Derrian Tolden’s parents watched “Scooby-Doo” when they were kids. So did Tolden and his sister. Now, his niece probably will too, but with a special twist: Tolden is one of the actors bringing the mythology of the Mystery Machine and its gang of cartoon crime fighters to life on stage.
His family intends to see him perform when the touring musical “Scooby-Doo Live! Musical Mysteries” hits a suburb of Dallas on Saturday — the day before the kid-friendly show comes to Austin.
On Sunday, Tolden returns to the town where he graduated from high school to play the role of Walt Warner, the manager of a haunted theater that Scooby-Doo and co. will investigate. It’s a musical written for kids, he said, but adults since January, when the tour first started, have sat in the audience by themselves, some even in costume. Its appeal partly comes from the interactive nature of the show.
“You can scream and clap and dance and help us solve the mystery, which so far all of the crowds have done,” Tolden said.
The title character, in a furry Scooby costume for the shows, will be singing and dancing along with every other character — and he and Shaggy will be as jumpy as ever, of course, with one ghost and three suspects terrorizing them. “They’ll keep you suspicious of who the bad guy is,” Tolden said.
He landed the role of Warner after about 10 years of performing and working in smaller productions in Louisiana and New York. Voted “Most Likely to Be Famous” by his classmates at Pflugerville High School, he said he’s always wanted to be an entertainer.
The “Scooby-Doo” musical will have three performances in Austin before the tour takes about a week-long break. Tolden said he hopes to take some of that time to explore Austin, his favorite Texas town.
A Giant Dog at Beerland. Austin garage rock monsters A Giant Dog — whose recent album “Bone” is among the year’s best — bring their show back to town after a few weeks on the road. 9 p.m. $7. 711 Red River St. beerlandaustin.com.
— Peter Mongillo
Also playing: The Gospel Truth, Dead Space and Little Father at Hotel Vegas; Katchafire, Maoli, Ashes of Babylon at Antone’s; W.C. Clark, Hector Ward and the Big Time and Carson Brock at the Saxon Pub; Kylesa, Blood Ceremony, White Hills and Lazer/Wulf at Mohawk.
Jazz in Bastrop. Featuring award-winning musician Eric Johnson; benefits the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bastrop County. 7 p.m. Saturday. $50. Lakeside Professional Building, 3101 Highway 71 East, Bastrop. 988-9077, www.bastropjazzjam.com.
Texas Natural & Swing Festival. A celebration of local music and history. Festival: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Swing Hall of Fame show: 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday. Admission free; catfish dinner $12. San Marcos Courthouse Square, downtown San Marcos. 393-8430, www.ci.san-marcos.tx.us/index.aspx?page=950.
Co-Lab Space. “The Stories Our Neurons Tell,” works by Brook Gassiot. Opening reception 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday; on view by appointment through May 25. 613 Allen St. 300-8217, www.co-labprojects.org.
Lora Reynolds Gallery. “RIP,” works by Graham Dolphin. Opening reception 7 p.m. Saturday. Through July 6. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays. 360 Nueces St., Suite 50. 215-4965, www.lorareynolds.com.
MASS Gallery. “Wally,” a group exhibition with work by Leah Bailis, Kyle Bravo, Ryan Davis, Yashua Klos, Isaac Lin and Lee Piechocki. Opening reception noon to 10 p.m. Saturday. Through June 16. 5 to 8 p.m. Fridays, noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. 507 Calles St., Suite 108. www.massgallery.org.
Tiny Park Gallery. “Now How It Happened,” works by Joel Ross and Jason Creps. Opening reception 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday. Through June 22. Noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays, and by appointment. 1101 Navasota St., Suite 2. www.tinyparkgallery.com.
Women & Their Work. “Falling Hive,” works by Monica Vidal. Opening reception 7 p.m. Saturday. Through July 3. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays. 1710 Lavaca St. 477-1064, www.womenandtheirwork.org.
Austin Aztex vs. Dutch Lions. The Austin Aztex return to action against the Dutch Lions. 7:30 p.m. Saturday. $10. House Park, 1301 Shoal Creek Blvd. 402-2892, www.austinaztex.com.
Muleshoe Bend Adventure Race. Features a trail run, mountain biking, canoeing and mystery events. 8 a.m. Saturday. $85-$170. Muleshoe Bend Recreation Center, 2820 Country Road 414, Spicewood. www.terrafirmaracing.com/view.asp?id=128.
O. Henry Pun-Off. Witness wordsmiths in action at the annual competition. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Free. Brush Square Park, 409 E. Fifth St. 472-1903, www.punpunpun.com.
Author appearance. Young adult author Joy Preble speaks and signs “The Sweet Dead Life.” 3 p.m. Saturday Free. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 472-5050, www.bookpeople.com.
I Love You But I’ve Chosen Disco. A benefit for Forklift Danceworks, with music, dancing, an open bar and a silent auction. 9 p.m. to midnight Saturday. $50. Nowlin Studio at the Zach Theatre, 1510 Toomey Road. 447-6405, www.forkliftdanceworks.org.
Whoopi Goldberg. The Academy Award-winning actress and talk show host speaks. 8 p.m. Saturday. $49-$89. Michael & Susan Dell Hall at the Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. 474-5664, www.thelongcenter.org.
Art Bra Austin. Bras designed by local artists and designers are put up for auction, benefiting breast cancer survivors. 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday. $150. Austin Music Hall, 208 Nueces St. 544-0914, www.artbraaustin.org.
Austin Kidney Walk. Support the 26 million Americans with chronic kidney disease. 8 a.m. Saturday. Free. Mueller Lake Park, 4550 Mueller Blvd. 608-5612, www.facebook.com/events/570791179600427.
Austin Maifest. Live music, German food and a selection of 10 German brews. 2 p.m. Saturday. $10. Saengerrunde Hall, 1607 San Jacinto Blvd. 666-7464, www.saengerrunde.org.
Austin Pets Alive! Fundraiser. Local beers and a silent auction, benefiting the local rescue organization. 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday. Free. in.gredients, 2610 Manor Road. 275-6357, www.facebook.com/events/144032795779241.
Buzzard Bump Fest. The fourth-annual event features a car show, a bird cook-off, kids’ activities, live music and more. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. $3 admission, or free with a donation of three canned goods. 9751 E. Highway 71, Spicewood. www.buzzardbump.com.
Crawfish & Croquet Party. A benefit for the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas. 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday. $25. Commons Ford Metropolitan Park, 614 N. Commons Ford Road. 614-0057, www.outlawrealty.com.
Give Autism a Chance Dinner & Silent Auction. A benefit for the Autism Trust USA. 6 p.m. Saturday. $150. River Place Country Club, 4207 River Place Blvd. 419-8504, www.theautismtrustusa.com.
Renegade Craft Fair. A DIY and indie craft marketplace with vendors from all over the country. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Free. Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road. 404-4500, www.renegadecraft.com.
Whole Foods Block Party. Local beers, grilled food and free activities. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Free, Whole Foods Market Flagship, 525 N. Lamar Blvd. 476-1206, www.wholefoodsmarket.com/store/event/block-party-1.
Küçük Sinemalar! An evening of experimental film from Turkey. 7 p.m. Saturday. Free. AMOA-Arthouse at the Jones Center, 700 Congress Ave. 453-5312, www.ercatx.org.
What: ‘Scooby-Doo Live! Musical Mysteries’
When: Noon, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday.
Where: The Frank Erwin Center, 1701 Red River St.