Here's What's new at Stages
@toasterdog - Is your super arts weekend plan a go?
Join our Friends!
Hey middle and high school students! Did you know that in addition to our full-length summer Young Actor’s Conservatory (YAC), we now offer a condensed winter program as well?
If you haven’t been to YAC, you’ve never experienced training like this. YAC is a unique intensive that offers conservatory-style training Led by recognized theatre professionals, YAC master classes encourage participants to explore every facet of dramatic production.
Winter Break Workshop:
The Panto Project
December 20 - 22, 2013
Students will learn dancing, singing, acting and writing skills as they create their own mini-Panto and perform on the real Panto Goldilocks set! Students will attend Panto Goldilocks, meet cast and crew, hear from Stages Producing Artistic Director Kenn McLaughlin about writing a brand new musical, and write their own 30-minute Panto based on a fairy tale of their choice. All in the space of a weekend! It’s Project Runway+YAC+Panto…all in one!
Friday, December 20
7:00p read on...
We're glad you asked! Traditionally performed at the holidays for family audiences, British pantomime is now a popular form of theatre, incorporating song, dance, buffoonery, slapstick, in-jokes, topical references, and audience participation. Panto humor typically works on two levels (we like to compare it to movies like Shrek) making it tons of fun for kids AND adults. Learn more about in this great Wikipedia article!
Some of you may have been confused, inconvenienced and/or downright irritated if you tried to call us and/or buy tickets online over the past two days. As we previously posted, recent severe weather impacted our phone and online ticketing systems. After working with our providers for 24 hours to resolve the issue, we learned that flooding at another location in our area damaged some equipment critcal to our communications infrastructure. It took another 12+ hours for them to finish making repairs, during which time we got pretty creative with our workarounds, but the good news is WE'RE BACK, BABY! Please feel free to call us (713.527.0123), buy tckets online, email us - go crazy! We've missed you. Thanks for hanging in there with us!
UPDATE (11/1): AT&T technicians are still working to restore our phone and internet service. In the meantime, please continue to contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We DO have tickets available for this evening's performance of Veronica's Room, and we are happy to reserve some for you!
We are loving all this rain, but unfortunately due to the weather (or maybe a Halloween curse?!?) our phone system and internet connection are down right now. If you've tried to call us or buy tickets online this morning you've probably been frustrated. But never fear! Our service providers are working on it and have assured us we'll be back up and running soon.
In the meantime you can email us your ticket requests at email@example.com (we'll be checking in periodically on our mobile devices, hooray!) OR just fill out the handy contact form at the very bottom of this page.
Please include your name, phone number and/or email address, how many tickets you need, for what show, and requested date(s). Please DO NOT give us your credit card information! We'll put your request in the pipeline, then follow up with you to confirm and complete payment once our systems are back online.
Thanks for bearing with us!
We're not sure how it happened - wasn't it just summer yesterday? - but it turns out Halloween is upon us, with Thanksgiving and Christmas chasing at its heels. Here at Stages, we're busy getting ready for our holiday shows, and we've got lots of extra fun to go along with 'em. We know how busy this season gets, and we don't want you to miss out on anything, so here's a heads-up - mark your calendars and get your tickets!
Panto Family Fun Days: December 7 & 14 - 2:00pm
See the show and enjoy fun crafts and refreshements with the cast afterward. Perfect for families with young children (lots of photo opportunities!). Bring a toy to donate and choose a prize from our Panto Grab Bag!
SPECIAL FAMILY PRICING: FOUR-PACK OF TICKETS JUST $80
Panto Christmas Eve Celebration: December 24 - 2:00pm
Start your Christmas festivities a little early with a special matinee performance, then join the cast for punch and cookies after the show!
New Year's Eve Naughty Panto: December 31 - 9:00pm
FOR ADULTS ONLY!
This time we take the jokes all the way! One night only, with champagne toast and dessert at midnight.
REGULAR SEATS $75, VIP SEATS $100
Stay tuned for more event announcements, including our Trailer Park Flamingo Fest, the annual Holiday Tree Showdown and more!
Calling All Flamingo Artists!
Have you, or a friend or loved one, long aspired to decorate a plastic flamingo for the holidays? YES?!?!? Then my oh my, have we got a project for you!
In celebration of the true spirit of The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical, we'll be decorating our lobby with DIY holiday-themed flamingos created by artists, our staff and board and YOU!
If you'd like to participate, just send us an email to reserve your "blank" flamingo, then stop by Stages and pick it up, art-ify it any way you want for the holidays, and return it by November 8 to be considered for the display.
Because nothing says "Merry Christmas" quite like a bedazzled plastic flamingo with a light-up Santa hat.
But wait, there's more!
We'll also be decorating our Trailer Park Christmas tree with DIY/found-object ornaments. Think beer can reindeer and a cigarette carton nativity and you'll be in the right ball (er, trailer) park. So if you need an excuse to throw back another six-pack, go ahead and turn those empties into Trailer Park Christmas magic and drop them on our doorstep!
In conjunction with our current production of Ira Levin's thriller Veronica's Room, we're thrilled (ooh, see what we did there?) to host an exhibit of work by artist Robert Dampier in our lobby gallery. A Houston native who now resides in Galveston, Robert uses found objects to create stunning new works of assemblage, painting, sculpture and collage.
A selection of Robert's work is on display in the Stages lobby through November 3. Lobby hours are 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM Monday-Friday and 12:00 - 6:00 PM Saturday-Sunday. The lobby is also open before and during Stages performances. You can view Robert's work and learn more about his approach on his website.
As our Veronica's Room actors prepared for their roles, psychiatrist Dr. David Ness generously shared some professional insight into the world of the play. Dr. Ness has graciously allowed us to reprint his notes to the cast, and we do so here with this warning:
Go ahead and read on if you already know the play. Otherwise, we hope you'll get yourself a ticket and come see it first!
Seriously, this gives a lot away. Stop reading now if you haven't seen the play.
Okay, we warned you. Here goes:
NOTES FROM DR. DAVID NESS
I read the play last weekend, and my first reaction was that it was a well-written thriller, perhaps a bit too well-made because everything so purposefully contributes to moving the plot along. But I couldn’t get the play out of my mind – it really got under my skin. It seemed uncanny, as in the Wikipedia definition: “Because the uncanny is familiar, yet strange, it often creates cognitive dissonance within the experiencing subject read on...