CHRISTINA KUDLICKI HOTH is a born and bred native of the Dallas/Ft. Worth dance scene. As a skilled educator in multiple techniques, Hoth's choreography has garnered several local and national awards from reviewers and competition judges alike for her work in community theaters, high schools, and competition dance teams. After nearly a decade of directing a competitive dance studio, Hoth has recently stepped back onto the stage and is enjoying some much needed performance time. Hoth boasts a BA in Dance from the University of North Texas and in 2013 became a certified ballet instructor through the Cecchetti Council of America.
I hold each theatre to its own sliding scale of standards. As far as fare goes in Dallas/Ft. Worth, Broadway tours should be in the top echelon. However, on opening night December 18th at the AT&T Performing Arts Center in the auspicious Winspear Opera House, the touring troupe of Chicago failed to find its legs.BWW Review: WHITE CHRISTMAS Delights at The Firehouse Theatre December 5, 2018
Unemployment is on the minds of many worldwide, and while rates continue to fluctuate many people are turning to alternative methods to pay the bills. Making light of this contemporary struggle, The Full Monty explores the tale of six unemployed Buffalo steelworkers who have exhausted their cash reserves, their job prospects, and their families. With the local factory closed, the men are relegated to the daily "wife" duties while the women venture out to make the big bucks.BWW Interview: Marilyn Setu, Director of LITTLE WOMEN: THE MUSICAL at The Firehouse Theatre April 15, 2018
Thus far, 2018 has proven to be an interesting year for female Americans. As a gender we are banding together behind causes like the #meToo movement; we are shedding light on inequalities when it comes to serious subjects such as consent, recognition, and equal pay. It is shocking the stories of female degradation that are coming forth, and there is still much work to do. One Dallas/Ft. Worth up and coming Director, Marilyn Setu, has recently taken it upon herself to promote fellow female artists by hiring them for her production of Little Women: The Musical at The Firehouse Theatre in Farmers Branch.BWW Review: SOMETHING ROTTEN! at Bass Performance Hall January 19, 2018
It's Hard to be the Bard. In fact, it is extremely hard to write anything original today. Hollywood keeps revamping the classics, Television keeps remaking the greats, and Broadway keeps reviving the hits. So when Something Rotten! arrived on Broadway in 2015, bypassing its initial proposed preview in Seattle, the unprecedented play had a bit of buzz backing its debut. Finally, an original musical comedy was taking an angle that no other had attempted--the origin of the musical!BWW Review: ALICE IN SLASHERLAND at Lakeside Community Theatre October 3, 2017
LCT opened the relatively new work, Alice in Slasherland written by Qui Nguyen, this weekend to a packed house. Tucked away off the newly expanded Main Street in The Colony, this budding theatre greets audiences warmly in their freshly renovated lobby, complete with complimentary wine. Audiences are given a glimpse as to what's in store for this particular play when front row patrons are issued rain ponchos and warnings that they are seated in the splash zone. A director's note in the program makes a point to state that this genre of horror is made by a group of people who enjoy the schlocky goofiness of the Evil Dead franchise.BWW Interviews: Rare Orion of Greater Lewisville Community Theatre's MEMPHIS June 29, 2017
You may have not heard of DFW Community Theatre's newest leading man, Rare Orion, yet. In the short 20 months of his theatre career, this unique actor's dance card has been steadily booked. Now, he's looking to expand his body of work beyond his home town theatre. BWW Review: LYSISTRATA at Lakeside Community Theatre April 25, 2017
Currently on stage at Lakeside is the Greek comedy: 'Lysistrata'. Though written by Aristophanes eons ago, this play has many shockingly contemporary, relevant themes of women rising up to have their voices heard, while men consistently fight to prove who boasts the larger... ego. As an audience member, Director Dale Moon's forward in the playbill gives solid insight into the culture of 411 BC: 'Ancient Athens was considered to be a 'phallocracy' because of the everyday emphasis on the penis. It was a symbol of male power, of military strength, and, most importantly, fertility, both human and agricultural.' Lysistrata is a Grecian matriarch, although such a thing would have been largely frowned upon in her day, whose simple aspiration is to end the Peloponnesian War through drastic measures. She proposes that the women of her nation withhold sexual interaction with their men as a means to protest their continued battles. In turn, she hopes that the men of the nation will opt for peace in a desperate attempt to relieve their own, intimate tensions.BWW Review: KINKY BOOTS at Dallas Summer Musicals March 31, 2017
Kinky Boots stomped its way into the Music Hall at Fair Park this week, starting the early summer heat off on the right foot for Dallas Summer Musicals. This high energy, feel good, family friendly show has a quiet way of loudly speaking its truth.BWW Review: BROADWAY OUR WAY at Kalita Humphrey's Theater March 3, 2017
Uptown Players has your weekend evenings planned as they present Broadway Our Way. BWOW is the Players' annual fundraiser that gender-bends the typical Broadway numbers and allows some of Dallas' finest actors and actresses to play the dream roles they'd never land in a heteronormative casting call. As it is their 16th year producing this fundraiser, Craig Lynch and Jeff Rane have certainly cultivated an incredible pool of talent.BWW Review: Cirque Du Soleil's KURIOS in Dallas February 23, 2017
A case of Kuriosity struck Dallas/Ft. Worth this past weekend as Cirque Du Soleil rolled out the big top tents for their newest series, KURIOS, at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie. As a premier performing arts troupe, Cirque never ceases to delight crowds with their authentically unique shows.BWW Review: STOMP at Dallas Summer Musicals February 16, 2017
This Valentine's day, Dallas Summer Musicals further cultivated Dallas' love affair with the percussive performing arts powerhouse, STOMP.BWW Review: LOVE at The Mirage October 13, 2016
As a first time traveler to Las Vegas, this reviewer thought that it would be crucial to check out one of the most well known franchises synonymous with Sin City. Cirque du Soleil holds a solid reputation as the most entrenched production company in Las Vegas culture and for good reason. Combining all of the childhood wonderment from the circus days of our younger years, Cirque du Soleil has managed to blend the highly unique talents of aerial artists, roller skaters, stilt walkers, tumblers, trampolinists, contemporary dancers, break dancers, illusionists and performers of all types and sizes to make a cohesive vision come to life.BWW Interview: Marlies Yearby of RENT at Winspear Opera House At AT&T Performing Arts Center September 19, 2016
Over the past 20 years, Jonathan Larson's RENT has become an iconic piece of American musical theater. As its anniversary tour is about to make its scheduled stop in Dallas, I had the immense pleasure of speaking with original choreographer, Marlies Yearby, about the past, process, and production of her work on this particular show.BWW Review: JEKYLL & HYDE at Onstage In Bedford July 11, 2016
Church bells tolled as the sound of horse hooves on cobblestone echoed to set the stage at Onstage in Bedford this weekend for the opening of Jekyll & Hyde. A twist on the classic tale of one man's struggle to conquer his inner demons, this musical version of Robert Louis Stevenson's 1886 tale was adapted for the stage by Steve Cuden and Frank Wildhorn. Over the past century there have been innumerable adaptations of the original novella, including over 120 versions written for stage and film. The actors and production team of Onstage continued this time honored tradition this weekend to sold out audiences.BWW Review: 42ND STREET at Music Hall At Fair Park July 1, 2016
Awash in red velvet and gold fringe, the Music Hall at Fair Park stage appeared ready to drift back to the glory days of 1930's Broadway this week as the cast of 42nd Street moved their dancing feet to the Dallas Summer Musicals leg of their national tour. Originally produced in 1980, 42nd Street quickly became a Broadway classic winning Tony Awards for Best Musical and Best Choreography under the direction of Gower Champion. Its revival in 2001 was equally well-received with a Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical.
42nd Street is the archetypal tale of a small town girl named Peggy (played by Caitlin Ehlinger) achieving her big Broadway dreams by understudying starlet Dorothy Brock (Kaitlin Lawrence) with the grace of a hotshot producer, Julian Marsh (Matthew J. Taylor).BWW Review: BULLETS OVER BROADWAY Aims to Please at Dallas Summer Musicals June 17, 2016
Wednesday night Dallas theatergoers sipped their wine and slipped back to the salacious days of the roaring 20's. The National Tour of Bullets Over Broadway landed for its Dallas premiere June 14th and the audience couldn't have been more welcoming. Written by Woody Allen based on a screenplay by himself and Douglas McGrath, Bullets offers all the bells and whistles of a solid 20's era show-decked out with drop waist dresses, showgirls, booze, and mobsters.BWW Reviews: BALLETBOYZ at Winspear Opera House, Men Take Center Stage February 16, 2016
Upon hearing the term 'ballet' one typically envisions fluffy tutus and satin pointe shoes: the very epitome of girlish grace and beauty showcased in lithe bodies adorned in tulle and rhinestones. Ballerinas are given the stage as the protagonists, while oft times the men are utilized simply as support systems to drive the plot and lift the girls. Balletboyz, an all male company from the United Kingdom, is making great strides to break the streak of heternomativity in the dance world by giving men the right to all the 'good parts' of ballet. Company founders and Co-Artistic Directors, Michael Nunn and William Trevitt, spearheaded this company with the revolutionary plan to bring men to the forefront of the ballet stage, not simply as backup to the female roles. In doing so, the hope of these collaborators is to bring the art and athleticism of ballet to broader audiences.