Tag: Performing Arts

Experience the Sounds of the Season at Holly Jolly Jingle Nov. 30 at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

The Woodlands, Texas – There’s no place like The Pavilion for the holidays! Join us for the return of Holly Jolly Jingle Thursday, November 30 at 7:30 p.m. This festive event includes a musical celebration of the season by local student performers and fun winter activities for all ages. Tickets are not required for this free event. Gates open at 6 p.m.

_DSC0990It’s the most wonderful time of the year for Holly Jolly Jingle as The Pavilion stage features performances of familiar holiday medleys by the student musicians of Conroe High School, The Woodlands High School, Oak Ridge High School and The Woodlands College Park High School as well as the Sam Houston State University Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Choir. Sing along to classic seasonal tunes with a certain jolly elf rumored to make an early appearance at his favorite holiday celebration. There’s no chance of a silent night with this much music and fun.

Concertgoers will be walking in a winter wonderland of activities. Guests are invited to create holiday arts and crafts, visit with Santa Claus and enjoy pre-concert performances by Knox Jr. High, McCullough Jr. High and the Conroe High Jazz Band in the plazas. All aboard the Candy Cane Express in the Gold Lot beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Attendees are welcome to have a picnic in their seat but keep in mind that outside beverages cannot be brought into The Pavilion and picnics must also comply with The Pavilion’s bag size restriction and/or be in original packaging. Examples include pizza within a pizza box or chips in original sealed packaging. Please visit The Pavilion’s website for more information on these restrictions.

Preferred parking is available in the on-site Town Center Garage, located along Six Pines Drive. Parking is $10 per vehicle and tickets for on-site parking can be purchased in advance at all Ticketmaster locations and The Pavilion Box Office. Guests also may park in any of the five free parking lots on the southwest side of The Pavilion. The free, color-coded lots are connected to The Pavilion by corresponding pathways with signs leading across The Waterway.

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Oak Ridge High School theatre students will perform “See How They Run” in the Black Box Theatre.

shtr-7_1_origThe play, originally written by Philip King, is a family-friendly production as a 90-minute, 100 mile-an-hour farce.

“The setting is just a vicarage in England; characters show up, and everything goes wrong,” Curtis says. “A variety of characters show up at the wrong time and there’s mistaken identities and people losing people and everything spirals out of control and goes wrong … the farce is the plot.”

The play is set in the 1940s and has been acclaimed as a brilliant, farcical comedy. Audience members will enjoy the interaction between cast members inside the smaller Black Box venue.

 

The final performance of “See How They Run” will take place Oct. 30 in the Oak Ridge HS Black Box Theatre. Performances begin at at 7:00 p.m.

Theatre: Addams Family – The Musical at the Creighton Theatre

Crighton Theatre | Performances: Oct. 21-Nov. 6, 2016

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In the kooky, upside-down world of the Addams Family, to be sad is to be happy, to feel pain is to feel joy, and death and suffering are the stuff of their dreams. Nonetheless, this quirky family still has to deal with many of the same challenges faced by any other family, and the spookiest nightmare faced by every family creates the focus Lippa, Brickman, and Elice’s musical: the Addams kids are growing up. The Addamses have lived by their unique values for hundreds of years and Gomez and Morticia, the patriarch and matriarch of the clan, would be only too happy to continue living that way. Their dark, macabre, beloved daughter Wednesday, however, is now an eighteen year-old young woman who is ready for a life of her own. She has fallen in love with Lucas Beineke, a sweet, smart boy from a normal, respectable Ohio family — the most un-Addams sounding person one could be! And to make matters worse, she has invited the Beinekes to their home for dinner. In one fateful, hilarious night, secrets are disclosed, relationships are tested, and the Addams family must face up to the one horrible thing they’ve managed to avoid for generations: change.

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Characters
Gomez Addams – husband of Morticia, father of Wednesday and Pugsley, and head of the Addams household. He is a strong leader and a caring father, who holds the Addams’ traditions and values — to honor the family, love, and death — in the highest level of importance.
Morticia Addams – the wife of Gomez Addams and the mother of Wednesday and Pugsley. Morticia shares the standard Addams family sensibilities: a taste for darkness, drama, and death. She is passionate, poised, and beautiful. Her husband, Gomez, is the love of her life, and she, in turn, has him wrapped around her little finger.
Uncle Fester – Gomez’s brother and, thus, Wednesday and Pugsley’s uncle. Throughout the play, Fester functions as a narrator of sorts, stepping out of the action at points to address the audience. He asks the audience questions, sings songs, and generally helps move the play forward.
Grandma – mother of Gomez and Fester. She lives in the attic where she drinks, smokes marijuana, and maintains her stock of potions. She is quick-witted, sarcastic, and funny. She is also caring and a good listener, willing to listen and offer her advice to any member of the family. The actress who plays Grandma must have strong comic sensibilities.
Wednesday Addams – the daughter of Gomez and Morticia and the older sister of Pugsley. The braided hell raiser we’ve seen in the comics has since grown up and is now a young woman of eighteen. She is a smart young woman with a dark sense of humor and a passionate nature that she inherited from her parents.
Pugsley Addams – the son of Morticia and Gomez Addams. He shares the Addamses’ preference for pain and mayhem; his favorite pursuits include being tortured by Wednesday. He counts his older sister to be his only friend.
Lurch – the faithful Addams family butler. He is a huge, hulking man — effect is often heightened with costuming. Lurch moves extremely slowly, much to the other characters’ frustrations at points. He does not speak through most of the play, instead communicating in low groans.
Mal Beineke – the father of Lucas and husband of Alice. He lives in Ohio where he owns a construction company. Mal is business-minded, logical, and determinedly normal. He sets very high expectations on his son, Lucas, who often feels pressured and criticized by this. He is resistant to the Addamses’ lifestyle; when he sets eyes on the decrepit Addams mansion, he immediately sees the business opportunity and wants to tear the place down.
Alice Beineke – is the mother of Lucas and wife of Mal. Unlike Morticia Addams, the mother of her son’s girlfriend, Alice is an impossibly kind, patient, and burdened wife. She often rhymes and writes corny little poems. However, this cheery exterior is really a front to hide how unhappy she is. Her marriage to Mal has lost its passion. Every day, she waits at home for him to return from work and then thanklessly caters to his every whim, before retiring to separate bedrooms.
Lucas Beineke – Wednesday Addams’ new boyfriend. He is rational, optimistic, and loyal. He is passionate and adores Wednesday as much as she does him. An aspiring poet, he is drawn to her passionate and impulsive nature. She, in turn, helps him come out of his shell and live a more adventurous life, with fervor and zest.
The Addams Ancestors – function as the chorus of the show. They are summoned from the dead by the Addams family in the opening scene. It is part of the family’s annual ritual to celebrate life and the Addams values. However, Fester retains their presence on Earth to help him aid Wednesday as she brings her new boyfriend home. Each of the ancestors is an Addams family member from a different time period. They should be markedly different and specific in their costumes so that the audience immediately recognizes their native time and place.

 

Performing Arts: Class Act Productions

Class Act Productions has been performing plays with local students since 1996.
Class Act Productions has been performing plays with local students since 1996.

For theater connoisseurs in The Woodlands looking for downtown theater quality but not wanting to make the trip or pay theater prices, Class Act Productions has offered community theater performed by talented young actors from their own community for 16 years. “I think Class Act just has an extremely high quality production,” Class Act marketing director Christine Cherry said. “We do live music with a live orchestra at all of our live productions. The production value is as close as you’re going to get to a downtown quality of theater.”

The nonprofit theater organization features young actors primarily from The Woodlands area, although the actor base has grown to include students from Conroe, Spring, Klein, Magnolia and Tomball, Cherry said. “Shrek: The Musical” just completed its run in February, but auditions are upcoming for “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific” in April. The show is scheduled for July 11–13 and 18–20. click here for complete story

The Cynthia Woods Pavilion announces 25th Performing Arts Season

This year marks The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion’s 25th Season of presenting exceptional performing arts events, educational outreach programs and live music.

The jazz group, Spyro Gyra, opens up The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion’s 25th Performing Arts Season with a concert April 12, 2014. The concert features songs from one of the band’s first albums, “Morning Dance.”
The jazz group, Spyro Gyra, opens up The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion’s 25th Performing Arts Season with a concert April 12, 2014. The concert features songs from one of the band’s first albums, “Morning Dance.”

The Pavilion opened April 27, 1990, with the Houston Symphony. Other performers in the inaugural season included Frank Sinatra, Alabama, Garth Brooks, James Taylor, Heart, Jimmy Buffett, Santana, Depeche Mode and more. George P. Mitchell, founder of The Woodlands, along with his wife Cynthia Woods Mitchell, for whom The Pavilion is named, dreamed of creating a first-class performing arts facility for The Woodlands since the community’s inception in 1974. They envisioned the facility as a venue for classical performances and educational events, as well as popular music. click here for complete story

 

 

College Park Theater: Little Shop of Horrors

little_shopLITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS

Book by, Howard Ashman, Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Howard Ashman

Jan. 23-25, 2014

Based on the film by Roger Corman (screenplay by Charles Griffith), this affectionate spoof of 1950s sci-fi movies follows a down-and out skid row floral assistant who becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving for fresh blood. Soon “Audrey II” grows into an ill-tempered, foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore who offers him fame and fortune in exchange for feeding its growing appetite, finally revealing itself to be an alien creature poised for global domination!  One of the longest-running Off-Broadway shows of all time, this cult classic has become a household name, thanks to a highly successful film version and a score by Alan Menken that is charming, tuneful and hilarious.