Nancy Natinsky Chairs 4th Annual DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards

HSMTA_15Logo2Nancy Natinsky Chairs 4th Annual
Dallas Summer Musicals
High School Musical Theatre Awards

Finalists announced Monday, March 30 | Awards Show Wednesday, April 29

(Dallas, TX – March 6, 2015) Michael A. Jenkins, President and Managing Director, Dallas Summer Musicals, Inc. (DSM) announced long-time supporter and DSM Board Vice-President Community Relations Co-Chair Nancy Natinsky has been named the chairman of the 4th Annual DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards.

Nancy worked with her husband Ron in starting and managing seven successful businesses over 37 years, resulting in participating in international business relationships in Asia, Europe, Mexico and Canada. During this time, she continued her education in the promotional products industry to achieve the highest designation of Master of Advertising Specialty.

She serves now and previously on various boards and as an officer of many clubs and organizations. She and Ron, a former Dallas City Councilman, have been married for 46 years. Since she retired 11 years ago, she enjoys her club work along with antiquing, traveling, helping with the garden railroad in their yard, reading, and volunteering.       “Nancy’s experience in the community as a dedicated leader and volunteer, along with her business acumen and insight, is the perfect combination for her role as an officer on DSM’s Executive Committee and as chair of the High School Musical Awards,” Jenkins said.

“I am honored to chair this program and be a part of its continued development and success,” Nancy replied. “The reach of this program across North Texas is growing and we look forward to even more schools participating next year.”

In its fourth year, DSM’s High School Musical Theatre Awards (HSMTA) has 65 schools participating- that is more than double the first year’s total of 30 schools participating, representing 33 school districts across North Texas. Among the 65 are also 7 private schools. In addition, six schools have entered two musicals this year for a total of 71 productions to be evaluated. This represents a new all-time high of schools, teachers and students taking part in the program. DSM HSMTA remains the largest program of its kind in the state and one of the largest programs in the country. DSM HSMTA has been recognized by the National High School Musical Theater Awards as their official affiliate program for North Texas.

Since DSM’s First Annual High School Musical Theatre Awards in 2012, this has truly developed into a regional program, accepting schools as far away as Denton and Allen to the north, Waco to the south, Abilene to the west and Paris, Texas to the east.

Slated for Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at the Music Hall at Fair Park, the awards show is a red carpet affair and the public is invited to join in the excitement. Red carpet arrival begins at 5:30 p.m. The show begins at 7:00 p.m. with performances which include separate medleys of the Best Actor and Best Actress nominees, production numbers from Best Musical nominees and an opening number featuring all nominated performers accompanied by a live orchestra. The show is topped off with a finale of performers from each participating high school.

Based on Broadway’s Tony® Awards, DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards are designed to recognize and reward excellence in the production of high school musical theatre. Several cash scholarships of at least $1,000 each are awarded. In 2014 DSM awarded $35,000 in scholarships, including several $5,000 scholarships, to outstanding students.

Jenkins said, “This program encourages participation in the musical arts throughout North Texas. It is important to encourage these talented students to follow their dreams and goals and to draw attention to the excellent work being done in education in musicals in our area schools. This is a wonderful opportunity for everyone involved and a great show! We are grateful to founding sponsors Leah and Jerry Fullinwider for their support and vision, which literally brought this awards program to life.”

Jenkins praised the community’s support saying, “for our preeminent educational outreach program to have grown so significantly in such a short time is a tribute to DSM as a resource to our community and a wonderful testament to the tremendous contribution of the teachers, judges, committee members and volunteers. We encourage everyone to visit the schools and watch the shows first-hand.” A complete listing can be found on the website at DallasSummerMusicals.org/HSMAwards.shtm

A three judge panel of entertainment industry professionals and veteran educators will visit each school and judge the performers in 15 categories: Best Musical, Best Direction, Best Musical Direction, Best Choreography, Best Orchestra, Best Scenic Design, Best Costume Design, Best Lighting, Best Ensemble, Best Crew, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Featured Performer.

Ballots will be submitted to the accounting firm of Grant-Thornton. Students from each participating school as well as finalists in categories of Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Musical will be invited to perform at the 4th Annual DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards Ceremony show at the Music Hall at Fair Park on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 when winners are announced. The public is invited to join in this exciting celebration.

Winners of the Best Performance by an Actor and Actress receive an all-expense paid trip for five days to New York City to represent their school in the National High School Musical Theatre Awards (the Jimmy™ Awards) for the chance to win prizes and scholarships, which vary by year.

HSMTA media sponsors are The Dallas Morning News and WFAA Channel 8.

For a listing of participating schools and their shows, details or any questions, visit the website at http://DallasSummerMusicals.org/HSMAwards.shtm or contact Tracy Jordan, the program manager at 214-413-3951 or tjordan@dallassummermusicals.org .

Facebook page is constantly updated at https://www.facebook.com/DSMHSMTA

National program website: http://www.nhsmta.com/pages/frequently-asked-questions

Get updates and news through our social media web sites:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DallasSummerMusicals
Twitter: https://twitter.com/dsmusicals
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/dsmusicals
Foursquare: https://foursquare.com/v/dallas-summer-musicals/4f204f6b0cd6445b05407d98  Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/dsmusicals
WordPress: https://dallassummermusicals.wordpress.com

HSMTA_SingleTickets2

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 community outreach and education, and enriching the cultural landscape of Dallas/Fort Worth, North Texas and the Southwest Region.

As a 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 provides positive incentives for youth that are at risk for gang membership through the Stage Right program. In addition, The 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 celebrates the power of the arts to significantly improve all areas of education. 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 www.DallasSummerMusicals.org.

###

Posted in 2015 DSM Season, All In A Day's Work, Press Releases | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

The Illusionists, Direct from Broadway, Comes to Dallas!

Illusionists_MusicHallSiteHeader

PRESENTED BY DALLAS SUMMER MUSICALS COMES TO THE MUSIC HALL AT FAIR PARK

APRIL 7-19, 2015

Blockbuster Theatrical Show has Dazzled Audiences around the World

Dallas, TX (March 20, 2015) – THE ILLUSIONISTS – WITNESS THE IMPOSSIBLE the world’s best-selling touring magic show, will play at the Music Hall at Fair Park in Dallas, TX on April 7-19 as part of a 20 city U.S. tour and Dallas Summer Musicals 75th Anniversary Season.   The show had a highly successful holiday run on Broadway this past year and is ready to wow audiences in North Texas.

THE ILLUSIONISTS – WITNESS THE IMPOSSIBLE is produced by Simon Painter, Tim Lawson, MagicSpace Entertainment, Road Show Entertainment LLC, and The Production Office.  Conceived by Simon Painter, the show’s creative team also includes executive producer Tim Lawson, director Neil Dorward and creative director Jim Millan.

Having shattered box office records around the world, THE ILLUSIONISTS – WITNESS THE IMPOSSIBLE is a mind-blowing spectacular showcasing the jaw-dropping talents of seven of the most incredible illusionists on earth.   Full of hilarious magic tricks, death-defying stunts and acts of breathtaking wonder, THE ILLUSIONISTS has dazzled audiences of all ages.   Creative Producer Simon Painter said, “We can’t wait to bring this electrifying show to Dallas for a truly entertaining experience for the whole family. THE ILLUSIONISTS is the most non-stop and powerful mix of outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on the live stage.”

The seven stars, each a master in their own field, are:

  • The Manipulator, Yu Ho-Jin. Considered a rising superstar in the world of magic; Yu Ho-Jin was recently named the 2014 “Magician of the Year,” by Academy of Magical Arts and was the first Asian to win the Grand Prix at the Fédération Internationale des Sociétés Magiques, also known as the “Olympics of Magic.”
  • The Anti-Conjuror, Dan Sperry. Described as Marilyn Manson meets David Copperfield, Dan combines the art of magic with the macabre and is one of the top-10 most Googled people, thanks to a legendary “America’s Got Talent” appearance.
  • The Trickster, Jeff Hobson is the epitome of glamour and showmanship. Don’t be fooled by his innocent appearance; Jeff has audiences laughing long after the curtain goes down.
  • The Escapologist, Andrew Basso. Italy’s star escape artist, Andrew considers Houdini his hero and is fast becoming one of the world’s most popular illusionists. He is the only person in the world to perform Houdini’s famous Water Torture Cell with absolutely no covers.
  • The Inventor, Kevin James, known for innovative illusions, is an inventor, comedian and collector of the strange and unusual. Kevin is one of the most prolific inventors of magic in the world and has created some of the most celebrated illusions of the last century.
  • The Warrior, Aaron Crow, a strong and silent type specializing in weapon magic, has mastered some of the most dangerous acts without saying a single word. Belgium’s international magic sensation, a first place finisher at the World Championships of Magic, uses swords, paintball guns and powerful crossbows to keep fans on the edge of their seat.
  • The Futurist, Adam Trent, shatters stereotypes and brings a new generation of magic to fans fusing technology illusions, dancing and comedy with classic techniques.

SIMON PAINTER, CREATIVE PRODUCER

Simon Painter is a visionary creative theatrical producer who hails from London. Simon started his career on stage as a classical violinist, and performed the lead role for Spirit of the Dance in Las Vegas. The first show he produced, Le Grand Cirque smashed box office records at the Sydney Opera House selling over 40,000 tickets in 10 days. His two subsequent productions, Aerial Dreams and Adrenaline also broke records in Sydney and across the world and achieved critical acclaim. In 2010 Simon had five versions of Le Grand Cirque playing concurrently. In late 2010 Simon joined forces with Australian producer and close friend Tim Lawson and began assembling the greatest magical minds from a wide spectrum of disciplines. His production of The Illusionists has already performed to record breaking crowds in theatres and arenas across the globe including Australia, Mexico, Latin America, South America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. In addition to The Illusionists: Witness The Impossible, Simon’s current projects include Le Noir (The Dark Side of Cirque) and Illusionists 2.0, both of which are currently playing extensive international tours. Simon is also due to open a third installment of The Illusionists (The Illusionists 1903) in January 2015.

TIM LAWSON, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Tim Lawson is the CEO of TML Enterprises, servicing Australia and international territories with first class musicals and family entertainment with productions spanning across over 100 cities in 20 countries. Australasian theatrical touring credits include Sweet Charity, Buddy – The Musical, Jolson starring Rob Guest, Spirit of the Dance, Oh! What A Night, Fiddler on The Roof starring Topol, It’s A Dad Thing!, Weary – The Life of Sir Edward Dunlop, Shout! The Musical, Brave Men Run In Our Family, Jekyll and Hyde starring Brad Little and The Rocky Horror Show narrated by Richard O’ Brien. Tim’s award winning production of A Chorus Line transferred to the prestigious London Palladium, and his production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang recently completed a 13 month tour. With partner Simon Painter, credits include Le Grand Cirque, Ariel Dreams, Adrenaline, Le Noir – The Dark Side of Cirque, The Illusionists and The Illusionists 2.0, all enjoying record breaking success and extensive international arena and theatrical touring. The Illusionists 1903 – The Golden Age of Magic premieres in Australia in January 2015. www.tmlenterprises.com

Single tickets, from $15-$88 (pricing subject to change), are now on sale online at www.DallasSummerMusicals.org, by phone at 1.800.514.ETIX (3849), and at The Box Office, 5959 Royal Lane, Suite 542 in Dallas, TX. Mini Packs, which allow all ticket buyers to pick 3 or more shows for as low as $55, are also available online or may be ordered by mail or in person at The Box Office and by phoning 214.346.3300. Season subscribers and other patrons who have questions about their tickets can call The Box Office at 214.691.7200.

Groups of 10 or more receive a 15% discount, priority seating, and many more benefits. Please call 214.426.GROUP (4768) or email Groups@DallasSummerMusicals.org.

Dallas Summer Musicals 75th Anniversary Season will continue as follows: Rodgers & Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA, June 9-21, 2015; DIRTY DANCING, June 23–July 5, 2015; and PIPPIN, July 7-19, 2015.

About MagicSpace Entertainment

MagicSpace Entertainment is headed by Lee D. Marshall, Joe Marsh, John Ballard, Steve Boulay and Bruce Granath and has been producing and presenting national tours, Broadway shows, concerts and museum exhibits worldwide for over 30 years. Consistently one of the top promoters in North America, MagicSpace Entertainment typically produces and presents more than 250 events in 75 cities per year.  Broadway credits include Donny & Marie – A Broadway Christmas, The Who’s Tommy, American Idiot and RAIN – A Tribute To The Beatles On Broadway.  National tour credits include Lord of the Dance created by Michael Flatley, Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage starring in Mythbusters – Behind The Myths, Alton Brown Live, Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis, Donny & Marie Christmas, RAIN – A Tribute to the Beatles, David Copperfield, Jesus Christ Superstar, A Chorus Line and concert tours by Janet Jackson, Cher, and Fleetwood Mac to name just a few.  Museum exhibitions produced on the road include the Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs exhibition, Titanic: The Exhibition and Diana – A Celebration. MagicSpace Entertainment has offices in Park City and Salt Lake City, UT.  www.magicspace.net

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 community outreach and education, and enriching the cultural landscape of Dallas/Fort Worth, North Texas and the Southwest Region.

As a 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 provides positive incentives for youth that are at risk for gang membership through the Stage Right program. In addition, The 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 celebrates the power of the arts to significantly improve all areas of education. 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 www.dallassummermusicals.org

www.theillusionistslive.com

 

###

Posted in 2015 DSM Season, Press Releases | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Dorsey Baskin Named Chairman of the Board for 2015

DSM TI Logo Horizontal - High Res

Dallas Business Executive and Civic Leader Dorsey Baskin
Named Chairman of the Board of Dallas Summer Musicals

Dallas, TX… Dallas Summer Musicals, Inc. (DSM), the largest producer of live theatrical entertainment in the Southwest, has named Dorsey Baskin, a global accounting firm executive and civic leader, Chairman of the DSM Board of Directors for 2015.

Baskin began his career in public accounting immediately after earning an MBA from Texas A&M University. Beginning as a line auditor with Arthur Andersen, he progressed, eventually taking on the role of National Technical Director and Industry Liaison for the Banking Industry audit practice and then Managing Director of the Assurance Professional Standards Group.

After more than 25 years with Andersen, Dorsey moved to Grant Thornton LLP, another global accounting firm in 2002. Currently, he is a partner in Grant Thornton’s National Office, working as the Managing Partner of Innovative Services Development. He monitors upcoming changes and developments in laws, regulations, and the business environment and works with the audit, tax and advisory services lines to develop integrated solutions that bring confidence to the financial reporting, tax planning, IT systems development and other objectives of dynamic organizations.

Dorsey is co-editor of Current Issues in Auditing, an academic journal, and a member of the board of the Grant Thornton Foundation. Dorsey is married to another native Texan, Cynthia, and they have two daughters, both born in Houston. One daughter, Natalie Crawford, is an architect living in Richardson with her husband, Brian, also an architect, and son, Nathan. The other daughter, Jennifer Arnold, is a CPA who lives in northern Virginia outside Washington, D.C. with her husband, Ryan, a banker, and daughter, Annie.

DSM President and Managing Director Michael A. Jenkins said, “We are very lucky to have an outstanding executive and business leader like Dorsey Baskin take the helm as Chairman of the Board of Dallas Summer Musicals for 2015. He combines an impressive record of 37 years of achievement in his profession with volunteer leadership in support of the arts and has been a big supporter of DSM for some time. His firm, Grant Thornton, also counts the ballots for the annual High School Musical Theatre Awards Show and is a long-time supporter of DSM.”

New DSM Board Chairman Baskin said, “It is an honor to have the opportunity to lead this prestigious arts organization, especially during its 75th Anniversary in 2015. DSM belongs to the people of Dallas and we are here to safeguard it and make sure that it is passed along in good condition to the next generation. As a nonprofit, we work year-round to bring the best that Broadway has to offer to Dallas at an affordable ticket price and provide performing arts education opportunities to our children. With the help of sponsors, subscribers, volunteers, elected officials of the City of Dallas, and the community at large, we will continue this tradition for many years in the future.”

Immediate Past Chairman of Dallas Summer Musicals is Richard Rogers, Executive Vice President of Texas Capital Bank, with Ted Munselle, Chief Financial Officer of Landmark Nurseries, serving as Chairman Elect. Ruth Altshuler holds the title of Honorary Chair, and Michael A. Jenkins is President and Managing Director of DSM.

Other DSM Officers for 2015: Vice President – Audit, Brian Dill; Vice Presidents – Community Relations, Glenda Kemple and Nancy Natinsky; Vice President – Development, Jane Schoen; Vice President – Finance, Randy Wright; Vice Presidents – Marketing, Jennifer Altieri and Jay Fox; Vice President – Nominating, Richard Rogers; Vice President – Personnel & Compensation, Steve Watson; Secretary, Steven C. Metzger; Treasurer, David Dienes and Education and Children’s Committee Vice President, Downie Mathis.

Members of the Executive Committee are: Ruth Altshuler; Jennifer Altieri; Steven E. Beene; Ed Bratton; Brad E. Cheves; Karl Chiao; J. Diane Childress; Scott T. Collier; O. Paul Corley, Jr.; David Dienes; Brian D. Dill; Barry Epstein; Patti Flowers; Jay Fox; Stanley D. Gardner; Louis J. Grabowsky; Rick J.W. Graham; Charles L. Gummer; Sally Hoglund; Darrell E. Jordan; Sheffield Kadane III; Rebekah Hamilton Kay; Glenda Kemple; Marvin M. Lane, Jr.; Downie B. Mathis; Dr. John McCoy; Steven C. Metzger; Andrew N. Meyercord; Ted R. Munselle; Nancy Natinsky; Craig G. Ongley; James R. Pitts; Gail H. Plummer; Mark B. Plunkett; James W. Porter, Jr.; Holly Reeves; Richard L. Rogers; Jennifer Ryan; Kenneth D. Sandstad; Jane Schoen; Donald K. Spies; Michael C. Steindorf; Paul A. Stotts; Steve B. Watson; Randy Wright; and Kimberly J. Yamanouchi.

Past Chairmen of the Board for DSM are Ed Bratton; O. Paul Corley, Jr.; Stanley D. Gardner; Rick J.W. Graham; Gary Griffith; Charles L. Gummer; Darrell E. Jordan; Steven C. Metzger; James W. Porter, Jr.; Dick Quisenberry; Kenneth D. Sandstad; Donald K. Spies; Michael C. Steindorf; Paul A. Stotts; Steve B. Watson; and Kit Williams. Past Chairmen O. Paul Corley, Sr.; J. Frank Miller III; Douglas Perry; and Charles Pistor are deceased.

Now celebrating its 75th season, Dallas Summer Musicals is the largest producer of live theatrical entertainment in the Southwest, the second oldest summer theatre organization in the United States, and the sixth largest nonprofit theatre company in the nation. DSM has been entertaining North Texas audiences with the finest in live, musical theatre entertainment since 1941. In addition to presenting national Broadway tours, DSM also produces shows on Broadway, presents and tours local productions, and is involved in developing new works. Dallas Summer Musicals’ affiliates include DSM Management Group, Inc. (DSMMGI), which manages the Music Hall at Fair Park.

This year’s season is presented by Texas Instruments and began with A CHRISTMAS STORY, December 2-14, 2014; followed by KINKY BOOTS, February 24 – March 8, 2015; Rodgers & Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I, March 20–April 5, 2015; THE ILLUSIONISTS, April 7-19, 2015; Rodgers & Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA, June 9-21, 2015; DIRTY DANCING, June 23–July 5, 2015; and PIPPIN, July 7-19, 2015.

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 community outreach and education, and enriching the cultural landscape of Dallas/Fort Worth, North Texas and the Southwest Region.

As a 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 provides positive incentives for youth that are at risk for gang membership through the Stage Right program. In addition, The 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 celebrates the power of the arts to significantly improve all areas of education. 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 www.DallasSummerMusicals.org.

# # #

For media information, please contact Francisco Chairez at 214-413-3909 or fchairez@DallasSummerMusicals.org

Posted in 2015 DSM Season, Press Releases | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

The King and I Opens Friday at the Music Hall!

A NEW MUSICAL PRODUCTION BY DALLAS SUMMER MUSICALS
IS COMING TO THE MUSIC HALL AT FAIR PARK
MARCH 20 – APRIL 5

Rachel York Starring In
KingAndI_Logo

Dallas, TX (March 9, 2015) – Based on the 1944 novel Anna and the King of Siam and hit classic Broadway musical, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I is making its North Texas debut at the Music Hall at Fair Park, produced by Michael A. Jenkins (six-time Tony® Award winner) and Dallas Summer Musicals, Inc. This exciting new production features a revamped script, timeless songs, and a new physical production with an entirely fresh interpretation of the musical.

East versus West makes for a dramatic, richly textured and ultimately uplifting tale of enormous fascination. It is 1862 in Siam when an English widow, Anna Leonowens, and her young son arrive at the Royal Palace in Bangkok, having been summoned by the King to serve as tutor to his many children and wives. The King is largely considered to be a barbarian by those in the West, and he seeks Anna’s assistance in changing his image, if not his ways. With both keeping a firm grip on their respective traditions and values, Anna and the King grow to understand and, eventually, respect one another, in a truly unique love story. Along with the dazzling score, the incomparable Jerome Robbins ballet, ‘The Small House of Uncle Thomas,’ is one of the all-time marvels of the musical stage.

Directed by Glenn Casale with original choreography by Bob Richard, the all-star cast includes Rachel York (Anna Leonowens), joined by Alan Ariano (the King of Siam), Ted Deasy (Captain Orton/Sir Ramsey), Ray Rochelle (the Karalahome), Yoon Jeong Seaong (Tuptim), Tami Swartz (Lady Thiang), Devin Ilaw (Lun Tha), Aidan Winn (Louis Leonowens), and Stephen Major Yongji Curda (Prince Chulalongkorn).

Rounding out the ensemble are Frenie Acoba, Carol Angeli, Eric Badique, Korey Buecheler, Alysia Chang, Alex Chester, Louise Cornillez, Justine “Icy” Moral, Jan Javier, Jolina Javier, Peter King-Yuen, Bety Le, Eddy Lee, Stephanie Lo, Azumi Milligan, Rumi Oyama, Marcus Shane, Sai Somboon, Sam Tanabe, and Jee Teo.

“What makes Dallas Summer Musicals’ THE KING AND I revival special is the chemistry between Alan Ariano as the King and Rachel York as Anna. It is a musical to share with the entire family that has a great story and a lush score,” said director Casale. “A truly timeless production that will have you invested in the story leaving you humming all of its songs.”

Glenn Casale (Director) helmed the new production of Dallas Summer Musicals Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID this past year. Casale’s work is seen in the Broadway production of PETER PAN starring Cathy Rigby and filmed by A&E. Off Broadway he directed THE PROPERTY KNOWN AS GARLAND, DRAGAPELLA at Studio 54. Internationally he directed Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.

Casale’s work has been seen throughout the U.S. in productions of DR. DOLITTLE; BALLROOM starring Tyne Daly and Charles Durning; WRESTLERS starring Mark Harmon and George Clooney; FROM THE TOP starring Carol Burnett; CAMELOT starring Michael York; and THE PRISONER OF SECOND AVENUE with Jason Alexander. He is artistic director for the California Musical Theater in Sacramento.

Bob Richard (Choreographer) has pleased audiences with classics such as THE KING AND I, THE MUSIC MAN, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, and ANNIE, as well as the world premiere production of Dean Pitchford and Tom Snow’s FOOTLOOSE and the Tenth Anniversary Production of Frank Wildhorn’s JEKYLL AND HYDE. Bob also choreographed the first productions of both HAIRSPRAY and LES MISÉRABLES to ever be staged in the round. His work can be seen every year at the Old Globe Theatre, with the long‐running family production of HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS!: THE MUSICAL. Encompassing a career of more than 30 years of dancing, teaching and choreographing in major cities all over the world, Richard is the resident choreographer for Sacramento Music Circus and has staged over twenty‐nine productions there over the past 13 years.

The design team for THE KING AND I includes Michael Anania (Scenic Design), Costume World, Inc. (Costume Design), Charlie Morrison (Lighting Design), Timothy K. Schmidt (Sound Design), Wigboys (Hair Design), Stephanie Klapper CSA (Casting), Craig Barna (Music Direction).

Preview performances for THE KING AND I will be March 20-22. The official press opening night is Tuesday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m. with the last performance playing Sunday, April 5. All evening performances will be held at 7:30 p.m., and matinee performances will be at 1:30 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and select Thursdays during the show’s run.

Single tickets, priced from $25-$108, are now on sale online at www.DallasSummerMusicals.org, by phone at 1.800.514.ETIX (3849), and at The Box Office, 5959 Royal Lane, Suite 542 in Dallas, TX. Mini Packs, which allow all ticket buyers to pick 3 or more shows for as low as $55, are also available online or may be ordered by mail or in person at The Box Office, by phoning 214.346.3300 or through fax at 214.691.7386. Season subscribers and other patrons who have questions about their tickets can call The Box Office at 214.691.7200.

Groups of 10 or more receive a 15% discount, priority seating, and many more benefits. Please call 214.426.GROUP (4768) or email Groups@DallasSummerMusicals.org.

Dallas Summer Musicals 75th Anniversary Season will continue as follows: THE ILLUSIONISTS, April 7-19, 2015; Rodgers & Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA, June 9-21, 2015; DIRTY DANCING, June 23–July 5, 2015; and PIPPIN, July 7-19, 2015.

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 community outreach and education, and enriching the cultural landscape of Dallas/Fort Worth, North Texas and the Southwest Region.

As a 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 provides positive incentives for youth that are at risk for gang membership through the Stage Right program. In addition, The 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 celebrates the power of the arts to significantly improve all areas of education. 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 www.dallassummermusicals.org.

 

###

Posted in 2015 DSM Season, Press Releases | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Auditions THIS Saturday – DSM Academy’s Industry Showcase

Dallas Summer Musicals Academy Announces Auditions for the Academy Industry Showcase

industry showcase social

The DSM Academy of Performing Arts is pleased to announce auditions for an opportunity to be selected for the Academy Industry Showcase.

As the Academy expands its relationship with the premiere Industry professionals in the Metroplex, we will find the most “industry ready” actors to present their finest skills to top agents, casting directors, and other professionals.

Auditions will be held Saturday, March 14th from 8:30 a.m.to Noon and 1:00 p.m.to 6:00 p.m. for the first 75 people, ages 10 or older, to sign up. Younger students may be invited. An additional audition day on Tuesday, March 17th from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. will be added, if needed. Audition appointments are five minutes in length and will be held at:

Central Christian Church
4711 Westside Dr., Dallas, TX 75209

ATTENTION: You must prepare a one minute monologue from a play. You may be asked to sing and dance as well. The showcase is limited to 24 participants.

Click here to sign up to audition.

Those selected will become part of a 10 week intensive that will meet at the Central Christian Church on Saturday, March 21st through May 30th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. It will culminate in a performance on Wednesday evening June 3rd at 7:30 p.m. following a 5:00 p.m. performance for Family and Friends at:

International Conservatory of Performing Arts
3321 Premier Drive, Plano, TX 75023

There is no charge to register for the audition. Student must be 10 years of age or older unless invited by the Academy. If selected, the program cost is $249 for 10 weeks.

The class will be led by DSM Academy Instructor and Director Steven Kavner (award-winning actor, former member of the legendary Los Angeles improvisation company The Groundings, and Peabody Award-winning Producer). Mr. Kavner will be supported by DSM Academy’s musical, dance and production staff.

Class: Industry Showcase
Showcase Auditions: Ages 10 and up, Saturday March 14, 9:00 a.m.–Noon and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Class & Audition Location: Central Christian Church, 4711 Westside Dr., Dallas, TX 75209
Class Dates & Times:
 Saturdays, March 21-May 30, 2015, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Class Limit: 24 students
Performance:  Wednesday June 3, 2015, 5:00 p.m. for family and friends, 7:30 p.m. for industry professionals
Performance Location: International Music Conservatory, 3221 Premier Dr., Plano, TX
Program Cost: $249 – There is no cost to audition.
Audition Registration: http://www.emailmeform.com/builder/form/rxy8RjbqconiaOCEVs9Jd3B8d
Details on our website at: http://www.academyatdsm.org/
Call for more information: 214-969-7469

About DSM Academy Of Performing Arts: The DSM Academy of Performing Arts was founded in 1999 and operates as an affiliate of Dallas Summer Musicals in several locations in the Dallas area. Dallas Summer Musicals is a company that produces and presents Broadway, off-Broadway, West End and touring theatrical productions. The DSM Academy is comprised of 75% teens and 25% adults ranging in age from 7 to adult. The Academy is proud of its diverse and ethnic student population. The DSM Academy has granted over 250 need-based scholarships. The Academy helps to prepare the amateur and the professional for involvement in the performing arts. The purpose of this page is to connect people who have a common interest in the performing arts of any type.

Mission: Recognizing the positive influence of the arts on the human experience, DSM Academy of Performing Arts strives not only to increase appreciation of the performing arts, but to teach those arts professionally.

###

Posted in DSM Blog Posts, Press Releases, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Regarding The Weather – The Show Must Go On! 

dallassummermusicals:

Update to this post:

All performances will be performed as scheduled. No performances will be cancelled or rescheduled.

The Box Office has been overwhelmed with phone calls and emails and are trying to respond as quickly as they can.

If you have or had tickets for any of the bad weather days, just bring your tickets to another performance of KINKY BOOTS. The show leaves on Sunday after our 1:30p matinee. The box office at the Music Hall opens 1.5 hours before each performance. This weather snuck up on all of us – I hope you and your family are staying safe and warm!

Thanks, DSM Amanda

Originally posted on Dallas Summer Musicals:

The Show Must Go On!

The weather outside is frightful, but the show is so delightful! Kinky Boots opens tonight! We have been looking forward to this show for a long time, but what bad timing this icy and snowy weather has! You know the show biz saying though, so we won’t cancel any performance, but we don’t want you to feel you have to come if you don’t feel like you can safely make it here.

Here’s what you need to know if you have tickets for Kinky Boots during this bad weather time:

  1. The show will perform as scheduled.
  2. Patrons contacting us before the show starts, who do not believe they can safely get to the Music Hall, can exchange for another performance of KINKY BOOTS (only), subject to availability and our standard exchange policy regarding difference in ticket price.
  3. Patrons who do not contact us before the…

View original 93 more words

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Regarding The Weather – The Show Must Go On! 

The Show Must Go On!

The weather outside is frightful, but the show is so delightful! Kinky Boots opens tonight! We have been looking forward to this show for a long time, but what bad timing this icy and snowy weather has! You know the show biz saying though, so we won’t cancel any performance, but we don’t want you to feel you have to come if you don’t feel like you can safely make it here.  

Here’s what you need to know if you have tickets for Kinky Boots during this bad weather time:

  1. The show will perform as scheduled.
  2. Patrons contacting us before the show starts, who do not believe they can safely get to the Music Hall, can exchange for another performance of KINKY BOOTS (only), subject to availability and our standard exchange policy regarding difference in ticket price.  
  3. Patrons who do not contact us before the show starts can check with The Box Office and we will try to accommodate them on a standby/best-available basis on another performance of KINKY BOOTS (only).

How do you get in contact with The Box Office? Just call 214-691-7200 or email at theboxoffice@dallassummermusicals.org. 

Please be safe and use your best judgement. We hope to see you at the Tony-Award winning KINKY BOOTS while the show is here in Dallas at the Music Hall thru March 8th! 

For details and information about KINKY BOOTS, click here.

Be safe and stay warm!

-DSM Amanda

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment