[This article is the second in a series about upcoming music and theater productions in the Brazos Valley area of Texas.]
As if in anticipation of the coming spring weather, February fairly bursts forth with music and theater opportunities in the Brazos Valley. Several community theater groups open performance runs, including StageCenter and TROUPE in Bryan, Texas, and Navasota Theatre Alliance in Navasota, Texas. Unity Theatre in Brenham, Texas, and the Blinn College Theater Department in Bryan also present stage offerings.
If you’re hungry for musical productions, no worries there either. The Brazos Valley Chorale presents Tony Time, Friends of Chamber Music brings the Zodiac Trio to town, and the Brazos Breeze Flute Choir performs – all in the Bryan-College Station area. Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen, both stellar musicians and A&M former students, will offer a concert for Valentine’s Day on the Texas A&M University campus. Not to be overlooked, the Memorial Student Center Opera and Performing Arts Society (OPAS) adds to the month’s buffet of choices with three acclaimed productions.
The Brazos Valley is fortunate to be home to multiple theater and music groups. Area residents have the opportunity to choose from comedy, drama, classical music, internationally known acts, and contemporary performances. Details of some of the February performances on tap are listed here. Get out your calendars, it’s a busy month! (Please verify dates, times, and locations before attending, since circumstances can change.)
- Feb 3: The Brazos Breeze Flute Choir will offer a concert with social reception following. The event will be held at First Presbyterian Church in Bryan at 4:00 p.m.
- Feb. 7 – Feb. 24: On weekends, you can find the southern comedy/drama Steel Magnolias at StageCenter Community Theater in Downtown Bryan. Performances take place at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays through Saturdays, with a special time and price for a Valentine’s Day dinner theater performance on Feb. 14.
- Feb. 7 – Feb. 24: Thursdays through Sundays Unity Theatre in Brenham presents "The Chalk Garden." Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays, 8:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 4:00 p.m. on Sundays.
- Feb. 2, 7, 12, and 21: If you’ve got season tickets to MSC OPAS, you’ve got a busy month. It begins on Feb. 2 with the Popovich Comedy Pet Theater, moves forward on Feb. 7 with Sweet Honey in the Rock, continues on Feb. 12 with Women of Ireland, and ends up with The Knights with Wu Man on Feb. 21. Performances take place on the Texas A&M University campus.
- Feb. 9: TROUPE brings a Rock ‘n’ Roll Sock Hop to town. The Sock Hop features youth performers in energetic musical numbers and encourages audience members to dress the ‘50s and take part in a dance contest and other events.
- Feb. 14: Valentine’s Day always brings an abundance of date opportunities, and this year is no exception. One opportunity is a concert by Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen at Rudder Auditorium on Texas A&M University campus. These two Aggie country music stars are internationally renowned and, of course, legendary in the A&M community. Tickets go on sale at MSC Box Office Feb. 1.
- Feb. 19: Community Chamber Concerts presents the Zodiac Trio, a musical group that performs an eclectic repertoire of contemporary and classical works. The performance will take place at First Presbyterian Church of Bryan at 7:30 p.m.
- Feb. 21 – Mar. 10: The Navasota Theatre Alliance in Navasota, Texas, presents “Hot Property,” a mistaken-identity play-within-a-play comedy. Performances take place at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays through Saturdays, and 2:00 p.m. on Sundays.
- Feb. 23: The Brazos Valley Chorale presents Tony Time, featuring musical numbers from Tony Award winners or nominated productions. The group’s annual dinner concert take place at the College Station Hilton Hotel beginning at 6:30 p.m.
- Feb. 28 – Mar. 2: Don’t lose steam before the end of the month, and you can see the intense drama “Copenhagen” presented by the Blinn College Theatre Department. The production will take place at the Bryan campus of Blinn College at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday through Saturday.
- Feb. 28 – Mar. 3: Rounding out the month, TROUPE doesn’t let any grass grow under its feet, following its earlier performances in the month with “Texas Treasures” at the end of February. The comedy features musical songs identified with the Lone Star State.