RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN’S CINDERELLA COMES TO NORTH TEXAS!

THE 2013 TONY® AWARD-WINNING BROADWAY MUSICAL

CINDERELLA

IS COMING TO NORTH TEXAS

JUNE 9-21 AT THE MUSIC HALL AT FAIR PARK

AND JUNE 23-28 AT BASS PERFORMANCE HALL

Dallas, TX – RODGERS + HAMMERSTEIN’S CINDERELLA, the 2013 Tony® Award-winning Broadway musical from the creators of SOUTH PACIFIC and THE SOUND OF MUSIC, will play at the Music Hall at Fair Park for a limited engagement from June 9-21, presented by Dallas Summer Musicals. The tour will then head to Fort Worth, where it will play at Bass Performance Hall June 23-28, presented by Performing Arts Fort Worth.

With its fresh new take on the beloved tale of a young woman who is transformed from a chambermaid into a princess, this hilarious and romantic Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA combines the story’s classic elements – glass slippers, pumpkin, and a beautiful ball along with some surprising twists. More than just a pretty face with the right shoe size, this Cinderella is a contemporary figure living in a fairytale setting. She is a spirited young woman with savvy and soul who doesn’t let her rags or her gowns trip her up in her quest for kindness, compassion and forgiveness. She longs to escape the drudgery of her work at home and instead work to make the world a better place. She not only fights for her own dreams, but forces the prince to open his eyes to the world around him and realize his dreams too.

CINDERELLA has music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, a new book by Douglas Carter Beane and original book by Oscar Hammerstein II. The musical is directed by Mark Brokaw and choreographed by Josh Rhodes. Music adaptation, supervision and arrangements are by David Chase and orchestrations are by Danny Troob.

One of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s most popular titles, CINDERELLA was written for television — debuting in 1957 starring Julie Andrews. In 2013, the show made its long-overdue Broadway debut. Along with CINDERELLA, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein’s legendary musicals include OKLAHOMA!, CAROUSEL, THE KING AND I, SOUTH PACIFIC and THE SOUND OF MUSIC.

Mr. Beane’s book for CINDERELLA blends masterfully with the musical’s cherished score with songs including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible,” “Ten Minutes Ago” and “Do I Love You Because You’re Beautiful?”

The creative team includes scenic design by Tony® Award nominee Anna Louizos, costume design by six-time Tony® Award-winner William Ivey Long, lighting design by Tony® Award-winner Kenneth Posner and sound design by Tony® Award nominee Nevin Steinberg.

The CINDERELLA tour is produced by Robyn Goodman, Jill Furman, Stephen Kocis, Edward Walson, Venetian Glass Productions, The Araca Group, Caiola Productions, Roy Furman, Peter May, Sanford Robertson, Eric Schmidt, James Spry and Blanket Fort Productions.

Single tickets for CINDERELLA, from $25-$98 (pricing subject to change), are now on sale online at 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.

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.

For Fort Worth tickets: Single tickets are now on sale from $44-$132. Additionally, CINDERELLA is also part of a Choose Your Own Season Ticket Package. Single and season tickets are currently available online at www.basshall.com, over the phone at 817.212.4280 or in person at the Bass Hall Box Office. Groups of 10 or more receive a 10% discount. For group sales call 817.212.4248 or email groupsales@basshall.com.

Dallas Summer Musicals 75th Anniversary Season will continue as follows: DIRTY DANCING, June 23–July 5, 2015; and PIPPIN, July 7-19, 2015.

Performing Arts Fort Worth’s 2014-2015 Season will continue as follows: DIRTY DANCING, July 7-12; PIPPIN, July 21-26; JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, Sept. 18-20; and KINKY BOOTS, Oct. 27-Nov. 1.

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 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 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. Hear Us Now!™ is DSM’s newest initiative. 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. It is so unique that a trademark has been allowed by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. 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.

About Performing Arts Fort Worth:

Performing Arts Fort Worth, the nonprofit organization that oversees management of Bass Performance Hall, presents national Broadway touring product under the Broadway at the Bass banner. Bass Performance Hall is the crown jewel of a city which boasts the nation’s third largest cultural district. It is also an important symbol of one of the most successful downtown revitalization efforts in the country.

The 2,056-seat multipurpose Hall is characteristic of the classic European opera house form. An 80-foot diameter Great Dome tops the Founders Concert Theater while two 48-foot tall angels grace the Grand Facade. Since the Hall opened in May 1998, the angels have become preeminent cultural icons of the Dallas-Fort Worth community. The Hall itself is renowned for its superb acoustics, exceptional sight lines and ambience on level with the great halls of the world.

Bass Performance Hall is located on a full city block encompassed by Commerce, Calhoun, 4th and 5th Streets in the historic Sundance Square district of downtown Fort Worth.

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2015 Tony Awards® Nominations Tomorrow!

2015 Tony Awards

Hello DSM Fans,

This year we are excited to once again syndicate the live webcast of the Tony nominations announcement from our website for everyone to enjoy; click here or on the image above. The live streaming will begin tomorrow Tuesday, April 28 at 8:30 a.m. ET (7:30 a.m. CT) from the Diamond Horseshoe at the Paramount Hotel in midtown Manhattan. Mary-Louise Parker and Bruce Willis will do the honors as the co-host of this year’s announcements. TonyAwards.com will webcast the event in its entirety, and it will be shown on TWC NEWS/NY1 cable. CBS This morning will also cover part of the event.

The 69th Annual Tony Awards®, presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing, will take place on June 7. The ceremony will be broadcast on CBS live from Radio City Music Hall at 8/7c (delayed PT).

About the Tony Awards®

The American Theatre Wing’s Tony Awards® are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing. At The Broadway League, Robert E. Wankel is Chairman and Charlotte St. Martin is Executive Director. At the American Theatre Wing, William Ivey Long is Chairman and Heather Hitchens is President. Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss of White Cherry Entertainment are the Executive Producers of the 2015 Tony Awards. Mr. Weiss will also serve as Director of the 2015 Tony Awards.

IBM, the official information technology partner of the Tony Awards®, develops, designs, and hosts the official Tony Awards digital experience across platforms, including http://www.TonyAwards.com. Carnegie Mellon University is the first-ever, exclusive higher education partner of the Tony Awards. United Airlines is the official airline of the Tony Awards®. Paramount Hotel is the official hotel partner of the Tonys.  City National Bank is the official bank of the Tony Awards®. Porsche Cars North America, Inc., manufacturer of exclusive sports cars, is celebrating dynamic performance as the official sports car of the Tony Awards®.  La Crema, known for elegant Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, is the official wine of the Tony Awards®. USA TODAY is the official media partner of the Tony Awards®. PEOPLE is the official magazine partner of the Tony Awards®. Clear Channel Spectacolor is an official media partner of the Tony Awards® and co-producer of the Tonys Simulcast in Times Square. The Hollywood Reporter is an official media partner of The Tony Awards®.

– DSM Cisco

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THE ILLUSIONISTS – Witness The Impossible wows audiences in North Texas! #IllusionistsDSM

THE ILLUSIONISTS - Witness The Impossible

Hello DSM Fans!

We are excited to be presenting one of the most magical, thrilling and mystifying shows to hit Broadway THE ILLUSIONISTS – Witness The Impossible at the Music Hall thru April 19. This mind-blowing spectacular showcases the jaw-dropping talents of seven of the most incredible illusionists on earth. Check out some sneak peeks below and what the DFW Metroplex has to say about it.

PERFORMANCES & INTERVIEWS:

WFAA8 ABC Good Morning Texas – Interview and performance with Adam Trent “The Futurist”

The Dallas Morning News Top Theater Picks – Interview with Kevin James “The Inventor” and Andrew Basso “The Escapologist”

CW33 News FIX – Interview with Kevin James “The Inventor” and Andrew Basso “The Escapologist”

KDFW FOX4 Good Day Dallas – Interview with Jeff Hobson “The Trickster”

WFAA8 ABC Daybreak – Interview with Andrew Basso “The Escapologist”

(Spanish) KXTX Telemundo39 Acceso Total – Interview with Andrew Basso “the Escapologist”

Stage Talk – Interview with Jeff Hobson “The Trickster”

Selig Film News – Interview with Jeff Hobson “The Trickster”

ARTICLES & FEATURES:

The Flash List – Interview with Dan Sperry “The Anti-Conjurer”

Uptown Latino – (In Spanish) Interview with Andrew Basso “The Escapologist”

Selig Film News – Interview with Dan Sperry “The Anti-Conjurer”

The Dallas Morning News Asian Column – Feature of Yu Ho-Jin “The Manipulator”

Broadway World – THE ILLUSIONISTS Feature

AXS – THE ILLUSIONISTS Feature

The Dallas Socials – THE ILLUSIONISTS Feature

Digital Mom – THE ILLUSIONISTS Feature

REVIEWS:

The Dallas Morning NewsReview

Dallas VoiceReview

North Dallas Gazette – Review

The Column – Review

TheaterJones – Review

Selig Film News – Review

The Clubhouse Podcast – Special Edition Review (22:40 in length)

  • Rob from The Clubhouse – Review 
  • Chad from The Clubhouse – Review 
  • Don from The Clubhouse – Review 

Red Carpet Crash – Review

Real Posh Mom – Review

Irish Film Critic – Review

Vanna Collins – Review

THE ILLUSIONISTS is on stage NOW thru Sunday, April 19 at the Music Hall at Fair Park. Click here for details and tickets.

Don’t miss out on the magic and keep checking back for more content!

– Cisco

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Dallas Loves THE KING AND I! #KingAndIDSM

Hello DSM Fans!

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I is on stage now at the Music Hall thru this Sunday, April 5th only! We are so thrilled with the overwhelming response to this show that we wanted to share with you what people are saying! Also, we’ve included some additional links to give you a sneak peek of the show and inside info with interviews and performances! Enjoy!

 

Articles/Features

Click here for photos with the cast from on stage, behind the scenes, and around Dallas!

CW33 – NEWSFIX behind the scenes look at THE KING AND I production and a mention of the DSM Academy Dance Workshop – Click here.

Lia Chang feature article of THE KING AND I – Click here.

The Dallas Socials featured article of THE KING AND I – Click here.

Digital Mom featured article of THE KING AND I – Click here.

Seniorific News featured article of THE KING AND I – Click here.

Denton Record Cronical featured story on Parker and Madison (The Kings Children) – Click here.

Helene In Between featured article of THE KING AND I – Click here.

 

Interviews/Performances

WFAA8 ABC – Good Morning Texas: Rachel York (Anna) performs “Getting To Know You” – Click here.

WFAA8 ABC – Midday News: Alan Ariano (The King) gets interviewed by Ron Corning – Click here.

The Dallas Morning News – Top Theater Picks Yoonjeong Seong (Tuptim) and Devin Ilaw (Lun Tha) perform “We Kiss in a Shadow.” – Click here.

The Dallas Morning News Asian Column – Interview with Stephanie Lo (Eliza) cast of THE KING AND I – Click here.

SeligFilmNews interview with Rumi Oyama (Angel George/Dance Captain) – Click here.

TheaterJones interview with Glenn Casale, Director of THE KING AND I – Click here.

AXS interview with Devin Ilaw (LunTha) – Click here.

Broadway World interviews Rachel York (Anna) – Click here.

(In Spanish) HOYDallas show review and interview with Sam Tanabe – Click here.

SeligFilmNews interview with Yoonjeong Seong (Tuptim) – Click here.

 

Reviews

Fort Worth Star-Telegram review – Click here.

The Dallas Morning News review of THE KING AND I – Click here.

Dallas Voice review of THE KING AND I – Click here.

TheaterJones review of THE KING AND I – Click here.

SeligFilmNews review of THE KING AND I – Click here.

Real Posh Mom’s THE KING AND I review – Click here.

Vanna Collins THE KING AND I review – Click here.

A special edition of “The Clubhouse Podcast” reviewing this musical that is 24 minutes and 11 seconds in length. The review is on i-Tunes of course but can be listened to on Quicktime by clicking here.

MilkAndCuddles review of THE KING AND I – Click here.

IrishFilmCritic review of THE KING AND I – Click here.

EDGEDallas review of THE KING AND I – Click here.

Red Carpet Crash Musical Review: ‘The King And I’ Is A Well Performed Classic 

BrandonDoesDallas review of THE KING AND I – Click here.

 

THE KING AND I is on stage NOW thru Sunday at the Music Hall at Fair Park. Click here for details and tickets.

We hope you enjoy the show!

-DSM Amanda

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Now Announced – Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Musical for DSM HSMTA!

The final 3 Nominations for the 4th Annual DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards have been announced! Congratulations to each high school, students, and teachers for an outstanding year of musicals! See the list below. For the full list of nominations, check out our website at www.dsmhsmta.org!

Best Actress

  • Colleyville Heritage High School- Monica Lockwood as Carmen in Curtains
  • Guyer High School- Katelyn Cave as Leading Player in Pippin
  • Independence High School- Sophia Kaiafas as Jane in Tarzan
  • Mansfield High School- Shelby Priddy as Belle in Beauty & the Beast
  • Marcus High School- Kara Lyons as Jo March in Little Women
  • Pearce High School- Sydney Kane as Rosemary in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
  • Plano West High School- Meg Grinde as Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar
  • R L Turner High School- Chandler Bates as Anna in The King and I
  • Southwest Christian School- Grace Tucker as Peter Pan

Best Actor

  • Abilene High School- Ryan Garmoe as Bobby in Urinetown
  • Carroll HS- Drew Brown as Tarzan in Tarzan
  • Grapevine Faith Christian School-Quint Erwin as Caratacus Potts in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
  • McKinney Boyd High School- Logan Reid as Javert in Les Miserables
  • Plano Senior High School- Tanner Dillon as Cornelius Hackl in Hello Dolly!
  • Plano West High School- Chris Clark as Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar
  • Pearce High School- Sam Snyder as J Pierrepont Finch in How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying
  • Richardson High School- Griffin Camacho as Tevye in Fiddler On The Roof
  • Rockwall High School- Drew Mitchell as Sweeney Todd in Sweeney Todd

Best Musical

  • Colleyville Heritage High School, Curtains
  • Mansfield High School, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
  • Pearce High School, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
  • Plano Senior High School, Hello Dolly!
  • Plano West High School, Jesus Christ Superstar
  • Richardson High School, Fiddler on the Roof
  • Rowlett High School, The Mystery of Edwin Drood
  • Southwest Christian School, Peter Pan

Who will win? We will find out at the 4th Annual DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards Evening on Wednesday, April 29th at 7pm at the Music Hall at Fair Park. Want to catch all the action? Tickets are on sale now! Just click here or call 800.514.ETIX.

Congratulations to all of the nominees! For the full list of nominees, check out our website at www.dsmhsmta.org! We hope you will join us for an evening you will never forget!

-DSM Amanda

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Nominees Announced for DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards!

And the Nominees are in!

We’ve waited all year – amazing performances from amazing high schools were judged by industry professionals since last fall through a few weeks ago. Now, we can finally announce the nominees for the 4th Annual DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards! Well, all but the Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Musical Nominees…these will be announced tomorrow on WFAA-TV Midday News between Noon and 1pm. For the other 12 categories, see the full list below (in alpha order by high school)! Congratulations to each high school, students, and teachers for an outstanding year of musicals!

Direction

  • Abilene High School, Urinetown
  • Guyer High School, Pippin
  • Mansfield High School, Disney’s Beauty & the Beast
  • North Lamar High School, Disney’s Beauty & the Beast
  • Pearce High School, Urinetown
  • Plano West High School, Jesus Christ Superstar
  • Richardson High School, Fiddler on the Roof
  • Rowlett High School, The Mystery of Edwin Drood
  • Southwest Christian High School, Peter Pan
  • Wylie East High School, Seussical

Choreography

  • Aledo High School, Footloose
  • Denton High School, Mame
  • Grapevine High School, Oliver
  • Guyer High School, Pippin
  • Mansfield High School, Disney’s Beauty & the Beast
  • Pearce High School, Urinetown
  • Plano Senior High School, Hello Dolly
  • Rowlett High School, The Mystery of Edwin Drood
  • Southwest Christian High School, Peter Pan
  • Wylie East High School, Seussical

Musical Direction

  • Abilene High School, Urinetown
  • Liberty Christian High School, Annie Get Your Gun
  • Marcus High School, Little Women
  • Richardson High School, Fiddler on the Roof
  • Richland High School, Shrek
  • Rockwall High School, Sweeney Todd
  • Rowlett High School, The Mystery of Edwin Drood
  • Wakeland High School, Cinderella
  • Waxahachie High School, Guys and Dolls
  • Wylie East High School, Seussical

Orchestra

  • Berkner High School, Little Shop of Horrors
  • Carroll High School, Tarzan
  • Centennial High School, Seussical
  • Crowley High School, Anything Goes
  • Grapevine High School, Oliver
  • Mansfield High School, Disney’s Beauty & the Beast
  • North Forney High School, Disney’s High School Musical
  • Rowlett High School, The Mystery of Edwin Drood
  • Rockwall High School, The Wizard of Oz
  • Waxahachie High School, Guys & Dolls

Scene Design

  • Carroll High School, Tarzan
  • Greenhill School, High School, The Addams Family
  • Liberty Christian High School, Annie Get Your Gun
  • Mabank High School, Cinderella
  • Plano West High School, Jesus Christ Superstar
  • Rockwall High School, Sweeney Todd
  • Rowlett High School, The Mystery of Edwin Drood
  • Southwest Christian High School, Peter Pan
  • Waco High School, Tarzan
  • Wylie East High School, Seussical

Costume Design

  • Abilene High School, Urinetown
  • Bishop Lynch High School, The Wedding Singer
  • Colleyville Heritage High School, Curtains
  • Denton High School, Mame
  • Grapevile Christian High School, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
  • Grapevine High School, Oliver
  • Guyer High School, Pippin
  • Rockwall-Heath High School, The Music Man
  • Southwest Christian High School, Peter Pan
  • Waco High School, Tarzan

Lighting Design

  • Mansfield High School, Disney’s Beauty & the Beast
  • Marcus High School, Little Women
  • McKinney Boyd High School, Les Miserables
  • Plano Senior High School, Hello Dolly
  • Plano West High School, Jesus Christ Superstar
  • Richardson High School, Fiddler on the Roof
  • Rockwall High School, Sweeney Todd
  • Rowlett High School, The Mystery of Edwin Drood
  • Southwest Christian High School, Peter Pan
  • Waco High School, Tarzan

Stage Crew & Technical

  • Abilene High School, Urinetown
  • Carroll High School, Tarzan
  • Guyer High School, Pippin
  • Lake Ridge High School, Shrek
  • Marcus High School, Little Women
  • McKinney High School, All Shook Up
  • Plano Senior High School, Hello Dolly
  • Plano West High School, Jesus Christ Superstar
  • Southwest Christian High School, Peter Pan
  • Wylie East High School, Seussical

Ensemble

  • Abilene High School, Urinetown
  • Aledo High School, Footloose
  • Liberty Christian High School, Annie Get Your Gun
  • Pearce High School, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
  • Plano Senior High School, Hello Dolly
  • Richardson High School, Fiddler on the Roof
  • Richland High School, Shrek
  • Rockwall-Heath High School, The Music Man
  • Rowlett High School, The Mystery of Edwin Drood
  • Southwest Christian High School, Peter Pan

Supporting Actor

  • Colleyville Heritage High School, Morgan Young – Officer Lockstock, Urinetown
  • Lake Ridge High School, Isaiah McInnis – Donkey, Shrek
  • Mansfield High School, Zach Montou – Lumiere, Disney’s Beauty & the Beast
  • McKinney North High School, Joseph Campbell – Fester, The Addams Family
  • North Forney High School, Allen Porterie – Chad Danforth, Disney’s High School Musical
  • Pearce High School, Noah Heller – Officer Lockstock, Urinetown
  • Pearce High School, Josh McCoy – Bud Frump, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
  • Richardson High School, Nathan May – Motel, Fiddler on the Roof
  • Weatherford High School, Cole Lucas – Farquaad, Shrek
  • Wylie East High School, Clay Mobley – Horton the Elephant, Seussical

Supporting Actress

  • Abilene High School, Louisa Lee – Little Sally, Urinetown
  • All Saints Episcopal High School, Grace Evans – Melpomene, Zanadu
  • Bishop Lynch High School, Payton Reeves – Holly, The Wedding Singer
  • Colleyville Heritage High School, Audrey Jefferies – Georgia Hendricks, Curtains
  • Mansfield High School, Anna Pritchett – Mrs. Potts, Disney’s Beauty & the Beast
  • Marcus High School, Haley Sutherland – Marmee March, Little Women
  • McKinney Boyd High School, Sarah Hubner – Madame Thenardier, Les Miserables
  • North Forney High School, Savanna Morgan – Taylor McKessie, Disney’s High School Musical
  • Rowlett High School, Sarah Manns – Princess Puffer, The Mystery of Edwin Drood
  • Wylie East High School, Libby Villagas – Mayzie LaBird, Seussical

Featured Performer

  • Greenhill School High School, Ali Simenc – Grandma Addams, The Addams Family
  • Heritage High School, Olivia Callan – Hunyak, Chicago
  • Lake Ridge High School, Michael Flake – Lord Farquaad, Shrek
  • Mansfield High School, Justin Alozie – Cogsworth, Disney’s Beauty & the Beast
  • McKinney High School, Yoki Ongwella – Sylvia, All Shook Up
  • North Lamar High School, Jared Chenevey – Cogsworth, Disney’s Beauty & the Beast
  • Pearce High School, Jack Durham – Hot Blades Harry, Urinetown
  • Poteet High School, Cameron Smith – Amos, Big Fish
  • Richardson High School, Jacob Redmon – Perchek, Fiddler on the Roof
  • Richland High School, C.J. Sutton – Donkey, Shrek

Who will win? We will find out at the 4th Annual DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards Evening on Wednesday, April 29th at 7pm at the Music Hall at Fair Park. Want to catch all the action? Tickets are on sale now! Just click here or call 800.514.ETIX.

Congratulations to all of the nominees! To find out the nominees for the Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Musical, tune into WFAA-TV Midday News between 12p and 1p! Also, check back here after 1p or on our website at www.dsmhsmta.org! We hope you will join us for an evening you will never forget!

-DSM Amanda

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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

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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.

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