WaterTower Theatre – Addison, TX

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Photos at the WaterTower Theatre in Addison, the second biggest regional theatre in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. Most recently, I saw Good People at WTT.

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Stumbled upon Beethoven concert

I was lucky enough to be able to attend a Fine Arts Chamber Players event this afternoon in the Dallas Arts District. I had just heard about it this morning via the Dallas Arts District Facebook page. It was an entirely free concert (other than the $5 downtown parking), as all of the classical concerts are. Today’s concert was part of the “Basically Beethoven Festival,” which was the company’s first ever concert series when it began giving free concerts back in 1981. Luckily, I arrived at 2pm for a 2:30pm go time, so I was able to secure a seat, but many were disappointed. I had never been inside the Dallas City Performance Hall before, so I was particularly interested and intrigued to see the venue. But I was truly captivated by the music by both the opening musician, who played the marimba, as well as the five very talented musicians who performed a serenade by Beethoven and a selection by Mendelssohn. Review to follow.Dallas City Performance Hall

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TheatreJones – the site that started it all

The website that inspired me to further pursue arts reporting and arts journalism is TheatreJones, a site that Elaine Liner and Mark Lowry launched in 2009 with the purpose of “filling the void” in coverage of the arts in North Texas. They spell out their vision on the About Us page on the site.

I respect the work on this site because there is always such well-reported and diverse stories and offerings covering various platforms. The content is well-dispersed, something that I struggle with on this blogsite. For site-regulars, TheatreJones provides a place of steady comfort, as readers can always find the “Places!” listings for the week, along with the calendar that provides events for each day that you want to look at. Conversely, the content featured on this page is so varied that even site-regulars cannot help but be enticed. Lowry’s Q&A’s are always a wonderful treat, as well as reviews and features of all performances in the area.

 

I doubt there is ever an event happening in the entire region of North Texas that TheatreJones does not cover. With the exception, however, of SMU Meadows events. But that is what this blog is for – to promote the interests of grassroots artists!

 

My only criticism of TheatreJones is the aforementioned critique, along with the lack of regularity of social media – namely Twitter. More and more, I am learning that our generation only reads bite-sized pieces of information for their news. If readers do not have access to these itty bitty headlines via Twitter or Facebook, they will be less than inclined to come to the website for the company, publication, organization or group.

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#poniesonthetonys

Two SMU Meadows alumni came home with trophies from the Tony Awards last night! #ponyup ! Read here for the full story.

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Inaugural National Arts Entrepreneurship Educators Conference

 Inaugural National Arts Entrepreneurship Educators Conference

I was lucky enough to go to the Inaugural National Arts Entrepreneurship Educators Conference this weekend at Meadows School of the Arts at SMU. The conference, organized by James Hart, assistant professor and director of arts entrepreneurship at SMU Meadows, and Gary Beckman, director of entrepreneurial studies in the arts at North Carolina State University, consisted of two days of workshops and panel discussions dedicated to arts entrepreneurship education. I met, spoke and networked with individuals from all over the country, all of whom are passionate about various fields of art and the education of arts entrepreneurship.

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June 7, 2014 · 4:51 pm

Good People at WTT features SMU alumni and Head of Acting department

Good People by David Lindsey-Abaire opened at the Water Tower Theatre in Addison on Friday, June 6 and features several Meadows Mustangs. Directed by Rene Moreno (M.F.A. Directing, year unknown), the set of the show is designed by Scott Osborne (M.F.A. Stage Design, year unknown) and features David Price (B.F.A. Theatre, ’12) as Stevie as and Head of Acting and Professor Jim Crawford as Mike.

 

Good People runs through June 29.

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BBQ Apocalypse opens at Kitchen Dog

Many SMU theatre alumni will perform in Barbecue Apocalypse at the Kitchen Dog Theatre from May 23-June 21! If the title alone didn’t catch your attention, maybe knowing that the play serves as the centerpiece of the theater’s New Works Festival this summer. The play is directed by DTC member Lee Trull and this article from The Dallas Observer gives more details about the production.

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Weekend SMUST performances

Several student productions went up last weekend to close off the year.

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Sherlock Holmes @ DTC

Sherlock Holmes @ DTC

Kieran Connolly (left) and Chamblee Ferguson as the principals in Sherlock Holmes, which had its press opening at Dallas Theater Center Friday, May 2, 2014. Photo courtesy of Nancy Churnin.

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May 7, 2014 · 12:26 am

REP SHOWS 2014

 




Come see the REP, playing in the Margo Jones Theatre at SMU this weekend!

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Arts Read of the Week: 4-29-14

Lyn Gardner asks, “Are theatre critics covering the right shows?”

Getting new work seen is getting increasingly harder for new artists (writers, directors, devisors) because of how much work is out there between pop-ups, venues, festivals and more. Gardner says that while she sees at least six shows per week, she is barely scratching the surface of the range of work going on in the UK at large.

 

 

“In a culture where the lines between preview and review are often increasingly muddied, do we really want to end up with a situation where the preview takes precedence over the review and the only shows that get reviewed are those with a PR attached?” Gardner asks.

At a time when there are more and more venues (and this is often the case in Dallas too, or so I’ve found), it is always the same venues that get all of the attention.

Lyn Gardner is always on point with her blogs and this one certainly does not disappoint.

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Bernadette Peters says singing Sondheim is “like meditating”

“Pieces of the roles you’ve played stay with you,” said actress Bernadette Peters in a recent article for The Guardian. “You have your own experience of a show as a performer and then each of the audience members has theirs, too.”

 

After a 10 year hiatus from the stage, Peters was brought back to Broadway to act in Stephen Sondheim‘s Sunday in the Park with George. She speaks of Sondheim as a pioneer – someone who is ahead of his time and believes that his works are beautifully constructed. She said, “I used to wait every night to be able to sing Move On, which got to be like meditating – it was so healing and uplifting.”

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LIVE IN 2015: GREASE

Who would be your dream cast of GREASE if it went live on the air?

Fox has just announced that it will televise a live production of the musical Grease titled Grease: Live in 2015 and The Guardian reported it.

After the televised version of The Sound of Music live featuring Carrie Underwood and True Blood’s Stephen Moyer drew 18 million viewers and prompted NBC to develop more classic musicals for television, this idea seems logical.

The musical debuted on Broadway in 1972 and was revived in 2009. It became an iconic film starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John in 1978.

But casting is everything. After the hubbub caused by the lack of appreciation for Underwood’s acting from the entertainment community, I urge the directors and producers of Grease: Live to choose wisely about the actors they get to play the two iconic roles of Sandy and Danny.

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The Tony’s are almost here!!

All nominations were posted last night on TonyAwards.com for the Tony Awards 2014!

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#REP2014: three plays in repertory in the Margo Jones Theatre

The second weekend of the REP begins Tuesday, April 29 and ends Sunday, May 4 in the Margo Jones Theatre at SMU.

 

The three plays in rotating rep are the following:

MARISOL by José Rivera

THIS by Melissa James Gibson

MIDDLETOWN by Will Eno

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