THEATRE & FINE ARTS
Wortham Theater Center closed until May, 2018 after damages from Hurricane Harvey
Due to the extensive water damage from Hurricane Harvey, Houston First Corporation announced the Wortham Theater Center will be closed for repairs until May 15, 2018 in a best case scenario.
On August 27, water from Hurricane Harvey filled the basement of the Wortham with 12 feet of water. In addition, water filled the tunnel that connects the Wortham to the Theater District Parking Garage.
While the building was powered down before the worst of the storm, initial assessments revealed potentially dangerous conditions and a clear threat to the mechanical and electrical equipment and building contents. To prevent further damage, Houston First immediately retained Gilbane Reconstruction Services to being pumping out the water and stabilizing the building.
At this point, it does not appear that the building has suffered structural damage, but there has been extensive damage to at least one-third of the building’s 60 air handling units and to the elevators. Houston First and Gilbane continue to work hand-in-hand to complete an evaluation of the critical building systems. That work should be complete in 2-3 weeks. To find out more about Wortham Theater Center recovery, click here.
TUTS SUMMER CAMP SERIES CONTINUES WITH ADDITIONAL WEEK THROUGH SEPTEMBER 8TH
In response to ongoing recovery efforts and the impacted school system, Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) is pleased to offer an extension of the TUTS Summer Camp Series with an additional week of activities Tuesday through Friday, September 5-8, 2017 from 9 am to 3 pm daily, with early morning and after care also available.
Programs will be available, and TUTS is ready to serve the community with operational facilities at two of the organization’s locations, TUTS Humphreys School of Musical Theatre and The River Performing & Visual Arts Center.
MUSICAL THEATRE DAY CAMP for students ages 4-7 will be available at The River Performing & Visual Arts Center located in the City of Houston’s Metropolitan Multiservice Center (1475 West Gray Street). Students age 4-7 will use musical theatre and the visual arts to explore their world.
MUSICAL THEATRE DAY CAMP for students 7-14 will be available at TUTS Humphreys School of Musical Theatre. Based in the heart of the Downtown Theater District, TUTS Humphreys School of Musical Theatre is located at the Hobby Center for Performing Arts (800 Bagby Street). Students will use musical theatre and the visual arts, to explore stories both from literature and from their own lives. Classes for children ages 7-10 years old will focus on developing creativity through community story-building, movement, and musical exploration. Classes for children ages 11-14 years old will focus on examining their own worlds through storytelling/acting techniques, improvisational dance, and music creation.
In the spirit of our community-based mission, TUTS is doing everything possible to offer a safe, creative place where parents can bring their children for the day while they return to work or address needs at home. Their children will have the opportunity to engage with our local artists, teachers, and staff learning creative ways to express themselves and engage in collaborations building community. TUTS is waiving all registration fees and offering the all-day, week-long camps (all age groups) at a reduced rate of $150 per student, which is intended to cover staff expenses and supplies. After hard costs are covered, any remaining proceeds will be contributed to other city-wide relief funds.
Students should come to camp dressed in comfortable clothing and sneakers, and bring a lunch and snack daily.
Classes are available on a first come, first served basis and space is limited. Registration is available online beginning Sunday, September 3rd.
The Theatre Under The Stars administrative offices are currently closed, and will reopen on Tuesday, September 5 at 9am. In the meantime, questions can be directed via email to email@example.com.
HOUSTON GRAND OPERA REGROUPS AFTER HURRICANE HARVEY
Message from HGO: We are relieved that all HGO staff, musicians, and Studio artists and their families are all safe. Some Company members have lost homes and vehicles or were forced to evacuate, and many are assisting family and friends. Like you, it will be some time before we all understand the full impact of this devastating natural disaster.
As for our home, the lower levels of the Wortham Theater Center have flooded and HGO’s power sources, internet, and website connectivity have been badly damaged as well as the Costume Shop and Wig Shop. We hope to be back in our offices soon after Labor Day, but HGO’s administrative functions are facing major challenges. These include many hurdles for our artistic, production, and technical teams in preparing for the upcoming season, limitations in our ability to bring education programs like Opera to Go! to schools and community centers, and delays in our audience outreach efforts. Meanwhile, our own HGOco team are working to bring our Storybook Opera for young children into the shelters next week.
IF YOU NEED TO REACH US IMMEDIATELY, YOU CAN DO SO BY CALLING 323-644-2116. An operator will answer and connect you with one of our staff.
HOW YOU CAN HELP: Mayor Turner has set up a Hurricane Relief Fund at ghcf.org/hurricane relief. We have set up a special fund to assist HGO employees in rebuilding their lives, and another fund to support HGO’s recovery so that we can keep our season on track and continue to serve Houston. You can help by emailing your pledge to HGOHarveyStaff@hgo.org and/or HGOHarveyFund@hgo.org. Please include your name, email, and phone number, and the amount you would like to donate, but NO credit card info at this time. We will contact you to process these pledges as soon as we are back in our offices.
We are still planning to open our season on October 20. We are truly grateful for your outpouring of kind words and concerns. Many of you have blown us away by already asking us what you can do to help. A few of you have even offered to come scoop water out of the Wortham with a bucket!
We are a family, and we are here for each other. We can’t wait to deliver a fantastic season to you, giving Houstonians the power of music and storytelling that we all need now, more than ever. Thank you for thinking of HGO during these challenging times.
DANCE AUDITIONS FOR TUTS’ SLEEPING BEAUTY AND HER WINTER KNIGHT
Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) is holding dance auditions for the upcoming holiday production of SLEEPING BEAUTY AND HER WINTER KNIGHT, which TUTS is bringing to Houston with Lythgoe Family Panto (LFP).
Spencer Liff, the production’s choreographer, along with the show’s producers, Kris Lythgoe and Becky Lythgoe, who also serve as the writer and head of casting, respectively, will helm the Houston auditions. Garrett Clayton, who is reprising his original role of the Prince in this production of SLEEPING BEAUTY AND HER WINTER KNIGHT, will be on hand to evaluate the process.
Dance auditions in Houston will take place on Friday, August 25th from 12-4 p.m. at Theatre Under The Stars, located at 800 Bagby, Houston, Texas 77002 in the Center for Arts and Education. Lythgoe Family Panto is currently seeking male / female dancers, ages 18-35.
Additionally, on Monday, August 28th, auditions for specific Principal roles will be held by appointment only beginning from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The full audition schedule is as follows:
FRIDAY AUG 25 – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
OPEN ADULT DANCER CALLS
MONDAY AUG 28 – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. by appointment only
AEA EPA APPOINTMENTS
Lythgoe Family Panto is currently casting the following roles:
PRINCESS AURORA, FEMALE, 18-28, feisty and beautiful but innocent, good acting ability, strong singer and dancing ability. Musical theatre base an advantage.
PRINCE PHILIP (possible understudy), MALE, 18-35 Height 5’10 – 6’3’’. Powerful singing voice and great actor, comedic ability, Musical Theatre experience.
KING OF HOUSTON, MALE, aged 50-65, experienced mature actor that loves to play a character part. Warm and friendly but must be obeyed. Comedy is essential.
GOOD FAIRY (possible understudy to cover both Good Fairy and Carabosse), FEMALE, 30-60 leader of the seven fairies, strong acting ability and powerful, show stopping singing voice. Helps SILLY BILLY become the hero.
CARABOSSE, FEMALE, 30-60 extremely evil fairy, who hates the Kingdom and Aurora. Gets boo’d by the audience throughout but must be able to control them. Interacts with the audience, strong actor and powerful singing is a must. Musical theatre experience an advantage.
Anyone interested in this audition should come prepared and be aware that as a professional theatre company, all of our rehearsals are held in the daytime during normal business hours. For more information, visit www.TUTS.com/auditions.
PRE-SALE TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE FOR HOUSTON PREMIERE OF ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE
The producers of ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE and BBVA Compass Broadway at the Hobby Center announced today that pre-sales for the Houston Premiere of the new musical comedy getaway at The Hobby Center begin on June 5, 2017.
As previously announced, ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE is currently having its World Premiere steps from the ocean at the Tony Award®-winning La Jolla Playhouse in La Jolla, California, having extended twice with performances now through July 9. Following La Jolla, this production of ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE will relaunch in New Orleans before making its way to Houston and Chicago as it sets sail down Broadway to 46th Street at the Marquis Theatre in New York.
ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE, the new musical featuring the songs of iconic singer-songwriter-author Jimmy Buffett, will begin previews on Broadway at the Marquis Theatre (210 West 46th Street) on Friday, February 16, 2018, with the official Broadway Opening Night on Thursday, March 15, 2018.
“Well, going to Broadway is a dream come true, but to be coming to the Marquis is like having a great margarita with a tequila floater. If we are going to turn the island of Manhattan into Margaritaville, Times Square seems the perfect place to drop anchor after our voyage from La Jolla, New Orleans, Houston and Chicago,” said Jimmy Buffett. “I am grateful to all the wonderful people at all levels, who participated in the hard work of turning a dream into reality. It’s going to be a tropical season in Houston. Fins Up!!!!”
Escape to Margaritaville travel packages are available via the show’s official travel provider, The Travel Team, at www.TTTescape.com.
Tickets for the Houston engagement go on sale to the public on August 27, but Groups of 10 or more are already on sale and available by visiting http://Houston.broadway.com/groups, calling (888)451-5986 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, please visit www.EscapetoMargaritavilleMusical.com.
The Community Artists’ Collective celebrates its 30th anniversary at Deborah Colton Gallery in April 2017 on APRIL 15
The Community Artists’ Collective will celebrate its 30 years of service to the Houston arts community with a Birthday Bash celebration at the Deborah Colton Gallery, 2445 North Blvd. on April 15, 2017.
Nationally recognized art historian and curator Alvia Wardlaw will preside over the event. A highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the Lester Marks Patron of the Year Award for Philanthropy to community leader Peter H. Brown.
Tony and Dina Alsowayel Chase are honorary chairs of the event.
Sarah Trotty, Deborah Colton and Beverly Harmon will serve as co-chairs of the event, themed “Illuminating Unlimited Creativity.”
Prior to the event, a limited edition of 100 original 22 x 15” linoleum prints by Delita Pinchback Martin will be available for purchase. Martin, who works as a full-time artist in her studio Black Box Press in Huffman, has been described as one of 16 African American artists gaining national attention by the International Review of African American Art.
The Collective, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, provides a wide range of activities for a diverse population. Local artists are presented with opportunities to expand their skills, receive training in entrepreneurship and are exposed to the greater Houston art community through interactions with art collectors and the exhibition of their art. The education program offers art instruction to children and adults of all ages, impacting their development of creative techniques and providing increased self-esteem. The Collective’s quilting program, the Jubilee Quilt Circle, is attracting new and established quilters on a regular basis.
Individual tickets for the 6 to 9 p.m. celebration are $150, and sponsorship packages begin at $5,000.
For more information contact The Collective at 713-523-1616 or email@example.com and visit the website at www.thecollective.org.
THEATRE UNDER THE STARS (TUTS) announces 2017-18 Season including HAMILTON as a “Special Engagement” with BBVA Compass Broadway at the Hobby Center
Sheldon Epps, Artistic Advisor for Theatre Under The Stars, said they’re are excited about this season especially being able to offer HAMILTON at TUTS.
“Certainly it will be the centerpiece of a season that is already rich in theatrical diversity, excitement and tremendous energy,” said Epps. “Our audiences will be lucky to enjoy American classics both old and new throughout this incredible season, and have the joy of taking a wide array of theatrical journeys that will thrill and satisfy them throughout the year.”
As previously announced, the full 2017-18 Season that includes HAMILTON is only available through a six-show Season Subscription. Full six-show Season Subscriptions are ONLY available through Friday, March 31, 2017.
It is important to note that Season Subscriptions sold after March 31st will NOT include HAMILTON. Beginning on Saturday, April 1st, 2017 five-show Season Subscriptions and Pick Four packages will be available.
“TUTS is beyond thrilled to be able to offer HAMILTON to some of our most loyal supporters – our subscribers – as part of an already unique and diverse mix of programming in our 2017-2018 Season. Building upon the artistic and critical success of our 2016-2017 Season, we are confident we have productions and opportunities for engagement that will appeal to the entire Houston community,” said Hillary Hart, Executive Director for Theatre Under The Stars.
As previously announced, the 2017-18 Season will kick off in October with the Theatre Under The Stars presentation of The 5th Avenue Theatre and the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s production of THE SECRET GARDEN as part of the show’s road to Broadway.
This season will also mark the return of noteworthy directors to the TUTS stage. Linda Goodrich, who directed MARY POPPINS during the 2015-16 Season, will be directing SLEEPING BEAUTY AND HER WINTER KNIGHT in December. Nick DeGruccio, who directed TUTS’ critically acclaimed production of IN THE HEIGHTS last September, will be putting a fresh spin on the classic musical GUYS + DOLLS.
Also included in the season’s lineup are MEMPHIS and BRIGHT STAR.
Houston Grand Opera Presents Landmark Return of Nixon in China (January 20–28) to open Winter Season
In the fall of 1987, Houston Grand Opera’s world premiere of Nixon in China made political headlines and galvanized the opera world. Thirty years later, John Adams’s trailblazing opera returns in a new-to-Houston production that sheds light on the electronic media’s role in political history, just as a new media-savvy American president takes office.
John Adams/Alice Goodman: Nixon in China
Sung in English with projected English text
January 20, 22m, 24, 26, 28, 2017
A co-production of Houston Grand Opera and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
Love Jones, The Musical
What happens after love at first sights? That’s exactly what we find out as Tank, Chrisette Michele, Raheem DeVaughn, Dave Hollister, MC Lyte and more join forces to tell the classic and iconic love story of Darius and Nina in Love Jones, the Musical.
Tickets available at www.thehobbycenter.org/?q=node/1883.
Houston Grand Opera presents world premiere of the opera based on the cherished holiday classic, It’s a Wonderful Life.
This timeless tale follows a troubled banker whose guardian angel helps him understand the lasting impact his life has made on those around him. Together, they learn the most valuable lesson of all: “no matter how your story ends, no one is a failure who has friends.”
Don’t miss the music packed with an incredibly lyrical, melodic score that showcases a full range of styles—from a high school dance to a young lovers’ duet and a Christmas carol sing-along.
Composer, Jake Heggie, who exploded on the scene with his first opera, Dead Man Walking, joins librettist Gene Scheer, with whom he saw immense success with in Moby-Dick and in the HGO world premiere Three Decembers.
Tickets available at www.houstongrandopera.org/scheduletickets/2016-17-season/performances/its-a-wonderful-life. For more information, call 713-228-6737 (OPERA) or visit www.HGO.org.
JERSEY BOYS TO RETURN TO HOUSTON
Don’t miss BBVA Compass Broadway at the Hobby Center show
coming November 15-20, 2016
Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) presents new line up for 2016/17 Season
In celebration of the rich history and with eyes on their upcoming 50th anniversary in 2018, Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS) announced a new line up for their 2016/17 season with a nod to the future and their past as a relevant and vital contributor to the arts and cultural scene in Houston and beyond.
Perhaps most influential in this transition has been the addition of Sheldon Epps, TUTS’ new Artistic Advisor.
Based on his advice and guidance, TUTS now promises to provide “more theatre for more people” by offering a greater variety of world-class musical theatre titles and more broadly diverse lineup of material. Their goal is to show a full spectrum of theatrical experiences that engage, inspire and entertain at the highest level of musical theatre artistry.
“One of my first desires when I arrived to work with TUTS was to examine the programming for the 16-17 Season, ” said Epps. “I believe that this revised season will bring a greater breadth of theatricality to our audiences. It will also offer the work of some of the true masters of the musical theatre field from Stephen Sondheim to the currently justly celebrated Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of Hamilton, which is perhaps the greatest theatrical juggernaut of our time. Further, this season fully addresses the desire at TUTS to reflect the richness and diversity of the Houston community, and indeed of our country. All in all a combination of elements which I believe will create a ‘better than ever’ season for TUTS.”
Take a look at the revised 2016/17 Season:
In The Heights – Sept. 13-25: In the Heights, the first offering from Lin-Manuel Miranda, the genius behind the game-changing Hamilton: An American Musical, won five Tony Awards® including Best Musical in 2008. In the Heights is a vibrant snapshot of three days in an eclectic Manhattan neighborhood as the residents face the changes and challenges of a world that is on the move.
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying – Oct. 25 -Nov. 6: How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying is not just the name of a smash musical but also the book (based on a real book by Shepherd Mead) that inspired window-washer J. Pierrepont Finch’s meteoric ascent up the corporate ladder of the World Wide Wicket Company.
Into The Woods – Dec. 6-18: Into the Woods -Winner of five Tony Awards®, this enchanting tale, created by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine, is a complex, courageous journey through a forest of calamity, cleverness and gorgeous songs.
An American in Paris – Feb. 21-March 5: Acclaimed director/choreographer and 2015 Tony Award® winner Christopher Wheeldon brings the magic and romance of Paris into perfect harmony with unforgettable songs from George and Ira Gershwin in the show that earned more awards than any other musical in the 2014-15 season!
Dreamgirls – April 4-16: Winner of 7 Tony Awards® and two Grammys® for Best Cast Album and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, Dreamgirls tells the story of the Dreams first break to their tumultuous climb to top of the charts. Follow this female trio’s journey, both behind the scenes and onstage, through the changing musical and cultural climate of the 1960’s and 70’s; they girls overcome cutthroat business deals and unscrupulous managers only to discover that fame can’t replace family.
Fun Home – May 16-28: 2015 Tony Award® Winner–Best Musical: The “groundbreaking,” “life-affirming” and “exquisite” new musical Fun Home was the event of the 2014-15 Broadway season, receiving raves from critics and audiences alike, winning five 2015 Tony Awards including Best Musical, and making history along the way. Based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir, Fun Home introduces us to Alison at three different ages, as she explores and unravels the many mysteries of her childhood.
How To Subscribe: Subscriptions to TUTS’ 2016/17 mainstage season are available:
• Online at TUTS.com
• Phone at (713) 558-TUTS
• In person at the TUTS Box Office (800 Bagby St. – Downtown Houston)
• Discounted group subscriptions of 15 or more are available at (713) 558-8888 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information visit www.TUTS.com.