Now Announced – Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Musical for DSM HSMTA!

March 30th, 2015

The final 3 Nominations for the 4th Annual DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards have been announced! Congratulations to each high school, students, and teachers for an outstanding year of musicals! See the list below. For the full list of nominations, check out our website at www.dsmhsmta.org!

Best Actress

  • Colleyville Heritage High School- Monica Lockwood as Carmen in Curtains
  • Guyer High School- Katelyn Cave as Leading Player in Pippin
  • Independence High School- Sophia Kaiafas as Jane in Tarzan
  • Mansfield High School- Shelby Priddy as Belle in Beauty & the Beast
  • Marcus High School- Kara Lyons as Jo March in Little Women
  • Pearce High School- Sydney Kane as Rosemary in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
  • Plano West High School- Meg Grinde as Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar
  • R L Turner High School- Chandler Bates as Anna in The King and I
  • Southwest Christian School- Grace Tucker as Peter Pan

Best Actor

  • Abilene High School- Ryan Garmoe as Bobby in Urinetown
  • Carroll HS- Drew Brown as Tarzan in Tarzan
  • Grapevine Faith Christian School-Quint Erwin as Caratacus Potts in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
  • McKinney Boyd High School- Logan Reid as Javert in Les Miserables
  • Plano Senior High School- Tanner Dillon as Cornelius Hackl in Hello Dolly!
  • Plano West High School- Chris Clark as Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar
  • Pearce High School- Sam Snyder as J Pierrepont Finch in How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying
  • Richardson High School- Griffin Camacho as Tevye in Fiddler On The Roof
  • Rockwall High School- Drew Mitchell as Sweeney Todd in Sweeney Todd

Best Musical

  • Colleyville Heritage High School, Curtains
  • Mansfield High School, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
  • Pearce High School, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
  • Plano Senior High School, Hello Dolly!
  • Plano West High School, Jesus Christ Superstar
  • Richardson High School, Fiddler on the Roof
  • Rowlett High School, The Mystery of Edwin Drood
  • Southwest Christian School, Peter Pan

Who will win? We will find out at the 4th Annual DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards Evening on Wednesday, April 29th at 7pm at the Music Hall at Fair Park. Want to catch all the action? Tickets are on sale now! Just click here or call 800.514.ETIX.

Congratulations to all of the nominees! For the full list of nominees, check out our website at www.dsmhsmta.org! We hope you will join us for an evening you will never forget!

-DSM Amanda


Nominees Announced for DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards!

March 29th, 2015

And the Nominees are in!

We’ve waited all year – amazing performances from amazing high schools were judged by industry professionals since last fall through a few weeks ago. Now, we can finally announce the nominees for the 4th Annual DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards! Well, all but the Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Musical Nominees…these will be announced tomorrow on WFAA-TV Midday News between Noon and 1pm. For the other 12 categories, see the full list below (in alpha order by high school)! Congratulations to each high school, students, and teachers for an outstanding year of musicals!

Direction

  • Abilene High School, Urinetown
  • Guyer High School, Pippin
  • Mansfield High School, Disney’s Beauty & the Beast
  • North Lamar High School, Disney’s Beauty & the Beast
  • Pearce High School, Urinetown
  • Plano West High School, Jesus Christ Superstar
  • Richardson High School, Fiddler on the Roof
  • Rowlett High School, The Mystery of Edwin Drood
  • Southwest Christian High School, Peter Pan
  • Wylie East High School, Seussical

Choreography

  • Aledo High School, Footloose
  • Denton High School, Mame
  • Grapevine High School, Oliver
  • Guyer High School, Pippin
  • Mansfield High School, Disney’s Beauty & the Beast
  • Pearce High School, Urinetown
  • Plano Senior High School, Hello Dolly
  • Rowlett High School, The Mystery of Edwin Drood
  • Southwest Christian High School, Peter Pan
  • Wylie East High School, Seussical

Musical Direction

  • Abilene High School, Urinetown
  • Liberty Christian High School, Annie Get Your Gun
  • Marcus High School, Little Women
  • Richardson High School, Fiddler on the Roof
  • Richland High School, Shrek
  • Rockwall High School, Sweeney Todd
  • Rowlett High School, The Mystery of Edwin Drood
  • Wakeland High School, Cinderella
  • Waxahachie High School, Guys and Dolls
  • Wylie East High School, Seussical

Orchestra

  • Berkner High School, Little Shop of Horrors
  • Carroll High School, Tarzan
  • Centennial High School, Seussical
  • Crowley High School, Anything Goes
  • Grapevine High School, Oliver
  • Mansfield High School, Disney’s Beauty & the Beast
  • North Forney High School, Disney’s High School Musical
  • Rowlett High School, The Mystery of Edwin Drood
  • Rockwall High School, The Wizard of Oz
  • Waxahachie High School, Guys & Dolls

Scene Design

  • Carroll High School, Tarzan
  • Greenhill School, High School, The Addams Family
  • Liberty Christian High School, Annie Get Your Gun
  • Mabank High School, Cinderella
  • Plano West High School, Jesus Christ Superstar
  • Rockwall High School, Sweeney Todd
  • Rowlett High School, The Mystery of Edwin Drood
  • Southwest Christian High School, Peter Pan
  • Waco High School, Tarzan
  • Wylie East High School, Seussical

Costume Design

  • Abilene High School, Urinetown
  • Bishop Lynch High School, The Wedding Singer
  • Colleyville Heritage High School, Curtains
  • Denton High School, Mame
  • Grapevile Christian High School, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
  • Grapevine High School, Oliver
  • Guyer High School, Pippin
  • Rockwall-Heath High School, The Music Man
  • Southwest Christian High School, Peter Pan
  • Waco High School, Tarzan

Lighting Design

  • Mansfield High School, Disney’s Beauty & the Beast
  • Marcus High School, Little Women
  • McKinney Boyd High School, Les Miserables
  • Plano Senior High School, Hello Dolly
  • Plano West High School, Jesus Christ Superstar
  • Richardson High School, Fiddler on the Roof
  • Rockwall High School, Sweeney Todd
  • Rowlett High School, The Mystery of Edwin Drood
  • Southwest Christian High School, Peter Pan
  • Waco High School, Tarzan

Stage Crew & Technical

  • Abilene High School, Urinetown
  • Carroll High School, Tarzan
  • Guyer High School, Pippin
  • Lake Ridge High School, Shrek
  • Marcus High School, Little Women
  • McKinney High School, All Shook Up
  • Plano Senior High School, Hello Dolly
  • Plano West High School, Jesus Christ Superstar
  • Southwest Christian High School, Peter Pan
  • Wylie East High School, Seussical

Ensemble

  • Abilene High School, Urinetown
  • Aledo High School, Footloose
  • Liberty Christian High School, Annie Get Your Gun
  • Pearce High School, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
  • Plano Senior High School, Hello Dolly
  • Richardson High School, Fiddler on the Roof
  • Richland High School, Shrek
  • Rockwall-Heath High School, The Music Man
  • Rowlett High School, The Mystery of Edwin Drood
  • Southwest Christian High School, Peter Pan

Supporting Actor

  • Colleyville Heritage High School, Morgan Young – Officer Lockstock, Urinetown
  • Lake Ridge High School, Isaiah McInnis – Donkey, Shrek
  • Mansfield High School, Zach Montou – Lumiere, Disney’s Beauty & the Beast
  • McKinney North High School, Joseph Campbell – Fester, The Addams Family
  • North Forney High School, Allen Porterie – Chad Danforth, Disney’s High School Musical
  • Pearce High School, Noah Heller – Officer Lockstock, Urinetown
  • Pearce High School, Josh McCoy – Bud Frump, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
  • Richardson High School, Nathan May – Motel, Fiddler on the Roof
  • Weatherford High School, Cole Lucas – Farquaad, Shrek
  • Wylie East High School, Clay Mobley – Horton the Elephant, Seussical

Supporting Actress

  • Abilene High School, Louisa Lee – Little Sally, Urinetown
  • All Saints Episcopal High School, Grace Evans – Melpomene, Zanadu
  • Bishop Lynch High School, Payton Reeves – Holly, The Wedding Singer
  • Colleyville Heritage High School, Audrey Jefferies – Georgia Hendricks, Curtains
  • Mansfield High School, Anna Pritchett – Mrs. Potts, Disney’s Beauty & the Beast
  • Marcus High School, Haley Sutherland – Marmee March, Little Women
  • McKinney Boyd High School, Sarah Hubner – Madame Thenardier, Les Miserables
  • North Forney High School, Savanna Morgan – Taylor McKessie, Disney’s High School Musical
  • Rowlett High School, Sarah Manns – Princess Puffer, The Mystery of Edwin Drood
  • Wylie East High School, Libby Villagas – Mayzie LaBird, Seussical

Featured Performer

  • Greenhill School High School, Ali Simenc – Grandma Addams, The Addams Family
  • Heritage High School, Olivia Callan – Hunyak, Chicago
  • Lake Ridge High School, Michael Flake – Lord Farquaad, Shrek
  • Mansfield High School, Justin Alozie – Cogsworth, Disney’s Beauty & the Beast
  • McKinney High School, Yoki Ongwella – Sylvia, All Shook Up
  • North Lamar High School, Jared Chenevey – Cogsworth, Disney’s Beauty & the Beast
  • Pearce High School, Jack Durham – Hot Blades Harry, Urinetown
  • Poteet High School, Cameron Smith – Amos, Big Fish
  • Richardson High School, Jacob Redmon – Perchek, Fiddler on the Roof
  • Richland High School, C.J. Sutton – Donkey, Shrek

Who will win? We will find out at the 4th Annual DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards Evening on Wednesday, April 29th at 7pm at the Music Hall at Fair Park. Want to catch all the action? Tickets are on sale now! Just click here or call 800.514.ETIX.

Congratulations to all of the nominees! To find out the nominees for the Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Musical, tune into WFAA-TV Midday News between 12p and 1p! Also, check back here after 1p or on our website at www.dsmhsmta.org! We hope you will join us for an evening you will never forget!

-DSM Amanda


Nancy Natinsky Chairs 4th Annual DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards

March 23rd, 2015

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Finalists announced Monday, March 30 | Awards Show Wednesday, April 29

(Dallas, TX – March 6, 2015) Michael A. Jenkins, President and Managing Director, Dallas Summer Musicals, Inc. (DSM) announced long-time supporter and DSM Board Vice-President Community Relations Co-Chair Nancy Natinsky has been named the chairman of the 4th Annual DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards.

Nancy worked with her husband Ron in starting and managing seven successful businesses over 37 years, resulting in participating in international business relationships in Asia, Europe, Mexico and Canada. During this time, she continued her education in the promotional products industry to achieve the highest designation of Master of Advertising Specialty.

She serves now and previously on various boards and as an officer of many clubs and organizations. She and Ron, a former Dallas City Councilman, have been married for 46 years. Since she retired 11 years ago, she enjoys her club work along with antiquing, traveling, helping with the garden railroad in their yard, reading, and volunteering.       “Nancy’s experience in the community as a dedicated leader and volunteer, along with her business acumen and insight, is the perfect combination for her role as an officer on DSM’s Executive Committee and as chair of the High School Musical Awards,” Jenkins said.

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

In its fourth year, DSM’s High School Musical Theatre Awards (HSMTA) has 65 schools participating- that is more than double the first year’s total of 30 schools participating, representing 33 school districts across North Texas. Among the 65 are also 7 private schools. In addition, six schools have entered two musicals this year for a total of 71 productions to be evaluated. This represents a new all-time high of schools, teachers and students taking part in the program. DSM HSMTA remains the largest program of its kind in the state and one of the largest programs in the country. DSM HSMTA has been recognized by the National High School Musical Theater 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 schools as far away as Denton and Allen to the north, Waco to the south, Abilene to the west and Paris, Texas to the east.

Slated for Wednesday, April 29, 2015 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. 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 2014 DSM awarded $35,000 in scholarships, including several $5,000 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 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 schools and watch the shows first-hand.” A complete listing can be found on the website at DallasSummerMusicals.org/HSMAwards.shtm

A three judge panel of entertainment industry professionals and veteran educators will visit each school and judge the performers in 15 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 and Best Featured Performer.

Ballots will be submitted to the accounting firm of Grant-Thornton. Students from each participating school as well as finalists in categories of Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Musical will be invited to perform at the 4th Annual DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards Ceremony show at the Music Hall at Fair Park on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 when winners are announced. The public is invited to join in this exciting celebration.

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 school in the National High School Musical Theatre Awards (the Jimmy™ Awards) for the chance to win prizes and scholarships, which vary by year.

HSMTA media sponsors are The Dallas Morning News and WFAA Channel 8.

For a listing of participating schools and their shows, details or any questions, visit the website at http://DallasSummerMusicals.org/HSMAwards.shtm or 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 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. 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 www.DallasSummerMusicals.org.

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The Illusionists, Direct from Broadway, Comes to Dallas!

March 22nd, 2015

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PRESENTED BY DALLAS SUMMER MUSICALS COMES TO THE MUSIC HALL AT FAIR PARK

APRIL 7-19, 2015

Blockbuster Theatrical Show has Dazzled Audiences around the World

Dallas, TX (March 20, 2015) – THE ILLUSIONISTS – WITNESS THE IMPOSSIBLE the world’s best-selling touring magic show, will play at the Music Hall at Fair Park in Dallas, TX on April 7-19 as part of a 20 city U.S. tour and Dallas Summer Musicals 75th Anniversary Season.   The show had a highly successful holiday run on Broadway this past year and is ready to wow audiences in North Texas.

THE ILLUSIONISTS – WITNESS THE IMPOSSIBLE is produced by Simon Painter, Tim Lawson, MagicSpace Entertainment, Road Show Entertainment LLC, and The Production Office.  Conceived by Simon Painter, the show’s creative team also includes executive producer Tim Lawson, director Neil Dorward and creative director Jim Millan.

Having shattered box office records around the world, THE ILLUSIONISTS – WITNESS THE IMPOSSIBLE is a mind-blowing spectacular showcasing the jaw-dropping talents of seven of the most incredible illusionists on earth.   Full of hilarious magic tricks, death-defying stunts and acts of breathtaking wonder, THE ILLUSIONISTS has dazzled audiences of all ages.   Creative Producer Simon Painter said, “We can’t wait to bring this electrifying show to Dallas for a truly entertaining experience for the whole family. THE ILLUSIONISTS is the most non-stop and powerful mix of outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on the live stage.”

The seven stars, each a master in their own field, are:

  • The Manipulator, Yu Ho-Jin. Considered a rising superstar in the world of magic; Yu Ho-Jin was recently named the 2014 “Magician of the Year,” by Academy of Magical Arts and was the first Asian to win the Grand Prix at the Fédération Internationale des Sociétés Magiques, also known as the “Olympics of Magic.”
  • The Anti-Conjuror, Dan Sperry. Described as Marilyn Manson meets David Copperfield, Dan combines the art of magic with the macabre and is one of the top-10 most Googled people, thanks to a legendary “America’s Got Talent” appearance.
  • The Trickster, Jeff Hobson is the epitome of glamour and showmanship. Don’t be fooled by his innocent appearance; Jeff has audiences laughing long after the curtain goes down.
  • The Escapologist, Andrew Basso. Italy’s star escape artist, Andrew considers Houdini his hero and is fast becoming one of the world’s most popular illusionists. He is the only person in the world to perform Houdini’s famous Water Torture Cell with absolutely no covers.
  • The Inventor, Kevin James, known for innovative illusions, is an inventor, comedian and collector of the strange and unusual. Kevin is one of the most prolific inventors of magic in the world and has created some of the most celebrated illusions of the last century.
  • The Warrior, Aaron Crow, a strong and silent type specializing in weapon magic, has mastered some of the most dangerous acts without saying a single word. Belgium’s international magic sensation, a first place finisher at the World Championships of Magic, uses swords, paintball guns and powerful crossbows to keep fans on the edge of their seat.
  • The Futurist, Adam Trent, shatters stereotypes and brings a new generation of magic to fans fusing technology illusions, dancing and comedy with classic techniques.

SIMON PAINTER, CREATIVE PRODUCER

Simon Painter is a visionary creative theatrical producer who hails from London. Simon started his career on stage as a classical violinist, and performed the lead role for Spirit of the Dance in Las Vegas. The first show he produced, Le Grand Cirque smashed box office records at the Sydney Opera House selling over 40,000 tickets in 10 days. His two subsequent productions, Aerial Dreams and Adrenaline also broke records in Sydney and across the world and achieved critical acclaim. In 2010 Simon had five versions of Le Grand Cirque playing concurrently. In late 2010 Simon joined forces with Australian producer and close friend Tim Lawson and began assembling the greatest magical minds from a wide spectrum of disciplines. His production of The Illusionists has already performed to record breaking crowds in theatres and arenas across the globe including Australia, Mexico, Latin America, South America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. In addition to The Illusionists: Witness The Impossible, Simon’s current projects include Le Noir (The Dark Side of Cirque) and Illusionists 2.0, both of which are currently playing extensive international tours. Simon is also due to open a third installment of The Illusionists (The Illusionists 1903) in January 2015.

TIM LAWSON, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Tim Lawson is the CEO of TML Enterprises, servicing Australia and international territories with first class musicals and family entertainment with productions spanning across over 100 cities in 20 countries. Australasian theatrical touring credits include Sweet Charity, Buddy – The Musical, Jolson starring Rob Guest, Spirit of the Dance, Oh! What A Night, Fiddler on The Roof starring Topol, It’s A Dad Thing!, Weary – The Life of Sir Edward Dunlop, Shout! The Musical, Brave Men Run In Our Family, Jekyll and Hyde starring Brad Little and The Rocky Horror Show narrated by Richard O’ Brien. Tim’s award winning production of A Chorus Line transferred to the prestigious London Palladium, and his production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang recently completed a 13 month tour. With partner Simon Painter, credits include Le Grand Cirque, Ariel Dreams, Adrenaline, Le Noir – The Dark Side of Cirque, The Illusionists and The Illusionists 2.0, all enjoying record breaking success and extensive international arena and theatrical touring. The Illusionists 1903 – The Golden Age of Magic premieres in Australia in January 2015. www.tmlenterprises.com

Single tickets, from $15-$88 (pricing subject to change), are now on sale online at www.DallasSummerMusicals.org, by phone at 1.800.514.ETIX (3849), and at The Box Office, 5959 Royal Lane, Suite 542 in Dallas, TX. Mini Packs, which allow all ticket buyers to pick 3 or more shows for as low as $55, are also available online or may be ordered by mail or in person at The Box Office and by phoning 214.346.3300. Season subscribers and other patrons who have questions about their tickets can call The Box Office at 214.691.7200.

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

Dallas Summer Musicals 75th Anniversary Season will continue as follows: Rodgers & Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA, June 9-21, 2015; DIRTY DANCING, June 23–July 5, 2015; and PIPPIN, July 7-19, 2015.

About MagicSpace Entertainment

MagicSpace Entertainment is headed by Lee D. Marshall, Joe Marsh, John Ballard, Steve Boulay and Bruce Granath and has been producing and presenting national tours, Broadway shows, concerts and museum exhibits worldwide for over 30 years. Consistently one of the top promoters in North America, MagicSpace Entertainment typically produces and presents more than 250 events in 75 cities per year.  Broadway credits include Donny & Marie – A Broadway Christmas, The Who’s Tommy, American Idiot and RAIN – A Tribute To The Beatles On Broadway.  National tour credits include Lord of the Dance created by Michael Flatley, Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage starring in Mythbusters – Behind The Myths, Alton Brown Live, Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis, Donny & Marie Christmas, RAIN – A Tribute to the Beatles, David Copperfield, Jesus Christ Superstar, A Chorus Line and concert tours by Janet Jackson, Cher, and Fleetwood Mac to name just a few.  Museum exhibitions produced on the road include the Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs exhibition, Titanic: The Exhibition and Diana – A Celebration. MagicSpace Entertainment has offices in Park City and Salt Lake City, UT.  www.magicspace.net

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 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. 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 www.dallassummermusicals.org

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Dorsey Baskin Named Chairman of the Board for 2015

March 18th, 2015

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Dallas Business Executive and Civic Leader Dorsey Baskin
Named Chairman of the Board of Dallas Summer Musicals

Dallas, TX… Dallas Summer Musicals, Inc. (DSM), the largest producer of live theatrical entertainment in the Southwest, has named Dorsey Baskin, a global accounting firm executive and civic leader, Chairman of the DSM Board of Directors for 2015.

Baskin began his career in public accounting immediately after earning an MBA from Texas A&M University. Beginning as a line auditor with Arthur Andersen, he progressed, eventually taking on the role of National Technical Director and Industry Liaison for the Banking Industry audit practice and then Managing Director of the Assurance Professional Standards Group.

After more than 25 years with Andersen, Dorsey moved to Grant Thornton LLP, another global accounting firm in 2002. Currently, he is a partner in Grant Thornton’s National Office, working as the Managing Partner of Innovative Services Development. He monitors upcoming changes and developments in laws, regulations, and the business environment and works with the audit, tax and advisory services lines to develop integrated solutions that bring confidence to the financial reporting, tax planning, IT systems development and other objectives of dynamic organizations.

Dorsey is co-editor of Current Issues in Auditing, an academic journal, and a member of the board of the Grant Thornton Foundation. Dorsey is married to another native Texan, Cynthia, and they have two daughters, both born in Houston. One daughter, Natalie Crawford, is an architect living in Richardson with her husband, Brian, also an architect, and son, Nathan. The other daughter, Jennifer Arnold, is a CPA who lives in northern Virginia outside Washington, D.C. with her husband, Ryan, a banker, and daughter, Annie.

DSM President and Managing Director Michael A. Jenkins said, “We are very lucky to have an outstanding executive and business leader like Dorsey Baskin take the helm as Chairman of the Board of Dallas Summer Musicals for 2015. He combines an impressive record of 37 years of achievement in his profession with volunteer leadership in support of the arts and has been a big supporter of DSM for some time. His firm, Grant Thornton, also counts the ballots for the annual High School Musical Theatre Awards Show and is a long-time supporter of DSM.”

New DSM Board Chairman Baskin said, “It is an honor to have the opportunity to lead this prestigious arts organization, especially during its 75th Anniversary in 2015. DSM belongs to the people of Dallas and we are here to safeguard it and make sure that it is passed along in good condition to the next generation. As a nonprofit, we work year-round to bring the best that Broadway has to offer to Dallas at an affordable ticket price and provide performing arts education opportunities to our children. With the help of sponsors, subscribers, volunteers, elected officials of the City of Dallas, and the community at large, we will continue this tradition for many years in the future.”

Immediate Past Chairman of Dallas Summer Musicals is Richard Rogers, Executive Vice President of Texas Capital Bank, with Ted Munselle, Chief Financial Officer of Landmark Nurseries, serving as Chairman Elect. Ruth Altshuler holds the title of Honorary Chair, and Michael A. Jenkins is President and Managing Director of DSM.

Other DSM Officers for 2015: Vice President – Audit, Brian Dill; Vice Presidents – Community Relations, Glenda Kemple and Nancy Natinsky; Vice President – Development, Jane Schoen; Vice President – Finance, Randy Wright; Vice Presidents – Marketing, Jennifer Altieri and Jay Fox; Vice President – Nominating, Richard Rogers; Vice President – Personnel & Compensation, Steve Watson; Secretary, Steven C. Metzger; Treasurer, David Dienes and Education and Children’s Committee Vice President, Downie Mathis.

Members of the Executive Committee are: Ruth Altshuler; Jennifer Altieri; Steven E. Beene; Ed Bratton; Brad E. Cheves; Karl Chiao; J. Diane Childress; Scott T. Collier; O. Paul Corley, Jr.; David Dienes; Brian D. Dill; Barry Epstein; Patti Flowers; Jay Fox; Stanley D. Gardner; Louis J. Grabowsky; Rick J.W. Graham; Charles L. Gummer; Sally Hoglund; Darrell E. Jordan; Sheffield Kadane III; Rebekah Hamilton Kay; Glenda Kemple; Marvin M. Lane, Jr.; Downie B. Mathis; Dr. John McCoy; Steven C. Metzger; Andrew N. Meyercord; Ted R. Munselle; Nancy Natinsky; Craig G. Ongley; James R. Pitts; Gail H. Plummer; Mark B. Plunkett; James W. Porter, Jr.; Holly Reeves; Richard L. Rogers; Jennifer Ryan; Kenneth D. Sandstad; Jane Schoen; Donald K. Spies; Michael C. Steindorf; Paul A. Stotts; Steve B. Watson; Randy Wright; and Kimberly J. Yamanouchi.

Past Chairmen of the Board for DSM are 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; 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.

Now celebrating its 75th season, Dallas Summer Musicals is the largest producer of live theatrical entertainment in the Southwest, the second oldest summer theatre organization in the United States, and the sixth largest nonprofit theatre company in the nation. DSM has been entertaining North Texas audiences with the finest in live, musical theatre entertainment since 1941. In addition to presenting national Broadway tours, DSM also produces shows on Broadway, presents and tours local productions, and is involved in developing new works. Dallas Summer Musicals’ affiliates include DSM Management Group, Inc. (DSMMGI), which manages the Music Hall at Fair Park.

This year’s season is presented by Texas Instruments and began with A CHRISTMAS STORY, December 2-14, 2014; followed by KINKY BOOTS, February 24 – March 8, 2015; Rodgers & Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I, March 20–April 5, 2015; THE ILLUSIONISTS, April 7-19, 2015; Rodgers & Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA, June 9-21, 2015; DIRTY DANCING, June 23–July 5, 2015; and PIPPIN, July 7-19, 2015.

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 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. 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 www.DallasSummerMusicals.org.

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The King and I Opens Friday at the Music Hall!

March 16th, 2015

A NEW MUSICAL PRODUCTION BY DALLAS SUMMER MUSICALS
IS COMING TO THE MUSIC HALL AT FAIR PARK
MARCH 20 – APRIL 5

Rachel York Starring In
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Dallas, TX (March 9, 2015) – Based on the 1944 novel Anna and the King of Siam and hit classic Broadway musical, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I is making its North Texas debut at the Music Hall at Fair Park, produced by Michael A. Jenkins (six-time Tony® Award winner) and Dallas Summer Musicals, Inc. This exciting new production features a revamped script, timeless songs, and a new physical production with an entirely fresh interpretation of the musical.

East versus West makes for a dramatic, richly textured and ultimately uplifting tale of enormous fascination. It is 1862 in Siam when an English widow, Anna Leonowens, and her young son arrive at the Royal Palace in Bangkok, having been summoned by the King to serve as tutor to his many children and wives. The King is largely considered to be a barbarian by those in the West, and he seeks Anna’s assistance in changing his image, if not his ways. With both keeping a firm grip on their respective traditions and values, Anna and the King grow to understand and, eventually, respect one another, in a truly unique love story. Along with the dazzling score, the incomparable Jerome Robbins ballet, ‘The Small House of Uncle Thomas,’ is one of the all-time marvels of the musical stage.

Directed by Glenn Casale with original choreography by Bob Richard, the all-star cast includes Rachel York (Anna Leonowens), joined by Alan Ariano (the King of Siam), Ted Deasy (Captain Orton/Sir Ramsey), Ray Rochelle (the Karalahome), Yoon Jeong Seaong (Tuptim), Tami Swartz (Lady Thiang), Devin Ilaw (Lun Tha), Aidan Winn (Louis Leonowens), and Stephen Major Yongji Curda (Prince Chulalongkorn).

Rounding out the ensemble are Frenie Acoba, Carol Angeli, Eric Badique, Korey Buecheler, Alysia Chang, Alex Chester, Louise Cornillez, Justine “Icy” Moral, Jan Javier, Jolina Javier, Peter King-Yuen, Bety Le, Eddy Lee, Stephanie Lo, Azumi Milligan, Rumi Oyama, Marcus Shane, Sai Somboon, Sam Tanabe, and Jee Teo.

“What makes Dallas Summer Musicals’ THE KING AND I revival special is the chemistry between Alan Ariano as the King and Rachel York as Anna. It is a musical to share with the entire family that has a great story and a lush score,” said director Casale. “A truly timeless production that will have you invested in the story leaving you humming all of its songs.”

Glenn Casale (Director) helmed the new production of Dallas Summer Musicals Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID this past year. Casale’s work is seen in the Broadway production of PETER PAN starring Cathy Rigby and filmed by A&E. Off Broadway he directed THE PROPERTY KNOWN AS GARLAND, DRAGAPELLA at Studio 54. Internationally he directed Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.

Casale’s work has been seen throughout the U.S. in productions of DR. DOLITTLE; BALLROOM starring Tyne Daly and Charles Durning; WRESTLERS starring Mark Harmon and George Clooney; FROM THE TOP starring Carol Burnett; CAMELOT starring Michael York; and THE PRISONER OF SECOND AVENUE with Jason Alexander. He is artistic director for the California Musical Theater in Sacramento.

Bob Richard (Choreographer) has pleased audiences with classics such as THE KING AND I, THE MUSIC MAN, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, and ANNIE, as well as the world premiere production of Dean Pitchford and Tom Snow’s FOOTLOOSE and the Tenth Anniversary Production of Frank Wildhorn’s JEKYLL AND HYDE. Bob also choreographed the first productions of both HAIRSPRAY and LES MISÉRABLES to ever be staged in the round. His work can be seen every year at the Old Globe Theatre, with the long‐running family production of HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS!: THE MUSICAL. Encompassing a career of more than 30 years of dancing, teaching and choreographing in major cities all over the world, Richard is the resident choreographer for Sacramento Music Circus and has staged over twenty‐nine productions there over the past 13 years.

The design team for THE KING AND I includes Michael Anania (Scenic Design), Costume World, Inc. (Costume Design), Charlie Morrison (Lighting Design), Timothy K. Schmidt (Sound Design), Wigboys (Hair Design), Stephanie Klapper CSA (Casting), Craig Barna (Music Direction).

Preview performances for THE KING AND I will be March 20-22. The official press opening night is Tuesday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m. with the last performance playing Sunday, April 5. All evening performances will be held at 7:30 p.m., and matinee performances will be at 1:30 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and select Thursdays during the show’s run.

Single tickets, priced from $25-$108, are now on sale online at www.DallasSummerMusicals.org, by phone at 1.800.514.ETIX (3849), and at The Box Office, 5959 Royal Lane, Suite 542 in Dallas, TX. Mini Packs, which allow all ticket buyers to pick 3 or more shows for as low as $55, are also available online or may be ordered by mail or in person at The Box Office, by phoning 214.346.3300 or through fax at 214.691.7386. Season subscribers and other patrons who have questions about their tickets can call The Box Office at 214.691.7200.

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

Dallas Summer Musicals 75th Anniversary Season will continue as follows: THE ILLUSIONISTS, April 7-19, 2015; Rodgers & Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA, June 9-21, 2015; DIRTY DANCING, June 23–July 5, 2015; and PIPPIN, July 7-19, 2015.

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 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. 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 www.dallassummermusicals.org.

 

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Auditions THIS Saturday – DSM Academy's Industry Showcase

March 12th, 2015

Dallas Summer Musicals Academy Announces Auditions for the Academy Industry Showcase

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The DSM Academy of Performing Arts is pleased to announce auditions for an opportunity to be selected for the Academy Industry Showcase.

As the Academy expands its relationship with the premiere Industry professionals in the Metroplex, we will find the most “industry ready” actors to present their finest skills to top agents, casting directors, and other professionals.

Auditions will be held Saturday, March 14th from 8:30 a.m.to Noon and 1:00 p.m.to 6:00 p.m. for the first 75 people, ages 10 or older, to sign up. Younger students may be invited. An additional audition day on Tuesday, March 17th from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. will be added, if needed. Audition appointments are five minutes in length and will be held at:

Central Christian Church
4711 Westside Dr., Dallas, TX 75209

ATTENTION: You must prepare a one minute monologue from a play. You may be asked to sing and dance as well. The showcase is limited to 24 participants.

Click here to sign up to audition.

Those selected will become part of a 10 week intensive that will meet at the Central Christian Church on Saturday, March 21st through May 30th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. It will culminate in a performance on Wednesday evening June 3rd at 7:30 p.m. following a 5:00 p.m. performance for Family and Friends at:

International Conservatory of Performing Arts
3321 Premier Drive, Plano, TX 75023

There is no charge to register for the audition. Student must be 10 years of age or older unless invited by the Academy. If selected, the program cost is $249 for 10 weeks.

The class will be led by DSM Academy Instructor and Director Steven Kavner (award-winning actor, former member of the legendary Los Angeles improvisation company The Groundings, and Peabody Award-winning Producer). Mr. Kavner will be supported by DSM Academy’s musical, dance and production staff.

Class: Industry Showcase
Showcase Auditions: Ages 10 and up, Saturday March 14, 9:00 a.m.–Noon and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Class & Audition Location: Central Christian Church, 4711 Westside Dr., Dallas, TX 75209
Class Dates & Times:
 Saturdays, March 21-May 30, 2015, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Class Limit: 24 students
Performance:  Wednesday June 3, 2015, 5:00 p.m. for family and friends, 7:30 p.m. for industry professionals
Performance Location: International Music Conservatory, 3221 Premier Dr., Plano, TX
Program Cost: $249 – There is no cost to audition.
Audition Registration: http://www.emailmeform.com/builder/form/rxy8RjbqconiaOCEVs9Jd3B8d
Details on our website at: http://www.academyatdsm.org/
Call for more information: 214-969-7469

About DSM Academy Of Performing Arts: The DSM Academy of Performing Arts was founded in 1999 and operates as an affiliate of Dallas Summer Musicals in several locations in the Dallas area. Dallas Summer Musicals is a company that produces and presents Broadway, off-Broadway, West End and touring theatrical productions. The DSM Academy is comprised of 75% teens and 25% adults ranging in age from 7 to adult. The Academy is proud of its diverse and ethnic student population. The DSM Academy has granted over 250 need-based scholarships. The Academy helps to prepare the amateur and the professional for involvement in the performing arts. The purpose of this page is to connect people who have a common interest in the performing arts of any type.

Mission: Recognizing the positive influence of the arts on the human experience, DSM Academy of Performing Arts strives not only to increase appreciation of the performing arts, but to teach those arts professionally.

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Regarding The Weather – The Show Must Go On! 

March 5th, 2015

Update to this post:

All performances will be performed as scheduled. No performances will be cancelled or rescheduled.

The Box Office has been overwhelmed with phone calls and emails and are trying to respond as quickly as they can.

If you have or had tickets for any of the bad weather days, just bring your tickets to another performance of KINKY BOOTS. The show leaves on Sunday after our 1:30p matinee. The box office at the Music Hall opens 1.5 hours before each performance. This weather snuck up on all of us – I hope you and your family are staying safe and warm!

Thanks, DSM Amanda


Regarding The Weather – The Show Must Go On! 

February 24th, 2015

The Show Must Go On!

The weather outside is frightful, but the show is so delightful! Kinky Boots opens tonight! We have been looking forward to this show for a long time, but what bad timing this icy and snowy weather has! You know the show biz saying though, so we won’t cancel any performance, but we don’t want you to feel you have to come if you don’t feel like you can safely make it here.  

Here’s what you need to know if you have tickets for Kinky Boots during this bad weather time:

  1. The show will perform as scheduled.
  2. Patrons contacting us before the show starts, who do not believe they can safely get to the Music Hall, can exchange for another performance of KINKY BOOTS (only), subject to availability and our standard exchange policy regarding difference in ticket price.  
  3. Patrons who do not contact us before the show starts can check with The Box Office and we will try to accommodate them on a standby/best-available basis on another performance of KINKY BOOTS (only).

How do you get in contact with The Box Office? Just call 214-691-7200 or email at theboxoffice@dallassummermusicals.org. 

Please be safe and use your best judgement. We hope to see you at the Tony-Award winning KINKY BOOTS while the show is here in Dallas at the Music Hall thru March 8th! 

For details and information about KINKY BOOTS, click here.

Be safe and stay warm!

-DSM Amanda


A MOTHER'S LETTER TO KINKY BOOTS

February 20th, 2015

KINKY BOOTS struts into Dallas on Tuesday and we couldn’t be more excited! This feel-good show is fun for everyone, just take a look at what this mother of two had to say about her experience:

I just wanted to share an experience that we had yesterday at The Smith Center.  My family and I have been season ticket holders since the beginning.  I have a 14-year-old daughter and 12-year-old son that join us for almost all of the shows, although I did not take either of them to Book of Mormon.  I wasn’t sure I wanted to take my son to KINKY BOOTS, not really knowing what it was about, I almost gave his ticket away to a friend. At the last minute I changed my mind and I couldn’t have been happier.

What a fabulous show with an amazing message.  At intermission my son turned to me and said, “it’s intermission already?” He has NEVER said that before.  In most cases it’s more like, “how much longer?” He’s a 12-year-old boy and honestly I know the theatre is not on the top of his list for Sunday afternoons.  My daughter turned to me at least 5 times through out the show and said, “I love this so much.”  They talked about KINKY BOOTS almost the entire way home, and again this morning.  Thank you so much for bringing KINKY BOOTS to Vegas!

Our family thoroughly enjoyed KINKY BOOTS and I just wanted to pass a note on, and I ask that you forward my email on to the producers of Kinky Boots. I just want them to know that they have won over a fickle teenage girl and an adolescent boy whose first love is definitely not the theatre.

-Anonymous KINKY BOOTS Patron
The Smith Center, Las Vegas

KINKY BOOTS is on stage February 24 – March 8, 2015, at the Music Hall at Fair Park.
GET TICKETS HERE!


In Response To The Asian American Performers Action Coalition And Others:

January 26th, 2015

Glenn Casale and I are in receipt of your numerous emails and form emails. The reason for the delay in answering is that during the holidays I was in the hospital, and I have been recovering at home from a deadly blood disease.

First, Mr. Casale, our Director, has directed multiple years of productions using not only Asian actors and actresses, but diverse ethnic groups. Second, I have produced probably the most shows using Asian actors and actresses. For example, Flower Drum Song on Broadway, Flower Drum Song national tour, Brooklyn the Musical, and Bombay Dreams, just to name a few.

I can assure you that neither Glenn Casale nor I ever intended or conceived a thought that this would be disruptive, negative or disrespectful to anyone.

It’s interesting. Going back in the history of The King and I, Mr. Yul Brenner was actually from Russia, and Mr. Lou Diamond Phillips was born on a naval base in the Philippines and is an American. Mr. Paul Schoeffler has played the role in theatres across America in the past. And after looking at several Asian prospects for the role, they were all “on hold” pending a call back from the Lincoln Center Production.

The cast for this new production consists of 28, of which 25 are of Asian-descent. Of the 15 children in the cast, all are of Asian descent. We even went to a Thailand Temple to audition children for the production to be as authentic as possible.

Both Mr. Casale and I would never intentionally do anything contrary or negative to your culture, and we have both provided numerous opportunities to the Asian community in the past.

Mr. Casale and I visited yesterday. We have heard your comments, and we have heard your concerns, and we are now going back to find an actor of Asian descent for the role of the King. WE HAVE HEARD YOU, and we are working to guarantee a positive result for both you and also for a quality production. We have heard you and we take your comments seriously.

Michael Jenkins


Kinky Boots Coming To North Texas!

January 16th, 2015

2013 TONY® AWARD-WINNING BEST MUSICAL

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IS COMING TO NORTH TEXAS!

FEBRUARY 24-MARCH 8 AT THE MUSIC HALL AT FAIR PARK

OCTOBER 27-NOVEMBER 1 AT BASS PERFORMANCE HALL

 

 Dallas, TX (January 15, 2015) – KINKY BOOTS, the smash-hit musical that brings together four-time Tony® Award-winner Harvey Fierstein (Book) and Grammy® Award-winning rock icon Cyndi Lauper (Tony® Award-winner for Best Score for KINKY BOOTS), opens at the Music Hall at Fair Park February 24 – March 8, presented by Dallas Summer Musicals. The tour will roll back into Fort Worth, where it will play at Bass Performance Hall October 27 – November 1, presented by Performing Arts Fort Worth.

Directed and choreographed by Tony® Award-winner Jerry Mitchell, KINKY BOOTS opened on Broadway April 4, 2013 and continues to play to standing-room-only crowds nightly.  The show, which has broken all box office records at the Hirschfeld Theatre, recouped its costs in October 2013, after just 30 weeks on Broadway.

KINKY BOOTS took home six 2013 Tony® Awards, the most of any show in the season, including Best Musical, Best Score (Cyndi Lauper), Best Choreography (Jerry Mitchell), Best Orchestrations (Stephen Oremus) and Best Sound Design (John Shivers). The show also received the Drama League, Outer Critics Circle and Broadway.com Awards for Best Musical and the Grammy® Award for Best Musical Album, along with many other accolades.

In KINKY BOOTS, Charlie Price has reluctantly inherited his father’s shoe factory, which is on the verge of bankruptcy. Trying to live up to his father’s legacy and save his family business, Charlie finds inspiration in the form of Lola. A fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos, Lola turns out to be the one person who can help Charlie become the man he’s meant to be. As they work to turn the factory around, this unlikely pair finds that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible… and discovers that when you change your mind about someone, you can change your whole world.

  1. Harrison Ghee (The Color Purple) is kicking his heels up as Lola. Steven Booth (Avenue Q, Glory Days, Dogfight) plays shoe factory owner Charlie Price. Booth and Ghee are joined by Lindsay Nicole Chambers (Hairspray, Legally Blonde, Lysistrata Jones) as Lauren, Joe Coots (TV’s “Inside Amy Schumer,” Full Monty national tour) as Don, Craig Waletzko (Guys & Dolls, Young Frankenstein) as George and Grace Stockdale in her touring debut as Nicola.

Rounding out the ensemble are Damien Brett, Stephen Carrasco, Lauren Nicole Chapman, Amelia Cormack, Troi Gaines, J. Harrison Ghee, Blair Goldberg, Darius Harper, Andrew Theo Johnson, Crystal Kellogg, Jeffrey Kishinevskiy, Jeff Kuhr, Ross Lekites, Patty Lohr, Mike Longo, Tommy Martinez, , Nick McGough, Stewart Adam McKensy, Bonnie Milligan, Kenny Morris, Anthony Picarello, Horace V. Rogers, Ricky Schroeder, Anne Tolpegin, Juan Torres-Falcon, Hernando Umana and Sam Zeller.

The design team for KINKY BOOTS includes Tony® Award nominee David Rockwell (Scenic Design), Tony® Award-winner Gregg Barnes (Costume Design), Tony® Award-winner Kenneth Posner (Lighting Design), Tony® Award-winner John Shivers (Sound Design), Josh Marquette (Hair Design), Randy Houston Mercer (Make-up Design), Telsey + Company, Justin Huff, CSA (Casting), Adam Souza (Musical Direction), with Musical Supervision and Arrangements and Orchestrations by Tony® and Grammy® Award-winner Stephen Oremus.

KINKY BOOTS is produced on Broadway and on tour by Daryl Roth and Hal Luftig, James L. Nederlander, Terry Allen Kramer, Independent Presenters Network, CJ E&M, Jayne Baron Sherman, Just for Laughs Theatricals/Judith Ann Abrams, Yasuhiro Kawana, Jane Bergere, Allan S. Gordon & Adam S. Gordon, Ken Davenport, Hunter Arnold, Lucy and Phil Suarez, Bryan Bantry, Ron Fierstein and Dorsey Regal, Jim Kierstead/Gregory Rae, BB Group/Christina Papagjika, Michael DeSantis/Patrick Baugh, Brian Smith/Tom and Connie Walsh, Warren Trepp and Jujamcyn Theaters.

The producers of KINKY BOOTS announce a student rush for all performances February 24 – March 8. Beginning 1 hour before each performance, students can purchase a $25 ticket on a first come first served basis at the Music Hall Box Office. A valid student ID is required at the time of purchase for a maximum of 1 ticket.

Single tickets for KINKY BOOTS are now on sale online at www.DallasSummerMusicals.org, by phone at 1.800.514.ETIX (3849), and at The Box Office, 5959 Royal Lane, Suite 542 in Dallas, TX. Mini Packs are also available online or may be ordered by mail or in person at The Box Office, by phoning 214.346.3300 or through fax at 214.691.7386. Season subscribers and other patrons who have questions about their tickets can call The Box Office at 214.691.7200.

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 will go on sale Friday, February 20 at 10 am. Season tickets are currently available online at www.basshall.com, over the phone at 817.212.4280 or in person at the Bass Hall Box Office. Groups of 10 or more receive a 10% discount. For group sales call 817.212.4248 or email groupsales@basshall.com.

Dallas Summer Musicals 75th Anniversary Season will continue as follows: Rodgers & Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I, March 20–April 5, 2015; THE ILLUSIONISTS, April 7-19, 2015; Rodgers & Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA, June 9-21, 2015; DIRTY DANCING, June 23–July 5, 2015; and PIPPIN, July 7-19, 2015.


A Christmas Story The Musical In Dallas Thru Sunday Only!

December 9th, 2014

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Hello DSM Fans!

A Christmas Story The Musical is on stage now at the Music Hall thru this Sunday, December 14th only! We are so thrilled with the overwhelming response to this show that we wanted to share with you what people are saying! Also, we’ve included some additional links to give you a sneak peek of the show, inside info with interviews and performances, and even some information about the audition process for both Ralphie and the local child performers in the show! We will continue to update this, so check back for even more fun facts and info!

About The Show

Article on BroadwayWorld.com About The Show: Click here.

 

Auditions

Part 1 of Ralphie Auditions: http://vimeo.com/106282595

Part 2 of Ralphie Auditions: http://vimeo.com/106285106

About Local Child Auditions:

Article by Nancy Churnin – Click here.

About Local Child Audition Winners:

CW33 Interview with the winners – Click here.
Article by Nancy Churnin – Click here.
Article by The Flash List – Click here.


Features

“A Christmas Story and Usher top best weekend events in Dallas” – Click here to read this feature article by Culture Map Dallas.

Culture Map 10 Dallas Christmas Productions: Click here to see the listing.

“Where to Celebrate Christmas 2014 In Dallas” on D Magazine – Click here to see listing.

 

Interviews and Performances

CW33 – NewsFix (Peyton Nicholson and Grace Moore) – Click here for interview.

FOX4 – Good Day Dallas (Susannah Jones) – Click here for performance and interview.

KTXD47 – The Broadcast (Susannah Jones) – Click here for performance and interview.

WFAA8 – Midday News (Christopher Swan) – Click here for interview.

 

Reviews

Review by Christian Alexander Fashion – Click here to read.

Review by Mark Lowry in the Fort Worth Star Telegram – Click here to read.

Review on The Column – Click here to read.

Review by Nancy Churnin in The Dallas Morning News – Click here to read.

Review on The Flash List – Click here to read.

Review on Selig Film News – Click here to read.

Review on Edge Dallas.com – Click here to read.

Review on Theater Jones.com – Click here to read.

Review on Red Carpet Crash – Click here to read.

“The Clubhouse Podcast”

 

We will continue to update this, so check back for even more fun facts and info! A Christmas Story The Musical is on stage NOW thru Sunday at the Music Hall at Fair Park. Click here for details and tickets.

We hope you’ll spend this Holiday Season with us!

-DSM Amanda


Breaking All Records – DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards

December 3rd, 2014

Dallas Summer Musicals High School Musical Theatre Awards Breaks All Records
Sixty-five schools are participating – more than double our first year’s total

 

(Dallas, TX – November 3, 2014) Michael A. Jenkins, President and Managing Director, Dallas Summer Musicals (DSM) is thrilled to announce record breaking news!

In its fourth year of the program, DSM’s High School Musical Theatre Awards (HSMTA) has 65 schools participating- that is more than double the first year’s total of 30 schools participating, representing 33 school districts across north Texas. Among the 65 are also 7 private schools. In addition, six schools have entered two musicals this year for a total of 71 productions to be evaluated. This represents a new all-time high of schools, teachers and students taking part in the program. DSM HSMTA remains the largest program of its kind in the state and one of the largest programs in the country. DSM HSMTA has been recognized by the National High School Musical Theater 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 schools as far away as Denton and Allen to the north, Waco to the south, Abilene to the west and Paris, Texas to the east.

Slated for Wednesday, April 29, 2015 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. The show is topped off with a finale of performers from each participating high school.

Based on Broadway’s Tony® Awards, the 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 2014 DSM awarded $35,000 in scholarships, including several $5,000 scholarships, to outstanding students.

Michael 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 musical theater in our area 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 pre-eminent 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 schools and watch the shows first-hand.” A complete listing can be found on the website at dallassummermusicals.org/HSMAwards.shtm

A three judge panel of entertainment industry professionals and veteran educators will visit each school and judge the performers in 15 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 Performer.

Ballots will be submitted to the accounting firm of Grant-Thornton. Students from each participating school as well as finalists in categories of Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Musical will be invited to perform at the 4th Annual DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards Ceremony show at the Music Hall at Fair Park on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 when winners are announced. The public is invited to join in this exciting celebration.

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 school in the National High School Musical Theatre Awards (the Jimmy™ Awards) for the chance to win prizes and scholarships, which vary by year.

HSMTA media sponsors are The Dallas Morning News and WFAA Channel 8. Dallas Summer Musicals season sponsors are American Airlines, WFAA Channel 8, The Dallas Morning News and Texas Instruments.

For a listing of participating schools and their shows, details or any questions, visit the website at http://dallassummermusicals.org/HSMAwards.shtm or 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 here: http://www.nhsmta.com/pages/frequently-asked-questions

About Dallas Summer Musicals: As a 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 theater, 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 theater arts training and scholarships to talented students in need. Ticket sales alone do not sustain these endeavors. Only support from committed businesses, foundations and individuals make these programs possible.

For more information about Dallas Summer Musicals, call 214-421-5678 or visit the website at www.dallassummermusicals.org

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Your 2014 DSM Holiday Gift Guide is Here!

November 25th, 2014

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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!

  • Mini Packs are perfect if you prefer to pick and choose.  Select 3 or more shows starting at $55! Click here for more info!
  • Single tickets for A CHRISTMAS STORY are on sale now! Click here to find your tickets!
  • CYBER MONDAY PRESALE for KINKY BOOTS available beginning Monday, December 1st! Click here and use code: FIRST (all caps) for any performance in any price level! Offer ends December 14th!
  • 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.

Not sure who to give Broadway to this season?

  • For the Christmastime Fanatic – A CHRISTMAS STORY – On Sale Now and On Stage beginning December 2nd!
  • For the Fashionista – KINKY BOOTS – Presale Begins Monday, December 1st!
  • For the Classic Musical Fan – THE KING AND I – add it to your Mini Pack!
  • For the Thrill-Seeker – THE ILLUSIONISTS – add it to your Mini Pack!
  • For the Princess or Prince – CINDERELLA – add it to your Mini Pack!
  • For the Child of the 80s – DIRTY DANCING – add it to your Mini Pack!
  • For the “Cirque Du Soleil” Fans – PIPPIN – add it to your Mini Pack!

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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Mini Packs On Sale Now! Pick Three or More Shows For as Low as $55!

November 17th, 2014

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Mini Packs On Sale Now! Pick Three or More Shows For as Low as $55!

Mini Packs for any three or more DSM season shows, starting as low as $55, are on sale now at The Box Office, 5959 Royal Lane #542 at Preston Royal Shopping Center. They may also be purchased online by clicking here or by calling 214-691-7200. For groups of 10 or more, please call 214-426-GROUP(4768).

DSM 2014/2015 SEASON–PERFORMANCES AT THE MUSIC HALL AT FAIR PARK

A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL, December 2-14, 2014.

A sparkling new stage musical adaptation based on the popular 1983 family classic film featuring Ralphie Parker. He longs to find an official Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-shot Range Model Air Rifle under the Christmas tree. Direct from Broadway, where it won three 2013 Tony Award® nominations for Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score, A CHRISTMAS STORY is directed by Tony Award-winner John Rando and choreographed by Warren Carlyle.

KINKY BOOTS, February 24-March 8, 2015.

Winner of the 2013 Tony® Award for Best Musical and five other Tony Awards, it’s an exhilarating Broadway musical still playing to packed audiences on Broadway, that lifts spirits to new high-heeled heights. Inspired by a true story that follows a struggling shoe factory owner who works to turn his business around with help from an entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos, KINKY BOOTS features a joyous, Tony-Award winning score by Cyndi Lauper, direction and Tony-winning choreography by Jerry Mitchell, and a hilarious , uplifting book by four-time Tony winner Harvey Feinstein. ABC News called it “The Hottest Broadway Show of the Year.”

RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN’S THE KING AND I, March 20-April 5, 2015.

East versus West makes for a dramatic, richly textured and ultimately uplifting tale of enormous fascination. It is 1862 in Siam when an English widow, Anna Leonowens, and her young son arrive at the Royal Palace in Bangkok, having been summoned by the King to serve as tutor to his many children and wives. The King is largely considered to be a barbarian by those in the West, and he seeks Anna’s assistance in changing his image, if not his ways. With both keeping a firm grip on their respective traditions and values, Anna and the King grow to understand and eventually respect one another in a truly unique love story. Along with the dazzling score, the comparable Jerome Robbins ballet, “The Small House of Uncle Thomas” is one of the all-time marvels of the musical stage. DSM will produce the musical.

THE ILLUSIONISTS, April 7-19, 2015.

Coming to Broadway in the fall, the world’s best-selling magic show showcases mind-blowing, spectacular talents of seven of the most incredible illusionist on earth. Shattering box office records across the globe, THE ILLUSIONISTS dazzles audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever seen on stage. This non-stop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions.

RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN’S CINDERELLA, June 9-21, 2015

The Tony-Award winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific, CINDERELLA is still delighting audiences on Broadway with its contemporary take on the classic tale. This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love—the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball, and more—plus some surprising new twists. Be transported back to childhood and rediscover some of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s most beloved songs, such as “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible,” and “Ten Minutes Ago,” in this romantic Broadway experience for anyone who’s ever had a wish, a dream, or a really great pair of shoes. Associated Press said, “Pure Magic! Broadway’s new Cinderella crackles with sweetness and freshness.”

DIRTY DANCING, June 23-July 5, 2015.

The classic story on stage is an unprecedented live experience, exploding with heart-pounding music, passionate romance, and sensational dancing. Seen by millions across the globe, this smash hit musical tells the classic story of two fiercely independent young spirits from difference worlds who come together for the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives. Featuring the hit songs “Hungry Eyes,” “Hey Baby,” “Do You Love Me?” and the heart stopping “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life,” this record-breaking live theatre sensation offers audiences the time of their lives.

PIPPIN, July 7-19, 2015.

The 2013 Tony Award winner for Best Musical Revival, PIPPIN is a magical, unforgettable production The New York Times declared “Astonishing! A PIPPIN for the 21st Century.” Direct from Broadway and back for the first time since it thrilled audiences 40 years ago, with a beloved score by Tony nominee Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Wicked), PIPPIN tells the story of a young prince on a death-defying journey to find meaning in his existence. Will he choose a happy but simple life? Or will he risk everything for a singular flash of glory? This captivating new production is directed by Tony winner Diane Paulua (Hair and The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess). PIPPIN features sizzling choreography in the style of Bob Fosse, and breathtaking acrobatics by Les 7 Doigts de la Main, the creative force behind the nationwide sensation Traces.

The Presenting Sponsor for Dallas Summer Musicals is Texas Instruments. Season sponsors and partners are The Dallas Morning News, WFAA TV Channel 8, American Airlines, and The Original Cupcakery.

Dallas Summer Musicals, Inc. (DSM) is the preeminent non-profit 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.

DSM is the largest producer and presenter of live theatrical entertainment in the Southwest, the second oldest summer theatre organization in the United States, and the fourth largest non-profit theatre company. In addition to presenting national Broadway tours, DSM also produces shows on Broadway, presents and tours productions, and is involved in developing new works. Dallas Summer Musicals’ affiliates include DSM Management Group, Inc. (DSMMGI), which manages the Music Hall at Fair Park.

Please visit www.dallassummermusicals.org for a complete schedule of performances or more information about Dallas Summer Musicals.

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For media information about any of the individual shows or the Dallas Summer Musicals, and for videotape, photos, or reviewer’s passes, please call Jo Ann Holt at 469-363-7371, or email joannholt@gmail.com


Full Casting Announced for A Christmas Story The Musical!

November 15th, 2014

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Big League Productions is thrilled to announce casting for the 2014–2015 national tour of A Christmas Story, The Musical. The beloved holiday movie will be brought to life on Broadway stages across the country. This sparkling new production will be presented by Dallas Summer Musicals at the Music Hall at Fair Park December 2-14.

The national tour of A Christmas Story, The Musical will feature Evan Gray and Colton Maurer sharing the role of the bespectacled Ralphie Parker, with Max Thayer as Jean Shepherd, Christopher Swan as The Old Man, Susannah Jones as Mother, Cal Alexander as little brother Randy and Avital Asuleen as Miss Shields. The cast also includes Andrew Berlin, Christian Dell’Edera, Elizabeth Flanagan, Cole Hagen, Tierney Lee Howard, Seth Judice, Maria Knasel, Rico Lebron, Allison Maldonado, Lea Mancarella, Brooke Martino, Johnny Marx, Michael McClure, Deanna Ott, Charles Pang, Ellie Poon, Brandon Szep, Chris Van Vleet and Danny Wilfred.

Two area students, 12-year-old Grace Moore and 10-year-old Peyton Nicholson, were chosen by choreographer Jason Sparks at local auditions to appear in the ensemble for A Christmas Story, the Musical during its Dallas run.

A Christmas Story, The Musical chronicles young Ralphie Parker as he schemes his way toward the holiday gift of his dreams, an official Red Ryder® Carbine-Action 200-Shot Range Model Air Rifle (“You’ll shoot your eye out kid!”). An infamous leg lamp, outrageous pink bunny pajamas, a maniacal department store Santa, and a triple-dog-dare to lick a freezing flagpole are just a few of the distractions that stand between Ralphie and his Christmas wish. Chock-full of delightful songs and splashy production numbers, with a heartwarming story set in the heartland of America, A Christmas Story, The Musical, has proudly taken its place as a perennial holiday classic for the whole family.

A Christmas Story, The Musical premiered on Broadway in 2012 and was a critical and commercial success. The musical was nominated for three TONY Awards® including Best New Musical, Best Original Score, and Best Book of a Musical. The Associated Press called A Christmas Story, The Musical “a joyous Christmas miracle,” while The New York Times wrote “I was dazzled. You’d have to have a Grinch-sized heart not to feel a smile spreading across your face.”

A Christmas Story, The Musical features a festive and nostalgic holiday themed score by composer/lyricist team Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, with a book by Joseph Robinette, based on the writings of radio humorist Jean Shepherd and the 1983 holiday film favorite. The new national tour direction is by Matt Lenz with inspiration from the 2012 Broadway direction by TONY Award® winner John Rando. TONY Award® winner Warren Carlyle’s Broadway choreography is being recreated for the tour by Jason Sparks. Scenery, costumes, and lighting will be based on the 2012 Broadway designs by Walt Spangler, Elizabeth Hope Clancy, and Howell Binkley, with the new concepts for the national tour created by Mike Carnahan, Lisa Zinni, and Charlie Morrison respectively. The hounds will play themselves.

A Christmas Story, The Musical is produced by Big League Productions, Inc. Led by President and Executive Producer Daniel Sher, Big League is celebrating its 27th season of producing, general managing and booking Broadway musicals and special attractions for touring throughout North America and the world. For more information visit www.bigleague.org.

Single tickets, starting at $25, are on sale now at The Box Office, 5959 Preston Royal Shopping Center #542 in Dallas, or at any Ticketmaster outlet. Tickets are also available by calling 800-982-ARTS (2787), online at www.ticketmaster.com or www.dallassummermusicals.org.

Groups of 10 or more receive a 15% discount and priority seating, and groups of 35 or more receive a 20% discount with two free tickets. Please call 214-426-GROUP (4768) or email groups@dallassummermusicals.org.

Dallas Summer Musicals 75th Anniversary Year continues with KINKY BOOTS, February 24 – March 8, 2015; Rodgers & Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I, March 20 – April 5, 2015; THE ILLUSIONISTS, April 7-19, 2015; Rodgers & Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA, June 9-21, 2015; DIRTY DANCING, June 23 – July 5, 2015; and still on Broadway PIPPIN, July 7-19, 2015.

The Presenting Sponsor for Dallas Summer Musicals is Texas Instruments. Season sponsors and partners are The Dallas Morning News, WFAA TV Channel 8, American Airlines, and The Original Cupcakery.

Dallas Summer Musicals, Inc. (DSM) is the preeminent non-profit 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.

DSM is the largest producer and presenter of live theatrical entertainment in the Southwest, the second oldest summer theatre organization in the United States, and the fourth largest non-profit theatre company. In addition to presenting national Broadway tours, DSM also produces shows on Broadway, presents and tours productions, and is involved in developing new works. Dallas Summer Musicals’ affiliates include DSM Management Group, Inc. (DSMMGI), which manages the Music Hall at Fair Park.

Please visit www.dallassummermusicals.org for a complete schedule of performances or more information about Dallas Summer Musicals.

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For media information, including production photos, interviews or reviewer passes, please contact Jo Ann Holt at 469-363-7371 or joannholt@gmail.com.

A Christmas Story, The Musical Cast Biographies:

EVAN GRAY (Ralphie) is very excited to be a part of A Christmas Story, The Musical. Favorite past credits include The Addams Family (Pugsley) and Charlotte’s Web (Wilbur).

COLTON MAURER (Ralphie) is honored to play the iconic role of Ralphie. His professional debut was in Oliver! (workhouse boy) at Paper Mill, where he also attends the conservatory. www.coltonmaurer.com.

MAX THAYER (Jean Shepherd) A military veteran, as well as a consummate veteran actor, he has appeared in many diverse productions from NYC to LA.

CHRISTOPHER SWAN (The Old Man) Most recently played Prof. Callahan in the original cast of LEGALLY BLONDE: The Musical on the NCL Getaway, and previously toured with DAMN YANKEES as Mr. Applegate. Other regional credits include Forever Plaid (TBPAC), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Theatre-by-the-Sea), Little Shop of Horrors (American Stage), Angels in America (Arkansas Rep), and Clybourne Park (Hippodrome Theatre). Christopher holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from the Boston Conservatory.

SUSANNAH JONES (Mother) New York City: Marvell Repertory, New Georges, NYC Fringe, New York Musical Theatre Festival, Planet Connections. Regional: Portland Shakespeare Project, Texas Shakespeare Festival, Stageworks/Hudson, Hudson Stage Company. Web Series: PLANT (Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy LA Webfest 2014). www.susannahjones.info.

CAL ALEXANDER (Randy) is grateful for this opportunity to be in his second Broadway tour. He played the Small Boy in the Billy Elliot national/international tour.

AVITAL ASULEEN (Miss Shields) favorite credits include Mrs. Snoring Man in White Christmas (Westchester Broadway), Anytime Annie in 42nd Street (Surflight), and productions of Cabaret, On Your Toes, and No No Nanette.


Press Club of Dallas Names Michael A. Jenkins 2014 Newsmaker of the Year

November 6th, 2014

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Press Club of Dallas Names Michael A. Jenkins 2014 Newsmaker of the Year

Dallas, TX…The Press Club of Dallas will present the 2014 Newsmaker of the Year Award to Michael A. Jenkins celebrating his international reputation as a theatre visionary, Dallas Summer Musicals producer, world-wide theme park developer, and Broadway impresario. This exciting evening of music and tributes brings together theatre legends, friends and colleagues to pay homage to Jenkins’ vigorous, creative leadership as DSM enters its 75th year of entertaining Dallas with extraordinary musical theatre.

The Tribute gala will be held at the Music Hall at Fair Park Thursday, November 13 starting at 7 p.m. Tickets for the event, featuring performances by such Broadway stars as Cathy Rigby and Rachel York, are officially sold out.

Belo Distinguished Chair in Journalism at Southern Methodist University Tony Pederson, immediate past president of the Press Club, said, “The Press Club of Dallas is pleased to honor Michael A. Jenkins as Newsmaker of the Year 2014 for his outstanding and lifelong contributions to the performing arts, his leadership of Dallas Summer Musicals, and his award-winning producing ability. Michael has brought national acclaim through his dedication to philanthropy and education of young people in the arts, and for serving as an exemplary citizen of the City of Dallas.”

Press Club of Dallas committee members are thrilled with the generous support received for the November 13th “Playbills, Popcorn and the Press” fundraiser. KLUV Radio’s Jody Dean will emcee the gala and tributes are expected from such dignitaries as Baylor College President Judge Kenneth Starr. Honorary Chairmen are Chuck and Cindy Gummer, and Pat Porter is chairing the event.

Underwriters for the event are The Ruth C. and Charles S. Sharp Foundation, Inc., Ruth and Ken Altshuler, and Cindy and Chuck Gummer, honorary chairs. Donors include Joel and Diane Allison, The Bartner Family Foundation, Lucy and Henry Billingsley, Gene and Kathryne Bishop, The Bozman Family, Mrs. Sis Carr, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Dr. Gary and Sheila Cook, Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth Cooper, Dolorie and Paul Corley, Cottrell Foundation, Peggy Dear, Earth Day Texas, Dr. Jack and Deb Graham, Rick and Donna Graham, Mr. and Mrs. Ron W. Haddock, Dr. and Mrs. O.S. Hawkins, Andy Horner, Caroline Rose Hunt, Dr. Robert and Amy Jeffress, Gemey and Mickey Kaliff, Mark and Patty Lavvorn, Sara and David Martineau, Dr. and Mrs. John McCoy, Jr., Lester and Cynthia Melnick, Jim and Barbara Moroney, William H. Pitt Foundation, Jack Pogue, Marjorie Purnell, Billie Leigh Rippey, Ken and Marilyn Sandstad, Carol and Don Spies, and Steve and Sandy Watson.

The Michael A. Jenkins Tribute Host Committee members are Cindy and Chuck Gummer, Honorary Chairs; Joel and Diane Allison; Ed and Donna Bratton; Dr. Gary and Sheila Cook; Dr. and Mrs. Ken Cooper; Paul and Dolorie Corley; Dr. Jack and Deb Graham; Dr. O.S. and Susie Hawkins; Andy Horner; Dr. Robert and Amy Jeffress; Mark and Patty Lovvorn; Steve and Jennifer Metzger; Jim and Barbara Moroney; Jack Pogue; Rick and Susan Rogers; Ken Sanstead; Carol and Don Spies; Judge Ken and Alice Starr; and Steve and Sandy Watson.

The Tribute committee members are Pat Porter, Chair; April Bosworth (Events and Florals); Cindy and Chuck Gummer; Phyllis Hammond; Jo Ann Holt; Paulette Hopkins; Wendy Jenkins; Brian Mayes; Liz Oliphant; Tony Pederson; and Sandy Watson.

The mission and purpose of the Press Club of Dallas is to initiate, promote, foster and provide for cultural, literary, educational and social activities and undertakings in the field of journalism and related professions.

Chartered by the state of Texas in 1951, the Club received its nonprofit 501 (c)(3) designation from the Internal Revenue Service in 2012.

The Club has a tradition of service to its members and the community through its longstanding programs, including providing college scholarships to aspiring journalists. Four North Texas students are currently receiving scholarships.

In addition to scholarships, the Club offers networking and professional development opportunities through programs and workshops, forums on news-making topics, book signings and actively supports the First Amendment and the public’s right to know. The Club helps the public understand the historic and current roles of journalism and its emerging and evolving forms of delivery.

The Press Club has members from all major news media in North Texas plus professionals in advertising, public relations, corporate communications and various genres of digital media. The Press Club’s goal is to support truth, trust and transparency in journalism and all communications.

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Media Contact: Jo Ann Holt
joannholt@gmail.com or 469-363-7371


The Top 5 Reasons to see NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT!

September 9th, 2014

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On the fence about seeing NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT? Check out our list of the Top 5 Reasons to see the show!

Top 5 Reasons to see NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT

  1. Comedy – Lots of Laughs
    • Get ready to laugh! From slap-stick comedy to very clever dialogue, the most unexpected aspect of this show is the hilarious comedic timing. If you need a lighthearted, good laugh, this is definitely the show for you.
  2. Set during the Prohibition Era
    • Alcohol is illegal. Secret speakeasys and bootlegging are at its peak and anti-alcohol activists are on the lookout. What could go wrong? Well, when a woman bootlegger and a wealthy playboy cross paths, it’s only the beginning of a hilarious journey.
  3. Gershwin Tunes
    • NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT has a treasure trove of George and Ira Gershwin’s most beloved, instantly recognizable tunes, including “But Not For Me,” “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off,” “I’ve Got a Crush on You” and “Someone to Watch Over Me.” Get ready to dance in your seat and sing along with all of the songs you already know!
  4. Lots of 20’s Style Dancing
    • From the Charleston to the shimmy, this show has all of your favorite 1920s-30s dance moves with several big dance numbers! Lots of glitz and glamor! Want a sneak peek of the show? Click here to see!
  5. Cast of Characters
    • A feisty woman bootlegger with her 2 bootlegging coworkers, a “head-in-the-clouds” wealthy playboy, a self-obsessed fiancé, an anti-alcohol senator and his activist sister, and lots of girls and glamour make up a cast of different and hilarious characters! Check out photos from the show below!
  6. BONUS: Critics Love It!
    • Check out our blog post here with all of the reviews we’ve received for this show – and the praises keep coming in!

NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT is on stage at the Music Hall now thru September 14th, then jumps to the Bass Performance Hall September 16-21. For more info and tickets, click here.

We hope to see you at the theater soon!

-DSM Amanda


Dallas Loves Nice Work If You Can Get It!

September 8th, 2014

Original Post: Monday, September 8, 2014 at 11:30am
Updated Post: Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 12:55pm

Hello DSM fans!

This is your go to post for all things NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT! Check out our inside look into the show with behind the scenes footage! Also, check out the great interviews with the cast, reviews from the critics, and articles about the show. We’ll be updating this frequently, so check back later for more!

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INTERVIEWS & PERFORMANCES

Behind the Scenes of Nice Work If You Can Get It – News Feature on CW33 NewsFix:
http://cw33.com/2014/09/04/behind-the-scenes-nice-work-musical-launches-in-dallas/

Performance by Mariah MacFarlane (Billie Bendix) singing “Someone to Watch Over Me” on KTXD – The Broadcast TV:
http://www.ktxdtv.com/story/26451712/nice-work-if-you-can-get-it?clienttype=generic&mobilecgbypass

Alex Enterline (Jimmy Winter) performing “Nice Work If You Can Get It” on Good Morning Texas (WFAA):
http://tinyurl.com/kzgam8c

Interview with ensemble member and Highland Park native Carl DeForrest Hendin on WFAA – Midday News 8:
http://www.wfaa.com/story/entertainment/2014/09/03/nice-work-if-you-can-get-it-broadway-dallas-musical/15023673/

Highland Park alum Carl DeForrest Hendin talks ‘Nice Work If You Can Get It’ with Nancy Churnin from The Dallas Morning News:
http://artsblog.dallasnews.com/2014/09/highland-park-alum-carl-deforrest-hendin-talks-nice-work-if-you-can-get-it.html/

 

REVIEWS

Here’s what the Dallas audience had to say about the show on Opening Night:

“Theater review: ‘Nice Work If You Can Get It’ will brighten your life” by Nancy Churnin with The Dallas Morning News:
http://www.dallasnews.com/entertainment/columnists/nancy-churnin/20140905-theater-review-nice-work-if-you-can-get-it-will-brighten-your-life.ece

“You Can Get It: The tour of the newish Gershwin show Nice Work If You Can Get It launches in Dallas, and delights all the way.” by Cheryl Callon with TheaterJones:
http://www.theaterjones.com/ntx/reviews/20140907122318/2014-09-07/Dallas-Summer-Musicals/Nice-Work-If-You-Can-Get-It

Nice Work if You Can Get It Kicks off the Dust and Bursts with Sass” by Lindsey Wilson with D Magazine:
http://frontrow.dmagazine.com/2014/09/nice-work-if-you-can-get-it-kicks-off-the-dust-and-bursts-with-sass/

“Nice Work If You Can Get It” by Gary Murray with Selig Film News:
http://seligfilmnews.com/nice-work-can-get/#.VAhbwcwqCjI.gmail

“Theater Review: “Nice Work If You Can Get It” Is Top-Notch Entertainment” by James McDonald with Red Carpet Crash:
http://redcarpetcrash.com/theater-review-nice-work-if-you-can-get-it-is-top-notch-entertainment/

Review from The Flash List:
http://www.theflashlist.com/assets/venue/us/tx/neast/dallas/arts/perform/org/dallassummermusicals/2014/niceworkifyoucangetit/fp/dallas.html

“Nice Work If You Can Get It kicks off national tour in Dallas” by Lea Ann Stundins from Mommys Wish List:
http://mommyswishlist.blogspot.com/2014/09/nice-work-if-you-can-get-it-kicks-off.html

The Clubhouse Podcast:
Podcast Listen: http://podcasts.theclubhousepodcast.com/Podcasts/Season_5/iTunes_Exclusive_Episode_Nice_Work_If_You_Can_Get_It.mp3

Rob’s Review – http://www.theclubhousepodcast.com/#!news/nws1/F38570EA-0277-42AC-A509-B3EA49B47659/rob-reviews-%22nice-work-if-you-can-get-it%22

Chad’s Review – http://www.theclubhousepodcast.com/#!news/nws1/C299CE45-1AE3-4A29-B3A2-4FC14DA72686/chad-reviews-%22nice-work-if-you-can-get-it%22

Don’s Review – http://www.theclubhousepodcast.com/#!news/nws1/5355E2FA-C685-4987-918E-AE1CE2419DEF/don-reviews-%22nice-work-if-you-can-get-it%22

Review by John Strange with Selig Film News:
http://seligfilmnews.com/nice-work-can-get-review-john-strange/#.VA3_FNh0zb0

Quick Review by Elizabeth Ygartua with People Newspapers:
http://www.parkcitiespeople.com/2014/09/05/dallas-summer-musicals-is-doing-nice-work/

“See what’s so “Delishious” about Nice Work If You Can Get It at DSM!!” by Vanna Collins:
http://www.vannacollins.com/#!See-whats-so-Delishious-about-Nice-Work-If-You-Can-Get-It-at-DSM/c112t/CE1BC020-80BF-4201-9953-DFEC6C1888A2

Review by Richard Blake with The Column:
http://thecolumnawards.org/columnonline/review/09-12-2014_NICE-WORK-IF-YOU-CAN-GET-IT/

 

INSIDE LOOK, ARTICLES & FEATURES

Sneak Peek at Scenes from the show:
http://youtu.be/ljUopZ4CPS0

Playbill.com Article – PHOTO CALL: “Sweet and Lowdown”; A First Look at the National Tour of Tony-Winning Nice Work If You Can Get It:
http://playbill.com/news/article/photo-call-sweet-and-lowdown-a-first-look-at-the-national-tour-of-tony-winn

Nancy Churnin with The Dallas Morning News:  Top 5 Theater Picks:
http://artsblog.dallasnews.com/2014/09/nancy-churnins-top-5-theater-picks-buyer-cellar-nice-work-fiddler-more.html/

Nancy Churnin with The Dallas Morning News Feature Article – “Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall happy about ‘Nice Work’”
http://www.dallasnews.com/entertainment/columnists/nancy-churnin/20140906-tony-award-winner-kathleen-marshall-happy-about-nice-work.ece

Nancy Churnin with The Dallas Morning News Feature Article – “Highland Park HS pitcher taps in ‘Nice Work’ at DSM”:
http://www.dallasnews.com/entertainment/columnists/nancy-churnin/20140829-highland-park-hs-pitcher-taps-in-nice-work-at-dsm.ece

Keep checking back for more exciting videos, photos, and more!

NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT is on stage now thru September 14th at the Music Hall at Fair Park, then will be at Bass Performance Hall September 16-21! Tickets on sale now – go to http://www.dallassummermusicals.org/nicework.html for tickets and details!

See you at the theater!

-DSM Amanda