Monthly Archives: March 2012

Annual Membership Meeting Slated for April 28

The Board of Directors has announced that the annual meeting of the membership of Baytown Little Theater is scheduled for Saturday, April 28 at 2:00 PM. This coincides with the closing weekend of the theater’s production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, so the meeting will be on Saturday instead of the usual Sunday meeting that many are accustomed to.

The membership meeting is held in compliance with the theater’s bylaws, which call for a gathering in April every year to conduct the theater’s normal business, including electing members to the Board of Directors, considering any changes to the bylaws, and hearing reports from the Board, officers, and committees regarding the operations of the theater and plans for the future. All members are urged to come be a part of the meeting.

If your membership is not up-to-date, (new memberships were due with the beginning of the 2012 season with our recent production A Chorus Line) you can renew your membership on-line or at the meeting April 28. Only those with current memberships are eligible to vote on any matters such as Board of Directors or changes to the bylaws, if any.

BLTeens Auditions Change

The audition date for the upcoming BLTeens production of Starmites has been postponed. Due to the high number of families who will be out-of-town or involved in other activities, the audition date for the youth production of Starmites has been changed to Saturday, March 24, at 3:00 PM. Youth age 18 and younger are encouraged to audition. No experience is required.

This is a great opportunity to put your talents on the display. Even if you have never participated in a BLT play or workshop, come out and join the fun on this production. If you would like any more information regarding the auditions please e-mail John at BLTeens@baytown.littletheatre.org

Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” Next Up at BLT

Baytown Little Theater presents Shakespeare’s intriguing comedy, Twelfth Night or What You Will. One of the Bard’s most popular plays, Twelfth Night has been produced numerous times on stage, screen, television, and radio.

Written in 1601 or 1602, the play was a favorite during the Renaissance. The title itself prepares the audience for a time of merrymaking and general foolery involving unrequited love, mistaken identities, and mischievous pranks. Twelfth Night refers to the twelfth night after Christmas Day, called the Eve of the Feast of Epiphany, a day of revelry in which servants dressed up as royalty, women as men, and men as women. In Shakespeare’s play, class and gender are major issues.

The main plot concerns mistaken identity.  Viola, the leading character, disguises herself as a young man after a shipwreck separates her from her twin brother, Sebastian, and lands her on the shores of Illyria, ruled by Orsino, a noble duke.  Viola’s dressing exactly as Sebastian creates considerable confusion toward the end of the play when Sebastian unexpectedly appears.

In order to assess her situation in an unknown land, Viola offers her services to the duke and takes the name of Cesario.  Impressed with the young “man,” Orsino offers Cesario the position of messenger to the noblewoman Olivia, whom he loves.  Actually, Orsino seems to be in love with the idea of love, for he has seen Olivia only once.  The plot thickens when Olivia, impressed with Viola/Cesario’s looks and beautiful speeches, falls in the love with her/him.  Ironically, Viola/Cesario falls in love with Orsino when he takes her/him into his confidence and reveals his deep affection for Olivia. This mix-up, which includes gender confusion and unrequited love, is the major conflict in the story.

A subplot, providing several comic interludes, involves a clever, conniving gentlewoman, Maria, and a jolly, rowdy drunkard, Sir Toby Belch, Olivia’s uncle.  They contrive to trick Malvolio, a straitlaced, self-righteous steward in Olivia’s household, in believing that Olivia is in love with him.  Malvolio’s ambition to marry Olivia and become Count Malvolio is revealed when he acts, dresses, and speaks in a manner that he thinks will win Olivia’s love.  Instead, his behavior repels her and she proclaims that he must be a victim of “midsummer madness.”

One of the most interesting characters in the comedy is Feste, Olivia’s fool or clown.  As in most of Shakespeare’s plays, the fool usually has the best lines—lines that seem silly on the surface but underneath reveal deeper, even profound, truths.  Feste’s beautiful songs also are revealing comments on love’s pains and sufferings as well as love’s joys.  Appropriately, the play begins with one of the most famous lines in Shakespeare’s canon:  “If music be the food of love, play on.”

The BLT production opens April 13 with subsequent performances April 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, and 29. Tickets will be available online at this website on March 12, or reservations can be made by calling the theatre at 281.424.7617.

Notes provided by Julia Jay.

Spring is the Time for Youth

It’s March, and when March comes around at BLT, many of our members begin asking, “What’s going on with the Youth activities? What are we taking to TNT this year?” TNT is shorthand for the Texas Nonprofit Theatre’s annual Youth Conference, which the Baytown Little Theater youth have participated in for the past dozen years. It takes place in June, and we have to begin making preparations for an exciting production right now.

Under the leadership of John Morales, the BLTeens have had a great year, with classes beginning in August and continuing to now, but the classes are coming to an end for this school year to make way for the upcoming youth show: Starmites Lite. Starmites is an 80s themed broadway musical wherein a girl enters her comic book and becomes a super heroine. Auditions for Starmites Lite will be held at the Baytown Little Theater on March 17th at 11 A M. The BLTeens will preview the show at the BLT and will perform it at the Texas Nonprofit Theatres Youth Conference, June 6-10, in Lewisville, Texas.
For more information contact John Morales via e-mail, BLTeens@baytown.littletheater.org

This activity is open to all youth who are in grades 6 through 12 (parents of younger kids should inquire about the possibility of their participation). Show up at the BLT March 17 to get all of the information.