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Ballet Lubbock is performing their annual production of the Nutcracker. Yvonne Racz Key has been the artistic director at Ballet Lubbock for the past 17 years.

Racz Key said that they change the choreography of the Nutcracker each year, some years more than others, depending who she has cast for what role.

Racz Key, Artistic Director for Ballet Lubbock, instructing students

Racz Key, Artistic Director for Ballet Lubbock, instructing students

“I like to keep it fresh,” Racz Key said.

Racz Key has taught at Texas Tech University and taught in workshops and master classes internationally. She has directed and choreographed musical theatre productions for TTU and Lubbock Moonlight Musicals and is a member of the Corps De Ballet International.

Racz Key has been given many awards, including: The Arts Alliance Dynamic Force ACE award, the 2011 YWCA’s Woman of Excellence in Culture, listed in the Avalanche Journal as one of Lubbock’s 100 most influential persons and was appointed by the Texas Commission on the Arts as a grant evaluator for the Young Masters Program Dance Panel.

Students at Ballet Lubbock during rehearsals

Students at Ballet Lubbock during rehearsals

“Ballet Lubbock currently has 241 students enrolled,” said Nicholas Dragga, the Executive Director at Ballet Lubbock, “not including the several adult students.”

Dragga said that the ticket sales cover about 70 percent of the cost of the Nutcracker, not including staff salaries.

“The rest is covered through grants, donations, sponsorships, Nutcracker souvenir sales, and in-kind donations,” Dragga said.

Flower costumes Ballet Lubbock

Flower costumes Ballet Lubbock

Another way the production saves money is by having mothers of the students donate their time by creating the costumes.

“Some are the same every year, just aspects of the costumes are changed,” said Jaquie Chestnut, whose daughter has been in the production for the last three years, “most of the material used is the same but little details are added to spice things up.”

In the costumes that have been used for many years you can see where students have signed their names, somewhat of a legacy and a tradition kept alive by the students.

The performance of the Nutcracker will take place at the Civic Center Dec. 11-14, tickets can be bought through Select-a-seat.com.

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Parking Tickets Do Good

By Vanessa Ledesma and Nicole Crites

This Christmas, students have the opportunity to make a child’s Christmas morning while also giving themselves a gift.

Texas Tech and the U.S. Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots Foundation are combining efforts to host Toys for Tickets, a program that allows students to have an unpaid parking citation dismissed with the donation of a toy.

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“It’s a way for students, employees, even visitors, to take care of a parking citation by donating a new, unwrapped toy that is of at least the value of the citation,” said Stacy Moncibaiz, the marketing coordinator for Tech’s transportation and parking services.

Moncibaiz said students need to bring the receipt to prove the toy’s value.

She said certain types of tickets are excluded from the offer, including tickets for parking in a reserved handicapped spot, parking in front of an access ramp, and the use of a fraudulent license plate.

Moncibaiz said in the first year the program was hosted in 2009 they received 200 toy donations, and since then has seen a tremendous amount of growth.

The Toys for Tickets drive is being held until December 12, and donations can be dropped off at the Administrative Support Center located on the corner of 4th and Flint Ave.

 

 

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TAB MYO Candle

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Texas Tech Men’s Lacrosse

The Texas Tech Men’s Lacrosse team is preparing for the upcoming season. I spoke with the head coach, president of the club, and another player.

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Car Care Video

I did this video for a class earlier in the semester. Students traveling for the holidays or even just for a road trip should take care of their vehicles before leaving town.

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Images on the web

The “Riding in West Texas” image was 720 x 540 pixels when I copied it to my desktop. I opened it in Fireworks, clicked on the “Modify” tab, then clicked on the “Canvas” and “image size” tabs. I typed 350 in the width box and everything readjusted automatically.

The image’s new dimensions are 350 x 263. The “optimize” tab was already open, so I just filled in the necessary information then clicked on the “export” link under the file tab.

A Texas Tech student poses with a horse in the middle of nowhere.

A Texas Tech student poses with a horse in the middle of nowhere.

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Video

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Flatlands Film Festival

I was able to talk to a few people who were very involved with the Lubbock Flatlands Film Festival. Here is a short vide about it that I made for class.

The festival is a wonderful opportunity for the people of Lubbock to enjoy film and interact with artists who would not otherwise be in the city. I hope this wonderful even keeps going for years to come.

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My Passion

Six years ago, a couple met for the first time at the South Plains Fair.

This year, I spoke with the husband and wife individually and listened to them tell me about their whirlwind romance.

Last year, I met a couple of kids from Honduras while they were in Lubbock to undergo heart procedures.

I followed their story from the day they arrived at the airport to their last day in town.

Earlier this year, I met the man behind the voice of my favorite hyena and low rider vehicle (I’ve watched too many Disney movies).

These are the kinds of stories that fuel my passion. I’m a sucker for a good feature story.

Journalism wasn’t introduced to me until late high school/early college, but my passion for writing began long before.

Letting a story – whether personal or journalism-related – flood the pages of a notebook or a computer screen feels so liberating and relieves stress. When lost in a words, it’s easy to forget when or where you are. It’s easy to become submerged in whatever you’re writing about and not realize  you already have three or four pages done when you only had to write one.

But writing is more than a hobby. It provides a form of expression for me.

I’m a generally quiet person. If I don’t know you, I’m more likely to observe than speak until we’re more acquainted (then you can’t get me to be quiet). But writing is different. Getting carried away with words is like a second nature to me, which is why journalism is a good career field for me.

I once heard journalism described as “writing with a purpose.”

I don’t need a purpose to write, but it sure helps the words flow.

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