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Posted on August 13, 2017 by Kelsey Ervi

Hey Bloggers. This week as an Intern has been interesting. This week as an American has also been interesting, but more on that later. We finally got rid of the roof smell in the office hallway that made us all high so that was a #win. This
now playing - Canterbury Family Main Stage   
Hit the Wall

Regional Premiere
July 28 - August 20, 2017
By Ike Holter
Directed by Joanie Schultz

Media Sponsors include  Dallas Observer  and  Dallas Voice

The show follows a diverse group of young people as a joyful evening at a gay nightclub, following the death of the iconic Judy Garland, is brutally interrupted by a police raid that touches off days of violent protests.  Hit the Wall  premiered in 2012 at Chicago's famed Steppenwolf Theatre.  Hit the Wall  transports audiences to the Stonewall Riots in New York's Greenwich Village on June 27-28, 1969, when a routine police raid on an underground gay hotspot became a foundational moment for the modern gay rights movement. Featuring a howling live rock band that evokes the era's proto-punk music and fast-paced, sharp dialogue, the vivid theatrical re-imagination focuses on ten unlikely revolutionaries, each claiming in turn "I was there."

Hit the Wall  is recommended for mature audiences only due to adult content and language.
2017-2018 Season   
Something to Talk About!

Our 2017-2018 Season reflects and builds off the 20-year tradition of WaterTower Theatre, presenting exciting contemporary plays, musicals, and new looks at classics. Our theatre will be buzzing with excitement over these unique theatrical experiences that will each be so special and different at WTT. 

Moreover, each production has been carefully chosen to speak to each other, creating a dynamic conversation that unfolds throughout the year. 

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Announcing Details for the 2017 Community Cast Party

Addison… WaterTower Theatre is excited to be continuing one of our most talked about and anticipated traditions, the Community Cast Party!  CCP Co-Chairs Stan Graner, Corky Pledger, Deborah Staggs and Maureen Anderson today announced details for the 4th Annual Community Cast Party.  The party will be held on Saturday, September 9th, 2017 at WaterTower ‘s home, the Addison Theatre Centre from 7 pm to 10 pm.  The Community Cast Party is designed to attract a wide audience of patrons, partiers, and food lovers who are interested in supporting WaterTower Theatre while enjoying an evening of entertainment with cuisine offered from many fine local restaurants.  Attendees will have a unique opportunity to mix and mingle with artists from the DFW theatre community at the “open house” style event, where everyone is welcome.

WaterTower Theatre has a lot to celebrate this year and we hope you'll join us for the 4th Annual Community Cast Party.  The entertainment for this year’s party will feature the NY Goofs, Danielle Georgiou Dance Group (DGDG), and a musical theatre ensemble including Monique Abry, Justin Duncan, Kyle Igneczi, Laura Lites, and Calvin Scott Roberts under the musical direction of Pam Holcomb-McLain.

The Community Cast Party will also feature a raffle ticket with prizes ranging from a luxury Addison staycation at the Marriott Presidential Suite, a pamper package from Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa, and a brand new Apple iPad! With tickets sold for only $1 each, we make it easy to win! Individual tickets will be available on the night of the event, and bulk tickets will be presold in batches of 10, 25, and 50 online at https://mkt.com/watertower-theatre-inc/item/raffle-tickets

WaterTower Theatre is proud to feature a wide variety of restaurant offerings every year at CCP.  In a rich culinary area such as Addison, WTT has had the pleasure of hosting many foodie favorites such as Mesero, Ida Claire, and BJ’s Brewhouse.

Tickets are $25 per person.  Underwriting levels are available from $100 to $2500.  Tickets are on sale now and are available online at https://mkt.com/watertower-theatre-inc/item/community-cast-party-ticket, over the phone by calling 972.450.6232, or in-person at the WaterTower Theatre Box Office located at the Addison Theatre Centre: 15650 Addison Road, Addison, Texas 75001. 

COMMUNITY CAST PARTY 2017
September 9, 7:00-10:00pm

Ticket Prices:
Single Tickets: $25 – Includes all you can eat restaurant bites, and one free drink (wine or beer)!

Current Underwriters include:

Media Sponsor
TheaterJones

2017 CCP Underwriters (as of 8.8.17)

Best Actor
Stan Graner and Jim McBride

Best Supporting Actor
April Bosworth
Post Properties
Whole Foods Addison

Chorus
Addison Magazine
Karol Omlor

About THE COMMUNITY CAST PARTY

Date:  Saturday, September 9, 2017
Time:  7 pm to 10 pm
Place:  WaterTower Theatre at the Addison Theatre Centre, 15650 Addison Road, Addison, Texas

Tickets:  $25 per person

Where to buy tickets:
https://mkt.com/watertower-theatre-inc/item/community-cast-party-ticket

Over the phone: 972.450.6232

In person at the WTT Box Office:
Addison Theatre Centre
15650 Addison Rd
Addison, TX  75001

Musical Theatre Performers:

Monique Abry is a New York City-based actress. She has been seen in the Dallas-Fort Worth area at WaterTower Theatre, Casa Mañana, Theatre Three, Dallas Children’s Theater, Contemporary Theatre of Dallas, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, Wishing Star Productions, Our Productions, and Garland Summer Musicals. She will be seen in the role of Crissy in Dallas Theater Center's upcoming production of Hair. She recently toured the country in A Year with Frog and Toad, and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer: The Musical. Favorite Credits: Little Women the Musical (Jo), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Millie), Into the Woods (Cinderella), and Sweet Charity (Ursula). She is a native of New Orleans, and received her B.M. in Music Theater from Oklahoma City University. Proud member of Actor's Equity Association.

Justin Duncan was previously seen in WaterTower's production of Parade in Concert. Justin has performed with many theatres including Lyric Stage, Undermain Theatre, Stage West, Amphibian Stage Productions, Theatre Too, Shakespeare Dallas, and Uptown Players. He also toured Stuart Little and The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley with Dallas Children's Theater.

Kyle Igneczi is beyond proud to return to perform at WaterTower! Select credits include Parade in Concert, Dogfight, Bonnie & ClydeThe Spark (WaterTower Theatre); Hedwig and the Angry InchAngels in America, Aida (Uptown Players); The Minotaur, Memphis (Theatre Three); Seussical (Dallas Children's Theater); RENTSpamalot (Casa Mañana); The Explorers Club (Stage West / WaterTower Theatre). Kyle also toured the world with Sesame Street Live and Curious George Live, is an award-winning DFW puppeteer and puppet builder, and is a voice actor with FUNimation. He will next be seen in Dallas Theater Center's Hair.

Laura Lites has had a busy year! While performing in shows such as Broadway our Way and Titanic at Uptown Players, and Cabaret at Brick Road Theatre. Laura also just got married! She is also a mom to an adorable little girl who will be two years old in a couple of months. Coming up next, Laura will be seen in Hair at Dallas Theater Center.

Pam Holcomb-McLain has been a music director, pianist, and instructor in DFW for over 15 years and is happy to make her second appearance with WaterTower Theatre. She spends a lot of her professional life at Dallas Children’s Theater where she both teaches and music directs and is currently working on their production of Goosebumps the Musical: Phantom of the Auditorium. Other venues and credits include Memphis, Passing Strange (Theatre Three); Company, The Light in the Piazza, and the upcoming The Secret Garden (Brick Road Theatre Company); Old Time Music Hall (Theatre Britain); Nunsense, The Pirates of Penzance, and next spring’s The Full Monty (Mainstage Irving-Las Colinas); and many other theatres and schools. Outside of music directing and teaching, Pam plays and sings at Two Corks and Bottle, records instrumental tracks for individuals and theatres, and gives audition prep vocal coaching sessions.

Calvin Scott Roberts is thrilled to be back at Community Cast Party! Calvin has been performing for the last ten years all over the DFW Metroplex. Some of Calvin’s regional theatre credits include Theatre Three, Casa Mañana, Dallas Children’s Theater, WaterTower Theatre, Jubilee Theatre, Portland Center Stage, Uptown Players, Lyric Stage, Dallas Theater Center, and Shakespeare Dallas.

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NY Goofs:

In 1998, the New York Goofs were originally created as a playground in New York City for physical comedians and clowns to develop new material, pursue ensemble performing, and bring clowning into contemporary theatrical spaces. After a decade of appearances at major festivals throughout the world and off-off Broadway theatres in New York City, the Goofs relocated in Dallas to pursue new venues and new audiences while raising a family in Texas. The Goofs premiered two new works at the Out of the Loop Fringe Festival, Clown Brain and God, Me, Slappy. They are currently starting their third season of Goofballs Cabaret, a monthly variety show at the Pocket Sandwich Theatre in Dallas.

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Danielle Georgiou Dance Group (DGDG):

The Danielle Georgiou Dance Group (DGDG) was founded in 2011 by Danielle Georgiou, and is a dance theatre company that works within the ideas of contemporary dance and physical theatre. DGDG's work reflects Georgiou's interest in social and psychological issues, and in creating compelling images of a "new female." The works break with the tradition of contemporary dance and tend to be more conceptual or narrative-driven. Whether collaborating or defining her own work, Georgiou looks for performers that constantly strive to transform themselves, either in image or skill. Technique is your foundation—not your identity.

The Danielle Georgiou Dance Group was selected as Best Dance Company for 2016 by the Readers of D Magazine, and was named 2015's Best Dance Troupe by the Dallas ObserverThe Show About Men (2015) was named Best New Play or Musical and cited for Outstanding Creative Contribution for Choreography by the Dallas Fort Worth Theater Critics’ Forum Awards. NICE (2014), which premiered at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre for the AT&T Performing Arts Center's Elevator Project, also won for Choreography. DGDG was the only company asked back to the second Elevator Project in 2017, for which they premiered the brand-new original musical comedy, Donkey Beach

DGDG is the first-ever Artist-In-Residence at the Dallas Public Library, and will be creating a new work to premiere in December 2017 at the downtown location. 

ABOUT DONKEY BEACH
Catch a wave to the edge of the world! All the coolest kids are partying down at Donkey Beach, the home of cosmic sands and everlasting summer! Jimmy and Suzie sneak away from summer camp to have a romantic week at the beach, when they run into a swingin’ band of characters, and a magical donkey! That’s right, a Donkey! They party into the night, and splash around in the moonlight! But Holy Hee-Haw! Little do they know, when you swim in the waters of Donkey Beach, you stay in summer forever! What happens when the party never ends?! Will Jimmy and Suzie ever escape? Will the Donkey grant their wishes? Will the Queen of the Sea ever catch them? What about Tad, Dooney, and Bee-Bee? Wait! Who ARE Tad, Dooney, and Bee-Bee?!

Donkey Beach was conceived and choreographed by Danielle Georgiou, with an original script by Ruben Carrazana, and original music and lyrics by Justin Locklear, Trey Pendergrass, and Cory Kosel. 

About WaterTower Theatre:
WaterTower Theatre, celebrating its 20th Anniversary Season, is one of the leading regional theatres in North Dallas and Texas.  It is consistently recognized for its artistic excellence by the Dallas Theatre League, DFW 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 2,000 subscribers and serves an audience of over 22,000 patrons annually.   WaterTower Theatre is led by Artistic Director Joanie Schultz and Managing Director Gregory Patterson.

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 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.  WaterTower Theatre is supported, in part, through the generosity of corporate, foundation and individual donors such as Atmos Energy, The Canterbury Family, Don and Barbara Daseke, Ben Fischer and Laree Hulshoff, FastSigns Carrollton, Paul and Norma Shultz, Frost Bank, Liberty Capital Bank, Mary Kay Inc., Janiece and Jimmy Niemann, Nissan Foundation, Pinnacle, Rainmaker Advertising, Slalom Consulting, Table 13, The Civic League, The President's Circle, WTT 2.0:  Securing our Future, the WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors, The Corporate Council, and Women of WaterTower Theatre. 


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