It’s almost February and the Theatre Cluster at Booket T. is already going strong in 2016. This week our Mime Show, “Children of War,” gets started and then the African-American Heritage Show Collaboration will run in early February. There are lots of ways to get involved by volunteering your time to “Feed the Kids,” working concessions for our shows or volunteering at the upcoming Winter Ball. If you have any questions about how to get involved or think you might be interested in serving on our Theatre Guild Board next year, please don’t hesitate to contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The school year is now in full swing and I encourage everyone to get out and attend as many shows and openings at BTW as you have time. The students are all doing great work and we are lucky to have so many opportunities to see their talents on display. Theophilus North is running this week, Wednesday – Friday. You don’t want to miss this show, it’s a funny, clever and intelligent show about life. The stage design & costumes are wonderful and cast does a great job portraying a time long before most of their grandparents were born.
Arts in the Park is coming up on Saturday, 10/31 and it’s going to be Spooktacular! The Theatre Guild will not only have a table selling merchandise, but we’ll also be doing a craft for the kids. Were going to need volunteers so keep your eyes out for the signup genius. Parents and students will be needed to make the day a success.
Playbills are a great way to say congrats to your student for his/her success. If you are interested in participating please contact email@example.com for more info.
Theophilus North – October 14-15 & 21-23, 7pm in the MAT at BTW.
Tickets available at the door. Adult – $5 Students – $3
Playwright: Matthew Burnett
Adapted from Thornton Wilder’s novel and published by Samuel French.
The play is set in and around Newport, Rhode Island during the summer of 1926
Set in the tiny resort town of Newport, RI, during the height of the Jazz Age in summer, 1926,Theophilus North follows the exploits of the title character as he searches for adventure and his place in the world. Quitting his teaching position in New Jersey, and stranded in Newport after his jalopy breaks down, thirty-year-old Theophilus takes odd jobs (tennis instructor, French tutor, private reader…) in houses of the wealthy, infiltrating himself into the lives and troubles of Newport’s residents, both upstairs and downstairs. But the greatest adventure in store is not at all what he has imagined…
A Call to Action: Blues for Mr Charlie/Radium Girls –
November 3-7, 11-13, 7pm Black Box Theatre at BTW.
Tickets available at the door Adult – $5 Students – $3
Playwright: DW Gregory
Based on the true story of the dial painters who made labor history.
The story: 1926. Radium is a miracle cure, Madame Curie an international celebrity, and luminous watches the latest rage. Until the girls who paint those watch dials begin to die. Based on the true story of the women and men who worked for the U.S. Radium Corporation in Orange, N.J.
Blues for Mister Charlie
Playwright: James Baldwin
Produced and published in 1964. A denunciation of racial bigotry and hatred, the play was based on a murder trial that took place in Mississippi in 1955. “Mister Charlie” is a slang term for a white man.
The story concerns Richard Henry, a black man who returns to the Southern town of his birth to begin a new life and recover from drug addiction. Lyle Britten, a white bigot who kills him for “not knowing his place,” is acquitted by an all-white jury. Racism scars both black and white members of the community who attempt to intervene.
We are delighted to announce 2 recent awards from the Dallas Observer. BTWHSPVA theater teacher Vickie Washington was named best theater director of 2015 by the paper. From the Observer… “With this season’s world premiere of Dallas playwright Jonathan Norton’s moving drama Mississippi Goddamn, vickie washington (she likes it lower case) reminded us that she’s one of the finest stage directors in North Texas.”
Also, Artistic Director Lily Weiss was named one of 10 Brilliant Women in Dallas. A former dance teacher and cluster coordinator, she was lauded for being “a mentor for the next generation.”
I hope everyone had the opportunity to see Hair. What an amazing production by our BTW students, staff & volunteers.
Looking forward in the Theatre Cluster…. we have Theophilus North opening in the MAT on October 14 and running through October 23. Right on its heels we have A Call to Action: Blues for Mr. Charlie/Radium Girls running November 3-7, 11-13 in the Black Box Theatre. I’m confident that the BTW community will support our hard working students by attending both of these productions.
Remember the Theatre Guild produces playbills for all our shows. If you are interested in a tribute or ad in our playbills contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
I would like to offer special thanks to all my volunteers who are diligently working to make this school year run smoothly. I am so appreciative for all the time and energy the Theatre Cluster’s parents put into making their children’s experience at BTW the best High School experience in Dallas. I’ll say it now; and I’ll say it later, THANK YOU!
We are proud to announce that theatre junior Leah Davis is one of the winners of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts 2015 VSA Playwright Discovery Competition. This was Leah’s first play. She has been invited to participate in a weekend of pre-professional activities at the Kennedy Center during the annual Page-to-Stage New Play Festival.