Take a break from it all with Dance Connections and Baby Doe

by Yvonne Dawson

Daily Cougar Staff

Are you in the "finals are how far away?" mode, searching to find the time to get that term paper finished that hasn't quite gotten started? If so, pull yourself away from that computer screen and head over to Cullen Performance Hall tonight or Saturday and check out the UH Dance Ensemble's performance, Dance Connections. Not only will you get a chance to relax, you'll see some really innovative dances and learn a little bit on the side. The Dance Ensemble, the performance company of the Dance Division of the School of Theatre, will perform seven different pieces.

Choreographers Pat Graney, Juanita Winn-Lindley, Linda Phenix, Nicole Williams, Chesley Krohn, Victoria Loftin and Becky Valls have created pieces based on varying kinds of issues, ranging from the history of Texas pioneer women to poetry on insects. The movements will reflect this diversity; some promise to make you laugh while others may leave you doing a little soul searching. Dance Connections runs tonight and Saturday at 8 p.m. in Cullen Performance Hall. Tickets are $6 for general admission and $5 for students.

by Sandra Johnson

Contributing Writer

It's a scandalous affair! Imagine, after 20 years of marriage, Horace Tabor has left his wife, Augusta, and is openly courting dance-hall girl Elizabeth Doe (20 years his junior)! The miners call her "Baby."

There are rumors circulating that Tabor plans to divorce his wife to marry Baby Doe. Poor Augusta! Well, I'm sure that Baby Doe is only interested in Tabor's money. If Tabor's silver fortune were to dry up, she'd leave him in a minute.

Love, betrayal, money and power, politics and ruin -- all powerful themes that run through the opera, The Ballad of Baby Doe. What makes this opera even more interesting is the fact that the characters were real people, and the scandalizing events surrounding their lives were true.

The Ballad of Baby Doe takes place in a mining town in Colorado and in Washington, D.C., during the struggle between the gold and silver coinage standard at the turn of the century. The tuneful score was written in the 1950s by American composer Douglas Moore.

To find out how the story unravels, round up your favorite guy or gal, pack the old picnic basket with your favorite delectables and beverages, and come on out to the Miller Outdoor Theater in Hermann Park tonight or Saturday at 8:30 p.m.

Tickets for Baby Doe are priced with the students' end-of-the-year budget in mind -- they're free and are available in the Music Office, FA Building, third floor, or at the Miller Outdoor Theater between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. All tickets, including reserved seating, are released five minutes prior to show time. For more information, call 743-3009 or 520-3290.

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