Day Trip: Classic theater hosts holiday performances

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Nestled in the Depot District of Lubbock is the Cactus Theater. Starting life in 1938 as a motion picture theater, the facility was remodeled in 1993 and has since become a performance theater. “We now do live musical productions and plays,” said Tasha Starkey, Don Caldwell Productions administrative director. […]

‘Pirates’ movie brings Tower first sellout in years

Bryant Million: PNT Staff Writer The Tower Twin Theatre set a new house record last Friday by selling out the 6:30 p.m. showing of “Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man’s Chest.” Theater Manager Michelle Goodwind said the theater hasn’t sold out a showing since the current owner, Larry Allen, bought the business in the […]

ENMU theater spreads wings with all-local play

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By Jesse Wolfersberger, Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico University professor Janeice Scarbrough said teaching playwriting is great, but it does not compare to sitting down and writing one yourself. “I made it my goal to make time to write a play this year,” she said. A graduate of the Yale School of Drama, Scarbrough wrote […]

Dickens comes to PHS

By William P. Thompson A slice of Victorian London comes to Portales this week when students from Portales schools take to the stage in a production of the musical “Oliver!” based on the Charles Dickens classic “Oliver Twist.” It’s a Portales High School performing arts department production, but the department’s director, Bob Strong, said he […]

Science Spectrum offers education, variety of exhibits

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Compiled by Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer Ever wanted to hang-glide? Or see a space suit? Now you can do that, or many other things, less than two hours away from the Clovis/Portales area. The Science Spectrum in Lubbock features hundreds of exhibits from many different areas. What is it? According to its Web site […]

Senator views Yam Theater

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman took a first-hand look at the Yam Movie Palace on Thursday morning, a theater which has federal dollars invested in it. Bingaman (D-N.M.) helped secure $200,000 in federal funds for renovation of the Yam Movie Palace through a spending bill signed into law Wednesday by President […]

World War II veteran profiles

Herman Berkstaller Born: 1922 Dates of service: Aug. 8, 1942 to Sept. 1945 Hometown: Roswell Lives in: Elida Theater or location of service: China, Burma and India, western Pacific Unit and specialty: 20th Air Force, B-29 flight engineer After discharge: El Paso, Texas Veteran organizations: American Legion, VFW Albuquerque Berkstaller said he was in the […]

Festival makes theater come full circle

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By Kevin Wilson A half-century ago, the theater Department of Eastern New Mexico University decided to create a drama festival as a way to educate high school students and at the same time encourage them to attend ENMU. In its 50th year on the ENMU campus, the festival has had another effect —as a feeder […]

Theaters get renovations

By David Irvin By David Irvin Freedom Newspapers David_Irvin@link.freedom.com An expansion project at Allen Theaters in the North Plains Mall that was delayed more than two months by heavy rain this fall is nearing completion. Russell Allen, general manager of Allen Theaters, said the projected opening date for the new-look complex that will feature three […]

Feb. 13 Floyd School News

By Jennifer Essary Upcoming events • School Board will meet Monday at 7 p.m. • The science fair is this week. • Tuesday’s game against Grady will be senior appreciation night. • Spring pictures will be Friday. • The kindergarten will be having a bake sale on Friday. All money will go towards its graduation […]

Homans makes stop in southeastern New Mexico

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By David Irvin Movies and cheese were the main topics of conversation Thursday when area offficials met with the state’s top economic development official. Homans was on hand at a presentation for the Yam Theater in Portales, less than an hour after speaking with Clovis and Curry County officials about how eastern New Mexico can […]

PHS drama club ready for new season

By Laurie Stone The act of engaging in theatrical drama is something everyone has practiced whether they are wise to it or not. Bill Strong, the Drama teacher at the Portales High School, said, “Acting is an imitation of life and life teaches people how to perform.” Strong said acting exists everywhere. If a child […]

Diversity goes on display at student festival

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Tony Parra The Diversity Festival kicked off on Sunday and five plays highlighted the shows on Monday in the University Theatre Center at Eastern New Mexico University. The five plays on the second night of The Diversity Festival were Gnome Game, Dirt and Gasoline, The Sewing, Giving Up and Strings. These five plays will be […]

ENMU to host drama festival

By Tony Parra Eastern New Mexico University will be hosting the annual High School Drama Festival on Thursday through Saturday at the University Theatre Center. More than 500 students from 23 high schools will be participating. Roughly 40 Portales High School theater students will participate at the festival, according to Bill Strong, theater instructor at […]

Mainstreet to reopen YAM

Mike Linn Babe Morgan said he remembers the Yam as the Saturday night hot spot in Portales about “50, 60 some odd years ago.” But recently members of the Portales Mainstreet Organization gave him a reason to see a future for age-old theater, located in the 200 block of South Main Street. “There wasn’t a […]