AUDITION NOTICE: TELL US WHY YOU SHOULD BE IN 42nd STREET FOR A NIGHT!

June 15th, 2016

42nd Street North Texas Debut

In an initiative to elevate the arts, Dallas Summer Musicals in conjunction with Broadway World DFW and WFAA Channel 8 have partnered up and developed a fun summer series of walk-on roles to give audiences an inside look at the life of an actor. For the last show of DSM’s 2015-2016 Season, a lucky winner will be transformed into one of the kids in the chorus and give viewers a behind the scenes look as they become part of cast in 42nd STREET.

SEEKING: Chorus Member

REQUIREMENTS: The walk-on role calls for a young male in his late teens – 20’s, of any ethnicity, that is trim and in good physical shape. The actor will appear at the top of the show in the number titled “Audition.” He will form part of the chorus kids and follow their lead. In role, the actor must stretch along with the other cast members, walk over to a piano and tap his fingers, walk around with the rest of the cast members and act as required. The winner must be able to attend rehearsal, wardrobe fittings and sound check on the day of the walk-on role. Winner must be a non-union actor. This is a volunteer position only; actor will not be compensated.

The winner will not only have the opportunity to be a part of the cast of a touring Broadway production as they step on the Music Hall stage known to many stars, but they will also receive complimentary tickets for family members to attend their debut on the DSM stage.

WHAT TO SUBMIT: Please submit a full length photo (front), headshot, and audition card details through the link below. As well as a statement as to why you would like to form part of the cast of a national Broadway touring production and what it would mean to you. Deadline for submissions will be Sunday, June 19. Finalist will be notified on Wednesday, June 22.

CLICK HERE TO ENTER!

 

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42ND STREET MAKES NORTH TEXAS DEBUT!

June 7th, 2016

BROADWAY’S SONG AND DANCE EXTRAVAGANZA

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MAKES NORTH TEXAS DEBUT
JUNE 28 – JULY 10  AT THE MUSIC HALL AT FAIR PARK
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JULY 12-17  AT BASS PERFORMANCE HALL

Dallas, TX (June 3, 2016) – The quintessential backstage musical comedy classic 42nd STREET will celebrate a 2 week engagement at the Music Hall at Fair Park with a sparkling new production, June 28 – July 10 presented by Dallas Summer Musicals. This high-octane tour will then head to Fort Worth, where it will play at Bass Performance Hall July 12-17, presented by Performing Arts Fort Worth. 42nd STREET will be directed by co-author Mark Bramble and choreographed by Randy Skinner, the team who staged the 2001 Tony Award® winning Best Revival.

42nd STREET is the song and dance fable of Broadway, with an American Dream story and some of the greatest songs ever written, including “We’re In The Money,” “Lullaby of Broadway,” “Shuffle Off To Buffalo,” “Dames,” “I Only Have Eyes For You” and of course “42nd Street.”

With book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble, music by Harry Warren and lyrics by Al Dubin, 42nd STREET is based on a novel by Bradford Ropes and Busby Berkeley’s 1933 movie and tells the story of a starry-eyed young dancer named Peggy Sawyer who leaves her Allentown home and comes to New York to audition for the new Broadway musical Pretty Lady.  When the leading lady breaks her ankle, Peggy takes over and becomes a star.

The original production of 42nd STREET was produced in 1980 on Broadway by David Merrick and featured direction and dances by Gower Champion.  It played on Broadway for 3,486 performances, winning 1981 Tony Awards® for Best Musical and Best Choreography.  The Broadway revival, which opened in 2001, played for 1,524 performances and earned two Tony Awards® including Best Revival of a Musical.

Mark Bramble (Director/Co-Author) began his theatrical career working for legendary producer David Merrick on many Broadway productions.  He directed the 2001 Tony Award® winning Best Revival of 42nd STREET on Broadway for which he received a Tony Award® nomination, and has staged productions of the show in London, Sydney, Tokyo, Berlin, Amsterdam, Shanghai, and Vienna.  Randy Skinner (Choreographer) choreographed the 2001 Tony Award® winning Best Revival of 42nd STREET on Broadway for which he received a Tony Award® nomination.  He also received Tony Award® nominations for his choreography of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas and Ain’t Broadway Grand.

The design team includes scenic design by Tony Award® winner Beowulf Boritt (Act One, The Scottsboro Boys, Annie), costume design by Tony Award® winner Roger Kirk (The King and I, 42nd Street, Jesus Christ Superstar), lighting design by Tony Award® winner Ken Billington (Chicago, Annie, White Christmas) and sound design by Peter Fitzgerald (Movin’ Out, Will Rogers Follies, 42nd Street).  Musical supervision is by Todd Ellison (American in Paris, La Cage Aux Folles, 42nd Street). Casting is by Joy Dewing CSA, Joy Dewing Casting (Annie, Wonderland, 42nd Street).  The tour is produced by TROIKA Entertainment, LLC.

The national tour will star Matthew J. Taylor as notorious director Julian Marsh, Kaitlin Lawrence as Broadway leading lady Dorothy Brock and introduces Caitlin Ehlinger as newcomer Peggy Sawyer.   Also featured in the production are Britte Steele (Maggie Jones), Steven Bidwell (Bert Barry), Mark Fishback (Abner Dillon), DJ Canaday (Pat Denning), Blake Stadnik (Billy Lawlor), Natalia Lepore Hagan (Annie), Carlos Morales (Mac/Doc/Thug), Lamont Brown (Andy Lee), Rob Ouellette (Oscar), Vanessa Mitchell (Lorraine), Dallas/Ft. Worth native Sarah Fagan (Diane) and Mallory Nolting (Phyllis).

The ensemble will feature Matthew Alexander, Emily Blake Anderson, Brittany Bigelow, Allison Blanchard, Molly Jean Blodgett, Stephanie Brooks, Taylore Burke, Mitchell Canfield, Joel Chambers, Kahlia Davis, Tricia DeSario, Lucia Foster, Kelly Gleason, Patrick Heffernan, Tommy Joscelyn, Brady Miller, Mandy Modic, Georgina Moore, Courtney Moran, Jocelyn Moss, Alicia Newcom, Tanner Outly and Andrew Winans.

In an initiative to elevate the arts, Dallas Summer Musicals in conjunction with Broadway World DFW and WFAA Channel 8 have partnered up and developed a fun summer series of walk-on roles to give audiences an inside look at the life of an actor. Auditions will be announced soon and a lucky winner will be transformed into one of the kids in the chorus and give viewers a behind the scenes look as they becomes part of cast in 42nd STREET.

Single tickets for 42nd STREET, from $25-$106 (pricing subject to change), are now on sale at www.DallasSummerMusicals.org, by phone at 1.800.514.ETIX (3849) and at The Box Office, 5959 Royal Lane, Suite 542 in Dallas, TX.

Groups of 10 or more receive a 15% discount, priority seating, and many more benefits. Please call 214.426.4768 or email Groups@DallasSummerMusicals.org.

Single tickets for 42nd STREET’s Fort Worth engagement, from $44-$115, are now on sale. To charge tickets by phone, call 817.212.4280 in Fort Worth; 1.877.212.4280 (toll free) outside Fort Worth; or order online at www.basshall.com. Tickets are also available at the Bass Performance Hall ticket office at 525 Commerce Street. For group sales, call 817-212-4248.

DSM’s highly awaited 2016–17 Season Announcement ‘Broadways Most Wanted’ is set to be revealed soon. A season teaser campaign is now online and throughout DSM’s social media platforms!

The 2015-2016 Broadway at the Bass season continues with Rodgers & Hammerstein’s THE SOUND OF MUSIC, August 17-21; and the phenomenal new production of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, October 20-30.


About Dallas Summer Musicals:
Dallas Summer Musicals, Inc. (DSM) is the preeminent nonprofit presenter of Broadway theatre in North Texas. DSM produces, presents and promotes excellence in live musical theatre with year-round performances for diverse audiences of all ages, impacting the lives of children and families through education and community outreach programs, while enriching the cultural landscape of Dallas/Fort Worth, North Texas and the Southwest Region.
As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, DSM relies on a variety of funding sources to bring the Best of Broadway to Dallas at affordable ticket prices, as well as to preserve the beautiful historic theatre, educate young audiences and create important community programs. DSM’s Seats for Kids program provides a meaningful arts education experience to thousands of low income, at-risk and special needs children. DSM Kids Club is a program created to foster tomorrow’s musical theatre audience. Through exciting activities children gain an interest, hands-on-knowledge and appreciation of the performing arts. In addition, Dallas Summer Musicals Academy of Performing Arts offers professional theatre arts training and scholarships to talented students in need. DSM’s High School Musical Theatre Awards are patterned after Broadway’s Tony® Awards and celebrate the power of the arts to significantly improve all areas of education. DSM Associate Producers is a dynamic group of young professionals with a mission to support DSM by cultivating future patrons and leaders making DSM part of the culture for young professionals in Dallas. DSM Guild is a group of individuals who share a love of musical theatre and support DSM by providing stellar service and hospitality to the cast and crew of every show.
Since 2010 the experts at DSM have made significant changes and upgrades to its acoustical systems to improve the sound quality of the productions for all its patrons, including the hearing impaired, leading to the development of Hear Us Now!™; a device which utilizes five assistive listening technologies (T-coils, FM Classroom, Streamers, FM systems, and traditional headsets) to deliver a clear and direct audio signal. It is so unique that a trademark has been allowed by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Seats for Vets, DSM’s newest initiative, serves war veterans and their families by providing them discounted access to a unique theatrical experience as a way of thanking them for their service. Ticket sales alone do not sustain these endeavors. Only support from committed businesses, foundations and individuals make these programs possible.
Dallas Summer Musicals is presented by Texas Instruments and gratefully acknowledges the support of our season sponsors and partners The Dallas Morning News, WFAA TV Channel 8, American Airlines, and The Original Cupcakery.
For more information about Dallas Summer Musicals, please call 214.421.5678 or visit our website at DallasSummerMusicals.org.
About Performing Arts Fort Worth:
The mission of the Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance Hall is to serve as a permanent home to major performing arts organizations of Fort Worth and as a premiere venue for other attractions so as to enhance the range, quality, and accessibility of cultural fare available to the public; to promulgate arts education; and to contribute to the cultural life of Fort Worth, Tarrant County, and the region.
Built entirely with private funds, Bass Performance Hall is permanent home to the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Texas Ballet Theater, Fort Worth Opera, and the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and the Cliburn. Each resident company operates independently from Performing Arts Fort Worth and manages its own programming schedule at Bass Hall.
Performing Arts Fort Worth, the nonprofit organization that oversees management of the Hall, also presents national Touring Broadway product under the Broadway at the Bass banner, as well as programming that includes Family Series at the Bass, and the BNSF Popular Entertainment Series.
The 2,042-seat multipurpose Hall is characteristic of the classic European opera house form. An 80-foot diameter Great Dome tops the Founders Concert Theater while two 48-foot tall angels grace the Grand Facade. Since the Hall opened in May 1998, the angels have become preeminent cultural icons of the Dallas-Fort Worth community. The Hall itself is renowned for its superb acoustics, exceptional sight lines and ambience on level with the great halls of the world.

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BULLETS OVER BROADWAY TO MAKE ITS DALLAS PREMIERE

May 27th, 2016

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NATIONAL TOUR TO MAKE ITS DALLAS PREMIERE
AT THE MUSIC HALL AT FAIR PARK
JUNE 14-26

Dallas, TX (May 25, 2016) – The national tour of the new musical comedy BULLETS OVER BROADWAY, written by Woody Allen and based on the screenplay by Allen and Douglas McGrath for the 1994 film, will make its Dallas premiere June 14-26 at the Music Hall at Fair Park presented by Dallas Summer Musicals.

Following his work on the Broadway production of BULLETS OVER BROADWAY, originally directed and choreographed by five-time Tony Award® winner Susan Stroman, the tour is helmed by director Jeff Whiting.

The creative team also includes Jason Ardizzone-West (scenic design), six-time Tony Award® winner William Ivey Long’s original Broadway costumes coordinated by James Halliday, Carolyn Wong (tour lighting design and adaption, based on the original Broadway lighting design by Donald Holder), Shannon Slaton (sound design) and Bernie Ardia (wig and hair design) with Glen Kelly (music arranger, adaption and additional lyrics), Andy Einhorn (vocal arranger), Doug Besterman (orchestrations) and Robbie Cowan (music director and conductor). BULLETS OVER BROADWAY features existing music of the period, including “Tain’t Nobody’s Biz-ness If I Do,” “Let’s Misbehave,” I’m Sitting On Top Of The World” and “Runnin’ Wild.”

A playwright who needs someone to back his next show. A mobster who needs some way to please his showgirl girlfriend. This could be the start of a beautiful friendship – or a brand new musical comedy! Loaded with big laughs, colorful characters and the songs that made the 20s roar, BULLETS OVER BROADWAY brings musical comedy back with a bang.

Hailed by Time Magazine as, “Musical Theatre Gold!” and described as “A Fun Machine from Start to Finish!” by The New Yorker,  BULLETS OVER BROADWAY tells the story of an aspiring young playwright newly arrived on Broadway in 1920’s New York who is forced to cast a mobster’s talentless girlfriend in his latest drama in order to get it produced.

BULLETS OVER BROADWAY features Michael Williams as “David Shayne,” Emma Stratton as “Helen Sinclair,” Jeff Brooks as “Cheech,” Bradley Allan Zarr as “Warner Purcell,” Michael Corvino as “Nick Valenti,” Hannah Rose DeFlumeri as “Ellen,” Rick Grossman as “Julian Marx,” Jemma Jane as “Olive Neal” and Rachel Bahler as “Eden Brent.”

BULLETS OVER BROADWAY will also feature Blaire Baker, Mary Callahan, Jake Corcoran, Elizabeth Dugas, Carissa Fiorillo, Patrick Graver, Andrew Hendrick, Lainee Hunter, Justin Jutras, Ryan Kanfer, Brian Martin, Conor McGiffin, Corinne Munsch, Kaylee Olson, Joey Ortolani, Kelly Peterson, Lexie Plath, and Ian Saunders.

The original production of BULLETS OVER BROADWAY premiered on Broadway last season at the St. James Theatre with performances beginning on March 11, 2014 and an official opening on April 10, 2014. The production received six Tony-Award® nominations, including Best Book of a Musical and Best Choreography.

In an initiative to elevate the arts, Dallas Summer Musicals in conjunction with Broadway World DFW and WFAA Channel 8 have partnered up and developed a fun summer series of walk-on roles to give audiences an inside look at the life of an actor. Ron Corning, WFAA Anchor, will transform himself and give viewers a behind the scenes look as he becomes part of cast in BULLETS OVER BROADWAY.

Single tickets for BULLETS OVER BROADWAY, from $20-$99 (pricing subject to change), are now on sale at DallasSummerMusicals.org, by phone at 1.800.514.ETIX (3849) and at The Box Office, 5959 Royal Lane, Suite 542 in Dallas, TX.

Groups of 10 or more receive a 15% discount, priority seating, and many more benefits. Please call 214.426.GROUP (4768) or email Groups@DallasSummerMusicals.org.

Closing Dallas Summer Musicals’ 2016 Season will be 42ND STREET, June 28 – July 10, 2016. DSM’s highly awaited 2016 – 17 Season Announcement ‘Broadways Most Wanted’ is set to be revealed soon. A season teaser campaign is now online and throughout DSM’s social media platforms!

Have you ever wondered about your Mobster alter ego? Visit www.bulletsoverbroadway.com/mobsterme and upload your photo to get your Mobster name and look.


About Dallas Summer Musicals:
Dallas Summer Musicals, Inc. (DSM) is the preeminent nonprofit presenter of Broadway theatre in North Texas. DSM produces, presents and promotes excellence in live musical theatre with year-round performances for diverse audiences of all ages, impacting the lives of children and families through education and community outreach programs, while enriching the cultural landscape of Dallas/Fort Worth, North Texas and the Southwest Region.
As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, DSM relies on a variety of funding sources to bring the Best of Broadway to Dallas at affordable ticket prices, as well as to preserve the beautiful historic theatre, educate young audiences and create important community programs. DSM’s Seats for Kids program provides a meaningful arts education experience to thousands of low income, at-risk and special needs children. DSM Kids Club is a program created to foster tomorrow’s musical theatre audience. Through exciting activities children gain an interest, hands-on-knowledge and appreciation of the performing arts. In addition, Dallas Summer Musicals Academy of Performing Arts offers professional theatre arts training and scholarships to talented students in need. DSM’s High School Musical Theatre Awards are patterned after Broadway’s Tony® Awards and celebrate the power of the arts to significantly improve all areas of education. DSM Associate Producers is a dynamic group of young professionals with a mission to support DSM by cultivating future patrons and leaders making DSM part of the culture for young professionals in Dallas. DSM Guild is a group of individuals who share a love of musical theatre and support DSM by providing stellar service and hospitality to the cast and crew of every show.
Dallas Summer Musicals is presented by Texas Instruments and gratefully acknowledges the support of our season sponsors and partners The Dallas Morning News, WFAA TV Channel 8, American Airlines, and The Original Cupcakery.
For more information about Dallas Summer Musicals, please call 214.421.5678 or visit our website at DallasSummerMusicals.org.
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LOCAL 5 & 7 YEAR OLD DALLASITES CAST IN UPCOMING TOURING BROADWAY PRODUCTION

May 19th, 2016

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Dallas TX (May 18, 2006) – Dallas Summer Musicals is pleased to announce that James Hayes (age 7) and Anthony Taylor (age 5) from St. Phillip’s School & Community Center have been cast as Young Coalhouse in the upcoming Dallas engagement of the 2015/2016 National Tour RAGTIME at the Music Hall at Fair Park May 24 – June 5.

In an initiative to elevate the arts, Dallas Summer Musicals in conjunction with Broadway World DFW and WFAA Channel 8 have partnered up and developed a fun summer series of walk-on roles to give audiences an inside look at the life of an actor. Young Coalhouse is the sweet and innocent boy of Sarah and Coalhouse Walker, Jr.  His walk-on role occurs in the final, uplifting moments of the show.

 

James Hayes, a Dallas native, is currently in first grade and attends St. Phillip’s School & Community Center. James loves to play the drums which he has played since he was three years old. He plays for St. Luke Children’s choir, Salem Institutional Baptist Church children’s choir, and his school’s Chapel Service every morning. James interests include basketball, drawing, collecting airplanes and he enjoys listening to music. 


Anthony Taylor
, a Dallas native, is currently in PK4 at St. Phillip’s School & Community Center and will be entering kindergarten in the fall. Anthony loves participating in his school theater program which he has been involved in since he was four years old. Anthony has played as part of the ensemble in St. Phillip’s School’s Destiny Musical 2016 and Christmas Musical 2015 & 2016. Anthony’s interest include dancing, singing, painting, drawing, watching plays, visiting museums, running and soccer.

“The performing arts scene in Dallas is evolving and its future has never looked brighter,” says Paulette Hopkins, DSM Director of Marketing and Patron Services, “Live theater is a magical experience and with opportunities such as this DSM seeks to continue a long tradition of investing in our youth by sparking their interest in the arts as we showcase the incredible talent Dallas has to offer while encouraging them to build their craft.”


At the dawn of a new century, everything is changing…and anything is possible. RAGTIME returns to the road in an all-new touring production that Bloomberg News hails as “explosive, thrilling and nothing short of a masterpiece.” Dallas will be swept away by this ravishing and relevant production on May 24 – June 5 at the Music Hall at Fair Park presented by Dallas Summer Musicals.

Winning Tony Awards for Best Book and Best Musical Score, this 13-time Tony Award nominated musical is a timeless celebration of life – what it could and should be!  The Hollywood Reporter declares that RAGTIME is “one of the best musicals of recent decades.” Its celebrated score includes “Wheels of a Dream,” “Back to Before” and the title song, “Ragtime.”

RAGTIME features a book by Terrence McNally, music by Stephen Flaherty, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and is based on E.L. Doctorow’s best-selling 1975 novelTony-nominated Director & Choreographer Marcia Milgrom Dodge will helm the production.   Scenic Design by Kevin Depinet, Lighting Design by Mike Baldassari and Sound Design by Craig Cassidy.

The stories of an upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant and a daring young Harlem musician unfold – set in turn-of-the-century New York – all three united by their desire and belief in a brighter tomorrow.  Their compelling stories are set to theatre’s richest and most glorious Tony Award®-winning score.

RAGTIME, E.L. Doctorow’s 1975 novel, won the National Book Critics Circle award and sold 4.5 million copies. It became a film in 1981 and a Broadway musical in 1998.  The original 1998 production ran on Broadway for 834 performances. A 2009 Broadway revival received rapturous reviews and is now on tour throughout North America.

The RAGTIME tour for North America is produced by Phoenix Entertainment www.phoenix-ent.com.

For more information, visit www.ragtimeontour.com.


Single tickets for RAGTIME, from $20-$99 (pricing subject to change), are now on sale at DallasSummerMusicals.org, by phone at 1.800.514.ETIX (3849) and at The Box Office, 5959 Royal Lane, Suite 542 in Dallas, TX.

Groups of 10 or more receive a 15% discount, priority seating, and many more benefits. Please call 214.426.GROUP (4768) or email Groups@DallasSummerMusicals.org.

Dallas Summer Musicals’ 2016 Season will continue with BULLETS OVER BROADWAY, June 14-26, 2016; and closing the season will be 42ND STREET, June 28 – July 10, 2016. DSM’s highly awaited 2016 – 17 Season Announcement ‘Broadways Most Wanted’ is set to be revealed soon. A season teaser campaign is now online and throughout DSM’s social media platforms!

Choose Your Own packages for the last three DSM 2016 season shows, are now on sale online at DallasSummerMusicals.org and by phone at 1.800.514.ETIX (3849). They can also be purchased at The Box Office, 5959 Royal Lane Suite 542 Preston Royal Shopping Center.


About Dallas Summer Musicals:

Dallas Summer Musicals, Inc. (DSM) is the preeminent nonprofit presenter of Broadway theatre in North Texas. DSM produces, presents and promotes excellence in live musical theatre with year-round performances for diverse audiences of all ages, impacting the lives of children and families through education and community outreach programs, while enriching the cultural landscape of Dallas/Fort Worth, North Texas and the Southwest Region.
As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, DSM relies on a variety of funding sources to bring the Best of Broadway to Dallas at affordable ticket prices, as well as to preserve the beautiful historic theatre, educate young audiences and create important community programs. DSM’s Seats for Kids program provides a meaningful arts education experience to thousands of low income, at-risk and special needs children. DSM Kids Club is a program created to foster tomorrow’s musical theatre audience. Through exciting activities children gain an interest, hands-on-knowledge and appreciation of the performing arts. In addition, Dallas Summer Musicals Academy of Performing Arts offers professional theatre arts training and scholarships to talented students in need. DSM’s High School Musical Theatre Awards are patterned after Broadway’s Tony® Awards and celebrate the power of the arts to significantly improve all areas of education. DSM Associate Producers is a dynamic group of young professionals with a mission to support DSM by cultivating future patrons and leaders making DSM part of the culture for young professionals in Dallas. DSM Guild is a group of individuals who share a love of musical theatre and support DSM by providing stellar service and hospitality to the cast and crew of every show.
Since 2010 the experts at DSM have made significant changes and upgrades to its acoustical systems to improve the sound quality of the productions for all its patrons, including the hearing impaired, leading to the development of Hear Us Now!™; a device which utilizes five assistive listening technologies (T-coils, FM Classroom, Streamers, FM systems, and traditional headsets) to deliver a clear and direct audio signal. It is so unique that a trademark has been allowed by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Seats for Vets, DSM’s newest initiative, serves war veterans and their families by providing them discounted access to a unique theatrical experience as a way of thanking them for their service. Ticket sales alone do not sustain these endeavors. Only support from committed businesses, foundations and individuals make these programs possible.
Dallas Summer Musicals is presented by Texas Instruments and gratefully acknowledges the support of our season sponsors and partners The Dallas Morning News, WFAA TV Channel 8, American Airlines, and The Original Cupcakery.
For more information about Dallas Summer Musicals, please call 214.421.5678 or visit our website at DallasSummerMusicals.org.

 

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RAGTIME – National Tour To Make Its Dallas Premiere!

May 13th, 2016

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NATIONAL TOUR TO MAKE ITS DALLAS PREMIERE
AT THE MUSIC HALL AT FAIR PARK
MAY 24 – JUNE 5

Dallas, TX (May 5, 2016) – At the dawn of a new century, everything is changing…and anything is possible.  RAGTIME returns to the road in an all-new touring production that Bloomberg News hails as “explosive, thrilling and nothing short of a masterpiece.” The Music Hall at Fair Park will be swept away by this ravishing and relevant production on May 24 – June 5 presented by Dallas Summer Musicals (DSM).

Winning Tony Awards for Best Book and Best Musical Score, this 13-time Tony Award nominated musical is a timeless celebration of life – what it could and should be!  The Hollywood Reporter declares that RAGTIME is “one of the best musicals of recent decades.” Its celebrated score includes “Wheels of a Dream,” “Back to Before” and the title song, “Ragtime.”

RAGTIME features a book by Terrence McNally, music by Stephen Flaherty, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and is based on E.L. Doctorow’s best-selling 1975 novelTony-nominated Director & Choreographer Marcia Milgrom Dodge will helm the production.   Scenic Design by Kevin Depinet, Lighting Design by Mike Baldassari and Sound Design by Craig Cassidy.

The stories of an upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant and a daring young Harlem musician unfold – set in turn-of-the-century New York – all three united by their desire and belief in a brighter tomorrow.  Their compelling stories are set to theatre’s richest and most glorious Tony Award®-winning score.

RAGTIME, E.L. Doctorow’s 1975 novel, won the National Book Critics Circle award and sold 4.5 million copies. It became a film in 1981 and a Broadway musical in 1998.  The original 1998 production ran on Broadway for 834 performances. A 2009 Broadway revival received rapturous reviews and is now on tour throughout North America.

The RAGTIME tour for North America is produced by Phoenix Entertainment www.phoenix-ent.com.

For more information, visit www.ragtimeontour.com.


Single tickets for RAGTIME, from $20-$99 (pricing subject to change), are now on sale at DallasSummerMusicals.org, by phone at 1.800.514.ETIX (3849) and at The Box Office, 5959 Royal Lane, Suite 542 in Dallas, TX.

Groups of 10 or more receive a 15% discount, priority seating, and many more benefits. Please call 214.426.GROUP (4768) or email Groups@DallasSummerMusicals.org.

Dallas Summer Musicals’ 2016 Season will continue with BULLETS OVER BROADWAY, June 14-26, 2016; and closing the season will be 42ND STREET, June 28 – July 10, 2016. DSM’s highly awaited 2016 – 17 Season Announcement ‘Broadways Most Wanted’ is set to be revealed soon. A season teaser campaign is now online and throughout DSM’s social media platforms!

Choose Your Own packages for the last three DSM 2016 season shows, are now on sale online at DallasSummerMusicals.org and by phone at 1.800.514.ETIX (3849). They can also be purchased at The Box Office, 5959 Royal Lane Suite 542 Preston Royal Shopping Center.


About Dallas Summer Musicals:

Dallas Summer Musicals, Inc. (DSM) is the preeminent nonprofit presenter of Broadway theatre in North Texas. DSM produces, presents and promotes excellence in live musical theatre with year-round performances for diverse audiences of all ages, impacting the lives of children and families through education and community outreach programs, while enriching the cultural landscape of Dallas/Fort Worth, North Texas and the Southwest Region.
As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, DSM relies on a variety of funding sources to bring the Best of Broadway to Dallas at affordable ticket prices, as well as to preserve the beautiful historic theatre, educate young audiences and create important community programs. DSM’s Seats for Kids program provides a meaningful arts education experience to thousands of low income, at-risk and special needs children. DSM Kids Club is a program created to foster tomorrow’s musical theatre audience. Through exciting activities children gain an interest, hands-on-knowledge and appreciation of the performing arts. In addition, Dallas Summer Musicals Academy of Performing Arts offers professional theatre arts training and scholarships to talented students in need. DSM’s High School Musical Theatre Awards are patterned after Broadway’s Tony® Awards and celebrate the power of the arts to significantly improve all areas of education. DSM Associate Producers is a dynamic group of young professionals with a mission to support DSM by cultivating future patrons and leaders making DSM part of the culture for young professionals in Dallas. DSM Guild is a group of individuals who share a love of musical theatre and support DSM by providing stellar service and hospitality to the cast and crew of every show.
Since 2010 the experts at DSM have made significant changes and upgrades to its acoustical systems to improve the sound quality of the productions for all its patrons, including the hearing impaired, leading to the development of Hear Us Now!™; a device which utilizes five assistive listening technologies (T-coils, FM Classroom, Streamers, FM systems, and traditional headsets) to deliver a clear and direct audio signal. It is so unique that a trademark has been allowed by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Seats for Vets, DSM’s newest initiative, serves war veterans and their families by providing them discounted access to a unique theatrical experience as a way of thanking them for their service. Ticket sales alone do not sustain these endeavors. Only support from committed businesses, foundations and individuals make these programs possible.
Dallas Summer Musicals is presented by Texas Instruments and gratefully acknowledges the support of our season sponsors and partners The Dallas Morning News, WFAA TV Channel 8, American Airlines, and The Original Cupcakery.
For more information about Dallas Summer Musicals, please call 214.421.5678 or visit our website at DallasSummerMusicals.org.
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WICKED – Broadway’s Biggest Blockbuster Returns To North Texas and Dallas Loves It!!!

May 9th, 2016

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Back by “popular” demand, Dallas Summer Musicals is thrilled to present its 5th and longest engagement of the cultural phenomenon, WICKED at the Music Hall at Fair Park April 20 – May 22, 2016. Winner of over 100 international awards, including a Grammy and three Tony Awards, WICKED continues to break box office records across North America. Long before that girl from Kansas arrives in Munchkinland, two girls meet in the land of Oz. One – born with emerald green skin – is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. How these two grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good makes for the most complete – and completely satisfying – musical in a long time. Check out what the DFW Metroplex has to say about it. – DSM Cisco

 

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Front Page Story in The Dallas Morning News: ‘Wicked’ expected to work its usual magic on enchanted fans in fifth Dallas run

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Wendy Worthington (Madame Morrible) and Stuart Zagnit (The Wizard of Oz) chat with Marcus Moore on Midday about WICKED’s 5th engagement in Dallas

REVIEWS

“‘Wicked’ celebrates friendship that crosses barriers, punctures political spin” – The Dallas Morning News

“The witches of Oz are back for one of the strongest tours of Wicked, presented by Dallas Summer Musicals” – TheaterJones

“Believe me when I say, you have not seen nothing like this before thanks to this sensational cast!” – The Column

“‘Wicked’ is popular with sold-out Dallas audience” – White Rock Lake Weekly/Katy Trail Weekly

“Musical, La Bruja Mala Del Oeste…Tienes que verla” – Uptown Latino (In Spanish/En Español)

“The untold story of OZ returns to Dallas Summer Musicals” – Focus Daily News

“The blockbuster Broadway musical that is the most popular musical in Dallas” – CBS DFW

“’Wicked’ always seems to deliver a thrill to everyone in the houses it packs” – The EDGE

“The fun characters come to life on stage with the upbeat music, bright colors and flashy lights” – Clink!

“Amanda Jane Cooper and Emily Koch provide strong comedic fervor to the already-funny classic script to make the show even more ‘thrillifying’” – The Flash List

“‘Wicked’ Is Just Brilliant” – Red Carpet Crash

“The cast, all in all were perfect, and I don’t say that lightly. The leads were spectacular both individually and as a whole. The ensemble of this particular production is the single best ensemble I have ever seen in any show, period.” – Irish Film Critic

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“The performances here are nothing short of amazing…also a technical marvel, with visuals that are simply stunning” – Rob from The Clubhouse Podcast

“This production was breathtaking in every sense of the word” – Chad from The Clubhouse Podcast

“I will definitely recommend this production and as the high honor I can give of no matter the ticket price” – Don from The Clubhouse Podcast

FEATURES

“Surrender Dallas: Wicked’s on its way and in this week’s top 5 picks” – The Dallas Morning News

“Making Wicked Tick: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Touring Production of the Smash-Hit Musical” – The Flash List

“Bringing Wicked to Life Takes The Magic of Many” – This Week In Texas

“The Witches Have Arrived” – Southlake Style Magazine

“’WICKED’, Broadway’s Biggest Blockbuster, Returns To Dallas!” – Brandon Does Dallas

“WICKED – Broadway’s Biggest Blockbuster Returns To North Texas!!!” – Flicks & Food

Best Weekend Events – CultureMap

Best Bets – Dallas Voice

Things To Do In Dallas – D Magazine

 

WICKED is on stage NOW through Sunday, May 22nd at the Music Hall at Fair Park. Click here for details and ticket information.

Join us and don’t miss this WICKED production!


DSM Seeking "Young Coalhouse" for Dallas run of RAGTIME

May 6th, 2016

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Dallas Summer Musicals, in conjunction with Phoenix Entertainment, Broadway World DFW and WFAA Chanel 8, is searching for (a) young male actor(s) to portray the role of “Young Coalhouse” in the National Tour of Ragtime at the Music Hall at Fair Park for its Dallas run May 24 – June 5.

SEEKING: “Young Coalhouse”

REQUIREMENTS: Young Coalhouse is a young African American boy, ideally around 5 or 6 years old, between 3’-6” – 4’-0” tall, and 40 to 50 pounds.  Young Coalhouse should have an “innocent” and “pure” quality about him.  In role, Young Coalhouse will be picked up by an adult cast member, sit on a cast member’s lap and pretend to play piano.  Young Coalhouse will also skip in a circle holding hands with other young actors.  Young actor must be able to attend rehearsal, wardrobe fittings and sound check on Tuesday, May 24. Young actor will need a chaperone over 18 years of age to accompany him at all times. Must be non-union actor. This is a volunteer position only, young actor will not be compensated.

Finalist(s) will not only have the opportunity to be a part of the cast of a touring Broadway production as they step on the Music Hall stage known to many stars, but they will also receive complimentary tickets for family members to attend opening night and the performances in which the finalist is scheduled to appear.

WHAT TO SUBMIT: Young actor must submit a full length front and full length side photo, in addition to a headshot, as well as an audition registration form. Headshot does not have to be professional- cell phone photos are acceptable. All will be submitted via the online registration form (link below).

WHAT TO PREPARE: Please submit your photos, headshot, and registration through the link below. Deadline for submissions will be Friday, May 13. Finalist(s) will be notified on Monday, May 16.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


 


DSM Chair issues second statement on Jenkins

May 2nd, 2016

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DSM Chair issues second statement on Jenkins

Board Chair Munselle says forensic examination of financials led to decision

(DALLAS, May 2, 2016)–Ted Munselle, the volunteer chairman of Dallas Summer Musicals, today released a further statement regarding leadership changes at the organization. Earlier today, DSM confirmed that Michael Jenkins is no longer the president and managing director of the organization. The executive committee also named arts management veteran David Hyslop, 73, as interim managing director.

“For some,” said Munselle, “this announcement is difficult to accept, but DSM’s Executive Committee believed that it was clear that it’s time for a change.”

Munselle said the Executive Committee (EC), for over a year, has been immersed in an intense assessment of the organization, with special attention on management accountability and professional examinations of DSM’s financial performance including reporting, profitability, expenditures and investments. He said DSM has suffered losses every season, except for one, since 2008.

“Theater is a difficult and competitive business, and the EC was concerned about DSM’s financial losses as well as the quality of its financial reporting,” said Munselle. “We engaged a leading national law firm to lead a team of forensic investigators, including a group of auditors from a Big Four CPA firm, to conduct a forensic examination of the organization’s books and records.”

Their report was delivered to DSM’s Executive Committee last Thursday. After hearing the report, The Executive Committee, in a near unanimous vote, decided that it was time for a change in leadership at DSM.

Munselle said that clearly DSM has a bright future and is looking forward to working closely with David Hyslop as DSM seeks a new direction for the future. DSM has been presenting the Best of Broadway to the North Texas area for 76 years and looks forward to keeping it going for another 76 years and more.

Munselle also added that the 2017 season is almost complete and will be announced soon.

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Dallas Summer Musicals to Chart New Course

May 2nd, 2016

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Dallas Summer Musicals to Chart New Course

 Veteran Arts Administrator David Hyslop named Interim Managing Director

 

(DALLAS, May 2, 2016) – The Dallas Summer Musicals announced today the beginning of “a new generation” of leadership at DSM, the non-profit institution that has delivered Broadway musical theater to North Texas for 76 years. David Hyslop, 73, a distinguished arts expert and administrator who assisted the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in a key transition period, was named Interim Managing Director of DSM. He replaces Michael Jenkins, who has been the President and Managing Director of DSM since 1995. Jenkins’s departure is effective immediately.

Ted Munselle, DSM’s volunteer Chairman, said DSM is fortunate that a seasoned veteran, such as David Hyslop, is available to assist the organization in this transition period.

“David knows Dallas; he knows the arts community very well,” said Munselle. “He immediately recognized the future opportunities for DSM and the Music Hall. Most importantly, he is a bridge builder, someone who wants to help us establish a collaborative partnership with the people who care deeply about Dallas, Fair Park and DSM’s leadership in the arts.”

DSM’s Chair-Elect Randy Wright also praised Hyslop’s appointment saying he expects the new Interim Managing Director to push the Music Hall at Fair Park as an important venue in the competition for meetings and other entertainment events.

“The Music Hall is a fabulous under-used city asset that can buoy the community’s effort to create a revitalized destination at Fair Park,” said Wright. “The Music Hall should be competing with local venues and nearby locations in other states for the best concerts and corporate events,” said Wright. “It has the best sound system in North Texas; that’s what makes the Music Hall the best venue for Broadway productions.”

Hyslop, a respected arts veteran who has led and consulted myriad arts organizations including theaters, has agreed to serve as DSM’s Interim Managing Director while its Board launches a search for a permanent Managing Director.

“I see DSM as a stable and beloved institution,” said Hyslop, “and it is a key anchor at Fair Park, bringing in the most visitors outside the State Fair. Nevertheless, it has huge unrealized potential to have a bigger regional presence for both the entertainment dollars from theater-goers as well as financial support from the community. There’s a lot of work to be done by all stakeholders of the DSM family.”

Hyslop met with DSM staff and key personnel Monday morning.

“Clearly, they want to focus on a turnaround for DSM,” said Hyslop. “We also have the presentation of Wicked right now. I saw a group of people dedicated to the principle that, ‘the show must go on,’ and I am confident this will be a seamless transition for theater-goers.”

Munselle said board members are not in a position to discuss the departure of Michael Jenkins.

“The details are still being worked out,” said Munselle. “When we can discuss this personnel issue further, we will.”

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WICKED Announces Lottery for $25 Seats!

April 18th, 2016

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PERFORMANCES BEGIN
APRIL 20 – MAY 22

AT THE MUSIC HALL AT FAIR PARK

 A day-of-performance lottery for a limited number of orchestra seats will be held for WICKED, which is returning to to the Music Hall at Fair Park with performances from April 20 – May 22 presented by Dallas Summer Musicals. Two and one-half hours prior to each performance, people who present themselves at the Music Hall box office will have their names placed in a lottery drum; thirty minutes later, names will be drawn for a limited number of orchestra seats at $25 each, CASH ONLY. This lottery is available only in-person at the box office, with a limit of two tickets per person. Lottery participants must have a valid photo ID when submitting their entry form and, if chosen, when purchasing tickets.

 


The surprising tale of an unlikely friendship between two women in the Land of Oz, WICKED tells the untold story of the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good, long before Dorothy drops in.  Elphaba, born with emerald-green skin, is smart, fiery and misunderstood. Glinda is beautiful, ambitious and very popular.  The remarkable odyssey of how these unexpected friends changed each others lives for good has made WICKED one of the world’s most popular musicals.

Based on the best-selling 1995 novel by Gregory Maguire, WICKED is the winner of over 100 international major awards, including a Grammy® and three Tony® Awards.

With music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Pippin, Godspell, Academy Award®-winner for Pocahontas and The Prince of Egypt) and book by Winnie Holzman (“My So Called Life,” “Once And Again” and “thirtysomething”), WICKED is directed by two-time Tony® Award winner Joe Mantello (Take Me Out, Love! Valour! Compassion!, The Vagina Monologues) and features musical staging by Tony® Award winner Wayne Cilento (Aida, The Who’s Tommy, How To Succeed…).

WICKED has been declared “A Cultural Phenomenon” by Variety and “The Best Musical of the Decade” by Entertainment Weekly.  WICKED has been performed in over 100 cities in 14 countries around the world (U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Japan, Germany, Holland, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, The Philippines, Mexico and Brazil) and has thus far been translated into six languages: Japanese, German, Dutch, Spanish, Korean and Portuguese.

WICKED begins performances April 20 – May 22. Single tickets for WICKED, from $40-$179 (pricing subject to change), are now on sale at DallasSummerMusicals.org, by phone at 1.800.514.ETIX (3849) and at The Box Office, 5959 Royal Lane, Suite 542 in Dallas, TX. Great seats are still available for weeknight performances. For best availability please contact our ticketing agents by phone at 1.800.514.ETIX (3849).

Groups of 15 or more receive a 10% discount (on weekday evening performances and Sunday nights as well as Thursday, April 21st matinee), VIP handling, and many more benefits. Please call 214.426.GROUP (4768) or email Groups@DallasSummerMusicals.org.



About Dallas Summer Musicals:

Dallas Summer Musicals, Inc. (DSM) is the preeminent nonprofit presenter of Broadway theatre in North Texas. DSM produces, presents and promotes excellence in live musical theatre with year-round performances for diverse audiences of all ages, impacting the lives of children and families through education and community outreach programs, while enriching the cultural landscape of Dallas/Fort Worth, North Texas and the Southwest Region.
As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, DSM relies on a variety of funding sources to bring the Best of Broadway to Dallas at affordable ticket prices, as well as to preserve the beautiful historic theatre, educate young audiences and create important community programs. DSM’s Seats for Kids program provides a meaningful arts education experience to thousands of low income, at-risk and special needs children. DSM Kids Club is a program created to foster tomorrow’s musical theatre audience. Through exciting activities children gain an interest, hands-on-knowledge and appreciation of the performing arts. In addition, Dallas Summer Musicals Academy of Performing Arts offers professional theatre arts training and scholarships to talented students in need. DSM’s High School Musical Theatre Awards are patterned after Broadway’s Tony® Awards and celebrate the power of the arts to significantly improve all areas of education. DSM Associate Producers is a dynamic group of young professionals with a mission to support DSM by cultivating future patrons and leaders making DSM part of the culture for young professionals in Dallas. DSM Guild is a group of individuals who share a love of musical theatre and support DSM by providing stellar service and hospitality to the cast and crew of every show. Since 2010 the experts at DSM have made significant changes and upgrades to its acoustical systems to improve the sound quality of the productions for all its patrons, including the hearing impaired, leading to the development of Hear Us Now!®; a device which utilizes five assistive listening technologies (T-coils, FM Classroom, Streamers, FM systems, and traditional headsets) to deliver a clear and direct audio signal. It is so unique that a trademark has been allowed by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Seats for Vets, DSM’s newest initiative, serves war veterans and their families by providing them discounted access to a unique theatrical experience as a way of thanking them for their service. Ticket sales alone do not sustain these endeavors. Only support from committed businesses, foundations and individuals make these programs possible.
Dallas Summer Musicals is presented by Texas Instruments and gratefully acknowledges the support of our season sponsors and partners The Dallas Morning News, WFAA TV Channel 8, American Airlines, and The Original Cupcakery.
For more information about Dallas Summer Musicals, please call 214.421.5678 or visit our website at DallasSummerMusicals.org.

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DSM Guest Blog: My First Experience at the DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards

April 15th, 2016

DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards started in 2012, just as I was wrapping up my first year of college. Over the next couple years, I heard it mentioned as my former high school and high school friends were nominated for different awards, not knowing that I would end up as an intern for DSM. Over the past few months I have had the unique experience to look behind the scenes as this event was carefully planned.

This past Tuesday the auditions for the Best Leading Actor and Best Leading Actress were held at the Karaynis Rehearsal Production Center, where the Dallas Opera rehearses. I got to there to help with live streaming the event (for parents, family, and friends who were not able to be in the room where it happened). As soon as the students stepped in the room, you could feel their excitement and nerves as they performed the medleys for the Best Actor and Best Actress categories. It’s been a while since I have been to a high school production, and I had forgotten how immensely talented some of those students are. The actors and actresses in that room were the best of these students! After the medleys, there was a brief intermission while the nominees went to change for their individual performances. Their individual performance had to be a song that contrasted with the one they sang in the medley. As well done as the medley was, this was my favorite part of the auditions. What song they choose for themselves really says a lot about the person, and it was fun to see their versatility! (Also, I love performances like this, because I keep a running list of new music I need to listen to and shows I need to see!) The videos for the live stream currently have over 13,000 views and are still up on DSM’s Facebook page, so go check out these talented performers!

 

I came prepared for the long and busy day on Thursday with excessive amounts of coffee. I knew that everyone was well prepared for the event, but there was still so much to do and so much happening around the Music Hall at Fair Park!! All day, there were rehearsals going on onstage, special DSM HSMTA T-shirts were being sold in the lobby, and students were arriving from schools as far away as Abilene! The opening number, featuring the nominees for Best Lead Actor and Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Actress, and Best Featured Actor and Actress, was rehearsed in the morning. Students and teachers got a break, when lunch was kindly provided by In-n-Out! Throughout the afternoon the schools nominated for Best Musical were given a chance to perform their number on stage during the dress rehearsal while fellow nominees cheered them on from the audience.

However, the real fun started later: in the Music Hall driveway was a red carpet, surrounded by screaming fans, family and friends. At the end of the red carpet was a news crew from WFAA doing a live-stream of the event for their website, and paparazzi waiting to ambush the nominees and their dates at the step-and-repeat.  As the Toyotas rolled into the driveway and nominees stepped out, the noise level noticeably increased, as people got more and more excited about seeing their favorite performers. The nominees walked down the red carpet, occasionally stopping for pictures from their fans/parents and were interviewed by WFAA before entering the Music Hall!

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Inside the Music Hall, it was organized chaos! High schoolers, parents, and teachers were roaming about getting pictures to make sure they remember every second of this night! Throughout the Music Hall, nominees were being pulled aside to be interviewed for podcasts, or by the DSM Opening Night Video team! In the Music Hall restaurant, there was a V.I.P. reception for the wonderful donors who made this night possible!

As 7:00 got closer, I went backstage to assume my position at the social media table, where Amanda had already started live tweeting the whole event. The energy was palpable, as the opening number participants prepared themselves for their Jersey Boys medley and emcee Ron Corning got ready to take the stage. The whole show was a blur of activity, as performers rushed on and off stage, announcers were ushered in and out of the wings, and winners were announced! Through each reading of the nominees, cheers were heard from the audience as their school was called. The excitement grew, as the big awards of Best Lead Actor, Best Lead Actress, and Best Musical grew closer! The night ended with the award for Best Musical being presented by Michael Jenkins, DSM President and Managing Director, to Waxahachie High School for Spamalot, followed by two students from each of the 70 schools that participated in this year’s High School Musical Theatre Awards singing “Stronger” from Finding Neverland.

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This is a one of a kind experience for these high schoolers. Theatre is a naturally competitive world, and giving the students a chance to compete at a higher level for something they love, makes them more motivated to achieve their dreams. DSM has created an environment that shows them that their dreams of Broadway can happen, and it gives them stepping stones (and even scholarships) to make that happen. The Best Lead Actor, John Fredrickson, and Best Lead Actress, Kaiden Maines, will have a once in a lifetime opportunity to go to New York City over the summer to participate in the National High School Musical Theatre Awards. While they’re there, they will meet agents, actors, and other industry professionals who will teach and encourage them to continue following their dreams!

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My favorite part of this whole week was not the music being performed, the excitement in the air at the red carpet, or even the confetti at the end of the show. I loved getting to see how these nominees have bonded with each other throughout this whole process. I noticed it at the auditions on Tuesday, how encouraging they were to each other, and even more so at the show itself. Being in such a competitive environment, these high school students were so genuine about their excitement for friends who won awards. This attitude towards others is so important, so shout out to the teachers and parents and other influential people in these students lives. Last night was a win for everyone involved!

Megan Anthony is originally from Flower Mound, TX and has been an Intern with DSM last summer and this spring. She attended Hardin-Simmons University, where she graduated with a degree in Music Business/Management.

WINNERS ANNOUNCED – DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards – #dsmhsmta16

April 14th, 2016

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Congratulations to all of the nominees and winners for the 5th Annual DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards!

BEST FEATURED ACTOR

Abilene H.S. & Cooper H.S. – Jess Westman as JoJo, Seussical
Aledo H.S. – Andy Brite as Underling, The Drowsy Chaperone
All Saints’ Episcopal School – Austin Decker as Robert Martin, The Drowsy Chaperone
Birdville H.S. – Luke Flowers as Peter, Narnia, the Musical
Grapevine H.S. – Matthew Lavery as Frank Abagnale, Sr., Catch Me If You Can
Guyer H.S. – Corbin Born as George Banks, Mary Poppins
WINNER: McKinney Boyd H.S. – Bryson Jackson as Nicely Nicely, Guys and Dolls
North Lamar H.S. – Paul Bayer as Robertson Ay, Mary Poppins
Northwest H.S. – Vincent Witherspoon, Eli Witherspoon, Jonathan Sneed, and Gibson Terry as The School Board, The Music Man
Pearce H.S. – Jack Durham as R. F. Simpson, Singin’ in the Rain
Rowlett H.S. – Zach Taylor as Major General, The Pirates of Penzance
Weatherford H.S. – Robert Chavez as Horton, Seussical

BEST FEATURED ACTRESS

Abilene H.S. & Cooper H.S. – Raissa Teta as Sour Kangaroo, Seussical 
Aledo H.S. – Mallory Bomhoff as Kitty, The Drowsy Chaperone 
All Saints’ Episcopal School – Renee Merrill as Kitty, The Drowsy Chaperone
Berkner H.S. – Ashley Johnson as Jan, Grease 
Birdville H.S. – Olivia Simms as Susan, Narnia, the Musical 
Grapevine H.S. – Ashley Munson as Carol Strong, Catch Me If You Can
Guyer H.S. – Ally Roberts as Winifred Banks, Mary Poppins
North Lamar H.S. – Anna Holbrook as Mrs. Brill, Mary Poppins
WINNER: Pearce H.S. – Shelby Griswold as Zelda Zanders, Singin’ in the Rain
Richardson H.S. – Bethany Jelinek as Vi, Footloose
Teague H.S. – Hannah Anderson as Miss Sandra, All Shook Up 
Weatherford H.S. – Kelsie Schlosser as Sour Kangaroo, Seussical

BEST SCENIC DESIGN

Abilene H.S. & Cooper H.S. – Seussical
Carroll Senior H.S. – Young Frankenstein
Colleyville Heritage H.S. – My Fair Lady
Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts – All Shook Up
Lake Country Christian School – Titanic
Lake Highlands H.S. – Kiss Me Kate
Mabank H.S. – Thoroughly Modern Millie
WINNER: Pearce H.S. – Singin’ in the Rain
Plano Senior H.S. – Legally Blonde
Plano West H.S. – Funny Girl
Rowlett H.S. – The Pirates of Penzance
Waco H.S. – She Loves Me

BEST LIGHTING DESIGN

Colleyville Heritage H.S. – My Fair Lady
WINNER: Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy – Big Fish
Lake Highlands H.S. – Kiss Me Kate
McKinney H.S. – Once Upon a Mattress
North Forney H.S. – Happy Days, The Musical
North Lamar H.S. – Mary Poppins
Pantego Christian School – The Fantasticks
Plano East H.S. – Urinetown
Richardson H.S. – Footloose
Rowlett H.S. – The Pirates of Penzance
Waco H.S. – She Loves Me
Weatherford H.S. – Seussical

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Centennial H.S. – Disney’s High School Musical
Colleyville Heritage H.S. – My Fair Lady
Denton H.S. – Into the Woods
Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts– All Shook Up
Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy – Big Fish
Lake Highlands H.S. – Kiss Me Kate
Mansfield H.S. – Sweeney Todd
Pearce H.S. – Singin’ in the Rain
Plano East H.S. – Urinetown
WINNER: Rockwall H.S. – The Addams Family
Southwest Christian School – Shrek The Musical
Weatherford H.S. – Seussical

BEST ALL-STUDENT ORCHESTRA

Berkner H.S. – Grease
Garland H.S. – The Music Man
Highland Park H.S. – Cinderella
Independence H.S. – Once Upon a Mattress
Lake Highlands H.S. – Kiss Me Kate
McKinney Boyd H.S. – Guys and Dolls
Mansfield H.S. – Sweeney Todd
Pearce H.S. – Singin’ in the Rain
Southwest Christian School – Shrek The Musical
WINNER: R.L. Turner H.S. – My Fair Lady
Waxahachie H.S. – Spamalot
Wylie H.S. – Shrek The Musical

BEST ENSEMBLE/CHORUS

Abilene H.S. & Cooper H.S. – Seussical
All Saints’ Episcopal School – The Drowsy Chaperone
Colleyville Heritage H.S. – My Fair Lady
Forney H.S. – The Addams Family
Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy – Big Fish
Grapevine H.S. – Catch Me If You Can
Guyer H.S. – Mary Poppins
Lake Highlands H.S. – Kiss Me Kate
WINNER: North Lamar H.S., Paris – Mary Poppins
Pearce H.S. – Singin’ in the Rain
Plano Senior H.S. – Legally Blonde
Waxahachie H.S. – Spamalot

BEST CREW & TECHNICAL EXECUTION

Abilene H.S. & Cooper H.S. – Seussical
All Saints’ Episcopal School – The Drowsy Chaperone
WINNER: Carroll Senior H.S. – Young Frankenstein
Colleyville Heritage H.S. – My Fair Lady
Forney H.S. – The Addams Family
Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy – Big Fish
Guyer H.S. – Mary Poppins
Lake Highlands H.S. – Kiss Me Kate
North Lamar H.S. – Mary Poppins
Pearce H.S. – Singin’ in the Rain
University H.S. – Cinderella
Wakeland H.S. – Mary Poppins

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY

Aledo H.S. – The Drowsy Chaperone
WINNER: All Saints’ Episcopal School – The Drowsy Chaperone
Carroll Senior H.S. – Young Frankenstein
Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts – All Shook Up
Grapevine H.S. – Catch Me If You Can
Guyer H.S. – Mary Poppins
McKinney Boyd H.S. – Guys and Dolls
Plano East H.S. – Urinetown
Plano Senior H.S. – Legally Blonde
Richardson H.S. – Footloose
Rowlett H.S. – The Pirates of Penzance
University H.S. – Cinderella

BEST MUSICAL DIRECTION

Abilene H.S. & Cooper H.S. – Seussical
All Saints’ Episcopal School – The Drowsy Chaperone
Birdville H.S. – Narnia, The Musical
Colleyville Heritage H.S. – My Fair Lady
Forney H.S. – The Addams Family
Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy – Big Fish
Grapevine H.S. – Catch Me If You Can
Guyer H.S. – Mary Poppins
McKinney Boyd H.S. – Guys and Dolls
North Lamar H.S. – Mary Poppins
Pearce H.S. – Singin’ in the Rain
WINNER: Waxahachie H.S. – Spamalot

BEST DIRECTION

WINNER: Abilene H.S. & Cooper H.S. – Seussical
Aledo H.S. – The Drowsy Chaperone
All Saints’ Episcopal School – The Drowsy Chaperone
Birdville H.S. – Narnia, The Musical
Colleyville Heritage H.S. – My Fair Lady
Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy – Big Fish
Guyer H.S. – Mary Poppins
Independence H.S. – Once Upon a Mattress
Lake Highlands H.S. – Kiss Me Kate
North Lamar H.S. – Mary Poppins
Rowlett H.S. – The Pirates of Penzance
Waxahachie H.S. – Spamalot

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Abilene H.S. & Cooper H.S. – Cody Free as Cat in the Hat, Seussical
Aledo H.S. – William Pinckard as Man in Chair, The Drowsy Chaperone
All Saints’ Episcopal School –Brazos Pinto as Man in Chair, The Drowsy Chaperone
Carroll Senior H.S. – Tyler James as Igor, Young Frankenstein
Grapevine H.S. – James Myers as Carl Hanratty, Catch Me If You Can
Guyer H.S. – Tanner Garmon as Michael Banks, Mary Poppins
Lake Highlands H.S. – Robert Mahurin as Lucentio / Bill, Kiss Me, Kate
Nolan Catholic H.S. – Justin Norris as Donkey, Shrek The Musical
WINNER: Pearce H.S. – Jake Griffin as Cosmo Brown, Singin’ in the Rain 
Rockwall H.S. –Travis Bomkamp as Patsy, Spamalot
Waxahachie H.S. – Calvin Rehonic as King Arthur, Spamalot
Weatherford H.S. – Jett Good as JoJo, Seussical

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Abilene H.S. & Cooper H.S. – Shelby Walker as Mayzie LaBird, Seussical
Aledo H.S. – Abby Dean as Janet Van de Graaf, The Drowsy Chaperone
All Saints’ Episcopal School – Grace Evans as The Chaperone, The Drowsy Chaperone
Birdville H.S. – Hannah Detrick as Lucy, Narnia, the Musical
Colleyville Heritage H.S. – Breanne Jackson as Mrs. Pearce, My Fair Lady
Grapevine H.S. – Josie Moyer as Paula Abagnale, Catch Me If You Can
Guyer H.S. – Ashlynn Stewart as Jane Banks, Mary Poppins
Midway H.S. – Sarah Jane Byford as Jane Banks, Mary Poppins
North Lamar H.S. – Kallyn Burchinal as Winifred Banks, Mary Poppins
Nolan Catholic H.S. – Gabrielle Falcon as Dragon / Mama Ogre, Shrek The Musical
Pearce H.S. – Claire Greenberg as Lina Lamont, Singin’ in the Rain
WINNER: Weatherford H.S. – Claire Crenshaw as Mayzie LaBird, Seussical

BEST LEADING ACTOR

Carroll Senior H.S. – Drew Brown as Young Frankenstein, Young Frankenstein
Colleyville Heritage H.S. – Ryland Kaiser as Henry Higgins, My Fair Lady
Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy – Christian Wickoff as Edward Bloom, Big Fish
WINNER: Guyer H.S. – John Frederickson as Bert, Mary Poppins
Independence H.S. – Luke Weber as Sir Harry, Once Upon a Mattress
Pantego Christian School – Ray Solis as El Gallo, The Fantasticks
Pearce H.S. – Sam Snyder as Don Lockwood, Singin’ in the Rain
South Garland H.S. – Sammy Swim as The Emcee, Cabaret
Waxahachie H.S. – Blake Sauceda as Sir Robin, Spamalot

BEST LEADING ACTRESS

All Saints’ Episcopal School – Sarah Boone as Janet Van de Graaf, The Drowsy Chaperone
Colleyville Heritage H.S. – Melanie Chandler as Eliza Doolittle, My Fair Lady
Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy – Alexandra Doke as Sandra, Big Fish
Guyer H.S. – Malana Wilson as Mary Poppins, Mary Poppins
Independence H.S. – Sophia Kaiafas as Lady Larkin, Once Upon a Mattress
Plano East H.S. – Claire Methvin as Little Sally, Urinetown
Plano West H.S. – Meg Grinde as Fanny Brice, Funny Girl
WINNER: Waxahachie H.S. – Kaiden Maines as Lady of the Lake, Spamalot
Weatherford H.S. – Emily Hatch as Gertrude McFuzz, Seussical

BEST MUSICAL

Abilene H.S. & Cooper H.S. – Seussical
Carroll Senior H.S. – Young Frankenstein
Colleyville Heritage H.S. – My Fair Lady
Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy – Big Fish
Guyer H.S. – Mary Poppins
Pearce H.S. – Singin’ in the Rain
Rowlett H.S. – The Pirates of Penzance
WINNER: Waxahachie H.S. – Spamalot


About the DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards
Dallas Summer Musicals is a nonprofit organization committed to education, which led us to begin the awards program patterned after Broadway’s Tony Awards®. The 5th annual DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards brings stars, community celebrities, show business veterans and Dallas leaders together for an evening of celebration.
Tonight we shine our spotlight on the educational achievements of high school students and their high school musical theatre programs. Nominees arrive on the red carpet before entering the Music Hall at Fair Park. The award show begins with our opening number featuring students nominated for Best Actor & Actress, Best Supporting Actor & Actress, and Best Featured Actor & Actress. The show ends with 2 representatives from each participating high school together on stage. Between the opening downbeat and the final curtain, we present 16 awards and 8 Best Musical Nominee performances. In addition, we award 7 university scholarships to outstanding high school seniors. The energy and excitement in the Largest Theater in Big “D,” the Music Hall at Fair Park, is thrilling!!!
In five years, DSM HSMTA has become the second largest program in the country! We have grown from 33 high schools to 67 high schools presenting 70 productions. Each School’s performance is evaluated by a panel of judges, who are working professionals in the arts, entertainment, acting, music, dance, theatre education, arts administration, talent management and production design. Ballots are tabulated by the accounting firm of Grant Thornton LLP, and the top scoring schools in each category are nominated. Awards are given to: Best Actor & Actress, Best Supporting Actor & Actress, Best Featured Actor & Actress, Best Direction, Best Musical Direction, Best Ensemble, Best Orchestra, Best Choreography, Best Scenic Design, Best Costume Design, Best Lighting, Best Crew and Best Musical. In addition, several cash scholarships will be presented this year to outstanding students nominated by their teachers.
The Best Actor & Actress winners receive an all-expense paid five-day trip to New York City. They will perform on Broadway at the Minskoff Theatre, where they will represent DSM HSMTA in the National High School Musical Theatre Awards (The Jimmy Nederlander Awards) for a chance to win prizes and scholarships.

Hearing Impaired Students and Families Experience DSM Hear Us Now!® During Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID

April 9th, 2016

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DALLAS SUMMER MUSICALS SPONSORS HEARING IMPAIRED STUDENTS AND FAMILIES TO EXPERIENCE DSM HEAR US NOW!® DURING DISNEY’S THE LITTLE MERMAID

 

 (Dallas, TX) Dallas Summer Musicals, Inc. (DSM) in conjunction with the Callier Center for Communication Disorders and UTD, sponsored just over 60 hearing impaired students and their families to experience DSM’s newest advances in technology, Hear Us Now!® , DSM’s trademarked state-of-the art sound system, during Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID recently.

Patrons attending the Music Hall at Fair Park are impacted by these dramatic advancements in hearing assistance to live theater which features a vibrant new clarity in theater sound. This is quite evident to everyone, benefiting those with hearing loss and those who are not hearing impaired.

Under the direction of Dallas Summer Musicals, the Music Hall at Fair Park has undergone a major transition to significantly improve patrons’ listening experience including substantial advancements in DSM hearing assist connectivity options and sound quality.  Close collaboration with nationally recognized experts including UTD’s Callier Center for Communication Disorders, Purdue University and Idibri Consulting have been key to the evolving program.

Enhanced listening opportunities are delivered to patrons by a variety of methods ranging from DSM enhanced headsets to technology compatible with T-coil, FM receiver (Phonak channel 1 or equivalent), or selected streamers.  HEAR US NOW!® is so unique that a trademark has been issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

“Over the past few years we have dramatically improved the sound and acoustics hearing system for everyone, not just the hard of hearing,” said Michael A. Jenkins, President and Managing Director, DSM.

Barry Epstein, Hear Us Now!® program director and a member of DSM’s executive committee, is also a distinguished alumnus from Purdue University and winner of the university’s Outstanding Electrical and Computer Engineer Award. He said, “Additional improvements for the hearing assist systems have included syllable by syllable volume adjustment, enhancing the balance between music components and voice and we have added electronics to compensate for the building acoustics effect on hearing assist users. These are concepts not consistently used. We have done tremendous research to see what the advancements are that we can provide our hearing assist users. We have done them all.”

DSM sound system technology has been updated, including new speaker technology especially suited to enhancing vocal clarity and enabling patrons to feel sonically closer to the stage.

System interconnects marries the best of the traveling show’s sound systems to DSM’s, bringing the best of both worlds – DSM theater improvements coupled to the director’s music/dialog mix as originally intended and benefit of perhaps 50 or more wireless microphones worn by the cast and even sewn into their costumes.

Mark Rivet, Head Sound, Elf Touring Company, said, “Acoustically, the Music Hall at Fair Park ranks among the very best theaters in the U.S. for live Broadway shows!”

DSM has better headsets especially suited for these new features. The headsets are high powered enough they could be used in the place of a hearing aid.

After the show, the children were enthusiastic about their hearing experience, some even commenting they had never heard a musical completely through before and, this time, they were able to hear all of the speaking parts, as well as the singing. Some parents expressed surprise, saying they had never known their child couldn’t hear everything during a show and were full of smiles as they described their children almost dancing in the aisle to the music and their favorite songs.

The parents agreed: They will return to the shows at the Music Hall at Fair Park for sure and they are so thankful Dallas Summer Musicals has made the commitment to not only the hearing impaired, but everyone, to continue to develop Hear Us Now!®  saying, “It’s fun to come to the musicals again!”

QUOTES:

“The sound now at the DSM Musicals is amazing. I look forward to being a season ticket holder and coming to all the musicals!” – Nancy W. Marcus (Dirty Dancing)

“Dallas Summer Musicals hearing assist sound is by far the clearest I have heard. DSM’s Hear Us Now!®  ensures every step in the sound process is attended to, and the results are spectacular.” – Professor Rick Thomas, Purdue University and a Fellow of the United States Institute of Theater Technology.


About Dallas Summer Musicals:
Dallas Summer Musicals, Inc. (DSM) is the preeminent nonprofit presenter of Broadway theatre in North Texas. DSM produces, presents and promotes excellence in live musical theatre with year-round performances for diverse audiences of all ages, impacting the lives of children and families through education and community outreach programs, while enriching the cultural landscape of Dallas/Fort Worth, North Texas and the Southwest Region.
As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, DSM relies on a variety of funding sources to bring the Best of Broadway to Dallas at affordable ticket prices, as well as to preserve the beautiful historic theatre, educate young audiences and create important community programs. DSM’s Seats for Kids program provides a meaningful arts education experience to thousands of low income, at-risk and special needs children. DSM Kids Club is a program created to foster tomorrow’s musical theatre audience. Through exciting activities children gain an interest, hands-on-knowledge and appreciation of the performing arts. In addition, Dallas Summer Musicals Academy of Performing Arts offers professional theatre arts training and scholarships to talented students in need. DSM’s High School Musical Theatre Awards are patterned after Broadway’s Tony®Awards and celebrate the power of the arts to significantly improve all areas of education. DSM Associate Producers is a dynamic group of young professionals with a mission to support DSM by cultivating future patrons and leaders making DSM part of the culture for young professionals in Dallas. DSM Guild is a group of individuals who share a love of musical theatre and support DSM by providing stellar service and hospitality to the cast and crew of every show. Since 2010 the experts at DSM have made significant changes and upgrades to its acoustical systems to improve the sound quality of the productions for all its patrons, including the hearing impaired, leading to the development of Hear Us Now!®; a device which utilizes five assistive listening technologies (T-coils, FM Classroom, Streamers, FM systems, and traditional headsets) to deliver a clear and direct audio signal. It is so unique that a trademark has been allowed by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Seats for Vets, DSM’s newest initiative, serves war veterans and their families by providing them discounted access to a unique theatrical experience as a way of thanking them for their service. Ticket sales alone do not sustain these endeavors. Only support from committed businesses, foundations and individuals make these programs possible.
Dallas Summer Musicals is presented by Texas Instruments and gratefully acknowledges the support of our season sponsors and partners The Dallas Morning News, WFAA TV Channel 8, American Airlines, and The Original Cupcakery.
For more information about Dallas Summer Musicals, please call 214.421.5678 or visit our website at DallasSummerMusicals.org.

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WICKED – BROADWAY’S BIGGEST BLOCKBUSTER RETURNS TO NORTH TEXAS!

April 8th, 2016

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BY STEPHEN SCHWARTZ AND WINNIE HOLZMAN
BASED ON THE NOVEL BY GREGORY MAGUIRE

BROADWAY’S BIGGEST BLOCKBUSTER
RETURNS TO DALLAS SUMMER MUSICALS 
APRIL 20 – MAY 22 AT THE MUSIC HALL AT FAIR PARK
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TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE

Dallas, TX (April 4, 2016) – Broadway’s biggest blockbuster and Dallas’s most popular musical, will return to The Music Hall at Fair Park April 20 – May 22, 2016 presented by Dallas Summer Musicals (DSM). Tickets for the return engagement are now on sale.

With music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Pippin, Godspell, Academy Award®-winner for Pocahontas and The Prince of Egypt) and book by Winnie Holzman (“My So Called Life,” “Once And Again” and “thirtysomething”), WICKED is directed by two-time Tony® Award winner Joe Mantello (Take Me Out, Love! Valour! Compassion!, The Vagina Monologues) and features musical staging by Tony® Award winner Wayne Cilento (Aida, The Who’s Tommy, How To Succeed…).

Based on the best-selling 1995 novel by Gregory Maguire, WICKED is the winner of over 100 international major awards, including a Grammy® and three Tony® Awards.

Single tickets for WICKED, from $40-$179 (pricing subject to change), are now on sale at DallasSummerMusicals.org, by phone at 1.800.514.ETIX (3849) and at The Box Office, 5959 Royal Lane, Suite 542 in Dallas, TX. Groups of 15 or more receive a 10% discount (on weekday evening performances and Sunday nights as well as Thursday, April 21st matinee), VIP handling, and many more benefits. Please call 214.426.GROUP (4768) or email Groups@DallasSummerMusicals.org.

“We are thrilled to present once again Broadway’s greatest hit WICKED as we bring the Emerald City back to the Dallas Summer Musicals stage at the Music Hall at Fair Park. An enthralling musical, WICKED delivers splendid performances and a luscious visual production for a truly unforgettable experience. Our 5th engagement of this spectacle will be one to remember” said Michael A. Jenkins, DSM President and Managing Director.

The surprising tale of an unlikely friendship between two women in the Land of Oz, WICKED tells the untold story of the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good, long before Dorothy drops in.  Elphaba, born with emerald-green skin, is smart, fiery and misunderstood. Glinda is beautiful, ambitious and very popular.  The remarkable odyssey of how these unexpected friends changed each other’s lives for good has made WICKED one of the world’s most popular musicals.

WICKED has been declared “A Cultural Phenomenon” by Variety and “The Best Musical of the Decade” by Entertainment Weekly.  WICKED has been performed in over 100 cities in 13 countries around the world (U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Japan, Germany, Holland, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, The Philippines, and Mexico) and has thus far been translated into five languages: Japanese, German, Dutch, Spanish, and Korean.

Grammy Award-Winning Cast recording available on Decca Broadway. For more information about WICKED log on to www.wickedthemusical.com.

Dallas Summer Musicals’ 2016 Season will continue with RAGTIME, May 24 – June 5, 2016; BULLETS OVER BROADWAY, June 14-26, 2016; and closing the season will be 42ND STREET, June 28 – July 10, 2016.

Choose Your Own Package for any three DSM 2016 season shows, are now on sale online at DallasSummerMusicals.org and by phone at 1.800.514.ETIX (3849). They can also be purchased at The Box Office, 5959 Royal Lane, Suite 542, Preston Royal Shopping Center.


About Dallas Summer Musicals:

Dallas Summer Musicals, Inc. (DSM) is the preeminent nonprofit presenter of Broadway theatre in North Texas. DSM produces, presents and promotes excellence in live musical theatre with year-round performances for diverse audiences of all ages, impacting the lives of children and families through education and community outreach programs, while enriching the cultural landscape of Dallas/Fort Worth, North Texas and the Southwest Region.
As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, DSM relies on a variety of funding sources to bring the Best of Broadway to Dallas at affordable ticket prices, as well as to preserve the beautiful historic theatre, educate young audiences and create important community programs. DSM’s Seats for Kids program provides a meaningful arts education experience to thousands of low income, at-risk and special needs children. DSM Kids Club is a program created to foster tomorrow’s musical theatre audience. Through exciting activities children gain an interest, hands-on-knowledge and appreciation of the performing arts. In addition, Dallas Summer Musicals Academy of Performing Arts offers professional theatre arts training and scholarships to talented students in need. DSM’s High School Musical Theatre Awards are patterned after Broadway’s Tony® Awards and celebrate the power of the arts to significantly improve all areas of education. DSM Associate Producers is a dynamic group of young professionals with a mission to support DSM by cultivating future patrons and leaders making DSM part of the culture for young professionals in Dallas. DSM Guild is a group of individuals who share a love of musical theatre and support DSM by providing stellar service and hospitality to the cast and crew of every show. Since 2010 the experts at DSM have made significant changes and upgrades to its acoustical systems to improve the sound quality of the productions for all its patrons, including the hearing impaired, leading to the development of Hear Us Now!®; a device which utilizes five assistive listening technologies (T-coils, FM Classroom, Streamers, FM systems, and traditional headsets) to deliver a clear and direct audio signal. It is so unique that a trademark has been allowed by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Seats for Vets, DSM’s newest initiative, serves war veterans and their families by providing them discounted access to a unique theatrical experience as a way of thanking them for their service. Ticket sales alone do not sustain these endeavors. Only support from committed businesses, foundations and individuals make these programs possible.
Dallas Summer Musicals is presented by Texas Instruments and gratefully acknowledges the support of our season sponsors and partners The Dallas Morning News, WFAA TV Channel 8, American Airlines, and The Original Cupcakery.
For more information about Dallas Summer Musicals, please call 214.421.5678 or visit our website at DallasSummerMusicals.org.

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DSM’s Production of Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID Is Back By Popular Demand and the DFW Metroplex is loving it!

March 21st, 2016

Dallas Summer Musicals and Performing Arts Fort Worth are thrilled to co-present DSM’s production of Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID at the Music Hall at Fair Park March 11-27, 2016. This colorful production will make its Fort Worth debut at Bass Performance Hall March 29 – April 3, 2016, presented by Performing Arts Fort Worth. In a magical kingdom fathoms below, we meet Ariel, the little mermaid who is tired of flipping her fins and longs to be part of the fascinating world on dry land. Based on the Disney animated film and hit Broadway musical, this show is sure to charm audiences of all ages! Check out what the DFW Metroplex has to say about it. – DSM Cisco

TV/Radio Interviews & Performances

Shannon Murray (FOX 4 Reporter) swims on stage at the Music Hall at Fair Park in Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID Disney’s The Little Mermaid Aaron Ronelle (u/s Sebastian) performs Kiss The Girl on Good Morning Texas Interview with Disney’s The Little Mermaid star Alison Woods (Ariel) on Midday News Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID makes The Dallas Morning News Top Theater Picks KLTY’s Midday Show Bonnie Curry interviews Alison Woods (Ariel) from Disney’s The Little Mermaid 94.9 KLTY Is a little EXCITED about Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID!   Reviews “Disney’s ‘The Little Mermaid’ a good catch from Dallas Summer Musicals” – The Dallas Morning News “Take a dive into the stunning spectacle of Disney’s The Little Mermaid” – Theater Jones “Reimagined and revamped, this production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, brought to town by Dallas Summer Musicals, is a real treat for spring audiences” – The Column “There is still rarely a moment where the show doesn’t create a smile from ear-to-ear. THE LITTLE MERMAID is the perfect family night out, or fun escape for every kid and kid-at-heart” – Broadway World “Perfect for the entire family, The Little Mermaid The Musical is a great experience with one of the best casts yet” – Red Carpet Crash “This undersea adventure will magically transform a hum-drum spring break into one of those memories that will last a lifetime” – Mommy Upgrade “’The Little Mermaid’ is a bubbly adventure of finding one’s place in the world, a delightful story for people of all ages” – Irish Film Critic “The Little Mermaid swam into my heart, and onto the stage, at the DSM with some of the strongest and most effective special effects ever!” – Seniorific Exclusive Podcast Review from The Clubhouse Podcast – Click to Listen! “You cannot get much more of a family entertainment experience than this production…And this cast… Wow. Just… WOW” – Rob / The Clubhouse Podcast “The children present were absolutely transfixed by the sights and sounds surrounding them, often softly singing along with the songs they were familiar with” – Chad / The Clubhouse Podcast “Usually we recommend what kind of seating for the production, but this time, plain and simple, just get in and see this production no matter where the seat or price is, just see it!” – Don / The Clubhouse Podcast DSM Showbiz Crew “From the lighting and effects to the constant body movement of the actors (hellllloooo abwork), you can’t even remember that they aren’t actually ‘under da sea’” – Savannah Smiled Interview Q&A’s, Previews & Features Interview with Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID Director, Glenn Casale – Selig Film News Interview with Actor Melvin Abston, Sebastian the Crustacean in Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID Interview with Actress Tracy Lore, Ursula the Which of the Sea in Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID Focus Daily News – Dive on in with the dazzling cast of Dallas Summer Musicals’ production of Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID Live Be Dallas – Opening Night of Disney’s The Little Mermaid D Magazine – The 25 Things You Must Do In Dallas This March Culture Map – These are the 8 can’t-miss shows in Dallas-Fort Worth theater for March Brandon Does Dallas – Immerse Yourself in Disney’s “THE LITTLE MERMAID”! Indulge Magazine – Save the dates for March Dallas Socials – Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID at the Music Hall at Fair Park My Crazy Savings – Dallas Summer Musicals features The Little Mermaid March 11-27th Broadway World – Dallas-Fort Worth to Welcome Back Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID This Spring Just Eat Dallas – Under the Sea…Disney’s The Little Mermaid Now at Fair Park Culture Map – These are the 12 best things to do in Dallas this weekend

Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID is on stage NOW through Sunday, March 27th at the Music Hall at Fair Park. Click here for details and ticket information. Join us and don’t miss out on this Under the Sea experience!


Dallas Summer Musicals Curtain Call Kicks-Off at Bistro 31

March 18th, 2016

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Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 16, 2016
at the Music Hall at Fair Park

(October 29, 2015 – Dallas, TX)   Dallas Summer Musicals, Inc. (DSM) Curtain Call kicked-off its 2016 gala Cirque du Musicale on October 26th at a soirée hosted by Bistro 31 in Highland Park Village.

Gala chairs Suzanne and David Palmlund welcomed supporters announcing the gala date of Saturday, April 16, 2016 at the Music Hall at Fair Park, saying this gala will be like none other! Many surprises are in store at Curtain Call which supports Dallas Summer Musicals’ mission to bring the Best of Broadway to North Texas and provide for children’s education and outreach programs.  Sponsors’ support will bring the magic of musical theater to so many children who otherwise would never experience it — magic created through programs such as DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards, Seats for Vets, Seats for Kids, DSM Academy of Performing Arts, Kid’s Club, Stage Right and Hear Us Now!®. Mayor Mike Rawlings is honorary chair.

Special thanks went to Michael Bratcher, manager of Bistro 31 and host, as patrons enjoyed specialty hors d’oeuvres and wines, including a specialty cocktail created especially for this evening’s announcements.

Patron Party chair Hilary Roberts, well-known Dallas performer, shared a story of her life-long passion for the arts, especially musicals, and treated the gathering to a beautiful rendition of Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You.” Afterwards, she announced her own gift of $10,000 and challenged everyone to match those funds, starting with a $5,000 bid, which was matched. In another challenge to meet or beat that amount, a lump sum of $30,000 was pledged. Hilary remarked how this generosity and dedication to DSM touches all of our hearts, receiving a standing ovation from the crowd. A total of $45,000 was raised at this evening’s event!

DSM’s premier fundraiser of the year, Curtain Call is an exciting evening of gourmet delights, inspiration, and entertainment! Curtain Call – Cirque du Musicale will provide guests with a break from the traditional seated dinner format and transport them to a creative, cirque-influenced dining experience and evening filled with cirque entertainment, delicious tastes and bites from a select menu designed by a celebrity chef and prepared by M Dining at the Music Hall, exciting auctions, and open bars – all followed by a special performance in the theatre and a night cap at a cabaret, dessert, and cigar lounge. This is your opportunity to indulge in everything you love about DSM and musical theatre, and share in the Magic of the Music Hall at Fair Park with your closest clients, friends, and family.

Sponsorships and underwriting available starting at $5,000. Cirque Party of 10 packages start at $4,000. Diamond Cirque VIP gala event tickets are $760 and include all event benefits: early access at 6: 00 p.m. to cocktail reception, first look at auctions, gourmet dinner, and concert. Individual gala event tickets are $400 and include:  access at 7:00 p.m., cocktails and dinner, and concert. All Curtain Call underwriting opportunities and benefits are available through the web site at: dallassummermusicals.org  and can be purchased online at dallassummermusicals.giv.sh/756d or by calling the Development office at DSM, 214-413-3961 and email at jjenner@dallassummermusicals.org

Curtain Call Sponsors:  The Greatest Star/Patron Party Sponsors: Hilary L. Roberts and J. Baxter Brinkmann; Superstar Cirque Announcer: Dallas Southwest Osteopathic Physicians; Cirque Trapeze Star: Texas Instruments. Media Sponsors: Park Cities News/The Waters Family.

Dallas Summer Musicals presenting sponsor is Texas Instruments. Season sponsors are American Airlines, The Dallas Morning News and WFAA Channel 8.

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Beyond presenting Broadway shows and extraordinary musical theatre performances, DSM annually invests in sustaining and expanding the following DSM educational and programming initiatives:

DSM ACADEMY OF PERFORMING ARTS offers professional training – integrating the disciplines of singing, acting and dancing – in satellite locations throughout the Dallas metro area.  To ensure access to all learners, the school offers scholarships to promising students with limited financial resources. For more information, visit: dsmschool.org

DSM HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL THEATRE AWARDS is patterned after Broadway’s Tony® Awards and celebrates the power of the Arts to significantly improve all areas of education.  The 5th Annual High School Musical Theatre Awards is scheduled for April 14, 2016.  Sponsorships start at $5,000 and support college scholarships to outstanding and deserving participants. For more information visit: dallassummermusicals.giv.sh/b5c7

KIDS CLUB is a free membership program created to develop tomorrow’s musical theatre audience.  Through exciting activities, special events, backstage tours and informational exchanges, children gain an interest, hands-on knowledge and appreciation of the performing arts. For more information visit: dallassummermusicals.org/showpage-forkids or email kidsclub@dallassummermusicals.org

SEATS FOR KIDS provides a meaningful theatre arts experience to low-income, at-risk and special needs children.  Every year DSM provides children in the Dallas area experience live musical theatre, many for the first time, through this program.

HEAR US NOW utilizes five assistive listening device technologies (T-coils, FM Classroom, Streamers, FM systems, and traditional headsets) to deliver clear and direct audio signal from the performers so that patrons with limited hearing abilities can enjoy the show.

DSM SEATS FOR VETS DSM has a long established tradition of providing discounted access to military veterans and their families.  The new DSM Seats for Vets initiative is an intentional effort to do more – built on the idea that “their service deserves great seats.”

DSM COMMUNITY PERFORMANCE – As a part of DSM’s 76th season, Disney’s The Little Mermaid returns to the DSM stage for a three-week run organized by DSM in March, 2016.  During the show’s run, DSM will organize a DSM Community Performance and offer the Dallas community complimentary seats in the Music Hall at Fair Park.

DSM GUILD The DSM Guild is looking for prospective members and sponsors. Guild members share a love of musical theatre, provide special Dallas hospitality to the traveling companies by hosting opening night cast parties and serving donated meals, and enthusiastically support DSM.  Interested in joining please email dsmguild@dallassummermusicals.org

DSM ASSOCIATE PRODUCERS The DSM Associate Producers is a dynamic group of young professionals between the ages of 21 and 45. Their mission is to cultivate future patrons and leaders of DSM and to make DSM part of the culture for young professionals in Dallas. To learn more, please visit associateproducers.org

The public can play a part in bringing the Best of Broadway to the young people in our community! Charitable contributions are vital to the sustainability of these initiatives at Dallas Summer Musicals.  Please assist DSM in its mission to build awareness for the enjoyment and educational values of musical theater as it does so through its ongoing education and community programs.

For more information including sponsorships, booking, or program details, please contact the DSM Development Department at 214.413.3961 or jjenner@dallassummermusicals.org.


 

About Dallas Summer Musicals:

Dallas Summer Musicals, Inc. (DSM) is the preeminent nonprofit presenter of Broadway theatre in North Texas. DSM produces, presents and promotes excellence in live musical theatre with year-round performances for diverse audiences of all ages, impacting the lives of children and families through education and community outreach programs, while enriching the cultural landscape of Dallas/Fort Worth, North Texas and the Southwest Region.
As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, DSM relies on a variety of funding sources to bring the Best of Broadway to Dallas at affordable ticket prices, as well as to preserve the beautiful historic theatre, educate young audiences and create important community programs. DSM’s Seats for Kids program provides a meaningful arts education experience to thousands of low income, at-risk and special needs children. DSM Kids Club is a program created to foster tomorrow’s musical theatre audience. Through exciting activities children gain an interest, hands-on-knowledge and appreciation of the performing arts. In addition, Dallas Summer Musicals Academy of Performing Arts offers professional theatre arts training and scholarships to talented students in need. DSM’s High School Musical Theatre Awards are patterned after Broadway’s Tony® Awards and celebrate the power of the arts to significantly improve all areas of education. DSM Associate Producers is a dynamic group of young professionals with a mission to support DSM by cultivating future patrons and leaders by making DSM part of the culture for young professionals in Dallas. DSM Guild is a group of individuals who share a love of musical theatre and support DSM by providing stellar service and hospitality to the cast and crew of every show. Since 2010 the experts at DSM have made significant changes and upgrades to its acoustical systems to improve the sound quality of the productions for all its patrons, including the hearing impaired, leading to the development of Hear Us Now!™; a device which utilizes five assistive listening technologies (T-coils, FM Classroom, Streamers, FM systems, and traditional headsets) to deliver a clear and direct audio signal. It is so unique that a trademark has been allowed by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Seats for Vets, DSM’s newest initiative, serves war veterans and their families by providing them discounted access to a unique theatrical experience as a way of thanking them for their service. Ticket sales alone do not sustain these endeavors. Only support from committed businesses, foundations and individuals make these programs possible.
Dallas Summer Musicals is presented by Texas Instruments and gratefully acknowledges the support of our season sponsors and partners The Dallas Morning News, WFAA TV Channel 8, American Airlines, and The Original Cupcakery.
For more information about Dallas Summer Musicals, please call 214.421.5678 or visit our website at DallasSummerMusicals.org.

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And the Nominees are in!!

March 14th, 2016

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And the Nominees are in!

We’ve waited all year – amazing performances from amazing high schools were judged by industry professionals since last fall through a couple of weeks ago. Now, we can finally announce the nominees for the 5th Annual DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards! See the full list below (in alpha order by high school)! Congratulations to all of the high schools, students, and teachers for an outstanding year of musicals!

 

Direction

Abilene H.S. & Cooper H.S. Seussical

Aledo H.S. – The Drowsy Chaperone

All Saints’ Episcopal School – The Drowsy Chaperone

Birdville H.S. – Narnia, The Musical

Colleyville Heritage H.S. – My Fair Lady

Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy – Big Fish

Guyer H.S. – Mary Poppins

Independence H.S. – Once Upon a Mattress

Lake Highlands H.S. – Kiss Me, Kate

North Lamar H.S. – Mary Poppins

Rowlett H.S. – The Pirates of Penzance

Waxahachie H.S. – Spamalot

 

Choreography

Aledo H.S. –  The Drowsy Chaperone

All Saints’ Episcopal School – The Drowsy Chaperone

Carroll Senior H.S. – Young Frankenstein

Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts – All Shook Up

Grapevine H.S. – Catch Me If You Can

Guyer H.S. – Mary Poppins

McKinney Boyd H.S. – Guys and Dolls

Plano East H.S. – Urinetown

Plano Senior H.S. – Legally Blonde

Richardson H.S. – Footloose

Rowlett H.S. – The Pirates of Penzance

University H.S. – Cinderella

 

Musical Direction

Abilene H.S. & Cooper H.S. – Seussical

All Saints’ Episcopal School – The Drowsy Chaperone

Birdville H.S. – Narnia, The Musical

Colleyville Heritage H.S. – My Fair Lady

Forney H.S. – The Addams Family

Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy – Big Fish

Grapevine H.S. – Catch Me If You Can

Guyer H.S. – Mary Poppins

McKinney Boyd H.S. – Guys and Dolls

North Lamar H.S. Mary Poppins

Pearce H.S. – Singin’ in the Rain

Waxahachie H.S. – Spamalot

 

Orchestra

Berkner H.S. – Grease

Garland H.S. – The Music Man

Highland Park  H.S. – Cinderella

Independence H.S. – Once Upon a Mattress

Lake Highlands H.S. – Kiss Me, Kate

McKinney Boyd H.S. – Guys and Dolls

Mansfield H.S. – Sweeney Todd

Pearce H.S. – Singin’ in the Rain

Southwest Christian School – Shrek The Musical

R.L. Turner H.S. –My Fair Lady

Waxahachie H.S. – Spamalot

Wylie H.S. – Shrek The Musical

            

Scenic Design

Abilene H.S. & Cooper H.S. – Seussical

Carroll Senior H.S. – Young Frankenstein

Colleyville Heritage H.S. – My Fair Lady

Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts – All Shook Up

Lake Country Christian School – Titanic

Lake Highlands H.S. – Kiss Me, Kate

Mabank H.S. – Thoroughly Modern Millie

Pearce H.S. – Singin’ in the Rain

Plano Senior H.S. – Legally Blonde

Plano West H.S. – Funny  Girl

Rowlett H.S. – The Pirates of Penzance

Waco H.S. – She Loves Me

  

Costume Design

Centennial H.S. – Disney’s High School Musical

Colleyville Heritage H.S. – My Fair Lady

Denton H.S. – Into the Woods

Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts – All Shook Up

Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy – Big Fish

Lake Highlands H.S. – Kiss Me, Kate

Mansfield H.S. – Sweeney Todd

Pearce H.S. – Singin’ in the Rain

Plano East H.S. – Urinetown

Rockwall H.S. – The Addams Family

Southwest  Christian School – Shrek The Musical

Weatherford H.S. – Seussical  

 

Lighting Design

Colleyville Heritage H.S. – My Fair Lady

Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy – Big Fish

Lake Highlands H.S. – Kiss Me, Kate

McKinney H.S. – Once Upon a Mattress

North Forney H.S. – Happy Days, The Musical

North Lamar H.S. – Mary Poppins

Pantego Christian School – The Fantasticks

Plano East H.S. – Urinetown

Richardson H.S. – Footloose

Rowlett H.S. – The Pirates of Penzance

Waco H.S. – She Loves Me

Weatherford H.S. – Seussical

 

Stage Crew & Technical Execution

Abilene H.S. & Cooper H.S. – Seussical

All Saints’ Episcopal School – The Drowsy Chaperone

Carroll Senior H.S. – Young Frankenstein

Colleyville Heritage H.S. – My Fair Lady

Forney H.S. – The Addams Family

Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy – Big Fish

Guyer H.S. – Mary Poppins

Lake Highlands H.S. – Kiss Me, Kate

North Lamar H.S. – Mary Poppins

Pearce H.S. – Singin’ in the Rain

University H.S. Cinderella

Wakeland H.S. – Mary Poppins

 

Ensemble/Chorus

Abilene H.S. & Cooper H.S. – Seussical

All Saints’ Episcopal School – The Drowsy Chaperone

Colleyville Heritage H.S. – My Fair Lady

Forney H.S. – The Addams Family

Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy – Big Fish

Grapevine H.S. – Catch Me If You Can

Guyer H.S. – Mary Poppins

Lake Highlands H.S. – Kiss Me, Kate

North Lamar H.S., Paris – Mary Poppins

Pearce H.S. – Singin’ in the Rain

Plano Senior H.S. – Legally Blonde

Waxahachie H.S. – Spamalot

 

Best Supporting Actor

Abilene H.S. & Cooper H.S. – Cody Free as Cat in the Hat, Seussical

Aledo H.S. – William Pinckard as Man in Chair, The Drowsy Chaperone

All Saints’ Episcopal School –Brazos Pinto as Man in Chair, The Drowsy Chaperone

Carroll Senior H.S. – Tyler James as Igor, Young Frankenstein

Grapevine H.S. – James Myers as Carl Hanratty, Catch Me If You Can

Guyer H.S. – Tanner Garmon as Michael Banks, Mary Poppins

Lake Highlands H.S. – Robert Mahurin as Lucentio / Bill, Kiss Me, Kate

Nolan Catholic H.S. – Justin Norris as Donkey, Shrek The Musical

Pearce H.S. – Jake Griffin as Cosmo Brown, Singin’ in the Rain

Rockwall H.S. –Travis Bomkamp as Patsy, Spamalot

Waxahachie H.S. – Calvin Rehonic as King Arthur, Spamalot

Weatherford H.S. – Jett Good as JoJo, Seussical

 

Best Supporting Actress

Abilene H.S. & Cooper H.S. – Shelby Walker as Mayzie LaBird, Seussical

Aledo H.S. –  Abby Dean as Janet Van de Graaf, The Drowsy Chaperone

All Saints’ Episcopal School – Grace Evans as The Chaperone, The Drowsy Chaperone

Birdville H.S. – Hannah Detrick as Lucy, Narnia, the Musical

Colleyville Heritage H.S. – Breanne Jackson as Mrs. Pearce, My Fair Lady         

Grapevine H.S. – Josie Moyer as Paula Abagnale, Catch Me If You Can

Guyer H.S. – Ashlynn Stewart as Jane Banks, Mary Poppins

Midway H.S. – Sarah Jane Byford as Jane Banks, Mary Poppins

North Lamar H.S. – Kallyn Burchinal as Winifred Banks, Mary Poppins

Nolan Catholic H.S. – Gabrielle Falcon as Dragon / Mama Ogre, Shrek The Musical     

Pearce H.S. – Claire Greenberg as Lina Lamont, Singin’ in the Rain

Weatherford H.S. – Claire Crenshaw as Mayzie LaBird, Seussical

 

Best Featured Actor

Abilene H.S. & Cooper H.S. – Jess Westman as JoJo, Seussical

Aledo H.S. – Andy Brite as Underling, The Drowsy Chaperone

All Saints’ Episcopal School – Austin Decker as Robert Martin, The Drowsy Chaperone

Birdville H.S. – Luke Flowers as Peter, Narnia, the Musical

Grapevine H.S. – Matthew Lavery as Frank Abagnale, Sr., Catch Me If You Can

Guyer H.S. – Corbin Born as George Banks, Mary Poppins

McKinney Boyd H.S. – Bryson Jackson as Nicely Nicely, Guys and Dolls

North Lamar H.S. – Paul Bayer as Robertson Ay, Mary Poppins

Northwest H.S. – Vincent Witherspoon, Eli Witherspoon, Jonathan Sneed, and Gibson Terry as The School Board, The Music Man

Pearce H.S. – Jack Durham as R. F. Simpson, Singin’ in the Rain

Rowlett H.S. – Zach Taylor as Major General, The Pirates of Penzance

Weatherford H.S. – Robert Chavez as Horton, Seussical

 

Best Featured Actress

Abilene H.S. & Cooper H.S. – Raissa Teta as Sour Kangaroo, Seussical

Aledo H.S. – Mallory Bomhoff as Kitty, The Drowsy Chaperone

All Saints’ Episcopal School – Renee Merrill as Kitty, The Drowsy Chaperone

Berkner H.S. – Ashley Johnson as Jan, Grease

Birdville H.S. – Olivia Simms as Susan, Narnia, the Musical           

Grapevine H.S. – Ashley Munson as Carol Strong, Catch Me If You Can

Guyer H.S. – Ally Roberts as Winifred Banks, Mary Poppins

North Lamar H.S. – Anna Holbrook as Mrs. Brill, Mary Poppins

Pearce H.S. – Shelby Griswold as Zelda Zanders, Singin’ in the Rain

Richardson H.S. – Bethany Jelinek as Vi, Footloose

Teague H.S. – Hannah Anderson as Miss Sandra, All Shook Up       

Weatherford H.S. – Kelsie Schlosser as Sour Kangaroo, Seussical

 

Best Actor

Carroll Senior H.S. – Drew Brown as Young Frankenstein, Young Frankenstein

Colleyville Heritage H.S. – Ryland Kaiser as Henry Higgins, My Fair Lady

Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy – Christian Wickoff as Edward Bloom, Big Fish

Guyer H.S. – John Frederickson as Bert, Mary Poppins

Independence H.S. – Luke Weber as Sir Harry, Once Upon a Mattress

Pantego Christian School – Ray Solis as El Gallo, The Fantasticks

Pearce H.S. – Sam Snyder as Don Lockwood, Singin’ in the Rain

South Garland H.S. – Sammy Swim as The Emcee, Cabaret

Waxahachie H.S. – Blake Sauceda as Sir Robin, Spamalot

 

Best Actress

All Saints’ Episcopal School – Sarah Boone as Janet Van de Graaf, The Drowsy Chaperone

Colleyville Heritage H.S. – Melanie Chandler as Eliza Doolittle, My Fair Lady

Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy – Alexandra Doke as Sandra, Big Fish

Guyer H.S. – Malana Wilson as Mary Poppins, Mary Poppins

Independence H.S. – Sophia Kaiafas as Lady Larkin, Once Upon a Mattress

Plano East H.S. – Claire Methvin as Little Sally, Urinetown

Plano West H.S. – Meg Grinde as Fanny Brice, Funny Girl

Waxahachie H.S. – Kaiden Maines as Lady of the Lake, Spamalot

Weatherford H.S. – Emily Hatch as Gertrude McFuzz, Seussical

 

Best Musical

Abilene H.S. & Cooper H.S. – Seussical

Carroll Senior H.S. – Young Frankenstein

Colleyville Heritage H.S. – My Fair Lady

Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy – Big Fish

Guyer H.S. – Mary Poppins

Pearce H.S. – Singin’ in the Rain

Rowlett H.S. – The Pirates of Penzance

Waxahachie H.S. – Spamalot

 

Who will win? We will find out at the 5th Annual DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards Evening on Thursday, April 14th at 7pm at the Music Hall at Fair Park. Want to catch all the action? Tickets are on sale now! Just click here or call 800.514.ETIX.

Congratulations to all of the nominees! Our thanks to WFAA-TV Midday News and Nancy Churnin with The Dallas Morning News for helping us announce these nominees today! Be sure to check out our website at www.dsmhsmta.org for more details about this amazing event! We hope you will join us for an evening you will never forget!

-DSM Amanda


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Patterned after Broadway’s Tony Awards®, show business veterans and community celebrities come together to spotlight the achievements of high school students and their school’s musical theatre programs. High schools from all over North Texas participate. Throughout the year, three judges visit each high school and judge the productions in 16 categories.
Each high school’s performance is evaluated by a panel of judges who are all working professionals in the areas of entertainment, arts and theatre education, arts administration, talent management and production design. Ballots are tabulated by the accounting firm of Grant-Thornton and the top scoring high schools in each category are nominated as finalists.
As in the format of the Nationals, the Best Actor and Best Actress winners will not be decided solely by standings. The nominees will perform the evening before the Awards show for the assembled DSM judges and will be scored at that time. The winners will be revealed the next night at the Awards show at the Music Hall at Fair Park.
Several cash scholarships of at least $1,000 each will be presented to outstanding participating students.
Winners of the Best Performance by an Actor and Actress will receive an all-expense paid trip for five days to New York City to represent their high school in the National High School Musical Theatre Awards (The Jimmy TM Awards) for the chance to win prizes and scholarships, which vary by year.
For more information, please click here.

Dallas Summer Musicals Community Performance is Sold Out!

March 2nd, 2016

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First community performance will reach over 3,400 families and children from 43 nonprofit organizations and DISD schools

 

Dallas, TX – Dallas Summer Musicals, Inc. (DSM) announces its new investment in creating public access to the performing arts, the DSM Community Performance, has sold out! Engaging families and children from 38 nonprofit organizations and 5 DISD Elementary Schools from the Madison and Lincoln feeder patterns, this special show will provide over 3,400 seats to community organizations free of charge. This very special event is made possible with financial support from sponsors and the enthusiasm and interest of schools, neighborhoods, and other nonprofits as partners, volunteers, and advocates which have come on board to make this truly an event dedicated to community outreach, filling the Music Hall at Fair Park.

“This event demonstrates Dallas Summer Musicals’ ongoing commitment to the Dallas community and our leadership role as a cornerstone nonprofit performing arts organization for the City of Dallas and its citizens in Fair Park,” said Michael A. Jenkins, President and Managing Director, DSM. “We are thrilled at the immediate response from community partners and grateful for the support from sponsors earmarked for this special event, including the Moody Foundation, the Hillcrest Foundation and Frost Bank, along with DSM season sponsors Texas Instruments, WFAA, American Airlines and The Dallas Morning News. Their involvement as corporate and community advocates has been crucial in making this Community Performance a reality.”

Slated for Friday, March 11, 2016 the DSM Community Performance will take place during DSM’s 76th season presentation of Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID, a proven family favorite, creating memorable experiences for children and parents to see a major touring Broadway production – many for the first time. Based on the animated film, this special show features a revamped script, new songs, and an entirely fresh interpretation of the film. Tickets for all other performances are for sale and open to the public during the show’s run through Sunday, March 27th. Details are below.

“Each year, DSM seeks opportunities to enhance its organizational mission of presenting extraordinary Broadway shows by giving back to organizations, families, and students in the Dallas and greater North Texas community through community ticket donations, initiatives like Seats for Kids and the newly-developed Seats for Vets, and through scholarship funds for both the DSM Academy of the Performing Arts and the High School Musical Theatre Awards,” Jenkins continued. “The DSM Community Performance represents our latest community investment concept, designed to demonstrate that what’s good for the Dallas community is good for Dallas Summer Musicals.”

DSM is pleased to welcome students and families from five Dallas ISD elementary schools from the Madison and Lincoln feeder patterns. “Participating in and attending quality arts events enrich the lives of our students in many ways,” said Dr. Danna Rothlisberger, Executive Director-Visual and Performing Arts. “Studies show that students who engage in arts activities develop skills that help promote academic and life success.   For certain, our young people who attend live performances gain a rich experience that provides much for classroom and family conversations long after the event.  Therefore, we are so grateful that the Dallas ISD elementary students in the Fair Park neighborhood have this opportunity to benefit from the district’s new partnership with the Dallas Summer Musicals.”

Ted Munselle, Chairman of the Board at DSM, agreed, saying, “This is a win-win-win for DSM, for Dallas, and for Fair Park and an intentional effort to expand on our community outreach. During the last presentation of Disney’s THE LION KING, for example, DSM organized a “Buy a Seat, Give a Seat” promotion for one of the performances, which enabled DSM subscribers, patrons and community partner organizations to purchase over 1,700 seats for underserved and low-income families to attend the performance.  This community investment was a great success and that success is one inspiration for the DSM Community Performance.”

Sponsors of the DSM Community Performance as of February 25 include: The Moody Foundation ($100,000), The Hillcrest Foundation ($50,000) and Frost Bank ($5,000), with additional annual education and community outreach program support from The Hirsch Family Foundation ($25,000), The Hoglund Foundation ($25,000), the Scovell Fund of The Dallas Foundation ($25,000). In-Kind partners include: Big Thought, Creativity Sponsor; Chick-Fil-A, food sponsor; DART, transportation sponsor; and Mother Ruckers, cookie sponsor. DSM is also grateful to season sponsors Texas Instruments, American Airlines, WFAA, and the Dallas Morning News for ongoing support in its 76th year.

Dallas Summer Musicals’ highly anticipated 2015-2016 Season presented by Texas Instruments continues with DSM’s production of Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID, March 12-27, 2016; WICKED, April 20 – May 22, 2016; RAGTIME, May 24 – June 5, 2016; BULLETS OVER BROADWAY, June 14-26, 2016; and closing the season will be 42ND STREET, June 28 – July 10, 2016. Dallas Summer Musicals Management Group, Inc. will also present the Broadway hit musical MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, February 27 & 28, 2016 for a limited engagement.

The public can make charitable gifts to support the DSM Community Performance and future performance by visiting https://dallassummermusicals.giv.sh/9c74 or contacting James Jenner, Director of Development, at (214) 413-3961 or jjenner@dallassummermusicals.org.

About Dallas Summer Musicals:

Dallas Summer Musicals, Inc. (DSM) is the preeminent nonprofit presenter of Broadway theatre in North Texas. DSM produces, presents and promotes excellence in live musical theatre with year-round performances for diverse audiences of all ages, impacting the lives of children and families through education and community outreach programs, while enriching the cultural landscape of Dallas/Fort Worth, North Texas and the Southwest Region.

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, DSM relies on a variety of funding sources to bring the Best of Broadway to Dallas at affordable ticket prices, as well as to preserve the beautiful historic theatre, educate young audiences and create important community programs. DSM’s Seats for Kids program provides a meaningful arts education experience to thousands of low income, at-risk and special needs children. DSM Kids Club is a program created to foster tomorrow’s musical theatre audience. Through exciting activities children gain an interest, hands-on-knowledge and appreciation of the performing arts. In addition, Dallas Summer Musicals Academy of Performing Arts offers professional theatre arts training and scholarships to talented students in need. DSM’s High School Musical Theatre Awards are patterned after Broadway’s Tony® Awards and celebrate the power of the arts to significantly improve all areas of education. DSM Associate Producers is a dynamic group of young professionals with a mission to support DSM by cultivating future patrons and leaders making DSM part of the culture for young professionals in Dallas. DSM Guild is a group of individuals who share a love of musical theatre and support DSM by providing stellar service and hospitality to the cast and crew of every show. Since 2010 the experts at DSM have made significant changes and upgrades to its acoustical systems to improve the sound quality of the productions for all its patrons, including the hearing impaired, leading to the development of Hear Us Now!™; a device which utilizes five assistive listening technologies (T-coils, FM Classroom, Streamers, FM systems, and traditional headsets) to deliver a clear and direct audio signal. It is so unique that a trademark has been allowed by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Seats for Vets, DSM’s newest initiative, serves war veterans and their families by providing them discounted access to a unique theatrical experience as a way of thanking them for their service. Ticket sales alone do not sustain these endeavors. Only support from committed businesses, foundations and individuals make these programs possible.

Dallas Summer Musicals is presented by Texas Instruments and gratefully acknowledges the support of our season sponsors and partners The Dallas Morning News, WFAA TV Channel 8, American Airlines, and The Original Cupcakery.

For more information about Dallas Summer Musicals, please call 214.421.5678 or visit our website at DallasSummerMusicals.org.

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Two-Time Tony Award-Winner THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY Makes North Texas Debut!

February 8th, 2016

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Dallas Summer Musicals is thrilled to present the North Texas debut of one of the most romantic stories ever written, THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY at the Music Hall at Fair Park February, 2-14, 2016. Based on the best-selling novel by Robert James Waller, THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY tells the story of Iowa housewife Francesca Johnson and her life-changing, four-day whirlwind romance with traveling photographer Robert Kincaid. It’s an unforgettable story of two people caught between decision and desire, as a chance encounter becomes a second chance at so much more. Take a look at what critics and audiences are saying about this romantic story.

 

Performances & Interviews

ABC8 Good Morning Texas – Cullen Titmas (Bud) and David Hess (Charlie) perform “When I’m Gone”

FOX4 Good Day Dallas – Elizabeth Stanley (Francesca) and Andrew Samonsky (Robert Kincaid) perform “One Second and A Million Miles”

ABC 8 Midday News – Interview with Elizabeth Stanley (Francesca) and Andrew Samonsky (Robert Kincaid) lead stars of The Bridges of Madison County

98.7 KLUV – Interview with Elizabeth Stanley (Francesca) and Andrew Samonsky (Robert Kincaid) lead stars of The Bridges of Madison County

The Bridges of Madison County Makes The Dallas Morning News Top Five Theater Picks

The Dallas Morning News interviews with Jason Robert Brown (Composer)

Theater Jones interviews with Marsha Norman (Book Writer)

Focus Daily News interviews with Andrew Samonsky (Robert Kincaid, National Geographic Photographer)

Selig Film News interviews with Mary Callanan (Marge, The Neighbor)

Culture Map interviews with John Campione (Michael, Francesca’s Son)

 

Reviews

“’Bridges of Madison County’ a complex, poetic and soaring surprise” – The Dallas Morning News

“Talk about the perfect date night than seeing this romantic musical on Valentine’s Day!” – The Column

“Lush music and strong singers” – Theater Jones

“’Bold’ as in a small-scale, spectacle-free musical with big-scale musical ambitions” – Star-Telegram

“An incredible musical score” – Selig Film News

 

Media Mentions

9 Best Things To Do In Dallas – Culture Map

25 Best Valentine’s Day Date Ideas – D Magazine

Bridges Valentine’s Day Contest – The Dallas Morning News

Show Preview The Bridges of Madison County – Broadway World

 

THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY is on stage NOW through Sunday, February 14 at the Music Hall at Fair Park. Click here for tickets.

Join us and don’t miss out on this incredible love story!


Discover The Bridges of Madison County: The Power of Music

February 5th, 2016

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THE POWER OF MUSIC

“The lyric theatre felt like the perfect vehicle to tell the story of Robert and Francesca.”

—Jason Robert Brown, Composer, The Bridges of Madison County

 

Composer’s Notes

I had been writing comedies for several years, and the longer lines of romance and yearning and fantasy had been building up, swirling around my head unchanneled, imprecise. When Marsha and I did The Trumpet of the Swan, big music started to leak out, expansive music, something beautiful. I was afraid of turning off the tap, so I told Marsha we should look for a project that would be serious and intense and overflowing with unrestrained passion, which is not the kind of thing I say very often. I said I was ready to write La Traviata. We set out to find a story.

The story found us. Robert James Waller’s agent approached Marsha to adapt The Bridges of Madison County, and she immediately knew this would be our project. I had never read the novel but I regarded it warily — I was a 22-year-old single guy living in Manhattan when it first came out, and I was not, to put it mildly, the target audience — but Marsha saw in it a deeper resonance and a fiercer moral energy than I would have perceived, and she sold me on the struggles of these two broken characters who each see a piece of themselves trapped inside the other. I suggested we conceive it as an octet, a piece for eight lonely voices on a large stage.

The piano reflects my energy back at me, neurotic and complicated — I know the instrument so well by now that I sometimes have to wrestle with it to make it surprise me, and I knew that the skittery and dense music that the piano and I traditionally made together wasn’t the right sound for this piece. I’d played guitar the way most guys who hang around rock bands play it — I knew a couple of chords and I could keep time relatively well
— but I felt the guitar was my way in to the world of the Johnson family in Winterset, IA in 1965, so I bought a black Takamine and hoped for the best.

From the beginning, the music flooded out of me, music that I didn’t entirely recognize as my own but that was clearly speaking some revelation I had yet to confront in myself. I felt myself sometimes butting up against the corny, the cheesy, the sentimental, but I decided in those moments to push harder through it, not to be cynical about love or family but to sing about them with ecstatic truth.

We can love in many different ways, and we can love different things simultaneously. It is hard — it is insane — to place one love above another. With every show I’ve written, I begin thinking it’s just a job,
the story doesn’t have anything to do with me, and I end by realizing I have exposed some deep scary part of myself. I am unspeakably grateful to my beautiful family for holding our lives together while this score got pushed out into the world — I spent four years learning about Robert and Francesca and figuring out how and why they made the choices they did, and this show celebrates, in many ways, the staggeringly high price and the even greater value of the commitments and the choices we make to build a home.

Jason Robert Brown
March 28, 2014 New York, NY

 

 

WHAT IS IT ABOUT MUSIC THAT CAPTURES OUR HEARTS AND IMAGINATIONS?

Maybe we are born to respond to music. Sound is one of the first senses we develop in the womb. Before we see, taste or touch — we hear. The rhythm of our mother’s heartsbeat
is our first connection to another person and the outside world. Music is an intimate act. The sound of a melody enters the ear and moves the ear drum. The texture and tone of the music is literally touching you.

Music can capture the depth, sweep and complexity of pure feelings.
It goes beyond language. It needs no translation. Music speaks the unspeakable, voicing the richness
of the heart when words fall flat. Like love — how do you describe the feeling of love? The word itself fails to convey the intricacies, the fear, elation, longing, befuddlement, tenderness, sadness, joy.

Eight words to get somewhat of an approximation of what it is to be in love.

Maybe being in love is like a musical? That moment when language is not enough. When the emotion has to be expressed and it is too grand for the rigidity of syntax and grammar. That’s when the music begins to swell and the chorus hums. The hero or heroine opens their mouth and emotions float on melodies that we understand instantly, viscerally. Before our brains decipher the words, we know that Francesca is in love with Robert and we know from the tug the minor chords give our hearts that this love will be bittersweet. A song, a mere string of notes captures it all. Straight from our ears to our hearts and we understand what love is.

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THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY is presented by Dallas Summer Musicals February 2-14, 2016 at Music Hall Fair Park. Tickets are ON SALE NOW!

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