World Premiere of Terrence McNally’s Immortal Longings at Zach Theatre

Directed by Peter Rothstein | Choreography by Kelli Foster Warder 

(L to R) Suzanne Warmanen and Steven Epp in Immortal Longings at ZACH Theatre. Photo by Kirk Tuck

(L to R) Suzanne Warmanen and Steven Epp in Immortal Longings at ZACH Theatre. Photo by Kirk Tuck

The world premiere of Immortal Longings at ZACH Theatre, the newest work by playwright and American Theatre Legend Terrence McNally starring Steven Epp as Sergei Pavlovich Diaghliev and Wyatt Fenner as Vaslav Nijinsky; directed by Peter Rothstein; and choreography by Kelli Foster Warder, will play The Topfer at ZACH.  Performances begin June 12 with an Official Opening date of June 20 and running through July 14.

Four-time Tony Award®-winning playwright and LGBT activist Terrence McNally (RagtimeKiss of the Spider Woman) expresses his excitement on casting, “Thanks to the audition process, we found wonderful actors from both Austin and New York ideal for their roles. My hope is that these actors will bring their uniqueness to the play. We have no preconceptions about what these roles are. I’ll discover these characters along with the actors in Austin.” McNally expands on Immortal Longings, “First, we hope the play is a treat; second, plays about a genius like Diaghilev, the great Russian impresario, are not exactly a dime a dozen. His work with the Ballets Russes is the stuff of legends.”

(Front) Stephen Epp (Back, L to R) Marie Pearce, Ian J. Bethany and Kevin Murdock-Waters in Immortal Longings at ZACH Theatre. Photo by Kirk Tuck

(Front) Stephen Epp (Back, L to R) Marie Pearce, Ian J. Bethany and Kevin Murdock-Waters in Immortal
Longings at ZACH Theatre. Photo by Kirk Tuck

Immortal Longings explores the rich history of the great Russian impresario Sergei Pavlovich Diaghilev and his legendary Ballets Russes, who introduced the world to such revolutionary artists as Nijinsky, Stravinsky and Picasso. Surrounded by great talents of art, design, and music, the tempestuous relationship between Diaghilev and dancer Vaslav Nijinsky revolutionizes dance forever. The play takes place as the iron claw of the Bolsheviks closes in on the free spirits of New Art, forcing them to take refuge in a liberated and liberating Paris, at the birth of the 20th Century.

In addition to STEVEN EPP as Sergei Pavlovich Diaghliev and WYATT FENNER as Vaslav Nijinsky, Immortal Longings will star; JAMES PATRICK NELSON as Dmitry “Dima” Filosofov;SHANNON KOOB as Misia Sert; SUZANNE WARMANEN as Dunya; JOSHUA PAGAN as Leonide Massine; RACHAEL HANLONMARIE PEARCEKEVIN MURDOCK-WATERS, and IAN J. BETHANY as Ballet Ensemble; and ROB GREENFIELD as Pianist.

(L to R) James Patrick Nelson and Shannon Koob in Immortal Longings at ZACH Theatre. Photo by Kirk Tuck

(L to R) James Patrick Nelson and Shannon Koob in Immortal Longings at ZACH Theatre. Photo by Kirk
Tuck

Directed by PETER ROTHSTEIN, the production team also includes KELLI FOSTER WARDER as Choreographer, MICHAEL HOOVER as Scenic Designer, SUSAN BRANCH TOWNE as Costume Designer, SERRET JENSEN as Hair and Makeup Designer, PHILIP ROSENBERG as Lighting Designer, CRAIG BROCK as Sound Designer, SCOTT GROH as Properties Designer, ROD SIMONSON as Projection Designer, AMANDA COOLEY DAVIS as Dialect Coach, and CATHERINE ANNE TUCKER as Stage Manager.

Age recommendation: Seventeen and up for adult language, sexual situations and full nudity.

Tickets start at $25 and are available online at zachtheatre.org, by phone at 512-476-0541, or in person at the ZACH Theatre Box Office, in the Topfer Theatre, 202 South Lamar Boulevard (corner of Riverside Drive and South Lamar) Monday through Saturday, 12–5p.m.  ZACH Theatre is wheelchair accessible.  Student Rush Tickets are $20 one hour before show time (with valid ID). A limited amount of Pay–What–You–Will tickets are available the day–of for Mainstage preview performances only. Groups of 8 or more may request reservations by calling  512-476-0594 x.245 or by emailing groupsales@zachtheatre.org.

Carolyn and Marc Seriff are Presenting Sponsors of Immortal Longings with Kathleen and Harvey Guion and Dan Jackson III and M. Jeremy Guiberteau as Executive Producers and KMFA as Supporting Sponsor.

CAST

Steven Epp – Sergei Pavlovich Diaghliev

Wyatt Fenner – Vaslav Nijinsky

James Patrick Nelson – Dmitry “Dima” Filosofov

Shannon Koob – Misia Sert

Suzanne Warmanen – Dunya

Joshua Pagan – Leonide Massine

Rachael Hanlon – Ballet Ensemble

Marie Pearce – Ballet Ensemble

Kevin Murdock-Waters – Ballet Ensemble

Ian J. Bethany – Ballet Ensemble

Rob Greenfield – Pianist

 

PRODUCTION TEAM

Peter Rothstein – Director

Kelli Foster Warder – Choreographer

Michael Hoover – Scenic Designer

Susan Branch Towne – Costume Designer

Serret Jensen – Hair and Makeup Designer

Philip Rosenberg – Lighting Designer

Craig Brock – Sound Designer

Scott Groh – Properties Designer

Rodd Simonson – Projection Designer

Amanda Cooley Davis – Dialect Coach

Catherine Anne Tucker – Stage Manager

Catie Tijerina – Assistant Stage Manager

Jenny Dang – Stage Management Intern

About Terrence McNally

Terrence McNally has had a remarkably far-ranging career spanning six decades. He is a recipient of the Dramatists Guild Lifetime Achievement Award and the Lucille Lortel Lifetime Achievement Award, and he is a 2018 inductee of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Terrence was recently named the 2019 recipient of the Broadway League’s Distinguished Lifetime Service Award in addition to one of three receiving a Lifetime Achievement in Theatre honor at the 2019 Tony Awards. He has won four Tony Awards for his plays Love! Valour! Compassion! and Master Class and his musical books for Kiss of the Spider Woman and Ragtime. He has written a number of TV scripts, including Andre’s Mother, for which he won an Emmy Award. He has received two Guggenheim Fellowships, a Rockefeller Grant, four Drama Desk Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards, two Obie Awards, and three Hull-Warriner Awards. In 1996, he was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame.

He wrote the book for the Tony-nominated musical The Visit, which opened on Broadway in the spring of 2015 with music and lyrics by John Kander and Fred Ebb.  He wrote the libretto for the operas Great Scott and Dead Man Walking, both with music by Jake Heggie. He is the writer of the book for the musical Anastasia, which is recently closed on Broadway and is currently touring. A revival of Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune starring Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon is currently running on Broadway for a limited engagement. His newest play, now titled Immortal Longings grew out of Fire and Air, which opened at Classic Stage Company in 2018. Other plays include Tony-nominated Best Play Mothers and Sons; It’s Only a Play; Where Has Tommy Flowers Gone?; The Lisbon Traviata; Lips Together, Teeth Apart; A Perfect Ganesh; Corpus Christi; And Away We Go; The Ritz; and Deuce.

About ZACH Theatre

A non-profit organization, ZACH creates intimate theatre experiences that ignite the imagination, inspire the spirit, and engage the community. As Austin’s leading professional producing theatre, ZACH employs more than 250 actors, musicians, and designers annually to create its own diverse array of nationally recognized plays and musicals under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Dave Steakley and Managing Director Elisbeth Challener. Each year, ZACH serves nearly 128,000 Central Texans – 55,000 of which are children and youth who participate in our education and outreach programs, as well as inspiring camps and classes.  ZACH Theatre is honored to host private and community events across the beautiful rental-ready spaces on our three-stage campus located in the heart of Austin. Founded in 1932, ZACH is the longest continuously running theatre company in the state of Texas, and one of the ten oldest in the country. Visit www.zachtheatre.org for more information.

ZACH Theatre’s 201819 Season is sponsored in part by The Moody Foundation, Baylor Scott & White Health, Dell, and Holiday Inn-Lady Bird Lake; and by grants from The Shubert Foundation, Junior League of Austin, The National Endowment for the Arts, Texas Commission on the Arts, the Cultural Arts Division of The City of Austin Economic Development Department, and Applied Materials.

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Cast Announced for the World Premiere of Terrence McNally’s Immortal Longings at Zach Theatre

ZACH Theatre is proud to announce the cast for the world premiere of Immortal Longings, the newest work by playwright and American Legend Terrence McNallyDirected by Peter Rothstein and Choreographed by Kelli Foster WarderImmortal Longings will star Broadway veteran Matt McGrath as Sergei Pavlovich Diaghliev. Previews begin June 12 with an Opening Date of June 20 and running through July 14 in The Topfer at ZACH. The world premiere of Immortal Longings is a thoroughly reworked version of Fire and Air which premiered at the Classic Stage Company (CSC) in New York City in the winter of last year.

Four-time Tony Award®-winning playwright and LGBT activist Terrence McNally (RagtimeKiss of the Spider Woman) expresses his excitement on casting, “Matt McGrath is an actor I’ve always wanted to create a role for. He is one of the best actors in New York City. Austin is going to love him. Also, thanks to the audition process, we found wonderful actors from both the Austin and New York ideal for their roles. My hope is that these actors will bring their uniqueness to the play. We have no preconceptions about what these roles are. I’ll discover these characters along with the actors in Austin.” McNally expands on Immortal Longings, “First, we hope the play is a treat; second, plays about a genius like Diaghilev, the great Russian impresario, are not exactly a dime a dozen. His work with the Ballets Russes is the stuff of legends.”

Immortal Longings explores the rich history of the great Russian impresario Sergei Pavlovich Diaghilev and his legendary Ballets Russes, who introduced the world to such revolutionary artists as Nijinsky, Stravinsky and Picasso. Surrounded by great talents of art, design, and music, the tempestuous relationship between Diaghilev and dancer Vaslav Nijinsky revolutionizes dance forever. The play takes place as the iron claw of the Bolsheviks closes in on the free spirits of New Art, forcing them to take refuge in a liberated and liberating Paris, at the birth of the 20th Century.

In addition to MATT McGRATH as Sergei Pavlovich Diaghliev, Immortal Longings will star WYATT FENNER as Vaslav Nijinsky; JAMES PATRICK NELSON as Dmitry “Dima” Filosofov; SHANNON KOOB as Misia Sert; SUZANNE WARMANEN as Dunya; JOSHUA PAGAN as Leonide Massine; RACHEL HANLONMARIE PIERCEKEVIN MURDOCK-WATERS, and IAN BETHANY as Ensemble; and ROB GREENFIELD as Pianist.

Directed by PETER ROTHSTEIN, the production team also includes KELLI FOSTER WARDER as Choreographer, MICHAEL HOOVER as Scenic Designer, SUSAN BRANCH TOWNE as Costume Designer, SERRET JENSEN as Hair and Makeup Designer, PHILIP ROSENBERG as Lighting Designer, Craig Brock as Sound Designer, SCOTT GROH as Properties Designer, AMANDA COOLEY DAVIS as Dialect Coach, and CATHERINE ANNE TUCKER as Stage Manager.

Age recommendation: Seventeen and up for adult language, sexual situations and full nudity.

Special Events in Celebration of Immortal Longings:

  • Pride Night – Thursday, June 13, 2019
  • Wednesday Post-Show Discussion – Wednesday, June 19, 2019
  • ASL Interpreted, Open Captioned, and Audio Described – Wednesday, June 19, 2019
  • Champagne Opening and Press Night – Thursday, June 20, 2019; Press may RSVP to nicole.shiro@motleycrewmedia.com

Tickets start at $25 and are available online at zachtheatre.org, by phone at 512-476-0541, or in person at the ZACH Theatre Box Office, in the Topfer Theatre, 202 South Lamar Boulevard (corner of Riverside Drive and South Lamar) Monday through Saturday, 12–5p.m.  ZACH Theatre is wheelchair accessible.  Student Rush Tickets are $20 one hour before show time (with valid ID). A limited amount of Pay–What–You–Will tickets are available the day–of for Mainstage preview performances only. Groups of 8 or more may request reservations by calling 512-476-0594 x.245 or by emailing groupsales@zachtheatre.org.

Carolyn and Marc Seriff are Presenting Sponsors of Immortal Longings with Kathleen and Harvey Guion and Dan Jackson III and M. Jeremy Guiberteau as Executive Producers and KMFA as Supporting Sponsor.

CAST

Matt McGrath – Sergei Pavlovich Diaghliev

Wyatt Fenner – Vaslav Nijinsky

James Patrick Nelson – Dmitry “Dima” Filosofov

Shannon Koob – Misia Sert

Suzanne Warmanen – Dunya

Joshua Pagan – Leonide Massine

Rachel Hanlon – Ensemble

Marie Pearce – Ensemble

Kevin Murdock-Waters – Ensemble

Ian Bethany – Ensemble

Rob Greenfield – Pianist

 

PRODUCTION TEAM

Peter Rothstein – Director

Kelli Foster Warder – Choreographer

Michael Hoover – Scenic Designer

Susan Branch Towne – Costume Designer

Serret Jensen – Hair and Makeup Designer

Philip Rosenberg – Lighting Designer

Craig Brock – Sound Designer

Scott Groh – Properties Designer

Amanda Cooley Davis – Dialect Coach

Catherine Anne Tucker – Stage Manager

Catie Tijerina – Assistant Stage Manager

Jenny Dang – Stage Management Intern

About Terrence McNally

Terrence McNally has had a remarkably far-ranging career spanning six decades. He is a recipient of the Dramatists Guild Lifetime Achievement Award and the Lucille Lortel Lifetime Achievement Award, and he is a 2018 inductee of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has won four Tony Awards for his plays Love! Valour! Compassion! and Master Class and his musical books for Kiss of the Spider Woman and Ragtime. He has written a number of TV scripts, including Andre’s Mother, for which he won an Emmy Award. He has received two Guggenheim Fellowships, a Rockefeller Grant, four Drama Desk Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards, two Obie Awards, and three Hull-Warriner Awards. In 1996, he was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame.

He wrote the book for the Tony-nominated musical The Visit, which opened on Broadway in the spring of 2015 with music and lyrics by John Kander and Fred Ebb.  He wrote the libretto for the operas Great Scott and Dead Man Walking, both with music by Jake Heggie. He is the writer of the book for the musical Anastasia, which is recently closed on Broadway and is currently touring. His newest play, now titled Immortal Longings grew out of Fire and Air, which opened at Classic Stage Company in 2018. Other plays include Tony-nominated Best Play Mothers and Sons; It’s Only a Play; Where Has Tommy Flowers Gone?; The Lisbon Traviata; Lips Together, Teeth Apart; A Perfect Ganesh; Corpus Christi; And Away We Go; Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune; The Ritz; and Deuce.

About ZACH Theatre

A non-profit organization, ZACH creates intimate theatre experiences that ignite the imagination, inspire the spirit, and engage the community. As Austin’s leading professional producing theatre, ZACH employs more than 250 actors, musicians, and designers annually to create its own diverse array of nationally recognized plays and musicals under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Dave Steakley and Managing Director Elisbeth Challener. Each year, ZACH serves nearly 128,000 Central Texans – 55,000 of which are children and youth who participate in our education and outreach programs, as well as inspiring camps and classes.  ZACH Theatre is honored to host private and community events across the beautiful rental-ready spaces on our three-stage campus located in the heart of Austin. Founded in 1932, ZACH is the longest continuously running theatre company in the state of Texas, and one of the ten oldest in the country. Visit www.zachtheatre.org for more information.

ZACH Theatre’s 201819 Season is sponsored in part by The Moody Foundation, Baylor Scott & White Health, Dell, and Holiday Inn-Lady Bird Lake; and by grants from The Shubert Foundation, Junior League of Austin, The National Endowment for the Arts, Texas Commission on the Arts, the Cultural Arts Division of The City of Austin Economic Development Department, and Applied Materials.

Connect with ZACH:
Facebook facebook.com/zachtheatre
Twitter @ZACHtheatre twitter.com/zachtheatre
Instagram instagram.com/zachtheatre

Once at ZACH Theatre is a Must-See!

Photography courtesy of Kirk Tuck.

Based on the 2007 Academy Award®-winning film, Once is an enchanting, modern love story about the complexities of relationships and the power of music to connect us all. Once tells the story of an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant drawn together by their shared love of music. Their unexpected friendship and collaboration evolves into a powerful but complicated romance, heightened by the raw emotion of the songs they create together.  Winner of 8 Tony Awards® including Best Musical, this unique theatrical experience, with breathtaking melodies by Glen Hansard of the Irish band The Frames, will have you falling in love from the very first note.

Speaking to Austin’s live music roots, ZACH’s Topfer lobby transforms into an Irish pub, creating an immersive experience from start to finish. Based on the 2007 Academy Award®-winning film with music and lyrics by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, and book by Enda Walsh, audiences will fall for this unexpected romance that features a talented ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments on stage. Once will play The Topfer at ZACH TheatreSeptember 19 – October 28, 2018, under the direction of ZACH Producing Artistic Director Dave Steakley with Musical Direction by Allen Robertson, Scenic Design by Donald Eastman, and Choreography by Cassie Abate.

Once at ZACH Theatre

When: September 19, 2018 – October 28, 2018
Where: The Topfer at ZACH | 202 S. Lamar Boulevard | Austin, TX 78704
Tickets: Start at $25 available at the ZACH box office - (512) 476-0541, x1

zachtheatre.org

Age Recommendation: 10 and up for language

According to William Jackson, Founder & Chief Business Officer InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential, “Once is a perfect blend of theatre and music, warmly wrapped around a touching yet complicated love story.  The emotional intensity of the unfolding story, a story perhaps experienced by many, is portrayed beautifully by the actors/musicians and leaves an indelible mark on the heart and soul.  For anyone who has a heart, Once is a must-see!”

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

Crave Artisan Chocolate Creates Signature Flavor for Zach Theatre’s 85th Anniversary Season

“Diamond Crunch” Available Now Exclusively at Zach Theatre

ZACH Theatre and Crave Artisan Chocolate

Signature Flavor “Diamond Crunch” Vanilla and Espresso Chai Chocolate Bark available now to celebrate ZACH Theatre’s 85th Anniversary Season

NOW through the ZACH Theatre 2017-2018 Season

ZACH Theatre | 202 S. Lamar Blvd. | Austin, TX 78704

www.zachtheatre.org

www.craveartisianchocolate.com

Crave Artisan Chocolate has created a signature chocolate flavor to honor ZACH Theatre’s 85th Anniversary.  “Diamond Crunch” Vanilla and Espresso Chai Chocolate Bark was inspired by the vibrant community of Austin along with involvement of ZACH Theatre’s spirit and ties to Austin. Krystal Craig, owner and founder of Crave Artisan Chocolate worked to create a taste that captures Austin’s on-the-go, vibrant and playful, but also casual, laid back and versatile attitude to express the similar feeling one experiences when attending a ZACH Theatre production.

The notes in this blend of vanilla, chai and espresso represent these shared characteristics with the stronger playful aspect coming from the sugary crunch as a nod to ZACH’s 85th Diamond Anniversary.  “Diamond Crunch” Vanilla and Espresso Chai Chocolate Bark is available now exclusively at ZACH Theatre through the 85th Season.

Craig explains why she crafted this exclusive flavor for ZACH Theatre, “As an Austin native, having the opportunity to commemorate ZACH’s special 85th anniversary means a lot. Working with other local businesses fuels inspiration in me to develop new flavors and chocolate products. Additionally, and more importantly to me, ZACH Theatre is a staple Austin landmark I know and appreciate after growing up and experiencing the way this city has grown and changed.”

Commercially producing chocolate since 2005, Krystal Craig was born and raised in Austin. Named as a “Rising Star of Chocolate” by the Austin Chronicle, “Top Pick” by Austin Monthly and highly regarded by ZAGAT’s landing her name on multiple lists, Krystal seemed like the perfect person to capture the essence of ZACH’s Anniversary Season. Working with chocolate encompasses the full scope of Krystal’s passions in art, business, people and health. Just like theatre, chocolate is a craft requiring a collaboration of patience, practice and developed technique. It supports creative drive while providing challenge, and comes with the best end result of making smiles.

ZACH’s 85th Anniversary Season opens with the musical gem Singin’ in the Rain, based on the classic Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film in special arrangement with Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Inc.  Singin’ in the Rain will play ZACH’s Topfer Theatre September 27 – October 29, 2017 under the direction of Abe Reybold, Associate Artistic Director of ZACH Theatre with musical direction by Allen Robertson and choreography by Dominique Kelly.

** ZACH’s full 17-18 Season schedule attached **

Texas Cultural Trust Presents 2016 Class of Texas Young Masters, ZACH Theatre, TONIGHT!

Featuring performances by Tosca String Quartet, The Peterson Brothers, Blackshear Elementary Fine Arts Academy Chorus

 Special presentations by honorary chair First Lady Cecilia Abbott & Special Guest Holland Taylor

The Texas Cultural Trust (TCT) is pleased to present the 2016 Texas Young Masters event, on April 25th at ZACH Theatre with honorary chair First Lady Cecilia Abbott and special guest Holland Taylor.  The Texas Young Masters is a joint initiative with the Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) awarding 8th through 11th grade students scholarship grants of $5,000 a year for two years, and recognizing artistic excellence in students across all artistic disciplines – from dance, literary arts, and media arts/film, to music, theater, musical theater, and visual arts.  Since its inception in 2002, the TCT and TCA have given 263 grants to 124 previous Young Masters, awarding $707,500 to aspiring artists from across the state. Tickets on sale soon.  For more information, visit www.txculturaltrust.org.

The 2016 Class of Texas Young Masters will be awarded at an award ceremony and star-studded concert, with an Opening Reception at 6:00 pm, and Awards Ceremony at 7:00 pm.  The Opening Reception will feature a Young Masters Lounge, complete with photo booth, signature “mock-tail,” and special performance by 2004 Young Master and violin virtuoso, Charles Yang.  Described by the Boston Globe as one who “plays classical violin with the charisma of a rock star,” Yang started studying violin while a young child in Austin, and has gone on to international acclaim.  He will also be performing during the show, in collaboration with 2014 Young Master and Carnatic percussionist Jay Appaji.

Multi-GRAMMY award winner and Trust board member Ray Benson will emcee the Young Masters ceremony, along with Majic 95.5 afternoon drive personality Juliet Brandon.  The show will open with Blackshear Elementary Fine Arts Academy chorus.  As the first Elementary Fine Arts Academy in Austin IDS, Blackshear used the arts to help increase enrollment by 20% and was recently named a National Blue Ribbon School.  Austin’s Tosca String Quartet will also perform during the ceremony.  Internationally known for their “Tango Nuevo” performances, the quartet has enjoyed crossover success by performing and/or recording with such artists as Arcade Fire, Spoon, Bonnie Raitt, Bob Schneider, and on the soundtrack to the arthouse classic Waking Life by Richard Linklater.  The evening will come to a close with a rousing performance by local favorites, The Peterson Brothers Band.  Thanks to inspiration from the legends of the past and present, The Brothers are helping keep the Blues alive, even with one still in high school and the other just starting college.  In addition to their ever growing list of touring dates, including a Monday night residency at Austin’s renowned Continental Club, Glenn and Alex Peterson have been honored by the Austin Chronicle Music Awards, and were twice voted the Best Band in Bastrop County, in addition to having received accolades from The Dallas Examiner and The San Antonio Express-News.

The evening will also feature performances by previous Young Masters, including: Jared Brown, 2014 Young Master in Dance; Morgan Starr,  2010 Young Master in Dance; Jay Appaji, 2014 Young Master in Music; and violinist, Charles Yang.  Honorary Chair, First Lady Cecilia Abbott will present the medals to the 2016 Class of Young Masters.  Holland Taylor, EMMY winning actress, will introduce the Young Masters in Theatre/Musical Theatre.  Taylor is currently starring in Ann, a one-woman portrait of the legendary governor of Texas, for which she has been nominated for a Tony Award.  Ann is currently running at ZACH Theatre.

The Young Masters program is made possible through the generous support of the following Program Founders:

AT&T Foundation, Anheuser Busch Foundation, Applied Materials, BNSF Railway, The Honorable David Dewhurst, Emerson Electric, Mrs. Gene Jones, Mr. George Mitchell, Mrs. W.D. Noel, Plum Foundation, Ray C. Fish Foundation, Raytheon.

Special Thanks to our Scholarship Underwriters:

Dr. and Mrs. Ernest Butler; Texas Women for the Arts; ExxonMobil; Neiman Marcus; the Scurlock Foundation; Lee Bailey, Friends of Jesùs Moroles; Dian Graves Owen Foundation, Guillermo Nicolas and Judy Robison.

For more information on the Texas Young Masters program, visit www.txculturaltrust.org/programs/young-masters.

We Invite You to Support the Young Masters Program

 

Dear InFluential Magazine Family:

This year, our publisher William Jackson is delighted to be serving on the Host Committee for the 2016 Texas Young Masters program. We hope you will join us in celebrating the very best of Texas by considering a donation to this extraordinary program of the Texas Cultural Trust.

The Texas Young Masters program, a joint initiative between the Texas Cultural Trust and the Texas Commission on the Arts, recognizes excellence in 8th through 11th graders in music, theatre, dance, visual arts, and literary arts. The program funds a mentoring relationship between a gifted Texas student and a master in their artistic field by awarding grants of $5,000 per year for two years. This grant provides the boost that allows the rising stars in Texas to become the legends of tomorrow.

Your support is critical to the success of the Young Masters program and to the Texas Cultural Trust’s goal of raising awareness of the importance of the arts for children’s education. In order to continue this outstanding program the Texas Cultural Trust relies on the donations of supporters. To celebrate and recognize these talented young artists, the Texas Cultural Trust will host the 2016 Texas Young Masters Awards Ceremony on Monday, April 25, 2016, at ZACH Theatre.

So how you can help? Please consider making a donation or gift to the Young Masters program. Your gift ensures that a young artist will have the opportunity to live their dreams and explore their craft in a professional avenue. You can also spread the word about these outstanding young masters to your personal and professional networks. For an online donation, please donate at the below link and mention William Jackson’s name in the Host Committee member field.

Donation Page: https://51490.thankyou4caring.org/pages/generaldonations

We hope you will join us in celebrating these gifted young artists and we wish you a wonderful year.

Kindest regards,

InFluential Magazine

William Jackson Stars as Guest Judge in the Top Austin Model Finale 2013

Fierce and Fabulous Competition featuring Local Talent

William Jackson, Publisher of InFluential Magazine stars as Guest Judge in the Top Austin Model Finale 2013 presented by ButterFly Entertainment scheduled 7:00 pm on Sunday, March 24th at Zach Theatre. 

Top Austin Model is an annual, multistage competition for Austin-based models.  Top Austin Model was created in 2011 by ButterFly Entertainment and exclusively features Austin-based talent and businesses to serve as a platform for creative fashion professionals in Austin, Texas.

After three months of competition, our remaining contestants will have one last chance to impress the judges at the Top Austin Model Finale on Sunday, March 24 at Zach Theatre.  Models will wear clothing by local designers Heart-Shaped, Navi Bleu, and Teresa Valenzuela, with hair and makeup provided by Jackson Ruiz Salon.  The top three contestants will be introduced, the Fan Favorite revealed, and winner Top Austin Model 2013 announced!

Also gracing the runway will be a few Fabulous & Fashionable Men of Austin, including Marques Harper of the Austin American Statesman; Eric Renteria of Etiquette Vintage Design; Matt Swinney of Austin Fashion Week; Mic Trotty, The CW Austin; AJ Vincent named “Best Keyboardist of Austin” 2011 and 2012; David Yeomans of KXAN Weather, and more!

 DJ Brandon Shabazz will entertain the crowd with special guests Melanie Phillips and Tiny Dancer.