July 18 – Hobbs, NM. As the second event in this year’s “Sounds of Summer” series, the Western Heritage Museum and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame in Hobbs will present VanAnn Moore in two lively theatre performances free of charge on Friday, July 28.
Moore, who has performed internationally as a singer-actress, will be performing in the Museum Theatre at 11:00 a.m. as “Molly Brown: The Titanic’s Unsinkable Heroine” and at 7:00 p.m. in “Westward Ho! Women of Courage: Western Trail Diaries & Letters.”
Moore, who is also a scholar and teacher, researches, writes, directs, and stars in her own one-woman musical theatre performances throughout Europe, the Orient, Australia, New Zealand, and Spain, where, in EXPO ’92, she performed the leading role of “Dona Tules” in a musical written for her by Jay Stewart entitled “Viva Santa Fe!” (based on her one-woman show of “La Tules”).
She was also invited to perform at the first International Chautaugua held in the United States. She has over 35 major roles to her credit in opera, musicals, and plays, and she enjoys a number of concert engagements yearly.
According to Moore, she creates two distinct types of shows. The first is based on her historical characters, which range from Jenny Lind and Baby Doe Tabor to actresses such as Lillie Langtree and Sara Bernhardt. The second type is a musical theatre show, which ranges from opera to pop, with character and costume changes right onstage!
Moore holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Colorado and the University of Denver, respectively, graduating cum laude from both institutions. She has been associated with the University of New Mexico for over ten years, the New Mexico Arts Division, the New Mexico Endowment for the Humanities for nearly fourteen years, and has performed and taught master-level classes in music and theatre at numerous festivals and colleges throughout the country.
Other historical characters that Moore is working to develop include Martha Washington, Libby Custer, Jeanette MacDonald, and Lillian Russell. She has also just completed a Biblical drama entitled “My Name is Mary.”
Although admission is free to both performances at the Western Heritage Museum and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame, seating is limited. Reservations, which are required, may be made by calling the Museum at (575) 392-6730.
Mexico Junior College, 5317 Lovington Hwy, Hobbs, NM 88240
Phone: 575.392.4510, 1.800.657.6260
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