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Houston Area Students Perform The Just So Stories

Three Aunts

For Immediate Release

November 21, 2014

Houston Area Students Perform The Just So Stories
December 12 – 14, 2014

 

Based on classic stories by Rudyard Kipling like “How the Elephant Got His Trunk” and “How the Camel Got His Hump”, The Just So Stories combine fun storytelling with lively action and colorful characters.  Nine students from Main Street Theater’s Education Department will bring these marvelous tales to life through the characters of Kipling’s spirited daughter and her friends.  The stories were adapted for the stage by Joseph Robinette.  There are 3 public performances: Friday and Saturday, December 12 and 13, at 7:30pm, and Sunday, December 14 at 3:30pm.  Performances will be held at Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart, 10202 Memorial Dr, Houston, TX 77024.  For tickets, call 713-524-6706 or log on to MainStreetTheater.com.  All tickets are $5 (including a $1 facility fee; additional fees apply if purchasing online).

The Production 

The cast is comprised of nine Houston-area students ages 8 – 14 and includes Alex Farmer, Ava Fisher, Olivia Keville, Lani McHenry, Sami Nassar, Mignon Perque, Camden Schultz, Ezra Serebrin, and Laxmi Thakkar.

Professional artists direct and design all MST Rehearsal & Performance class productions.  , Zack Varela is the Director.  Jasmine Blas is the Assistant Director.  Alan Gonzalez is the Costume Designer, and Rodney Walsworth is the Set and Properties designer.

About MST’s Education Department

Now in its 27th season, MST’s Education Department Main Street Theater offers students a performing arts playground where professional theater artists serve as mentors. With an emphasis on creativity and collaboration, we provide hands-on opportunities for students to make an original contribution in all aspects of play production.  In support of Main Street Theater’s mission, Main Street’s Education Department provides a significant resource in the community for education in theater and classical theater for kids, families and educators.  Through year-round classes, outreach programs, and camps both on-site and at satellite locations, students develop their voices, bodies, and imaginations in a challenging and fun curriculum, taught by professional artists and arts educators.

Main Street Theater’s education programs offer a wide range of classes for students of all skill levels, including individual audition coaching sessions, high school workshops, and a Summer Performing Arts Camp.  The Rehearsal and Performance system includes classes for students at two levels:  those who are ready to audition for plays for the public and those who want to hone their skills by producing a play in a “style and storylab” context for family and friends.  For more information or to register for classes and camps, please call 713-524-7998 or log on to MainStreetTheater.com

Jonathan Gonzalez is Director of Education.  Lauren Evans is Assistant Director of Education.

 

Main Street Theater was founded in 1975.  The organization currently produces plays at two locations, 2540 Times Boulevard in Rice Village and for the 2014-15 season only, our Theater for Youth is housed at Talento Bilingüe de Houston.  Our MainStage is in its 15th season operating under an Actors’ Equity Association union contract.  The MainStage features new works (including numerous world and regional premieres), rediscovered classics, passionate revivals, works by female playwrights, and neglected musicals in the intimate setting of our Rice Village location.  Our Theater for Youth is Houston’s most-attended theater for young audiences, serving over 138,000 children and families from the greater Houston area in school performances, weekend family matinees and tours to schools and community centers across the state of Texas.  Plays are selected based on literature children are reading at home or at school.  Our Education Department offers students a performing arts playground where professional theater artists serve as mentors.  In support of Main Street Theater’s mission, our Education Department provides a significant resource in the community for education in theater and classical theater for children, families and educators and provides classes and camps (on and off-site) as well as programs in residential treatment facilities for Harris County youth.

Main Street Theater is a member of Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national service organization for not-for-profit theaters, of Theatre for Young Audiences/USA (formerly ASSITEJ), the world theatre network of theatre for children and young people, and a founding member of Houston Arts Partners.  MST’s MainStage operates under Actors’ Equity Association Small Professional Theater contract.  Main Street Theater is funded in part by grants from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, and the Texas Commission on the Arts.

 

Nine Houston-area students who reside in the following zip codes make up the cast:

77005, 77006, 77008, 77030, 77056, 77057, 77098, and 77450

 

There are 3 performances open to the public:

Friday and Saturday, December 12 and 13, at 7:30pm, and Sunday, December 14 at 3:30pm.  Performances will be held at Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart, 10202 Memorial Dr, Houston, TX 77024.

 

Photos are by Kaitlyn Walker.