A new alliance between the UTEP theater department, the El Paso Convention and Visitors Bureau and the El Paso Community Foundation has saved "Viva! El Paso" from oblivion.
The historical musical, which was rumored to be in jeopardy after last season, will return for its 36th year for 21 shows on Fridays and Saturdays June 14-Aug. 10 at the McKelligon Canyon Amphitheater.
Tryouts for this year's show will be April 20 at Holiday Hall, next to Kidd Field, on the UTEP campus.
Registration will be from 8-9 a.m., with auditions at 9. Call backs will start at 1:30 p.m.
Director Jaime Barba, a UTEP theater faculty member and costumer for UTEP Dinner Theatre, said that he needs about 50 performers — actors, singers and dancers, 18 and up — and 15 technicians for this year's show.
Those performing interested in auditioning will need to bring a copy of their performance resume and an 8-by-10" headshot. They'll be expected to sing and dance (steps will be taught at auditions). Appropriate dance attire and shoes is required.
Those who want to act only need to prepare a one-minute monologue.
Tech applicants will need to bring a resume of their theater work. They can apply between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. April 20 at Holiday Hall.
Call 747.5492 for more info on the tryouts.
In other arts news:
• UTEP's Union Gallery is hosting an eco-friendly exhibit called "R3: Re-Create, Re-Think, Re-Discover."
The Earth Day-themed exhibit opens today and runs through April 24 in the gallery, located on the second floor of the Union East Building.
A reception is set for noon-1 p.m. April 22.
Go to utep.edu/union or call 747.5711 for more info.
• Szu-Han Ho, an artist and art professor at NMSU, will discuss and preview some of her mixed-genre work in a free presentation called "The Duet: A Collaborative Approach to Artistic Production" at 6 p.m. April 18 at UTEP's Rubin Center for the Visual Arts.
She combines visual art, music and other forms into pieces that deal with the environment and economics.
Parking is available in lot P-5, just outside the gallery off Sun Bowl Drive.