Tag: Keith Brumfield

Class Act Production continues ‘The Wizard of Oz’ in Season 20

In celebration of its 20th season Class Act, performing troupe for youth, based in The Woodlands opened its extravaganza “The Wizard of Oz,” last week. The musical continues this weekend at Nancy Bock Center for the Performing Arts in The Woodlands.

As expected, praise was lavish and well-deserved for founder Keith Brumfield’s efforts. Young thespians love “Mr. B’s” quiet direction and easy-going nature. He gained respect years ago from enthusiastic parents who realize that his expertise works magic with their children.

Brumfield, and Matthew Peters of The Woodlands High School theatre department who assists him for this show, work with ordinary kids, discern nuggets of talent, and polish many of them into stars. A big part of this success is the total support from parents for their clever offspring and the intrepid leader.

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Jaden Harris portrays the major role of Dorothy

In “The Wizard of Oz,” Jaden Harris portrays the major role of Dorothy who becomes lost in a dream world with her “little dog” Toto. They meet some kindly souls, less amicable witches, a conglomerate series of unbelievable beings, a man of mythical powers (or none at all), and finally make it back home to Kansas.

Jaden is a junior at The Woodlands High School where she participates in all things theatre, including past productions of “Little Shop of Horrors,” and “The Addams Family.” Some other Class Act roles were in “Mary Poppins” and “The Little Mermaid.”

Murphy Baker earned a 10-year history with Class Act. She becomes the Wicked Witch of The West. A fres

h grad of TWHS, Baker was heavily involved there in theatre and choir, and played myriad roles in Class Act’s “Oliver!”, “Crazy for You,” “Mary Poppins,” “Shrek the Musical,” plus a plethora others. She plans to attend Colorado Mesa University to earn a bachelor of fine arts in musical theatre.

Tin Man Jack Whitney graduated from John Cooper School where he performed in “Cinderella,” “The Boyfriend,” and others. His credits with Class Act include “The Sound of Music” and “The Little Mermaid.” He’s enrolling at Williams College this fall.

After 13 years with Class Act that include 38 musicals, soprano Emily Moses graduated from John Cooper School and plans to study vocal performance at Louisiana State University, leading to a career in opera. She performed in Cooper productions as well as with Houston Grand Opera, and currently portrays good witch Glinda.

Brandon Brumfield, son of much-loved Class Act founder, is 21 and aging out of Class Act productions after participating since age 7. He’s the Cowardly Lion in this rendition of “Oz.” “I’

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Brandon Brumfield is the Cowardly Lion in this rendition of Oz.

m an EMT student training to be a firefighter,” Brandon said. “Along with acting I am a drummer and an outdoorsman.”

He also started a film company, Magic Fire Productions, and has won a number of awards for film projects. His Class Act roles were in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat,” as Bill Sikes in “Oliver!”, “The Sound of Music,” and numerous summer stock productions.

“The Wizard of Oz” runs July 14, 15, 16, with some 7 p.m. performances as well as other afternoon matinees. Reserve at www.classactproductions.org or 281-292-6779. Tickets cost $13 t0 $32, depending on seat location.

Theatre: Casting Set for the Class Act Production of Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor dreamcoat

Performances begin at the Nancy Bock Center for Performing Arts Theatre in March.

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Casting has been announced for Class Act’s production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, which is set to begin performances March 3 at the Nancy Bock Center for Performing Arts Theatre, 3800 S Panther Creek Dr, The Woodlands, TX 77381 in March. Under the direction of Keith Brumfield, the limited engagement will continue through March 5.

The cast will feature Peter McPoland as Joseph and Collin Rue as Jacob (Joseph’s Father).

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a musical or operetta with lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. The story is based on the “coat of many colors” story of Joseph from the Bible’s Book of Genesis. This was the first Lloyd Webber and Rice musical to be performed publicly (the first, The Likes of Us, written in 1965, was not performed until 2005).

The show has little spoken dialogue; it is completely sung-through. Its family-friendly storyline, universal themes and catchy music have resulted in numerous productions

Performances will be offered:

  • Fri. Mar. 3, 2017 at 7:30pm
  • Sat. Mar 4, 2017 at 2:30pm and 7:30pm
  • Sun. Mar 5, 2017 2:30pm

Tickets available at Will Call one hour prior to show time.  E-Mail or by calling (281) 292-6779.

Theater Review: ‘Crazy for You’ at the Woodlands Nancy Bock Center for Performing Arts

Fight Texas heat with a wildly silly romantic musical, accompanied by a Live Pit Orchestra, glamorous chorus girls, rarin’-to-go cowboys and an evening full of great tap-dancing to the death-defying songs of Ira and George Gershwin.

The wild joy of terrific Tony Award winning choreography and big production numbers will leave you beaming at Class Act’s thoroughly entertaining, professional production of “Crazy for You.”

IMG_7284This delightful musical, called the “New Gershwin Musical,” is a retelling of the 1930 musical “Girl Crazy.” Its book by contemporary comedic playwright Ken Ludwig opens the story in New York City’s theater district. There, we meet wannabe Broadway hoofer named Bobby Child who wants to dance for impresario Bela Zangler but instead is sent by his wealthy mother to close down a theater in the tumbleweed town of Deadrock, Nev. Bobby meets Polly and love blooms.

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Will Burke as Bobby Child and Jenny Gee as Polly Baker

So does a whole lot of dance numbers originally choreographed by Susan Stroman and restaged here by choreographer Tony Smith. The ardent enthusiasm and style of the youthful, high-kicking chorus girls and athletic, grinning cowboys are a delight all night. A look through the program quickly proves each of these young actors, already have many roles to their credit. Their professionalism shows, particularly in the big numbers. It revs up with the brilliant “I Can’t Be Bothered Now” in which Bobby is joined by a bevy of cotton candy pink clad chorus line who sweeten up the stage with…well…adorable dancing. Then there’s the ingenious “Slap that Bass” in which the chorus line are used like bass violins.

IMG_7292Bobby Childs played by William Burke, had the audience roaring with laughter, and his tap dancing was amazing. His opening solo, a combination of complicated tap moves and powerful vocals, started the show with a bang.  His ability to switch between a Nevadan accent and an Eastern European accent was also very impressive. Additionally, his role was difficult to act; Bobby is charming yet quite uncertain of his future. Not surprisingly, Burke effectively portrayed all of these emotions.

IMG_7241Jenny Gee as Polly Baker has an excellent Nevadan accent that helped establish the setting, and her many witty jokes had the audience in stitches. However, it was her spectacular singing voice that left the audience speechless. Gee has been involved with Class Act since the 2nd grade and has appeared in 17 main stage productions. Her training certainly showed during her solos. The elderly woman sitting next to me during the musical was in tears after listening to Jenny Gee who delivers a beautiful “Someone to Watch Over Me”.

 

Justin Hinton, who recently appeared as Horton in Oak Ridge High School’s “Seussical the Musical,” brings out the funny in Bela Zangler. Murphy Baker turns up the heat in her vampy dance number “Naughty Baby” in which she seduces Lank Hawkins, the local saloon owner (played by Peter McPoland)

Keith Brumfield directs this effervescent production. Great gags, especially the “mirror image” scene in the second act when Bobby, who has taken on the personna of Zangler, meets the real deal in a drunken daze.

Music director Rae Moses does his best work yet in “Crazy for You” — numbers like Embraceable You,” “Nice Work if You Can Get It” and “I Got Rhythm” sparkle with Broadway quality. Scenic designer Jonathan Shelledy creates a funny comic setting, especially for Deadrock’s saloon which grows and grows and grows as it’s brought on stage. And costume designer Dawn Baxter and Helen Sage has amassed a sweet array of looks for the cast.

DSC00949This show is fun, fun fun. If you’ve never seen “Crazy for You,” this will be a good introduction to it. It’s got verve, style and yes, it’s “got rhythm….who could ask for anything more?”

“Crazy for You” Showtimes:

  • Saturday, July 16 at 7:30pm
  • Sunday, July 17 at 2:30pm (Final Performance)

At the Nancy Bock Performing Arts Center at 3800 South Panther Creek Dr. in The Woodlands. Tickets are $30 General Admission and $27 for seniors and student and can be purchased by visiting Class Act Production Tickets .


If you have and/or know some kids in the Woodlands area who would like to pursue a career in the performing arts, Class Act Productions offers a variety of classes in performance, dance and acting. Class Act is a safe, supportive, challenging, and innovative environment where students will discover and develop their unique, creative voice. It’s a profound path to empowerment, and to unlocking their artistic potential to become the stars of tomorrow.

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They’re Here! See Photos of A Christmas Carol the Musical’s First Preview

Holiday Theater 2015 – Ring in the season with the family classic ‘A Christmas Carol’

Christmas Carol comes to the Woodlands!! Class Act Productions will bring to life a musical version of Charles Dickens’ timeless holiday classic “A Christmas Carol.” The production opens Nov. 28 at The Nancy Bock Center for Performing Arts in The Woodlands.

Founder and Artistic Director of Class Act Productions, Keith Brumfield directs the performance assisted by Debra Moses, choral director/music teacher at The John Cooper School. Brumfield chose this version of the classic tale because of its musical score, composed by Alan Menken with lyrics by Lynn Ahrens. Audiences will remember Menken as the multi-award winning composer of Disney’s “Beauty and The Beast,” “The Little Mermaid,” and “Newsies.”

“The music is superb,” Brumfield said. “It’s a really nice adaptation of the classic story of A Christmas Carol. We are hoping audiences will truly enjoy the performance and interpretation and maybe make it a new holiday tradition.”

Tackling the iconic role of miserly Ebenezer Scrooge is Woodlands HS senior Aidan Stock. The story follows along as Ebenezer is visited by three spirts: Belynda Smith, Ghost of Christmas Past, Brian Weaver, Ghost of Christmas Present, and Anita Stevens, Ghost of Christmas Future. They help Scrooge recognize his faults and greet Christmas morning with a cheerful “Merry Christmas!” before spending the day reconnecting and sharing love with those that mean the most to him.

Families have joined together both onstage and off to help to tell this heart-warming story. The cast ranges from age 8-adult and the ensemble is brimming with energy throughout the entire show.

Performances are Nov. 28 at 2:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. and 29 at 2:30 p.m. and December 5 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and December 6 at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are $15-$30 and can be purchased online atwww.classactproductions.org.

The performances will be held in the Nancy Bock Center for Performing Arts on the campus of McCullough Jr. High, 3800 South Panther Creek Drive in The Woodlands.

Theatre: Class Act musical proves more to Scrooge than Victorian angst

Class Act Musical Proves More To Scrooge Than Victorian Angst: Renell Petigo, pre-event chairlady, left, and B J Ordner ,president of the Montgomery County Performing Arts Society, welcomed patrons to a celebration at Woodforest National Bank in Conroe prior to Steve Lippia’s “The Ultimate Sinatra” tribute Nov. 7 in the Crighton Theatre.
Class Act Musical Proves More To Scrooge Than Victorian Angst: Renell Petigo, pre-event chairlady, left, and B J Ordner ,president of the Montgomery County Performing Arts Society, welcomed patrons to a celebration at Woodforest National Bank in Conroe prior to Steve Lippia’s “The Ultimate Sinatra” tribute Nov. 7 in the Crighton Theatre.

After seeing The Crighton Players’ musical version of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” at downtown Conroe’s Owen Theatre a couple seasons ago, I thought, “aha, finally a Scrooge I can love.”

Not to malign the warmth of the story, the tragedy of the old miser’s life, hope in his subsequent redemption, or the piteous Tiny Tim and Cratchits, this, to me, has been a Victorian-style downer from the start.

Not so the musical. It is remarkable in that the storyline basics remain the same, but there’s a tuneful chord of lightness throughout that says “circumstances don’t determine our happiness, attitude does.”

I hoped the Players might make this a Christmas tradition much like the perennial dramatic production at Houston’s Alley Theatre. My idea died for lack of a second. click here for complete store

 

McCullough students sing to help girl with rare genetic disorder

Region Girls Choir members perform during the McCullough Junior High choir's pop concert at the Nancy Bock Center of the Performing Arts auditorium.
Region Girls Choir members perform during the McCullough Junior High choir’s pop concert at the Nancy Bock Center of the Performing Arts auditorium.

McCullough Junior High School choir students raised thousands of dollars during their third annual pop concert benefitting a Woodlands-area family in need.

About $6,300 was raised from ticket sales and the silent auction at the Nancy Bock Auditorium on May 19, and the choir itself donated an extra $875. Connie Horton, the choir director, conducted 240 students in front of a crowd of nearly 400 parents and community members. They performed a variety of solo and ensemble music from jazz to pop to classical. click here for complete story