Shreveport Symphony's Holiday Pops show
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Santa brought a present to Michael Butterman, conductor of the Shreveport Symphony. It was a, gee whiz, an orchestral whip. Droll director Butterman used it to tickle his sell-out audience into full-bellied laughter this weekend at the Holiday Pops concert.
Not only was there mirth, there were dancers and choristers galore. Standouts in the 2-hour concert were the well-rehearsed Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet dancers (see Shreveport Faces), directed by Kendra Meiki, and the Red River Children's Choir, directed by Betty Adkins.
The Academy of Children's Theater, directed by Cynthia Hawkins-Whitaker with the partnership of choreographer Lauren Ross, played to packed audiences at the First Methodist PAC. The large ensemble was well-prepared, the show moved apace, and their work was entertaining. Proper notice must go out to Mollye Shacklette, for her Annie, and to the yeomen Ryan Williams, who played Rooster. Lily Whitaker was also convincing as the ratty Miss Hannigan.
ACT is bringing quite a few promising newcomers to the stage; among those who caught my eye were Bridget Winder, Lucia Boyd, Parker Stough, Meredith Little and Ella Watkins.