Posted on August 4th, 2015
Tapping of your toes in time to a powerful score.
The swell of your chest as your heart goes out to a protagonist in peril.
The collective laughs, cries, and sighs of the theatre audience as you share emotional lows and highs.
The ability of the musicals to engage patrons in awe-inspiring experiences and with each other is unequaled. For 75 years, the Music Hall at Fair Park has been the home of such memories for millions of North Texans. Countless studies highlight what any theatre lover already knows from experience to be true – arts exposure and involvement increases a person’s quality of life. And thanks to the big hearts and far sight of our donors, the Music Hall doors and the magic that lies beyond them are open to children who are more greatly impacted by the experience but less likely to have the opportunity without support.
For over a decade, DSM has partnered with Title I schools and social service agencies to bridge the arts access gap created by limited resources. Stage Right and Seats for Kids are two programs offered by DSM which are at the heart of our mission to open the theatre to all members of our community and support the increased engagement, creativity and academic involvement which early exposure to the arts fosters.
Seats for Kids has coordinated with hundreds of schools and agencies to provide resource-limited youth with free seats to our award winning, family-friendly productions. School districts ranging from Dallas ISD to Red Oak ISD and agencies from Hope for Kids to the Oak Cliff Girls and Boys Club have all given their students what is very likely their first theatre experience at one of Dallas’ cornerstone arts organizations.
Additionally, DSM partners with the Dallas Police Department to offer at-risk youth with a positive alternative to gang-affiliation through the Stage Right program. Participant recommendations are taken from area counselors and other youth program leaders in order to help children visualize a positive lifestyle and encourage self-esteem in addition to arts involvement. Stage Right’s mission is “Raising the curtain for education and spotlighting the appreciation of the arts through experience and positive quality lifestyles.”
On September 17th, we invite you to Do Something More.
Your online gift through northtexasgivingday.org will go farther to inspire more direction and cultivate more possibility for the children of North Texas.
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About Dallas Summer Musicals
Dallas Summer Musicals, Inc. (DSM) is the preeminent nonprofit presenter of Broadway theatre in North Texas. DSM produces, presents and promotes excellence in live musical theatre with year-round performances for diverse audiences of all ages, impacting the lives of children and families through community outreach and education, and enriching the cultural landscape of Dallas/Fort Worth, North Texas and the Southwest Region.
As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, DSM relies on a variety of funding sources to bring the Best of Broadway to Dallas at affordable ticket prices, as well as to preserve the beautiful historic theatre, educate young audiences and create important community programs. DSM’s Seats for Kids program provides a meaningful arts education experience to thousands of low income, at-risk and special needs children. DSM provides positive incentives for youth that are at risk for gang membership through the Stage Right program. In addition, The Dallas Summer Musicals Academy of Performing Arts offers professional theatre arts training and scholarships to talented students in need. DSM’s High School Musical Theatre Awards are patterned after Broadway’s Tony® Awards and celebrates the power of the arts to significantly improve all areas of education. Hear Us Now!™ is DSM’s newest initiative. Since 2010 the experts at DSM have made significant changes and upgrades to its acoustical systems to improve the sound quality of the productions for all its patrons, including the hearing impaired. It is so unique that a trademark has been allowed by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. 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.