Discover The Bridges of Madison County: MARSHA NORMAN

February 3rd, 2016

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CONVERSATION WITH PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING WRITER MARSHA NORMAN              by Journalist/Teaching Artist Marcos Nájera

Marcos: Thank you for taking the time to talk with us Marsha. We want to give people a chance to learn a little about this story and you —a member of the creative team — before they experience The Bridges of Madison County.

Marsha: Sounds good. This isn’t simply the story of Francesca and Robert. This is the big difference [between our musical] and the book and the movie. This is the story of the town. This is the story of the family. And the story of this couple in the course of a family, in the course of a town. It’s more like Our Town than the original material is. We really zoomed back so we can see the family life and the town life and we can learn Francesca’s history in Italy.

We zoomed back and we panned around. I invented the neighbors. We invented the town. We invented the people who would really care about Francesca and who would be aware, in this small town, that she was going through something.

That is wonderful. You mentioned Our Town by playwright Thornton Wilder. How did Our Town inspire your take on The Bridges of Madison County?

I love Our Town. I don’t even know how many times I’ve seen it. I think it’s one of the great, inspiring pieces of American literature. It’s clear in the cemetery scene of Our Town how much they’ve all taken care of and watched out for each other.

I also know that in a small town — as Our Town makes clear —
a small town, like where Francesca and Robert are, everybody knows what’s going on. So everybody knows that the kids and Bud are headed off for the State Fair. And everybody knows that Francesca is there by herself. And everybody knows that there is a photographer, in town taking pictures. And everybody knows that she took him over to the bridge. Everybody knows everything. What I really wanted to do was to make it clear that Francesca makes her decision in the context of her family and her town and her history.

Jason [Robert Brown, the composer] and I were eager to hop from Iowa all the way back to Italy — to show what the end of the war was really like in Naples and what she experienced as a girl. And why she is here [in the United States] and what kind of things she’s never really come to terms with as a human being. Because she’s spent her time adjusting so quickly.

She came here, she was newly married, she didn’t speak much English. She learned English, she learned to farm, and she learned to be a wife, to be a mom, and presto! Somebody shows up at
the door and she realizes she does feel like an outsider. And now, she does need to think about how she has spent her life and she does need to feel alive again as she did as a girl. What Robert does is cause her to take a deep breath in and look around; to connect with herself and to connect to him, but mainly herself.

It’s this moment that people have when they think, “What about that other path? What about that love that I had to turn away from? What about that? What would have happened if I married that guy who went to the University of New Mexico?

What would have happened?

We can’t help but wonder those things, right? The people that I see crying the hardest in the audience are the people that have obviously left great loves behind. That’s something a lot of people respond to — including a lot people on the creative team. Everybody, I think! (Laughing)

So yes, we have these questions. We all deal with this thing. We can’t have absolutely everything that we want to have in life. Because some of these things conflict.

Robert’s description of [what his and Francesca’s] life would be is so seductive and wondrous. Whether she would actually be happy with him or not, it doesn’t even matter. She makes the decision to honor her responsibilities and she knows that if she leaves, her son is going to be in trouble. [Her daughter] Carolyn is going to be fine. But [her son] Michael? She still needs to stay to take care of Michael. To make sure Michael does okay. That’s why we see Michael’s graduation from medical school. She did have that effect. Michael was ready to bolt out of there and get in trouble with the law and his dad or whatever — and she saw that. She knew that he wasn’t going to be a farmer. She knows she has to stay.

We sometimes have to make those really hard choices between the things that we care about.

I wonder about the danger of the town watching all this happen. It seems like the stakes rise so much higher if everybody can see that she is talking to this stranger while Bud and the kids are away. Isn’t Francesca scared?

She is scared. The fact that we don’t do any of that —[Francesca] having a dangerous conversation with [the neighbor] Marge or Marge almost finds out [about the affair] — that seemed a little cheap to us in terms of the excess drama.

But yes, it’s on her mind. Especially when she goes into town to buy
a dress. Certainly, she knows that Marge knows. And there’s a whole conversation — unwritten and unspoken — that goes on between Marge and Francesca about what’s going on. That’s why Marge arrives at exactly at the right moment with the lasagna. Marge knows exactly what’s happened.

It’s almost as if Francesca’s all-knowing neighbor, Marge, is cheering her on!

She is. She certainly is not judging. The friendship with Marge is deep and powerful. For me, the most wondrous moment in the whole show is right there at the end when [Marge] leaves from Bud’s funeral and says, “See you tomorrow!” It’s like, “Things continue here and I’m going to see you tomorrow [Francesca]. You feel such a loss right now. You’ve lost both of these men now and here you sit. And I will see you in the morning.” (Laughing)

That’s the kind of thing, the comfort that women can provide to each other. I was very interested in writing that in the piece. It is Francesca’s story. But it is [also] a story of what women can do for each other.

That’s why I mentioned Our Town. Two generations ago, Thornton Wilder wrote about Grover’s Corner. Now, Jason and I are writing about Winterset, Iowa. It’s a continuing interest and dream that we all have of belonging to a place and belonging to a group of people and belonging in the family.

To me, one of the awful parts of the virtual world is that, okay, we have a virtual family. But is that really okay? Is that good? Is that enough? Or do you want to know enough people so that if you make a pie, like that one I made last night that’s that good, you can call other houses and get the whole pie eaten? This pie last night was so remarkable that I thought, “I do not need to let it sit around here in the house where just my daughter and I are. I need to call three people to have some!”

The pie should be enjoyed! Life should be enjoyed right? It makes me think about the scene in the Bridges movie where Meryl Streep is in the truck. And the camera focuses in as the muscles in her right hand tighten as she grips the handle and she’s about to open the door and go off to Robert. Do you think we live in a world now that is progressive enough for her husband Bud to just let her go?

“People come
to musicals
to watch that
glorious search
for home…”
—Marsha Norman

The piece brings up all this “what would happen,” that’s fun to suppose about. But for Francesca she’s got to make that decision in-that-moment. The truck moment [from the film] is so crucial that we worked really hard to find something that would give us a sense of the truck moment. That’s what we call “The Rewind.”

That’s where she appears to go to Robert. Suddenly, she turns around and stops and sees her family and knows what they would feel if she did that. And she walks back to them. And then time picks up again and she goes on into the Soda Shop.

In that moment that she chooses her family — it’s Robert’s world that falls apart. That’s our theatrical way to investigate the “what- would-happen-if-I-did-this?”What I was able to do was give voice, give character, give personality, give wishes to every single person in this family. I think [Francesca] does the right thing. I totally think she does the right thing. But man, do I understand the struggle. That sense of being alive put up against the sense of being connected in a family or being responsible. This passion of feeling alive is pretty powerful, but the sense of being useful and being loved beats it every time.

The book really tells the story from Robert’s point of view. Why did you decide to focus on Francesca’s point of view for this musical?

The Francescas of the world are the 70% of the people buying the tickets to the theater. So women should have a story where they’re the lead. I have a picture that’s on my wall. It was taken at Samuel French. Kelli O’Hara [who played Francesca on Broadway] is standing there with no make-up and she’s holding a piece of paper on which is written “I need stories by women on stage because my daughter will hear the echo of their voices.” It’s an extraordinary picture.

I’m the President of the Lily Awards, which is an organization that celebrates and honors the contributions of women in the theater and works for gender parity. Kelli received an award from us the year before last. I mean, she’s certainly played all the glorious [female leads on Broadway], but for [Bridges] to be the first time she has ever said words on stage that were written by a woman?

I was hearing this for the first time as she was saying this on the stage [at the Lily Awards]. And it was a staggering experience for me and I think for the audience. I suddenly felt the significance of my staying alive in order to write. And my activism and the importance of this mission of gender parity, so the voices of women can be heard and the stories of women can be told.

In regard to gender parity, if life worked the way the theater does, 4 out of every 5 things
you heard would be said by men. In working for gender parity we are working to hear all
the voices of the human chorus on the stage. All the voices. All the stories. In not hearing the voices of women, it’s almost as if theaters have chosen to only tell stories about things that happen in the daytime. It’s eliminating half of the experience of life on the stage.

We need to hear all the voices in the human chorus.

So yes, if an all-male team had written this —I’m sure it would have been the Robert story. I’m totally sure. And what is the Robert story? I came into town, I met this woman. We had a thing, I had a couple of thoughts of whether or not to haul her off in the truck with me and then I left. Got back to New York and saw the Hare Krishnas.So there’s not a musical in the Robert story. There’s only a musical in the Francesca story.

As in Oklahoma, so it is in Iowa. The loners have to go on their way. It’s true with musicals in general. I teach musical book-writing [at Juilliard]. This is one of the big rules. The loners go on their way. But people come to musicals to watch that glorious search for home in song. It’s like The Wizard of Oz, where does Dorothy end up? It’s the Francesca story, it’s the Tevye story, it is every musical there is.

[The playwright Jerome] “Jerry” Lawrence told me this: “All musicals are about the conflict between two worlds.” It’s Guys & Dolls, it’s West Side Story, it’s Oliver… you can go on down the list, The King & I. Two worlds. In this case, it’s the life of passion versus the life of family and community.

If you think about us as a country — there are things that we’ve lost. And yes, we mourn them. We had to give them up in order to go forward towards the other things we believe. This making of choices is something that people respond to and in this case they get to really watch a big one, a big choice and it’s kind of the most elemental one.

It’s a story about choice.

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Discover The Bridges of Madison County: Lighting Design

February 2nd, 2016

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When caught up in story, lost in drama, wiping tears of laughter
or sorrow from our eyes, we don’t normally think of the set and the lights as part of the journey. But they are. These design elements provide the context for the story — establishing the tone, mood and style of a show.

-Reflections from Two-Time Tony Award-winning lighting designer, DONALD HOLDER

How would you describe what a lighting designer
actually does?
A lighting designer “reveals the world of the play or musical,” and is responsible for not only what the audience sees, but “how they see it.” Light provides the visual context for a theatrical event, or the lens through which a play is seen. It informs style, and has a clear subliminal effect on perception. Working with a strong understanding of the intentions of the director and his fellow collaborators, a lighting designer manipulates light to tell a particular story or to evoke a particular emotional response.

How does the lighting design help tell the story of
The Bridges of Madison County?
The story of The Bridges Of Madison County unfolds on
a relatively open space, in front of a vast expanse of Iowa sky, and takes place over the course of just a few days. Although much of the story is told in a linear fashion time- wise, there are several flashbacks that provide important context and deepen our connection with the characters. The passage of time is central to the telling of the story,
and the sky, as rendered through light is the principal device used to communicate this, constantly changing during the course of the evening.

We experience sunrise, sunset, dawn, twilight, moonlight, starlight. And the color of the sky and the direction of the sun or moon has a strong influence on all the other light that is introduced in the space. It’s a world filled with ever- changing natural light, ebbing and flowing to respond to the emotional temperature of a scene or song. During the flashbacks, the sky takes on a surreal quality with very rich and intense colors, thus providing an important clue to the audience that we have stepped back in time.

Theatre is a collaborative medium. How do you work with
the director and your fellow designers?
Because light can be so influential about how everything
is perceived, it’s very important that a lighting designer understands the intentions and objectives of the director and his design collaborators. Early conversations that get to the heart of the production and its overall vision are really crucial. And a great deal can be learned by studying the set design, as it will always provide a lot of information about how the show has been conceived and will be staged. Because lighting

and scenery share the same stage space, the two disciplines must work in close collaboration. In the case of Bridges, Michael, Mikiko (scenic and associate scenic designers) and I spent a great deal of time working out the proper spatial relationships between lighting positions and scenery to get the sky looking just right. We also collaborated on the layout and details of the star field you’ll see throughout the course of the evening, and the kinds of materials that were used to create the spectacular skyscapes that really are the visual centerpiece of the production.

Can you share something about the lighting design for
The Bridges of Madison County that an audience member could look for while watching the show? What is part of the design they will see that could only happen onstage rather than in the film or book?
In Act One, Robert and Francesca meet at dawn as he photographs the sunrise at the covered bridge. It’s a special moment in their relationship, I speculate it’s when they fell in love. As all of this unfolds, the sky takes on a brilliant surreal red, with a single onstage tree silhouetted by a bright golden sun. It’s a dramatic and poetically heightened moment that we see once again in Act Two. During the song “It All Fades Away,” as Robert considers his own passing, he remembers Francesca vividly and the sky returns to that same intense red and yellow at the musical and emotional zenith of this song. To me, it’s one of my favorite images in the entire production.

A lighting designer “reveals the world of the play or musical,” and is responsible for not only what the audience sees, but “HOW THEY SEE IT.”’ —Donald Holder, Lighting Designer, The Bridges of Madison County

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Discover the Bridges of Madison County: THE REAL BRIDGES

January 28th, 2016

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THEY ARE IN THE TITLE of all three incarnations of the story. They are a character in their own right. A focal point and instigator of the action of the novel, film and musical. They are the real bridges of Madison County and they have a rich history.

In the mid-1880s as the population of the Midwest grew and demand for the goods rose, farmers needed a way to get their products to market. In response to this need, counties began to improve rural roads and install bridges. These bridges were most often built using timber. It was quickly realized that timber bridges would rapidly deteriorate if left exposed to the elements and it would be much cheaper to cover the bridges rather than repair them.

Madison County, Iowa, located southwest of Des Moines, once boasted 19 covered bridges. Only six remain today, five of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Five of the bridges: Roseman, Holliwell, Cedar, Imes-Cox and Hogback were built between 1870-1880 by Benton Jones.
The Cutler-Donahol was built by Eli-Cox in 1870.

The Roseman Bridge — featured in the love story – is also known as the “haunted bridge.” In 1892 two sheriff’s posses trapped a county jail escapee and it is rumored that the man rose up straight through the roof of the bridge, uttered a wild cry and disappeared. The escapee was never found.

The bridges became nationally known because of the success of Robert James Waller’s novel The Bridges of Madison County. The bridges reached super stardom after the release of the film, in 1995. And according to the website roadtrippers.com the bridges of Madison County are the number one make out spot in Iowa.

There will be photos of the bridges of Madison County on display at the Music Hall during the run of the show, so make sure you come see the show!!

-DSM Megan

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Discover the Bridges of Madison County: COSTUME DESIGN

January 26th, 2016

 

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“As designers, it is our responsibility to search for those KEY VISUAL ELEMENTS that guide our journey through the story.”—Catherine Zuber, Costume Designer, The Bridges of Madison County.

THE OLD CLICHÉ — “First impressions are everything” — is true; especially on the stage. Another cliché that theatre keeps alive — “Clothes make the man.” The full quote reads “Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.” Thank you Mark Twain! In theatre, costume design is an indispensable tool that helps an audience navigate the world of the play.

Reflections from Six-Time Tony-Award Winning Costume Designer CATHERINE ZUBER

How would you describe what a costume designer actually does?

A costume designer creates the first impression the audience has regarding a character. They assist and collaborate with the actor and the director to bring to life the exterior definition of the character they are portraying.

How does the costume design help tell the story of The Bridges of Madison County? How do the costumes help the audience understand the people in the play?

In The Bridges of Madison County, the costumes strive to capture Iowa in the mid-60’s. Some of the characters would have dresses that would have been home-sewn, or from a mail-order catalogue, or a dry-goods shop in the local town. It is the summertime, so the clothing contributes to creating those wonderful sultry August days.
You said about the costumes in The Bridges of Madison County: “This isn’t the groovy side of the mid-‘60s. There is nothing urban about the clothes.” Can you talk about how the costumes help tell the time and place of the story?

When we go to the state fair, we see a world outside of Madison County. However, it still is not the urban mid 1960’s ‘mod’ drifting into ‘hippie’ aesthetic of a big city. I was hoping that the costumes convey a world that is a hard-working, rural environment. The characters have dignity and care about their appearance, but not at the price of comfort and practicality.

Theatre is a collaborative medium. How do you work with the director and your fellow designers? Can you give us a glimpse into that collaboration?

Our director gives us his priorities for the story-telling. He encourages us to visually assist his vision by illustrating the emotions the audience should take away from the experience. As designers, it is our responsibility to search for those key visual elements that guide our journey through the story.

Can you share something about the costumes for The Bridges of Madison County that an audience member could look for while watching the show? What is part of the design they will see that could only happen onstage rather than in the film or book?

Francesca starts out in our story wearing pretty but simple and practical shirt-waist house-dresses. As Robert awakens in her romantic feelings that she didn’t realize were still possible, we see her making a choice that is out of character for her. She purchases a shoulder-baring dress in a deep shade of pink. Her hair is worn down.
Regarding costume design, the progression that occurs in ‘When I’m Gone’ happens before our eyes, during the course of the song. This could happen in a film, but the theatricality of the amount of information that transforms us through 15 years of time in less than 5 minutes on stage is thrilling.

—Company, The Bridges of Madison County

-DSM Shelby

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DALLAS SUMMER MUSICALS WELCOMES NEW BOARD LEADERSHIP NAMING TED MUNSELLE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD FOR ITS 76TH SEASON

January 20th, 2016

Dallas, TX (January 20, 2016) – Dallas Summer Musicals, Inc. (DSM), the largest producer of live theatrical entertainment in North Texas, has named Ted Munselle, a business executive and civic leader, Chairman of the DSM Board of Directors for 2016.

Munselle’s love for musical theatre started early and was solidified in 1978, when he married his wife, Gay, a Music Educator and Choir Director. Gay and Ted were DSM season ticket holders early in their marriage and he jumped at the chance to serve on DSM’s Board of Directors when the opportunity arose in 2008. Since joining DSM’s Board, Ted served as Vice President of Investments and Vice President of Development before being named Chair-Elect in 2015. In addition, he has served DSM as a member of the Audit and Finance Committees.

Ted is a Certified Public Accountant and has been Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Landmark Nurseries, Inc., a wholesale nursery company headquartered in Coppell, Texas, since 1998. Before joining Landmark, Ted spent over 10 years with two national CPA firms (Laventhol & Horwath and Grant Thornton, LLP), then spent 12 years as an Audit Partner in two Dallas, Texas based CPA firms. Ted serves on the Board of Directors as Chair of the Audit Committees of four publicly traded corporations, and is actively involved as an Elder at Highland Park Presbyterian Church.

Gay and Ted have a son, Chris, who lives in Plano with his wife Kristine, and their four children (Josiah, Layla, Judah and Ivy), and a daughter, Elyse, who lives in Austin.

DSM President and Managing Director Michael A. Jenkins said, “Ted Munselle brings DSM an outstanding track record of executive and business leadership as he takes the helm as Chairman of the Board of Dallas Summer Musicals for 2016. Combining an impressive record of 39 years of achievement in his profession with volunteer leadership in support of the arts, Ted has been a big supporter of DSM for many years. As a past member of the board, he has rapidly and actively engaged in advancing the transformation of DSM and we feel very lucky to welcome him as the new Chair.”

New DSM Board Chairman Munselle said, “I am honored and excited to be able to serve as DSM’s Chair during its 76th season. I have loved the organization for many years and I look forward to working with our incredible team of officers as we lead DSM forward into the future, not only presenting the Best of Broadway to the Dallas-Fort Worth area, but also providing educational opportunities to students with such programs as High School Musical Theatre Awards and Seats for Kids, to name a few. As a not-for-profit organization, we will continue to work together with our patrons, sponsors and volunteers, not to mention the City of Dallas and the community as a whole, to create a fun and welcoming experience each time we get together.”

Immediate Past Chairman of Dallas Summer Musicals is Dorsey L. Baskin, Managing Partner of Innovative Services Development at Grant Thornton LLP, with Randy Wright, Tax Partner at BDO USA LLP, serving as Chairman Elect. Ruth Altshuler holds the title of Honorary Chair, and Michael A. Jenkins is President and Managing Director of DSM.

In addition, other DSM Officers for 2016 include Vice President of Audit, Christopher McRorie; Vice Presidents of Community Relations, Nancy Natinsky; Vice President of Development, Jane Schoen; Vice President of Finance, Tom W. Watson; Vice Presidents of Marketing, Jennifer Altieri and Jay Fox; Vice President of Personnel & Compensation, Scott T. Collier; Vice President of Education and Children’s Committee, Downie Mathis; Secretary, Robert Witte; Treasurer, David Dienes; and Guild President, Juliann Krumbholz.

Members of the Executive Committee include: Ruth Altshuler; Ed Bratton; Brad E. Cheves; J. Diane Childress; O. Paul Corley, Jr.; John R. Clutts; Joshua N. Curlett; Barry Epstein; Patti Flowers; Stanley D. Gardner; Rick J.W. Graham; Gary Griffith; Charles L. Gummer; Sally Hoglund; Darrell E. Jordan; Dr. Sheffield Kadane; Juliann Krumbholz; Steven C. Metzger; Andrew N. Meyercord; Scott Night; Craig G. Ongley; Honorable James R. Pitts; Gail H. Plummer; Mark B. Plunkett; James W. Porter, Jr.; Holly Reeves; Richard L. Rogers; Kenneth D. Sandstad; Donald K. Spies; Michael C. Steindorf; Steven H. Stodghill; Paul A. Stotts; Steve B. Watson; Kit Williams; and Dr. Kimberly Yamanouchi.

Past Chairmen of the Board for DSM include: Dorsey L. Baskin; Ed Bratton; O. Paul Corley, Jr.; Stanley D. Gardner; Rick J.W. Graham; Gary Griffith; Charles L. Gummer; Darrell E. Jordan; Steven C. Metzger; James W. Porter, Jr.; Dick Quisenberry; Richard L. Rogers; Kenneth D. Sandstad; Donald K. Spies; Michael C. Steindorf; Paul A. Stotts; Steve B. Watson; and Kit Williams.  Past Chairmen O. Paul Corley, Sr.; J. Frank Miller III; Douglas Perry; and Charles Pistor are deceased.

Dallas Summer Musicals’ highly anticipated 2015-2016 Season presented by Texas Instruments will continue with THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY, February 2-14, 2016; followed by DSM’s production of Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID, March 11-27, 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.

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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CONTESTS ALERT – The Bridges of Madison County

January 19th, 2016

The Tony Award-winning musical THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY will make its Dallas debut at the Music Hall at Fair Park, February 2-14, 2016, and we’d like to give you the opportunity to win tickets to Opening Night! 

We have 2 contests happening right now – The Bridges Photo Exhibition and the BRIDGES: Covered Music Competition. Check out the details below. HURRY! The deadlines for submissions are VERY soon and we don’t want you to miss out!

 

The Bridges Photo Exhibition

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DSM is hosting a photography exhibition, offering you the chance to display your work at the Music Hall at Fair Park for the run of THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY. Photographers, both amateur and professional, are invited to submit original photographs that capture the beauty of North Texas bridges. All submissions will undergo a review process and a special selection will be hand-picked for public display at the Music Hall at Fair Park. Photographers featured in the exhibition will receive a pair of tickets to opening night, Feb. 2nd! DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS SUNDAY, 1/24!

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BRIDGES: COVERED
Music Competition

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DSM is hosting a BRIDGES: COVERED Music Competition. We want to hear your best covers of Jason Robert Brown’s songs from the show!

North Texas musicians, both amateur and professional, are invited to submit their own artistic take on the Tony Award-winning music of THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY. Any and all genres and styles are welcome! Vocal, instrumental, solo, group, classical, jazz, hip-hop or anything in-between: we want you to bring your own unique style and creativity to this celebrated score!

All entries will be reviewed by the DSM Team, and the top submissions will be selected as BRIDGES: COVERED finalists. The finalists will then be voted on by the public, and the crowd favorite will be deemed Dallas Summer Musicals’ BRIDGES: COVERED Music Competition winner! The Music Competition winner will receive tickets to opening night, Feb. 2nd! DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS SUNDAY, 1/24!

For more details and to submit your video, click here!

 

We hope that you will join us in these contests and don’t forget to have fun! We’ll see you at the theater!

-DSM Amanda


ELF The Broadway Musical brings its sparklejollytwinklejingley cheer to Dallas!

December 15th, 2015

Dallas Summer Musicals fills the Musical Hall with a warm festive glow as it kicks off the holiday season with the splashy, peppy, sugar-sprinkled holiday entertainment production of ELF The Musical at the Music Hall at Fair Park December 8-20, 2015. Based on the beloved 2003 New Line Cinema hit, ELF is the hilarious tale of Buddy a young orphan who is raised by elves unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy making abilities cause him to face the truth. Through a journey to New York City to find his father and true identity, Buddy is determined to win over his family and help the Big Apple remember the true meaning of Christmas. This modern day Christmas classic is sure to make even the biggest Cotton-Headed-Ninny-Muggin embrace their inner ELF. Check out what the DFW Metroplex is saying about this holiday favorite. – DSM Cisco

TV Interviews & Performances

ABC Good Morning Texas – Daniel Patrick Smith (Buddy the Elf) & Maggie Anderson (Jovie) perform “A Christmas Song”

ABC Midday News – Interview with Daniel Patrick Smith (Buddy the Elf)

Bleeckie The Puppet – Interview with Ken Clement (Santa)

Reviews

“‘Elf the Musical’ makes happy transition from screen to stage” – The Dallas Morning News

Elf the Msuical…what you need to keep the holiday blues away” – Theater Jones

“Elf the Musical pours on the sugar as a treat for the masses” – CultureMap

“From the moment the overture begins, and the stage is transformed with all things Christmas, you will be marveled, and pulled into the spirit of the season” – The column by John Garcia

“The vibrant colors, stage props, upbeat music, and jolly ‘ole characters will for surely result in an unforgettable good time for families” – Red Carpet Crash

“This well-written, well-performed show is rife with one-liners, slapstick comedy, and jazzy choreography that makes for pure ‘elfin magic’” – The Flash List

“Oversized Elf brings season’s joy to the Music Hall at Fair Park” – Focus Daily News

“After watching the premier of Elf the Musical last night, we feel like we are right there with Buddy the Elf when he screams, ‘Santa! We know him!’” – Clink!

“Buddy Takes Over Dallas In ‘Elf The Musical’!” – Vanna Collins

Special Podcast Edition Review – The Clubhouse Podcast

“This is a great family production that everyone will get something out of” – Rob/The Clubhouse Podcast

“Delightfully surprised with this production would be understating things quite a bit” – Chad/The Clubhouse Podcast

“Recommend this performance and is good for the entire family” – Don/TheClubhouse Podcast

“ELF is fun Holiday entertainment! Take the whole family – it’s time you find your “Inner Elf”!!” – Real Posh Mom

“’Elf The Musical’ Is A Knee-Stomping, Musical Adventure That Puts The Merry Back In Christmas” – Irish Film Critic

“Elf The Musical is a delight in every way” – Milk and Cuddles

“A very special Spirit of Christmas gift for you and your family” – Seniorific

DSM SHOWBIZ CREW

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“This play will definitely get your whole family in the spirit of Christmas!” – Savannah Smiled

“Seasonally Appropriate” – Maya’s Musical Theater Thoughts

 

Interview Q&A’s, Previews & Featured Articles

Interview with Ken Clement (Santa) and Gabrielle Mirabella (Emily) – Selig Film News

The Dallas Morning News Top 5 Theater Picks

Top Theater Picks For the Holidays – The Dallas Morning News

The best Dallas events to spread holiday cheer – CultureMap

5 Family-Friendly Things To Do In Dallas This December – D Magazine

9 Christmas Plays and Holiday Productions to see in DFW – Where Magazine

‘Elf’ dances from screen to stage in time for holidays – Denton Record Chronicle

“Elf The Musical is as sweet as sugar plums and as peppy as a tree covered in sparkling lights” – Travel Lady

Holiday Fun Dallas Summer Musicals – GenPink

 

ELF The Musical is on stage NOW through Sunday, December 20th at the Music Hall at Fair Park. Click here for details and tickets.

 

Don’t be a Cotton-Headed-Ninny-Muggin and join us to discover your inner ELF!


Your 2015 DSM Holiday Gift Guide is Here!

November 25th, 2015

It’s that time of year again – gift buying season is here! Sometimes the task can be a bit daunting, but we’ve got your current (and soon-to-be) Broadway fans covered! Check out Dallas Summer Musicals’ Holiday Gift Guide for some ideas and inspiration!

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    Choose Your Own Packages
    are perfect if you want to see multiple shows this season! Choose 3 or more shows starting at $54!* Click here for more info!
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    ELF THE MUSICAL
    Single tickets are on sale now! The show is in Dallas for 2 weeks only, December 8-20. Click here to find your tickets! (Best availability during the weeknight performances.)
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    THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY
    Presale Tickets are exclusively available to DSM Fans beginning Thursday, November 26th at 10am! Click here to get the best seats before the general public. (If prompted, please use the code FIRST (all caps).) Be sure to reserve your seats before December 4th!
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    WICKED
    – Exclusively to DSM Fans, for 48 hours ONLY, we will be offering presale tickets for all performances in all price levels! Be sure to subscribe to our eNotes and follow us on Facebook to gain access to this exclusive offer! Presale tickets will be available on December 3rd at 12:01am until December 4th at 11:59pm.
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    THE LITTLE MERMAID
    – Save the date! Exclusive presale for single tickets begins Monday, December 7th at 10am. Be sure to subscribe to our eNotes and follow us on Facebook to gain access to this exclusive offer! Single tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday, December 18th, so be sure to take advantage of this special offer!
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    Gift Certificates
    are great for the Broadway fan in your life that you aren’t sure what show they would enjoy the most. Just call our Box Office at 214-691-7200 or visit them at 5959 Royal Lane Suite 542 in Dallas. Click here for directions and operating hours.

Not sure who to give Broadway to this season?

For the Holiday Family Outing – Elf The Musical
For the Broadway Music Lover – The Bridges of Madison County
For the Disney Princess or Prince – The Little Mermaid
For the Oz Fan – Wicked
For the History Buff – Ragtime The Musical
For the Woody Allen Movie Fanatic – Bullets Over Broadway
For the Showbiz Lover – 42nd Street

8 Reasons Tickets Make A Great Gift

  1. You’re giving an EXPERIENCE.
  2. Do you really remember every gift you received last year? 5 years ago? Give your loved ones something they’ll remember for years to come.
  3. You won’t be wasting your hard earned cash – unlike a sweater, tie or pink bunny footie pajamas… tickets won’t get pushed to the back of a closet.
  4. Instead of playing the gift guessing game with a toy that gets tossed to the side, introduce the kids to the magic of theatre.
  5. Date night. Need we say more?
  6. We all know that in-laws are difficult to buy for. Make it a 4-pack and they’ll be pleased with your willingness to share date night with them.
  7. Ladies: choose to give tickets over gift cards this year, and change up your Girl’s Night Out routine!
  8. Check the entire family off of your gift-giving list and make it a family affair! It only takes 10 people to qualify for our Group Discount!

From all of us here at DSM, we hope you and your family have a wonderful and safe Holiday Season!

-DSM Amanda


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*Does not include processing fee. WICKED requires 4 or more.

TOP 10 Reasons To See THE SOUND OF MUSIC!

November 17th, 2015

  1. Ashley Brown’s goosebump-giving rendition of, “Climb Every Mountain” –bring tissues because it might bring a tear to your eye! Hear a taste of it in this video: SOM_ash copy

  2. The velvet harmonies of Kerstin Anderson (Maria) and Ashley Brown (Mother Abess)!SOM2 copy

  3. The ever-so-charming patriarch, Ben Davis as Captain Von Trapp! 06.TheSoundOfMusic.BDavis.Edelweiss_withCredit(Not to mention his awesome blog devoted exclusively to… donuts! Click here for The Davis Donut Diary)

  4. The absolutely adorable Von Trap children… need we say more?kids3

  5. Director Jack O’Brien’s fresh vision! Although it’s based on the original stage production, this is not your mother’s Sound of MusicSOM_jack

  6. Hearing the orchestra play THE SOUND OF MUSIC score LIVE… As the overture fills the theater, it’s inevitably going to make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside!

  7. Kerstin Anderson as Maria. No, she’s not Julie Andrews, and we’re loving her! Hear what Ashley Brown and Ben Davis have to say about Kerstin taking on such an iconic role: SOM_kerst

  8. The costumes! Jane Greenwood (18 Tony Award nominations) has worked her magic yet again, with THE SOUND OF MUSIC. -And YES, Maria’s wedding dress train is still forever long, and it flows flawlessly!

  9. Singing nuns! Their beautiful voices reach up to the rafters with angelic grace. They’re sure to impress!

  10. THE FINALE. Tensions are high as the Von Trapp family flees Austria, scenic designer Douglas W. Schmidt’s final set will drop your jaw, and Ashley Brown’s incomparable voice strikes again to close the show. You DO NOT want to miss it!

 -DSM Haley

The Sound of Music is presented by Dallas Summer Musicals November 3-22, 2015 at Music Hall Fair Park.


Brand New Production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC Makes North Texas Debut and DFW loves it!

November 9th, 2015

Do Re Mi (Kerstin Anderson as 'Maria Rainer' & the von Trapp children) by Matthew Murphy

Dallas Summer Musicals and Performing Arts Fort Worth are delighted to co-present the North Texas debut of the brand new production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s THE SOUND OF MUSIC at the Music Hall at Fair Park November 3-22, 2015. Directed by three-time Tony Award® winner Jack O’Brien, the spirited and romantic story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences taking the show back to its essence creating a deeper, richer and more powerful journey for a fresh interpretation of this timeless musical. Take a look below to see what DFW has to say. – DSM Cisco

TV Interviews & Performances

ABC8 Good Morning Texas – Kerstin Anderson & Ashley Brown perform “My Favorite Things”

FOX4 Good Day Dallas – Paige Silvester & Dan Tracy perform “16 Going On 17”

ABC8 Midday News – Interview with Ben Davis

CW33 NewsFix – Behind The Curtin: A Sneak Peek of The Sound of Music at DSM

CW33 News Fix – Michael Jenkins DSM/SOM Social Media Initiatives Interview

The Dallas Morning News – The Sound of Music Makes Top 5 Theater Picks

Reviews

“fresh, deeper and intriguingly complex” – The Dallas Morning News

“the iconic tunes are all there—but this production has a youth and energy about it that brings it right into the moment.” – Theater Jones

“The attention to detail evident in all aspects of this production makes for a satisfying experience…you will be fascinated and compelled to sing-along.” – The Column

“Jack O’Brien dug deep into the Sound of Music trunk, hired new, fresh-faces to infuse energy to the principal roles, and wove the many songs and scenes into a seamless, revitalized tapestry. The result is simply magical!” – Broadway World

“The classic movie that has been around for decades comes to life on-stage in Dallas in an unforgettable adaptation.” – Red Carpet Crash

“’The Sound Of Music’ Is The Perfect Pitch Of Love, Triumph And Harmony.” – Irish Film Critic

“Longtime fans of the classic movie are certainly liable to appreciate the close-to-original sound of the beloved songs that so many have grown to adore.” – The Flash List

Special Podcast Edition Review – The Clubhouse Podcast

“I am not afraid to say this is the best overall presentation that I have seen to date.” – Rob/The Clubhouse Podcast

“Even if you have seen the film 100 times, you owe it to yourself to experience this in person while you can.” – Chad/The Clubhouse Podcast

“scene to scene was very impressive…I truly felt like I was in the locations that they were trying to portray.” – Don/The Clubhouse Podcast

“Our Love Is Alive With The Sound of Music” – The Positive Mom

“This one can’t be missed” – LiveBeDallas

“It was SO good!” – Clink!

DSM SHOWBIZ CREW

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Cast & Creative Interviews

The Dallas Morning News – Jack O’Brien puts fresh spin on new opera and new revival

White Rock Lake Weekly – Local Actress brings Texas hills alive at DSM

Broadway World – Ashley Brown of THE SOUND OF MUSIC at Music Hall At Fair Park

Selig Film News – Interview with Kerstin Anderson (Maria Rainer)

Dallas Voice – Acclaimed director Jack O’Brien, on reinventing an American classic

Social Whirl – Ashley Brown Returns to Dallas Summer Musicals in The Sound of Music

Previews & Featured Articles

The Dallas Morning News – The Sound of Music makes Arts Lead

CultureMap – 9 Can’t miss shows in DFW theater for November

CultureMap – The Sound of Music makes Best Weekend Events in Dallas

“The stage version—which was adapted into the beloved film—is the sweet, lyrical, and appropriately tense version you didn’t even know you were missing.” – Dallas Observer

Brandon Does Dallas – The Sound of Music Feature

AXS – The Sound of Music Show Preview

Travel Lady – The Sound of Music Feature

“It brings back some amazing memories and I want to do the same with my daughter!” – My Dallas Mommy

My Crazy Savings – Sound of Music is coming to Dallas Summer Musicals

The Frugal Mom – Catch The Sound of Music at Dallas Summer Musicals

THE SOUND OF MUSIC is on stage NOW through Sunday, November 22 at the Music Hall at Fair Park. Click here for details and tickets.

Join us and don’t miss out on this fresh and timeless beloved production!


John R. Clutts Chairs the 5th Annual DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards!

October 22nd, 2015

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John R. Clutts Chairs The 5th Annual
Dallas Summer Musicals High School Musical Theatre Awards

Mark your calendars for the Awards Show on Thursday, April 14, 2016

(Dallas, TX –August 28, 2015) Michael A. Jenkins, President and Managing Director, Dallas Summer Musicals, Inc. (DSM), announced long-time supporter and DSM Board member John R. Clutts has been named chair of The 5th Annual DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards.

Tracy Jordan, DSM HSMTA Manager, with John Clutts, 2016 DSM HSMTA Chair. Photo by Chris Waits.

Tracy Jordan, DSM HSMTA Manager, with John Clutts, 2016 DSM HSMTA Chair. Photo by Chris Waits.

As president of The Clutts Agency, Inc., which is a Texas Talent Agency and a SAG/AFTRA franchised agency, John is a former Neiman Marcus executive with 25 years of experience in the photo industry, has performed on stage in many regional productions and taught musical theatre at Dallas Theatre Center. In addition to serving as a DSM board member, he also serves on the Advisory Board of The Dallas Children’s Theater and the Board of Dallas Contemporary. He has served as: VP, USA Film Festival; Chair, Dallas Fashion Incubator; and Chair of the Board of Trustees, DIFFA/Dallas. He has chaired many charitable events, including Cabaret Gala benefiting Dallas Children’s Theater 2011 and 2005; Fresh Faces of Fashion 2007 benefiting Suicide and Crisis Center and DIFFA|Dallas Collection 2001. In 2005, he was awarded DIFFA’s highest award, the Legend Award.

“John’s experience in the community as a dedicated leader and volunteer, along with his business acumen and insight, is the perfect combination for this role as chair of The 5th Annual High School Musical Awards,” Jenkins said.

“I am honored to chair this program and be a part of its continued development and success,” John replied. “The reach of this program across North Texas is growing and we look forward to even more schools participating next year.”

Celebrating its 5th year, DSM’s High School Musical Theatre Awards (HSMTA) had 65 high schools participating in 2015 – which is more than double the first year’s total of 30 high schools participating, representing 33 school districts across North Texas. Among the 65 were also 7 private high schools. This represented a new all-time high of high schools, teachers and students taking part in the program.

DSM HSMTA remains the largest program of its kind in the state and the second largest program in the country. DSM HSMTA has been recognized by The National High School Musical Theatre Awards as their official affiliate program for North Texas.

Since DSM’s First Annual High School Musical Theatre Awards in 2012, this has truly developed into a regional program, accepting high schools as far away as Denton and McKinney to the north, Waco to the south, Abilene to the west and Paris, Texas to the east.

Slated for Thursday, April 14, 2016 at the Music Hall at Fair Park, the awards show is a red carpet affair and the public is invited to join in the excitement. Red carpet arrival begins at 5:30 p.m. The show begins at 7:00 p.m. with performances which include separate medleys of the Best Actor and Best Actress nominees, production numbers from Best Musical nominees and an opening number featuring all nominated performers accompanied by a live orchestra. Winners and scholarship recipients are announced. The show is topped off with a finale of performers from each participating high school.

Based on Broadway’s Tony® Awards, DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards are designed to recognize and reward excellence in the production of high school musical theatre. Several cash scholarships of at least $1,000 each are awarded. In 2015, DSM awarded seven cash scholarships of $5,000 each to outstanding participating students. To date, DSM has awarded over $100,000 in cash scholarships to outstanding students.

Jenkins said, “This program encourages participation in the musical arts throughout North Texas. It is important to encourage these talented students to follow their dreams and goals and to draw attention to the excellent work being done in education in musicals in our area high schools. This is a wonderful opportunity for everyone involved and a great show! We are grateful to founding sponsors Leah and Jerry Fullinwider for their support and vision, which literally brought this awards program to life.”

Jenkins praised the community’s support saying, “For our preeminent educational outreach program to have grown so significantly in such a short time is a tribute to DSM as a resource to our community and a wonderful testament to the tremendous contribution of the teachers, judges, committee members and volunteers. We encourage everyone to visit the high schools and watch the shows first-hand.”

John added, “With the celebration of its 75th Anniversary, DSM is putting the focus on the next 75 years as the High School Musical Theatre Awards program spotlights the Broadway stars of tomorrow.”

A three-judge panel of entertainment industry professionals and veteran educators will visit each high school and judge the performers in 16 categories: Best Musical, Best Direction, Best Musical Direction, Best Choreography, Best Orchestra, Best Scenic Design, Best Costume Design, Best Lighting, Best Ensemble, Best Crew, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Featured Male Performer and Best Featured Female Performer. Ballots will be submitted to the accounting firm of Grant Thornton.

Winners of the Best Performance by an Actor and Actress 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™ Awards) for the chance to win prizes and scholarships, which vary by year.

Participating high schools and their shows will be listed on the website at http://dallassummermusicals.org/HSMA-Participants.shtm or for questions, contact Tracy Jordan, the program manager at 214-413-3951 or tjordan@dallassummermusicals.org

Facebook page is constantly updated at https://www.facebook.com/DSMHSMTA

National program website: http://www.nhsmta.com/pages/frequently-asked-questions

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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 community outreach and education, and 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 provides positive incentives for youth that are at risk for gang membership through the Stage Right program. In addition, The 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 celebrates the power of the arts to significantly improve all areas of education. Hear Us Now!™ is DSM’s newest initiative. 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. It is so unique that a trademark has been allowed by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Coming this fall, Seats for Vets will serve war veterans and their families by providing them with a unique theatrical experience and 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 HSMTA Media Contact, Sharon Adams
(972) 773-9289 | Adamscomm1@aol.com

DSM Publicist & Media Contact, Francisco Chairez
(214) 413-3909 | fchairez@DallasSummerMusicals.org


Meet Our Showbiz Top 10!

October 16th, 2015

DSM SHOWBIZ CREW

The DSM Showbiz Crew is Dallas Summer Musicals newest initiative to bring together a group of 10 young individuals that have a passion for the performing arts and who are social media savvy. The purpose of the group is to have a young and fresh perspective from each advocate about their experience throughout our 2015-2016 season; as they post and engage with their followers. Through this program we seek to foster and develop the future patrons for the performing arts as they embrace and feel the joy of live theater. Get connected with them and engage on their journey as we bring the Best of Broadway to Dallas!

– DSM Cisco

Maya, Faith, Olivia, and Amelia at DSM's Do Something More Event

Maya, Faith, Olivia, and Amelia at DSM’s Do Something More Event

Dallas Summer Musicals’ highly anticipated 2015-2016 season will kick off with the North Texas debut of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s THE SOUND OF MUSIC, November 3-22, 2015; followed by ELF The Broadway Musical, December 8-20, 2015; THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY, February 2-14, 2016; DSM’s production of Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID, March 11-27, 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.

Visit our website for more details www.DallasSummerMusicals.org.


Brand New Production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC Makes North Texas Debut!

October 8th, 2015

The Sound of Music

MAKES NORTH TEXAS DEBUT

NOVEMBER 3-22, 2015

AT THE MUSIC HALL AT FAIR PARK

& AUGUST 17-21, 2016

AT BASS PERFORMANCE HALL.

“Sparkling, fresh and lively.” – Los Angeles Times

“An unabashed paean to the healing power of art.” – Hollywood Reporter

“Go see The Sound of Music, as it will be unlike any other you have encountered.” – LA Daily News

Dallas, TX (October 8, 2015) – A brand new production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC, directed by three-time Tony Award® winner Jack O’Brien, will make its North Texas debut at the Music Hall at Fair Park November 3-22, 2015, presented by Dallas Summer Musicals. This lavish production will roll back into Fort Worth, where it will play at Bass Performance Hall August 17-21, 2016, presented by Performing Arts Fort Worth.

BEN DAVIS (Broadway’s Violet, A Little Night Music, La Bohème) will play Captain Georg von Trapp and ASHLEY BROWN (Broadway’s Mary Poppins, NBC’s The Sound of Music) will play The Mother Abbess with MERWIN FOARD as Max Detweiler, TERI HANSEN as Elsa Schraeder, DAN TRACY as Rolf and PAIGE SILVESTER as Liesl. The von Trapp children will be played by ERICH SCHUETT (Friedrich), MARIA KNASEL (Louisa), QUINN ERICKSON (Kurt), SVEA JOHNSON (Brigitta), MACKENZIE CURRIE (Marta) and AUDREY BENNETT (Gretl).

Introducing Jack O’Brien’s brand new discovery, KERSTIN ANDERSON as Maria Rainer. A current student at Pace University, Ms. Anderson won the coveted role from hundreds who auditioned.

The ensemble includes Carey Rebecca Brown, Ronald Brown, Caitlin Burke, Christopher Carl, Kyla Carter, Austin Colby, Daniella Dalli, Elisabeth Evans, Donna Garner, Meghan Hales, Jenavene Hester, Adam Hill, Jeremy Michael Lanuti, Darren Matthias, Kelly McCormick, Julia Osborne, Andrea Ross, Brent Schindele and Jim Schubin.

THE SOUND OF MUSIC features music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, suggested by The Trapp Family Singers by Maria Augusta Trapp. This new production is directed by Jack O’Brien (credits include: Hairspray, The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Coast of Utopia), choreographed by Danny Mefford (Fun Home, The Bridges of Madison County and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson) and music supervision by Andy Einhorn (Bullets Over Broadway, Rodgers & Hammersteins Cinderella, Brief Encounter, The Light in the Piazza). The design and production team is comprised of Douglas Schmidt, set design (Tony Award® nominee: 42nd Street, Into the Woods); Jane Greenwood, costume design (2014 recipient of the Special Tony Award® for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre), Natasha Katz, lighting design (Five-time Tony Award® winner: An American in Paris, Once, Aida, The Coast of Utopia, The Glass Menagerie) and Ken Travis, sound design (Aladdin, Newsies, Memphis). Casting by Telsey + Company/Rachel Hoffman, CSA.

According to director Jack O’Brien, “THE SOUND OF MUSIC has been in our ears for decades, as it deserves to be. But it might be time to look once more, and more closely, at this remarkable work which, I feel, begins to reveal itself as deeper, richer, and more powerful than ever. It’s no longer ‘your mother’s’ familiar SOUND OF MUSIC. We are tearing off the varnish of the past from one of the great glories of our theatergoing experience and making it fresh! This is an opportunity we’ve all longed to create!”

Producer Beth Williams (Grove Entertainment) said, “It’s a great privilege to bring this beloved Rodgers & Hammerstein musical to theaters across North America. We hope that people of all ages will continue to fall in love with it for the first time, or all over again, and that it will truly become one of their ‘favorite things.’ From our distinguished team led by the creative master Jack O’Brien, audiences can expect a truly magnificent production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC.”

In the words of Ted Chapin, President of Rodgers & Hammerstein, “THE SOUND OF MUSIC continues to be the world’s most beloved musical. When a major national tour was suggested, I not only agreed, but was willing to roll up my sleeves and do whatever I could to fashion a new stage production that would re-engage today’s theatergoing public. The show was originally created for Broadway, and seeing it on stage only reinforces the power of the story and the score. And with Jack O’Brien at the directorial helm – well, we simply couldn’t do better. Landing somewhere between The Coast of Utopia and Hairspray (shows for which Jack won the Tony®), his production is smart, focused, and surprising.”

THE SOUND OF MUSIC enjoyed extraordinary success as the first live television production of a musical in over 50 years when “The Sound of Music Live!” aired on NBC in December, 2013; 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the film version, which continues to be the most successful movie musical in history. The spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the Von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with such songs as “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Edelweiss” and the title song.

Single tickets for THE SOUND OF MUSIC, from $25 – $106 (pricing subject to change), are now on sale online 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.

For Fort Worth tickets: Single tickets on sale TBA.

Groups of 10 or more receive a 10% discount. For group sales, call 817.212.4248 or email groupsales@basshall.com.

Dallas Summer Musicals’ highly anticipated 2015-2016 Season will continue with ELF The Broadway Musical, December 8-20, 2015; THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY, February 2-14, 2016; DSM’s production of Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID, March 11-27, 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’ seven-show season tickets, starting at $134, are now on sale online at DallasSummerMusicals.org, in person at The Box Office, 5959 Royal Lane, Suite 542 in Dallas or by phone at 214-346-3300. In addition, season ticket buyers have the option to add on WICKED, April 20 – May 22, 2016, to their season subscription for an 8-show package starting at $174.

Groups of 10 or more receive a 15% discount for all shows excluding WICKED where groups of 15 or more save on select performances. All groups receive priority seating and many more benefits. Please call 214-426-GROUP (4768) or email Groups@DallasSummerMusicals.org.

Performing Arts Fort Worth’s 2014-2015 Season will close a great run with KINKY BOOTS, Oct. 27-Nov. 1, 2015.

Performing Arts Fort Worth’s 2015-2016 Season kicks off with the Fort Worth debut of THE BOOK OF MORMON Dec. 1-6, 2015, followed by MOTOWN THE MUSICAL Jan. 13-17, 2016, Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID March 29-April 3, 2016, THE WIZARD OF OZ June 7-12, 2016, 42ND STREET July 12-17, 2016, THE SOUND OF MUSIC Aug. 17-21, 2016 and, closing out the season, the spectacular new production of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Oct. 20-30, 2016.

Broadway at the Bass season tickets are on sale online at www.basshall.com, over the phone at 817-212-4280 and in person at the Bass Hall Box Office. Seven-show season ticket packages start at $275. For more information, call 817-212-4280 or visit www.basshall.com.

Dallas Summer Musicals and Performing Arts Fort Worth will co-present three of these titles: Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID, 42ND STREET and THE SOUND OF MUSIC. The shows will play in Dallas for two weeks, then head to Fort Worth for limited, one-week runs.

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 provides positive incentives for youth that are at risk for gang membership through the Stage Right program. DSM Kids Club is a program created to foster tomorrow’s musical theater 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. 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:

Performing Arts Fort Worth, the nonprofit organization that oversees management of Bass Performance Hall, presents national Broadway touring product under the Broadway at the Bass banner. Bass Performance Hall is the crown jewel of a city which boasts the nation’s third largest cultural district. It is also an important symbol of one of the most successful downtown revitalization efforts in the country.

The 2,056-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.

Bass Performance Hall is located on a full city block encompassed by Commerce, Calhoun, 4th and 5th Streets in the historic Sundance Square district of downtown Fort Worth.

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SOUND OF MUSIC SING-OFF!

October 6th, 2015

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In honor of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s THE SOUND OF MUSIC, we are holding a SOUND OF MUSIC SING-OFF!

If you have confidence that your group can effortlessly do-re-mi through any SOUND OF MUSIC song, now is your time to shine!

Who can participate?
• Anyone!
• Families, groups of friends, schools or choirs – all are welcome.
• Group size: minimum 3 per group, maximum 30 per group.

What are we looking for?
• A solid combination of quality and creativity.
• Get creative, have fun and show us why YOU deserve to win!

Rules/Regulations:
• Record a 1 minute video of your group singing any song from THE SOUND OF MUSIC.
• Upload the video to YouTube.
• Register your group + submit video link via the registration form by Wed. October 21st.
• Finalists will be selected and announced Friday, October 23rd.
• Winners will be voted on/selected by public. Voting time frame: Mon. 10/26 – Thu. 11/12.
• Winners will be announced Friday, November 13th.

Winners/Prize:
• 1 Sound Of Music 50th Anniversary book for the group.
• Complimentary tickets for entire group, to THE SOUND OF MUSIC on Tuesday, Nov. 17th.
• (Pending show approval, the prize could also include a cast meet&greet or post-show backstage tour!)

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
for DSM’S SOUND OF MUSIC SING-OFF!
Deadline: Wednesday, October 21st

THE SOUND OF MUSIC is presented by Dallas Summer Musicals November 3-22, 2015, at the Music Hall at Fair Park.

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GOT A GROUP? GET A DEAL!

GROUPS OF 10+ GET 15% OFF*
GROUPS OF 35+ GET 20% OFF*

CALL: 214.426.GROUP (4768) | EMAIL: Groups@DallasSummerMusicals.org

*WICKED requires group of 15+ and offers
10% OFF for (T, W, TH Mat/Eve, Sun Eve) performances.


Musical Mondays – October Update for DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards!

October 5th, 2015

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You are invited to…

THE 5th ANNUAL DSM HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL THEATRE AWARDS!

500 of the most talented performers from over 70 schools, with a professional 25 piece orchestra, compete for 16 awards and 7 scholarships… live on stage at THE Largest Theatre in Big “D.”

Save the date! Thursday, April 14th, 2016 at the Music Hall at Fair Park! We will kick things off with our RED CARPET EVENT at 5:30 PM followed by our LIVE SHOW at 7:00PM!

Thousands of hours of auditions, rehearsals and performances in high schools across Dallas and North Texas are celebrated each spring when this glittering evening marks an exciting culmination to the high school musical season.

58 schools have already registered to participate in this year’s HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL THEATRE AWARDS program with more school entering every week. DSM has already sent representatives to performances at Highland Park High School of CINDERELLA,  J. J. Pearce High School of SWEENEY TODD, The Covenant School of THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE and Lake Ridge High School for the 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE.

The fun continues next week when the curtain goes up on Ft. Worth Academy of Fine Arts’ production of ALL SHOOK UP which runs October 16-18 and October 22-24, 2015. Halloween weekend will see a number of schools presenting ghoulishly fun shows we’re sure you won’t want to miss! Check out our roster of participating schools for show dates and times by clicking here.

Keep up on all things “HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL” by following our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/dsmhsmta and create your own post about your high school’s show on our Facebook group page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/DSMHSMTA/ and don’t forget to check us out on Instagram by clicking here.

Here are some pics from J Pearce’s SWEENEY TODD!


HSMTA_2016SaveTheDateBannerv3About the DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards
Celebrating its 5th year, DSM’s High School Musical Theatre Awards (HSMTA) had 65 high schools participating in 2015 – which is more than double the first year’s total of 30 high schools participating, representing 33 school districts across North Texas. Among the 65 were also 7 private high schools. This represented a new all-time high of high schools, teachers and students taking part in the program.
DSM HSMTA remains the largest program of its kind in the state and the second largest program in the country. DSM HSMTA has been recognized by The National High School Musical Theatre Awards as their official affiliate program for North Texas.
Since DSM’s First Annual High School Musical Theatre Awards in 2012, this has truly developed into a regional program, accepting high schools as far away as Denton and McKinney to the north, Waco to the south, Abilene to the west and Paris, Texas to the east.
Slated for Thursday, April 14, 2016 at the Music Hall at Fair Park, the awards show is a red carpet affair and the public is invited to join in the excitement. Red carpet arrival begins at 5:30 p.m. The show begins at 7:00 p.m. with performances which include separate medleys of the Best Actor and Best Actress nominees, production numbers from Best Musical nominees and an opening number featuring all nominated performers accompanied by a live orchestra. Winners and scholarship recipients are announced. The show is topped off with a finale of performers from each participating high school.
Based on Broadway’s Tony® Awards, DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards are designed to recognize and reward excellence in the production of high school musical theatre. Several cash scholarships of at least $1,000 each are awarded. In 2015, DSM awarded seven cash scholarships of $5,000 each to outstanding participating students. To date, DSM has awarded over $100,000 in cash scholarships to outstanding students.
A three-judge panel of entertainment industry professionals and veteran educators will visit each high school and judge the performers in 16 categories: Best Musical, Best Direction, Best Musical Direction, Best Choreography, Best Orchestra, Best Scenic Design, Best Costume Design, Best Lighting, Best Ensemble, Best Crew, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Featured Male Performer and Best Featured Female Performer. Ballots will be submitted to the accounting firm of Grant Thornton.
Winners of the Best Performance by an Actor and Actress 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™ Awards) for the chance to win prizes and scholarships, which vary by year.
Participating high schools and their shows will be listed on the website at http://DallasSummerMusicals.org/HSMAwards.shtm or for questions, contact Tracy Jordan, the program manager at 214-413-3951 or tjordan@dallassummermusicals.org.

Here's to many more years of creating memories!

September 21st, 2015

Hello DSM Fans!

Building from the momentum of our 75th Anniversary Season, we can’t wait to continue to present the Best of Broadway in North Texas! With an all new season filled with North Texas debuts, blockbuster hits, self-productions and tons of family entertainment, we want to take a few minutes to recap our last season. This past season was more than just a milestone, but also another wonderful year where we were able to create memories with every single one of you. Thank you for celebrating with us! – DSM Cisco

75th Anniversary Season Kickoff Event

The Dallas Morning News – A Fairy-Tale Moment

DSM 75th Anniversary DMN Story

WFAA Good Morning Texas – Live at the Music Hall

WFAA Good Morning Texas 75th Anniversary Interview

A Walk Down Memory Lane

FD Magazine – Stage Presents (Hot Birthday)

FD Magazine 2015 DSM Hot Birthday

Selig Film News – Feature Interview

White Rock Lake Weekly – 75 Years On Dallas’ Great White Way

White Rock Lake Weekly

Parks Cities News – Nscene Inside Scoop with Michael Jenkins

Parks Cities News DSM 2015

DALLAS TURNS DSM BLUE

A CHRISTMAS STORY

“‘A Christmas Story, the Musical’ a questionable exercise in nostalgia” – The Dallas Morning News

“The terrific, Tony-nominated A Christmas Story, the Musical, becomes a welcome addition to the year’s holiday offerings at Dallas Summer Musicals” – Theater Jones

“It’s ‘Ralphie to the Rescue’ with high-action nostalgic entertainment, pink-bunny pajama-wearin’, leg-shaped lamp-breakin’, and more outrageous shenanigans!” – The Flash List

DSM A Christmas Story with Jody Dean & Rebekah Black

KINKY BOOTS

“If ‘Kinky Boots’ doesn’t get you clapping, check your pulse” – The Dallas Morning News

“Kinky Boots Will Leave You Pumped!” – This Week In Texas

“‘Kinky Boots,’ the 2013 Tony-winning musical, made its Dallas debut Tuesday night at the Music Hall at Fair Park and it’s fabulous” – The EDGE

Kinky Boots

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I

“Dallas Summer Musicals triumphs with self-produced ‘King and I’” – The Dallas Morning News

“Dallas Summer Musicals’ The King and I Enchants With Grandeur, Daring”– D Magazine

“Dallas Summer Musical’s King and I Whistles (and Sings) Happy Tunes” – Dallas Observer

“Exitoso debut del musical ‘The King and I’ en Dallas (Fair Park)” – HOY Dallas

King & I

THE ILLUSIONISTS

“‘The Illusionists’ a frothy evening with primeval moments of inspiration” – The Dallas Morning News

“You will hear gasps, laughter and even a few ‘No ways’ all around you” – The Column

“The Illusionists is a whole helluva lot of fun” – Dallas Voice

Illusionists

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA

“‘Cinderella’ is ‘A Lovely Night’ and no doubt lovely matinee, too” – The Dallas Morning News

“This new version of Cinderella was like a gusting force of freshness and artistic originality” – The Column

“Dallas Summer Musicals’ production of Cinderella dazzles audiences with can-you-believe-your-eyes twirling makeover transformations” The Flash List

Cinderella

DIRTY DANCING

“Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage Delivers Stellar Performances” The Forney Post

“Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story On Stage Is Nostalgic Fun” – Irish Film Critic

“Dirty Dancing mostly captures the magic of the movie, and the important part—the dancing—is exquisite” – Theater Jones

Dirty Dancing

PIPPIN

“‘Pippin’ revival is seductive, enchanting and darker than original” – The Dallas Morning News

“Pippin is a razzle-dazzle entertainment” – Arts+Culture Magazine

“Pippin Is a High-Flying Hit to End Dallas Summer Musicals Season” – D Magazine

Pippin

For more information about Dallas Summer Musicals, please call 214.421.5678 or visit our website at DallasSummerMusicals.org. Thank you for celebrating 75 years with us! We look forward to seeing you at the Music Hall soon!

Dallas Summer Musicals’ highly anticipated 2015-2016 season will kick off with the North Texas debut of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s THE SOUND OF MUSIC, November 3-22, 2015; followed by ELF The Musical, December 8-20, 2015; THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY, February 2-14, 2016; DSM’s production of Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID, March 11-27, 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’ seven-show season tickets, starting at $134, are now on sale online at DallasSummerMusicals.org, in person at The Box Office, 5959 Royal Lane, Suite 542 in Dallas or by phone at 214-346-3300. In addition, season ticket buyers have the option to add on WICKED, April 20 – May 22, 2016, to their season subscription for an 8-show package starting at $174.

Groups of 10 or more receive a 15% discount for all shows excluding WICKED where groups of 15 or more save on select performances. All groups receive priority seating and many more benefits. Please call 214-426-GROUP (4768) or email Groups@DallasSummerMusicals.org.


Do Something More Tuesdays – 5 W's for Giving

September 15th, 2015

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WHAT is North Texas Giving Day?

North Texas Giving Day is an online giving event that provides nonprofits the opportunity to gain exposure to — and start relationships with — new donors, and for people in North Texas to come together to raise as much money as possible for local nonprofits. In just six years, North Texas Giving Day has pumped more than $86 million into the North Texas community. In 2014, more than 98,000 gifts totaling $26.3 million benefited 80 nonprofits.

Last year, online gifts to DSM were multiplied on North Texas Giving Day, where your generosity helped us raise over $146,000 dollars, making DSM the number one performing arts organizations in North Texas! This success was primarily driven by the participation of dedicated subscribers and patrons like you. This year, commit to Do Something More for DSM.

WHEN is North Texas Giving Day?

Giving Day 2015 is Thursday, September 17, from 6:00 am – 11:59 pm.

WHY give on North Texas Giving Day?

Your gift goes farther! Donations of at least $25 dollars given through the North Texas Giving Day website will receive bonus funds, and there are multiple potential incentives made possible by Communities Foundation of North Texas and other generous donors, including two generous matching gifts for DSM totaling $50,000!

WHO Benefits from a gift given to Dallas Summer Musicals?

DSM Academy of Performing Arts students

DSM Academy Students Say Thank You!

DSM Academy Students Say Thank You!

High School Musical Theatre Award participants and scholarship recipients

2015 DSM HSMTA

Seats for Kids and Stage Right participants

DSM Stage Right students from the Dallas Police Explorers program at PIPPIN.

DSM Stage Right students from the Dallas Police Explorers program at PIPPIN.

 

Everyone who loves the musicals and the beloved Music Hall at Fair Park!

HOW can I help?

Do Something More:

  • Make a gift to DSM on September 17th from 6am – 11:59pm at this link.
  • Attend the DSM North Texas Giving Day Celebration at the House of Blues on September 17th – Details Here!
  • Participate in our North Texas Giving Day Photo Contest (September 1st-September 15th) – Details Here!
  • Connect with us on social media (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram)!
  • Share your passion for DSM! Ask family, friends, and coworkers to support us too!

Your involvement means bettering the lives and prospects of thousands of children through enriching arts exposure. Together, let’s Do Something More!

#GiveDSM         #DSMisBIG        #NTXGivingDay        #DoSomethingMore


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 community outreach and education, and 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 provides positive incentives for youth that are at risk for gang membership through the Stage Right program. In addition, The 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 celebrates the power of the arts to significantly improve all areas of education. Hear Us Now!™ is DSM’s newest initiative. 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. It is so unique that a trademark has been allowed by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. 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 is looking for our first official KID CRITIC!

September 9th, 2015

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DSM is looking for our first official Kid Critic!

Kids have an extra special way of being brutally honest, which is why they make great critics!

We’re looking for DFW’s most promising, Broadway-loving junior journalist to become the first official DSM Kid Critic for our 2016 Season. If your child is passionate about Broadway musicals, we want to hear what they think!

Please review the requirements and submit an application below!

Application deadline: Sunday, September 27th at 11:59pm.

Requirements:

  • Child must be between the ages of 8-12 years old.
  • Child (+ one parent/guardian) must attend opening night performances of each show. These will be school nights! DSM will provide 2 complimentary tickets per opening night.
  • Parent/guardian must record and submit a 1-3 minute video of your child reviewing each show.
  • All video reviews must be submitted to DSM by 11:59pm the following day.
  • Parent/guardian must consent to the use of Kid Critic video reviews on DSM social media platforms and other DSM marketing outlets.

Some of the shows in our season have age recommendations that exceed the Kid Critic age requirements listed above. If you are not comfortable with your child seeing any of the shows in our 2016 season, we need to know in advance. Please indicate which shows you would prefer to skip in the parental consent section of your application

Age Recommendations for our 2016 Season:

  • THE SOUND OF MUSIC (All ages)
  • ELF (8+)
  • BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY (13+)
  • THE LITTLE MERMAID (All ages)
  • WICKED (8+)
  • RAGTIME (10+)
  • BULLETS OVER BROADWAY (13+)
  • 42ND STREET (All ages)

For show descriptions, please visit www.dallassummermusicals.org.

Become the first official DSM Kid Critic! CLICK HERE TO APPLY.


Do Something More Tuesdays – Payton and Holly Reeves for HSMTA

September 1st, 2015

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Imagine a flash of stage lights in your eyes. Imagine giving yourself over to a flow of dance, dialogue, and movement that you’ve practiced for months. Imagine your efforts culminating with audience murmurs erupting into applause as you breathe an accomplished sigh. Each year across North Texas, students from over 60 schools work for this moment as they prepare for DSM’s High School Musical Theatre Awards.

2015 DSM HSMTA

The event, structured like Broadway’s Tony© Awards, spotlights local, developing musical theatre talent. Students compete in 15 total categories, running the gamut from technical to artistic awards. The Best Actor and Actress receive coaching and take master classes in a five-day, all-expense paid trip to New York. There they have the opportunity to perform in the musical theatre hub and win scholarships and prizes at the National High School Musical Theatre Awards.

IMG_4299It takes passion, motivation and dedication to get to the DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards stage, and that becomes even more apparent when talking to participant Payton Reeves. “It can be hard and overwhelming, but you have to realize that this is what you love doing, so every bit of it is worth it.”

In her senior year at Bishop Lynch High School, Payton was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her work as Holly in The Wedding Singer. She recalls her first impression of the program, “Overall, it was just amazing. They made you feel really comfortable, but you were also able to feel like a professional and get real professional experience. It was really well put together and exciting.”

HSMTA College Prep Master ClassThe DSM HSMTA program also provides college-bound students the opportunity to get instant feedback and direction from Broadway veterans and university faculty through their College Audition Prep Weekend workshop. Holly Reeves, DSM Executive Committee and Guild member, expounds on the boost the weekend gave her family, “The workshop really opened our eyes to not only how competitive this industry is for the high school students but also what a huge undertaking and process it is to become a theatre major. The information that this weekend provides is invaluable – you can’t find it anywhere else.”

Talking to Holly, you quickly see that passion and dedication are Reeves family characteristics. “I just can’t tell you how much I support this weekend and how much I support the High School Musical Theatre Awards. If you don’t have a child who loves the theatre, you don’t probably get it. It’s like watching Dance Moms or Toddlers in Tiaras,” she laughs cheerily. “But once you have a child that has that fire and desire to perform, you have to get on board.”

Getting on board includes facilitating and organizing all of the training, lessons, and outside commitments that a musical theatre student needs. Holly explains, “Musical theatre is very different. You’re talking about kids that sing, that act, and that dance. It is not unusual for these kids to take dancing lessons outside of school, singing lessons outside of school, acting lessons outside of school. Balancing Payton’s other duties while getting the experience she needed to take the next step was very difficult. We have had to find a way to balance all of it.”

Holly’s support and Payton’s dedication have ultimately paid off. Payton received one of just thirteen spots in the Musical Theatre program at Abilene Christian University for the 2015-16 year. “Going through all the rehearsals and all the hard work, especially the audition process, and then finally being rewarded with a B.F.A. in this program makes it all worth it. In this career especially, you’re going to be told no. You didn’t get this part. That shouldn’t make you want to give up. That should make you want to strive to be better — continue to put your heart into it and do what you love.”

Payton also credits the program with her success. “I really don’t think I would have been able to get into my school’s program without attending this camp because there were so many things I learned that I didn’t even know I had to think about. It almost brought a sense of a certain comfort level when I was at auditions. I would have been a lot more nervous and doubting myself, but after coming here it made auditions so much easier. It gave me a lot of confidence.”

Zach WoodleeThe participants are not the only ones who appreciate the program. GLEE choreographer, co-producer and 2015 High School Musical Theatre Awards host Zach Woodlee says, “I was blown away by the talent pool of young actors in Texas! This program is a strong stepping stone that shines a light on our future stars. DSM is pretty much the Super Bowl for Texas musical theatre.”

The DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards and the College Prep Audition weekend are two of the ways that Dallas Summer Musicals supports arts education for the youth of North Texas. Participating high school seniors who pursue higher education may also be awarded scholarships from Dallas Summer Musicals in recognition of outstanding academic achievement or by faculty recommendation. On September 17th, gifts given to Dallas Summer Musicals through northtexasgivingday.org will go farther in helping to realize the dreams of these dedicated aspiring stars.

Together, let’s Do Something More!

#GiveDSM         #DSMisBIG        #NTXGivingDay        #DoSomethingMore


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 community outreach and education, and 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 provides positive incentives for youth that are at risk for gang membership through the Stage Right program. In addition, The 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 celebrates the power of the arts to significantly improve all areas of education. Hear Us Now!™ is DSM’s newest initiative. 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. It is so unique that a trademark has been allowed by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. 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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Vote for our Top 5 DSM Hero Nominees!

August 26th, 2015

Vote for Your DSM Hero

It’s time for you to vote!

This year, we want to honor a special, deserving person with 2015/2016 DSM Season Tickets! The nominations have been submitted and after A LOT of thought, we’ve announced our 5 DSM Hero finalists! Now it’s your turn to vote at this link for the person who you feel deserves 2015-16 season tickets to Dallas Summer Musicals the most. Thanks for your votes – voting ends Sunday! -DSM Amanda

Thanks for voting! We wish the nominated heroes good luck!

‪#‎DSMSeason ‪#‎SeasonTicketContest ‪#‎DSMHeroes

-DSM Amanda

Vote Here: http://bit.ly/VoteDSMHero