Broadway in Austin Presented by Texas Performing Arts

BROADWAY IN AUSTIN PRESENTED BY TEXAS PERFORMING ARTS ANNOUNCES SIX-TIME TONY AWARD® WINNER DEAR EVAN HANSEN AND DISNEY’S ALADDIN TO ANCHOR THE 2019-20 SEASON WITH ANTICIPATED AWARD-WINNERS AND AUSTIN PREMIERES  

Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts

Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts 2019-20 Season Lineup is headlined by the six-time Tony Award® pop culture phenomenon DEAR EVAN HANSEN; a thrilling new production filled with unforgettable beauty, Disney’s ALADDIN and a new mesmerizing production launches in Austin JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR. Rounding out the incredible Season: HELLO, DOLLY!, COME FROM AWAY and A BRONX TALE.  Make it a 7-show package with LES MISÉRABLES.

LES MISÉRABLES: September 10-15, 2019: (ADD ON)

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR: October 8-13, 2019

DEAR EVAN HANSEN: December 10-15, 2019

HELLO, DOLLY!: January 21-26, 2020

COME FROM AWAY: February 18-23, 2020

DISNEY’S ALADDIN: March 11-22, 2020

A BRONX TALE:  May 5-10, 2020

Bass Concert Hall | 2350 Robert Dedman Drive | Austin, TX

Subscribers can renew their Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts 2019-20 Season subscription at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 12; starting at $224 for six shows and $249 for seven shows.  Subscribers may add the return of LES MISÉRABLES to make it a 7-show package. For more information, patrons can visit BroadwayInAustin.com or call Broadway in Austin at 800-731-SHOW (7469), from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The deadline for current Season Subscribers to renew their seats is March 12. Groups of 10 or more are also available by calling 877-275-3804 or via email at Austin.Groups@BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com. Individual show ticket sales will be announced at a later date. 

Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts is thrilled to announce it’s 2019-20 Season; the ONLYnational touring Broadway series in Austin.  “We’re amid an amazing 2018-19 season, and Broadway in Austin has done it again – blending a season of favorite gems with new powerful, moving and just plain fun shows sure to become favorites.  I can’t wait!” states Rachel Durkin-Drga, Texas Performing Arts Senior Associate Director.

Season Subscribers enjoy the best seats in the house for Broadway hits all season long, plus the option to purchase tickets before the general public. Subscribers also receive great benefits including ticket exchange and replacement services, the opportunity to request a seating upgrade for the season ahead, and much more. The renewal deadline for current subscribers is March 12. 

Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts 2019-20 Season features seven incredible productions from September 2019 to May 2020 at Bass Concert Hall.  The six and seven-show packages include:

 

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR

October 8-13, 2019 

“AN ADRENALINE-PUMPING PRODUCTION.”

The New York Times 

“ A GORGEOUS, THRILLING, HEAVENLY MUSICAL”

The Guardian

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR is an iconic musical phenomenon with a world-wide fan base. In celebration of its 50th Anniversary, a new mesmerizing production comes to North America and launches in Austin. With music and lyrics by Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony winners Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice,JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR is set against the backdrop of an extraordinary series of events during the final weeks in the life of Jesus Christ as seen through the eyes of Judas. Originally staged by London’s Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, this production won the 2017 Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival. 

 

DEAR EVAN HANSEN

WINNER OF SIX 2017 TONY® AWARDS INCLUDING BEST MUSICAL AND THE 2018 GRAMMY® AWARD FOR BEST MUSICAL THEATER ALBUM

December 10-15, 2019 

“ONE OF THE MOST REMARKABLE SHOWS IN MUSICAL THEATER HISTORY.”

The Washington Post 

A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he’s always wanted: a chance to finally fit in. DEAR EVAN HANSEN is the deeply personal and profoundly contemporary musical about life and the way we live it.

DEAR EVAN HANSEN has struck a remarkable chord with audiences and critics everywhere, including The Washington Post who says DEAR EVAN HANSEN is “one of the most remarkable shows in musical theatre

history.” The New York Times calls it “a gut-punching, breathtaking knockout of a musical.” And NBC Nightly News declares the musical “an anthem resonating on Broadway and beyond.”

DEAR EVAN HANSEN features a book by Tony Award winner Steven Levenson, a score by Grammy®, Tony® and Academy Award® winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (La La Land, The Greatest Showman), and direction by four-time Tony Award nominee Michael Greif (Rent, Next to Normal). 

 

HELLO DOLLY!

January 21-26, 2020 

“IT IS, IN A WORD, PERFECTION”

TIME OUT ADAM FELDMAN 

Winner of four Tony Awards® including Best Musical Revival, HELLO, DOLLY! is the universally acclaimed smash that NPR calls “the best show of the year!” and the Los Angeles Times says “distills the mood-elevating properties of the American musical at its giddy best.”  Director Jerry Zaks’ “gorgeous” new production (Vogue) is “making people crazy happy!” (The Washington Post). After breaking box office records week after week and receiving unanimous raves on Broadway, this HELLO, DOLLY! is now touring America, paying tribute to the original work of legendary director/choreographer Gower Champion – hailed both then and now as one of the greatest stagings in musical theater history. Rolling Stone calls it “a must-see event. A musical comedy dream. If you’re lucky enough to score a ticket, you’ll be seeing something historic. Wow, wow, wow, indeed!” 

 

COME FROM AWAY

February 18-23, 2020 

“IT TAKES YOU TO PLACES YOU NEVER WANT TO LEAVE!”

Newsweek

This New York Times Critics’ Pick takes you into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships. 

 

DISNEY’S ALADDIN

March 11-22, 2020 

“EXACTLY WHAT YOU WISH FOR!”

NBC-TV 

From the producer of THE LION KING comes the timeless story of ALADDIN, a thrilling new production filled with unforgettable beauty, magic, comedy and breathtaking spectacle.  It’s an extraordinary theatrical event where one lamp and three wishes make the possibilities infinite. Hailed by USA Today as “Pure Genie-Us,” ALADDIN features all your favorite songs from the film as well as new music written by Tony® and Academy Award® winner Alan Menken (Newsies) with lyrics penned by the legendary Howard Ashman (Beauty and the Beast),Tony Award winner Tim Rice (The Lion King, Aida), and book writer Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer). 

 

A BRONX TALE

May 5-10, 2020

“JERSEY BOYS MEETS WEST SIDE STORY.”

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Academy Award® nominee Chazz Palminteri’s teamed up with Academy Award® winner Robert De Niro and Tony® winner Jerry Zaks to create A BRONX TALE, based on Chazz Palminteri’s true life story. This streetwise musical has The New York Times hailing it as “A Critics’ Pick! The kind of tale that makes you laugh and cry.”

Make it a 7-Show Package

 

LES MISÉRABLES

September 10-15, 2019 

“LES MIZ IS BORN AGAIN!”

NY1

Cameron Mackintosh presents the new production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon, Les Misérables, direct from its acclaimed Broadway return. Featuring the beloved songs “I Dreamed A Dream,” “On My Own,” “Stars,” “Bring Him Home,” “One Day More,” and many more, this epic and uplifting story has become one of the most celebrated musicals in theatrical history. With its glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, this breathtaking new production has left both audiences and critics awestruck. 

CURRENT SUBSCRIBERS CAN RENEW NOW! 

2019-20 Season packages are only available to current, renewing subscribers.  New patrons are encouraged to sign up for the official waiting list at BroadwayinAustin.com and will be notified once new subscriptions become available. 

The six or seven show Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts 2019-20 Season subscription packages go on sale beginning 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 12; prices start as low as $224.  Season Subscribers may add the return of LES MISÉRABLESas a seventh show to complete their package for as little as $249.

For more information patrons can visit BroadwayInAustin.com or call Broadway in Austin at 800-731-SHOW (7469), from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The deadline for current Season Subscribers to renew their seats is March 12. Groups of 10 or more are also available by calling 877-275-3804or via email at Austin.Groups@BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com. Individual show ticket sales will be announced at a later date. 

TEXAS PERFORMING ARTS is situated on the main campus of one of the largest and most prestigious research universities in the country.  Texas Performing Arts serves The University of Texas at Austin campus and the Austin community at large through a diverse season of world-class fine arts performances, educational activities, and collaborative partnerships.  Texas Performing Arts presents an international season of music, theatre, dance, and conversation in our multiple venues, as well as the best in touring Broadway productions and concert attractions. As a university-based arts center it is also committed to serving the academic mission of the College of Fine Arts by supporting the work of our students, faculty and staff on our stages, classrooms, studios and production shops; and in the educational outreach programs it provides for the Austin community.

Broadway Across America (BAA) is part of The John Gore Organization family of companies, which includes Broadway.com, The Broadway Channel, BroadwayBox.com and Group Sales Box Office.  Led by 13-time Tony-winning theater producer John Gore (Owner & CEO), BAA is the foremost presenter of first-class touring productions in North America, operating in 44 markets with over 400,000 subscribers. Presentations include Disney’s The Lion King, Wicked, The Book of Mormon, The Phantom of the Opera and Hamilton. Current and past productions include The Band’s Visit, Beautiful, Cats, Chicago, Dear Evan Hansen, Hairspray, Mean Girls, The Producers and Waitress.

Presented by Texas Performing Arts. Broadway Across America provides production services for Texas Performing Arts. Sales tax exempt pursuant to Texas Tax Code Section 151.3101(a)(3).

Life in the Fast Lane @ Alcatraz East Crime Museum

Six must-see crime cars on display for public viewing

Every year people visit car shows, both near their home, and even states away. The country has a fascination with both old and new models, and car shows give auto enthusiasts a way to see a variety of vehicles all at one time. It also gives them the up-close “look under the hood” experience they can’t get from flipping through a magazine or watching a television show. Car fans can also get up close to significant crime car history at Alcatraz East Crime Museum, where it’s life in the fast lane that attracts visitors as they peruse the six must-see vehicles on public display.

“So many people love cars of all types, and when they are featured in an historical event it makes them even more interesting to our visitors,” explains Rachael Penman, director of artifacts and exhibits at Alcatraz East Crime Museum. “Guests immediately start sharing their own connections to the cars’ stories and it’s special to be able to make these artifacts available to the public.

There are six crime and law enforcement related vehicles on display at the museum, two of which are located outdoors so are free to view. The other four are inside the museum in the Getaway Cars Gallery, which is part of regular admission. The vehicles on display at the museum include:

  • 1933 Essex Terraplane – Actually owned and not stolen by notorious bank robber John Dillinger, he purchased the car new in 1934. Dillinger escaped FBI agents in the car along with his girlfriend Evelyn Frechette, and a bullet from the shootout can still be seen from inside of the car. He soon had to abandon the car after crashing in a field, and signed it over to his brother. 
  • 1934 Ford V8 – The hole-ridden vintage Ford was featured as the death car in classic 1967 film Bonnie and Clyde starring Warren Beatty and Fay Dunaway. The ambush scene set new standards for onscreen violence, and the bullet holes seen in the car were made by local police who shot up the car for filming.  

  • 1968 Volkswagen Beetle – The museum’s VW Beetle was owned by serial killer Ted Bundy. The vehicle was integral to both his murders and his ultimate conviction when it yielded important DNA evidence. The car is displayed without the front passenger seat in the same way Bundy use the car.  

  • 1993 Ford Bronco – Owned and driven by OJ Simpson’s friend Al Cowlings, the white Bronco is the very vehicle where Simpson sat in the back seat during the slow speed chase that so many tuned in to witness.
  • Sevier County Sheriff’s Car – Purchased new in 2007, the Dodge Charger in front of the museum was used by three members of the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office during its 9-year career. It was retired in 2016, and found a new home on loan to the museum educating the public.
  • Government Surveillance Van – Located outside the museum, the van was used the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and a Georgia police department. A display inside the museum gives visitors a behind-the-scenes look at the cramped quarters law enforcement spends time in during a stakeout, with barely enough room to stand and little privacy to use the toilet. The van was in active criminal investigations, including drug crimes and burglary surveillance.

“Our Getaway Cars Gallery is a highly popular area of the museum, and for good reason, as most people own cars so they connect with their stories as objects,” added Penman. “Our crime cars each represent a cautionary tale, symbolizing a warning about the consequences of crime, while our law enforcement vehicles are positive reminders of all law enforcement does every day, both in public and behind-the-scenes, to keep us safe.” 

Alcatraz East Crime Museum offers a variety of permanent and temporary exhibits on all aspects of crime history, CSI, and law enforcement. Current temporary exhibits include “The Second Amendment” until September 2019, “It Happened Here: Tennessee Crimes & Justice,” until May 2019, and permanent displays featuring items such as “Old Smokey,” Tennessee’s electric chair. 

The museum is always adding to its collection, and has a star-studded panel of experts who make up the Advisory Board, including those in law enforcement, collectors, a medical examiner, crime scene investigators, and others. The board includes Jim Willett, a retired prison warden, Anthony Rivera, a combat veteran and Navy SEAL chief, and Judge Belvin Perry, Jr., who is best known for the Casey Anthony trial. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: www.alcatrazeast.com.

About Alcatraz East

Alcatraz East is the most arresting crime museum in the United States. Guests of all ages can encounter a unique journey into the history of American crime, crime solving, and our justice system. Through interactive exhibits and original artifacts, Alcatraz East is an entertaining and educational experience for all ages – so much fun it’s a crime! This family attraction is located at the entrance of The Island, located at 2757 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN. General admission tickets are $14.95 for children, $24.95 for adults. Group ticket sales are available. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., with the last ticket sold 60 minutes before closing. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: www.alcatrazeast.com.

Crime Museum Offers Visitors Rare Look Inside Surveillance Van, Joins Other Overlooked Gems at Alcatraz East

Former undercover surveillance van joins museum displays

Alcatraz East Building

There’s a new artifact on display at Alcatraz East, but since its focus is on undercover work it might be hard to spot. The crime museum in Pigeon Forge is giving visitors a look inside the workings of law enforcement surveillance, with a van formerly used by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and a Georgia police department. Visitors can see how agents on a stakeout spend time in the cramped quarters of a van which is not nearly as glamorous as made out to be on television.

“It’s not often that something like this comes along, that was actually used by federal and local law enforcement on criminal cases,” says Rachael Penman, director of artifacts and exhibits. “And it has not been stripped of its equipment, giving visitors a real insider look at how it all works.”

Surprising to most people is the close quarters for the agents to work. In fact, the van doesn’t even allow the undercover officers enough room to stand up straight. It also offers little privacy using the toilet inside. Officers could monitor suspects from four different camera angles and would often spend hours in the tight space during a stakeout.

According to Lilburn, Georgia Police Chief Bruce Hedley, the van was used for several years in active criminal investigations, including drug crimes and burglary stake outs, such as in a neighborhood where there was a rash of car break-ins. From the Getaway Cars Gallery in the museum, guests will be able to see the camera perspective of a detective on a stakeout inside the van, viewing in real time as visitors come and go from the museum.

“I am very proud that the public can look at a very important piece of law enforcement equipment that we used to keep our community safe,” says Chief Hedley.

The surveillance van is not the only artifact in the museum that hides interesting details unseen from the public. The car belonging to the bank robber John Dillinger was involved in a shootout, and although the car was restored by a later owner, they kept one of the bullets visible, but only from inside of the car.

In the over twenty galleries in Alcatraz East, it can be easy to miss some of the most fascinating details of the hundreds of artifacts on view. For instance, the initial “ZT” carved in the brass railgun in the Pirates Gallery or the handwritten notes on the side of the Unabomber’s scale about its calibration. In the Mob Gallery hidden behind Mickey Cohen’s custom suit is his shirt, embroidered with his name. On the end of the sniper rifle used by the University of Texas Sniper are small numbers on a piece of tape, settings for the scope. There are other examples of objects that were designed to be hidden, like the dye pack inside a stack of $20 bills to ward against bank robberies.

Also going on display this week are the winners of Alcatraz East’s Graffiti Art Contest on June 2nd. First, second, and third place winners can now be seen on display, that is, if you’re paying attention. “The exhibit is a bit off the normal museum tour,” says Penman, “a reflection of where you often are when you see graffiti in real life, in alleys, abandon lots, by train tracks and other neglected spaces. We thought it was fitting to maximize our limited space and beautify our own “alleys.”

The museum is always adding to their collection and has a star-studded panel of experts who make up the Advisory Board, including those in law enforcement, collectors, a medical examiner, crime scene investigators, and others. The board includes Jim Willett, a retired prison warden, Anthony Rivera, a combat veteran and Navy SEAL chief, and Judge Belvin Perry, Jr., who is best known for the Casey Anthony trial. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: www.alcatrazeast.com.

About Alcatraz East

Alcatraz East is the most arresting crime museum in the United States. Guests of all ages can encounter a unique journey into the history of American crime, crime solving, and our justice system. Through interactive exhibits and original artifacts, Alcatraz East is an entertaining and educational experience for all ages – so much fun it’s a crime! This family attraction is located at the entrance of The Island, located at 2757 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN. General admission tickets are $14.95 for children, $24.95 for adults. Group ticket sales are available. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., with the last ticket sold 60 minutes before closing. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: www.alcatrazeast.com.

The Extraterrestrial Couple Shaking Up the Art World

Radical POP Art that is Shifting Consciousness

House of Orion, LA’s newest art-house, announces the opening if its online gallery to showcase original works from Avant-garde and classically trained artists. Exhibits include paintings, drawings, photographs, films, digital art, and sculptures.

The gallery founders, Marie-Pier Tremblay and Julian Prolman launched the House of Orion with their own co-collaboration in a three-part series entitled; Ascension, Butterfly and Fall from Grace. To view the galleries debut collection visit: www.arthouseoforion.com.

“House of Orion is here to use the power of art to transcend earthly boundaries by promoting provocative, supernatural imagery and spiritually centered, mystical art by uncommon, other-world inspired art” said co-founder Julian Prolman.

ASCENSION is the premier photographic exhibition series Photographed by Julian featuring model Marie-Pier. The series depicts thought provoking imagery with a vibrant message, the need to heal the planet. A lone woman not of this earth manifests to connect with nature and feel her pain.

“Releasing creative energy is my gateway to source, a voyage to the heart of divinity. From this place I can express my thoughts and emotions in physical form. It’s a journey that brings me to a state elation. It is my hope to connect with art enthusiasts in this way” said co-founder Marie-Pier Tremblay.

Invitation-only, pop-up exhibitions will be held at out-of-the-ordinary venues. Interested invitees can sign up to be on the guest list at on the website.

For more information contact:

pr@ministryoftomorrow.com

Phone: 415 827 1051

About Marie-Pier

Marie-Pier Tremblay (Signature “Mara”) is from Montreal and of Moroccan heritage. Marie-Pier is a polymathic creative with a diverse artistic repertoire that includes; poetry, drawing, photography, modeling, art direction and visual storytelling.

Marie-Pier’s creations purposely express primal emotions through wondrous, nature-based imagery to activate humankind’s repressed common desire to escape the illusion of the physical world.

About Julian Prolman

Julian Prolman is a social-entrepreneur from San Francisco and of Moroccan heritage.

From an early age, Julian has been involved in various aspects of the music industry from creative to concert production. Julian studied fine art and fashion along with marketing and communications in London. In 2012 Julian established Eco Fashion House, Ministry of Tomorrow, with the company’s flagship, luxury, vegan bag and accessory factory located in Nairobi, Kenya. Julian co-founded House of Orion with his beloved and partner Marie-Pier Tremblay. He is a photographer, artist and art director who manages the production and promotion of the gallery events.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Will Touch Your Heart!

Written by James Nelson, Technology Editor for InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential

Photography courtesy of Kirk Tuck.

“Tale as old as time”? If you’re the parent of a young child who has watched a certain Disney animated film on video over and over and over, it might seem that way. When you take that child – or if you just go on your own – to the ZACH Theatre’s production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, you may be surprised at how fresh and well-animated it all seems.  Despite all the familiarity of this tale of a cursed prince-turned-beast who manages to win over the smartest, prettiest, and most headstrong girl in a “poor provincial town,” there’s a lightness and sweetness to Artistic Director Dave Steakley’s production that will win you over.

Alexander Mendoza and Briana Brooks in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at ZACH Theatre.

Alexander Mendoza and Briana Brooks in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at ZACH Theatre.

The production is also distinguished by its cast. The main cast is solid. They are competent singers as well as actors, thus doing justice to the nature of a musical. The star of the show is clearly Briana Brooks who plays Belle, the Beauty, and Alexander Mendoza, who plays the Beast, is very good too. During the second act, when the plot centers almost exclusively on the romance between Belle and the Beast, Brooks and Mendoza deliver a depth of feeling that makes this play especially heartwarming. It’s no accident this tale that teaches children about the benefits of kindness, courtesy, and respect, has proven so durable with several generations.

Matthew Redden and Cast in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at ZACH Theatre.

Matthew Redden and Cast in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at ZACH Theatre.

The supporting performers bring lightheartedness and laughter to the show. The self-absorbed buffoon Gaston is played with gusto by Matthew Redden, who is amusing as he flexes and fumbles in “Me” and the eponymous tune “Gaston” with adorable sidekick LeFou played by Kevin Pellicone never too far away. The happy bunch of household objects that also happen to be the Beast’s servants are highly entertaining with their own individual sparkle and include the hilarious, tightly wound clock Cogsworth played by John Christopher, and his animated candelabra friend Lumiere played by Martin Burke. Sassy Babette played by Jennifer Blakeney Youngi and over-the-top Madame De La Grande Bouche played by June Julian also add fun and flair. Little Chip is played by Wilkes Goodner and Lucca Ostrovich.  Chip’s protective and doting teapot mother Mrs. Potts played by Meredith McCall charmed the crowd with “Beauty and the Beast.”

Alexander Mendoza in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at ZACH Theatre.

Alexander Mendoza in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at ZACH Theatre.

The Zach Theatre does a fantastic job with their latest family-friendly production. No matter how old you are, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast will touch your heart and fill it with happiness and hope. Get tickets and be their guest.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Plays ZACH’s Topfer Stage from July 11 thru September 2, 2018.

My comments on the accommodations at ZACH Theatre:

  • Greeted immediately and provided a layout of the facility
  • Box office staff very pleasant and friendly. Had our tickets available immediately
  • Nice selection at the bar
  • Acoustics are great
  • All seats have a great view
  • Convenient parking
  • Nice local artwork on display

Austin Shakespeare: Scenes from A Midsummer Night’s Dream

One performance only as finale of Austin Chamber Music Festival

WHO:             Austin Shakespeare 

WHAT:           Scenes from A Midsummer Night’s Dream

WHEN:           4:30 pm Sunday, July 22, 2018

WHERE:        Bates Recital Hall, University of Texas at Austin

TICKETS:      http://austinchambermusic.org/ 

Austin Shakespeare, in collaboration with Austin Chamber Music Center, presents scenes from A Midsummer Night’s Dreamin full period costume on Sunday, July 22 at The University of Texas Bates Recital Hall as the finale of The Austin Chamber Music Festival. Combining music, poetry and movement for the third consecutive year, they will stage highlights of the delightful story of lovers tricked by fairies, and a foolish Bottom transformed into a donkey. The show is punctuated by intervals of music from Beethoven, Bartok, Ravel, and Prokoviev. Artistic Director Ann Ciccolella promises “a surprise Mendelssohn twist!”

With professional Equity actors: Gwendolyn Kelso (Helena), Sharron Bower (Titania, Queen of the Fairies), André Martin (Lysander/Oberon), and Kate Glasheen (Hermia).  Scenes feature Toby Minor (Puck) who recently played the comic Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor in Zilker Park, and Joseph Garlock (Bottom/Demetrius), who played Tybalt in last year’s festival production of Scenes from Romeo and Juliet. Children playing the fairies include: Joseph Blackwood, Rose Marie Barnes, Sparky Anderson, Selah Bell, Aiden and Liam Minor. Chamber music will be played by ACMC’s gifted Artistic Director, Michelle Schumann (piano), along with Sonja Larson (violin) and Nora Karakousoglou (cello), who wowed audiences last summer.

Movement director: Jennifer Whitehurst

Costume designer: Jennifer Rose Davis

Lighting designer: Patrick Anthony

ANN CICCOLELLA, Artistic Director

Ann Ciccolella joined Austin Shakespeare as Artistic Director in August 2007, following an eight-year tenure at Austin’s ZACH Theatre as managing director, and executive director at Austin Circle of Theaters for nine years. Ciccolella led the Renaissance Theater Company for ten years, producing and directing Off-Off Broadway shows. Prior moving to Austin, Ciccolella served for three years as associate director for SHAKESPEARE ON WHEELS from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. In 2013, she directed Off-Broadway for Austin Shakespeare of a new adaptation of Ayn Rand’s Anthem by Jeff Britting at the Baryshnikov Arts Center.

AUSTIN SHAKESPEARE

Austin Shakespeare’s mission is to present professional theatre of the highest quality with an emphasis on the plays of William Shakespeare, bringing to the public performances that are fresh, imaginative, thought-provoking, and eminently accessible, connecting the truths of the past with the challenges and possibilities of today. Founded in 1984 Austin Shakespeare is the only professional classic theatre company in Central Texas.  Austin Shakespeare also brings professional actors and directors directly into the classroom throughout Central Texas.  Austin Shakespeare is a member of the Austin Creative Alliance and is funded in part by the City of Austin through The Cultural Arts Division.

It Was a Perfect Afternoon for Tea Hosted by Ballet Austin Guild!

Photography courtesy of Sarah Siller of Sarah Siller Photography.

The beautiful and historic Driskill Hotel hosted the lovely event.

A gorgeous, sunny day heralded the arrival of excited guests at Ballet Austin Guild’s second annual spring fundraiser tea, “An Afternoon in Neverland”, so named in a nod of support to Ballet Austin’s grand season finale, Peter Pan.  This year’s highly successful sold out event was held inside the gorgeous Driskill hotel, an Austin icon and key event sponsor.

Lovely guests who happen to be a wonderful family of aunts and cousins.

Lovely guests.

Lovely guests.

Guests of all ages arrived in their best tea finery, with beautiful hats and outfits taking center stage. They were ushered in by a cast of costumed characters portrayed by the Hill Country Players, drama students from Hill Country Middle School, much to the delight of the youngest attendees.  Tables beckoned partygoers with exquisite centerpieces provided by Mandarin Design Lab along with towers of luscious treats and an assortment of lovely teas. Adult guests enjoyed a bit of celebratory bubbly as they strolled among the many enticing raffle baskets.

Cookie Ruiz, Executive Director of Ballet Austin and Lorrie Garcia, VP of Communications of Ballet Austin Guild.

Once all were seated, Ballet Austin Sarah & Ernest Family Fund Artistic Director Stephen Mills introduced and spoke a bit about featured speaker, company dancer Chelsea Marie Renner, who danced the role of Wendy in two performances of Peter Pan.

Wonderful guests.

Wonderful guests.

Lovely guests.

Lovely guests.

Wonderful guests.

Wonderful guests.

Chelsea shared that her dream of becoming a professional ballet dancer would not have been realized had there not been vital scholarship opportunities along the way.  She spoke of her family’s many struggles to keep her dancing. Her father owned a small print shop in Bozeman, Montana, and often traded printing jobs for the dance academy in exchange for her tuition.  As Chelsea’s talent and passion for ballet developed and greater but more distant opportunities came along, scholarships were her only hope to continue her training. Chelsea was the very first recipient of the Butler Fellowship Scholarship in 2006, allowing her to join Ballet Austin II prior to moving up to the company.

Brianna McKinney, William Jackson, and lovely guest.

Brianna McKinney, William Jackson, and lovely guest.

William Jackson, long-time attendee, proud supporter of Ballet Austin Guild and Ballet Austin and chief business officer for InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential says, “I’m honored to support Ballet Austin Guild.  I’ve have the pleasure to see first hand how hard this amazing group of individuals works to ensure the longevity of the programs offered by Ballet Austin and the availability of the arts throughout the Austin community.   My heart is touched deeply to see beautiful families celebrate together with great laughter, excitement, and love.  It’s also an honor to help to increase awareness through partnerships with InFluential Magazine and Teen InFluential.  I wish these wonderful organizations much continued success and will do my part to ensure their continued successes”.  

Lovely guests.

Lovely guests.

Ballet Austin Guild President Suzanne Mackowiak thanked those in attendance and reminded the audience that all tea proceeds go to Ballet Austin’s Academy Youth Scholarship Fund, making classical ballet training available to any child with a passion and desire to learn, regardless of his or her family’s economic situation.

Learn how you can support Ballet Austin Guild by visiting here.

B*Tru Arts announces 6th Annual InspiroFest

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B*Tru Arts announces its 6th Annual InspiroFest, a communal artistic festival held at the beautiful and serene Casa De Luz on Saturday, May 12, 2018, starting at noon.

B*Tru Arts’ annual InspiroFest promotes local, multicultural artists in an exciting and enlightening collection of live music, dance, theatre and other artistic performances. B*Tru Arts is working in conjunction with several local businesses and artisans to showcase their unique products while providing great entertainment and a host of interactive activities in a spirited and electrifying atmosphere. The event will also feature healers and workshops in a family-friendly environment while supporting Austin performing arts and education.

Throughout the day, B*Tru Arts will be hosting a silent auction and raffle of unique local goods and services. Attendance is free to the general public, and all proceeds benefit Austin performing arts and education. Parking is available, but carpooling, biking and walking are encouraged.

The festival will take place on Saturday, May 12, 2018 and will be emceed by Travis Duncan, a candidate running for mayor this fall. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to support and be entertained by local artists and businesses. InspiroFest is an exceptionally unique and unprecedented experience fostering and celebrating the diversity, originality, and unity of local artists from all walks of life.

For more information about Inspiro Fest and B*Tru Arts, please visit www.BTruArts.org.

Austin Students Recognized as Texas Young Masters

Photography courtesy of Chris Caselli.

2018 TYM Recipients

2018 TYM Recipients

The 2018 Texas Young Masters Awards took place this week on Monday, April 16, at Austin’s ZACH Theatre. Hosted by honorary chair First Lady Cecilia Abbott, the ceremony honored 15 Texas students with $10,000 multi-year grants to enhance and build their professional artistic studies and provide access to developmental opportunities before college.

(LtoR) Gary Gibbs, Heidi Marquez Smith, Cecilia Abbott, Laura Matz

(LtoR) Gary Gibbs, Heidi Marquez Smith, Cecilia Abbott, Laura Matz

Texas Young Masters is a joint initiative between the Texas Cultural Trust (TCT) and Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) that recognizes excellence in Texas’ brightest 8th through 11th graders who excel in music, theater, dance, visual arts, and literary arts.

Dallas Black Dance Theatre

Dallas Black Dance Theatre

The biennial event was attended by prominent guests from the Texas arts community. The evening featured a discussion about the importance of art led by Texas artist Cruz Ortiz with Katie Rose Pipkin, 2008 Young Master recipient for visual arts, as well as performances by GRAMMY award-winning choral ensemble Conspirare, who sang an original composition by Allen Robertson, members of Dallas Black Dance Theatre, and Texas’ legendary singer-songwriter and guitarist Joe Ely.

“More than 300 guests joined us in celebrating the future of the arts in Texas as we honored the 2018 class of Texas Young Masters,” said Heidi Marquez Smith, Texas Cultural Trust Executive Director. “Through this program, we recognize exceptional students and offer them opportunity to enhance their artistic study before entering college at prestigious educational programs in Texas and beyond.”  

ABOUT TEXAS CULTURAL TRUST:

The Texas Cultural Trust is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to be the leading voice for the arts in education, advocacy, and economic impact in Texas, spotlighting the artistic excellence of our state. This mission is achieved through the Trust’s five initiatives that quantify, promote, and advance the investment in the creative future of Texas. Programs of the Texas Cultural Trust include Art Can, Texas Medal of Arts Awards, Texas Young Masters, Arts & Digital Literacy, and Texas Women for the Arts. For more information about the Texas Cultural Trust, please visit www.txculturaltrust.org. Community support to underwrite Texas Young Masters scholarship grants is also being received through the Trust’s online fundraising campaign. To support, please visit https://txyoungmasters.causevox.com/.

ABOUT TEXAS COMMISSION ON THE ARTS:

The mission of the Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) is to advance our state economically and culturally by investing in a creative Texas. TCA supports a diverse and innovative arts community in Texas, throughout the nation and internationally by providing resources to enhance economic development, arts education, cultural tourism and artist sustainability initiatives. For more information on TCA and its programs, please visit www.arts.texas.gov.

2018 TEXAS YOUNG MASTERS SPONSORS:

The 2018 Young Masters program was made possible through the generous support of Dr. Ernest and Sarah Butler, Texas Women for the Arts, The SermoonJoy Organization, Neiman Marcus, Wayne Fisher, Jeanne and Mickey Klein, Judy and Kirk Robison, Alturas Foundation, Covert Auto Groups, Kathleen and Ben Keating, Karen and Charles Matthews, Locke Lord LLP, and RWM Foundation.

 

The Irreverent and Wholly Unholy Presentation of “The Book of Mormon”

Written by Scott Rigtrup, Contributing Writer for InFluential Magazine 

Lexus Broadway in Austin has pulled out all the stops with the most irreverent and wholly unholy presentation of the hit Broadway musical “The Book of Mormon”, written by “South Park”’s Trey stone and Matt Smith and “Frozen”’s Robert Lopez!

The Book of Mormon Washington, D.C. November 17, 2017.  Photo Credit: Julieta Cervantes.

The Book of Mormon
Washington, D.C.
November 17, 2017.
Photo Credit: Julieta Cervantes.

As an exuberant army of young men and women are sent throughout all the world to share the glad message of salvation through Jesus Christ, the talented and overly confident Elder Price and the nerdy, pathological lying Elder Cunningham are called to be the most incompatible of companions to serve their two year missions in the war torn, poverty stricken, famine bound, AIDS epidemic ravaged East African country of Uganda.

Utter culture shock and despair overwhelms the eager companions as they realize that the people of their assigned village are much more preoccupied with curing themselves of AIDS and maggot infestations and not being killed or mutilated by a tyrannical warlord than learning about religion.

The Book of Mormon Washington, D.C. November 17, 2017.  Photo Credit: Julieta Cervantes.

The Book of Mormon
Washington, D.C.
November 17, 2017.
Photo Credit: Julieta Cervantes.

Feeling forsaken, Elder Price’s lifelong prayers and dream of serving in Orlando Florida in the shadows of Disney World are utterly obliterated before his eyes as he plunges in to an abyss of despair, all the while Elder Cunningham ecstatically receives yet another answer to his prayers by getting Elder Price as his new best friend, who according to mission rules can’t leave him!

All goes awry when Elder Price’s faith waivers and he decides to request a transfer and abandons Elder Cunningham, just when the villagers have been convinced by the young and beautiful Ugandan Nabalungi to listen to the missionaries message, as she clings to her hopeful dream that they all might escape their horrific lives by being baptized and trekking to the Promise Land, Salt Lake City.

The Book of Mormon Washington, D.C. November 17, 2017.  Photo Credit: Julieta Cervantes.

The Book of Mormon
Washington, D.C.
November 17, 2017.
Photo Credit: Julieta Cervantes.

Just when Elder Cunningham thinks he’s lost his “obligatory” best friend forever, his pathological lying kicks in to overdrive as he grapples with capturing and keeping the villagers attention with the seemingly irrelevant teachings of the scriptures and low and behold he hysterically creates some uncouth, yet relevant scriptures of his own that incites all of the villagers to choose to be baptized.

Never has any such success as this happened in the Ugandan missionary efforts, which brings recognition to Elder Cunningham by way of a visit from the Mission President, who is unexpectedly sat down and proudly presented a play created and performed by the villagers of their newfound teachings, all of which had barely a glimmer of resemblance to the actual teachings, which infuriates the Mission President who then fiercely reprimands Elder Cunningham and his unwitting fellow missionaries and the villagers.

The Book of Mormon Washington, D.C. November 17, 2017.  Photo Credit: Julieta Cervantes.

The Book of Mormon
Washington, D.C.
November 17, 2017.
Photo Credit: Julieta Cervantes.

Amidst incredible feelings of dejection, never will you hear a chorus fill the hall with such angelic hilarity as when the young group of missionaries revolt against their Mission President and band together with the villagers to form their own church based upon the scriptures of Elder Cunningham, bringing a joyous new life to all, including the Prodigal Son, Elder Price!

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