Blinn’s inaugural Family Series brings ‘Call of the Wild’ and ‘Sleeping Beauty’ to the O’Donnell Center Stage this summer

These classic tales are accompanied by 180-degree projections that bring the story to life

These classic tales are accompanied by 180-degree projections that bring the story to life

June 13, 2018

The Blinn College District will bring two classic stories to the Dr. W.W. O’Donnell Performing Arts Center stage this summer as part of its new Family Series at the O’Donnell.

Blinn will host readings of Jack London’s “Call of the Wild” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 10, and “Sleeping Beauty” at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 9. Tickets are $5 for children and $20 for adults, with a $5 adult ticket discount for season subscribers. Tickets are available for general admission purchase at, and seating will begin 30 minutes prior to each performance.

Call of the Wild“Call of the Wild” will tell London’s classic tale live on stage. This multi-media adventure mixes classic storytelling with projected illustrations to tell the story of Buck, the magnificent cross-bred offspring of a St. Bernard and a Scottish Collie. Kidnapped from his lavish life on a California estate and sent to work as a sled dog during the great Klondike Gold Rush, Buck fights to survive and becomes the most famous dog in the history of the northland.

The show uses a 180-degree projection screen that surrounds the performer and features a unique mix of classical illustrations from the book with new drawings and animations created by artist Michael Rae. The performance includes a live score from award-winning singer/songwriter Graham Weber.

“This show is as popular with adults as it is with children, and truly brings this novel to life for audiences of all ages,” said Deborah Vavra, Assistant Dean of Visual/Performing Arts and Kinesiology at Blinn College. “We look forward to welcoming families and schools for a performance that truly provides an illustrated edition of this classic novel.”

“Sleeping Beauty” brings the classic fairy tale to life with a rhymed-verse storytelling spin. The performance includes live music such as Bach’s Goldberg Variation, and image projections that create a magical multimedia world in which the beautiful (and funky) princess is awakened by true love’s kiss … or not. Pulsing with majestic language and high art, this production is scaled to perfection for young audiences and creates a spell of imaginative wonder that brings cheers to the theatre.Sleeping Beauty

The New York Times has praised performer David Gonzalez for his performance, noting that “with speech, sound, mime, dance and above all, inspired imagination, Mr. Gonzalez has the gift of creating magical worlds and drawing his audience into them. A palpable delight.”

Both performances will be complemented by a reading challenge that encourages children to read during the summer. Blinn will distribute entry forms at local schools, and invites families to visit The Book Nook or for entry forms. Children will be invited to read five books to enter their name in a drawing to win a Barnes & Noble Nook at each Family Series performance.
“During the summer, it can be challenging to find activities for kids to do,” Vavra said. “We want to encourage them to read this summer, especially since the stories we are bringing to the O’Donnell Center as part of the Family Series are classic books for children.”

The Family Series is made possible through Wells Fargo Bank’s The Rea Charitable Trust Grant and is sponsored by the Blinn Bookstore.









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