Always…Patsy Cline Closes the BLT 2013 Season

AlwaysPatsyCline-ArtworkA beloved and lovingly remembered country-western singing star comes to the Baytown Little Theater to help us celebrate the New Year and close out our 2013 season. Always…Patsy Cline, a ground-breaking musical theatre phenomenon conceived and written by Ted Swindley, will see its first BLT performance Tuesday, December 31, at 8:00 PM, with a celebratory evening ushering in 2014, including gourmet food and drink and party favors. Tickets for this event are $50 each ($40 for 2013 season ticket holders).

Six performances will follow Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, for the two weekends after the beginning of the year, January 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, & 12. Friday and Saturday performances are at 8:00 PM and Sunday matinees are at 2:30 PM. Tickets for these regular performances, part of the 2013 season, are $15.00 each.

The production features BLT favorites Tammy Skinner-Calaway and Sylvia Wadzinski. Skinner-Calaway plays the role of the personable but world-weary singer Cline. Wadzinski plays her long-time friend Louise Sager, who happened to catch a 1961 appearance at Houston’s Esquire Ballroom, and a years-long friendship developed, ended only by the untimely death of Cline at age 30 in a plane crash. The musical is a memory play in which Sager recalls the highlights of the singer’s music and career, and their private relationship. Among those highlights was her appearance as the first female country singer to appear at Carnegie Hall. The musical features 27 chart-topping songs which made her the star that her fans still remember her as.

The production, directed by BLT veteran Gordon Gallatin, will feature live musical accompaniment provided by local musicians.

Tickets can be purchased by clicking on this link, or on the show poster at right. Reservations can also be made by calling the theater at 281-424-7617. Please leave a message and the box office personnel will return your call to take care of your ticket needs. Please be patient, since the box office can be very busy this time of year.

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BLT’s next production, Rumors, set to open November 8th!

Tickets are now available!

The comedy will open November 8 and will run for three consecutive weekends. November 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24. Friday and Saturday performances are at 8:00 pm and Sunday performances are at 2:30 pm. Tickets can be reserved by calling 281-424-7617 (please leave a voice message) or by visiting this link to purchase tickets conveniently online.

Rumors, one of Neil Simon’s most popular and enduring comedies, is a farce in which several affluent couples gather for a dinner party celebrating their hosts’ tenth anniversary. However, they discover there are no servants, the hostess is missing and the host, Charley, the deputy mayor of New York City, has shot himself. Given everyone’s social status, they decide they need to do everything possible to conceal the evening’s events from the local police and the media. As the confusion and miscommunications mount, the evening spins off into farcical hilarity.

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BLT Presents Revamped Youth Theater Program; Announces New Facilitator Rick Schultz

Rick Schultz headshot 1016113Born in Galveston, TX and raised on a farm in Lufkin, Rick Schultz earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from East Texas Baptist College, continuing on to complete his Master’s Degree from Stephen F. Austin University in Secondary Education/Mid-Management.

While at ETBC Rick was a member of the A Cappella Choir and enjoyed the opportunity to tour Europe performing in college productions of My Fair Lady, Camelot, and South Pacific.  Rick returned to Eastern Europe for 9 years teaching English at university level.  Locally, Rick has directed many summer theater children’s workshops and directed productions of Snow White, Jungle Book, Robin Hood and Cinderella. 

Currently, he is employed with Goose Creek CISD at Gentry Junior School teaching 6th grade Language Arts.  Rick is honored to have been voted Teacher of the Year while at Carver Elementary School.

The revamped youth theater program offers participants a series of 6 classes where they will learn Theater Terminology, Music, Dance, Movement, Blocking, Lighting, Sound, Artistic Design, and Character Development.  Program is open to Beginners, Intermediate, and Experienced participants.  Due to limited space at the BLT theater, classes will be held at Gentry Junior School, Archer Road.

Children’s age group is for 2nd thru 6th grade meeting from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon on Saturdays, Nov 9, Dec 14, Jan 11, Feb 8, Mar 8 and Apr 5.

Youth age group is for 7th thru 12th grade meeting from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm on Saturdays, Nov 16, Dec 14, Jan 18, Feb 15, Mar 8, Apr 12.

Program builds into youth starring in a full on-stage performance of Little Mermaid, Jr.  on May 30 and 31, 2014 AND competing in the statewide TNT Youth Conference in Boerne, TX in June 2014.

Registration forms will be available at the first session.  Fee is $60 per child.  (The TNT Conference attendance is not included in the $60)

For more information on getting involved in youth theater email Kathryn Saenger, Theater Manager at  manager@baytown.littletheater.org .

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Dream Date: A New Comedy to Premier at Baytown Little Theater

Get your tickets now for this limited engagement! 3 performances only!

Production dates for this special show are Oct. 4, 5 at 8:00 p.m. and Oct. 6, at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at baytown.littletheater.org or by calling box office (281-424-7617). Tickets are $15, and no discounts or season tickets are available for this Special production.

What happens when a man and woman, on what appears to be a blind date, realize they are really characters in someone’s dreams? Dan Borengasser’s original script, Dream Date, directed by Kim Martin, explores the unusual, surreal and often humorous situation of a man and a woman caught in another person’s dream. Ryan Martin, portraying the Man, was last seen as Fyedka in Fiddler on the Roof and also performed with the national award-winning ensemble of God of Carnage. Maegan Carnew-Megginson, playing the Woman, is returning to the BLT stage and was last seen as Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire. Maegan also serves on the BLT executive board.

Rounding out the ensemble are Rick Olsen, most recently seen in Galveston Wind, and Tommy Worley, last seen in Fiddler on the Roof. The four characters weave a tale of “what if” in a play about finding that perfect dream date while commenting on relationships and finding happiness with that special person.

You won’t want to miss this funny dream fantasy!

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Cast of Next Play for 2013 Season Announced

The cast of Rumors, the comedy by Neil Simon, directed by Mackey Skinner, has been announced and is listed on this production page. Check it out and put this show on your calendar for the first three weekends of November.

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Texas Nonprofit Theatres POPS for Playwrights

Texas Nonprofit Theatres (TNT), the statewide theatre support organization, is sponsoring its biennial new play contest. If you have a play that you have written, or if you’ve always wanted to try your hand at writing a play and seeing if you could get it produced, this may be the motivation you need to get it in front of a wider audience. If you know of a budding writer who would enjoy the challenge of a contest such as this, please pass this information along.

Known as POPS (Production of Original PlayS), this year’s contest, which has a submission deadline of September 16, is sure to have some Sizzle along with the POPS.

For details on the playwriting contest, along with submission guidelines, go to http://texastheatres.org/.

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