21-year-old 'TEXAS' stage manager killed in fireworks explosion at Palo Duro Canyon
A 21-year-old stage manager for the outdoor musical 'TEXAS' has been killed after a fireworks explosion.

CANYON, TEXAS – A 21-year-old stage manager for the outdoor musical ‘TEXAS’ has been killed after a fireworks explosion.

According to officials on the scene, the explosion happened when the stage manager was checking inventory. Her identity was not immediately released because her relatives had not yet been notified.

The explosion reportedly happened at 5:54 p.m., Friday at the fireworks storage building.

Officials said the fire was extinguished but hot spots remained. Firefighters planned to remain on scene throughout the night to monitor the area. Officials said debris from the explosion scattered about 200 yards from the buildings.

The amphitheatre houses the famous outdoor musical 'TEXAS’. The musical has been canceled for Friday evening.

2015 marked the 50th season for the popular musical located about 25 miles south of Amarillo at the Palo Duro Canyon. The Palo Duro Canyon is the second largest canyon in the country.

Pyrotechnics are used throughout the show. Specific information as to how the explosion happened was not immediately released. It remains under investigation.

Drexel Theatre, Bexley, Ohio
Photo via the Columbus Dispatch

This Deco theater just made the national register. 

 From the article

The Drexel Theatre has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. 

The 1937 Art Deco cinema, at 2254 E. Main St., is the sixth Bexley site recognized as a historic place worthy of preservation. 

“The Drexel has been a Bexley icon for decades, and it is a proud moment to see it take its rightful place on the National Register of Historic Places,” Bexley Mayor Ben Kessler said in a statement.


State Theatre, Ann Arbor, Michigan
via MLive

Photos from a great big slide show that goes along with great news for this Art Deco theater:

Million-dollar State Theatre renovations look to restore art deco feel

The Michigan Theater’s Russ Collins, Lee Berry, and the rest of MT Foundation team – which purchased the nearby State Theatre in October 2014 – are aiming for the State to have a splashy, art deco-glamorous 75th anniversary to remember on March 17, 2017.

For that’s when MSF’s team aims to re-open the State Theatre, following some fairly extensive renovations – $3 million to $5 million worth - that are tentatively slated to begin in the summer or fall of 2016…

…MTF will likely launch a capital campaign in the spring of 2016. To prepare for this, in the fall of 2014, MTF conducted a planning study for the State Theatre’s renovation, getting feedback from Michigan Theater members and the community at large about the State Theatre and what changes should be made.

“The enthusiasm surrounding the idea of renovating the State Theatre was nearly unanimous,” said Chief Development Officer Berry. “The vision we presented involved not just cleaning it up, but making it a showplace. … We can’t exactly restore it, since we only have half of the theater’s original space, but we can renovate the cinemas and restore the art deco elements that made them so remarkable. … We’re hoping, by the end, to give the place a ‘wow’ factor, definitely." 


Flashback Friday to Finding Neverland performing at the Tony Awards! Enter NOW to win two tickets to this show!

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I’ll give you my comments, any improvements I can hear and what I think would be your PERFECT role. 

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Laments of a theater tech

No you can’t hang out back here.

Don’t touch that, it’s expensive.

Will you please stop playing on the sets?

There will be hell to pay if it breaks

I don’t know why it isn’t working.

It worked fine yesterday

Get your feet off the seats.

What are you-

I thought I told you not to touch that!

Don’t you dare play with that prop.


You break that set piece and I’ll break you.


Just get off the stage if you aren’t acting.