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WaterTower Announces New Board Members and Officers for 2014-2015

WaterTower Theatre Names Derek Blount as President of the Board of Directors;
New Officers Named and Six New Board Members Appointed

(Addison, TX)…WaterTower Theatre (WTT) has announced the election of Derek Blount as President of the Board of Directors, serving for a fifth term.  WTT also announced the election of a slate of Board Officers including Vice President, Ben Cunningham, Secretary, Katie Myatt, and Treasurer, Jimmy Niemann.

The following directors were re-elected to a new term:  Rosalind Benjet, Barbara Daseke, Buddy Frazer, Terry Martin, Robert Mayer, Jr., and Katie Myatt.

WaterTower Theatre also welcomes the appointment of six new Board members:  Rose Colarossi, Laree Hulshoff, Margo Keyes, Jeff Laceky, Wade Owens, and Corky Pledger.   WaterTower Theatre’s Board Resources Committee was Chaired by Derek Blount, and includedboard membersBarbara Daseke, Stan Graner, andTerry Martin.

President Blount also announced the appointments of Stan Graner as Development Committee Chair, April Bosworth as 2015 Spotlight Gala Chair and WOW! Chair,  Jimmy Niemann as Endowment and Planned Giving Chair, Jeff Laceky will continue in his role as Corporate Council Co-Chair, and Barbara Daseke and Stan Graner will continue in their role as Co-Chairs of The President’s Circle.

Derek Blount is North Dallas President for Sovereign Bank.  He has served on the WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors for eight years and has served as President for the past four years.  He is also the Co-Chair of WaterTower Theatre’s Corporate Council (with Jeff Laceky). 

Members of WTT’s Board of Directors consists of leaders in the fields of business, publishing, education, law, finance, community activism, real estate, and the arts who volunteer their time and expertise on behalf of the organization.  The newly elected memberswill join current Board members Derek Blount, Rosalind Benjet, April Bosworth, Michael Canterbury, Ben Cunningham, Barbara Daseke, Buddy Frazer, Stan Graner, Robert Mayer, Jr., Terry Martin, Katie Myatt,Jimmy Niemann, andDebbie Staggs.

 “I am so pleased that Derek Blount has agreed to serve as President for a fifth term,” said Terry Martin.  “Derek has served as our President with distinction and continues to provide the kind of solid leadership a growing arts organization requires.”

“I am equally thrilled to welcome our six newest board members to WaterTower Theatre,” Martin continued.  “Derek’s just completed fourth term as President was marked by numerous successes, including continuing to oversee expanded development and fundraising activities including our Endowment Fund program and Planned Giving.  All of our fundraising programs involve members of the board, and Derek has been instrumental in engaging our board in all of its key areas of governance.”

“This past season WaterTower Theatre continued to experience growth in ticket sales and fundraising not to mention the myriad of artistic successes that defines WaterTower Theatre,” said Derek Blount.  “I’m proud of both the staff and the Board of Directors for their prudent management this past year as well as their willingness to take on new projects.  Our new slate of Executive Committee Officers and recently appointed Board members will be important assets to the organization to ensure that our Board continues its work to support the mission of WaterTower Theatre.  I’m pleased to welcome Rose, Laree, Margo, Jeff, Wade, and Corky to our Board, and I know they will bring important skills and leadership qualities to an already dynamic group of individuals.”

 

About WaterTower Theatre’s President of the Board:
Derek Blount (President, WaterTower Theatre) joined the WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors in 2006 and has served in the roles of Board Treasurer; Co-Chair of The Corporate Council, Board Vice President, and in September 2010 was elected President of the Board of Directors.  He was re-elected as Board President in 2011, 2012, 2013, and for 2014.  In addition to his role as President of the Board, Derek serves as Co-Chair of The Corporate Council.

Professionally, Derek serves as North Dallas President for Sovereign Bank, a Dallas-based financial institution. In his role with the bank, Derek focuses on corporate banking including commercial real estate lending, mergers & acquisitions, equipment financing and working capital loans.

Founded in 2004, Sovereign Bank has grown to more than a billion dollars in assets and proudly serves the Texas metro-markets of Dallas-Fort Worth, Austin, and Houston.

Derek’s professional experience prior to Sovereign includes corporate lending roles with international banking syndicate Credit Lyonnais (now Credit Agricole) and helping establish the Dallas commercial banking division for Hibernia Bank (now Capital One Bank). Derek began his banking career with JPMorgan Chase through completion of their executive training program and later serving as a commercial banking officer.

A Texas native, Derek received both his BBA in Finance and his MS in Marketing from Texas A&M University. Derek is an active member of American MENSA, an enthusiastic traveler, and an avid runner. Derek is married to Bethany Blount, and they are the proud parents of two children, Harrison and Roland Blount.

About the New Directors:

Rose Colarossi 
Rose is a graduate of the University of Connecticut with a degree in marketing.  She is an accomplished entrepreneur, owning several businesses locally including The Egg and I Restaurants (multiple locations), Curves, etc.  She sits on the Advisory Board for My Possibilities, a non-profit organization for adults with disabilities.  Rose has been involved with WTT on many levels including sitting on the Steering Committees for WOW! and the Community Cast Party as well as the Spotlight Gala 2015.  She has been involved with Metrocrest Chamber and the Denton and Frisco Chambers.  She is a regular attendee at WTT shows.

Margo Keyes
Margo Ramirez Keyes is a highly respected Dallas civic leader, philanthropist and community volunteer.  Margo has a lengthy career in fashion design, merchandising, retail and wholesale business.  Her 28 year career includes senior positions with The Allied and Federated Corporation and Levi Straus & Company.  Margo also has an extensive consumer marketing background in product development where she worked for the British Consulate in Dallas as their International Vice-Consul Commercial Trade Officer.  A tireless advocate for the arts, education and Latino causes, Margo is active with numerous non-profits locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.  She is currently on the board of TACA, The Dallas Performing Arts and the Latino Cultural Center.  Nationally, she sits on the boards of the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and The Red Cross.  Margo is married to Wild Oats Chairman Jim Keyes. 

Jeff Laceky
Jeff has been in the banking industry for more than 30 years having begun his career as a bank examiner for the State of Texas.  Jeff is currently the market leader in Addison for Frost BankJeff is a Co-Chair of WTT’s Corporate Council.  He currently serves as Vice President of the Board for HEROES and is on the Board of My Possibilities and the Addison Business Association

Laree Hulshoff
Laree has been involved in the theatre most of her adult life.  She served on the Board of Directors of the Studio Arena Theatre, a professional theatre company in Buffalo, NY.  She is a graduate of Oklahoma State University, SUNY at Buffalo where she did her pre-doctoral study, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and Boston University.  In addition to Arena Stage, Laree has served on the boards of the Dallas Contemporary Museum of Art and The Center for Vital Longevity at UTD.  She also helped found the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Buffalo Chapter.  Prior to her retirement, Laree was a Senior Vice President/Senior Investment Advisor for Morgan Stanley.  In 2004, Laree was awarded the YMCA’s Leadership Award.  Laree is an active member of WaterTower Theatre’s President’s Circle, the Nasher Sculpture Center, the Kimbell Art Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC, and the Perot Museum of Nature and Science.

Wade Owens
Wade is the Executive Vice President, North Texas Regional President of American Bank of Commerce.  He is a longtime financial executive, outdoorsman, cyclist, and lifelong patron of the arts.  He currently serves on the WTT Corporate Council Steering Committee.  He also serves as a UTD Advisor, School for the Arts & Humanities.  He served on the Board of the Center for Non-Profit Center in Dallas where he was the Treasurer and Loan Committee Chair.  Prior to joining ABC Bank, Wade held senior positions with PlainsCapital Bank, Wells Fargo Bank, BBVA, and US Trust. 

Corky Pledger
Corky is a long-time resident of Dallas and the Addison-area. She has previously served on the Board of Directors of WaterTower Theatre (2003-2008).  Currently, she serves on the board of the Addison Business Association, the Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce, and The Civic League among others.  She is a member of the WOW! Steering Committee, the Community Cast Party Steering Committee and has been involved in WaterTower Theatre’s Spotlight Gala every year since its inception. 

About WaterTower Theatre:

WaterTower Theatre has become a theatrical force through its consistent excellence and sharp programming. Combining Broadway-quality productions with the beauty of an intimate playing space, WTT provides experiences that are powerful and insightful, intense and uplifting. WTT provides the community with an opportunity to examine man’s conditions from all perspectives and promotes growth through humor and drama.

Now in its 18th season, WTT began life in 1996 with 136 brave subscribers. Today, with 2000 subscribers and a budget of $1.3 million, the Company consistently earns rave reviews in The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer, and other local publications. With 104 Dallas Theatre League Leon Rabin Nominations and 28 wins to its credit, as well as 20 Dallas Fort Worth Theatre Critics Forum Awards, WaterTower Theatre is home to the finest local talent.   This season, WaterTower Theatre was the recipient of six Dallas Fort Worth Critics Association awards including top honors for Best Director, Actor, Actress and Production.

A committed and intrepid producer of new work, the theatre has presented five world premiere productions and thirteen regional premiere productions to date. WTT’s tradition of world premiere programming includes the musicals Song of Motherhood and Blind Lemon: Prince of Country Blues. Dramatic world premieres include Free Fallwith Sandy Duncan, Baptized to the Boneby Dave Johnson (which is enjoying healthy post-WaterTower Theatre life), and A Country Life, Producing Artistic Director Terry Martin’s southern adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya. Both Blind Lemonand A Country Lifeearned WTT a Dallas Theatre League Leon Rabin Award for Best New Work.

WTT is privileged to make its home at the Addison Theatre Centre, an award-winning flexible theatre space that can be reconfigured to accommodate each new production. WaterTower’s expanding artistic vision, deepening service to the community and growing audiences have led to a unique partnership with the Town of Addison, one aimed at the development of an exciting destination for patrons to experience the best in theatrical and performing arts.

WaterTower Theatre is a Constituent of Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for the American theatre, a member of the Dallas Theatre League, and a member of the Addison Business Association.

Announcing Cast & Creative Team for BONNIE & CLYDE

ADDISON, TX – WaterTower Theatre Producing Artistic Director Terry Martin today announced the cast for the musical Bonnie & Clyde, with music by Frank Wildhorn, lyrics by Don Black, and book by Ivan Menchell,runningOctober 10—November 2, 2014 at the Addison Theatre Centre.  The ensemble cast stars John Campione as Clyde Barrow, Kayla Carlyle as Bonnie Parker, David Price as Buck Barrow, Sarah Elizabeth Smith as Blanche Barrow, Anthony Fortino as Ted Hinton, Sonny Franks as the Preacher, Alexandra Doke as Young Bonnie, and Andy Stratton as Young Clyde.   The ensemble features Daron Cockerell, Brigitte Goldman, Clinton Greenspan, Kyle Igneczi, Hunter Lewis, Christia Mantzke, Michael Scott McNay, Kelly Nickell, Alan Pollard and Willy Welch.

Bonnie & Clyde is made possible, in part, by ABC Bank, Pinnacle Family of Companies, and the WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors.  

Many of the cast will be making their WaterTower Theatre stage debuts in Bonnie &Clyde, including Daron Cockerell, Alexandra Doke, Anthony Fortino, Brigitte Goldman, Clinton Greenspan, Hunter Lewis, Michael Scott McNay, Kelly Nickell, and Andy Stratton.

The creative team for Bonnie & Clyde is led by Director René Moreno.  The team includes Mark Mullino as Music Director, Kelly McCain as Choreographer, Sarah Brown as Set Designer, Michael Robinson as Costume Designer, Dan Schoedel as Lighting Designer, and Scott Guenther as Sound Designer.   The Assistant Director is Kelsey Leigh Ervi, and Vicki Caroline Cheatwood is the Dramaturg.

Bonnie & Clydeis a musical with the book by Ivan Menchell, lyrics by Don Black, and music by Frank Wildhorn. The world premiere took place in La Jolla, California at the La Jolla Playhouse in November 2009.  The musical debuted on Broadway in December 2011.  It was nominated for 3 Outer Critics Circle Awards and 5 Drama Desk Awards, both including Best New Musical, as well as two nominations for the 2012 Tony Awards. Subsequent productions have since been staged internationally, including productions in Japan, Korea and the U.K. Bonnie and Clyde will also be making its debut in Melbourne, Australia later in 2014.

The musical centers on Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, the ill-fated lovers and outlaws whose story has been infamous since they achieved folk hero status during the Great Depression. These two dreamers found their way into violent circumstances, and their electrifying story of love, adventure, and crime captured the attention of an entire nation! Stuck in a dead-end job in depression era Texas, young Bonnie Parker fell for charismatic Clyde Barrow. As their fame, notoriety, and body count rise, these ill-fated lovers are racing toward an inevitable end.

Tickets for Bonnie & Clyde will be available for purchase September 16, 2014:  972-450-6232 or online at www.watertowertheatre.orgor in person by visiting the box office at the Addison Theatre and Conference Centre at 15650 Addison Road, Addison, Texas 75001.  Tickets start at $22; preview prices start at $20.

Bonnie & Clyde
Book by Ivan Menchell
Lyrics by Don Black
Music by Frank Wildhorn
Director – RenéMoreno
Music Director – Mark Mullino
Choreographer – Kelly McCain
Assistant Director – Kelsey Leigh Ervi
Set Designer – Sarah Brown
Costume Designer – Michael Robinson
Lighting Designer – Dan Schoedel
Sound Designer – Scott Guenther
Dramaturg – Vicki Cheatwood

Performance Schedule:
In the Main Space
Show Run Dates: October 10 – November 2, 2014
Preview dates:  Friday, October 10 at 8p.m. and Saturday, October 11 at 8 p.m.
Pay What You Can: Sunday, October 12 at 2 p.m.
Opening Night:  Monday, October 13 at 7:30 p.m.

Performances:

Wednesdays & Thursdays: 7:30 p.m.
Fridays: 8:00 p.m.
Saturdays: 8:00 p.m. (October 25 and November 1 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.)
Sundays: 2:00 p.m.
Opening Night: Monday, October 13, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

Ticket Prices:
Single Tickets: $22 - $40 per show
Preview Tickets: $20 

How/Where to Buy Tickets:
Online:  www.watertowertheatre.org
By Phone:  972-450-6232
Or In-person: WaterTower Theatre at the Addison Theatre Centre, 15650 Addison Road, Addison, TX 75001

Box Office Hours
Fax: 972.450.6244
Email: boxoffice@watertowertheatre.org

Performance Weeks:
Tuesday-Saturday Noon-6 p.m.
Closed Sunday-Monday

Non-Performance Weeks:
Tuesday-Friday Noon-6 p.m.
Closed Saturday-Monday

Please note:The Box Office opens one hour before show time on performance days and remains open through intermission.

About the Authors

Ivan Menchell has worked extensively as a writer for plays and musicals. He is most known for writing the book for Bonnie & Clyde, writing additional materials for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and for his comedic play The Cemetery Club. Menchell has also worked for television and film.

Don Black’slyrics can be heard both on the stage and screen and have won the attention of the public and critics alike. Black worked as the lyricist in five different theme songs for the James Bond series and in several Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals. Most notable are Tell Me on a Sunday (later incorporated into Song and Dance), Aspects of Love, and Sunset Boulevard. Black has been recognized for his outstanding work with an Academy Award, two Tony Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and an Outer Critics Award. He has provided lyrics for John Barry, Charles Strouse, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Quincy Jones, Jule Styne, Henry Mancini, Elmer Bernstein, Michel Legrand, Marvin Hamlisch and Debbie Wiseman, and penned hit songs for such artists as Michael Jackson, Lulu, Henry Mancini, Matt Monroe, Andy Williams and Roger Williams.

Frank Wildhorn’s extensive work as a composer has touched both theatergoers and pop music fans. He is most known for his Broadway musical Jekyll & Hyde, and he also gained acclaim for writing the #1 International Hit song “Where Do Broken Hearts Go?” for star singer Whitney Houston. His work with Bonnie & Clyde was recognized with a 2012 Best Original Score Tony nomination. He has received numerous other awards and nominations for outstanding work in musical theatre. 

About René Moreno (Director)

Mr. Moreno returns to WaterTower Theatre where he has directed Good People, A. R. Gurney’s Black Tie, August: Osage County by Tracey Letts, Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Living Out by Lisa Loomer, and Scott McPherson’s Marvin’s Room. An accomplished actor and director, he studied music at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, and theatre and dance at Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University, where he holds an MFA in directing. As an actor, he has performed on Broadway and off, at prestigious regional theatres across the country, on radio, television and film. He has directed numerous plays regionally, including classics and those of contemporary and emerging writers, in productions that have garnered critical acclaim and award recognition.  A Dallas native, he is a member of SDC (Stage Directors and Choreographers Society) and an Artistic Associate with Shakespeare Dallas, as well as an Affiliated Artist with the Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre (CITYREP).

About WaterTower Theatre

Now in its 17th season, WaterTower Theatre began life in 1996 with 136 brave subscribers. Today, with over 2000 subscribers and a budget of $1.5 million, it consistently earns rave reviews in The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer, and other local publications. With 104 Dallas Theatre League Leon Rabin Award Nominations and 28 wins to its credit, as well as 17 Dallas Fort Worth Theatre Critics Forum Awards, WaterTower Theatre is home to the finest local talent.

WaterTower Theatre has produced five world premiere productions and 16 regional premiere productions to date. WaterTower Theatre's tradition of world premiere programming includes the musicals Song of Motherhood and Blind Lemon: Prince of Country Blues. Dramatic world premieres include Free Fall with Sandy Duncan, Baptized to the Bone by Dave Johnson (which is enjoying healthy post-WaterTower Theatre life) and A Country Life, Producing Artistic Director Terry Martin’s southern adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya. Both Blind Lemon and A Country Life earned WaterTower Theatre a Dallas Theatre League Leon Rabin Award for Best New Work.

WaterTower Theatre is committed to nurturing emerging talent and expanding audiences. The annual Out of the Loop Fringe Festival strives to present new work by local and national writers. A major part of WaterTower Theatre’s education program partners professional artists and technicians with students at our Summer Performing Arts Conservatory, where students ages 8 - 18 learn “life skills through theatre skills.” In addition, master classes and workshops for professional performers offer an opportunity for continued education at the local level.

About the cast:

John Campione  (Clyde Barrow ) returns to the WaterTower stage having previously appeared in Putting It Together. John is a graduate of Southern Methodist University, where he received degrees in vocal performance and music education. Most recently, he was seen as Enjolras in Les Miserables (Dallas Theater Center), The Soldier in Hello Again (Uptown Players), Jake in Most Happy Fella (Lyric Stage), Swing/Ensemble in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Theatre Three), Beethoven in Dog Sees God (Denton Community Theatre), and Kismet (Lyric Stage).  Other favorite roles include Tony in West Side Story,Barrett in Titanic and Laurie in Little Women.

Kayla Carlyle (Bonnie Parker) is a Dallas native currently residing in Los Angeles and has been concentrating on television and film out there for the past two years. In 2011, Kayla was seen in WaterTower Theatre’s production of Spring Awakening (Ilse), The Lieutenant of Inishmore (Mairead) earlier that season, and in Circle Mirror Transformation (Lauren) a few months prior. Kayla has worked at WaterTower Theatre, Casa Manana, Dallas Theater Center, Uptown Players, Lyric Stage, Shakespeare Dallas, Second Thought Theatre, Circle Theatre, and many more. She is a proud member of Actors’ Equity and SAG/AFTRA. Most recently, Kayla appeared on the hit TV show “Major Crimes” (TNT), working alongside Mary McDonnell. She has two feature films set to begin principal photography early next year.

About our sponsors:

WTT is privileged to make its home at the Addison Theatre Centre, an award-winning flexible theatre space that can be reconfigured to accommodate each new production.

WaterTower Theatre gratefully acknowledges the support of:

The Town of Addison, TACA, Texas Commission on the Arts, The Shubert Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

WaterTower Theatre gratefully acknowledges the generosity of the following season sponsors:  

The Town of Addison, TACA, American Bank of Commerce, Atmos Energy, Barbara and Bob Bigham, Don and Barbara Daseke, Frost Bank, Liberty Capital Bank, The Shubert Foundation, The Pinnacle Family of Companies, Mary Kay, Inc., Million Air Dallas, Rainmaker Advertising, The Nissan Foundation, PlainsCapital Bank, Women of WaterTower Theatre and the WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors

Mix with Local Artists at WaterTower Community Cast Party

Sometimes after a show, you can hang out at a cast party. And sometimes you can hang out at a cast party even without a show. That’s the case at a new event, The Community Cast Party, at WaterTower Theatre Sept. 13.

The party, which benefits WaterTower’s artistic and education programs, includes dining, dancing and entertainment along with a chance to mix and mingle with local artists from the D-FW acting community. Among the entertainers: Home by Hovercraft, cellist Jordan Cleaver and pianist Desiree Snead. Restaurants offering cuisine tastings include Table 13, Polka Dot Bakery, The Egg and I Restaurant, Morrison’s, Dough Bros., The Dean’s List, Mucky Ducks and Addison Ice House. Goody Goody Liquor will provide the wine and Sam Nicholson and Katherine Christy are donating beer.

There’ll also be a raffle and door prizes contributed by Wolfgang Puck’s 560 Restaurant, Table 13, Kenny’s Wood Fired Grill, The Intercontinental Hotel, artist Chris Miller and WaterTower Theatre.

Sept. 13 from 7 p.m. to midnight at WaterTower Theatre, 15650 Addison Rd., Addison.$50 per person, $25 industry ticket for those working in the arts; a portion of ticket is tax deductible. 972-450, 6232. watertowertheatre.org. 

Reviews are in for FULL GALLOP!

"Full Gallop is an intoxicating ride at WaterTower!"

Click here for the Dallas Morning News review!

"...Diana Sheehan is divine as fashion doyenne Diana Vreeland."

Click here to read the TheaterJones review!

"Beautifully designed and acted, it generates both a lightheartedness and pathos, much as a great photograph can. It is one even Diana Vreeland wouldn’t need to retouch. "

Click here for Mary Clark's review in The Column!

"Sheehan is captivating to watch..."

Click here Jerome Weeks' review as well as an interview with Diana Sheehan on KERA!

"Wildly entertaining!"

Click here for Mark Lowry's review!

"Rarely have I seen such an intoxicating, radiant, bravura evocation as Diana Sheehan's one-woman performance as fashion visionary, Diana Vreeland..."

Click here for the review in the Examiner!

Reviews are in for DOGFIGHT!

"Terry Martin’s astute direction illuminates how the feelings of these two vulnerable people are swept up in the roiling ocean of American hubris that reigned in the days before the assassination of President John F. Kennedy." 

Click here for the Dallas Morning News review!

"At WaterTower Theatre, the regional premiere of the endearing musical Dogfight is a deligh that will move you to your core."

Click here for the Theater Jones review!

"Dogfight is the most beautiful musical you will see in Dallas this year. "

Click here for Lauren Smart's review in the Dallas Observer!

"Time after time, Director Martin and the designers and cast have taken this musical and crafted memorable theater moments playgoers owe it to themselves to experience."

Click here for Chris Jackson's review in The Column!

"...WaterTower Theatre’s luminous production—is truly beautiful." 

Click here for the D Magazine review!

"The show is at its best when Eddie and Rose are in the spotlight. The characters that Reynolds and Talley created express genuine vulnerability and emotion with subtle details."

Click here for another great review in the North Dallas Gazette!

"Of the new musicals having their regional premieres in North Texas this year, it’s hard to imagine any will surpass the beauty that is Dogfight..." 

Click here for Mark Lowry's raving review on DFW.com!

Rising start Zak Reynolds takes on 'Dogfight' lead at WaterTower Theatre

For Zak Reynolds, theater is all about family and doing whatever it takes to help those you love.

Reynolds stars in Dogfight, the 2012 Benj Pasek and Justin Paul musical about a Marine shipping out to Vietnam on what turns out to be the day of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The show starts previews Friday at WaterTower Theatre in Addison. 

Read the full Dallas Morning News article here!

Announcing Cast & Creative Team for DOGFIGHT

WATERTOWER THEATRE ANNOUNCES CASTING AND
CREATIVE TEAM FOR DOGFIGHT

Terry Martin directs the Lucille Lortel Award winning musical by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
which runs at the Addison Theatre Centre July 25– August 17, 2014

Dogfight is a musical adaptation of the 1991 Indie film that starred River Phoenix and Lili Taylor

ADDISON, TX – WaterTower Theatre today announced the cast for the new musical Dogfight, with music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, book by Peter Duchan,running July 25 – August 17, 2014 at the Addison Theatre Centre.  The ensemble cast stars Zak Reynolds at Eddie Birdlace; Juliette Talley as Rose Fenny; Kyle Igneczi as Boland; Matt Ransdell, Jr. as Bernstein; Beth Albright as Marcy/Ensemble; Branden Loera as Fector/Ensemble; Matthew Silar as Gibbs/Ensemble; Joseph Burnam as Stevens/Ensemble; Stephanie Riggs as Mama/Ensemble; Aubrey Ferguson as Ruth Two Bears/Ensemble and Steve Barcus as the Lounge Singer/Ensemble.

Dogfight is made possible, in part, by a grant from TACA.

Many of the cast will be making their WaterTower Theatre stage debuts in Dogfight including Zak Reynolds, Kyle Igneczi, Matt Ransdell, Jr., Branden Loera, Matthew Silar, Joseph Burnam, Stephanie Riggs and Aubrey Ferguson.

The creative team for Dogfight is led by Director Terry Martin. The team includes Mark Mullino as the Music Director, John De Los Santos as the Choreographer, Michael Sullivan as the Set Designer, Michael Robinson as the Costume Designer, Jason Foster as the Lighting Designer, Scott Guenther as the Sound Designer and Gillian Salerno-Rebic as the Properties Designer.   The Assistant Director is Kelsey Leigh Ervi, the Stage Manager is Caron Grant and the Assistant Stage Manager is Kristin Van SickleVicki Cheatwood is the Dramaturg.

Dogfight is the winner of the prestigious 2013 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical.  It takes place on the eve of the Kennedy assassination on November 21, 1963, Dogfight chronicles the story of newly inducted Marine, Eddie Birdlace. Before shipping out to Vietnam, Birdlace and his friends make a bet:  Each man contributes $50 to a pot, and whoever brings the ugliest date that night to a bar wins the prize. But when Eddie meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress as his date, she rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of compassion.  Dogfight is a musical adaptation of the 1991 indie film starring River Phoenix and Lili Taylor.

Tickets for Dogfight are on sale now:  972-450-6232 or online at www.watertowertheatre.orgor in person by visiting the box office at the Addison Theatre and Conference Centre at 15650 Addison Road, Addison, Texas 75001.  Tickets start at $22.

Dogfight
Music and Lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
Book by Peter Duchan
Based on the Warner Bros. Film - Screenplay by Bob Comfort
Director – Terry Martin
Music Director – Mark Mullino
Choreographer – John De Los Santos
Assistant Director – Kelsey Leigh Ervi
Stage Manager – Caron Grant
Assistant Stage Manager – Kristin Van Sickle
Set Designer – Michael Sullivan
Costume Designer – Michael Robinson
Lighting Designer – Jason Foster
Props Designer – Gillian Salerno-Rebic
Sound Designer – Scott Guenther
Dramaturg – Vicki Cheatwood

Performance Schedule:
In the Main Space
Show Run Dates: July 25 – August 17, 2014
Preview dates:  Friday, July 25 at 8 pm and Saturday, July 26 at 8 pm
Pay What You Can: Sunday, July 27 at 7:30 pm
Opening Night:  Monday, July 28 at 7:30 pm 

Performances:

Wednesdays & Thursdays: 7:30 PM
Fridays: 8:00 PM
Saturdays: 8:00 PM (August 9 and 16 at 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm)
Sundays: 2:00 PM

Ticket Prices:
Single Tickets: $22 - $40 per show
Preview Tickets: $20 

How/Where to Buy Tickets:
Online:  www.watertowertheatre.org
By
Phone:  972-450-6232
Or In-person: WaterTower Theatre at the Addison Theatre Centre
15650 Addison Road, Addison, TX 75001

Box Office Hours
Fax: 972.450.6244
Email: boxoffice@watertowertheatre.org

Performance Weeks:
Tuesday-Saturday Noon-6 p.m.
Closed Sunday-Monday

Non-Performance Weeks:
Tuesday-Friday Noon-6 p.m.
Closed Saturday-Monday

Please note:The Box Office opens one hour before show time on performance days and remains open through intermission.

About the Authors

The Tony-nominated team of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul wrote A Christmas Story, Edges and James and the Giant Peach.  Their original songs are featured in the popular NBC-TV series “Smash.”  They are winners of the 2007 Jonathan Larson Award which honors achievements by composers, lyricists and librettists.  They have won the 2011 Richard Rodgers Award for Musical Theatre from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a 2011 Sundance Institute Fellowship, the 2011 ASCAP Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award, the 2011 ASCAP Songwriters Fellowship Award, and a 2007-2008 Dramatists Guild Fellowship.

About Terry Martin (Director)

Multi-award winning Director Terry Martin is in his 14th season as Producing Artistic Director of WaterTower Theatre where he has overseen more than 100 productions.  His recent WaterTower Theatre directed productions include The Mystery of Irma Vep, Putting it Together, The Grapes of Wrath, Spring Awakening, andThe Diary of Anne Frank.  In his role as WaterTower Theatre’s Producing Artistic Director, Terry oversees both the administrative and artistic aspects of the Company.

Under his leadership WTT has grown from a small local theatre company to one of the leading regional theatres in Texas.  While consistently maintaining the artistic integrity of the work WTT produces and gaining much critical acclaim, he has - through keen business acumen - managed to keep the theatre in the black and maintain a large paid capacity for the past many seasons.

Some of his 60 directing credits at WTT include Our Town, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, As You Like It, Almost, Maine, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Man of La Mancha, Humble Boy, The Crucible, Take Me Out, A Country Life (which he adapted from Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya and won the 2005 Rabin Award – Best New Play), Cabaret, It Ain’t Nothin’ But The Blues, Company, An Inspector Calls, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, The Laramie Project, You Can't Take It With You, Book of Days, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (2002 Rabin Award – Director of a Play), Sweeney Todd (2002 Rabin Award Nomination – Director of a Musical), Desire Under the Elms, Ravenscroft, Rockin’ Christmas Party (2000, 2001), Enter the Guardsman (2001 Rabin Award Nomination – Director of a Musical), Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill and Little Shop of Horrors (2000 Rabin Award Nomination – Director of a Musical) among others. For Plano Repertory Theatre, he has directed Journey’s End (2000 Rabin Award – Director of a Play), Dracula, La Bête, Little Shop of Horrors and Pump Boys and Dinettes. Terry was named "Best Theater Director" in the Dallas Observer's "Best of Dallas 2002."

He has appeared on stage most recently at the Dallas Theater Center in Next Fall, and at WTT inOur Town, and previously in Blackbird (2008 Dallas Fort Worth Theatre Critics’ Forum Award), The Woman in Black, Dinner with Friends, The Guys, Bash: Latter-day Plays (2002 Rabin Award Nomination - Actor in a Play) and at PRT in The Only Thing Worse You Could Have Told Me… (1998 Rabin Award – Actor in a Play, 1998 Dallas Theater Critics Forum Award), The Woman in Black (2000 Rabin Award Nomination – Actor in a Play), and Lonely Planet.

After growing up in south Alabama, Terry spent 12 years in New York City working in theatre, television and film. While there, he directed and acted at The Village Theatre Company, Carnegie Hall Studios and Theatre at St. Marks as well as television appearances on ABC’s One Life to Live and NBC’s To Serve and Protect. He holds a BFA from the University of Alabama and has trained professionally with Sanford Meisner, Fred Kareman, Wynn Handman, Sally Johnson and Lehmann Byck. Terry presently teaches on-going acting classes in the Sanford Meisner Technique at WTT, as well as having served as Adjunct Professor of Acting at the University of Texas at Dallas.

About WaterTower Theatre

Now in its 17th season, WaterTower Theatre began life in 1996 with 136 brave subscribers. Today, with over 2000 subscribers and a budget of $1.5 million, it consistently earns rave reviews in The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer, and other local publications. With 104 Dallas Theatre League Leon Rabin Award Nominations and 28 wins to its credit, as well as 17 Dallas Fort Worth Theatre Critics Forum Awards, WaterTower Theatre is home to the finest local talent.

WaterTower Theatre has produced five world premiere productions and 16 regional premiere productions to date. WaterTower Theatre's tradition of world premiere programming includes the musicals Song of Motherhood and Blind Lemon: Prince of Country Blues. Dramatic world premieres include Free Fall with Sandy Duncan, Baptized to the Bone by Dave Johnson (which is enjoying healthy post-WaterTower Theatre life) and A Country Life, Producing Artistic Director Terry Martin’s southern adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya. Both Blind Lemon and A Country Life earned WaterTower Theatre a Dallas Theatre League Leon Rabin Award for Best New Work.

WaterTower Theatre is committed to nurturing emerging talent and expanding audiences. The annual Out of the Loop Fringe Festival strives to present new work by local and national writers. A major part of WaterTower Theatre’s education program partners professional artists and technicians with students at our Summer Performing Arts Conservatory, where students ages 8 - 18 learn “life skills through theatre skills.” In addition, master classes and workshops for professional performers offer an opportunity for continued education at the local level.

About the cast:

Zak Reynolds  (Eddie) has many acting credits around North Texas including Theatre 3 (Less Than Kind), Lyric Stage (Too Many Girls), Dallas Children’s Theater (Go Dog, Go!, Cat in the Hat), Stage West (She Loves Me), Casa Manana (Oswald), PFamily Arts (The Baker’s Wife), Kids Who Care (Joseph..Dreamcoat, West Side Story, Seussical), GPAC (Little Women, Godspell), FW Opera (The Mikado), Artes De La Rosa (Kiss of the Spiderwoman, Dora the Explorer), Q-Live (Spring Awakening: A Child’s Tragedy), Shakespeare Dallas (Midsummer). He studied musical theatre at Circle in the Square Theatre School.

Juliette Talley(Rose) returns to the WaterTower stage having previously appeared in the Company’s production of Spring Awakening. Her other credits include The Mystery of Edwin Drood and The Baker’s Wife (PFamily Arts); Speech & Debate (Uptown Players), and numerous shows at Collin Theatre Center, such as In The Heights, Cabaret, Ragtime, and Unnecessary Farce.

Originally from Elyria, Ohio, Kyle Igneczi (Boland) attended the Conservatory at Point Park University in Pittsburgh before winding his way around the globe with some of the most recognizable properties in family entertainment - including Sesame Street, The USO, and Curious George Live!  As a recent transplant to Dallas, Kyle is making his Water Tower debut in Dogfight.

Matt Ransdell, Jr.,is extremely excited to begin his first Equity production ever, and being raised a military brat he is very proud to have been cast as "Bernstein" in Dogfight! A recent graduate of the University of North Texas, Matt was most recently seen as the lead role "Usnavi" in the regional premier of Artes De La Rosa's In the Heights, and is also very proud to be represented by the Mary Collins Talent Agency in TV/Film.  Besides his career as an actor, Matt travels as a professional motivational speaker, working with schools and organizations across the country.

About our sponsors:

WTT is privileged to make its home at the Addison Theatre Centre, an award-winning flexible theatre space that can be reconfigured to accommodate each new production.

WaterTower Theatre gratefully acknowledges the support of:

The Town of Addison, TACA, Texas Commission on the Arts & the National Endowment for the Arts.

WaterTower Theatre gratefully acknowledges the generosity of the following season sponsors:

WaterTower Theatre gratefully acknowledges the generosity of the following season and production sponsors:   TACA, American Bank of Commerce, Atmos Energy, Barbara and Bob Bigham, Don and Barbara Daseke, Frost Bank, Liberty Capital Bank, The Shubert Foundation, The Pinnacle Family of Companies, Mary Kay, Inc., Million Air Dallas, Rainmaker Advertising, The Nissan Foundation, PlainsCapital Bank, Wells Fargo Bank, Women of WaterTower Theatre and the WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors

Reviews are in for GOOD PEOPLE!

"Director René Moreno keeps tension taut in a tale that brims with earthy humor ..."

Click here for the Dallas Morning News review!

"Cavanagh’s Margie is equal parts empathetic and tough. "

Click here to read Jennifer Smart's review in Arts & Culture!

"I highly suggest you see Good People...definitely a must-see." 

Click here to read this great review in Addison Magazine!

"Join these particular Good People. You’ll be glad you did and you’ll feel right at home, Southie or not." 

Click here for Chris Jackson's review in The Column!

Announcing WaterTower's 2014-2015 Season

Addison (TX) –Terry Martin, WaterTower Theatre Producing Artistic Director, today announced the Company’s 2014-2015 Main Stage season at a special VIP Sneak Preview held at the Addison Theatre Centre in the Studio Theatre.   

The season, which will be Terry Martin’s 15thseason as Producing Artistic Director of WaterTower Theatre,  opens with the musical biography of Texas’ most famed outlaws,  Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow,  Bonnie & Clyde (October 10 – November 2, 2014).  The holiday show will be the Regional Premiere of The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical (December 5 – January 4, 2014).  The season continues in early January with the Regional Premiere of a co-production with Stage West of The Explorers Club(January  16 – February  8, 2015), and then to commemorate the 100thanniversary of the birth of playwright Arthur Miller, the Tony-winning play All My Sons (April 17 – May 10, 2015).  The fourth Main Stage series show is a new a play by local playwright Vicki Caroline Cheatwood, Manicures & Monuments (June 5 – 28, 2015). The final production of the season will be the musical Sweet Charity (July 24 – August 16, 2015).  The 14thannual Out of the Loop Fringe Festivalwill be held March 5– 15, 2015.  

Directors for each production will be announced at a later date.  All productions will be staged at the Addison Theatre Centre at 15650 Addison Road, Addison, Texas 75001.

There will be no price increase in subscriptions or single tickets for the 2014-2015 five Main Stage productions. Five-play season subscriptions range in price from $75 (Previews) to $150 (Saturday evening/Sunday matinee). 

The renewal deadline for current subscribers to keep their same seats is July 3rd.  Subscribers who renew by June 5thwill receive a $20 gift certificate from Table 13 in Addison.

WaterTower Theatre gratefully acknowledges the support of The Town of Addison, TACA, Texas Commission on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Shubert Foundation.  Production sponsors for the 2014 – 2015 Season include American Bank of Commerce, Atmos Energy, Bob and Barbara Bigham:  the Baylor Oral Health Foundation, Frost Bank, Liberty Capital Bank, the Pinnacle Family of Companies, Rainmaker Advertising, TACA Women of WaterTower Theatre and The WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors.  The 2014-2015 Season is sponsored, in part, by the Town of Addison, The Shubert Foundation, The Nissan Foundation, TACA,  Rainmaker Advertising, the Texas Commission on the Arts and Women of WaterTower Theatre (WOW!) and Wells Fargo Bank.

THE 2014-2015 SEASON:

BONNIE & CLYDE
Book by Ivan Menchell
Lyrics by Don Black
Music by Frank Wildhorn

Sponsored by American Bank of Commerce, The Pinnacle Family of Companies, WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors.

This new musical blends the music of Frank Wildhorn (Jekyll & Hyde, The Scarlet Pimpernel) with the electrifying love story of two of Texas’ most famed outlaws. Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were two dreamers that found their way into violent circumstances. Their adventurous story captured the attention of an entire nation!

Stuck in a dead-end job in depression era Texas, young Bonnie Parker falls for charismatic Clyde Barrow.  Fearless, shameless, and alluring, their electrifying story of love, adventure, and crime captured the excited attention of an entire country.  As their fame, notoriety — and body count — rise; the ill-fated lovers find themselves racing toward an inevitable end.

Recommended for mature audiences
 

WaterTower Theatre in collaboration with Stage West present
THE EXPLORERS CLUB
By Nell Benjamin

Regional Premiere

Sponsored by Liberty Capital Bank, Million Air Dallas, Barbara and Bob Bigham:  the Baylor Oral Health Foundation.

It’s London, 1879, and The Explorers Club is in crisis: a woman is campaigning for admittance; a savage has slapped Her Majesty, inciting a war; the Irish are probably Jewish and a beloved pet snake has swallowed a guinea pig. When an angry English Guard surrounds the club, what’s a gentleman explorer to do? Sit back and enjoy a brandy and cigar, naturally. This is the preposterous premise of Nell Benjamin’s madcap comedy that will have you bending over with laughter!
 

ALL MY SONS
By Arthur Miller

Sponsored by Atmos Energy and Frost Bank.

Set in post-World War II, Arthur Miller’s landmark drama examines the relationships between fathers and sons and the price of living the American Dream. An explosive secret threatens to tear the family apart in this powerful play about the conflict between business ethics and taking responsibility for one’s actions.

Winner of the first Tony Award and the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best New Play, All My Sons established Miller as a leading voice in the American theatre.  Based on a true story.


MANICURES & MONUMENTS
By Vicki Caroline Cheatwood

Sponsored by TACA, The President’s Circle.

Local playwright Vicki Caroline Cheatwood brings us Manicures & Monuments, the hilarious and heartwarming tale of the residents of an Oklahoma nursing home and the young manicurist-in-training, Janann, who comes to volunteer.  Janann soon clashes with former Army nurse Bailey, one of the elderly residents.  Tempers flare as the two women collide in their struggle to understand each other, but eventually discover the true meaning of what it means to care for someone.
 

SWEET CHARITY
Book by Neil Simon
Music by Cy Coleman
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Based on an original screenplay by Federico Fellini, Tullio Pinelli and Ennio Plaiano
Produced for the Broadway Stage by Fryer, Carr and Harris
Conceived, Staged and Choreographed by Bob Fosse

Sponsored by Women of WaterTower Theatre

Charity Hope Valentine despite her job as a dancer at the seedy Fan-Dango Ballroom, is an eternal optimist who loves too much. She just happens to be the unluckiest romantic in New York City! The musical Sweet Charity is a warm, touching and humorous look at her trials and tribulations, as she repeatedly gives her heart, and her savings, to the wrong man. Adapted from Nights of Cabiria, a film by Federico Fellini, the musical Sweet Charity includes hits such as “Hey, Big Spender,” “Rhythm of Life,” and “If My Friends Could See Me Now.”
 

Season Extras:

THE GREAT AMERICAN TRAILER PARK CHRISTMAS MUSICAL
Music & Lyrics by David Nehls
Book by Betsy Kelso

Season Extra

Sponsored by Slalom Consulting and Rainmaker Advertising

Those crazy characters from Armadillo Acres, North Florida’s premier mobile living community, are back this holiday season!  Everyone's filled with warmth and beer, but when a freak bout of amnesia strikes Darlene, the trailer park Scrooge, neighborly love is put to the test. Be on hand as Betty, Lin and Pickles jingle all the way with some new neighbors in an all-new, all-trailer-park holiday extravaganza.The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical is the sequel to the smash hit original The Great American Trailer Park Musical which WaterTower Theatre audiences remember well!

Contains adult language and content
 

OUT OF THE LOOP FRINGE FESTIVAL

Season Extra

Sponsored by The Town of Addison and The Texas Commission on the Arts
Media sponsors: TheaterJones and the Dallas Observer

Over the past 14 years, WaterTower Theatre has hosted more than 100 artists and companies in its nationally acclaimed 10-day fringe festival of music, dance and theatre.  Now recognized as one of the most important fringe festivals in the country, the Out of the Loop Fringe Festival has been instrumental in providing a forum for new works, new artists and emerging voices in the arts.

SUBSCRIPTION SERIES:

WaterTower Theatre offers a host subscription options, in addition to the standard five-play, full series subscription (Bonnie and Clyde, The Explorers Club, All My Sons, Manicures & Monuments, Sweet Charity) offers the best seating and greatest discounts over individual tickets.   Subscribers will be able to order individual tickets to The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical or a Loop Pass when they renew their subscription or order a new subscription.   Continuing again next season are a number of fairly new series designed to enhance the theatre-goers experience: 

Enhanced Theatre Experience Series:

Conversation with the Artists: a five-play series on all Wednesday nights and Sunday matinees that includes a post-show discussion with the actors.

Sampler Series: an introduction to theatre, three-play package that includes Bonnie and Clyde, The Explorers Club, and  Sweet Charity.

Design Your Own Series:  this series provides the most flexibility of all of WaterTower Theatre’s subscription packages.  Patrons can choose their own plays and dates creating a series specifically designed for their needs.

Student Subscription Series:

A student subscription series will be offered, including a special student Design Your Own Series.

Hero’s Subscription:

Men and women in uniform: fire, police, EMTs, veterans, current members of the armed forces and their immediate families will be offered a special subscription of 50% off any five-play subscription package (excluding DYO, special affinity programs, special miniseries).

SEASON OVERVIEW:

Bonnie & Clyde
October 10 – November 2, 2014
Previews:  Friday, Oct. 10 and Saturday, Oct. 11
Pay What You Can:  Sunday, Oct. 12
Opening Night: Monday, Oct. 13 

The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical
December 5, 2014 – January 4, 2015
Opening Night:  Friday, Dec. 5, 2014

The Explorers Club
January 16 – February 8, 2015
Previews: Friday, Jan. 16 and Saturday, Jan. 17
Pay What You Can:  Sunday, Jan. 18
Opening Night: Monday, Jan. 19

14thOut of the Loop Fringe Festival
March 5 – 15, 2015

All My Sons
April 17 – May 10, 2015
Previews: Friday, Apr. 17 and Saturday, April 18
Pay What You Can: Sunday, Apr.  19
Opening Night: Monday, Apr.  20

Manicures & Monuments
June 5 – 28, 2015
Previews:  Friday, June 5 and Saturday, June 6
Pay What You Can: Sunday, June 7
Opening Night: Monday, June 8

Sweet Charity
July 24 – August 16, 2015
Previews:  Friday, July 24 and Saturday, July 25
Pay What You Can: Sunday, July 26
Opening Night:  Monday, July 27

2014-2015 Season Ticket Prices:

Five-play season subscriptions range in price from $75 (Previews) to $150 (Saturday evening/Sunday matinee). 

2014-2015 Season Performance Schedule:

Performance Days             Times

Wednesday                          7:30pm

Thursday                             7:30pm

Friday                                  8:00pm

Saturday                              8:00pm

Sunday                                2:00pm

Preview Friday                      8:00pm

Preview Saturday                  8:00pm

Saturday Matinee*                2:00pm

Opening Monday**               7:30pm

*on the third and fourth Saturday of the run only
**Monday opening of five Main Stage series shows only, not the holiday show or Loop.

Ticket Information:

Current subscribers are able to renew their season subscriptions by mail, fax (972.450.6244) or by calling the Box Office at 972.450.6232.  Online ordering for new subscriptions will be available in June.

New subscriptions are on sale now.  However, seating will not be assigned until mid-July.

The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical and the 2015 Out of the Loop Fringe Festival are non-subscription events.

About Terry Martin

Multi-award winning Director Terry Martin celebrates his 15th season as Producing Artistic Director of WaterTower Theatre where he has overseen more than 79 productions.  During the 2013-2014 season, he will direct the WaterTower Theatre production of Dogfight.  In his role as WaterTower Theatre’s Producing Artistic Director, Terry oversees both the administrative and artistic aspects of the Company’s nearly $1.5 million annual operating budget.

Under his leadership WTT has grown from a small local theatre company to one of the leading regional theatres in Texas.  While consistently maintaining the artistic integrity of the work WTT produces and gaining much critical acclaim, he has - through keen business acumen - managed to keep the theatre in the black and maintain a large paid capacity for the past many seasons.

Some of his more than 60 directing credits at WTT include The Grapes of Wrath, Putting it Together, On the Town, Spring Awakening, The Diary of Anne Frank, Smokey Joe’s CaféAs You Like It, Almost, Maine, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Man of La Mancha, Humble Boy, The Crucible, Take Me Out,A Country Life (which he adapted from Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya and won the 2005 Rabin Award – Best New Play), Cabaret, It Ain’t Nothin’ But The Blues, Company, An Inspector Calls, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, The Laramie Project, You Can't Take It With You, Book of Days, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof(2002 Rabin Award – Director of a Play), Sweeney Todd(2002 Rabin Award Nomination – Director of a Musical), Desire Under the Elms, Ravenscroft,   Rockin’ Christmas Party(2000, 2001), Enter the Guardsman(2001 Rabin Award Nomination – Director of a Musical), Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill and Little Shop of Horrors(2000 Rabin Award Nomination – Director of a Musical) among others.

For Plano Repertory Theatre, he has directed Journey’s End(2000 Rabin Award – Director of a Play), Dracula, La Bête, Little Shop of Horrors and Pump Boys and Dinettes. Terry was named "Best Theater Director" in the Dallas Observer's"Best of Dallas 2002."

He has appeared on stage recently at WTT inOur Town, and previously in Blackbird (2008 Dallas Fort Worth Theatre Critics’ Forum Award), The Woman in Black, Dinner with Friends, The Guys, Bash: Latter-day Plays(2002 Rabin Award Nomination - Actor in a Play) and at PRT in The Only Thing Worse You Could Have Told Me…(1998 Rabin Award – Actor in a Play, 1998 Dallas Theater Critics Forum Award), The Woman in Black(2000 Rabin Award Nomination – Actor in a Play), and Lonely Planet.

After growing up in south Alabama, Terry spent 12 years in New York City working in theatre, television and film. While there, he directed and acted at The Village Theatre Company, Carnegie Hall Studios and Theatre at St. Marks as well as television appearances on ABC’s One Life to Liveand NBC’s To Serve and Protect. He holds a BFA from the University of Alabama and has trained professionally with Sanford Meisner, Fred Kareman, Wynn Handman, Sally Johnson and Lehmann Byck. Terry presently teaches on-going acting classes in the Sanford Meisner Technique at WTT, as well as having served as Adjunct Professor of Acting at the University of Texas at Dallas.

About WaterTower Theatre:

WaterTower Theatre is one of the leading regional theatres in North Dallas and Texas.   The Company’s 2014-2015 season will be its 18thseason.  It is consistently recognized for its artistic excellence by the Dallas Theatre League, Dallas/Fort Worth Theatre Critics Forum, The Dallas Morning News, The Dallas Observer, D Magazine and The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, among others.  WaterTower Theatre has a subscription base of more than 2,020 subscribers and serves an audience of over 32,000 patrons annually.

WaterTower Theatre is 501 ( c ) ( 3 ) non-profit organization as designate by the IRS.  Like all arts organizations, WaterTower Theatre relies on both ticket income and donations from individuals, corporations, foundations, organization and government to produce world-class live professional theatre and offer community outreach and arts education programs.  WaterTower Theatre is grateful for the support provided from The Town of Addison, TACA, The National Endowment for the Arts, the Texas Commission on the Arts, the Schubert Foundation and the hundreds of individuals, corporations and foundations whose annual donations make live professional theatre possible in the Town of Addison to be enjoyed by all in North Texas. 

WTT Announces Cast & Creative Team for GOOD PEOPLE

WATERTOWER THEATRE ANNOUNCES CASTING AND
CREATIVE TEAM FOR GOOD PEOPLE

  René Moreno directs this New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award winning play
which runs at the Addison Theatre Centre June 6 – June 29, 2014

ADDISON, TX – WaterTower Theatre today announced the cast for David Lindsay-Abaire’s Good People, running June 6 – June 29, 2014 at the Addison Theatre Centre.  The ensemble cast stars Jessica Cavanagh as Margaret, James Crawford as Mike, Michelle Courtney Schwartz as Jean, Pam Dougherty as Dottie, JuNene K. as Kate and David Price as Stevie.

Making their WaterTower Theatre stage debuts in Good People are Michelle Courtney Schwartz, JuNene K. and David Price.

The creative team for Good People is led by Director René Moreno. The team includes Scott Osborne as the Set Designer, Barbara Cox as the Costume Designer, Leann Burns as the Lighting Designer, Kellen Voss as the Sound Designer and Megan Beddingfield as the Properties Designer.   The Assistant Director is Kelsey Leigh Ervi, the Stage Manager is Devon Miller and the Assistant Stage Manager is Kristin Van SickleVicki Cheatwood is the Dramaturg and Susan Sargeant is the Dialect Coach.

Good People is sponsored, in part, by Million Air Dallas and Women of WaterTower Theatre (WOW!).  This is the third year in a row that both Million Air Dallas and WOW! have sponsored a WTT production.  Previously, Million Air Dallas sponsored Boeing-Boeing and Black Tie.  WOW! started its own WOW! Production Fund three years ago and has raised funds within its membership to sponsor The Diary of Anne Frank, Putting it Together and Good People

Good People was written in 2011 and had its world premiere at the Manhattan Theatre Club in New York City.  The production was nominated for a 2011 Tony Award  for Best Play.  The play won the 2011 New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award.

Tickets are on sale now:  972-450-6232 or online at www.watertowertheatre.orgor in person by visiting the box office at the Addison Theatre and Conference Centre at 15650 Addison Road, Addison, Texas 75001.

Good People

Written by David Lindsay-Abaire
Directed by René Moreno
Assistant Director, Kelsey Leigh Ervi
Set Design by Scott Osborne
Costume Design by Barbara Cox
Sound Design by Kellen Voss
Props Design by Megan Beddingfield
Stage Manager, Devon Miller
Assistant Stage Manager, Kristin Van Sickle
Dramaturg, Vicki Cheatwood
Dialect Coach, Susan Sargeant 

Performance Schedule:

Show Run Dates: Friday, June 6 – Sunday, June 29, 2014
Preview Dates: Friday, June 6 and Saturday, June 7 at 8pm
Pay What You Can: Sunday, June 8 at 7:30pm
Opening Night: Monday, June 9 at 7:30pm

Performances:
Wednesdays & Thursdays: 7:30pm
Fridays: 8pm
Saturdays: 2pm (June 21 and June 28 only) & 8pm
Sundays: 2pm

Ticket Prices:

Single Tickets: $20 – $40
Preview Tickets: $20 (Note: Sunday, June 8 is “Pay What You Can”)

How/Where to Buy Tickets:

www.watertowertheatre.org or 972-450.6232 or in person at

WaterTower Theatre Box Office (Tuesday – Friday, 12pm to 6pm) 
Addison Theatre Centre
15650 Addison Road
Addison, Texas 75001

The Story:

Margie is looking for a job, and striking out – but her girlfriends have an idea: call the high school boyfriend she dumped long ago, who’s now a successful doctor and might be hiring. It’s crazy and embarrassing, but it just might change her luck. Set in the South Boston neighborhood made famous in the movie Good Will Hunting, Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire’s Broadway hit is by turns surprising, touching, and downright funny.

About the David Lindsay-Abaire (Playwright)

David Lindsay-Abaire was most recently awarded the 2008 Ed Kleban Award as America's most promising musical theatre lyricist. Prior to that, he received the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play Rabbit Hole, which premiered on Broadway at MTC's Biltmore Theatre. Rabbit Hole also received five Tony Award nominations, including Best Play, and the Spirit of America Award. His newest show, Shrek the Musical (book and lyrics) premiered at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theater, and opened on Broadway. His other works include Fuddy Meers, Kimberly Akimbo, Wonder of the World, High Fidelity, and A Devil Inside, among others. In addition to his work in theatre, Mr. Lindsay-Abaire wrote the screenplay for the Newline feature Inkheart, and Sony Picture's Spider-Man 4. He is also currently at work on screen adaptations of his plays Rabbit Hole for 20th Century Fox, starring Nicole Kidman, and Kimberly Akimbo for Killer Films and DreamWorks. He is a proud New Dramatists alum, a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and the Juilliard School, as well as a member of the WGA and the Dramatists Guild Council.

About René Moreno (Director)

Actor and director René Moreno was born in Dallas, Texas. He studied music at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, and theater and dance at Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University.   He most recently directed Black Tie and August:  Osage County for WaterTower Theatre.

He has appeared in the Broadway productions of the Tony Award-winning play Amadeus, where he performed the role of Mozart/Understudy directed by Sir Peter Hall,opposite Frank Langella and Mary Elizabeth Mastrontonio (also the First National Tour opposite John Wood); and played Romeo in Joseph Papp’s Shakespeare On Broadway opposite Regina Taylor directed by Estelle Parsons with F. Murray Abraham, Delroy Lindo and Keith David.

In New York City, he has also appeared at the New York Shakespeare Festival/The Public Theater, NYSF/Festival Latino, The Writer’s Theatre, The Ensemble Studio Theater, Pan Asian Repertory Theatre, INTAR Theatre, Lakota Theatre Company, New Dramatists, and The Drama League among others.

At The Public Theater, he was a founding member of the New York Shakespeare Festival Players, produced by Joseph Papp and directed by Estelle Parsons: an international, multi-cultural acting troupe that brought free out-door Shakespeare to NYC borough parks, and workshops and Broadway performances to NYC high school students and their families.

He has directed numerous plays, including classic works and those of modern and emerging writers in productions that have garnered critical acclaim and award recognition. As a director, his varied work has been seen at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater (2 Pianos, 4 Hands); Skylight Opera Theatre, Milwaukee (Cabaret); Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Urbana (Metamorphoses); and Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre (August: Osage County). He has also served as Assistant Director on several productions at the Guthrie Theater/Guthrie Lab, Milwaukee Rep, and Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Ashland). As well, in Dallas-Ft. Worth, he has directed at the Dallas Theater Center, Shakespeare Dallas (Hamlet), Contemporary Theatre of Dallas (The Trip to Bountiful), Stage West, Amphibian Stage Productions (No Child …), WaterTower Theatre, Kitchen Dog Theater, Upstart Productions, Dallas Children’s Theater, Echo Theatre, Classical Acting Company, Plano Repertory Theatre, WingSpan Theatre Company, Circle Theatre, Martice Enterprises, Collin Theatre Center, Echo Theatre, Second Thought Theatre, Meadows School of the Arts, Broken Gear’s Project Theatre (Creditors), Booker T. Washington High School of the Performing and Visual Arts, and Theatre Three among others.

He was a founder and producing partner of De Facto Theatre Group, where he co-produced and directed Sarah Kane’s Crave and produced and directed the one-man play And Crown Thy Good: A True Story of 9/11 written and performed by Mark Oristano.

He is the recipient of seventeen Dallas-Ft. Worth Theater Critics’ Forum Award citations for Outstanding Direction, three Dallas Theatre League Leon Rabin Awards for Outstanding Direction and Outstanding Production, three Dallas Observer “Best of Dallas”Awards for Best Theater Director, D Magazine’s “Best of Big D” Award for Best Theater Director, The Column Theatre Awards for Outstanding Direction and Outstanding Production, The Margo Jones Directing Fellowship, two Bob Hope Awards for Outstanding Direction, The Princess Grace Foundation-USA Princess Grace Awards Theatre Fellowship, a Hollywood Drama-Logue Award for Outstanding Performance, and was honored with a National Endowment for the Arts’ National Medal of Arts Nomination.

He has taught directing at Southern Methodist University and has been guest lecturer at the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign, University of Central Oklahoma, University of Dallas, University of North Texas, University of Texas/Dallas, University of Texas/Arlington, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Collin College and The Episcopal School of Dallas. He currently teaches acting at KD College Conservatory of Film and Dramatic Arts.

He holds an MFA in Directing and a BFA in Theatre and Dance from the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University. He is an Artistic Associate with Shakespeare Dallas and with Contemporary Theatre of Dallas. He also serves on the Advisory Boards of Upstart Productions, Second Thought Theatre, and KD College Conservatory of Film and Dramatic Arts.

About Terry Martin (Producing Artistic Director)

Multi-award winning Director Terry Martin is in his 14th season as Producing Artistic Director of WaterTower Theatre where he has overseen more than 70 productions.  This summer Terry Martin is set to direct the musical Dogfight at WaterTower Theatre.

Some of his more than 50 directing credits at WTT include The Grapes of Wrath, Putting it Together, Spring Awakening, Rockin’ Christmas Party, Our Town, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Black Pearl Sings!, The Full Monty,  As You Like It, Almost, Maine, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Man of La Mancha, Humble Boy, The Crucible, Take Me Out, A Country Life (which he adapted from Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya and won the 2005 Rabin Award – Best New Play), Cabaret, It Ain’t Nothin’ But The Blues, Company, An Inspector Calls, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, The Laramie Project, You Can't Take It With You, Book of Days, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (2002 Rabin Award – Director of a Play), Sweeney Todd (2002 Rabin Award Nomination – Director of a Musical), Desire Under the Elms, Ravenscroft, Rockin’ Christmas Party (2000, 2001), Enter the Guardsman (2001 Rabin Award Nomination – Director of a Musical), Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill andLittle Shop of Horrors (2000 Rabin Award Nomination – Director of a Musical) among others. For Plano Repertory Theatre, he has directed Journey’s End (2000 Rabin Award – Director of a Play), Dracula, La Bête, Little Shop of Horrors andPump Boys and Dinettes. Terry was named "Best Theater Director" in the Dallas Observer's "Best of Dallas 2002."

He has appeared on stage at WTT in Our Town,Blackbird (2008 Dallas Fort Worth Theatre Critics’ Forum Award),The Woman in Black, Dinner with Friends, The Guys, Bash: Latterday Plays (2002 Rabin Award Nomination - Actor in a Play) and at PRT in The Only Thing Worse You Could Have Told Me… (1998 Rabin Award – Actor in a Play, 1998 Dallas Theater Critics Forum Award), The Woman in Black (2000 Rabin Award Nomination – Actor in a Play), and Lonely Planet.

After growing up in south Alabama, Terry spent 12 years in New York City working in theatre, television and film. While there, he directed and acted at The Village Theatre Company, Carnegie Hall Studios and Theatre at St. Marks as well as television appearances on ABC’s One Life to Live and NBC’s To Serve and Protect. He holds a BFA from the University of Alabama and has trained professionally with Sanford Meisner, Fred Kareman, Wynn Handman, Sally Johnson and Lehmann Byck. Terry presently teaches on-going acting classes in the Sanford Meisner Technique at WTT, as well as having served as Adjunct Professor of Acting at the University of Texas at Dallas.

About WaterTower Theatre

Now in its 17th season, WaterTower Theatre began life in 1996 with 136 brave subscribers. Today, with over 2000 subscribers and a budget of $1.5 million, it consistently earns rave reviews in The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer, and other local publications. With 104 Dallas Theatre League Leon Rabin Award Nominations and 28 wins to its credit, as well as 17 Dallas Fort Worth Theatre Critics Forum Awards, WaterTower Theatre is home to the finest local talent.

WaterTower Theatre has produced five world premiere productions and 16 regional premiere productions to date. WaterTower Theatre's tradition of world premiere programming includes the musicals Song of Motherhood and Blind Lemon: Prince of Country Blues. Dramatic world premieres include Free Fall with Sandy Duncan, Baptized to the Bone by Dave Johnson (which is enjoying healthy post-WaterTower Theatre life) and A Country Life, Producing Artistic Director Terry Martin’s southern adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya. Both Blind Lemon and A Country Life earned WaterTower Theatre a Dallas Theatre League Leon Rabin Award for Best New Work.

WaterTower Theatre is committed to nurturing emerging talent and expanding audiences. The annual Out of the Loop Fringe Festival strives to present new work by local and national writers. A major part of WaterTower Theatre’s education program partners professional artists and technicians with students at our Summer Performing Arts Conservatory, where students ages 8 - 18 learn “life skills through theatre skills.” In addition, master classes and workshops for professional performers offer an opportunity for continued education at the local level.

WTT is privileged to make its home at the Addison Theatre Centre, an award-winning flexible theatre space that can be reconfigured to accommodate each new production.

WaterTower Theatre gratefully acknowledges the support of:

The Town of Addison, TACA, Texas Commission on the Arts & the National Endowment for the Arts.

WaterTower Theatre gratefully acknowledges the generosity of the following season sponsors:  

WaterTower Theatre gratefully acknowledges the generosity of the following season sponsors:   Ackley Financial Group, Armor Wealth Management, Atmos Energy, Barbara and Bob Bigham, Don and Barbara Daseke, Frost Bank, Liberty Capital Bank, The Shubert Foundation, Mary Kay, Inc., Million Air Dallas, Rainmaker Advertising, The Nissan Foundation, PlainsCapital Bank, Target Corporation, Wells Fargo Bank,  Women of WaterTower Theatre and the WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors

The reviews are in for SPUNK!

"...this is one of WaterTower's strongest productions in years." - Mark Lowry

Click here to read the review from the Star-Telegram!

"...the story itself is pure gold... " - Nancy Churnin

Click here for Nancy Churnin's review in the Dallas Morning News!

"Grit, spit and a hard-won elegance propel George C. Wolfe's Spunk at WaterTower Theatre. " - Martha Heimberg

Click here to read TheaterJones' review!

 ClickCl"This is toe-tapping theater, full of energy and dark beauty...Just try not to have a good time." - Arnold Wayne JonesArnold W 

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"...creatively directed, upbeat and emotionally stirring...theatre that both teaches and inspires. " - Mary L. Clark

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Cast and Creative Team for SPUNK Announced!

WaterTower Theatre Producing Artistic Director Terry Martin today announced the cast for  Spunk running April 11 – May 4, 2014 on the Main Stage at the Addison Theatre Centre.  Directed by Akin Babatundé, the cast features Liz Mikel (Blues Speak Woman)and Joshua Bridgewater, Tiffany Denise Hobbs, Marcus Mauldin, and Calvin Roberts as The Folk.

 Spunk is sponsored, in part, by Rainmaker Advertising. 

Making their WaterTower Theatre debuts in this production areJoshua Bridgewater, andTiffany Denise Hobbs.  

The creative team for Spunk  includes Akin Babatundé as Director and Co-Choreographer, Kristen Bond as Co-Choreographer,  Set Designer Jeff Schmidt, Costume Designer Michael Robinson, Lighting Designer Jason Foster, Sound Designer Jordana Abrenica, Properties Designer Gillian Salerno-Rebic, Dramaturg Vicki  Caroline Cheatwood, Stage Manager Jayme Marrs, Assistant Stage Manager Kristin Van Sickle, and Assistant to the Director Ptosha Storey

Spunk previews Friday, April 11 and Saturday, April 12; Pay What You Can performance is Sunday, April 13; and opensMonday, April 14, running through May 4.  Press/Media night is Monday, April 14 at 7:30 pm.

 

Spunk

 

Written by George C. Wolfe

Adapted for the stage from three short stories by Zora Neale Hurston

Music by Chic Street Man

Director/Co-Choreographer: Akin Babatundé

Co-Choreographer: Kristen Bond
Assistant to the Director:  Ptosha Storey
Stage Manager:  Jayme Marrs
Assistant Stage Manager:  Kristin Van Sickle
Set Design:  Jeff Schmidt
Costume Design:  Michael Robinson
Lighting Design:  Jason Foster
Properties Design:  Gillian Salerno-Rebic
Dramaturg:  Vicki Caroline Cheatwood
Sponsored by Rainmaker Advertising

Performance Schedule:

 

Show Run Dates: Friday, April 11 – Sunday, May 4, 2014

Preview Dates: Friday, April 11 and Saturday, April 12 at 8pm

Pay What You Can: Sunday, April 13 at 7:30pm

Opening Night: Monday, April 14 at 7:30pm

 

Performances:
Wednesdays & Thursdays: 7:30pm
Fridays: 8pm
Saturdays: 2pm (April 26 and May 3 only) & 8pm
Sundays: 2pm

                               

Ticket Prices:
            Single Tickets: $20 – $40
            Preview Tickets: $20 (Note: Sunday, April 13 is “Pay What You Can”)

 

How/Where to Buy Tickets:
www.watertowertheatre.orgor 972-450-6232 or in person at
WaterTower Theatre Box Office (Tuesday – Friday, 12pm to 6pm) 
Addison Theatre Centre
15650 Addison Road
Addison, Texas 75001

About Akin Babatundé
Akin Babatundé is a busy theater actor and director, including Marley and Fezziwig in A Christmas Carol at the Dallas Theater Center, and creating an original musical, Blind Lemon, about the famous blues musician.

He spent eight years as an artist in residence at Brown University. Both he and his brother Obba Babatundé trained at the National Black Theatre in Harlem, and within a short time were invited to join its touring company. They both were also teachers at Harriet Tubman School for a time.  He has been acting since the mid-'70s and has worked extensively at such theatres as Providence, R.I.'s Trinity Repertory Company, the Alley Theatre in Houston, Florida Stage, the Dallas Theater Center, La MaMa E.T.C. in New York and WaterTower Theatre.

He is the star of several solo pieces which include Of Ebony Embers, based on the Harlem Renaissance, which he toured nationwide and in the Caribbean, and Before the Second Set: A Visit With Satchmo. His first one-man show, Zig-Zag, which played in Berlin in 1985, was a series of monologues from Shakespearean classics, including The Merchant of Venice and King Lear.

 

About Nora Zeale Hurston
Zora Neale Hurston—novelist, folklorist, and anthropologist—was known during the Harlem Renaissance for her wit, irreverence and folk writing style.  She won second prize in the 1925 literary contest of the Urban League’s journal, Opportunity, for her short story “Spunk,” which also appeared in The New Negro. Hurston published three novels, three books of folklore, short stories, an autobiography, a one-act play and several librettos; nonetheless, she died, largely forgotten and living in poverty.  Today, her depiction of the beauty and wholeness of black American culture is fully appreciated, and her writing and influence have been restored to their rightful place in American letters.

 

About Terry Martin (Producing Artistic Director)
Multi-award winning Director Terry Martin is in his 14th season as Producing Artistic Director of WaterTower Theatre where he has overseen more than 85 productions.

Some of his more than 60 directing credits at WTT include The Mystery of Irma Vep, Putting It Together, The Grapes of Wrath, Spring Awakening, Rockin’ Christmas Party, Our Town, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Black Pearl Sings!, The Full MontyAs You Like It, Almost, Maine, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Man of La Mancha, Humble Boy, The Crucible, Take Me Out, A Country Life (which he adapted from Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya and won the 2005 Rabin Award – Best New Play), Cabaret, It Ain’t Nothin’ But The Blues, Company, An Inspector Calls, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, The Laramie Project, You Can't Take It With You, Book of Days, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (2002 Rabin Award – Director of a Play), Sweeney Todd (2002 Rabin Award Nomination – Director of a Musical), Desire Under the Elms, Ravenscroft, Rockin’ Christmas Party (2000, 2001), Enter the Guardsman (2001 Rabin Award Nomination – Director of a Musical), Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill andLittle Shop of Horrors (2000 Rabin Award Nomination – Director of a Musical) among others. For Plano Repertory Theatre, he has directed Journey’s End (2000 Rabin Award – Director of a Play), Dracula, La Bête, Little Shop of Horrors andPump Boys and Dinettes. Terry was named "Best Theater Director" in the Dallas Observer's "Best of Dallas 2002."

He has appeared on stage at WTT in Our Town,Blackbird (2008 Dallas Fort Worth Theatre Critics’ Forum Award),The Woman in Black, Dinner with Friends, The Guys, Bash: Latterday Plays (2002 Rabin Award Nomination - Actor in a Play) and at PRT in The Only Thing Worse You Could Have Told Me… (1998 Rabin Award – Actor in a Play, 1998 Dallas Theater Critics Forum Award), The Woman in Black (2000 Rabin Award Nomination – Actor in a Play), and Lonely Planet.

After growing up in south Alabama, Terry spent 12 years in New York City working in theatre, television and film. While there, he directed and acted at The Village Theatre Company, Carnegie Hall Studios and Theatre at St. Marks as well as television appearances on ABC’s One Life to Live and NBC’s To Serve and Protect. He holds a BFA from the University of Alabama and has trained professionally with Sanford Meisner, Fred Kareman, Wynn Handman, Sally Johnson and Lehmann Byck. Terry presently teaches on-going acting classes in the Sanford Meisner Technique at WTT, as well as having served as Adjunct Professor of Acting at the University of Texas at Dallas.

 

About WaterTower Theatre
Now in its 17th season, WaterTower Theatre began life in 1996 with 136 brave subscribers. Today, with over 2000 subscribers and a budget of $1.3 million, it consistently earns rave reviews in The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer, and other local publications. With 104 Dallas Theatre League Leon Rabin Award Nominations and 28 wins to its credit, as well as 17 Dallas Fort Worth Theatre Critics Forum Awards, WaterTower Theatre is home to the finest local talent.

WaterTower Theatre has produced 5 world premiere productions and 16 regional premiere productions to date. WaterTower Theatre's tradition of world premiere programming includes the musicals Song of Motherhood and Blind Lemon: Prince of Country Blues. Dramatic world premieres include Free Fall with Sandy Duncan, Baptized to the Bone by Dave Johnson (which is enjoying healthy post-WaterTower Theatre life) and A Country Life, Producing Artistic Director Terry Martin’s southern adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya. Both Blind Lemon and A Country Life earned WaterTower Theatre a Dallas Theatre League Leon Rabin Award for Best New Work.

WaterTower Theatre is committed to nurturing emerging talent and expanding audiences. The annual Out of the Loop Fringe Festival strives to present new work by local and national writers. A major part of WaterTower Theatre’s education program partners professional artists and technicians with students at our Summer Performing Arts Conservatory, where students ages 8 - 18 learn “life skills through theatre skills.” In addition, master classes and workshops for professional performers offer an opportunity for continued education at the local level.

WATERTOWER THEATRE LAUNCHES THE 2014 DISCOVER SERIES WITH TWO STUDIO THEATRE PRODUCTIONS: VENUS IN FUR AND FULL GALLOP

WaterTower Theatre Producing Artistic Director Terry Martin today announced two studio theatre productions that form part of the new “2014 Discover Series.”  WaterTower Theatre will present theCircle Theatre production of Venus in Fur, April 27 to May 18, 2014 in the Studio Theatre.  The next production in the series will be Full Gallop, produced by WaterTower Theatre, August 9-31, 2014.

 

The Circle Theatre production of Venus in Fur is directed by Krista Scott and features Allison Pistorius as Vanda and Chris Hury as Thomas.  The creative team includes Clare Floyd DeVries (Set Design), David H.M. Lambert (Sound Design), John Leach (Lighting Design), Sarah Tonemah (Costume Design), Kimberlee Cantrell and Kyle Montgomery (Props Design), and Caron Grant (Stage Manager). 

 

The WaterTower Theatre production of Full Gallop will be directed by Terry Martin and stars Diana Sheehan as Diana Vreeland.  The full creative team will be announced at a later date. The Studio Theatre Discover Series is made possible, in part, by The Town of Addison.

Performances of all Discover Series productions are in the Addison Theatre Centre’s Studio Theatre, which is located at 15650 Addison Road in Addison, Texas.  Performance times are Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 PM, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 PM, and Sundays at 2:00 PM.  Tickets are $20 to $27.50 and can be purchased by calling the WTT Box Office at 972.450.6232 or online at www.watertowertheatre.org.  Group rates are also available.  Tickets go on sale March 19 at 12 noon.

Venus in Fur

Circle Theatre production

Written by David Ives

Director:  Krista Scott

Stage Manager:  Caron Grant

Set Designer:  Clare Floyd DeVries

Costume Designers: Sarah Tonemah

Sound Designer:  David H.M. Lambert

Lighting Designer:  John Leach

Décor and Props Designer:  Kimberlee Cantrell and Kyle Montgomery

 

About the production

Circle Theatre’s production of Venus in Fur ran January 30 through March 8, 2014.  The critically acclaimed production comes to WaterTower Theatre with the same cast:  Allison Pistorius as Vanda and Chris Hury as Thomas.   When Vanda arrives several hours late to her audition for a play based on a nineteenth-century erotic novel, The Director, Thomas, is less than impressed. But Vanda’s masterful performance flips the script on Thomas’ expectations and turns the session into a tango for dominance between actress and director, woman and man. Hailed as “seriously smart and very funny” by The New York Times, Venus in Fur is an engaging study of the politics of sex and power that’s guaranteed to charm and mesmerize.  This play contains adult content and language.

Full Gallop

Produced by WaterTower Theatre

Written by:  Mary Louise Wilson and Mark Hampton

Director: Terry Martin

About the production

 

As editor of Harper's Bazaar and Vogue magazines, and as a member of the International Cafe Society, Diana Vreeland chronicled the extraordinary people and events of her time. Full Gallop is a portrait of this remarkable woman at a turning point in her life. The one-woman play, starring Diana Sheehan and directed by Terry Martin, is set in August 1971 at Diana Vreeland’s Park Avenue apartment. She has just returned home to New York after four months in Europe --- a trip she took after being fired from Vogue magazine. She throws an impromptu dinner party in the hope that a wealthy friend who is invited will bankroll her in starting a magazine of her own. Other friends, however, attempt to persuade her to take a job at the famed Metropolitan Museum of Art. In her distinctive style, once she decides in which direction her life will move, she goes at it "full gallop.”

 

Best of Loop 2014

And the Best Of Loop winners are...

MAIN STAGE

Sossy Mechanics presents Trick Boxing*

STUDIO THEATRE

Jenn Dodd in No Show: A One Woman Show*

STONE COTTAGE

Audacity Theatre Lab presents Roberts' Eternal Goldfish

In this solo show by Brad McEntire, the audience comes face to face with Mr. Charlemagne J. Roberts. Roberts has a huge problem with people. All people. One day he becomes the unlikely custodian of a magical goldfish and Mr. Roberts' misanthropic view of the world is seriously challenged.

Final performance of the Loop Favorite

Audacity Theatre Lab presents Roberts' Eternal Goldfish

Sunday, March 16 @ 7:30

Special Encore Performance to be given in the Studio Theatre to accommodate a bigger audience!

*There will be no encore performance in the Main Space or Stone Cottage due to artist unavailability*

Single Tickets are $10

Loop Passholders get in for FREE

Loop Passholders: please contact the Box Office to move any current reservations.

BUY TICKETS NOW!
Click here to buy ticketsor call the Box Office at 972-450-6232

 

Out of the Loop Fringe Festival 2014 Lineup Announced!

WaterTower Theatre Announces the Artists and Schedule

for the 2014 Out of the Loop Fringe Festival

 

Seven World Premieres Highlight the Festival

 

ADDISON, TX – WaterTower Theatre Producing Artistic Director and Loop Executive Producer Terry Martin today announced the line-up for the 2014 Out of the Loop Fringe Festival, March 6-16, 2014 at the Addison Theatre and Conference Centre.  Seven world premieres highlight this year’s festival as well as 12 new artists/companies making their Festival debut, plus several returning favorites.  The Festival will include dance, theatre, cabaret artists and visual arts, and a play produced by WaterTower Theatre.  The Festival is made possible, in part, through the generous support of The Town of Addison and the Texas Commission on the Arts and media sponsor, TheaterJones.com.

 

Eighteen artists and performing arts organizations will participate in this year’s Festival of which 12 are making their *Festival debut.  They are: *Actor’s Conservatory Theater, *Alex Tha Great, Audacity Theatre Lab, *Aztec Economy, *Brandon Simmons, Contemporary Ballet Dallas, *Cynthia Scott, *Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet, Diana Sheehan, Express Productions/David Parr, *Jenn Dodd, *Miniature Curiosa, *Jendi Tarde, Muscle Memory Dance Theatre, *Risk Theater Initiative, *SiHK Brothers, *Sossy Mechanics, Sundown Collaborative Theatre and WaterTower Theatre.  (*Festival debut.)

 

Seven world premieres will be presented at this year’s Festival:  Mozart’s Muse (Jendi Tarde), Beware of Plastics (Actor’s Conservatory Theater), Diana Sheehan in Searching for Gertrude Lawrence, David Parr’s (Express Productions) Express from 59th, Robert’s Eternal Goldfish (Audacity Theatre Lab), Sundown Collaborative Theatre’sSweet Chariot,andContemporary Ballet Dallas’ Sidewalk Stories.

 

A 10-day celebration of theatre, dance, music, and art, the Out of the Loop Fringe Festival features performances by arts organizations and artists from across the nation.  Performances are held at the Addison Theatre Centre, in four performance venues: the Main Stage, the Studio Theatre, the Stone Cottage, and the Main Lobby.

 

The Best of Loop will return this year.  On the final day of the Festival, WaterTower Theatre will invite back for a special performance the Best of the Main Stage, Studio Theatre andStone Cottage performers as chosen by our Loop passholders.  Passholders will have an opportunity to cast ballots for their “Best Of” choice on the final Saturday of the Festival.

 

The Out of the Loop Fringe Festival media sponsor is TheaterJones.com.  The Festival is produced by WaterTower Theatre – Terry Martin (Executive Producer) and Kelsey Leigh Ervi (Associate Producer).

 

The Dallas Observer named the Out of the Loop Fringe Festival “Best Theatre Festival” in its annual “Best of Dallas” issue.  Additionally, the 2004 Dallas-Fort Worth Theatre Critics Forum awarded the Festival a special citation for providing performance opportunities to new works and new production companies.

 

Single tickets to all events go on sale Feb. 18.  Festival Passes, now on sale, include one admission to each Festival event and are $65.  WaterTower Theatre subscribers receive $10 off each Festival pass.  Individual ticket prices for each event are $10 or $15.  Loop passholders may make reservations starting February 11, 2014.

 

 

Announcing Cast & Creative Team for THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER

WATERTOWER THEATRE ANNOUNCES CAST AND
CREATIVE TEAM FOR REGIONAL PREMIERE OF

THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER

This new adaptation of the Mark Twain classic runs January 24 – February 16, 2014

ADDISON, TX – WaterTower Theatre Producing Artistic Director Terry Martin today announced the cast for the regional premiere of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer running January 24 – February 16, 2014 on the Main Stage at the Addison Theatre Centre.  The cast features Andrews Cope (Tom Sawyer), Tabitha Ray (Becky Thatcher), Garret Storms (Huckleberry Finn/Ensemble), Jake Buchanan (Joe Harper/Ensemble), Jeff Wittekiend (Sid Sawyer/Ensemble), Van Quattro (Injun Joe/Ensemble), Nancy Sherrard (Aunt Polly/Widow Douglas) and Tom Lenaghen (Muff Potter/Ensemble).

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is sponsored, in part, by Atmos Energy and Barbara and Bob Bigham:  the Baylor Oral Health Foundation.  The Student matinee program is underwritten by Atmos Energy.

Making their WaterTower Theatre debuts in this production are Tabitha Ray and Jeff Wittekiend.

The creative team for The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is led by Director Emily Scott Banks. The Assistant Director is Kelsey Ervi. The Set Designer is Michael Sullivan, Robin Armstrong is the Costume Designer, Dan Schoedel is Lighting Designer and the Props Designer is Charles Wallace.  Caron Grant is the Stage Manager, Ash Willeby is Assistant Stage Manager and the Dramaturg is the Vicki Cheatwood.

Mini series and Design Your Own series subscriptions are currently on sale for the 2013-2014 season which can includeThe Adventures of Tom Sawyer.  Individual tickets do not go on sale for The Adventures of Tom Sawyer until December 15th.  Subscription packages start as low as $51 for a 3-play DYO series.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer previews Friday, January 24 and Saturday, January 25; Pay What You Can performance is Sunday, January 26; and opensMonday, January 27, running through Sunday, February 16.  Press/Media night is Monday, January 27 at 7:30 pm.

Mark Twain’s classic novel of Missouri boyhood comes to life in this high-spirited theatrical romp.  Mischievous Tom and his pal Huck witness a murder, then embark on a string of wild escapades.  Becky Thatcher, Aunt Polly, Injun Joe and the rest of the group join Tom in this timeless family tale.  Laura Eason’s brand new adaptation of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, brings out the child in all of us, as we explore the thrill of mischief-making, the fickleness of first love, the cold shivers of an adventure gone wrong, and the excitement of discovering real live buried treasure.  This is a story for anyone who celebrates all that is glorious about childhood.

 

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Adapted by Laura Eason from the Novel by Mark Twain
Sponsored by Atmos Energy and Barbara and Bob Bigham: The Baylor Oral Health Foundation 

Director: Emily Scott Banks
Assistant Director: Kelsey Ervi
Stage Manager: Caron Grant
Assistant Stage Manager: Ash Willeby
Set Design: Michael Sullivan
Costume Design: Robin Armstrong
Lighting Design: Dan Schoedel
Properties Design: Charles Wallace
Dramaturg:  Vicki Cheatwood

 

Performance Schedule:

Show Run Dates: Friday, January 24 – Sunday, February 16, 2014
Preview Dates: Friday, January 24 and Saturday, January 25 at 8pm
Pay What You Can: Sunday, January 26 at 7:30pm
Opening Night: Monday, January 27 at 7:30pm

Performances:

Wednesdays & Thursdays: 7:30pm
Fridays: 8pm
Saturdays: 2pm (February 8 and 15 only) & 8pm
Sundays: 2pm                               

Ticket Prices:

            Single Tickets: $20 – $40
            Preview Tickets: $20 (Note: Sunday, January 26 is “Pay What You Can”)

How/Where to Buy Tickets:
www.watertowertheatre.orgor 972-450-6232 or in person at
WaterTower Theatre Box Office (Tuesday – Friday, 12pm to 6pm) 
Addison Theatre Centre
15650 Addison Road
Addison, Texas 75001

About Emily Scott Banks

Emily Scott Banks returns to direct at WaterTower. An actress initially, Emily has won numerous awards for her work, including two Critics' Forum Awards; and Best Actress of the Year nods for Dallas ObserverD MagazineTheaterJones and others. Some of her favorite roles include work at WaterTower – A Country Life, Enchanted April, Our Town and Boeing-Boeing. Work at other area stages includes A Most Dangerous Woman, The Normal Heart, Ghost-Writer, and The Clean House among many others. In 2009 she directed A Feminine Ending for WaterTower, and this past Spring she directed a critically acclaimed production of W;t for Theatre Arlington. Emily trained at the University of Texas at Austin, extensively with Shakespeare & Co, MA, and has been a student of the Meisner Technique with Terry Martin for over a decade.

About Laura Eason

Laura Eason is the author of more than twenty full-length plays, both original work and adaptations. She is an Ensemble Member and the former Artistic Director of Lookingglass Theatre, Chicago.  She is also an Affiliated Artist of the Obie-winningNew Georges and an alumna of the Women’s Project Playwright’s Lab and America-in-Play in New York City.

About Mark Twain

Mark Twain was an American humorist, journalist, lecturer, and novelist who acquired international fame for his travel narratives, especially The Innocents Abroad(1869), Roughing It(1872), and Life on the Mississippi(1883), and for his adventure stories of boyhood, especially The Adventures of Tom Sawyer(1876) and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn(1885). A gifted raconteur, distinctive humorist, and irascible moralist, he transcended the apparent limitations of his origins to become a popular public figure and one of America’s best and most beloved writers.

About Terry Martin (Producing Artistic Director)

Multi-award winning Director Terry Martin is in his 14th season as Producing Artistic Director of WaterTower Theatre where he has overseen more than 85 productions.

Some of his more than 60 directing credits at WTT include The Mystery of Irma Vep, Putting It Together, The Grapes of Wrath, Spring Awakening, Rockin’ Christmas Party, Our Town, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Black Pearl Sings!, The Full MontyAs You Like It, Almost, Maine, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Man of La Mancha, Humble Boy, The Crucible, Take Me Out, A Country Life (which he adapted from Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya and won the 2005 Rabin Award – Best New Play), Cabaret, It Ain’t Nothin’ But The Blues, Company, An Inspector Calls, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, The Laramie Project, You Can't Take It With You, Book of Days, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (2002 Rabin Award – Director of a Play), Sweeney Todd (2002 Rabin Award Nomination – Director of a Musical), Desire Under the Elms, Ravenscroft, Rockin’ Christmas Party (2000, 2001), Enter the Guardsman (2001 Rabin Award Nomination – Director of a Musical), Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill andLittle Shop of Horrors (2000 Rabin Award Nomination – Director of a Musical) among others. For Plano Repertory Theatre, he has directed Journey’s End (2000 Rabin Award – Director of a Play), Dracula, La Bête, Little Shop of Horrors andPump Boys and Dinettes. Terry was named "Best Theater Director" in the Dallas Observer's "Best of Dallas 2002."

He has appeared on stage at WTT in Our Town,Blackbird (2008 Dallas Fort Worth Theatre Critics’ Forum Award),The Woman in Black, Dinner with Friends, The Guys, Bash: Latterday Plays (2002 Rabin Award Nomination - Actor in a Play) and at PRT in The Only Thing Worse You Could Have Told Me… (1998 Rabin Award – Actor in a Play, 1998 Dallas Theater Critics Forum Award), The Woman in Black (2000 Rabin Award Nomination – Actor in a Play), and Lonely Planet.

After growing up in south Alabama, Terry spent 12 years in New York City working in theatre, television and film. While there, he directed and acted at The Village Theatre Company, Carnegie Hall Studios and Theatre at St. Marks as well as television appearances on ABC’s One Life to Live and NBC’s To Serve and Protect. He holds a BFA from the University of Alabama and has trained professionally with Sanford Meisner, Fred Kareman, Wynn Handman, Sally Johnson and Lehmann Byck. Terry presently teaches on-going acting classes in the Sanford Meisner Technique at WTT, as well as having served as Adjunct Professor of Acting at the University of Texas at Dallas.

About WaterTower Theatre

Now in its 17th season, WaterTower Theatre began life in 1996 with 136 brave subscribers. Today, with over 2000 subscribers and a budget of $1.3 million, it consistently earns rave reviews in The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer, and other local publications. With 104 Dallas Theatre League Leon Rabin Award Nominations and 28 wins to its credit, as well as 17 Dallas Fort Worth Theatre Critics Forum Awards, WaterTower Theatre is home to the finest local talent.

WaterTower Theatre has produced 5 world premiere productions and 16 regional premiere productions to date. WaterTower Theatre's tradition of world premiere programming includes the musicals Song of Motherhood and Blind Lemon: Prince of Country Blues. Dramatic world premieres include Free Fall with Sandy Duncan, Baptized to the Bone by Dave Johnson (which is enjoying healthy post-WaterTower Theatre life) and A Country Life, Producing Artistic Director Terry Martin’s southern adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya. Both Blind Lemon and A Country Life earned WaterTower Theatre a Dallas Theatre League Leon Rabin Award for Best New Work.

WaterTower Theatre is committed to nurturing emerging talent and expanding audiences. The annual Out of the Loop Fringe Festival strives to present new work by local and national writers. A major part of WaterTower Theatre’s education program partners professional artists and technicians with students at our Summer Performing Arts Conservatory, where students ages 8 - 18 learn “life skills through theatre skills.” In addition, master classes and workshops for professional performers offer an opportunity for continued education at the local level.

WTT is privileged to make its home at the Addison Theatre Centre, an award-winning flexible theatre space that can be reconfigured to accommodate each new production.

WaterTower Theatre gratefully acknowledges the support of:

The Town of Addison, TACA, Texas Commission on the Arts, and The Shubert Foundation.

WaterTower Theatre gratefully acknowledges the generosity of the following season sponsors:  

Ackley Financial Group/ARMOR Wealth Management, Frost Bank, Atmos Energy, Barbara and Bob Bigham: the Baylor Oral Health Foundation, Don and Barbara Daseke, Liberty Capital Bank, Robert Mayer, Jr., Pinnacle Family of Companies,  Wells Fargo Bank, Rainmaker Advertising, Women of WaterTower Theatre, and the WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors.

Media Sponsors:

Theatre Jones.com, The Dallas Voice, and Addison -- the Magazine of the North Dallas Corridor.

2014 Spotlight Gala will feature Singer Liz Mikel

Spotlight Gala 2014 to Be Held Saturday, February 22, 2014

The Gala Chair is Barbara Daseke and the evening will feature Singer Liz Mikel in a

Tribute to Songwriter Burt Bacharach

Addison, TX - WaterTower Theatre’s 2014 Spotlight Gala will be held on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at7 pm.  The Gala is chaired by Barbara Daseke.  The committee chairs are April Bosworth, Live and Silent Auction Chair; Derek Blount, Underwriting Chair and Corky Pledger, Cuisine Chair.  The theme for this year’s Gala is “What the World Needs Now:  A Tribute to Burt Bacharach.”  Singer/Actress Liz Mikel will perform an evening of well-known Bacharach hits along with some very “special friends.”

The Gala Committee consists of Maureen Anderson, Barbara Bigham, Derek Blount, Doug Boster, April Bosworth, Shannon Brame, Ben Cunningham, Elizabeth Fratantuono, Stan Graner, Terry Martin, Robert Mayer, Jr., Katie Myatt, Karol Omlor, Jimmy Niemann, Suzann Oliver, Corky Pledger, Eileen Resnik and Debbie Staggs.

The fundraising event will be held at the Addison Conference Centre, 15650 Addison Road, Addison, Texas 75001. Tickets are $250/person or $2500 for a table of 10.

For more information on the 2014 Spotlight Gala, please contact Greg Patterson, Director of Development and Marketing, at 972.450.6227 or gpatterson@watertowertheatre.org.

Current underwriters include Barbara and Don Daseke (Platinum);  Michael and James Canterbury, Janiece and Jimmy Niemann (Gold); (Silver), Addison – the magazine, Rosalind and Mervyn Benjet, Barbara and Bob Bigham, Derek Blount/Sovereign Bank, April and Mike Bosworth, The Bowden Family Foundation, Ben Cunninham/Liberty Capital Bank, Elizabeth Fratantuono, Stan Graner and Jim McBride, Robert Mayer, Jr., Larry McCallum, Methodist Hospital for Surgery, Million Air Dallas, Karol Omlor, Rainmaker Advertising, Betty Reiter, Signature Floors/Mike Furney, Joyce Sanders and Bob Lebovitz, Slalom Consulting and The Town of Addison.  Other major underwriters are:  Goody Goody, Outback Steak House, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Dandelion Cheesecakes, Todd Events and Doug Boster Catering.
 

About the Chair

Barbara Daseke is President of Barbara Elliott Interiors, an award-winning design firm specializing in luxury hotels and high-end homes across the country. Her most recent interior design projects have included homes in Dallas and Colorado Springs, CO; condominiums in Dallas and new hotel projects in California and Colorado.  Community service and volunteering are very important to Barbara.  She currently serves on the Water Tower Theatre Board of Directors and has been Gala Chair for the past four years.  She also serves on the board of TACA and the Dallas Symphony.  Barbara works on many fundraising projects for Women of WaterTower Theatre (WOW), the Dallas Symphony, Executive Board of the SMU Meadows School of the Arts, the Dallas Museum of Art.  Barbara’s husband, Don, is the past President and Past Chairman of the Board of WaterTower Theatre.
 

About Liz Mikel

Liz Mikelmade her Broadway debut in the recent production of Lysistrata Jones. Liz can currently be seen in the feature film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, starring Ben Stiller, now playing in theatres.  She previously played the role of Hetaira in the world premiere of Give It Up! at the Dallas Theater Center, where she is a Resident Acting Company member. Ms. Mikel is well known to TV audiences for her role as Corinna Williams on the acclaimed TV series Friday Night Lights. She has been a staple in Dallas' theater and music scenes for the past 20 years. As a vocalist, she has opened for Erykah Badu, Branford Marsalis, Issac Hayes, Gennifer Flowers and Joan Rivers. Ms. Mikel also played Maggie, Ty's landlady, on LOGO's Sordid Lives: The Series. She was Ruthie Jenkins in the comedy, Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins, among many other film and television appearances.
 

About WaterTower Theatre

WaterTower Theatre is one of the leading regional theatres in North Texas.  It is consistently recognized for its artistic excellence by the Dallas Theatre League, Dallas/Fort Worth Theatre Critics Forum, The Dallas Morning News, The Dallas Observer, D Magazine and Star-Telegram, among others.  WaterTower Theatre has a subscription base of more than 2,100 subscribers and serves an audience of over 35,000 patrons annually.  Led by Producing Artistic Director Terry Martin, WaterTower Theatre is in its 17th season. 

RAFFLE TICKETS NOW ONSALE!

RAFFLE TICKETS TO WATERTOWER THEATRE'S 2014 SPOTLIGHT GALA ARE NOW ONSALE

We offer the chance to win three great prizes for only $10 per ticket or 3 for $25. Plus, with every ticket you'll receive a $15 coupon to dine at one of Kenny's award-winning restaurants: Kenny's Wood Fired Grill or Kenny's Italian Kitchen.

It's easy to purchase a raffle ticket on our website.  First, go to the SUPPORT WTT PAGE and then go to the MAKE A DONATION page.

Then, click on the donate button below. Fill in the require information and donation amount (for example if you enter $10, we will know it's for one raffle ticket or $25 we will know it is for 3 raffle tickets). Once you complete the donation, we will mail you your dining coupon(s) and enter your name into the drawing (one entry per ticket purchased). The drawing takes place on Saturday, February 22, 2014. You need not be present to win! We will inform the lucky winners by email and/or phone.

Your online transaction is safe and secure.

Thank you for your support, and, GOOD LUCK! (all proceeds support WaterTower Theatre's Artistic and Education programs. Raffle tickets are not tax-deductible per the IRS rules).

Now Accepting Applications for 2014 Out of the Loop Fringe Festival

(Addison, TX) - WaterTower Theatre Producing Artistic Director Terry Martin today announced that submissions for the 13th annual Out of the Loop Fringe Festival will be accepted starting October 14. Submissions must be received no later than November 15. Participants will be notified of their acceptance by January 3, 2014.

 

In this year's Out of the Loop Fringe Festival, producers are interested in exploring diversity. Therefore, applicants are encouraged to submit work or a diverse of multi-cultural nature. This year's festival starts March 6 running through March 16, 2014.

 

Applications can be found online at watertowertheatre.org/outofloop.

 

A ten day celebration of dance, music, theatre and visual arts, the Out of the Loop Fringe Festival features performances by artists and companies from around the country. Performances are held at the Addison Theatre and Conference Centre on the Main Stage, in the Studio Theatre and the Stone Cottage. The 2014 Festival is Produced by Terry Martin, Producing Artistic Director of WaterTower Theatre, and Co-Producer Kelsey Ervi.

 

For more information about the Festival, contact Kelsey Ervi, Assistant to the Producing Artistic Director, WaterTower Theatre at 972-450.6277 or kervi@watertowertheatre.org.

WTT Announces the Directors for its 2013-2014 Main Stage Season

WaterTower Theatre Announces the Directors for its 2013-2014 Main Stage Season 

Guest Directors are Michael Serrecchia, Robin Armstrong,

Emily Scott Banks, Akin Babatundé and René Moreno

 

Single Tickets go on sale for Hank Williams:  Lost Highway and The Game’s Afoot (or Holmes for the Holidays) on Wednesday, September 18 at 12 noon
 

(Addison, TX) WaterTower Theatre Producing Artistic Director Terry Martin today announced the directors for the Company’s 2013-2014 Main Stage season at the Addison Theatre Centre.   Directing the season opener, Hank Williams: Lost Highway (October 11-November 3, 2013) will be Michael Serrecchia.  The Game’s Afoot (or Holmes for the Holidays) (December 13- January 5, 2014) will be directed by Robin Armstrong.  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (January 24-February 16, 2014) will be directed by Emily Scott Banks.  Spunk (April 11-May 4, 2014) will be directed by Akin Babatunde. Good People (June 6-29, 2014) will be directed by René Moreno and Dogfight (July 25-August 17, 2014)will be directed by Terry Martin.  

Subscriptions to the 2013-2014 season are now onsale by calling the Box Office at 972.450.6232.  Single tickets to Hank Williams:  Lost Highway and The Game’s Afoot (or Holmes for the Holidays) go on sale September 18, 2013.

About Robin Armstrong

Robinreturns to WaterTower where she directed Boeing-Boeing.  Robin is a critically acclaimed director, violence designer and costume designer who has worked throughout the metroplex. Robin received her MFA from VCU in Richmond, VA, and a Bachelor of Science in Theatre from NSULA in Natchitoches, LA.

About Akin Babatundé

AkinBabatundé is an accomplished actor, director, and writer whose theatrical career spans Broadway, regional theatre, film and television. He has been a resident company member of prestigious theatrical institutions throughout the country: Trinity Rep (Providence, R.I.), Alley Theatre (Houston, TX), La Mama Theater (NY City) and the Dallas Theater Center. He is founder and artistic director of Vivid Theater Ensemble of Dallas and founder of Ebony Emeralds Classic Theater Company. Babatundé was the first African-American to direct for the Dallas Shakespeare Festival in the celebrated diverse production of Taming of the Shrew in 1993.

As a writer, Babatundé's work has been commissioned by Florida Stage, La Mama Theater, the Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, Brown University, the Black Academy of Arts and Core Ensemble. His most recent work Shakespeare – Midnight Echoes tours in Texas paying homage to black performing artists who performed Shakespeare from slavery to the present. He has toured extensively with Core Ensemble in Of Ebony Embers –Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance. His one-man show, Before the Second Set – A Visit with Satchmo has received critical acclaim at theaters across the country. Babatundé wrote and starred in Blind Lemon Blues, which toured in Europe (Paris, Geneva, Brussels, Amsterdam) and received rave notices in the New York Times at its 2004 New York premiere at Central Park's Summer Stage. Television appearances include Law and Order and Wishbone, the PBS literary show for children.

His work has been awarded a Dallas Observer Best Actor Award (the first African-American to receive this distinction), 1991 and 2004 Dallas Critics Forum Award, the 2004 Legacy of Success, and the Alvin Ailey Performing Arts Award. He received the prestigious Individual Artists Grant from the Palm Beach County Cultural Council to create a new work Harvest of Voices based on oral histories.

Babatundé is a renowned arts educator, having undertaken five long-term artist residencies in underserved communities in Florida, creating new music theatre works alongside at-risk teens and community members. Theater impresario Ellen Stewart of La Mama Theater describes him as "one of those rare geniuses who comes into our lives." Babatundé holds a Master of Arts degree in Arts and Humanities from the University of Texas at Dallas.

About Emily Scott Banks

Emily Scott Banks returns to direct at WaterTower. An actress initially, Emily has won numerous awards for her work, including two Critics' Forum Awards; and Best Actress of the Year nods for Dallas ObserverD MagazineTheaterJones and others. Some of her favorite roles include work at WaterTower – A Country Life, Enchanted April, Our Town and Boeing-Boeing. Work at other area stages includes A Most Dangerous Woman, The Normal Heart, Ghost-Writer, and The Clean House among many others. In 2009 she directed A Feminine Ending for WaterTower, and this past Spring she directed a critically acclaimed production of W;t for Theatre Arlington. Emily trained at the University of Texas at Austin, extensively with Shakespeare & Co, MA, and has been a student of the Meisner Technique with Terry Martin for over a decade.

About René Moreno

René Morenoreturns to WaterTower Theatre where he directed A. R. Gurney’s Black Tie last season. For WaterTower Theatre, he has also directed August: Osage County by Tracey Letts, Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Living Out by Lisa Loomer, and Scott McPherson’s Marvin’s Room. An accomplished actor and director, he studied music at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, and theatre and dance at Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University, where he holds an MFA in directing. As an actor, he has performed on Broadway and Off-, at prestigious regional theatres across the country, on radio, television and film. He has directed numerous plays regionally, including classics and those of modern and emerging writers, in productions that have garnered critical acclaim and award recognition. A Dallas native, he is a member of SDC (Stage Directors and Choreographers Society) and an Artistic Associate with Shakespeare Dallas, as well as an Affiliated Artist with the Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre. 

About Terry Martin

Multi-award winning Director Terry Martin is in his 14th season as Producing Artistic Director of WaterTower Theatre where he has overseen more than 100 productions.  His recent WaterTower Theatre directed productions include The Mystery of Irma Vep, Putting it Together, The Grapes of Wrath, Spring Awakening, The Diary of Anne Frank.  In his role as WaterTower Theatre’s Producing Artistic Director, Terry oversees both the administrative and artistic aspects of the Company.

Under his leadership WTT has grown from a small local theatre company to one of the leading regional theatres in Texas.  While consistently maintaining the artistic integrity of the work WTT produces and gaining much critical acclaim, he has - through keen business acumen - managed to keep the theatre in the black and maintain a large paid capacity for the past many seasons.

Some of his 60 directing credits at WTT include Our Town, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, As You Like It, Almost, Maine, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Man of La Mancha, Humble Boy, The Crucible, Take Me Out, A Country Life (which he adapted from Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya and won the 2005 Rabin Award – Best New Play), Cabaret, It Ain’t Nothin’ But The Blues, Company, An Inspector Calls, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, The Laramie Project, You Can't Take It With You, Book of Days, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (2002 Rabin Award – Director of a Play), Sweeney Todd (2002 Rabin Award Nomination – Director of a Musical), Desire Under the Elms, Ravenscroft, Rockin’ Christmas Party (2000, 2001), Enter the Guardsman (2001 Rabin Award Nomination – Director of a Musical), Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill and Little Shop of Horrors (2000 Rabin Award Nomination – Director of a Musical) among others. For Plano Repertory Theatre, he has directed Journey’s End (2000 Rabin Award – Director of a Play), Dracula, La Bête, Little Shop of Horrors and Pump Boys and Dinettes. Terry was named "Best Theater Director" in the Dallas Observer's "Best of Dallas 2002."

He has appeared on stage most recently at the Dallas Theater Center in Next Fall, and at WTT inOur Town, and previously in Blackbird (2008 Dallas Fort Worth Theatre Critics’ Forum Award), The Woman in Black, Dinner with Friends, The Guys, Bash: Latter-day Plays (2002 Rabin Award Nomination - Actor in a Play) and at PRT in The Only Thing Worse You Could Have Told Me… (1998 Rabin Award – Actor in a Play, 1998 Dallas Theater Critics Forum Award), The Woman in Black (2000 Rabin Award Nomination – Actor in a Play), and Lonely Planet.

After growing up in south Alabama, Terry spent 12 years in New York City working in theatre, television and film. While there, he directed and acted at The Village Theatre Company, Carnegie Hall Studios and Theatre at St. Marks as well as television appearances on ABC’s One Life to Live and NBC’s To Serve and Protect. He holds a BFA from the University of Alabama and has trained professionally with Sanford Meisner, Fred Kareman, Wynn Handman, Sally Johnson and Lehmann Byck. Terry presently teaches on-going acting classes in the Sanford Meisner Technique at WTT, as well as having served as Adjunct Professor of Acting at the University of Texas at Dallas.

About Michael Serrecchia

Michael returns to WaterTower Theatre after a few years absence. Recent projects include the award winning productions of The Producers, Take Me Out for Uptown Players where he directed the regional premiere of Next to Normal. Other regional premieres include the award-winning productions of Pageant (Crossroads Theatre), A Class Act, The Full Monty, The Light in the Piazza and, The Drowsy Chaperone (Theatre Three). Michael’s direction and choreography of Nine, the musical (ICT Mainstage) earned 9 Column Awards. In addition other favorites include On Golden Pond, Brighton Beach Memoirs, The Sunshine Boys (CTD), Lobby Hero (Second Thought Theatre) Almost, Maine, Moonlight and Magnolias, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and The Full Monty (Theatre Arlington), and It’s a Wonderful Life and Oklahoma! (WaterTower Theatre). This past 2 season Michael was named one of the critics Top Directors in Dallas for The Drowsy Chaperone and in Fort Worth for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and The Producers and How to Succeed in Business... the same year he received the prestigious Natalie Skelton Award for Artistic Excellence. Michael, an original cast member of A Chorus Line and Seesaw, has appeared in the films Every Little Step, Broadway: the Golden Age and in the upcoming Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age.
 

THE SEASON:

Hank Williams:  Lost Highway
Oct. 11 - Nov. 3, 2013
By Randal Myler and Mark Harelik
Sponsored by Frost Bank
Sponsored by WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors
Directed by Michael Serrecchia 

More than 50 years after his death, Hank Williams still ranks among the most powerfully iconic figures in American music.  A musical biography of the rise and fall of the brash, forever young, always legendary singer-songwriter Hank Williams stands among the greatest innovators of American popular music.  Follow Williams on his often lonely journey from backwoods Alabama to super-stardom at the Grand Ole Opry. This unforgettable tribute highlights his unique magic as a performer and the simple spell of his yearning songs, and features over 20 hits, including “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,” “Jambalaya” and “Hey, Good Lookin'."

Ken Ludwig’s
The Game’s Afoot (Holmes for the Holidays)
December 13 – January 5, 2014
Sponsored by Liberty Capital Bank
Regional Premiere
Directed by Robin Armstrong

It’s December 1936 and stage star William Gillette, an iconic actor admired all over the world for his role as Sherlock Holmes, is shot onstage during a show.  While he recuperates, he invites his fellow cast members to his Connecticut castle for a lively Christmas weekend of fun.  But, when one of his guests is found stabbed to death, the fun turns dangerous.  It’s up to Gillette, as he assumes the persona of his beloved Holmes, to find the killer before someone else is killed.  The hilarity is non-stop in what is a glittering whodunit set during the Christmas holidays!  Oh, did we mention it’s written by Tony Award winner Ken Ludwig (Lend me a Tenor, Moon Over Buffalo).

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Jan. 24 – Feb. 16, 2014
By Laura Eason
Adapted from the novel by Mark Twain
Regional Premiere
Sponsored by Atmos Energy
Sponsored by Barbara and Bob Bigham:  the Baylor Oral Health Foundation
Directed by Emily Scott Banks

Mark Twain’s classic novel of Missouri boyhood comes to life in this high-spirited theatrical romp.  Mischievous Tom and his pal Huck witness a murder and then embark on a string of wild escapades.  Becky Thatcher, Aunt Polly, Injun Joe and the rest of the group join Tom in this timeless family tale.  Laura Eason’s brand new adaptation of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, brings out the child in all of us, as we explore the thrill of mischief-making, the fickleness of first love, the cold shivers of an adventure gone wrong, and the excitement of discovering real live buried treasure.  This is a story for anyone who celebrates all that is glorious about childhood.

Spunk
Apr. 11 – May 4, 2014
By George C. Wolfe
Adapted for the stage from three short stories by Zora Neale Hurston
Music by Chic Street Man
Sponsored by Rainmaker Advertising
Directed by Akin Babatundé 

Spunk is a wild, bluesy wail—three stories by the great Harlem Renaissance writer Zora Neale Hurston, adapted into a staggeringly theatrical play by George C. Wolfe, who won an Obie for its 1989 off-Broadway premiere production. A trio of vignettes of African-American life in the first half of the 20th century, Spunk is a raucous, charming, blues-infused look at love, revenge, jealousy, and the fine art of the hustle.

Good People
June 6 – 29, 2014
By David Lindsay-Abaire
Regional Premiere
Sponsored by Women of WaterTower Theatre
Million Air Dallas
Directed by René Moreno

When Margie Walsh loses her job at a South Boston dollar store, she reaches out to her old friend and flame Mike, a Southie boy who made good when he became a successful doctor. What begins as an attempt to hit Mike up for a job takes on a threatening cast when Margie realizes the power that secrets from Mike's past life hold over his current one. Penned by Pulitzer Prize-winner David Lindsay-Abaire, Good People is an incisive and funny character study of old friends, old flames and the question of whether you can ever leave the old neighborhood behind.

Dogfight: A New Musical
July 25 – Aug. 17, 2014
Music and Lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
Book by Peter Duchan
Based on the Warner Bros. Film - Screenplay by Bob Comfort
Regional Premiere
Directed by Terry Martin

Winner of the prestigious 2013 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical! Set on the eve of the Kennedy assassination on November 21, 1963, Dogfight chronicles the story of newly inducted Marine, Eddie Birdlace. Before shipping out to Vietnam, Birdlace and his friends make a bet:  Each man contributes $50 to a pot, and whoever brings the ugliest date that night to a bar wins the prize. But when Eddie meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress as his date, she rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of compassion.  Dogfight is a musical adaptation of the 1991 indie film starring River Phoenix and Lilly Taylor.

Words from our Producing Artistic Director

A new season.   

Our seventeenth to be exact.

However, our mission has remained consistent. At its very heart, WaterTower Theatre is committed to producing great theatrical works. Classic plays and musicals, as well as new works by today’s leading writers and composers. This commitment enables WTT to embody the best of American theatre and to provide the North Texas area with high-quality professional theatrical entertainment in an award-winning setting—the Addison Theatre Centre.  And best of all, we’re in a convenient North Dallas location.

Join us as a subscriber for our 2013-2014 Season. Not only will you get to enjoy some of the best theatre in town, you’ll also save up to 25% off the single ticket price!

For 2013-2014 season we selected an outstanding collection of works from some of the world’s foremost theatre authors:  

  • a musical biography of one of our most iconic singers Hank Williams: Lost Highway
  • a fresh new adaptation of the Mark Twain classic, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • three short stories by the great Harlem Renaissance author Zora Neale Hurston come together for a great blues infused evening in Spunk
  • Good People, a ferociously funny tale of a single mom making due in modern day Boston
  • the recent award-winning Dogfight, an intimate and heartfelt musical look at the power of compassion

In addition to our regular season, another iconic hero of sorts will bring a belly full of laughs to your holiday season. Sherlock Holmes visits us in a fun comedy and murder-mystery The Game’s Afoot (or Holmes for the Holidays). And once again, you can go “Loopy” with the 13th annual Out of the Loop Fringe Festival.

It all adds up to an unforgettable year of theatre that you won’t want to miss. Subscribe today for big savings and to guarantee yourself the best seats in the house!

Hit WTT shows frequently sell out with long standby lines at each performance, so now is the time to make sure you have the opportunity to see what the excitement is all about! Join us as a subscriber for our 2013-2014 Season.  Come be a part of the excitement!  

We look forward to seeing you at the theatre!

-Terry 

2013-2014 Season Brochure

Check out our exciting new season of compelling stories! View the 2013-2014 Season brochure here!

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