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 Jul 12 - 18, 2012 
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Theater News

Like Water in the Desert

SouthWest Rural Theatre Project ain’t afraid of small-town drama

By Leigh Hile

When Leslie Joy Coleman was an undergrad at New Mexico Highlands University, she had an experience that forever changed her understanding of theatergoing. Her professor arranged for buses to bring students from outlying schools to see You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. “The show was supposed to start in the dark, and the light cue would come on one of the first lines,” Coleman says. “So here we go, we’re going to start the show. Down come the house lights, and as soon as it goes completely dark, all the kids start hootin’ and hollerin’. We tried to start, but you couldn’t hear the first lines over the noise. And standing there in the dark, I thought to myself, They’ve never been exposed to this, so they don’t know.” That's when Coleman, who grew up north of Las Vegas, N.M., realized how little experience rural communities can have with theater.

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Book Review

Dark Days in Niceville

Carsten Stroud’s grimly satisfying tale awakens devilish mystery in a sleepy Southern town

Review by Sam Adams

Niceville

Carsten Stroud's Niceville is damn-good poolside reading. And, to be fair, it even makes a go at tackling that whole literary merit thing.

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By Maggie Grimason
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Quintessence 5th Annual Choral Festival Concert

By August March
A chorus of 100 and a professional orchestra perform Ludwig van Beethoven's Mass in C Major under the direction of Quintessence artistic director, Matthew Greer.
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