ON­STAGE THIS WEEK

Pasatiempo - - 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.

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