Monthly Archives: March 2013

Tickets On Sale for “The Wake of Jamey Foster”, Surprising Henley Play Next Up

BLT continues its string of wonderful theater offerings for the 2013 season, with Beth Henley’s comedy of family dysfunction, in the vein of her Crimes of the Heart, a recent offering of the BLT. Wake will open Friday April 12, with champagne and hors d’oeuvres, and continue through Sunday, April 28. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 PM, and Sundays at 2:30 PM. This production is directed by BLT first-time director Fred White. For more cast information, click here.

And please don’t forget the BLT annual membership meeting scheduled for Saturday, April 27, at 10:00 AM at the theater. More information coming on that.

Work Day at BLT for this Saturday

The BLT Board of Directors has put out the call. Please join us tomorrow morning (Saturday, March 23, 9:00-noonish) for a general clean-up/organize day. Nothing too heavy is planned. We’ve just got a lot of junk that needs stacking, sorting, storing, and hopefully throwing out. And we need your help. We need some hands. This is a great way to join your best friends in the world for a little constructive maintenance.

You know someone’s got to do it. It won’t be hard with your help.

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Saturday is the last day for the activities of the TNT Annual Conference, and as such it is packed with a variety of important activities. First on the agenda was helping make coffee for the attendees. As a primary corporate sponsor of the conference, Baytown Little Theater was acknowledged for providing the complimentary coffee, so we took on the task of making sure there was coffee made and ready for sleepy conferees when they arrived for their first workshops. After that, I attended an adjudication workshop discussing the ins, outs, and issues regarding judging play festivals, like picking winners and providing constructive feedback to participants.

The next workshop featured actor/playwright Del Shores, who wrote the comedy Sordid Lives, which was performed by BLT in 2006 and taken to this same festival in 2007. Hearing Shores discuss the sources for some of his fascinating comic characters was certainly one of the highlights of the week. The afternoon featured two play performances in the final show block: a deeply honest and revealing play about the tortured life of singer Billie Holiday, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, and featuring songs made famous by the legendary songstress; and Five Nickels, presented by S.T.A.G.E. Inc., Bulverde, a pleasant romantic comedy of two lonely middle-age friends meeting at church.

The evening will culminate in the gala and awards ceremony, at which the results of the festival will be announced. We are excited to share these with you. Stay tuned.

Report from Lewisville 5

Today was Quad IV Day at the Texas Nonprofit Theatre AACTFest 2013 conference, with performances by all four of the theatres from the southeastern Texas quadrant that includes Baytown and neighboring cities. First was Port Arthur’s Act 1 Scene 1 presenting The Diary of Adam and Eve, which is a heart-felt adaptation of Mark Twain’s witty story of the First Couple. Approaching Lavendar was a delightful introduction of the Katy Visual & Performing Arts Center to TNT participants. They were a fun group to have at conference. Dickinson’s Bay Area Harbour Playhouse, led by legendary director Bennie Nipper, offered the comedy Dashing Through the Snow. And BLT’s God of Carnage capped off the night with a raucous performance that left the audience whooping with laughter. Baytown, you can be proud of your director, cast, and crew who have represented you with pride and confidence. All of the companies await the announcement of the results tomorrow night. There will be two more performances tomorrow afternoon.

BLT’s company includes, front row left, below, Amy Miller Martin, Chelsea Denard, Stephanie Whitley, Jaime Garza, and Taylor Dobbs. Back row, Kenny Haney, Stephen Bent, Ryan Marshall, and Ryan Martin.

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Today at the TNT AACTFest began with more workshops, learning about light control systems, fund-raising, stage managing, and other vital topics. Lunch was spent with a Subway sandwich and a meeting with other attendees from theatres in Quad IV, which is the southeastern quadrant of the state and includes representatives from around the Houston area, as far north as Nacogdoches, and east to Port Arthur. New leadership for the quad was chosen as BLT’s own Kathryn Saenger and Mandy Seymore-Sensat were named co-chairs. We can look for exciting opportunities to share achievements and ideas among theatres in our part of the state.

Today’s performances feature the four theatres from Quad IV, including BLT’s God of Carnage. Come back for more updates. This photo shows BLT’s Kim Martin modeling aprons made by Mary Lou Martin and donated to the silent auction.

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Today featured four shows as the kickoff to the primary activity of the TNT AACTFest Conference for 2013. Opening the performances was Desdemona, a play about a hamderchief, Paula Vogel’s riff on the female side of Shakespeare’s Othello: fun and erotic, but poignant. These Shining Lives is a stage version of the story of women who were subjected to exposure to radiation poisoning the workplace of the Twenties & Thirties in America. The evening block featured a tender Love, Loss, and What I Wore, written by sisters Nora & Delia Ephron, about the central theme of fashion in the lives of women. The evening ended (well, except for the hospitality suite) with the festival’s first of two musicals, Spring Awakening, a rock music adaptation of youthful sexual discovery, winner of the Tony for best musical in 2007.

The BLT company of God of Carnage, pictured below, awaits its opportunity to “show their stuff” Friday night.

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Auditions for Youth Production Announced

The Baytown Little Theater will hold auditions for a special production that will feature the youth of our area and our theater. With an appearance planned at the Texas Nonprofit Theatres annual Youth Conference in Odessa in June, this promises to be an exciting opportunity for young people with an interest and enthusiasm for performance to gain experience and become part of one of the outstanding youth theatre groups in the state of Texas.

Auditions will be held Sunday, March 17, at 3:00 PM at the Baytown Little Theater, 4828 Hugh Echols Blvd, with rehearsals to begin shortly after that date. Performances will be June 7, 8, 9, 21, 22, & 23, and participation at the youth conference will be June 12-16 for those chosen to work on this exciting show. For more information on the TNT conference, click on this link.

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The first day of the 2013 Texas Nonprofit Theatres Conference has begun. The theme this year is Survive & Thrive, in recognition of most of us having lived through the end of the world supposedly predicted by the Mayan calendar for December 21, 2012. Yes, we are still here, and we have come through the recent years better than ever, despite economic stress and the challenges of funding nonprofit artistic endeavors. Everyone here has great hopes for the coming years.

The conference offers three mornings of enticing workshops, such as Alathea Blischke’s Costuming on a Budget , and Rebecca Allard’s Funding the Arts: Mission Possible. but we’re really here for Texas AACTFest 2013, the biennial play festival to crown the outstanding production of community theatre in Texas that will represent the state at the regional level in April, hopefully the national AACTFest in Carmel, IN, in June. Ten Texas theatres will be performing in five show blocks over the next three days, with the advancing show announced at the awards ceremony Saturday evening.

Stay tuned for more.

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Report from Lewisville

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As I write this, the cast & crew of BLT’s God of Carnage, preparing for their performance at TNT’s AACTFest at the Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theatre, are demonstrating their focus and dedication to putting on the best show they can. Under the direction of Taylor Dobbs, this group is well disciplined, with time spent getting the placement and assembly of the set pieces located precisely and acting exercises a part of their rehearsal ritual, even though a complete run-through is not on the agenda for tonight. This is all about becoming familiar with the stage, and moving the performance they’ve nurtured in rehearsals back in Baytown to a stage they’ve never seen before tonight.
So AD Jaime Garza, SM Stephanie Whitley, sound tech Stephen Bent, and crew member Ryan Marshall hustle about seeing to detail, Kenny Haney & Ryan Martin wield their tools to assemble the set pieces, and Amy Miller-Martin and Chelsea Denard take care to make sure the furniture is spaced perfectly, even as these same actors give their ear and their energies to follow the guiding directions of director Taylor Dobbs. This group is representing the Baytown Little Theater just as we would want them to do on any stage in the country. Break a leg, G of C.
Click here to learn about Lewisville’s Grand Theatre.

God of Carnage: 2 Special Performances This Week

The Baytown Little Theater is proud to present two performances of our award-winning entry in the American Association of Community Theatre’s Festival of Plays. Baytown supporters can see this play presented Thursday, March 7, and Friday, March 8, at 8:00 PM, before it travels to Lewisville, Texas, for the Texas Nonprofit Theatres’ biennial state competition, where it will be performed Friday, March 15, at 7:30 PM in the Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theatre. See the post below for more information on this exciting event. But come out Thursday or Friday and enjoy our fabulously talented cast as they present one of the most acclaimed comedies of the past ten years.

This production is not a part of our regular season. Tickets are not available in advance, but can be purchased at the door for $10, with cash, check, or credit card. Seating will be general admission.

Please note: this show is recommended for mature audiences due to language and subject matter.