ONSTAGE THIS WEEK
Last year, when Gonzales Community School expanded to include seventh-and eighthgrade students, the arts and music program needed an upgrade too. To allow older students more electives, the school initiated a music program with opportunities for band, choir, and string orchestra experience. At 1 and 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 5, the big kids present their second annual Spring Concert, with an eclectic mix of hits from Marvin Gaye and Michael Jackson to more traditional pieces. Students are led by band director Jean Coughlan, choral director Christina Cracraft, and string-orchestra director James Leger. Gonzales is at 851 W. Alameda St. Admission is free; call 467-3001. There’s nothing like watching a rising star — especially one who knows how to move. For Moving
People Too!, the preprofessional company of Moving People Dance, the spring concert Louder Than
Words provides students with an opportunity to shine onstage. Dancers perform a varied repertoire that spans classical and contemporary ballet, jazz, and modern works. Choreographers include Layla Amis, Kelsey Yates, and Sean Dalberg. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday,
April 30 and May 1, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 2, at Greer Garson Theatre, College of Santa Fe, 1600 St. Michael’s Drive. Tickets are $20, $12 for students and seniors; call 438-9180.
The National Dance
Institute of New Mexico gets kids moving with inspired physical education. Each year, NDI’s teachers devote 30 weeks of dance instruction to students in Santa Fe — the institute also runs programs throughout the state — and their hard work is featured in an end-of-the-year performance. At 6 p.m.
Thursday, May 6, students from Sweeney, Salazar, Gonzales, Ramirez Thomas, Turquoise Trail, and Larragoite schools perform ZING! Goes My Heart — a song-and-dance tribute to the vital organ. The show repeats at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Friday, May 7, and 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday, May 8, at the Dance Barns, 1140 Alto St. The show continues from May 13 to May 15 with students from other schools. Tickets are $10 and $15. Call 983-7661. The Eldorado Teen Players and the Eldorado Children’s Theatre are belting out Broadway classics for a worthy cause. Proceeds from the show, directed by Lisa Lincoln and pianist David Geist, will go to funding a master class led by composer Jason Robert Brown, who is best known for his Tony Award-winning score for the 1998 play Parade. The performances take place at 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 1 and 2, at Vanessie, 434 W. San Francisco St. Tickets, $20 and $10 for children, are available at the door and at www.eldoradochildrenstheatre.org.