DSM Chair issues second statement on Jenkins

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DSM Chair issues second statement on Jenkins

Board Chair Munselle says forensic examination of financials led to decision

(DALLAS, May 2, 2016)–Ted Munselle, the volunteer chairman of Dallas Summer Musicals, today released a further statement regarding leadership changes at the organization. Earlier today, DSM confirmed that Michael Jenkins is no longer the president and managing director of the organization. The executive committee also named arts management veteran David Hyslop, 73, as interim managing director.

“For some,” said Munselle, “this announcement is difficult to accept, but DSM’s Executive Committee believed that it was clear that it’s time for a change.”

Munselle said the Executive Committee (EC), for over a year, has been immersed in an intense assessment of the organization, with special attention on management accountability and professional examinations of DSM’s financial performance including reporting, profitability, expenditures and investments. He said DSM has suffered losses every season, except for one, since 2008.

“Theater is a difficult and competitive business, and the EC was concerned about DSM’s financial losses as well as the quality of its financial reporting,” said Munselle. “We engaged a leading national law firm to lead a team of forensic investigators, including a group of auditors from a Big Four CPA firm, to conduct a forensic examination of the organization’s books and records.”

Their report was delivered to DSM’s Executive Committee last Thursday. After hearing the report, The Executive Committee, in a near unanimous vote, decided that it was time for a change in leadership at DSM.

Munselle said that clearly DSM has a bright future and is looking forward to working closely with David Hyslop as DSM seeks a new direction for the future. DSM has been presenting the Best of Broadway to the North Texas area for 76 years and looks forward to keeping it going for another 76 years and more.

Munselle also added that the 2017 season is almost complete and will be announced soon.

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Dallas Summer Musicals to Chart New Course

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Dallas Summer Musicals to Chart New Course

 Veteran Arts Administrator David Hyslop named Interim Managing Director

 

(DALLAS, May 2, 2016) – The Dallas Summer Musicals announced today the beginning of “a new generation” of leadership at DSM, the non-profit institution that has delivered Broadway musical theater to North Texas for 76 years. David Hyslop, 73, a distinguished arts expert and administrator who assisted the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in a key transition period, was named Interim Managing Director of DSM. He replaces Michael Jenkins, who has been the President and Managing Director of DSM since 1995. Jenkins’s departure is effective immediately.

Ted Munselle, DSM’s volunteer Chairman, said DSM is fortunate that a seasoned veteran, such as David Hyslop, is available to assist the organization in this transition period.

“David knows Dallas; he knows the arts community very well,” said Munselle. “He immediately recognized the future opportunities for DSM and the Music Hall. Most importantly, he is a bridge builder, someone who wants to help us establish a collaborative partnership with the people who care deeply about Dallas, Fair Park and DSM’s leadership in the arts.”

DSM’s Chair-Elect Randy Wright also praised Hyslop’s appointment saying he expects the new Interim Managing Director to push the Music Hall at Fair Park as an important venue in the competition for meetings and other entertainment events.

“The Music Hall is a fabulous under-used city asset that can buoy the community’s effort to create a revitalized destination at Fair Park,” said Wright. “The Music Hall should be competing with local venues and nearby locations in other states for the best concerts and corporate events,” said Wright. “It has the best sound system in North Texas; that’s what makes the Music Hall the best venue for Broadway productions.”

Hyslop, a respected arts veteran who has led and consulted myriad arts organizations including theaters, has agreed to serve as DSM’s Interim Managing Director while its Board launches a search for a permanent Managing Director.

“I see DSM as a stable and beloved institution,” said Hyslop, “and it is a key anchor at Fair Park, bringing in the most visitors outside the State Fair. Nevertheless, it has huge unrealized potential to have a bigger regional presence for both the entertainment dollars from theater-goers as well as financial support from the community. There’s a lot of work to be done by all stakeholders of the DSM family.”

Hyslop met with DSM staff and key personnel Monday morning.

“Clearly, they want to focus on a turnaround for DSM,” said Hyslop. “We also have the presentation of Wicked right now. I saw a group of people dedicated to the principle that, ‘the show must go on,’ and I am confident this will be a seamless transition for theater-goers.”

Munselle said board members are not in a position to discuss the departure of Michael Jenkins.

“The details are still being worked out,” said Munselle. “When we can discuss this personnel issue further, we will.”

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WICKED Announces Lottery for $25 Seats!

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PERFORMANCES BEGIN
APRIL 20 – MAY 22

AT THE MUSIC HALL AT FAIR PARK

 A day-of-performance lottery for a limited number of orchestra seats will be held for WICKED, which is returning to to the Music Hall at Fair Park with performances from April 20 – May 22 presented by Dallas Summer Musicals. Two and one-half hours prior to each performance, people who present themselves at the Music Hall box office will have their names placed in a lottery drum; thirty minutes later, names will be drawn for a limited number of orchestra seats at $25 each, CASH ONLY. This lottery is available only in-person at the box office, with a limit of two tickets per person. Lottery participants must have a valid photo ID when submitting their entry form and, if chosen, when purchasing tickets.

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The surprising tale of an unlikely friendship between two women in the Land of Oz, WICKED tells the untold story of the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good, long before Dorothy drops in.  Elphaba, born with emerald-green skin, is smart, fiery and misunderstood. Glinda is beautiful, ambitious and very popular.  The remarkable odyssey of how these unexpected friends changed each others lives for good has made WICKED one of the world’s most popular musicals.

Based on the best-selling 1995 novel by Gregory Maguire, WICKED is the winner of over 100 international major awards, including a Grammy® and three Tony® Awards.

With music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Pippin, Godspell, Academy Award®-winner for Pocahontas and The Prince of Egypt) and book by Winnie Holzman (“My So Called Life,” “Once And Again” and “thirtysomething”), WICKED is directed by two-time Tony® Award winner Joe Mantello (Take Me Out, Love! Valour! Compassion!, The Vagina Monologues) and features musical staging by Tony® Award winner Wayne Cilento (Aida, The Who’s Tommy, How To Succeed…).

WICKED has been declared “A Cultural Phenomenon” by Variety and “The Best Musical of the Decade” by Entertainment Weekly.  WICKED has been performed in over 100 cities in 14 countries around the world (U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Japan, Germany, Holland, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, The Philippines, Mexico and Brazil) and has thus far been translated into six languages: Japanese, German, Dutch, Spanish, Korean and Portuguese.

WICKED begins performances April 20 – May 22. Single tickets for WICKED, from $40-$179 (pricing subject to change), are now on sale at DallasSummerMusicals.org, by phone at 1.800.514.ETIX (3849) and at The Box Office, 5959 Royal Lane, Suite 542 in Dallas, TX. Great seats are still available for weeknight performances. For best availability please contact our ticketing agents by phone at 1.800.514.ETIX (3849).

Groups of 15 or more receive a 10% discount (on weekday evening performances and Sunday nights as well as Thursday, April 21st matinee), VIP handling, and many more benefits. Please call 214.426.GROUP (4768) or email Groups@DallasSummerMusicals.org.



About Dallas Summer Musicals:

Dallas Summer Musicals, Inc. (DSM) is the preeminent nonprofit presenter of Broadway theatre in North Texas. DSM produces, presents and promotes excellence in live musical theatre with year-round performances for diverse audiences of all ages, impacting the lives of children and families through education and community outreach programs, while enriching the cultural landscape of Dallas/Fort Worth, North Texas and the Southwest Region.
As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, DSM relies on a variety of funding sources to bring the Best of Broadway to Dallas at affordable ticket prices, as well as to preserve the beautiful historic theatre, educate young audiences and create important community programs. DSM’s Seats for Kids program provides a meaningful arts education experience to thousands of low income, at-risk and special needs children. DSM Kids Club is a program created to foster tomorrow’s musical theatre audience. Through exciting activities children gain an interest, hands-on-knowledge and appreciation of the performing arts. In addition, Dallas Summer Musicals Academy of Performing Arts offers professional theatre arts training and scholarships to talented students in need. DSM’s High School Musical Theatre Awards are patterned after Broadway’s Tony® Awards and celebrate the power of the arts to significantly improve all areas of education. DSM Associate Producers is a dynamic group of young professionals with a mission to support DSM by cultivating future patrons and leaders making DSM part of the culture for young professionals in Dallas. DSM Guild is a group of individuals who share a love of musical theatre and support DSM by providing stellar service and hospitality to the cast and crew of every show. Since 2010 the experts at DSM have made significant changes and upgrades to its acoustical systems to improve the sound quality of the productions for all its patrons, including the hearing impaired, leading to the development of Hear Us Now!®; a device which utilizes five assistive listening technologies (T-coils, FM Classroom, Streamers, FM systems, and traditional headsets) to deliver a clear and direct audio signal. It is so unique that a trademark has been allowed by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Seats for Vets, DSM’s newest initiative, serves war veterans and their families by providing them discounted access to a unique theatrical experience as a way of thanking them for their service. Ticket sales alone do not sustain these endeavors. Only support from committed businesses, foundations and individuals make these programs possible.
Dallas Summer Musicals is presented by Texas Instruments and gratefully acknowledges the support of our season sponsors and partners The Dallas Morning News, WFAA TV Channel 8, American Airlines, and The Original Cupcakery.
For more information about Dallas Summer Musicals, please call 214.421.5678 or visit our website at DallasSummerMusicals.org.

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DSM Guest Blog: My First Experience at the DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards

DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards started in 2012, just as I was wrapping up my first year of college. Over the next couple years, I heard it mentioned as my former high school and high school friends were nominated for different awards, not knowing that I would end up as an intern for DSM. Over the past few months I have had the unique experience to look behind the scenes as this event was carefully planned.

This past Tuesday the auditions for the Best Leading Actor and Best Leading Actress were held at the Karaynis Rehearsal Production Center, where the Dallas Opera rehearses. I got to there to help with live streaming the event (for parents, family, and friends who were not able to be in the room where it happened). As soon as the students stepped in the room, you could feel their excitement and nerves as they performed the medleys for the Best Actor and Best Actress categories. It’s been a while since I have been to a high school production, and I had forgotten how immensely talented some of those students are. The actors and actresses in that room were the best of these students! After the medleys, there was a brief intermission while the nominees went to change for their individual performances. Their individual performance had to be a song that contrasted with the one they sang in the medley. As well done as the medley was, this was my favorite part of the auditions. What song they choose for themselves really says a lot about the person, and it was fun to see their versatility! (Also, I love performances like this, because I keep a running list of new music I need to listen to and shows I need to see!) The videos for the live stream currently have over 13,000 views and are still up on DSM’s Facebook page, so go check out these talented performers!

 

I came prepared for the long and busy day on Thursday with excessive amounts of coffee. I knew that everyone was well prepared for the event, but there was still so much to do and so much happening around the Music Hall at Fair Park!! All day, there were rehearsals going on onstage, special DSM HSMTA T-shirts were being sold in the lobby, and students were arriving from schools as far away as Abilene! The opening number, featuring the nominees for Best Lead Actor and Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Actress, and Best Featured Actor and Actress, was rehearsed in the morning. Students and teachers got a break, when lunch was kindly provided by In-n-Out! Throughout the afternoon the schools nominated for Best Musical were given a chance to perform their number on stage during the dress rehearsal while fellow nominees cheered them on from the audience.

However, the real fun started later: in the Music Hall driveway was a red carpet, surrounded by screaming fans, family and friends. At the end of the red carpet was a news crew from WFAA doing a live-stream of the event for their website, and paparazzi waiting to ambush the nominees and their dates at the step-and-repeat.  As the Toyotas rolled into the driveway and nominees stepped out, the noise level noticeably increased, as people got more and more excited about seeing their favorite performers. The nominees walked down the red carpet, occasionally stopping for pictures from their fans/parents and were interviewed by WFAA before entering the Music Hall!

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Inside the Music Hall, it was organized chaos! High schoolers, parents, and teachers were roaming about getting pictures to make sure they remember every second of this night! Throughout the Music Hall, nominees were being pulled aside to be interviewed for podcasts, or by the DSM Opening Night Video team! In the Music Hall restaurant, there was a V.I.P. reception for the wonderful donors who made this night possible!

As 7:00 got closer, I went backstage to assume my position at the social media table, where Amanda had already started live tweeting the whole event. The energy was palpable, as the opening number participants prepared themselves for their Jersey Boys medley and emcee Ron Corning got ready to take the stage. The whole show was a blur of activity, as performers rushed on and off stage, announcers were ushered in and out of the wings, and winners were announced! Through each reading of the nominees, cheers were heard from the audience as their school was called. The excitement grew, as the big awards of Best Lead Actor, Best Lead Actress, and Best Musical grew closer! The night ended with the award for Best Musical being presented by Michael Jenkins, DSM President and Managing Director, to Waxahachie High School for Spamalot, followed by two students from each of the 70 schools that participated in this year’s High School Musical Theatre Awards singing “Stronger” from Finding Neverland.

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This is a one of a kind experience for these high schoolers. Theatre is a naturally competitive world, and giving the students a chance to compete at a higher level for something they love, makes them more motivated to achieve their dreams. DSM has created an environment that shows them that their dreams of Broadway can happen, and it gives them stepping stones (and even scholarships) to make that happen. The Best Lead Actor, John Fredrickson, and Best Lead Actress, Kaiden Maines, will have a once in a lifetime opportunity to go to New York City over the summer to participate in the National High School Musical Theatre Awards. While they’re there, they will meet agents, actors, and other industry professionals who will teach and encourage them to continue following their dreams!

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My favorite part of this whole week was not the music being performed, the excitement in the air at the red carpet, or even the confetti at the end of the show. I loved getting to see how these nominees have bonded with each other throughout this whole process. I noticed it at the auditions on Tuesday, how encouraging they were to each other, and even more so at the show itself. Being in such a competitive environment, these high school students were so genuine about their excitement for friends who won awards. This attitude towards others is so important, so shout out to the teachers and parents and other influential people in these students lives. Last night was a win for everyone involved!

Megan Anthony is originally from Flower Mound, TX and has been an Intern with DSM last summer and this spring. She attended Hardin-Simmons University, where she graduated with a degree in Music Business/Management.
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WINNERS ANNOUNCED – DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards – #dsmhsmta16

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Congratulations to all of the nominees and winners for the 5th Annual DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards!

BEST FEATURED ACTOR

Abilene H.S. & Cooper H.S. – Jess Westman as JoJo, Seussical
Aledo H.S. – Andy Brite as Underling, The Drowsy Chaperone
All Saints’ Episcopal School – Austin Decker as Robert Martin, The Drowsy Chaperone
Birdville H.S. – Luke Flowers as Peter, Narnia, the Musical
Grapevine H.S. – Matthew Lavery as Frank Abagnale, Sr., Catch Me If You Can
Guyer H.S. – Corbin Born as George Banks, Mary Poppins
WINNER: McKinney Boyd H.S. – Bryson Jackson as Nicely Nicely, Guys and Dolls
North Lamar H.S. – Paul Bayer as Robertson Ay, Mary Poppins
Northwest H.S. – Vincent Witherspoon, Eli Witherspoon, Jonathan Sneed, and Gibson Terry as The School Board, The Music Man
Pearce H.S. – Jack Durham as R. F. Simpson, Singin’ in the Rain
Rowlett H.S. – Zach Taylor as Major General, The Pirates of Penzance
Weatherford H.S. – Robert Chavez as Horton, Seussical

BEST FEATURED ACTRESS

Abilene H.S. & Cooper H.S. – Raissa Teta as Sour Kangaroo, Seussical 
Aledo H.S. – Mallory Bomhoff as Kitty, The Drowsy Chaperone 
All Saints’ Episcopal School – Renee Merrill as Kitty, The Drowsy Chaperone
Berkner H.S. – Ashley Johnson as Jan, Grease 
Birdville H.S. – Olivia Simms as Susan, Narnia, the Musical 
Grapevine H.S. – Ashley Munson as Carol Strong, Catch Me If You Can
Guyer H.S. – Ally Roberts as Winifred Banks, Mary Poppins
North Lamar H.S. – Anna Holbrook as Mrs. Brill, Mary Poppins
WINNER: Pearce H.S. – Shelby Griswold as Zelda Zanders, Singin’ in the Rain
Richardson H.S. – Bethany Jelinek as Vi, Footloose
Teague H.S. – Hannah Anderson as Miss Sandra, All Shook Up 
Weatherford H.S. – Kelsie Schlosser as Sour Kangaroo, Seussical

BEST SCENIC DESIGN

Abilene H.S. & Cooper H.S. – Seussical
Carroll Senior H.S. – Young Frankenstein
Colleyville Heritage H.S. – My Fair Lady
Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts – All Shook Up
Lake Country Christian School – Titanic
Lake Highlands H.S. – Kiss Me Kate
Mabank H.S. – Thoroughly Modern Millie
WINNER: Pearce H.S. – Singin’ in the Rain
Plano Senior H.S. – Legally Blonde
Plano West H.S. – Funny Girl
Rowlett H.S. – The Pirates of Penzance
Waco H.S. – She Loves Me

BEST LIGHTING DESIGN

Colleyville Heritage H.S. – My Fair Lady
WINNER: Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy – Big Fish
Lake Highlands H.S. – Kiss Me Kate
McKinney H.S. – Once Upon a Mattress
North Forney H.S. – Happy Days, The Musical
North Lamar H.S. – Mary Poppins
Pantego Christian School – The Fantasticks
Plano East H.S. – Urinetown
Richardson H.S. – Footloose
Rowlett H.S. – The Pirates of Penzance
Waco H.S. – She Loves Me
Weatherford H.S. – Seussical

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Centennial H.S. – Disney’s High School Musical
Colleyville Heritage H.S. – My Fair Lady
Denton H.S. – Into the Woods
Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts– All Shook Up
Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy – Big Fish
Lake Highlands H.S. – Kiss Me Kate
Mansfield H.S. – Sweeney Todd
Pearce H.S. – Singin’ in the Rain
Plano East H.S. – Urinetown
WINNER: Rockwall H.S. – The Addams Family
Southwest Christian School – Shrek The Musical
Weatherford H.S. – Seussical

BEST ALL-STUDENT ORCHESTRA

Berkner H.S. – Grease
Garland H.S. – The Music Man
Highland Park H.S. – Cinderella
Independence H.S. – Once Upon a Mattress
Lake Highlands H.S. – Kiss Me Kate
McKinney Boyd H.S. – Guys and Dolls
Mansfield H.S. – Sweeney Todd
Pearce H.S. – Singin’ in the Rain
Southwest Christian School – Shrek The Musical
WINNER: R.L. Turner H.S. – My Fair Lady
Waxahachie H.S. – Spamalot
Wylie H.S. – Shrek The Musical

BEST ENSEMBLE/CHORUS

Abilene H.S. & Cooper H.S. – Seussical
All Saints’ Episcopal School – The Drowsy Chaperone
Colleyville Heritage H.S. – My Fair Lady
Forney H.S. – The Addams Family
Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy – Big Fish
Grapevine H.S. – Catch Me If You Can
Guyer H.S. – Mary Poppins
Lake Highlands H.S. – Kiss Me Kate
WINNER: North Lamar H.S., Paris – Mary Poppins
Pearce H.S. – Singin’ in the Rain
Plano Senior H.S. – Legally Blonde
Waxahachie H.S. – Spamalot

BEST CREW & TECHNICAL EXECUTION

Abilene H.S. & Cooper H.S. – Seussical
All Saints’ Episcopal School – The Drowsy Chaperone
WINNER: Carroll Senior H.S. – Young Frankenstein
Colleyville Heritage H.S. – My Fair Lady
Forney H.S. – The Addams Family
Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy – Big Fish
Guyer H.S. – Mary Poppins
Lake Highlands H.S. – Kiss Me Kate
North Lamar H.S. – Mary Poppins
Pearce H.S. – Singin’ in the Rain
University H.S. – Cinderella
Wakeland H.S. – Mary Poppins

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY

Aledo H.S. – The Drowsy Chaperone
WINNER: All Saints’ Episcopal School – The Drowsy Chaperone
Carroll Senior H.S. – Young Frankenstein
Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts – All Shook Up
Grapevine H.S. – Catch Me If You Can
Guyer H.S. – Mary Poppins
McKinney Boyd H.S. – Guys and Dolls
Plano East H.S. – Urinetown
Plano Senior H.S. – Legally Blonde
Richardson H.S. – Footloose
Rowlett H.S. – The Pirates of Penzance
University H.S. – Cinderella

BEST MUSICAL DIRECTION

Abilene H.S. & Cooper H.S. – Seussical
All Saints’ Episcopal School – The Drowsy Chaperone
Birdville H.S. – Narnia, The Musical
Colleyville Heritage H.S. – My Fair Lady
Forney H.S. – The Addams Family
Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy – Big Fish
Grapevine H.S. – Catch Me If You Can
Guyer H.S. – Mary Poppins
McKinney Boyd H.S. – Guys and Dolls
North Lamar H.S. – Mary Poppins
Pearce H.S. – Singin’ in the Rain
WINNER: Waxahachie H.S. – Spamalot

BEST DIRECTION

WINNER: Abilene H.S. & Cooper H.S. – Seussical
Aledo H.S. – The Drowsy Chaperone
All Saints’ Episcopal School – The Drowsy Chaperone
Birdville H.S. – Narnia, The Musical
Colleyville Heritage H.S. – My Fair Lady
Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy – Big Fish
Guyer H.S. – Mary Poppins
Independence H.S. – Once Upon a Mattress
Lake Highlands H.S. – Kiss Me Kate
North Lamar H.S. – Mary Poppins
Rowlett H.S. – The Pirates of Penzance
Waxahachie H.S. – Spamalot

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Abilene H.S. & Cooper H.S. – Cody Free as Cat in the Hat, Seussical
Aledo H.S. – William Pinckard as Man in Chair, The Drowsy Chaperone
All Saints’ Episcopal School –Brazos Pinto as Man in Chair, The Drowsy Chaperone
Carroll Senior H.S. – Tyler James as Igor, Young Frankenstein
Grapevine H.S. – James Myers as Carl Hanratty, Catch Me If You Can
Guyer H.S. – Tanner Garmon as Michael Banks, Mary Poppins
Lake Highlands H.S. – Robert Mahurin as Lucentio / Bill, Kiss Me, Kate
Nolan Catholic H.S. – Justin Norris as Donkey, Shrek The Musical
WINNER: Pearce H.S. – Jake Griffin as Cosmo Brown, Singin’ in the Rain 
Rockwall H.S. –Travis Bomkamp as Patsy, Spamalot
Waxahachie H.S. – Calvin Rehonic as King Arthur, Spamalot
Weatherford H.S. – Jett Good as JoJo, Seussical

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Abilene H.S. & Cooper H.S. – Shelby Walker as Mayzie LaBird, Seussical
Aledo H.S. – Abby Dean as Janet Van de Graaf, The Drowsy Chaperone
All Saints’ Episcopal School – Grace Evans as The Chaperone, The Drowsy Chaperone
Birdville H.S. – Hannah Detrick as Lucy, Narnia, the Musical
Colleyville Heritage H.S. – Breanne Jackson as Mrs. Pearce, My Fair Lady
Grapevine H.S. – Josie Moyer as Paula Abagnale, Catch Me If You Can
Guyer H.S. – Ashlynn Stewart as Jane Banks, Mary Poppins
Midway H.S. – Sarah Jane Byford as Jane Banks, Mary Poppins
North Lamar H.S. – Kallyn Burchinal as Winifred Banks, Mary Poppins
Nolan Catholic H.S. – Gabrielle Falcon as Dragon / Mama Ogre, Shrek The Musical
Pearce H.S. – Claire Greenberg as Lina Lamont, Singin’ in the Rain
WINNER: Weatherford H.S. – Claire Crenshaw as Mayzie LaBird, Seussical

BEST LEADING ACTOR

Carroll Senior H.S. – Drew Brown as Young Frankenstein, Young Frankenstein
Colleyville Heritage H.S. – Ryland Kaiser as Henry Higgins, My Fair Lady
Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy – Christian Wickoff as Edward Bloom, Big Fish
WINNER: Guyer H.S. – John Frederickson as Bert, Mary Poppins
Independence H.S. – Luke Weber as Sir Harry, Once Upon a Mattress
Pantego Christian School – Ray Solis as El Gallo, The Fantasticks
Pearce H.S. – Sam Snyder as Don Lockwood, Singin’ in the Rain
South Garland H.S. – Sammy Swim as The Emcee, Cabaret
Waxahachie H.S. – Blake Sauceda as Sir Robin, Spamalot

BEST LEADING ACTRESS

All Saints’ Episcopal School – Sarah Boone as Janet Van de Graaf, The Drowsy Chaperone
Colleyville Heritage H.S. – Melanie Chandler as Eliza Doolittle, My Fair Lady
Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy – Alexandra Doke as Sandra, Big Fish
Guyer H.S. – Malana Wilson as Mary Poppins, Mary Poppins
Independence H.S. – Sophia Kaiafas as Lady Larkin, Once Upon a Mattress
Plano East H.S. – Claire Methvin as Little Sally, Urinetown
Plano West H.S. – Meg Grinde as Fanny Brice, Funny Girl
WINNER: Waxahachie H.S. – Kaiden Maines as Lady of the Lake, Spamalot
Weatherford H.S. – Emily Hatch as Gertrude McFuzz, Seussical

BEST MUSICAL

Abilene H.S. & Cooper H.S. – Seussical
Carroll Senior H.S. – Young Frankenstein
Colleyville Heritage H.S. – My Fair Lady
Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy – Big Fish
Guyer H.S. – Mary Poppins
Pearce H.S. – Singin’ in the Rain
Rowlett H.S. – The Pirates of Penzance
WINNER: Waxahachie H.S. – Spamalot


About the DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards
Dallas Summer Musicals is a nonprofit organization committed to education, which led us to begin the awards program patterned after Broadway’s Tony Awards®. The 5th annual DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards brings stars, community celebrities, show business veterans and Dallas leaders together for an evening of celebration.
Tonight we shine our spotlight on the educational achievements of high school students and their high school musical theatre programs. Nominees arrive on the red carpet before entering the Music Hall at Fair Park. The award show begins with our opening number featuring students nominated for Best Actor & Actress, Best Supporting Actor & Actress, and Best Featured Actor & Actress. The show ends with 2 representatives from each participating high school together on stage. Between the opening downbeat and the final curtain, we present 16 awards and 8 Best Musical Nominee performances. In addition, we award 7 university scholarships to outstanding high school seniors. The energy and excitement in the Largest Theater in Big “D,” the Music Hall at Fair Park, is thrilling!!!
In five years, DSM HSMTA has become the second largest program in the country! We have grown from 33 high schools to 67 high schools presenting 70 productions. Each School’s performance is evaluated by a panel of judges, who are working professionals in the arts, entertainment, acting, music, dance, theatre education, arts administration, talent management and production design. Ballots are tabulated by the accounting firm of Grant Thornton LLP, and the top scoring schools in each category are nominated. Awards are given to: Best Actor & Actress, Best Supporting Actor & Actress, Best Featured Actor & Actress, Best Direction, Best Musical Direction, Best Ensemble, Best Orchestra, Best Choreography, Best Scenic Design, Best Costume Design, Best Lighting, Best Crew and Best Musical. In addition, several cash scholarships will be presented this year to outstanding students nominated by their teachers.
The Best Actor & Actress winners receive an all-expense paid five-day trip to New York City. They will perform on Broadway at the Minskoff Theatre, where they will represent DSM HSMTA in the National High School Musical Theatre Awards (The Jimmy Nederlander Awards) for a chance to win prizes and scholarships.
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Hearing Impaired Students and Families Experience DSM Hear Us Now!® During Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID

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DALLAS SUMMER MUSICALS SPONSORS HEARING IMPAIRED STUDENTS AND FAMILIES TO EXPERIENCE DSM HEAR US NOW!® DURING DISNEY’S THE LITTLE MERMAID

 

 (Dallas, TX) Dallas Summer Musicals, Inc. (DSM) in conjunction with the Callier Center for Communication Disorders and UTD, sponsored just over 60 hearing impaired students and their families to experience DSM’s newest advances in technology, Hear Us Now!® , DSM’s trademarked state-of-the art sound system, during Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID recently.

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Patrons attending the Music Hall at Fair Park are impacted by these dramatic advancements in hearing assistance to live theater which features a vibrant new clarity in theater sound. This is quite evident to everyone, benefiting those with hearing loss and those who are not hearing impaired.

Under the direction of Dallas Summer Musicals, the Music Hall at Fair Park has undergone a major transition to significantly improve patrons’ listening experience including substantial advancements in DSM hearing assist connectivity options and sound quality.  Close collaboration with nationally recognized experts including UTD’s Callier Center for Communication Disorders, Purdue University and Idibri Consulting have been key to the evolving program.

Enhanced listening opportunities are delivered to patrons by a variety of methods ranging from DSM enhanced headsets to technology compatible with T-coil, FM receiver (Phonak channel 1 or equivalent), or selected streamers.  HEAR US NOW!® is so unique that a trademark has been issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

“Over the past few years we have dramatically improved the sound and acoustics hearing system for everyone, not just the hard of hearing,” said Michael A. Jenkins, President and Managing Director, DSM.

Barry Epstein, Hear Us Now!® program director and a member of DSM’s executive committee, is also a distinguished alumnus from Purdue University and winner of the university’s Outstanding Electrical and Computer Engineer Award. He said, “Additional improvements for the hearing assist systems have included syllable by syllable volume adjustment, enhancing the balance between music components and voice and we have added electronics to compensate for the building acoustics effect on hearing assist users. These are concepts not consistently used. We have done tremendous research to see what the advancements are that we can provide our hearing assist users. We have done them all.”

DSM sound system technology has been updated, including new speaker technology especially suited to enhancing vocal clarity and enabling patrons to feel sonically closer to the stage.

System interconnects marries the best of the traveling show’s sound systems to DSM’s, bringing the best of both worlds – DSM theater improvements coupled to the director’s music/dialog mix as originally intended and benefit of perhaps 50 or more wireless microphones worn by the cast and even sewn into their costumes.

Mark Rivet, Head Sound, Elf Touring Company, said, “Acoustically, the Music Hall at Fair Park ranks among the very best theaters in the U.S. for live Broadway shows!”

DSM has better headsets especially suited for these new features. The headsets are high powered enough they could be used in the place of a hearing aid.

After the show, the children were enthusiastic about their hearing experience, some even commenting they had never heard a musical completely through before and, this time, they were able to hear all of the speaking parts, as well as the singing. Some parents expressed surprise, saying they had never known their child couldn’t hear everything during a show and were full of smiles as they described their children almost dancing in the aisle to the music and their favorite songs.

The parents agreed: They will return to the shows at the Music Hall at Fair Park for sure and they are so thankful Dallas Summer Musicals has made the commitment to not only the hearing impaired, but everyone, to continue to develop Hear Us Now!®  saying, “It’s fun to come to the musicals again!”

QUOTES:

“The sound now at the DSM Musicals is amazing. I look forward to being a season ticket holder and coming to all the musicals!” – Nancy W. Marcus (Dirty Dancing)

“Dallas Summer Musicals hearing assist sound is by far the clearest I have heard. DSM’s Hear Us Now!®  ensures every step in the sound process is attended to, and the results are spectacular.” – Professor Rick Thomas, Purdue University and a Fellow of the United States Institute of Theater Technology.


About Dallas Summer Musicals:
Dallas Summer Musicals, Inc. (DSM) is the preeminent nonprofit presenter of Broadway theatre in North Texas. DSM produces, presents and promotes excellence in live musical theatre with year-round performances for diverse audiences of all ages, impacting the lives of children and families through education and community outreach programs, while enriching the cultural landscape of Dallas/Fort Worth, North Texas and the Southwest Region.
As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, DSM relies on a variety of funding sources to bring the Best of Broadway to Dallas at affordable ticket prices, as well as to preserve the beautiful historic theatre, educate young audiences and create important community programs. DSM’s Seats for Kids program provides a meaningful arts education experience to thousands of low income, at-risk and special needs children. DSM Kids Club is a program created to foster tomorrow’s musical theatre audience. Through exciting activities children gain an interest, hands-on-knowledge and appreciation of the performing arts. In addition, Dallas Summer Musicals Academy of Performing Arts offers professional theatre arts training and scholarships to talented students in need. DSM’s High School Musical Theatre Awards are patterned after Broadway’s Tony®Awards and celebrate the power of the arts to significantly improve all areas of education. DSM Associate Producers is a dynamic group of young professionals with a mission to support DSM by cultivating future patrons and leaders making DSM part of the culture for young professionals in Dallas. DSM Guild is a group of individuals who share a love of musical theatre and support DSM by providing stellar service and hospitality to the cast and crew of every show. Since 2010 the experts at DSM have made significant changes and upgrades to its acoustical systems to improve the sound quality of the productions for all its patrons, including the hearing impaired, leading to the development of Hear Us Now!®; a device which utilizes five assistive listening technologies (T-coils, FM Classroom, Streamers, FM systems, and traditional headsets) to deliver a clear and direct audio signal. It is so unique that a trademark has been allowed by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Seats for Vets, DSM’s newest initiative, serves war veterans and their families by providing them discounted access to a unique theatrical experience as a way of thanking them for their service. Ticket sales alone do not sustain these endeavors. Only support from committed businesses, foundations and individuals make these programs possible.
Dallas Summer Musicals is presented by Texas Instruments and gratefully acknowledges the support of our season sponsors and partners The Dallas Morning News, WFAA TV Channel 8, American Airlines, and The Original Cupcakery.
For more information about Dallas Summer Musicals, please call 214.421.5678 or visit our website at DallasSummerMusicals.org.

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WICKED – BROADWAY’S BIGGEST BLOCKBUSTER RETURNS TO NORTH TEXAS!

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BY STEPHEN SCHWARTZ AND WINNIE HOLZMAN
BASED ON THE NOVEL BY GREGORY MAGUIRE

BROADWAY’S BIGGEST BLOCKBUSTER
RETURNS TO DALLAS SUMMER MUSICALS 
APRIL 20 – MAY 22 AT THE MUSIC HALL AT FAIR PARK
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TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE

Dallas, TX (April 4, 2016) – Broadway’s biggest blockbuster and Dallas’s most popular musical, will return to The Music Hall at Fair Park April 20 – May 22, 2016 presented by Dallas Summer Musicals (DSM). Tickets for the return engagement are now on sale.

With music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Pippin, Godspell, Academy Award®-winner for Pocahontas and The Prince of Egypt) and book by Winnie Holzman (“My So Called Life,” “Once And Again” and “thirtysomething”), WICKED is directed by two-time Tony® Award winner Joe Mantello (Take Me Out, Love! Valour! Compassion!, The Vagina Monologues) and features musical staging by Tony® Award winner Wayne Cilento (Aida, The Who’s Tommy, How To Succeed…).

Based on the best-selling 1995 novel by Gregory Maguire, WICKED is the winner of over 100 international major awards, including a Grammy® and three Tony® Awards.

Single tickets for WICKED, from $40-$179 (pricing subject to change), are now on sale at DallasSummerMusicals.org, by phone at 1.800.514.ETIX (3849) and at The Box Office, 5959 Royal Lane, Suite 542 in Dallas, TX. Groups of 15 or more receive a 10% discount (on weekday evening performances and Sunday nights as well as Thursday, April 21st matinee), VIP handling, and many more benefits. Please call 214.426.GROUP (4768) or email Groups@DallasSummerMusicals.org.

“We are thrilled to present once again Broadway’s greatest hit WICKED as we bring the Emerald City back to the Dallas Summer Musicals stage at the Music Hall at Fair Park. An enthralling musical, WICKED delivers splendid performances and a luscious visual production for a truly unforgettable experience. Our 5th engagement of this spectacle will be one to remember” said Michael A. Jenkins, DSM President and Managing Director.

The surprising tale of an unlikely friendship between two women in the Land of Oz, WICKED tells the untold story of the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good, long before Dorothy drops in.  Elphaba, born with emerald-green skin, is smart, fiery and misunderstood. Glinda is beautiful, ambitious and very popular.  The remarkable odyssey of how these unexpected friends changed each other’s lives for good has made WICKED one of the world’s most popular musicals.

WICKED has been declared “A Cultural Phenomenon” by Variety and “The Best Musical of the Decade” by Entertainment Weekly.  WICKED has been performed in over 100 cities in 13 countries around the world (U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Japan, Germany, Holland, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, The Philippines, and Mexico) and has thus far been translated into five languages: Japanese, German, Dutch, Spanish, and Korean.

Grammy Award-Winning Cast recording available on Decca Broadway. For more information about WICKED log on to www.wickedthemusical.com.

Dallas Summer Musicals’ 2016 Season will continue with RAGTIME, May 24 – June 5, 2016; BULLETS OVER BROADWAY, June 14-26, 2016; and closing the season will be 42ND STREET, June 28 – July 10, 2016.

Choose Your Own Package for any three DSM 2016 season shows, are now on sale online at DallasSummerMusicals.org and by phone at 1.800.514.ETIX (3849). They can also be purchased at The Box Office, 5959 Royal Lane, Suite 542, Preston Royal Shopping Center.


About Dallas Summer Musicals:

Dallas Summer Musicals, Inc. (DSM) is the preeminent nonprofit presenter of Broadway theatre in North Texas. DSM produces, presents and promotes excellence in live musical theatre with year-round performances for diverse audiences of all ages, impacting the lives of children and families through education and community outreach programs, while enriching the cultural landscape of Dallas/Fort Worth, North Texas and the Southwest Region.
As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, DSM relies on a variety of funding sources to bring the Best of Broadway to Dallas at affordable ticket prices, as well as to preserve the beautiful historic theatre, educate young audiences and create important community programs. DSM’s Seats for Kids program provides a meaningful arts education experience to thousands of low income, at-risk and special needs children. DSM Kids Club is a program created to foster tomorrow’s musical theatre audience. Through exciting activities children gain an interest, hands-on-knowledge and appreciation of the performing arts. In addition, Dallas Summer Musicals Academy of Performing Arts offers professional theatre arts training and scholarships to talented students in need. DSM’s High School Musical Theatre Awards are patterned after Broadway’s Tony® Awards and celebrate the power of the arts to significantly improve all areas of education. DSM Associate Producers is a dynamic group of young professionals with a mission to support DSM by cultivating future patrons and leaders making DSM part of the culture for young professionals in Dallas. DSM Guild is a group of individuals who share a love of musical theatre and support DSM by providing stellar service and hospitality to the cast and crew of every show. Since 2010 the experts at DSM have made significant changes and upgrades to its acoustical systems to improve the sound quality of the productions for all its patrons, including the hearing impaired, leading to the development of Hear Us Now!®; a device which utilizes five assistive listening technologies (T-coils, FM Classroom, Streamers, FM systems, and traditional headsets) to deliver a clear and direct audio signal. It is so unique that a trademark has been allowed by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Seats for Vets, DSM’s newest initiative, serves war veterans and their families by providing them discounted access to a unique theatrical experience as a way of thanking them for their service. Ticket sales alone do not sustain these endeavors. Only support from committed businesses, foundations and individuals make these programs possible.
Dallas Summer Musicals is presented by Texas Instruments and gratefully acknowledges the support of our season sponsors and partners The Dallas Morning News, WFAA TV Channel 8, American Airlines, and The Original Cupcakery.
For more information about Dallas Summer Musicals, please call 214.421.5678 or visit our website at DallasSummerMusicals.org.

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