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DPHS stars set to shine at Hello Texas

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Schools

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For 35 years, thousands of Deer Park High School students have wowed their classmates, teachers and community at Hello Texas. This year’s event is Feb. 2-4 at the Performing Arts Center at DPHS-South. Tickets are $10 while a three-night pass is $25. Both can be purchased at the high school front office.

The curtain will rise on one of Deer Park High School’s most revered traditions when Hello Texas opens Thursday night.

This year marks the 36th annual edition of a bevy of performances from musicians, singers, dancers and other performers. Hello Texas runs Feb. 2-4 at the Performing Arts Center at DPHS-South Campus, 710 W. San Augustine. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. each night.

Hello Texas is a variety featuring more than students, dozens individual acts over the span of three shows. The show draws full houses each year since its inception in 1981. The show began as a joint venture of the Student Council and choir department. In the early 1990s, the choral department took over the show and has continued the tradition each year since.

More than 100 students auditioned for the coveted spots in Hello Texas, which will feature a lineup of classic and contemporary pop, rock and country tunes, along with medleys from yesterday’s and today’s hottest artists.

Hello Texas was originally seen on the stage of Gaines Mason Auditorium, but the show moved to the Performing Arts Center when it opened in 2001. The PAC has been the show's home ever since. The show began in 1981 as an all-school variety show. The Swing Choir and Deer Escorts combined their efforts to the song "Hello Texas" by Jimmy Buffet. The song was featured in the John Travolta classic, "Urban Cowboy" and it inspired the show creators to include Hello Texas in its namesake. As a tradition, the show begins each year with a performance of the song.