Local dance production, Broadway tour on stage this weekend

Reported by: James Eppler
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Updated: 1/25/2013 10:09 am

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Science and religion don't always work well together. But for its winter performance the local dance school Christ in the Arts is trying to bridge that divide with a show called "Metamorphosis." Executive Director Randall Hinds says it's an obvious connection.
    
"It was the most powerful way to express personal transformation in someone's life," Hinds said. "And it's so vividly expressed in the actual metamorphosis enacted in nature."

The show's name is also fitting because it's a completely original production. Christ in the Arts organizers nurse it from cocoon stage all the way to taking wing as a butterfly this weekend.

CITA has about 130 dancers in its school and just about all of them will be on stage for this show at First Baptist Church. Leadership team member Anna Hinds says it's already worth the work.

"It's one of the neatest groups of people I've ever worked with," she said. "It's wonderful - I've loved it."

And like other Lubbock performance groups, it could prepare them for an even bigger stage.

That's the case for Jeff M. Smith. He's a Ballet Lubbock almumnus and Texas Tech graduate seen on local stages for many years.

This weekend he's coming home as part of the national touring production of "West Side Story" where he plays "Snowboy."
    
For the uninitiated, "West Side Story" is a retelling of "Romeo and Juliet," set in New York in the 50s. The music by Leonard Bernstein and Steven Sondheim is classic.

This is the latest treat from Celebrity Attractions with "Spamalot" and "Elvis Lives" coming to Lubbock in the months ahead.
    
Christ in the Arts' "Metamorphosis"
7:30p.m. Saturday
First Baptist Church
Admission: FREE

"West Side Story"
2p.m. and 7:30p.m. Sat.
2p.m. Sunday
City Bank Auditorium
Click here for tickets

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