Gerald Dolter - whose many positions include director of Lubbock Moonlight Musicals - has performed and taught on an international basis, and never gotten caught up in arts controversies or squabbles.
Oh, don't take him for granted.
primarily is interested in music and music history, with few limits on the music valued.
More than two years ago, it was hinted to Dolter
might want to look into the rights to the hit musical attraction "Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story."
Dolter pulled off the ground work, and was able to not only obtain the rights to this hit production - but also hire both of the actors who have been alternating in the role of Buddy Holly on stage in London's West End, Dean Elliott and Matt Wycliffe.
"I'm in it for the history," said Dolter
Oh, and Dolter's
not even from Lubbock.
grew up in Dubuque, Iowa.
"Guys and Dolls," directed by Dolter
, opens July 17 and will close Aug. 21.
will produce both productions.
This is an amazing accomplishment.
I smiled upon realizing that this epic stage show, which earned major awards for its openings in both New York and London, is being brought to Lubbock by a non-profit organization rather than the city.
and his crew have invited Holly's widow, Maria Elena, to attend, which is the right thing to do.
They spoke with Mrs. Holly about the Moonlight Musicals anyway, and, according to Dolter
, everyone is on the same page and the contract has been signed.
said, "We are espectailly interested in people who play musical instruments - primarily lead guitar, bass guitar and piano - in addition to singing.
also will have Elliott, Wycliffe and Bannister give workshops and seminars for theater students.
Automobile must be supplied, and Dolter said, "I'm sure they want to explore Lubbock, go see the Norman Petty Studio in Clovis, N.M., and visit West Texas when not working.