Monday, July 15, 2013

Video Profile: Sam Bass Community Theatre, Round Rock, by John Speasmaker at

John Speasmaker hears from Frank Benge about the history and youth program of the Sam Bass Theatre in Round Rock and provides glimpses of the ongoing rehearsals for the production of Bugsy Malone (July 26 - August 17, 2013) (10 min. video)

Your Lo9cal Color John Speasmaker

by John Speasmaker

[. . .] at the Sam Bass Community Sam Bass Community Theatre (16)Theatre here in Round Rock[ . . .] I saw motivated, relaxed and happy children who treated each other with kindness and respect, and they treated the adults who supervised and instructed them with the same level of care. It was wonderful. After my experience substituting in Austin, this really was one of the most uplifting experiences I have ever had. I left with a new appreciation for the adults who take time to work with children. On top of that, all of the adults who were there were not getting paid a penny for their time. This really was a labor of love. [. . .]

Bugsy Malone Sam Bass Theatre Round RockI started with Frank Benge who has been giving his time to the Sam Bass Community Theatre since 1994. Frank is now the Publicity Director for SBCT and is also on the board, and he allowed me to drop by rehearsals for their upcoming kid’s production of Bugsy Malone, Jr. He brought me up to date on the group’s history and also talked a lot about Sam Bass’s Youth Guild (moms you really should watch this). It is the membership of the Youth Guild that you will see rehearsing Bugsy Malone, Jr. on the attached video. Please take some time to watch so that you can really appreciate the great work being done.

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