Memorial service tonight for Jac Alder

jacalder01Jac Alder, the long-serving founder and artistic director of Theatre 3 who died in late May at 80 after a long illness, will be remembered in a memorial service tonight.

The service will be held at City Performance Hall, 2520 Flora St., in the Downtown Arts District. Complimentary parking will be provided at the Lexus Silver Parking Garage next door. It begins at 6 p.m.

Friends and colleagues, as well as fans of Theatre 3 and Alder’s more than half-century of dedication to theater in North Texas, are all invited to attend.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Remembering actor Ryan Roach

Ryan Roach, right, in one of his signature roles in ‘Greater Tuna,’ alongside close friend Chris Robinson.

A theater community really is a “community.” Even if you aren’t close personal friends with everyone who’s ever done a show, if you’ve been around long enough, you get to know people — by reputation, by seeing them in a show, by acting alongside them … and that applies to actors, directors, technicians — and even theater critics.

So, as anyone who was Facebook friends with Charles Ryan Roach — and judging by the news feeds over the weekend, that’s a lot of people — know, Ryan passed away suddenly on Saturday. He was 44.

The first indication something was wrong was last Thursday, when Ryan called his dear friend (and frequent co-star) Chris Robinson to saying he wasn’t feeling well and was headed to an urgent care facility. After some testing, it was determined Ryan’s blood pressure was dangerously high. He was checked into a hospital in Fort Worth.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

UPDATE: Erica Andrews memorial set

Screen shot 2013-03-12 at 3.16.52 PMThe memorial service for former Dallas resident and famed drag diva Erica Andrews has been set.

The service will take place Thursday at ilume on Cedar Springs Road. Although scheduled to take place inside the facility’s Great Room, the candlelight ceremony may expand to the pool area, depending upon attendance. It will begin promptly at 7 p.m.

Andrews died suddenly on Monday night, following a lung infection. Born in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, she long called Texas her home, and frequently performed at the Rose Room. She also appeared in the film Ticked Off Trannies with Knives, pictured right.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Jeff Kinman memorial set

The memorial service for Jeff Kinman — the actor, singer and voice teacher who died last week after a long illness — has been set by his partner, Adam C. Wright. The event will take place on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 11 a.m. at the Kalita Humphreys Theater, 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd., where Kinman last appeared in Uptown Players’ Broadway Our Way fundraiser last spring.

Anyone with questions or needing directions can contact Beth Albright at Broadwayelmo@gmail.com.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Memorial services set for Wendy Churitch

We published an obituary Friday for Wendy Churitch, but plans for memorial services had not yet been finalized at that time. We have, however, since received that information, and want to pass it along.

Wendy Churitch, right, and her wife, Kay

A memorial service for Wendy, who died early Thursday morning, Sept. 29, at her home in Irving, will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 6, at Cathedral of Hope, 5910 Cedar Springs Road in Dallas.

Friends will also gather Saturday, Oct. 8, at 2 p.m. at The Brick/Joe’s, 2525 Wycliff Ave., to share memories and stories in a celebration of Wendy’s life. If you have photos of Wendy, bring them with your stories.

And Wendy’s wife, Kay Mathews Churitch, has asked that in lieu of flowers, those who want to honor Wendy in some way can make a donation in her name to Operation Kindness, the pet rescue organization based in Carrollton. You can call 972-418-7297 or e-mail donations@operationkindness.org. Operation Kindness is at 3201 Earhart Drive in Carrollton.

—  admin