If you check out J.L. Long Middle School’s spring musical, you’re in for a once-in-a-life-team treat – literally.

The annual productions are original pieces written by David Hirsch, the husband of Beverly Hirsch, the school’s choir teacher.

“I write the musicals as a fun thing for my wife,” David says. “Working with the kids is fun. It’s a way to give back to the kids what I was given.”

This year’s production, “Dreamz,” is David’s sixth musical for Long. The plays are full-length, two-hour, 20-song productions.

“The musicals are kind of a combination of Disney and Monty Python,” David says. “Parents seem to like it. I try to write a show that is entertaining.”

The shows feature as many students as possible and always have a strong moral theme, David says. This year, there were 35 roles to fill.

But David says the success of the plays goes to his wife.

“No matter what I write, if my wife could not get these kids to do it, it wouldn’t work,” he says.

The show will be April 14, 15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m. at J.L. Long’s auditorium, 6116 Reiger. Tickets are $5 in advance and $5.50 at the door. Call Carol Hensley for tickets at 826-0700.

Parade Benefits Lipscomb

The Third Annual Walk Against Crime in Junius Heights is scheduled April 9 at 9 a.m.

Proceeds benefit Lipscomb Elementary School to fund special programs and projects offered at the school. Donations are being solicited from neighborhood businesses and residents for the school. Send donations for Lipscomb to 5710 Tremont, Dallas 75214.

Scott Murray, the Channel 5 sportscaster, will be Grand Marshall. The parade also will feature former Dallas Cowboys player Jethro Pugh, the Dallas Police Department Calvary Brigade, and City Council representatives Craig McDaniel and Chris Luna.

Former representatives Lori Palmer and Craig Holcomb also are expected to attend.

To participate in the parade, show up at 8:45 a.m. at Lipscomb, 5801 Worth. The mile-long walk will end back at the school, where there will be a family picnic.

News & Notes

FUND-RAISER SET: The East Dallas Developmental Center has set its 3rd Annual Bingo Night for April 29 at 6 p.m. at the Lakewood Country Club. A dinner buffet will be available. Prizes include two round-trip Southwest Airlines tickets. Proceeds raised will benefit the pre-school’s expansion program. For information or reservations, call Dolores Guerrero at 827-2586 or Linda Laws at 821-7766.

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