CASTING HER SPELL THIS DECEMBER, TONY AWARD WINNER DEBBIE GRAVITTE COMPLETES THE CAST FOR SLEEPING BEAUTY AND HER WINTER KNIGHT
Houston, TX - Broadway star and Tony Award winner, Debbie Gravitte, has joined the cast of SLEEPING BEAUTY AND HER WINTER KNIGHT as the evil fairy, “Carabosse”, completing the cast for the upcoming holiday production at Theatre Under The Stars! Gravitte won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for JEROME ROBBINS’ BROADWAY. She has also appeared on Broadway in THEY’RE PLAYING OUR SONG, BLUES IN THE NIGHT, ZORBA, LES MISERABLES and CHICAGO. She has performed with over 175 orchestras around the world, including being a frequent guest with the Houston Symphony Orchestra. Her television credits include Trial and Error (CBS) and Pursuit of Happiness (NBC) and she can be heard as one of the voices in Disney’s film THE LITTLE MERMAID. SLEEPING BEAUTY AND HER WINTER KNIGHT, which is presented by Theatre Under The Stars and Lythgoe Family Panto, also stars Broadway and Seinfeld star John O’Hurley as “The King of Houston”; star of Disney’s Teen Beach Movie, Garrett Clayton, as “The Prince of River Oaks”; star of Disney’s Best Friends Whenever, Lauren Taylor, as “Princess Aurora”; American Idol’s, Vonzell Solomon, as “The Good Fairy”, from Henry Danger on Nickelodeon, Ben Giroux, as “Silly Billy”, and from the National Tour of HAPPY DAYS, Jeff Sumner as “Nanny Tickle”. As previously announced, the creative team for the production includes Director, Linda Goodrich (TUTS 2016 production of MARY POPPINS), Choreographer, Spencer Liff (Emmy nominee for So You Think You Can Dance), Music Director, Jim Vukovich, and Music Supervisor, Michael Orland (American Idol). SLEEPING BEAUTY AND HER WINTER KNIGHT is written by Kris Lythgoe, with unique Houston customization to the script. His producing partner and co-founder of LFP, Becky Lythgoe, also serves as Casting Director and loves to bring stars from stage and screen together with local artists in their productions. SLEEPING BEAUTY AND HER WINTER KNIGHT tells the story of Princess Aurora who is cursed by an evil fairy, Carabosse, and of the handsome Prince who is on a quest to save his Sleeping Beauty before it’s too late. An updated version of the classic Grimm fairytale, in the style of a traditional British family Panto, SLEEPING BEAUTY AND HER WINTER KNIGHT is a singing and soaring winter adventure that features family-friendly magic, with a comedic twist, dancing (with So You Think You Can Dance alumni), a live pony, interaction with the audience and contemporary music from Jessie J’s “Domino” to John Legend’s “All Of Me”, Pharrell Williams “Happy” to Survivor’s “Eye of The Tiger” and more. SLEEPING BEAUTY AND HER WINTER KNIGHT runs December 12 - 24, 2017 in Sarofim Hall at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. Special offers are available including opportunities for groups and Family 4 Packs for $99. Additionally, a limited quantity of Golden Tickets are available as an add-on feature. A Golden Ticket allows the ticketholder (children only) a special on-stage experience during the production. To learn more about any of these options, and to purchase tickets, contact the Theatre Under The Stars Box Office at 713-558TUTS(8887) or visit TUTS.com. This production of SLEEPING BEAUTY AND HER WINTER KNIGHT is possible in part thanks to the generous support of production sponsors, Accenture, Enbridge, and the Four Seasons Hotel Houston. Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital is the official healthcare partner of Theatre Under The Stars. United Airlines is the official airline partner of Theatre Under The Stars. KTRK ABC-13 is the official media partner of Theatre Under The Stars. TUTS is supported in part by the City of Houston through the Theater District and the Texas Commission on the Arts.
THEATRE UNDER THE STARS RESCHEDULES CHORUS AUDITIONS FOR MEMPHIS
HOUSTON - Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) has rescheduled chorus auditions for its upcoming production of MEMPHIS, due street closures for the parade celebrating the Astros winning the World Series. The auditions, originally scheduled for November 3rd, have been rescheduled to Thursday, November 9th, 10 a.m. Male Dance Call, 11 a.m. Female Dance Call, and 12 PM Singer Call. Please note, dancers from the earlier call MAY be asked to stay and sing in the afternoon. For more information, visit TUTS.com/auditions. Inspired by actual events, MEMPHIS is about a white radio DJ who wants to change the world and a black club singer who is ready for her big break. Come along on their incredible journey to the ends of the airwaves – filled with laughter, soaring emotion and roof-raising rock ‘n’ roll. Winner of four 2010 Tony® Awards including Best Musical, MEMPHIS features a Tony®-winning book by Joe DiPietro (I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE and ALL SHOOK UP) and a Tony®-winning original score with music by Bon Jovi founding member David Bryan. MEMPHIS will be directed by TUTS Artistic Director, Dan Knechtges. MEMPHIS is scheduled to begin rehearsals on January 30, 2018, and will run February 20-March 4th with preview performances on February 20th and 21st, and Opening Night on February 22nd. This production of MEMPHIS is made possible thanks to the generous support of production sponsors, Apache Corporation and ConocoPhillips. Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital is the official healthcare partner of Theatre Under The Stars. United Airlines is the official airline partner of Theatre Under The Stars. KTRK ABC-13 is the official media partner of Theatre Under The Stars. TUTS is supported in part by the City of Houston through the Theater District and the Texas Commission on the Arts.
CONNECTING THE SILOS AN ARTIST INC-HOUSTON GROUP SHOWCASE ON VIEW: NOVEMBER 1 - DECEMBER 13, 2017 OPENING RECEPTION: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 6-8PM
Connecting the Silos, is an interdisciplinary group show featuring new collaborative works by twenty-seven Houstonbased visual and performing artists with disciplines ranging from music, film, dance, public art, photography, fashion, and painting. The collaborative nature of the exhibition will result in a dynamic multi-media showcase of installation and performance art. Participating artists are 2017 graduates of Fresh Arts’ Artist INC-Houston program. Through Artist INC-Houston, these artists – selected through a juried process – gathered for one night a week for eight weeks to learn business skills specific to their art practice and apply those skills cooperatively with their peers. Artist INC ended in May 2017, but the artists who participated requested an opportunity to present work with their newly-discovered peers across disciplines. This is how Connecting the Silos was born. Opening Reception (NEW DATE): Wednesday, November 8, 6-8pm Performances and Artist Talks to be announced Public Viewing Hours: November 1-December 13, 2017 Monday-Saturday, 9am-6pm Location: The Silos on Sawyer // Gallery 100 1502 Sawyer Street, Houston, TX 77007 Public viewing hours: 9am-6pm