Open auditions for the BLT summer musical Fiddler on the Roof will be held June 2 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm, then again on June 3 and 4 at 7:00 pm
Auditions will be conducted at Lee College Performing Art Center, 200 Lee Drive, Baytown, TX 77520. Click on the link for map and directions.
No particular preparations are required. Music and dance will be taught as required for the various roles available. Auditions are open to the public. Theater membership is required for those cast in the show.
The Baytown Little Theater is pleased to announce the upcoming youth theater summer workshops. All workshops are taught by Carrie McRay and will be conducted at Gentry Junior School, 1919 East Archer Road (click for map), across from Stallworth Stadium. For ages 6-11, a one week workshop is offered June 17-21, 1:00 to 4:00 PM. For older youth, ages 12-18, a more challenging two week workshop runs July 8 through 19. Two class times are offered to meet summer schedules: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, and 6:00 to 9:00 PM.
Click here to go to the registration form to register your child. Fill out a form for each child being registered. You will be contacted about payment arrangements.
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.
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.
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.
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.