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TEXAS Outdoor Musical kicks off opening weekend

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TEXAS Outdoor Musical is kicking off its opening weekend with new dances and new faces in this year's show.

The musical illustrates the story and struggle of early settlers in the Texas Panhandle.

Managing artistic director, David Yirak said it's a showstopping performance that will give audiences pride in where they live.

"I think people come away with a great sense of pride in the panhandle and Texas and America when we get done with them," he said.

Audiences can expect some new choreography this summer, an aspect that Yirak said evolves every year.

"They're very skilled and our choreographer is wonderful, but just the work that they put out. I think the thing that amazes me is all this effort that they do on stage it looks so graceful and effortless like they're just out having fun," he said.

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The show's dancers work nine hours a day for two and a half weeks perfecting six challenging dances.

Cast member and dancer, Kathryne King said it's rewarding to see all their hard work pay off.

"It takes so much effort and so much work and so much thought and it's so incredible to see the entire company come together and put those dances together," she said.

Dancers from all over the nation and even out of the country audition to be a part of the production.

Alvaro Callejas Vazquez is a native of El Paso and Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico.

"I moved to El Paso 10 years ago and I've called it my home since," he said. "With a lot of luck and a lot of work and a lot of audition tapes here and there, I'm here and I'm super, super glad to be here."

The show's cast and dancers said they are proud to be a part of an inspiring tradition in the Texas panhandle.

"We've been in the Canyon for 53 years and so getting to be a part of that and being a part of such a huge aspect of life down here is such an incredible thing every season," said King.

TEXAS Outdoor Musical will run Tuesday through Sunday nights at 8:30 p.m. from now until August 18.

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