WICKED – Broadway’s Biggest Blockbuster Returns To North Texas and Dallas Loves It!!!

May 9th, 2016

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

 

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

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

REVIEWS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Clubhouse Podcast Special Edition Review (Audio)

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

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

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

FEATURES

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

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

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

“The Witches Have Arrived” – Southlake Style Magazine

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

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

Best Weekend Events – CultureMap

Best Bets – Dallas Voice

Things To Do In Dallas – D Magazine

 

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

Join us and don’t miss this WICKED production!


DSM Chair issues second statement on Jenkins

May 2nd, 2016

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DSM Chair issues second statement on Jenkins

Board Chair Munselle says forensic examination of financials led to decision

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Dallas Summer Musicals to Chart New Course

May 2nd, 2016

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Dallas Summer Musicals to Chart New Course

 Veteran Arts Administrator David Hyslop named Interim Managing Director

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hyslop met with DSM staff and key personnel Monday morning.

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

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

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

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Your 2015 DSM Holiday Gift Guide is Here!

November 25th, 2015

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

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

Not sure who to give Broadway to this season?

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

8 Reasons Tickets Make A Great Gift

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

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

-DSM Amanda


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

Do Something More Tuesdays – 5 W's for Giving

September 15th, 2015

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WHAT is North Texas Giving Day?

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

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

WHEN is North Texas Giving Day?

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

WHY give on North Texas Giving Day?

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

WHO Benefits from a gift given to Dallas Summer Musicals?

DSM Academy of Performing Arts students

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DSM Academy Students Say Thank You!

High School Musical Theatre Award participants and scholarship recipients

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Seats for Kids and Stage Right participants

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

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

 

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

HOW can I help?

Do Something More:

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

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

#GiveDSM         #DSMisBIG        #NTXGivingDay        #DoSomethingMore


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

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, DSM relies on a variety of funding sources to bring the Best of Broadway to Dallas at affordable ticket prices, as well as to preserve the beautiful historic theatre, educate young audiences and create important community programs. DSM’s Seats for Kids program provides a meaningful arts education experience to thousands of low income, at-risk and special needs children. DSM provides positive incentives for youth that are at risk for gang membership through the Stage Right program. In addition, The Dallas Summer Musicals Academy of Performing Arts offers professional theatre arts training and scholarships to talented students in need. DSM’s High School Musical Theatre Awards are patterned after Broadway’s Tony® Awards and celebrates the power of the arts to significantly improve all areas of education. Hear Us Now!™ is DSM’s newest initiative. Since 2010 the experts at DSM have made significant changes and upgrades to its acoustical systems to improve the sound quality of the productions for all its patrons, including the hearing impaired. It is so unique that a trademark has been allowed by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Ticket sales alone do not sustain these endeavors. Only support from committed businesses, foundations and individuals make these programs possible.

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

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

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DSM is looking for our first official KID CRITIC!

September 9th, 2015

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DSM is looking for our first official Kid Critic!

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

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

Please review the requirements and submit an application below!

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

Requirements:

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

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

Age Recommendations for our 2016 Season:

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

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

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


Do Something More Tuesdays – Payton and Holly Reeves for HSMTA

September 1st, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Together, let’s Do Something More!

#GiveDSM         #DSMisBIG        #NTXGivingDay        #DoSomethingMore


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

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, DSM relies on a variety of funding sources to bring the Best of Broadway to Dallas at affordable ticket prices, as well as to preserve the beautiful historic theatre, educate young audiences and create important community programs. DSM’s Seats for Kids program provides a meaningful arts education experience to thousands of low income, at-risk and special needs children. DSM provides positive incentives for youth that are at risk for gang membership through the Stage Right program. In addition, The Dallas Summer Musicals Academy of Performing Arts offers professional theatre arts training and scholarships to talented students in need. DSM’s High School Musical Theatre Awards are patterned after Broadway’s Tony® Awards and celebrates the power of the arts to significantly improve all areas of education. Hear Us Now!™ is DSM’s newest initiative. Since 2010 the experts at DSM have made significant changes and upgrades to its acoustical systems to improve the sound quality of the productions for all its patrons, including the hearing impaired. It is so unique that a trademark has been allowed by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Ticket sales alone do not sustain these endeavors. Only support from committed businesses, foundations and individuals make these programs possible.

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

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

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Do Something More Tuesdays – DSM Academy of Performing Arts

August 25th, 2015

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An affiliate of Dallas Summer Musicals, the DSM Academy of Performing arts was founded in 1999 to engage and educate children and young adults in musical theatre training. Accredited arts teachers and theatre professionals lead four comprehensive sessions yearly, all culminating with a public performance of a student production. Master classes also give students a taste of Broadway in lessons led by touring performers. The program is intentionally designed as a confidence-building experience, with a guarantee that every child will receive a speaking part. (For current class offerings and more details, click here.)

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Lynne and Bob Thompson signing a scholarship.

Each year, nearly 500 students take their first steps on the path to Broadway at the Academy. For some, the experience is made possible because of generous gifts from arts and education supporters. Among the most ardent of these supporters are DSM Board member Robert L. Thompson and his wife Lynne. The two are longtime DSM subscribers and Guild members who have been deeply touched by the dedication and development of the students at the Academy. Discussing the Academy’s importance, Mr. Thompson emphasized, “It means so much to the kids. It fosters their development which in turn fosters the development of the whole community. The Academy supports their self-esteem and worth, and it gives them a chance to develop into the great citizens that they have the potential to be.”

In appreciation of his love of musical theatre, Endeavour International Corporation established the Robert L. Thompson Scholarship fund for Mr. Thompson as a retirement present in 2013. He and his family continue to financially back the fund and make musical theatre education possible for more students. “We want the community to know about the Academy and all of DSM. There is so much more happening at DSM than entertaining patrons. These experiences are integral to children’s development. The growth experienced by these kids cannot be overstated, and the scholarship program extends that opportunity to those who cannot do it without help.”

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DSM Academy students take a master class taught by cast members from the National Tour of PIPPIN.

The Thompsons do not just offer their financial support to the students. Says Academy Director Kevin Cook, “Mr. and Mrs. Thompson attend the performance of each recipient to lend their support and applause.“ Lynne fondly recalls viewing the recent Pippin production. The Thompsons met Alexis Gonzalez, a scholarship student who starred in the production. “We were so impressed with Alexis and everyone’s ability. When Alexis hugged Bob and got choked up as she said she couldn’t have done it without him, we were so encouraged to stay involved and felt so rewarded.”

Alexis became involved with the Academy after her high school theatre teacher encouraged her to audition. Alexis was interested in the program but was reluctant to audition because she knew her family couldn’t cover the full cost of tuition. Deadline looming, her teacher pulled her aside and filmed Alexis’ audition tape herself. Academy Director of Education Kevin Cook was impressed, and Alexis was brought into the Academy on scholarship.

Alexis recalls feeling a little frightened in her first days at the Academy, not knowing what to expect. She quickly found her footing and the support she needed to expand her limits. “That first day it was scary, but that feeling of being by myself helped me grow, and the teachers were always there to push and help support us all, while being so welcoming.”

Once, Alexis remembers thinking she was in trouble when Mr. Cook gave her a sideways glance during auditions. She had gone out for the smaller, comedic role of the chicken in Pippin and got called up by Mr. Cook during auditions for the lead part. She asked him if she was in trouble and he exclaimed, “No! Go audition!” She shares, “Then I got the part. Mr. Kevin and Ms. Ty pushed me to see that I am way more than I think I am sometimes.”

Recalling her meeting with the Thompsons, Alexis’ voice floods with emotion. “Even though this man doesn’t know me, he gave me the amazing opportunity to do what I love and to make people smile. I could see how proud he was that he was helping students accomplish their dreams. He was proud of me even though he had never met me before.” She quickly transitioned from tears to laughter, “It made me laugh after the show because he said, ‘I had a meeting to go to, but I’m going to stay for the second show!’”

Alexis plans to get a musical theatre education at NYU and pursue her Broadway dreams. She wants then to share her knowledge as a teacher and create the kind of experience that she had at the Academy for other students. “They all touch your heart and they all impact you. Those feelings like I learned at DSM of acceptance, confidence and love, they will stay with me.”

Taking another moment of gratitude for the Thompsons, Alexis emphasized, “Just by one action, you can change someone’s life. Even though he had not yet met me, he changed my life.”

DSM Academy Students Say Thank You!

DSM Academy Students Say Thank You!

Please join us in taking one action to create positive change for the children of North Texas. Gifts given to DSM on September 17th through northtexasgivingday.org go father to support students of musical theatre who attend the Academy and all of the programs that DSM offers to open the door of possibility for underserved youth.

You’re also invited to see Alexis perform at the House of Blues on September 17th for DSM’s North Texas Giving Day celebration from 4-8pm. She will be joined by rocking Texas band GOODnGONE and local talent Keron Jackson.

Together, let’s Do Something More!

#GiveDSM         #DSMisBIG        #NTXGivingDay        #DoSomethingMore


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About DSM Academy of Performing Arts:
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. 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.
About Dallas Summer Musicals
Dallas Summer Musicals, Inc. (DSM) is the preeminent nonprofit presenter of Broadway theatre in North Texas. DSM produces, presents and promotes excellence in live musical theatre with year-round performances for diverse audiences of all ages, impacting the lives of children and families through community outreach and education, and enriching the cultural landscape of Dallas/Fort Worth, North Texas and the Southwest Region.
As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, DSM relies on a variety of funding sources to bring the Best of Broadway to Dallas at affordable ticket prices, as well as to preserve the beautiful historic theatre, educate young audiences and create important community programs. DSM’s Seats for Kids program provides a meaningful arts education experience to thousands of low income, at-risk and special needs children. DSM provides positive incentives for youth that are at risk for gang membership through the Stage Right program. In addition, The Dallas Summer Musicals Academy of Performing Arts offers professional theatre arts training and scholarships to talented students in need. DSM’s High School Musical Theatre Awards are patterned after Broadway’s Tony® Awards and celebrates the power of the arts to significantly improve all areas of education. Hear Us Now!™ is DSM’s newest initiative. Since 2010 the experts at DSM have made significant changes and upgrades to its acoustical systems to improve the sound quality of the productions for all its patrons, including the hearing impaired. It is so unique that a trademark has been allowed by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Ticket sales alone do not sustain these endeavors. Only support from committed businesses, foundations and individuals make these programs possible.
Dallas Summer Musicals is presented by Texas Instruments and gratefully acknowledges the support of our season sponsors and partners The Dallas Morning News, WFAA TV Channel 8, American Airlines, and The Original Cupcakery.
For more information about Dallas Summer Musicals, please call 214.421.5678 or visit our website at DallasSummerMusicals.org.

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Do Something More Tuesdays – Keron Jackson

August 18th, 2015

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CWaits-4881Keron Jackson has a voice that hits you like a wave. Whether performing for DSM’s Curtain Call gala or at an intimate gathering, the power of his singing leaves an indelible impression. But the journey to shape and share his gift has been riddled with difficulty, beginning with an unstable, unsafe home life.

Keron and his sisters experienced bouts of homelessness and bounced from house to house, living, as he puts it, “a life without a foundation. A one-note kind of life. The way I grew up, I didn’t know what it was to go to college, to have a career path, to pursue something. I knew what it was to stand on the corner and sell drugs, to be a hoodlum.”

At 11, Keron’s grandparents took him in and enrolled him in middle school. He recalls wondering what the point of school was, not being able to see a tangible reward. That changed when his school took a field trip to see The Princess and the Pea, for which he had to forge his parents’ signatures on the permission slip. This was Keron’s first experience with the arts, and he laughs deeply as he remembers the awe he felt when looking up at the actors on stage. It was also the first time that he imagined a possibility for himself outside the bounds of a life whose only potentials seemed to include drugs, theft, and gangs.

During high school, Keron had the amazing support of his theatre teacher Ernestine Rose. Rose exposed Keron to UIL competitions, took him under her wing, and further solidified his interest in the performing arts. He recalls watching his first UIL performance and knowing that he had found his calling.

But after high school, Keron was again left on his own financially and struggled once more with homelessness. “It is one thing to start to believe in a dream and it is another to know how the dream is going to happen. If you don’t have support, it isn’t possible.” Rose had given Keron the exposure necessary to ignite his passion and the support necessary to instill self-confidence, but he still could not see the path to making his dreams a reality. He says he felt “torn between two worlds,” a world of clear but strife-filled boundaries and a world of hazy possibility.

In his early 20s, dreams began to take shape. With the help of John and Janice King and the guidance of church organist Joyce Hughes, Keron began daily voice lessons and focused intently on honing his craft. He emphasizes, “Amateurs practice until they get it right. Professionals practice until they can’t get it wrong.” Keron began winning music competitions and eventually earned a scholarship to Baylor. He attributes his success to a philosophy of perseverance: “Even if nobody else shows up for your dream, you still have to show up for it every day.”

After a life of struggle, Keron is finally beginning to reap the rewards of developing self-worth and dedication. In the last year, Keron has performed at DSM’s Curtain Call gala, begun production on an album and received back-to-back standing ovations at Carnegie Hall. He swells with pride recalling that DSM President and Managing Director Michael Jenkins told him, “the world has chosen you.”

Beyond sharing his voice, he says his purpose is to share hope with children who have a dream but don’t know how to realize it. “The importance of DSM’s programs is to see a new path. Kids in Compton have never seen the ocean. They live five miles from it and have never seen it. I want to show kids the ocean.”

You’re invited to see Keron Jackson perform live at the House of Blues on September 17th for our North Texas Giving Day celebration from 4:00-8:00pm. A gift on this day benefits the significant education and outreach programs that DSM promotes to open the door of possibility for at-risk and underserved youth.

Together, let’s Do Something More!

#GiveDSM         #DSMisBIG        #NTXGivingDay        #DoSomethingMore


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

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, DSM relies on a variety of funding sources to bring the Best of Broadway to Dallas at affordable ticket prices, as well as to preserve the beautiful historic theatre, educate young audiences and create important community programs. DSM’s Seats for Kids program provides a meaningful arts education experience to thousands of low income, at-risk and special needs children. DSM provides positive incentives for youth that are at risk for gang membership through the Stage Right program. In addition, The Dallas Summer Musicals Academy of Performing Arts offers professional theatre arts training and scholarships to talented students in need. DSM’s High School Musical Theatre Awards are patterned after Broadway’s Tony® Awards and celebrates the power of the arts to significantly improve all areas of education. Hear Us Now!™ is DSM’s newest initiative. Since 2010 the experts at DSM have made significant changes and upgrades to its acoustical systems to improve the sound quality of the productions for all its patrons, including the hearing impaired. It is so unique that a trademark has been allowed by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Ticket sales alone do not sustain these endeavors. Only support from committed businesses, foundations and individuals make these programs possible.

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

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

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Nominate Your Hero for Season Tickets!

August 12th, 2015

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This year, we want to honor a special, deserving person with 2015/2016 DSM Season Tickets! Do you have someone in your life that you look up to and admire? Will they also like to come and see all of the 2015/2016 DSM Season Shows? We want to hear about the heroes in your life!

By clicking here, submit a nomination for who inspires you and why. We here at DSM will select the top 5 nominees and the grand prize winner will be selected by YOU, our DSM Fans, to win season tickets! HURRY though, because the nominations end on FRIDAY at 11:59pm! Voting begins on Monday, August 17th at 10am through Friday, August 21st at 12:00pm. The winner will be announced that afternoon.

Thanks for participating! We wish you and your hero good luck!

‪#‎DSMSeason ‪#‎SeasonTicketContest ‪#‎DSMHeroes

-DSM Amanda


Do Something More Tuesdays – Imagine the Future of DSM

August 11th, 2015

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At the heart of live theatre is the chemistry of shared experience, the electricity that charges a room in a dance of anticipation and connection. The palpable interplay between audience and performers enlivens each group, and meaningful performances ignite conversations and inspire memories that live on long after the show. By its very nature, theatre is community.

Last week, we shared THIS POST about DSM’s longstanding history of making community connections that open the theatre to at-risk and resource-limited children. This week, we invite you to imagine the future at DSM. For our 76th year, we have envisioned two new programs that would allow us to engage more of North Texas in the true communal experience offered by musical theatre.

kids groupIn March, DSM will bring Disney’s The Little Mermaid back to the stage in a beautifully reimagined production featuring completely new songs in addition to the movie’s Oscar-winning score. For one performance, DSM will offer the Dallas community every seat in the house! The DSM Community Performance aims to build a foundation of partner integration by engaging new patrons, volunteers, city officials, area nonprofits, businesses, and you! We will open our doors to members of our community who may not otherwise be able to afford to attend a performance, continue the dialogue on arts importance, and highlight historic Fair Park and its role as a Dallas landmark. Most importantly, we will create partnerships which promote access to the arts for all families of Dallas/Fort Worth.

vet photoDSM also seeks to expand its efforts of community care by welcoming the men and women who have bravely fought for our nation to the Music Hall. Each year, thousands of veterans separate from the military and rejoin the workforce in North Texas alone. DSM aims to support our veterans and honor their service by facilitating their access to a theatre experience. Seats for Vets will subsidize seating, making access to outstanding family entertainment affordable for this distinguished group.

School budget cutbacks and limited personal resources can deprive deserving people of the enriching experience of musical theatre entertainment. As a community, we have the power to provide this gift. On September 17th, help us Do Something More. Your online gift through northtexasgivingday.org will help us get these initiatives off the ground and build the foundation for our next 75 years.

Together, let’s Do Something More!

#GiveDSM         #DSMisBIG        #NTXGivingDay        #DoSomethingMore


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

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, DSM relies on a variety of funding sources to bring the Best of Broadway to Dallas at affordable ticket prices, as well as to preserve the beautiful historic theatre, educate young audiences and create important community programs. DSM’s Seats for Kids program provides a meaningful arts education experience to thousands of low income, at-risk and special needs children. DSM provides positive incentives for youth that are at risk for gang membership through the Stage Right program. In addition, The Dallas Summer Musicals Academy of Performing Arts offers professional theatre arts training and scholarships to talented students in need. DSM’s High School Musical Theatre Awards are patterned after Broadway’s Tony® Awards and celebrates the power of the arts to significantly improve all areas of education. Hear Us Now!™ is DSM’s newest initiative. Since 2010 the experts at DSM have made significant changes and upgrades to its acoustical systems to improve the sound quality of the productions for all its patrons, including the hearing impaired. It is so unique that a trademark has been allowed by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Ticket sales alone do not sustain these endeavors. Only support from committed businesses, foundations and individuals make these programs possible.

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

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

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DSM SHOWBIZ CREW

August 7th, 2015

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DSM SHOWBIZ CREW

With the announcement of its highly anticipated 2015-2016 Season, Dallas Summer Musicals is offering the public a chance to participate in a unique opportunity called DSM SHOWBIZ CREW. Are you a Broadway fan? Do you live in or near Dallas? Are you social media savvy? DSM is looking for theater lovers to promote and review its new season giving 4 individuals the chance to win access to see multiple shows including the North Texas debut of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s THE SOUND OF MUSIC and BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY, DSM’s production of Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID and the blockbuster musical WICKED to name a few. Other exclusive perks include cast chat backs and opening night cast parties after the evening performance where the winners will get to mingle with the cast and other VIP members.

TO REGISTER: http://www.dallassummermusicals.org/showbizcrew.shtm

DEADLINE: AUGUST 21, 2015

REQUIREMENTS: 

  • Winner must promote the show on their social media accounts
  • Post before attending the show (i.e. expectations, show summary/times, etc.)
  • Winners will be responsible to pick up their tickets at the Press Table the evening of designated performances
  • Post photos while at the venue or during intermission (not while inside the theater)
  • Post a review about the show
  • Send in a screen shot copy of all content

PERKS:

  • A pair of tickets on press night to designated shows
  • Access to any media event available such as cast chat backs and backstage tours
  • Content visibility throughout DSM’s social media platforms
  • Exclusive invitation to the show cast party following the performance
DSM 2015-2016 Season

For updated information about Dallas Summer Musicals visit www.DallasSummerMusicals.org


DSM Guest Blog: My Weekend with Jason Robert Brown

July 30th, 2015

My Weekend with Jason Robert Brown

by Megan Anthony, Guest DSM Blogger and DSM Intern

This past weekend, I had the opportunity to drive out to Fort Worth and see the one and only Jason Robert Brown. Texas Christian University was hosting their 2nd annual “Festival of American Song,” this year featuring the renowned musical theater composer.

For those who don’t recognize the name, Jason Robert Brown is the composer and lyricist of The Bridges of Madison County, which happens to be coming to DSM in February 2016! In addition to Bridges, JRB is also known for The Last 5 Years (recently made into a movie starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan), Parade, and Songs for a New World (less a musical, more a set of songs that are brought together by the people singing them). JRB has received 3 Tony awards for his work. Bridges received the Tony awards for Best Orchestration and Best Original Score, and then in 1999 Parade won for Best Original Score.

I first heard Jason Robert Brown’s music in high school, although it didn’t really occur to me until much later that it was all the same person, let alone that he was a “big deal.” Now that I’ve gone through college, growing in my knowledge of musical theatre, I became more familiar with his works. That being said, being able to see him in person was probably comparable to my little sister being introduced to Taylor Swift (it was more subtle I hope… but I’m serious.)

IMG_0841The day started off with a masterclass, in which JRB worked with five of TCU’s recent alumni. [Side note: He was sitting 2 rows directly in front of me. I could have touched him. I might have been freaking out a little.] Right off the bat, I was impressed with how knowledgeable this man was. Each singer he helped to make their performance seem more natural and musical, while giving tips on how and where to stand (or sit) and what songs/characters they should/should not audition for.

After the class, JRB momentarily sat down at a piano. But only to readjust the seat… still giving us hope that he would be playing later that night at the talk back entitled “A Conversation with Jason Robert Brown.”

It was in this “conversation” that I (and the rest of the audience in TCU’s recital hall) learned how JRB began his career in music [a pump organ found in his grandfather’s basement] and how he chose his path after high school [he was a “good Jewish boy so he went to a university” and his grades were terrible… so his only choice was a music school. Eastman (one of the top music schools in the country)]. How he premiered Songs for a New World when he was only 25, and how he got asked to write the music for Parade on the whim of an impatient director [because “Steve” Sondheim backed out].

Every once in a while, in between questions, the moderator would turn and say, “Why don’t you play [insert random song choice here] for us?” And JRB would naturally agree and just start playing some of the most complicated piano music you’ve ever heard, all while keeping a beat with his left foot and singing his own songs. One song, “I Could Be In Love With Someone Like You” was actually cut from The Last 5 Years, and another “I Love Betsy” is featured in his most recent show, Honeymoon in Vegas.

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All in all, if I wasn’t excited about seeing Jason Robert Brown’s Bridges of Madison County before [false… I was already excited], I am even more so now! Make sure you come check it out at DSM, February 2-14, 2016, along with the rest of our 2015-2016 season beginning in November with The Sound of Music!!!

Megan Anthony is originally from Flower Mound, TX and has been an Intern with DSM this summer. She currently attends Hardin-Simmons University and will graduate with a degree in Music Business/Management.

THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY is presented by Dallas Summer Musicals February 2-14, 2016 at Music Hall Fair Park. THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY, one of the most romantic stories ever written, is now an irresistible, two-time Tony Award®-winning Broadway musical. Based on the best-selling novel by Robert James Waller, THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY tells the story of Iowa housewife Francesca Johnson and her life-changing, four-day whirlwind romance with traveling photographer Robert Kincaid. It’s an unforgettable story of two people caught between decision and desire, as a chance encounter becomes a second chance at so much more.

This stunning new production features gorgeous, soulful music by Tony Award®-winning composer Jason Robert Brown (Parade, The Last Five Years) that draws upon the rich textures of Americana and folk and the sweeping, expressive balladry of classic Broadway. The Daily News hails it as “one of Broadway’s best scores in the last decade.”

With a book by Pulitzer Prize Winner Marcia Norman (The Secret Garden, The Color Purple) and direction by Tony®-winner Bartlett Sher (South Pacific, The Light in the Piazza), THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY is “an evening you will cherish long after the show’s over!” (NPR)

Click on the poster below for more details and a sneak peek video!

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Do Something More on North Texas Giving Day!

July 24th, 2015

Do Something More on North Texas Giving Day

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As our 75th year comes to a close, we want to thank you for making it a memorable one. The passion our patrons bring to the Music Hall is a huge part of why we are a cornerstone arts organization in Dallas. Last year, you vocalized your support of DSM on North Texas Giving Day and made us the number one performing arts organization in the online giving event. We need you to help us make this year an even bigger success! Every gift made through NorthTexasGivingDay.org on September 17th increases our chances of winning one of 70 prizes awarded by the Communities Foundation of Texas, and every gift of $25 or more will earn bonus funds. These incentives help you make the most of your generosity.

Beyond supporting the best of Broadway, a gift to DSM is an investment in the cultural fabric of North Texas. Your support directly powers the significant outreach programs that we offer to engage underserved children with musical theatre and the arts.

  • Seats for Kids gives children the opportunity to experience the magic of the musicals for what is likely their first time. Partnering with Title I schools and nonprofit youth agencies that serve at-risk and special needs children across the Dallas Fort-Worth area, DSM provides students and their chaperones with free seats for shows and a professionally drafted study guide to enhance the performance experience.
  • The Kids Club membership program deepens the developing arts appreciation of our youngest patrons through show-inspired art projects and activities as well as providing children with the unforgettable opportunity to meet cast members from their favorite shows.
  • Through the DSM Academy of Performing Arts and the annual High School Musical Theatre Awards, DSM cultivates and showcases the next generation of musical theatre talent. DSM also supports the promising talent of students who need financial assistance with scholarships.
  • Additionally, DSM is partnering with the Dallas Police Department to offer a positive alternative to gang-affiliated youth through our Stage Right program.

The success of these education programs and initiatives inspires creativity and imagination, promotes academic investment, and has realized the dream of musical theatre involvement for thousands of passionate young performers.

For our 76th season, DSM looks forward to expanding its efforts of community support with new initiatives. Imagine being able to provide seats to hundreds of veterans and their families. With your support, we can open the doors of the Music Hall to more of our community and pave the way for 75 more years of magic at the Music Hall.

We also want to celebrate you, our amazing patrons, and the spirit of giving in style this year! DSM will host a giving day soirèe at the House of Blues from 4pm – 8pm On September 17th. Join us for a live musical performance, donation stations for your giving convenience, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, prizes, photo booth fun, and the opportunity to connect with fellow supporters.

Finally, we want to give you more opportunities to share your love of the musicals and our community. On September 1st, we will be instituting the North Texas Giving Day DSM Photo Challenge, where contestants will share photos of themselves “Doing Something More” in the North Texas community OR of themselves in costume from one of our upcoming shows. The contest will run until 11:59 p.m. on September 15th, with winners announced at our celebration at the House of Blues. Click here for the full scoop!

Thank you again for making the Music Hall your home for music and memories. Thank you for the generosity which gives the same opportunity to all members of our community.

Together, let’s Do Something More.

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Menopause The Musical – Meet The Cast: Linda Boston

July 23rd, 2015

Menopause The Musical – Meet The Cast: Linda Boston

Linda Boston

LINDA BOSTON (Professional Woman)Multi-talented performer with theater, film, music credits and a long run with MTM. Her theater accomplishments include “Crowns,” “Sophisticated Ladies” and the award-winning one-woman-show “Jackie ‘Moms’ Mabley: The Naked Truth.” (www.lindaboston.com). As a singer-songwriter and requested vocalist, she’s sung before Pres. Bill Clinton, Rev. Jesse Jackson, requested opening vocalist at the 2006 Detroit Mayoral Inauguration and much more. “Boston’s chops carry the set. Serve this one with moonlight and good conversation,” says Ambassador Magazine about her music CD, Permission: The Power Of Being. She’s heard in local, regional and national commercials, has over 20 supporting film credits, been recognized by the San Diego Black, Uptown and New Harvest Film Festivals, and has worked with performance greats including Michael Chiklis, Ray Liotta, Bencio Del Toro, Anthony Mackie, Whitney Houston, Tamala Mann and Pearl Cleage. Her 501c3 nonprofit, PEER Inc. (www.peerincredible.org), collaborates with organizations helping individuals develop their creative experiences. Linda says: “For everlasting change to come, KNOW we are all connected as ONE.” Thanks GFour, for connecting.

 

MY STORY

Challenges build integrity, while integrity builds fortitude. Is there any chance of it all building character?

Well, that’s a spiritual concept that must be seen intuitively to be recognized externally. In my life, cancer, Alzheimers, relocations in and out of state, marriage, child birth, mortality and divorce lumped themselves together. Unfortunately at the same time. And when your anguish is tied to and with those you love, you question all of what ‘challenges’ are supposed to build. However, I know love is MAAT which is the Kemetic, Dogon or Egyptian word for creativity. There is no destruction in the midst of creativity regardless of the challenge; other than what is rectified through the process of balance and harmony. And then, even in that, there is no destruction, only correction. It’s simply the processes of change. And the only thing constant is the change.

Our family was raised in Chicago. Knowing that two of my aunts and other friends and family members had passed on via their challenges with breast, uterine and other cancers, my sister Lorna boston had been working at MCI Telecommunications for eight years when she was diagnosed with bladder cancer.   Additionally, our mother began showing signs of Alzheimer’s disease. Yes, 1985 began the race toward the test. Lorna endured three years of chemotherapy and nine surgeries.   At that time I was living in Detroit but I would go to help care for her as her marriage was dissolving. Trials and stress led to her unemployment and divorce, but it also grew her into the world of self-employment via the music industry. She formed her own band and began working in Chicago’s well known music establishment, Lonie Walker’s Underground Wonderbar, where she is still employed today and hosting the Tuesday Night Pro Jam. Simultaneously, our older brother, Lamonte was a major music influence to us both and was a integral part of the Wonderbar fabric, as well, known as LB’s Machine, which made a major impact throughout Chicago’s Rhythm & Blues community. Ironically, he was diagnosed with Lymphatic Leukemia in 1994.

You can bet, much had been happening. In 1988 I moved our mother, Pearline Boston to my home in Detroit to manage her care. I married, gave birth to a daughter Aziza Gilbert, divorced and learned of the beauty, inspiration and strength in-home hospice can and will provide. Our mother made her transition in 1998 and my intuitive awakening became clearer. ‘Purpose’ was in the process of revelation so incidentally, her passing encouraged me to start a non-profit 501c3 organization called PEER Inc. (www.peerincredible.org). Then, after a long hard fight and several moments of remission, a virus further complicated our brother’s immune system and he made his spiritual transition in 2007.

There was more to come. 2008 to 2011, I had severe health challenges myself. One battle, in particular, brought me to the ebb of my own transitional mortality. Had stress caused dis-ease? No doubt, my past, present and future purpose had become evident?

WHAT AN AWAKENING!!!

Yes, we ARE spirits having human experiences. And though we may leave this earthen realm…as ancestors, we really go no where. This is just a training ground for the next phase. Now, more than ever, it is encouraging for me to surround myself with those who fervently seek the need to know and heal themselves from ALL diagnosis’, by changing their diets, aligning themselves holistically and meditating spiritually and metaphysically.

You may ask, “Why….when the doctor knows best?”

Well, you can bet I realized something was going on, making the picture much bigger, greater, grander than the past pains, wars and challenges anyone in my family had been through, and music was a healing tool for all of us. Most importantly for my brother and sister. Our mother and father planted in us, the seeds of healing embedded in creativity. In fact, the songs I’ve written on my CD “Permission: The Power Of Being” reflect the spiritual walk I’ve been on. Through each and every challenge, to religious independence, onto metaphysical enlightenment…a paradigm shift, if you will, has taken place. Now, I seek the need to see myself as being part of the whole…incapsulated with past, present, future, earthen and cosmic realities. I now know I have the chance and choice to manifest my own intentions.   And through my very own imagination, I WANT and WILL, to share in a process that manifests YOUR healing as well, regardless of the challenge.

In the words of master physicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, “….we’re all connected to each other biologically, to earth chemically, and to the rest of the universe atomically….”.   To over-stand and maybe even inner-stand my walk and connection to the Creator Of All Things, visit PEER’s satellite division at www.stompministries.com. There, you will see why and how I choose to KNOW LOVE IS MAAT…MAAT IS ETERNAL… and we have the power to heal the land, ourselves and each other…holistically.

Join me, won’t you? Ase.

 


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Menopause The Musical®: The Survivor Tour® is presented by DSM Management Group, Inc. July 21-26 at the Music Hall at Fair Park.

TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

The show that’s brought joy to millions worldwide is proving that laughter truly is the best medicine. With a cast of breast cancer survivors and co-survivors, Menopause The Musical® is partnering with Susan G. Komen® to offer inspiration, sisterhood, and hope.
Four women at a lingerie sale have nothing in common but a black lace bra AND memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats, not enough sex, too much sex and more! This hilarious musical parody set to classic tunes from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s will have you cheering and dancing in the aisles! Menopause The Musical®: The Survivor Tour® Benefiting Susan G. Komen® is the first of its kind, donating a portion of every ticket sale directly to the ongoing effort to save lives and end breast cancer forever.

For more details and tickets, click here.


Menopause The Musical – Meet The Cast: Megan Cavanagh

July 22nd, 2015

Menopause The Musical – Meet The Cast: Megan Cavanagh

Megan Cavanagh

MEGAN CAVANAGH (Earth Mother) is most recognized as Marla Hooch, from the Penny Marshall movie, A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN. Other film credits include: Mel Brooks’ ROBIN HOOD: MEN IN TIGHTS (Broomhilde) and (Essie) DRACULA: DEAD AND LOVING IT. She starred with Tim Allen and Kirstie Ally in FOR RICHER OR POORER (Levinia Yoder). She also starred with Christina Ricci in Disney’s remake of THAT DARN CAT (Lu). Megan voiced Judy Neutron in The Academy Award Nominated Animated Feature JIMMY NEUTRON: BOY GENIUS, and she also had the pleasure of doing the Nickelodeon TV series. Other Cartoon voices are: Queen Luna on the Nickelodeon animated series, WINX CLUB, Slog on TAK AND THE POWER OF JUJU, and Amy Poehler’s animated series THE MIGHTY B, where Megan played Hillary Higgenbottom (Bessie’s Mom). Other TV credits include: Recurring character Trudy (who married Al on the last episode) on HOME IMPROVEMENT. Guest Starring on FRIENDS, WILL & GRACE, JUST SHOOT ME, WEST WING, ER, ROSEANNE and many others. Megan did eight episodes with Betty White and Bob Newhart in his series, BOB.

She has performed in MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL® Since 2004 as Earth Mother and Iowa Housewife in San Francisco and Kuala Lampur, Malaysia. Noted Regional Credits include: Blithe Spirit (Madame Arcati), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Pseudolus), Jubilee (Queen/Butch), High Spi its (Madam Arcati). Megan is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association Since 1987. MeganCavanagh.com

 

MY STORY

January 24, 2014 I had a routine mammogram and a 9mm node was discovered. I had a biopsy and was told I wouldn’t hear the results till Tuesday at the earliest, so when my phone rang at 8am Monday morning I knew it probably wasn’t good news. And I was right – “invasive carcinoma,” was the diagnosis. My head reeled. I was on tour with Menopause the Musical in Springfield, IL and I started to google what “invasive carcinoma” meant.

I returned home and met with my surgeon, Kristi Funk at Pink Lotus (she sounds like a rock star) and she explained that given the size of the node I was probably Stage I ILC (Invasive Lobular Carcinoma) and wouldn’t have to undergo chemotherapy just radiation, but we would have to go in and get the lump out and get it looked at under the microscope to see what we were dealing with. After a MRI five more nodes were found and I was scheduled for surgery March 3rd.

I had a partial mastectomy and four lymph nodes removed from under my left arm. Three of the four lymph nodes tested positive for cancer so I was back under the knife a week later to remove seven more lymph nodes – which, thankfully, all came back negative. But those blasted three positive nodes meant I was going to have to endure chemotherapy. I was now Stage II ILC.

I had four chemotherapy sessions every three weeks, and lost all my hair everywhere, then thirty radiation treatments. The radiation was intense but I got through it without a rash. During my treatments I discovered a cancer support center called WeSpark, in Woodland Hills, CA. Finding this place helped me so much! I joined an in-treatment support group and had a harp lesson. I got Reiki and acupuncture for free. I did mindful meditation and hypnotherapy. WeSpark is my new best friend and when I’m home between tours I race right back there to join my post treatment support group. I can’t emphasize enough the importance of having this kind of support when you are facing something as daunting as cancer.

The day after my last radiation treatment, I was on a flight to the east coast to attend my nephew’s wedding and then join a new Menopause the Musical tour. I was bald and worried that I wouldn’t have the energy, but with the support of my spouse and the cast and crew I did it — followed by forty-eight more shows!

I now am dealing with lymphodemia of the left breast. I undergo physical therapy two to three times a week and have to wear a device to help (the liquid that the lymph nodes would normally take care of) drain properly, along with a compression shirt.

I also have to take Tamoxifen for five years. This drug inhibits the estrogen production in my body, as my cancer feeds on estrogen, but it also majorly increases hot flashes and night sweats. While traveling on tour I single-handedly steam up the van windows near me and I have totally become my Earth Mother character – dripping and dropping!!

October 23, 2010 my sister, Mary Cay, died from brain cancer (gliablastoma). I miss her every day and I’m grateful that my cancer could show myself and my family that a diagnosis of cancer doesn’t necessarily mean death. My living through this has made me so much more alive – living each day and loving my life. Thanks to my immediate family, my WeSpark Family and my Menopause the Musical G4 family for being so supportive.


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Menopause The Musical®: The Survivor Tour® is presented by DSM Management Group, Inc. July 21-26 at the Music Hall at Fair Park.

TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

The show that’s brought joy to millions worldwide is proving that laughter truly is the best medicine. With a cast of breast cancer survivors and co-survivors, Menopause The Musical® is partnering with Susan G. Komen® to offer inspiration, sisterhood, and hope.
Four women at a lingerie sale have nothing in common but a black lace bra AND memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats, not enough sex, too much sex and more! This hilarious musical parody set to classic tunes from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s will have you cheering and dancing in the aisles! Menopause The Musical®: The Survivor Tour® Benefiting Susan G. Komen® is the first of its kind, donating a portion of every ticket sale directly to the ongoing effort to save lives and end breast cancer forever.

For more details and tickets, click here.


Menopause The Musical – Meet The Cast: Judy Blue

July 21st, 2015

Menopause The Musical – Meet The Cast: Judy Blue

Judy BlueJudy Blue (Soap Star) is once again delighted to be a part of this celebration of women with this incredible company. She is proud to have been a part of the Chicago company of Menopause, the Musical for over 2 years and a veteran of many adventurous MTM tours. Some of Judy’s credits include: Gary, and The Way West (Steppenwolf Theatre); Talking Pictures/Blind Date, Frank’s Home, House/Garden, and A Little Night Music (Goodman Theatre); Romeo and Juliet, Richard III, and Winter’s Tale (Chicago Shakespeare Theater); I Am Going to Change the World, Grande Hysterie, and Liquid Moon (Chicago Dramatists). Most recently having directed a well-received production of Mia McCullough’s Impenetrable at Clockwise Theatre she is currently narrating the audio book series of The Sleuth Sisters. Favorite musical roles have included the Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods, Edith Piaf in Piaf and Eva Peron in Evita. Other theatre’s include: Writers Theatre, Collaboraction, Theatre At the Center, Dallas Theater Center, B Street Theatre, Syzygy, NY Henry Street, Arkansas Rep, Theatre Three and Stagewest. TV/Film includes: Chicago PD, Breakfast with Joe, The Onion, and Hollywood Jerome. An Actors’ Equity member for almost three decades, she is also a member and served on the board of SAG-AFTRA. She is an associate of The Shakespeare Project of Chicago, Chicago Dramatists and Syzygy Theatre of L.A.   Love to the Girlie Girls.

 

MY STORY

Ah, the story. I am so grateful for here and now. I feel like the luckiest person. My breast cancer in 2011 could be removed with a lumpectomy and controlled with radiation and (seemingly) endless medication. All around me are other women who have gone through a similar experience and those women who are forced to embrace a much deeper battle. I remember the daily fear of not knowing, and the happiness and sweet smile of my surgeon, Dr. Jeruss, when she reassures me that my surgery was successful and I can begin to feel normal again without the worry. I will never forget the friend who called and simply said, “well, …you’re in the club.” Gee, that’s exactly how it feels. Now there is a responsibility to myself and to others to do what I can to keep the disease from returning. And a responsibility to pass on the information that is flooding to me, that has taken me out of denial. I am ready to find the answer for my nieces, their children, my friends and their children – I am not ready to welcome any more women into this club.   We have better places to be.


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Menopause The Musical®: The Survivor Tour® is presented by DSM Management Group, Inc. July 21-26 at the Music Hall at Fair Park.

TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

The show that’s brought joy to millions worldwide is proving that laughter truly is the best medicine. With a cast of breast cancer survivors and co-survivors, Menopause The Musical® is partnering with Susan G. Komen® to offer inspiration, sisterhood, and hope.
Four women at a lingerie sale have nothing in common but a black lace bra AND memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats, not enough sex, too much sex and more! This hilarious musical parody set to classic tunes from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s will have you cheering and dancing in the aisles! Menopause The Musical®: The Survivor Tour® Benefiting Susan G. Komen® is the first of its kind, donating a portion of every ticket sale directly to the ongoing effort to save lives and end breast cancer forever.

For more details and tickets, click here.


Menopause The Musical – Meet The Cast: Teri Adams

July 20th, 2015

Menopause The Musical – Meet The Cast: Teri Adams

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Teri Adams (Iowa Housewife) has been with Menopause The Musical®! since 2006, where she first played IH at The American Heartland Theatre in her hometown, Kansas City, where it ran for 5 months. Since then, she has joined the MTM national touring company, and although still based out of KC, she has performed this role on numerous tours and sit-down productions across the country. Regional credits include Ruthless!, Blues In The Night, Dirty Blonde, Baby, Lend Me A Tenor, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and the World Premiere of Gregg Coffin’s Rightnextto Me. Teri most recently appeared in MTM, as well as Church Basement Ladies (The Last Potluck Supper) at The Merry Go Round Playhouse (NY) for the Fingerlakes Musical Theatre Festival. Thanks to my G4 family and my actual family, and thank you all for supporting live theatre.

 

MY STORY

Cancer. I hate that word. The fact is, the word cancer strikes a terrifying chord with everyone, and most especially if you’ve watched it decimate your family. Everyone on my Mother’s side had had a cancer diagnosis, three out of five dying from the disease, and my paternal aunt died of breast cancer at 31. I knew all too well about my family history. Cancer had been up close and personal.

I had just turned 40, gotten married and was enjoying a particularly busy time in my career on stage. And then my doctor called. My cancer was discovered after a routine mammogram came back abnormal, resulting in a biopsy that revealed DCIS—a noninvasive, early form of breast cancer. It was good news, I was told. “If you’re going to get cancer,” my doctor said, “this is the type that is easiest to treat.” I breathed a little easier and met with the surgeon who would perform the lumpectomy. My surgeon, the first of many, as well as my Oncologist were the same two women who had treated my Mother five years earlier. I was all scheduled to have the same surgery that had successfully removed my mom’s tumor, when the doctor decided on a last minute scan. The technology involved, she explained, hadn’t even been available when my mom was sick. That decision may have saved my life. The MRI discovered that I had several other spots in my right breast, and after biopsy, they told me that I would need a mastectomy. At that point, based on all of the information, as well as my family history, it didn’t take very long for my doctors and I to decide to remove both breasts. On July 1st, 2008, I underwent a bilateral mastectomy. While in surgery, doctors discovered that the cancer had micro-metastasized, and my sentinel node biopsy revealed invasive cancer. I was diagnosed with Stage IIA ER-/PR-, HER2+ breast cancer, and after that things got complicated. As the diagnosis changed, so did the treatment plan.

I went through a year of chemotherapy with docetaxel (Taxotere), carboplatin and trastuzumab (Herceptin). I was also treated for iron-deficiency anemia, and over the next few years I underwent multiple surgeries due to infections and other complications. There were too many bumps in the road to count. So many scopes and scans. So many needles. So much of my time for so long was spent inside the walls of the Cancer Center or in the hospital. Five years after my initial diagnosis, I’d had 12 surgeries—the last one to remove a small mass on my kidney.

During treatment I was extremely tired, lost all but a tiny cap of my hair, and suffered from blood loss, resulting in severe anemia. There were countless sutchers, dressings and drains. And there was pain. But the body is an amazing thing, and after everything mine has been through, I’m starting to appreciate it in a much deeper way.

Through it all, I made a point to be an active participant in the development of my treatment plan. I did a lot of online research and discovered that although there is useful stuff out there, contradictory information can get confusing and even cause more anxiety than peace of mind. I finally had to trust my medical team and started carrying a notebook with me to write down any questions I had, so I could later ask my doctor.

My family was my backbone, and my husband was an amazing caregiver. They were there for me every step of the way. I also had support from a local organization that offered support groups, exercise classes, nutritional information and even help finding bras and wigs. Having support from women who understand your journey and are living proof that you can survive is beyond measure.

The emotional impact, however, was a bit harder to handle. I felt like I was being pushed and pulled this way and that, from appointment to appointment, for different tests and treatments. It was easier to just go with the flow than to stop and digest how I was really feeling. I realize now that I dealt with the emotions more after the fact than in the middle of it all. Now, as I look back over that time, I am just now starting to fully appreciate and understand everything I went through and what it all means.

It’s been an incredibly long road, but I’ve officially graduated from doctor visits every three months to an annual checkup with my oncologist. Although I’m still processing everything, I’ve come to realize that my cancer diagnosis helped me put a lot of things into perspective. I try to not sweat the small stuff, to be kinder to myself and others, and to accept that I cannot control everything.

My scars make me beautiful. They remind me every day that I am a survivor. Cancer isn’t as strong as I am. I realize now that I am stronger than I ever knew.


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Menopause The Musical®: The Survivor Tour® is presented by DSM Management Group, Inc. July 21-26 at the Music Hall at Fair Park.

TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

The show that’s brought joy to millions worldwide is proving that laughter truly is the best medicine. With a cast of breast cancer survivors and co-survivors, Menopause The Musical® is partnering with Susan G. Komen® to offer inspiration, sisterhood, and hope.
Four women at a lingerie sale have nothing in common but a black lace bra AND memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats, not enough sex, too much sex and more! This hilarious musical parody set to classic tunes from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s will have you cheering and dancing in the aisles! Menopause The Musical®: The Survivor Tour® Benefiting Susan G. Komen® is the first of its kind, donating a portion of every ticket sale directly to the ongoing effort to save lives and end breast cancer forever.

For more details and tickets, click here.


Fun Facts About #PippinDSM!

July 7th, 2015

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It’s OPENING NIGHT for PIPPIN, presented by Dallas Summer Musicals! In honor of the first evening of the show in Dallas, I thought I’d share some fun facts about the show before you come to see it on stage at the Music Hall NOW – July 19th!

FUN FACTS ABOUT THE SHOW

  • There are 6 yoga balls used in the show.
  • The acrobats usually spend an entire hour warming up before a performance.
  • There are 15 hula-hoops used throughout the show.
  • There are 4 gym mats used in the show. 2 of them are for warm-ups before curtain.
  • PIPPIN was originally called PIPPIN, PIPPIN
  • The curtain drop at the top of the show is 26 feet high.
  • 7 feather fans are used in the entire show.
  • There are 17 acrobatic tricks in Magic to Do.
  • Gypsy Snider, who created all the circus elements, said “The life of an acrobat is how far we go to be extraordinary.”
  • The Manson Trio is named after Charles Manson. Bob Fosse was very interested in Manson.
  • Stephen Schwartz was only 24 years old when he wrote the show.
  • Stephen Schwartz saw “Glory” as a commentary on the Vietnam War, happening during PIPPIN’s creation.
  • The Leading Player and Charles Manson have something in common. Charismatic, cult Leaders.
  • There are 10 swords used during “War is a Science”
  • Take a look at King Charlemagne, John Rubinstein. He starred in the title role of PIPPIN in 1972.
  • Take a look at Fastrada, Sabrina Harper. She was part of the Broadway Revival cast having also played Berthe and Catherine!
  • Pippin’s name, historically speaking, is actually spelled Pipen. Stephen Schwartz changed it so it wouldn’t be perceived as an adaptation of the Steinbeck novel, “The Short Reign of Pepin IV”. They liked the word “Pippin” because it suggested the slang meaning of “pip” – something nifty.
  • It took about five and a half years for Pippin to grow- from the college version of PIPPIN at Carnegie Mellon to Broadway.
  • Pippin had try-outs in early fall 1972 in Washington D.C. It opened at the Imperial Theatre in NYC on October 23, 1972 and ran until 1977.
  • Bob Fosse had seen Ben Vereen perform in “Jesus Christ Superstar” and asked Ben to audition for PIPPIN. They were so impressed by Ben’s audition that they combined several small roles into the one role of Leading Player.
  • Hal Prince was approached to direct the show at one point.
The Broadway cast of "Pippin," above. The first national touring production of the iconic musical, with circus creations by Gypsy Snider, launches in Denver on Sept. 6. Photo by Joan Marcus.

The Broadway cast of “Pippin,” above. Photo by Joan Marcus.

I hope you will join me and DSM as we close out our 75th Anniversary Celebration with PIPPIN! It will be a night of theatre you won’t forget! Tickets are on sale now. Just go to: http://tinyurl.com/og2sxh7.

Want a sneak peek? Check out this quick video:

I’ll see you at the show!

-DSM Amanda


The road to the 2015 National High School Musical Theatre Awards – Day 6

June 30th, 2015

Hi DSM Fans!

We are back for Day 6 of the 2015 National High School Musical Theatre Awards!

Yesterday was the big day for Chris and Katelyn – they got to perform on Broadway for the very first time! Unfortunately we didn’t get to see the performance here at home. Last night was the Jimmy Awards at the Minskoff Theatre (where THE LION KING calls home). And what an incredible evening! Though neither of them won the award for the night, they both have come away from this experience as a better actors and performers! Check out below to hear about their day and see some awesome videos and photos!

From Chris:

Such a bittersweet feeling leaving! I can’t wait to be with my family in NYC, but also so hard to leave these amazing people I met over this week! Performing on Broadway yesterday was the most incredible feeling! I got to meet Michael Cerveris, one of the Matilda kids, and even got a high five from Robbie Fairchild during the closing number! This was the most incredible and rewarding experience of my life and I’m so great full to be here. Don’t cry because it’s over; smile because it happened 🙂 Thanks Dallas!

From Katelyn:

The second the lights came up for the opening number, my heart began to race, my face lit up, and I felt exhilarated and so much at home all at the same time. After that I got to put a character I’d been working on for almost a year now on the Minskoff stage for some of the biggest names in the business. It will go down as one of the most memorable moments that changed my life.

I got to perform on Broadway at the age of 18. That’s something a lot of people can say at any age. I’m just so grateful I got the opportunity to come together with kids all across the country to pull off something incredible. The magic held in the walls of that building will stay with me forever. The people I met were amazingly talented and gifted in what they do whether they’d been all over Broadway, or a kid here for the first time. 

Check out these videos Chris sent us from backstage!

After Rehearsal on stage in the Men’s Dressing Room:

Here’s Chris when they called places backstage:

Finally, their day was best captured via photos. Check them out in the slideshow below!

 

What a fantastic experience Chris and Katelyn had in NYC. Thanks for tuning in to our blog every day to see their progress and their thoughts. They appreciate all of the love and support they received at home and will never forget this experience! We wish them all the best in their future endeavors and hope to see them back on Broadway soon!

Until next year!

-DSM Amanda