The Mayborn Science Theater, located on the campus of Central Texas College, this week announced its show lineup for December. The month includes weekday matinees, a star tour and special matinee shows during the holiday school break.
The Saturday show lineup begins with matinee shows starting at 11 a.m. First up is “Let It Snow: A Holiday Music Journey.” The show features a variety of festive classics from Frank Sinatra and Chuck Berry to Burl Ives and Brenda Lee. Other standards are performed by Ella Fitzgerald, Harry Connick, Jr., John Denver and Gene Autry.
It also features a must-see, stunning multi-media finale by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. The soundtrack is visually enhanced with thematic animation, laser imagery, special effects and full-dome scenery.
“Let It Snow” is followed by story-time activities of “The Night Before Christmas.”
At noon is the laser light show “Laser Holidays” which features a mix of holiday classics and modern holiday tunes set to digital computerized laser art. Featured artists include Bing Crosby, Randy Travis, James Galway, Darlene Love and the Eurythmics.
“Space School” is at 1 p.m. and will take the audience from a habitat hidden deep underwater in Florida to the world’s most amazing swimming pool.
This is the story of how astronauts train underwater to live and work in space. From microgravity simulation at NASA’s Neutral Buoyancy Lab, to living under the sea at Aquarius Reef Base, learn just how much time astronauts spend training underwater.
At 2 p.m. is “Super Volcanoes.” The show explores rare types of volcanic eruptions that marshal the energy that lurks, like a sleeping dragon, beneath the surface of planet Earth.
The audience will explore the impact of volcanoes on Earth and other worlds in our solar system and experience mass extinctions, climate collapses and violence beyond anything humans have ever witnessed.
“This is Our Sky” is at 3 p.m. The show touches briefly on weather, covers the apparent motion of the sun, moon and stars and goes into detail on seasons and the Earth’s tilt, seasonal constellations and the phases of the moon. The show wraps-up with an overview of the solar system and features close-up shots and brief information on each of the eight planets.
The matinee lineup concludes at 4 p.m. with “First and Farthest.” From the first rockets to the first man on the moon, the show celebrates humanity’s great accomplishments in the Space Race. It will bring back memories for those who experienced the Space Race and inspire new generations to keep exploring our universe.
The Saturday evening shows start at 7 p.m. with “Let It Snow: A Holiday Music Journey” followed at 8 p.m. by “Mystery of the Christmas Star.”
Journey back 2,000 years to Bethlehem to seek a scientific answer for the star the wise men followed. This modern re-telling of the Christmas story investigates the signs in the sky remarkable enough to cause the wise men to travel across the desert from Babylon to Bethlehem just to see a newborn king.
At 9 p.m. is “Season of Light.” The show is an exploration of the astronomical meanings behind seasonal traditions, including the “Star over Bethlehem.”
It traces the history and development of many of the world’s most endearing holiday customs, all of which involve lighting up the winter season — from the burning Yule log, sparkling Christmas tree lights and candles in windows, to the lighting of luminarias in the American Southwest and the traditional ritual of the Hanukkah menorah.
The Mayborn Science Theater also offers weekday matinee shows every Tuesday/Thursday at 2:30 p.m. and will offer matinee shows at 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. during the holidays, Dec. 19-22 and Dec. 26-29.
Warren’s Star Tour, offering a look at the constellations found in the Northern and Southern hemispheres is Dec. 26 at 2:30 p.m. Visit www.starsatnight.org for a complete show schedule.