Thursday, January 31, 2013

Video by Dannie Snyder: Rehearsing Once There Were Six Seasons, Glass Half Full Theatre workshop running February 21 - March 3, 2013

A video by Dannie Snyder and LIV Creations for
Glass Half Full Theatre Austin TX

and its upcoming workshop production of environmental puppetry

Once There Were Six Seasons Glass Half Full Theatre Austin TX



Once There Were Six Seasons 

Feb. 21st – March 3rd. Thursdays-Saturdays @ 8 PM, Sundays @ 6 PM.


Salvage Vanguard Theatre, 2803 E. Manor Road, Austin, TX, 78722 - click for map  

Tickets: Sliding scale $12-$20. 
Pay-what-you-can: Sunday February 24th
Some ASL interpreted performances (see ticketing site for details). 
The two-weekend workshop performance will include opportunities for audience feedback and interaction, including talkbacks hosted by Rudy Ramirez and In.gredients.

Once There Were Six Seasons from LIV creations on Vimeo.

brown paper tickets

Glass Half Full Theatre presents a workshop production of Once There Were Six Seasons, an original work of environmental puppetry. Puppeteers manipulate vast miniature landscapes to address the impact of climate change on subsistence societies around the world. From the Arctic to the Philippines to the high plains of Texas, this work highlights how the accelerating pace of human-caused climate change has outstripped the ability of traditional cultures to adapt their lifestyles. From B. Iden Payne award-winning director and writer Caroline Reck, with an award winning cast of puppeteer/performers: Connor Hopkins, Rommel Sulit, Noel Gaulin, Gricelda Silva, and Parker Dority, and award-wining designers Eliot Haynes and Stephen Pruitt.

THE IVY HOUSE by Chris Fontanes, Bottle Alley Theatre Company at the Eponymous Garden, February 25 - March 5

Bottle Alley Theatre Austin TX


The Ivy House
by Chris Fontanes

Produced by Brian Crabb, Joan Bryson, Tom De La Garza & Eponymous Garden

Starring Tim Olivares, Kimberly Gifford, Kate Jones, Ariel Gilman, Rachael Shaw, Taylor Whitmire and Steven Cruser

@ Eponymous Garden, 1202 Garden Street, Austin, TX (click for map)

Monday-Tuesday February 25th and 26th and Monday-Tuesday March 4th and 5th

House opens at 7 pm

Limited seating; tickets available via
The Ivy House is a tale of love, love lost, memories and escape. Seven characters' stories intertwine through the past, present and future and fall safely into the confines of the Ivy House, an imaginary place where they go to re-live their memories.

The Ivy House shall be performed at the Austin landmark - Victorian house, Eponymous Garden. Rather than a conventional theatre performance, the play takes place in different rooms within the house. The audience is encouraged to move through the house to fully experience the play.

Notice: The Ivy House is for mature audiences only

* Bottle Alley Theatre Company and Eponymous Garden would like to ask all audience members to park along the street on Waller St in regards to Garden St. Thank you.
(Click to go to the AustinLiveTheatre front page)

On-Line Auditions for Reefer Madness, Directed by Michael McKelvey for June, 2013

Doctuh Mistuh Productions Reefer Madness Doctuh Mistuh Productionsinvites performers to submit digital auditions for REEFER MADNESS, The Musical, to be performed in Austin June 6-30, 2013.

The production will be directed by Michael McKelvey (B. Iden Payne Award, Sweeney Todd and Assassins) with set design by Joe Carpenter (Mary Moody Northen Theatre) and costumes by Glenda Barnes (B. Iden Payne Award, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson). The performance location and additional production staff will be announced shortly.

All auditions will be through on-line submission. To get details, interested performers should email Auditioners will be asked to perform one-minute of a song (32 bars) in the style of the show and a one-minute public service message about the dangers or benefits of marijuana. Auditioners will receive character descriptions by e-mail.

Reefer Madness is a musical satire of the 1936 cult film classic Reefer Madness. It opened in Los Angeles in 1998. The book and lyrics were written by Kevin Murphy and the music by Dan Studney. Directed by Andy Fickman, it was initially shown at the Hudson Theater on Santa Monica Boulevard in Los Angeles and then moved to the New York "Off-Broadway" scene. The show opened Off Broadway on September 15, 2001, and closed shortly thereafter. Showtime made a film version in 2005 starring Kristen Bell, Steven Weber, Neve Cambell and Alan Cumming.

[ALT note: you can view the 68-minute film via Netflix. Click here to go to the Netflix page.]

DM Productions made its debut on the Austin Theatre scene in October 2009 with its hit, EVIL DEAD, THE MUSICAL (nominated by the Austin Critics’ Table for Outstanding Production of a Musical). The group has since produced two more productions, COMPANY (a benefit for the Breast Cancer Resource Center) and last summer’s BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON (recipient of three B. Iden Payne Awards). Doctuh Mistuh Productions' mission is to produce Off-Broadway works with an edge and landmark musicals that may be unfamiliar to Austin audiences.

Auditions for Supporting Roles in True West by Sam Shepard, Oh Dragon Theatre Company, February 13

Oh Dragon Theatre Company Austin TX 
Oh Dragon Theatre Company is pleased to announce auditions for their upcoming production of Sam Shepard's True West, directed by Carl Gonzales, to take place Wednesday, February 13th, 2013 from 7pm – 10pm at The Robichaux Studio (7612 B Hwy. 71 Austin, TX 78735, on the 2nd floor just above Studio E -- click for map). Contact

True West Sam Shepard Oh Dragon Theatre Austin TX 
Performance dates: April 5th, 6th, 7th, 12th, 13th, and 14th at a location to be determined.

*The roles of Austin and Lee have already been cast. We will be casting for the following characters:

Mom - An absurdist vision of a powerless mother. (Age 25 – 50 years)
Saul Kimmer - A slick Hollywood producer. He is as sincere as anyone who is motivated only by profit can be. (Ages 25 – 35 years)

Be prepared to participate in cold readings from the script. Please bring a copy of your headshot and resume.

True West examines the relationship between Austin, a screenwriter, and his older brother Lee. It is set in the kitchen of their mother's home. Austin is housesitting while their mother is in Alaska, and there he is confronted by his brother, who proceeds to bully his way into staying at the house and using Austin's car. In addition, the screenplay which Austin is pitching to his connection in Hollywood somehow gets taken over by the pushy con-man tactics of Lee, and the brothers find themselves forced to cooperate in the creation of a story that will make or break both their lives. In the process, the conflict between the brothers creates a heated situation in which their roles as successful family man and nomadic drifter are somehow reversed, and each man finds himself admitting that he had somehow always wished he were in the other's shoes.

Director Needed by Hill Country Community Theatre near Marble Falls - Paid Position

Hill Country Community TheatreThe Hill Country Community Theatre is looking to hire an experienced director for their upcomingproduction of the comedy/drama Charlie Cox Runs With Scissors. 
 Charlie Cox Runs with Scissors Hill Country Community Theatre TX
 The position pays $1000. 

The theatre is located in n Cottonwood Shores, near Marble Falls (click for map)./Performance dates are April 25 thru May 5.

Please forward resumes to Steve Reily at Information about the theatre can be found on our website or Facebook/Hill Country Community Theatre.

THE MERCHANT OF VENICE by William Shakespeare, the Baron's Men at the Curtain Theatre, April 5 - 27, 2013

The Baron's Men Austin TX

[performing at the Curtain Theatre, Garriot estate, 7400 Coldwater Canyon -- click for map]
 Merchant of Venice Shakespeare Baron's Men
The Merchant of Venice

by William Shakespeare
April 5 - 27, Fridays and Saturdays
Thursdays – April 18 and 25
Box Office opens at 7 pm and performance begins at 8 pm

This April, we invite you to join us as The Baron's Men present William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice at Richard Garriott's Curtain Theater, the only Elizabethan style theater in Austin. In this period-themed production, we embrace and explore the dark and light of the Bard's well-known tragicomedy, noted as much for its challenging and controversial themes as its entertaining plot and captivating, memorable characters. Performances will be held every weekend in April. See our website or find us on Facebook for details. We hope to see you there!

The Duke of Venice- Casey Weed
The Prince of Morocco- Andreas Stein
The Prince of Aragon- Andreas Stein
Antonio, a merchant of Venice- Andy Bond
Bassanio, his friend, suitor to Portia- Bradley Wright
Gratiano, friend to Antonio and Bassanio- Robert Stevens
Salerio, friend to Antonio and Bassanio- Aaron Neimuth
Solanio, friend to Antonio and Bassanio- Michael O'Keefe
Lorenzo, in love with Jessica- Harry Conner
Shylock, a Jew of Venice- Robert Deike
Launcelot Gobbo, a clown, servant to Shylock- Eva McQuade
Old Gobbo, father to Launcelot- Gene Storie
Leonardo, servant to Bassanio- James Holder
Stephania, servant to Portia- Leanna Holmquist
Portia, an heiress- Hanna Haide
Nerissa, her waiting woman- Becky Musser
Jessica, daughter to Shylock- Rachel Steed Redig
Tubal, a wealthy Jew- Jimmie Bragdon
Jailer- Chris Casey
Magnificoes of Venice- Garrison Martt, Gene Storie, Chris Casey, Jimmie Bragdon
Prince of Aragon's Train- Felix Ferris, Joanna Casey
Prince of Morocco's Train- Felix Ferris, Joanna Casey

(Click to go to the AustinLiveTheatre front page)

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Auditions in Lockhart for Divas III: Broadway Babes, Gaslight Baker Theatre, February 2, 3 and 10, 2013

Gaslight Baker Theatre LockhartAuditions for Divas III: Broadway Babes

Sunday Feb 2 from 4- 6PM, Monday Feb 3 @ 7PM and Sun Feb 10 @ 2 at the Gaslight-Baker Theatre, 216 S Main St, Lockhart, Texas (click for map).
Divas Gaslight Baker Theatre 

This all-female revue, directed by the GBT’s Artistic Director Tysha Calhoun, seeks triple threat performers: women who can sing, act and dance. Please prepare two stylistically different pieces of music and bring your own backing track. Thumb drives or CD’s are appropriate. No backup accompaniment will be provided and a capella auditions will be at the discretion of the director. Dress comfortably as you will be required to learn a few basic choreography steps to the chorus of “Cell Block Tango" from Chicago.

Contact the director Tysha Calhoun at 512-426-1059 for more specific information

Opportunity: Prop Crew Needed for Strike, Breaking String Theatre at Salvage Vanguard, February 4 - 16, 2013

Strike Yury Klavdiev Breaking String Austin TX
Breaking String Theatre Austin TXBreaking String Theater is getting ready to put on STRIKE: Two Plays by Yury Klavdiev, at Salvage Vanguard Theater, and we're looking for two members to crew our show. If you or anyone you know would like to join us for this 7-performance run (for which we'd be able to offer $75 and two complimentary tickets), please contact me as soon as possible. Candidates would preferably have experience handling prop guns, and would be available at the following times:

  • Mon 2/4, 6pm - 10pm
  • Tues 2/5, 6pm - 10pm
  • Wed 2/6, 6pm - 10pm
  • Thurs 2/7, 7pm - 10pm
  • Fri 2/8, 7pm - 10pm
  • Sat 2/9, 7pm - 10pm
  • Wed 2/13, 7pm - 10pm
  • Thurs 2/14, 7pm - 10pm
  • Fri 2/15, 7pm - 10pm
  • Sat 2/16, 7pm - 10pm

If you can come close to making all these dates, then please do let me know. Thank you for spreading the word about this need, and if you're able to pitch in, thanks in advance for reaching out to me!


Graham Schmidt

Monday, January 28, 2013

New Russian Drama Festival, Breaking String Theatre at the Salvage Vanguard, February 9 and 10, 2013

Breaking String Theatre Company Austin TX


Our third annual New Russian Drama Festival, to take place at Salvage Vanguard Theater from February 8 - 10, promises an opportunity for particularly rich immersion in the best that Russian theater has to offer today. Celebrated Russian playwright Yury Klavdiev will join us for a 5-day Austin residency, where he will join visiting artists David White (A.D., Generous Company), John Freedman (Theater Correspondent, The Moscow Times), Pavel Shishin (A.D., 5th Theater, Omsk), and Maria Kroupnik (Independent Producer, Moscow) for a weekend of discussions around contemporary Russian theater, and Mr. Klavdiev's work. The main event for the festival will be Breaking String Artistic Director Graham Schmidt's staging of two Klavdiev plays, forming a single night of theater: Martial Arts (adapted by David White) and I am the Machine Gunner (translated by John Freedman).

Salvage Vanguard Theater
2803 Manor Road, Austin TX 78722
February 8 - 10, 2013
Festival Schedule
Staged readings and panel discussions are free and open to the public. Join us!
Thursday, February 7
  • 8:00 PM: Strike: Two plays by Yury Klavdiev
Friday, February 8
  • 8:00 PM: Strike: Two plays by Yury Klavdiev
  • 10:00 PM: Talkback with adaptor David White, and translator John Freedman
Saturday, February 9
  • 2:30pm - Staged Reading: Trash, by Mikhail Durnenkov, translated by John Freedman, directd by Beth Burns
  • 4:30pm - Staged Reading: Political Play, by Lasha Bugadze, translated by John Freedman and Maya Mamaladze, directed by Bob Jones
  • 6:30pm - On Contemporary Russian Theater: John Freedman, Masha Kroupnik, Pavel Shishin
  • 8:00pm - Strike: Two plays by Yury Klavdiev
Sunday, February 10
  • 6:00pm - Contemplating International Collaboration: Russia - US Models
  • 8:00 PM: Golden Hornet Project: Prokofiev Miniatures
JOHN FREEDMAN has translated three dozen Russian plays which have been performed in the United States, Canada, England, Australia and South Africa, including five works by Maksym Kurochkin. His translation of Olga Mukhina's Flyingwas produced in 2011 at Breaking String Theater. He has published and/or edited nine books about Russian theater, and for two decades has been the theater critic of The Moscow Times. He was the Russia director of The New Russian Drama project at Towson University, 2007- 2010, and the director of the U.S.-government supported New American Plays for Russia program, 2010-2012. With the company and Jennifer Johnson he was co-author of the Double Edge Theatre performance The Firebird in 2010, and his play Dancing, Not Dead won the new play competition conducted by The Internationalists in 2011.

DAVID WHITE: Artistic Director of WordBRIDGE Playwrights Laboratory since 2007; faculty member in the Department of Theatre Arts, Towson University; and playwright-in-residence of Generous Company. Playwriting: Last Chance: Trash & Ninjas and Squirrels: Studio Theatre, Towson University (2012); Leaves of Hope: reading, Joplin, MO (2012); and Enough: reading, ArtFaq CafĂ©, Moscow, RU (2011). Translations (with Yury Urnov): Yury Klavdiev’s Martial Arts (US premiere - Towson University / CITD New Russian Drama Conference); and Pavel Pryzhko’s Panties (reading - WordBRIDGE 2011). Publication: Atom-Smashing Playwright A US Perspective on Yury Klavdiev, Contemporary Dramaturgy, Moscow, RU (2010). Directing: US premiere of Klavdiev's I am the Machine Gunner: Baltimore, Chicago, and San Diego (2010); and George Brant's Elephant's Graveyard: Towson University (2010). Current Project: The Beholder's Share, a devised piece of theatre examining connectiosn between art and neurobiology.

MARIA KROUPNIK A Moscow-based project manager, translator, and media specialist, cooperates with a number of Russian theatres, including Teatr.doc, J. Beuys Theatre, Theatre ‘Centre for Playwriting and Directing.’ Her translations/subtitle adaptations of Nina Belitskaya’s Pavik Is My God and Elena Gremina’s 1 Hour 18 Minutes were showcased at the Golden Mask Festival’s Russian Case in 2010 and 2011. In conjunction with Yale University, she translated Meg Miroshnik’s The Fairytale Life of the Russian Girls, which was featured as part of their “Workshop on Begovaya” project, performed in December 2011. Kroupnik has also worked in media and public affairs for the British Embassy in Moscow and the British Council in Moscow.

PAVEL SHISHIN Literary Director of the Fifth Theater. Omsk is considered by many to be a theatrical city surpassed in reputation only by Moscow, St. Petersburg and, perhaps, Yekaterinburg. The Fifth Theater, created 20 years ago, has contributed a great deal to that reputation. It is a house that champions new, cutting edge work, often supporting it with workshops and festivals. The Fifth Theater is the host of the biannual Young Theaters of Russia festival which brings many emerging artists to perform in Omsk. Pavel has been instrumental in running this festival, as well as several new drama workshops that have helped bring important new plays to the attention of Russian theater.

(Click to go to the AustinLiveTheatre front page)

Auditions for The Gospel Accordin' to Texas, Westlake United Methodist Church, February 9 and 10, 2013

Westlake United Methodist Church West Lake Hills, TX 
Auditions for The Gospel Accordin’ To Texas! -- the Original, down home, foot stompin’, “Gotta have a fiddle in the band” Country Musical, written and directed by LeRoy NienowTexas fiddler Bill Gilbert (via 

Sat. 2/9 @ 9 am for Children, 2:00 pm for adults
Sun. 2/10 @ 2 pm for adults only

Additional “Call Backs” by Invitation Only Mon. Feb. 11 @ 7:00 pm
Westlake United Methodist Church 1460 Redbud Trail, West Lake Hills, TX 78746 (click for map)

Large multi-racial Cast of Men, Women and Children -- Singers, Actors, Dancers, with a Live, On Stage, Country Band

*All Roles Open – No Pre-Casting*

Be prompt and prepared to stay for:

  • Singing a Country Standard, sheet music or Trax
  • Some moderate movement - Dress comfortably in modest clothing
  • Reading from the Script - for Principal Roles only
*Please bring Calendars for rehearsal conflicts* Headshots & Resumes helpful, but not required

Rehearsals will begin Sunday March 3rd -- Show runs Friday, Sat. & Sun. April 26, 27 & 28

Don’t Sing? Come join the fun on a Back Stage Crew!

For more Info. call LeRoy @ 891-9088 or the church @ 327-1335

Video Preview: The Edge of Peace by Susan Zeder, University of Texas, February 1 - 10, 2013

University of Texas Department of Theatre and Dance, Austin, TX

(University of Texas theatres, Winship Drama Bldg. (WIN), near 23rd St. and San Jacinto, Austin)


 The Edge of Peace

The Edge of Peace Susan Zeder University of Texas, Austin

by Susan Zeder

directed by Linda Hartzell

Feb. 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9 at 8 p.m.

Feb. 3, 10 at 2 p.m.

B. Iden Payne Theatre, Winship Drama Bldg near 24th and San Jacinto
$15.00-25.00 available on-line

a world Premiere presented by the Department of Theatre and Dance in partnership with Seattle Children’s Theatre

“This is the town of Ware. W.A.R.E. Streets, three. Houses, fifteen. Farms, ten. Churches, four. A garage, sawmill and a store. Not much more. Down in town a boy waits…” A play for all ages, The Edge of Peace tells the touching story of Buddy, a young boy struggling to make sense of a world at war.

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SOUTH PACIFIC by Rodgers and Hammerstein, Georgetown Palace, February 22 - March 24, 2013

Georgetown Palace Theatre, Georgetown, TX

[810 S. Austin Street, Georgetown, Texas]

South Pacific
the musical by Rodgers and Hammerstein
 directed by Ron Watson

February 22 - March 24
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m.

South Pacific Georgetown Palace TSSave the date for an enchanted evening (or afternoon) in Georgetown at The Historic Palace Theatre! South Pacific opens on February 22nd for a five-weekend run on the Palace’s Springer Memorial Stage. The classic musical by Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, & Joshua Logan is set in an island paradise during World War II, with two parallel love stories threatened by the dangers of prejudice and war. Well-loved and remembered songs from the production include Some Enchanted Evening, There Is Nothing Like a Dame, Bali Ha’I, I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Out of My Hair, A Wonderful Guy, Younger Than Springtime, and You’ve Got to be Carefully Taught. Directed by Palace veteran Ron Watson, with music direction by the talented Justin Langford and choreography by Jesee Smart at her most creative, the stellar cast is in good hands.

South Pacific plays at the Palace on weekends from February 22 to March 24. Actual production dates are February 22-24 and March 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, and 22-24, with some added Saturday matinees a distinct possibility. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday shows are at 2:00 p.m. Ticket prices are $24 General Admission, $22 Seniors (55+), $14 Students (10-22) and Active Military, and $10 Children (9 and younger). 

 Rated for General Audiences 

The Palace seats about 295, with reserved seating paid for in the ticket price. The Palace office in the lobby of the theatre is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. (except for some holiday dates). Purchase tickets and select seating on-line at or by calling (512) 869-7469 or (512) 869-5081. (Please call ahead regarding special needs seating.) Visa, Master Card, and Discover Card are accepted.

The Historic Palace Theatre is located at 810 South Austin Avenue in downtown Georgetown and is part of the most beautiful Town Square in Texas!

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ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL, University of Texas Shakespeare in Winedale, April 26 and 27, 2013

Shakespeare at Winedale TX


All's Well That Ends Well

by William Shakespeare
Performed by the Shakespeare at Winedale Spring Class
Presented by Shakespeare at Winedale, The University of Texas at Austin’s Department of English, and SHOUT.
April 26 and 27 at 7 p.m.
Winedale Theatre Barn, near Round Top, TX.

Student/ UT Faculty/ UT Staff - $5; General Admission - $10
Available at or 512.471.4726.

The Shakespeare at Winedale Spring Class will give two performances of All’s Well That Ends Well at the Winedale Theatre Barn on April 26th and 27th at 7:00. These performances are the culmination of a semester of coursework focusing on ‘Shakespeare’s Problem Plays in Performance.’ Tickets are $10; $5 for UT ID-holders and students. Tickets are available at or by calling (512) 471-4726.

‘Tis not the many oaths that makes the truth, But the plain single vow that is vow’d true. – IV.ii

All’s Well That Ends Well is an adult fairy tale that follows the low-born Helena’s arduous journey to win the love of the haughty Count Bertram. Unrequited love, reversed gender roles, aristocratic pride, and wartime lies arise on the journey, presented to the audience with a thorny mixture of romantic optimism and real-world pessimism.

“This is one of my favorite Shakespeare plays, and one far too few people have read or seen,” said Shakespeare at Winedale Director and Regents Professor, James Loehlin. “It feels very contemporary in the way it mixes drama and comedy, and in its resourceful but vulnerable heroine, Helena. One of the characters says that 'the web of our life is of a mingled yarn, good and ill together,' and I think that sums up the outlook of this very funny but bittersweet comedy.”

Shakespeare at Winedale is a program within the University of Texas English Department that invites students from all disciplines to learn about Shakespeare through the experience of performing his works. Since 1970, hundreds of students have performed Shakespeare’s immortal words in the Winedale Theatre Barn, using textual interpretation, creativity, and passion to bring the plays to life. The students of the Spring Class come together to explore several plays throughout the UT spring semester. The course includes three weekends at the Winedale Historical Center, where students immerse themselves in the study of Shakespeare surrounded by the beauty of the Texas countryside. Their coursework culminates in a final presentation of their studies: two performances in the Winedale Theatre Barn.

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Video by Robert Moncrief for Strike, a double bill by Yury Klavdiev, Breaking String Theatre Company at the Salvage Vanguard Theatre, February 7 - 16, 2013

Robert Moncrief's video of Joey Hood, Molly Karrasch and Kaci Beeler of

Breaking String Theatre Company Austin TX

talking about 

by Yury Klavdiev

presented February 7 - 16, 2013 at the Salvage Vanguard Theatre, 2803 Manor Rd. (click for map) in conjunction with the third New Russian Drama Festival.


Click for additional information at

Sunday, January 27, 2013

INTO THE WOODS fundraiser, KidsActing at Center Stage, February 22, 2013


Into the Woods

fundraiserInto the Woods Center Stage Austin TX
music by Steven Sondheim
February 22, 2013
Center Stage, 2826 Real Street (click for map)

Into the Woods intertwines the plots of several Brothers Grimm fairy tales and follows them to explore the consequences of the characters' wishes and quests. The main characters are taken from "Little Red Riding Hood", "Jack and the Beanstalk", "Rapunzel", and "Cinderella", as well as several others. The musical is tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife and their quest to begin a family, and their interaction with a Witch and her curse on them.

Join us for these amazing tales performed by kidsActing's advanced students.

-Benefit Reception at 6pm.

-Curtain at 7pm.

$100 Premium seating ($75 is tax-deductible): Includes Premium reserved parking; Premium reserved center section seating; Champagne & Hors d'oeuvres served to you during intermission in your seat.

$45 Couple Standard seating ($15 tax-deductible)

$25 Adult Standard seating ($10 tax-deductible)

$18 Student (under 18)

Purchase tickets here, under News and Events:

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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Script Available: The Sniper's Nest by Lisa Soland

The Sniper's Nest by Lisa SolandDear Central Texas Live Theatre community,

This year marks the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's assassination, and perhaps presents us artists with an opportunity to reexamine the events that make up one of the most controversial periods of American history.

I am a regional published playwright who has written a new play entitled The Sniper's Nest. The Sniper's Nest is the story of the real-life love affair between CIA agent Lee Harvey Oswald and young research scientist Judyth Vary Baker. During the summer of 1963 they worked together in New Orleans to develop a biological weapon to kill Fidel Castro. This is a true tale of espionage, still to this day, kept secret from the public for reasons much more sinister than just covering up an assassination of a president.

The Sniper's Nest is based on Judyth Vary Baker's book, Me and Lee, and Ms. Baker made herself available during the writing of the play. The Sniper’s Nest premiered at the Clayton Center for the Arts in Maryville, Tennessee, November 29 through Dec. 2 of 2012, and Ms. Baker attended the Dec. 1 and 2 performances. She exclaimed at intermission, "It's brilliant," and later wrote to me, "I believe God led you to my book and that this is one play that will not only touch hearts today, but always. It transcends 2013 because it is about love and sacrifice, and this is always new."

The cast and crew of The Sniper's Nest then flew to NYC for a staged reading, sponsored by the Dramatists Guild. The Southeastern Theatre Conference accepted the new play into its Fringe Festival so we will be remounting The Sniper's Nest and taking it to Louisville, Kentucky, the first week of March.

For more information regarding the production rights for The Sniper's Nest, visit the playwright's website at or email me direct at

All the best,

Lisa Soland - Playwright

Playwright / Director
Host of "The Writer's Desk"

The Sniper's Nest by Lisa Soland

THE ASIAN MOM, THE JEWISH MOM, Lucky Chaos Theatre Project at Salvage Vanguard Theatre, February 1, 2013

Friday, January 25, 2013

EARTH, conceived by Bonnie Cullum, Vortex Repertory, March 22 - April 20, 2013

Vortex Repertory, Austin Texas

(Vortex Repertory Company, 2307 Manor Rd.)

Conceived and Directed by Bonnie Cullum. Original Music by Chad Salvata and Chris Humprey
March 22 - April 20, 2013
Vortex Repertory Company, 2307 Manor Rd., Thursdays - Sundays, 8 p.m.
Earth Bonnie Cullum Vortex Repertory Austin TXVORTEX Repertory Company presents the world premiere of EARTH, a new multi-disciplinary show performed in a mountain of dirt. The audience surrounds an actual mound of moist earth that engages the senses as performers sing, dance, play, and tell stories of the Earth from diverse global mythologies.

Conceived and directed by Bonnie Cullum, EARTH is the next in VORTEX’s The Elementals, a series of devised works with sacred intention. As we embrace the power and magic of the elemental forces of Air, Fire, Water, Earth, and Spirit, we intertwine ritual and environmental action with our theatrical art.


$30-$25 Priority Seating, $15-$20 General Admission, $10 Starving Artists

2-for-1 admission on Thursdays and Sundays with donation of 2 canned goods for SafePlace.

ASL Interpreted April 5

EARTH features a stellar cast of VORTEX Repertory Company members-- Mick D’arcy, Anderson Dear, Gabriel Maldonado, Betsy McCann, Emerald Mystiek, Mindy Rast-Keenan, and Melissa Vogt-Patterson with the VORTEX debut of Aisha Melhem.

Conceived and Directed by Bonnie Cullum. 

Scenic Design by Ann Marie Gordon. Lighting Design by Jason Amato. Costume Design by Talena Martinez. Choreography by Toni Bravo. Original Music by Chad Salvata and Chris Humphrey. Stage Management by Tamara L. Farley. Production photography by Kimberley Mead.
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Auditions for 'An Obviously Foggot' by Bastion Carboni, Poison Apple Initiative, February 20 and 21, 2013

Poison Apple Initiative Austin TXPoison Apple Initiative is about to make a loud play in a bar. You should absolutely audition for it. We're proud to present the workshop premier of AN OBVIOUSLY FOGGOT by Bastion Carboni to be presented April 4-6 and 11-13 at The Basement.

An Obviously Faggot Bastion Carboni Austin TX Poison Apple InitiativeThe play: a mash-up of original/ found text, smashed-together pop songs, and movement pieces about the internalization of homo- and transphobia in the gay bar climate. Will be fun. We're looking for 5 MEN (early 20's- mid-30's) and 1 TRANSWOMAN (early 20's-mid-30's)

Auditions are by appointment Feb 20th (6.30-9.30) and February 21st (6.30-7.30) and will consist of cold readings from the script. Please prepare a few bars of a pop/ rock song to be sung a cappella. We want to hear you sing like you do in the shower/ car.

Callbacks will be held on Feb 21st at 7.30 and will consist of simple choreography and cold readings. Rehearsals begin in early March. Actors will be offered a stipend.

To reserve a slot/ check out the script, shoot a line to with resume/ headshot.

Best, PAI

SEUSSICAL, THE MUSICAL, Vista Ride High School, January 31 - February 2, 2013

Seussical the musical

January 31 and February 1, 2013 at 7 p.m; Saturday, February 2 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Vista Ridge High School
200 SOUTH VISTA RIDGE BLVD, Cedar Park, Texas 78613 (click for map)
Tickets can be purchased online at

Seussical Vista Ridge High School Austin TXTony winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (LUCKY STIFF, MY FAVORITE YEAR, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, and RAGTIME) have lovingly brought to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie, and a little boy with a big imagination--Jojo. The colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos.

The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing Whos, including Jojo, a Who child sent off to military school for thinking too many "thinks." Horton faces a double challenge--not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left to his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping, and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family, and community are challenged and emerge triumphant.

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Seussical the Musical Hits the Stage Next Week

Edie Monceaux, J-1 Reporter
January 22, 2013

Dr. Seuss will soon be taking over. The theater department will perform Seussical, a fantastic show based on several of Dr. Seuss’s classic books, running Jan. 31 – Feb. 2 in the auditorium.

Tickets are $8 and can be purchased . Shows will run at 7 p.m. on Jan. 31 – Feb. 2 along with a matinee at 2 p.m. on Feb. 2.

“Usually our rehearsals are from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.,” sophomore choreographer Ross Lombardo said. “We rehearse most days of the week unless there’s an important event.”

Rehearsing and running through the show, from the time they step in the auditorium until it’s time to go home, the cast and crew waste no time.

“The musical had a slow start,” Lombardo said. “But now we can see the show, the pieces are all put together and it shows.”

With these students, there’s more perks in the making besides just the performance itself — it’s the people they get to work with and get to know.

“One of my favorite parts is being able to work with the upperclassmen and sophomores,” freshmen Adele Simms said. “It’s fun to see how everyone interacts and gets along and works together.”

With how much they’ve spent working on the show and putting it together, it has become more than just a show to these students, it has become something they all have grown to love and something they will always remember.

“This has given me something new to be proud of and flaunt,” Lombardo said. “I don’t think the musical has impacted me, but it has enhanced me definitely.”

Tickets are $8 and can be purchased online.

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