Amarillo Little Theatre Presents “Defying Gravity” Production

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AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) –The Amarillo Little Theatre is gearing up for their next production.

From November 11th to 21st they are performing “Defying Gravity”.

November 11* and 18 @ 7:30pm
12, 13, 19 and 20* @ 8:00pm
14* and 21 @ 2:30pm
**NOTE: These 3 performances will require audiences to wear a mask while at ALT.
WHERE: Amarillo Little Theatre Adventure Space
2751 Civic Circle
TICKETS: Reserve by phone: (806) 355-9991 or online at
www.amarillolittletheatre.org

“In 1986, the space shuttle Challenger broke apart 73 seconds after liftoff. It was the first spaceflight disaster for NASA, all the more tragic because it was the first time a civilian, teacher Christa McAuliffe, was chosen to travel into space.

Jane Anderson’s Defying Gravity combines the lives of the past and present into a philosophical journey around the Challenger disaster. Five-year-old Elizabeth doesn’t understand how or why her mother, a social studies teacher (based on McAuliffe), became part of the crew.

The teacher engages her class in discussions of humankind’s attempts to reach God through art and architecture. Retired couple Betty and Ed travel across the country to see interesting things, including a shuttle launch.

Donna tends the bar where NASA employees often hang out, including C.B., an engineer and her casual love interest. And overlooking all of these lives is Claude Monet, the French Impressionist painter seeking
to discover God’s view of the world. Embedded in realism while also enjoying nonconventional drama, Defying Gravity recreates the circumstances of the people involved in the Challenger’s story and the dreams they had, before the shuttle (to quote Ronald Reagan) ‘slipped the surly bonds of earth” to “touch the face of God.’ “

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