Ever since his break-through in 2011, Dutch DJ Dyro has been taking over the worldwide electronic music scene. With his signature bass lines and drops, Dyro soon found his way into the music bags of international DJs. Among his supporters, Hardwell decided to release Dyro's first EP on his label Revealed Recordings. After tunes like "Daftastic" and "Metaphor" had earned the respect of party goers worldwide, Dyro became a frequently asked DJ in the clubbing circuit. The Dutchman definitively made a name with his first top hit "Never Say Goodbye," a collaboration with Hardwell. Constantly marked as artist to watch by various music blogs, Dyro's continuous success yielded him slots at the world's biggest festivals. With a strong body of work charting in the following years, including 2014 hit "Go Down,"his hard work paid off when he was proclaimed 30th in the world by DJ Mag Top 100.
The Dallas Theater Center and director Joel Ferrell present perennial holiday treat, Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol. This familiar beloved tale has been given a musical twist, setting the story to song with original music by David de Berry. Adapted for the stage by Richard Hellesen, the show features many local actors as well as Robert Langdon Lloyd reprising the role of Scrooge from last year. The cast is top-notch, imbuing the story (which can come across as preachy in the wrong hands) with the life and sincerity it needs to make it engaging and heartwarming. Particular standouts are Denise Lee as Mrs. Fezziwig, Hassan El-Amin as Jacob Marley's Ghost, and of course, Robert Langdon Lloyd whose portrayal of Scrooge gives the character depth and likability even in the early parts of the play. The sets are streamlined yet colorful, allowing the audience's focus to stay on the actors. Joel Ferrell has made use of the entire space in his direction, with actors going out into the aisles, further pulling the audience into the story. Though small children may find the appearance of Marley's ghost slightly terrifying, this is a true treat for the whole family and if it's not already an annual tradition, it should be. -Mia Estella