist will be Featured – Sophie Blackall.
Here is a quick look at what’s coming up after we find all the Hidden Easter eggs, and maybe a few from last year that went unnoticed.
ABILENE COMMUNITY BAND
April 26: Spring concert
ABILENE COMMUNITY THEATER
May 13-15 / 20-22: “Three Tall Women”
April 29: “Vino with the Maestro,” Paramount Theater
May 7: “1812 Overture,”
June 11: “Classical Mystery Tour: A Tribute to the Beatles”
BIG COUNTRY AIRFEST
May 21: Abilene Regional Airport
May 29: The long-awaited performance of “Waitress” at the Abilene Convention Center.
May 10: 25th anniversary show
CHILDREN’S ART & LITERACY FESTIVAL
June 8-11: Downtown Abilene
CHILDREN’S PERFORMING ARTS SERIES
May 1: “The Little Mermaid” at the Paramount Theater
McMurry: Student-directed one-acts
Hardin-Simmons: Student-directed one-acts
PARAMOUNT THEATER MOVIES
April 30: First “Family Film Series” showing, “The Sandlot”
May 13-14: “Selena”
May 22: Second “Family Film Series” showing “Aladdin”
June 3-4: “The Color Purple”
WESTERN HERITAGE CLASSIC
May 12-15: Taylor County Expo Center
OTHER EVENTS OF NOTE
April 22-23: Potosi Live Spring Jam: Tracy Byrd and Sawyer Brown (April 22) and Terri Clark and Rick Trevino (April 23), Potosi
April 23: Ray Wylie Hubbard, Frontier Texas !; “Wings on the Wind Festival,” Abilene State Park
May 3: “Abilene in the ’20s and’ 30s,” emceed by Jay Moore, Paramount Theater
May 5: Cinco de Mayor Parade, Sears Park
May 13: .38 Special, Potosi Live
May 20: Mulligans Bash headlined by Flatland Cavalry
May 21: Dyess Big Country AirFest, Abilene Regional Airport
June 23-25, July 1-2: “Hello, Dolly,” Paramount Theater
Greg Jaklewicz is the editor of the Abilene Reporter-News and general columnist. If you appreciate locally driven news, you can support local journalists with a digital subscription to ReporterNews.com.