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Friday Morning Roundup

BEHIND THE SCENES: It’s a big night for openings around town. The Dallas Theater Center opens King Lear (more on how DTC staged it twice in a year in my story from Wednesday). And Dallas Children’s Theater opens Goodnight Moon, the adaptation of the popular kids book. For a behind-the-scenes look at the show, check out the video above.

MOVIE MUSIC: This weekend, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents “Oz with Orchestra,” during which the orchestra will perform the Wizard of Oz score as the movie is shown. (As a friend said earlier this week, it’d be really interesting if they played Dark Side of the Moon live. Maybe next time.) Ron Spigelman will conduct the orchestra during the performance. He says there are are plenty of tricky sequences in the movie, none trickier than when Dorthy’s house is picked up by the cyclone and dumped on the Wicked Witch of the East. “The music starts with the dream sequence, builds and builds in a fantastic way, and then I have to hit last note when the house lands,” he tells theaterjones.com. “But, just to be safe, I have the percussion ready to do another crash if I get to Oz ahead of the house.”

DANCE LOCAL: The newest edition of Dance! North Texas is available for your perusal. Pretty much everything going on in local dance between now and April is covered in there in one way or another. A highlight is the preview of Dance Planet 17, featuring national talent returning home for the event.