Category Archives: Community Theater

Carroll Theatre presents ‘Side Show’ December 6 – 9

side-show-featured-img-newBased on the true story of conjoined twins and famed entertainers Violet and Daisy Hilton, Side Show is a remarkable musical about acceptance, love, and embracing one’s uniqueness. As stars on the Orpheum Circuit, it seems that Violet and Daisy have everything they ever wanted. The one thing they lack, however, is the fulfillment of their hearts’ desires. Different as they are, when it comes to matters of the heart, Daisy and Violet have the same burning questions: “Who could proudly stand beside me? Who will love me as I am?”  A stunning reminder of the importance of accepting and celebrating what makes us unique, Side Show is a true story that will touch audience’s hearts.

WHERE: Carroll Senior High School

WHEN: December 6 – 8 at 7pm and December 9 at 2pm

TICKETS: Golden Circle – $25; Emerald Level – $20; Ruby Level – $15

Purchase tickets HERE

Learn more at DragonDrama.net

Reefer Madness- The Musical

thumb_reefermadnessPearl After Dark Auditions!

  • When: March 5th 1:30-5:30
  • What to prepare? Please prepare one rock song and one musical theatre song. Tracks or accapella accepted for auditions.
  • How to audition? Please email director Brennan Blankenship for an audition time.
  • Do I need to bring anything? Please bring a headshot, resume, and any conflicts you may have March 12th-April 19th.
  • Who can audition? we are seeking a diverse cast of men and women ages 18-99. Due to the nature of this show we will not be accepting younger performers.

Location: Pearl Theater, 14803 Park Almeda Dr, Houston, TX 77047
Performances: April 20-30, 2016 (6 Performances)
Director: Brennan Blankenship

Synopsis: Inspired by the original 1936 film of the same name, this raucous musical comedy takes a tongue-in-cheek look at the hysteria caused when clean-cut kids fall prey to marijuana, leading them on a hysterical downward spiral filled with evil jazz music, sex and violence. You won’t be able to resist the spoofy fun of REEFER MADNESS. The addictive and clever musical numbers range from big Broadway-style showstoppers to swing tunes like ‘Down at the Ol’ Five and Dime’ and the Vegas-style ‘Listen to Jesus, Jimmy,’ featuring J.C. Himself leading a chorus of showgirl angels. This dynamic show will go straight to your head! REEFER MADNESS is a highly stylized and satirical political commentary. It contains adult humor, religious parody, and drug use, as well as suggested violence and sexual explicitness. It therefore may be inappropriate for younger performers and audiences.

Cast Breakdown Available on our website

For questions, please contact us, the director, or call 713.340.2540.

Dawson High School Ovation Theatre To Present “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”

H2Finchwgals-300x300Success in business requires training, discipline and hard work. Or not.

Dawson High School’s highly-acclaimed Ovation Theatre will be presenting one of the most delightfully irreverent musicals of all time. “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” is a delightful musical satire of corporate life and office politics, packed with memorable songs such as “I Believe in You,” “Brotherhood of Man”, “Coffee Break” and “Been a Long Day.” Winner of both the Tony and Pulitzer Prize for its 1961 debut, this musical has earned its status as a classic, not-to-be-missed musical comedy treat, and Ovation Theatre invites the business and local community to “step into our office” and witness the inner workings of big business on the stage! The 96-member student cast is sure to delight audiences of all ages!

Performances are Thursday through Saturday, January 28-30 and February 4-6, 2016 at 7:30pm at the Ovation Theatre at Dawson High School.

January 28 is Business Leaders Night, with a complimentary reception at 6:30pm.

Area businesses can enter to win a “Coffee Break” with the cast, and they bring the coffee! Email your name to txtrainman99-mktcomm@yahoo.com  with the subject: COFFEE BREAK by January 22. Winner will be announced at the Mixer.

Februray 4th is Community Groups and Seniors Night (priority seating is available for Seniors). Tickets are available online, at www.pearlandisd.org. Groups of 10 or more may contact Mr. Fillingim at fillingimk@pearlandisd.org for group seating.

Pearl Theater honors Black History Month with August Wilson’s “The Piano Lesson”

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PianoLessonIn 1936 Pittsburgh, Boy Willie and his sister Berniece battle over the future of a treasured heirloom: a piano with unique ancestral carvings by their grandfather, an enslaved plantation carpenter. He wants to sell the piano to buy land. She insists that the instrument carries too much history to cast aside. In a home haunted by memories, the issue of whether or not to sell cuts deeply and raises questions about honoring the past or moving into the future.

Director Dabrina Sandifer says of The Piano Lesson, “I am greatly pleased to be working on this strong piece with such a dynamic cast/crew. To me, this is a story of redemption, family units, legacy,
and the quest of defining oneself as an individual within the given units of family, relationships, society, etc. in addition to the suffocating binds of racism, classism, etc. I allow room for the spectator’s interpretation; however, I’d also like for them to consider what their legacy is, what they do with it, and how to best put it to use.”

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson died in 2005 after completing ten plays chronicling the African-American experience in the 20th century, decade by decade. The Piano Lesson is the 4th play in this series.

Performances: January 29-February 14, 2016

  • Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00pm
  • Sundays at 3:00
  • Buy One Get One Free Thursday February 4, at 7:30pm

Tickets: Adult $15, Seniors and Students $13

The Pearl Theater is located at 14803 Park Almeda Dr. Houston, TX 77047. Tickets are now on sale at www.Pearl-Theater.com.

For questions, please contact us at (832) 459-4674.

Steel Magnolias Runs at Pearl Theater Oct 30 – Nov 15

stm-web-large-300x266The funniest show ever that will make you cry! Set in Truvy’s beauty salon in a small town in Louisiana. All the ladies who are “anybody” come to have their hair done while sharing the latest gossip and joys of friendship. The play is alternately hilarious and touching as it moves from the excitement of Shelby’s wedding to sadness as friends mourn her loss. The sudden realization of their mortality deeply affects the women, but also draws on the underlying strength—and love—which give the play, and its characters, the special quality to make them truly touching, funny and marvelously amiable company in good times and bad. These women are true steel magnolias: Southern Belles who are flowery on the outside, but strong as steel on the inside.

Steel Magnolias is directed by Cheryl D. Loudd who says, “Robert Harling’s work takes the audience through a wide range of emotions right along with the characters–from laughter to tears and everything in between. At a time when our lives are so fast-paced, Steel Magnolias is a good reminder of the power of friendship, and that the support of our loved ones can see us through just about any type of challenge.”

Robert Harling was inspired to write his first play after his sister Susan died of complications from diabetes.Steel Magnolias premiered off-Broadway at the WPA Theater in 1987, then quickly transferred to the Lucille Lortel Theater and became an instant sensation, running for three years and spawning a hit movie.

Performances October 30 to November 15, 2015 

  • Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00pm
  • Sundays at 3:00
  • Buy One Get One Free Thursday November 5, at 7:30pm

Tickets 

  • Adult $15
  • Seniors and Students $13

The Pearl Theater is located at 14803 Park Almeda Dr. Houston, TX 77047. Tickets are now on sale at Pearl-Theater.com.

Dawson High’s Ovation Theatre presents “Twelfth Night”

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A strange love triangle ensues in Dawson High School’s production of “Twelfth Night” as Orsino (Antonio Lasanta, far right) falls for Lady Olivia (Rola Elkhatib, middle), who in turn falls for his disguised pageboy Cesario (Lauren Bass, far left).

A strange love triangle ensues in Dawson High School’s production of “Twelfth Night” as Orsino (Antonio Lasanta, far right) falls for Lady Olivia (Rola Elkhatib, middle), who in turn falls for his disguised pageboy Cesario (Lauren Bass, far left).

Mistaken identities and misplaced siblings lead to madcap fun in Dawson High School Ovation Theatre’s production of the Shakespearean comedy “Twelfth Night.”

The play will run Oct. 13-15 and 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the campus auditorium.

Nobleman Orsino pines for Lady Olivia, who is in mourning for her dead brother.

Meanwhile, siblings Viola and Sebastian — separated by a shipwreck — fear each other has drowned.

Destitute, Viola disguises herself as a man, Cesario, and becomes a page to Orsino.

A love triangle results as Viola falls for her employer, and Lady Olivia falls for the disguised Cesario.

When Viola’s very-much-alive brother turns up — looking very much like Cesario — the plot thickens.

Pre-sale tickets are $6 for students and senior citizens and $7 for adults. Tickets are $8 at the door.

For tickets, e-mail fillingimk@pearlandisd.org.

Attention Aspiring Actors: Hollywood Comes to Houston Oct 17-18

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Houston area actors with dreams of Hollywood stardom can get an edge on the competition at the Hollywood Advantage at NRG Center October 17 and 18, a seminar and workshop on casting and entertainment presented by industry professionals.

The Nationwide Talent Academy will teach current proven techniques in vital areas such as auditioning and improvisation while providing valuable insight from the experts’ point of view. What casting directors are looking for and what actors need to know about talent agents, managers, casting directors, resumes, pictures, and more will be covered in a complete intense seminar on Saturday. An additional seminar on Sunday will provide material tools to use in pursuing a career including headshot, valuable contact lists, an audition tape, and more. Aspiring actors can take one or both seminars. This is a rare opportunity to learn the proper steps to seriously pursuing a career in acting from top professionals in their field.

The Nationwide Talent Academy brings in four experts with long experience in stage, film, and television.

Jeff Gitlin has been an LA talent agent and manager and has worked with ICM, 3 Arts, and Abrams Artists. He has produced the wildly popular interactive hit play “Tony ‘n’ Tina’s Wedding” in NYC, Las Vegas, Maui, and Bermuda.

Barbara Lauren is a leading Los Angeles and Las Vegas casting director with over 4,000 projects cast. She is a recipient of the CLIO Award for Commercial Casting.

Larry Pellegrini is the co-creator and original director of the Off-Broadway cult hit “Tony ‘n’ Tina’s Wedding” who helped make it a national phenomenon. He has had an overall development deal with Castle Rock Entertainment.

Randi Siegel specializes in finding, developing & producing talent, projects, and in overall career strategy. She has worked closely with the career development of clients such as David Spade, Adam Sandler, Bob Saget, Rob Schneider, and Andy Dick, and launched and developed the careers of many talents, most notably Jimmy Fallon. 

The Hollywood Advantage is an educational industry seminar open to all ages. It is not an audition or guarantee of work. It is a workshop to give actors tools to better pursue career opportunities. The seminar will be held at NRG Center, One NRG Park, Houston, Texas 77054. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Registration information is available at http://www.nationwidetalentacademy.com

“Everyone has the Hollywood dream. Get the Hollywood Advantage.”

Check back soon for a drawing for free tickets ($300 value)!

Pearl Theater Presents “MacBeth” – Opening This Weekend

Performances August 21– September 6, 2015

thumb_macbeth-draft2Something wicked this way comes. Three witches weave a circle of magic around Macbeth, flattering his vanity and encouraging the evil inside him. Soon Macbeth and his wife begin to manipulate fate, their efforts prove to be more deadly and self-destructive than they ever could have imagined. Set in a toxic world filled with addiction to power and blind ambition, greed, guilt, witchcraft, a descent into madness and murder converge in one of Shakespeare’s most famous and bloodiest tragedies.

  • Adaptation by Jonathan Gonzalez
  • Directed by Jonathan Gonzalez

Performances: August 21-September 6, 2015

  • Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm
  • Sundays at 3pm
  • Buy One Get One Free Thursday August 27 at 7:30pm

Tickets:

  • Adults $15
  • Seniors/Students $13
  • Group Rates Available for 10+
  • Parental Guidance Suggested

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See the Show for FREE, Volunteer as Usher or Concessions.
Purchase a Shout Out for the Playbill (before 8/14)

12 Angry Men opening at the Pearl Theater June 12 – 28, 2015

12AngryMen-webPearland Theatre Guild presents the father of all courtroom dramas, Twelve Angry Men by Reginald Rose (Stage adaptation by Sherman S. Sergel) running June 12 through 28, 2015. The riveting drama of twelve men sitting on a jury of a murder trial, Twelve Angry Men has been a classic movie, a TV drama and a hit Broadway revival.

A 19-year-old man has just stood trial for the fatal stabbing of his father. “He doesn’t stand a chance,” mutters the guard as the 12 jurors are taken into the bleak jury room. It looks like an open-and-shut case—until one of the jurors begins opening the others’ eyes to the facts. “This is a remarkable thing about democracy,” says the foreign-born juror, “that we are notified by mail to come down to this place and decide on the guilt or innocence of a person; of a man or woman we have not known before. We have nothing to gain or lose by our verdict. We should not make it a personal thing.” But personal it is, with each juror revealing his or her own character as the various testimonies are re-examined, the murder is re-enacted and a new murder threat is born before their eyes! Tempers get short, arguments grow heated, and the jurors become 12 angry men.

Director Cheryl D. Loudd says, “12 Angry Men is a timeless piece that is just as relevant and gripping in 2015 as it was in 1954. Reginald Rose has done an excellent job of weaving so many themes together–prejudice, judgment, aging, class & status differences–in a piece that’s guaranteed to keep the audience on the edge of their seats. He forces us to examine the true meaning of “reasonable doubt” in our own lives & interactions with others. I have the pleasure of working with an absolutely stellar cast & crew and I’m really excited that we are bringing this show to the Pearl Theater.”

Details: 

When: June 12-28, 2015

  • Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm
  • Sundays: at 3pm
  • Buy One Get One Free Thursday June 18 at 7:30pm

Ticket Prices:

  • Adults $15
  • Seniors/Students $13
  • Group Rates available for 10 or more.
  • Parental guidance is suggested.

Location: Pearl Theater, 14803 Park Almeda Drive, Houston, TX 77047

More Info: pearl-theater.com

CountryPlace Players Present “Carol Burnett” on March 7

Actress Diane Williams gives a preview of her comedy skills

Actress Diane Williams gives a preview of her comedy skills

Country Place, a gated community for residents age 55 and over, offers many amenities for active lifestyles. One of these activities is The CountryPlace Players, a group of homeowners that work for months to write, direct and star in musical theater, comedies and more.

The latest offering from The CountryPlace Players is “The Carol Burnett Show,” which will be performed on Saturday, March 7 at 7 p.m. in the Social Hall, located at 3119 Flower Field.

“It’s really a variety show, not a musical,” said performer Diane Williams. “We’re keeping to the theme of the actual TV show.”

The CountryPlace Players perform several different shows each year, many of them written by the people that perform them. Their last show was “South Pacific,” for which they planned and rehearsed for months.

Tickets for “The Carol Burnett Show” are $10 each and may be purchased at the door or by calling 713-436-1062.

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