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Dallas Symphony Orchestra returns to Kidd Springs Park on Thursday June 3rd for a free outdoor concert at 8:15 p.m. 711 West Canty St. 75208. Cara Mia Theater will provide entertainment starting at 7 p.m. Food trucks, vendors and artisans are invited to participate in the Kidd Springs Central Festival starting at 5 p.m. to encourage more attendees to this free event. For more information or to become a food truck or artisan vendor call 214.718.2384 or email kiddsprings.central@gmail.com. Visit www.kiddspringscentral.org for more information.

The Dallas Symphony Parks Concert at Kidd Springs is sponsored by Methodist Health System, GFT Charity and supported in part by funds from the Office of Arts and Culture, City of Dallas. The Kidd Springs Park Concert will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather.

Celebrate the start of summer with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in a free outdoor concert filled with patriotic music and American classics conducted by Michelle Merrill. Additional concerts will be held at Flag Pole Hill on May 31st at 8:15 p.m. (rain site: Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center) and at Paul Quinn College on June 15th at 8:15 p.m. (rain site: The Tiger’s Den Gymnasium). Visit www.dallassymphony.org for more information.

The DSO’s top priority is the health and safety of their staff, musicians, and audiences. Therefore, DSO requests the following safety protocols be observed when attending the DSO concert:

  • Masks are not required, but they are encouraged when you are not seated with your group.
  • Social distancing is important; please maintain six feet from others outside your immediate group.
  • Gatherings are limited to groups of 10 – please be courteous and keep six feet between groups.
  • Sanitizing stations will be available throughout each event. If you are waiting in line, please stay six feet apart. Masks and sanitizer will be provided upon request while supplies last.
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The award-winning Fort Bend Boys Choir of Texas makes their Dallas Arts District debut as part of their 2021-We Will Sing On! summer performance tour Tuesday, June 8 at the Cathedral Guadalupe located at 2215 Ross Avenue 75201. The concert, to be held in the sanctuary, is free and open to the public. Fort Bend Boys Choir has two additional concerts scheduled in their 2021-We Will Sing On! summer performance tour: Sunday, June 6 at 4:00 p.m. in College Station’s A&M United Methodist Church and Monday, June 7 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Monica Catholic Church in Dallas. Visit www.fbbctx.org or call (281) 240-3800 for more information. Covid-19 safety protocols will be in effect for all concerts.

“We feel so fortunate to be able to tour and sing for the community, especially in the historic Dallas Arts District, after this year of COVID uncertainty,” said William R. Adams, founder and artistic director. “We’ve adapted to wearing masks and social distancing while singing, quite successfully, even performing publicly for several holiday concerts. We have not sung in Dallas since 1984 and we are extremely excited for this opportunity. Our Tour Choirboys are thrilled to perform in Dallas.”

This 39-year-old nonprofit organization has ties to the Dallas area, with some choir alumni living and going to school here. One such alumnus is John Holiday who was a 2020 Top 5 finalist on “The Voice!” He received a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Southern Methodist University and is an accomplished operatic countertenor who has performed with a number of opera companies. He recently performed for the Dallas Opera’s “Welcome Back” Song Series in April 2021 and is scheduled to return to the Dallas Opera in March 2022. “Being a member changed my life exponentially. Not only have I made lifelong friends but the performance tours through the USA and abroad helped prepare me for the professional life I have today,” said Holiday. “Mr. Adams had great faith in me and one of the lessons he taught me as a choirboy is one I still use to this day – No matter whether I am singing to an audience of one or one thousand, I will always give it my all.” John says, “I encourage you to run, not walk, to one of their concerts and you’ll see why your life will be changed too. I am so happy that the Fort Bend Boys Choir of Texas is making their Dallas Arts District debut and bringing some hope and inspiration to the community.”

“When Mr. Adams reached out to me to let me know they were planning this concert series, I was immediately taken back to my time in the choir. I remembered how much I gained from my experience singing and performing with the Tour Choir,” said City of Dallas District One Arts and Culture Advisory Commissioner, Augustine “Tino” Jalomo and SMU Meadows School of the Arts graduate. “Of course, I did not realize it then, but I learned about the discipline it takes to be a performing member in an ensemble and having the members depend on you to know your music, know your part and movement even. I count Mr. Adams among those favorite teachers I had in life and I Iook forward to seeing him conduct and to hearing the choir in the beautiful Cathedral Guadalupe in the Dallas Arts District.” Jalomo was one of the original members of the Fort Bend Boys Choir of Texas and sang for three years.

The 2021-We Will Sing On! Summer performance tour consists of three free concerts – Sunday, June 6 at 4:00 p.m. in College Station’s A&M United Methodist Church 417 University Dr, College Station 77840, Monday, June 7 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Monica Catholic Church at 9933 Midway Rd, Dallas 75220 and Tuesday, June 8 at 7:00 p.m. in the Cathedral Guadalupe in the Dallas Arts District at 2215 Ross Avenue 75201. All concerts are free and Covid-19 safety protocols will be followed.

For more information about the Fort Bend Boys Choir of Texas and their performance schedule, visit www.fbbctx.org or call (281) 240-3800. You can also find them on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.

About Fort Bend Boys Choir of Texas

Founded in 1982, the Fort Bend Boys Choir of Texas began as one choir with 45 boys and grew to 125-150 boys in four ensembles. The Fort Bend Boys Choir of Texas has been recognized for many artistic accomplishments including performing with notable performers like Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Kenny Rogers, the Manhattan Transfer, Shirley Jones, and Audra MacDonald. They have also performed with the English Symphony, Mexico City Symphony, Houston Symphony, and other notable symphony orchestras. A recording artist of ten (10) CDs, the Fort Bend Boys Choir has also sung for Pope John Paul II, 3 U.S. Presidents and won an “Addy” award for television commercial excellence. Recently, the Tour Choir’s unique version of Beethoven’s Ode to Joy from their Heavenly Euphoria CD was featured in the 2020 Polish movie called “The Hater.” In addition, the choirboys recorded six songs for the critically acclaimed summer 2020 release of a role-playing game called Wasteland 3.

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24HourDallas – the non-profit organization dedicated to creating a safe, vibrant and diverse nighttime culture for businesses, residents and guests – debuts Dallas Digithon, the first 24-hour online streaming variety show November 7 and 8 starting at 12 noon broadcasting from On the Levee, 1108 Quaker Street 75207 and benefiting Dallas artists. Viewers can tune in at www.DallasDigithon.com.

The Dallas Digithon will feature Dallas artists representing disciplines from the performing and visual arts including food, fashion and photography in an online variety show format streaming live for 24 hours. Artists who live in Dallas or primarily work in Dallas are invited to apply and submit their work for consideration in this year’s first www.DallasDigithon.com.

“24HourDallas is committed to raising awareness on how the creative industry has been crippled and affected significantly more disproportionately than other industries during this pandemic. Creative occupations in the performing and fine arts represented a third of wage employment losses according to the Brookings’ study Lost Art,” says Randall White, 24HourDallas founder. “In the same time period, the creative industry nationally lost over 150 billion dollars and 2.7 million jobs. The DFW market lost 2.7 million dollars and nearly 56,000 jobs. We need to use this 24-hour Dallas Digithon to emphasize how dire our situation is. Dallas has some of the finest talent in the world. We need to remind everyone of this and by doing so, raise funds to provide emergency grants directly to the artists.”

“Our goal is to raise a minimum of $25,000, which will allow us to provide funding for 75 to 100 artists who are creative engines of our nighttime economy. Artists and arts organizations from all disciplines are invited to apply to have their work represented in the 24-hour variety www.dallasdigithon.com. Dallas artists can also apply for a relief grant on our website” concludes White.

For more information or to get involved with the Dallas Digithon, please contact Augustine Jalomo at 214.718.2384 and augustinej@gmail.com or Rhiannon Martin at Rhiannon.martin214@gmail.com and 214.228.3247.

For more information about 24HourDallas, contact Randall White at 214.457.0615 or at randall@24hourdallas.org.

About 24HourDallas

24HourDallas is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit that encourages collaborations, incubates cultural activity, champions sociable districts, and inspires business development, all to the benefit of Dallas' nighttime economy. The mission of 24HourDallas is to create a safe, vibrant, and diverse nighttime culture for businesses, residents, and guests. For more information, visit www.24hourdallas.org.

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107092523_2752537764983150_6175144207511767209_o ( The Rob Holbert Group

Experience the ultimate evening of jazz with the Rob Holbert Group at Dallas’ newest and most talked about semi-private venue, On the Levee, located in the Design District Friday, September 18 starting at 9 p.m. The concert is produced in association with The Dallas Music Network (DMN) known for its high production values in sound, lights, and video. Tickets start at $26.50 and can be purchased here. On the Levee is located at 1108 Quaker Street, Dallas 75207.

The Rob Holbert Group, under the direction of saxophonist and vocalist Rob Holbert, includes Norman Williams and David Brashier. Well known for their delivery of Smooth Jazz, Standards and Classics, their high energy, and sometimes-eclectic arrangements of songs, sets them apart from most other Jazz groups today and they often include unique takes on R&B classics. The group has performed at numerous events throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth area and beyond including The Oasis 107.5 AfterWork Escape, Sambuca Jazz Cafe, Brooklyn Jazz, SoHo Food and Jazz, Buttons Jazz Cafe, Buttons Restaurants and The Dallas Museum of Art Concert Series. Visit www.robholbert.com for more information.

Visit www.onthelevee.com for more information or to book your event.

Purchase tickets at https://dallas-music-network.ticketleap.com/robert-hobert-group-is-on-the-levee/dates/Sep-18-2020_at_0900PM.

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Kidd Springs Recreation Center Community Yard Sale Saturday June 1st from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Space is now available for the annual KIDD SPRINGS RECREATION CENTER COMMUNITY YARD SALE on Saturday June 1, 2019 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 711 West Canty St. Dallas 75208. Space is only $25 and benefits the Kidd Springs Recreation Center.

Participants must be 18 years or older to register and you must bring your own tables, chairs, bags and/ or change. Only family-oriented items will be allowed for sale. See below for complete list of information.

To purchase your spot, please call 214.670.7535 or email Oscar.Zamora@dallascityhall.com.

Important Information for You:

  • Parking Lot Entrance opens at 6:30am for drop off and unloading (Upper Lot)
  • Vehicles must be unloaded and removed from the parking lot by 7:30am
  • You bring your own tables, chairs, racks, bags and change
  • No weapons, ammunition, animals, food, candy or drinks of any kind may be sold from your space
  • Family Oriented Merchandise Only (Any questionable merchandise will be removed at our discretion)
  • All items must fit within your parking space and not extend beyond lines
  • Spaces are on a first come, first serve basis
  • No alcohol or loud music permitted; No dressing rooms available; No electricity available
  • Only Adults 18 & Up may purchase space(s) and space must be purchased to participate in sale
  • Goodwill Donation Truck will be on-site (they will not accept furniture, mattresses or TV’s)
  • May not re-enter the parking lot with your vehicle until 2:00pm—check out with staff before leaving
  • All remaining items and trash must be removed from parking lot by 3:00pm
  • Limited Spaces Available - Stop by today to reserve your space - Open to the community
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Dallas Green Alliance PAC to Host Fundraiser for a ‘Greener’ City Council 

The Dallas Green Alliance, a Political Action Committee (PAC) created to provide campaign funds and support for environmentally friendly Dallas City Council candidates, is hosting “Gather for Common Ground,’ a festive evening of cuisine and conversation at Casa Stellina, 3004 Main Street in Deep Ellum (www.casastellina.com), Sunday, April 14, 2019 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $50 each.

Our Keynote Speaker will be Jim Schutze. Jim Schutze has been the city columnist for the Dallas Observer since 1998. He has been a recipient of the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies’ national award for best commentary and Lincoln University’s national Unity Award for writing on civil rights and racial issues. In 2011 he was admitted to the Texas Institute of Letters.

We will have fantastic food provided by Chefs Sharon Van Meter of 3015 Trinity Groves, Peter David Barlow, Joshua Harmon, David Anthony Temple, and Mark Wootton! Cocktails furnished by Ilegal Mezcal, beer from Deep Ellum Brewing Co and wine! Live music from Deep Ellum's own Gin Jam Band!

The Dallas Green Alliance PAC was founded in June of 2014 with the goal of trying to support Council and Mayoral Representatives to win a majority and build a coalition of Green friendly candidates.

The May 4th municipal and mayoral elections are a pivotal time for new thinking. This may be the most important election Dallas has seen in decades. We want opportunities to improve the quality of life in Dallas, in all neighborhoods, provide green open spaces for generations to come, and help build sustainable, earth friendly policies in one of our Nation's largest cities.

For us to work together and achieve our shared goals we're asking for your support and involvement. This event is a fantastic way to do just that, to meet other friendly folks face to face, maybe present your personal concerns directly to candidates, and to find other avenues for involvement. You are and will meet the other forerunners and pioneers working for a more Equal, Just, and Greener Dallas. 

For more information visit www.DallasGreenAlliance.org. Get your tickets here: https://www.dallasgreenalliance.org/fundraising-party or pay at the door. 

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Charles Haley

The Well Community Auxiliary, which supports The Well Community, a nonprofit organization serving adults dealing with severe mental illnesses, will host its very first benefit WellSpring Celebration Luncheon on Thursday, April 4, at the historical Belo Mansion, 2101 Ross Avenue, Dallas from 12 to 1:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale at $100 and can be purchased online at wellcommunity.org/wellspring.

The event starts at noon and will feature a riveting conversation with Charles Haley—the Dallas Cowboy legend and Hall of Famer. Haley faced the isolating effects of mental illness during his NFL career with his diagnosis of bipolar disorder. Charles will discuss parts of his journey with veteran and award-winning television sports anchor and broadcast journalist Scott Murray. Guests to the luncheon will learn more from them about mental health, stigma and the role the community has in bringing hope and healing. Over time, Haley has helped others dealing with mental health challenges find common ground and acceptance—two key values The Well Community provides for its members as they regain stability and purpose.

“The thing that I find most intriguing and that took me a long time to understand is that when you have mental illness, you have to take responsibility for it,” says Haley. Haley has done just that and has also become an educator and advocate to help others understand. “When people hear the words ‘mental illness,’ they think there is something seriously, seriously wrong. It’s just a chemical imbalance in the brain.”

At the WellSpring Celebration Luncheon, the Super Bowl champ will also be the first recipient of the new Courage and Advocacy Award. Ann Tabony will receive the Founder’s Award for her years of volunteer service as art teacher at The Well Community.

“We are thrilled to have Charles Haley share his journey with us,” says Vickie Fisk, President of The Well Auxiliary. “His story educates, inspires and encourages all who live with mental health conditions, as well as those of us who want to support them.”

According to Alice Zaccarello, Executive Director of The Well Community, “This Dallas Cowboy Hall of Famer not only had the grit to become a five-time Super Bowl champ but even more remarkable, he has learned to manage bipolar disorder and become a spokesman, an advocate, a champion for mental health. I know his words will help us all become better informed and greatly motivated so that we can help combat stigma and become advocates for mental health care.”

Information on becoming a sponsor for the WellSpring Celebration Luncheon is available at wellcommunity.org/wellspringsponsors.

Sponsors for the inaugural WellSpring Celebration Luncheon include*:

K&P Gates, LLP

Elizabeth and Ryan Schorman

Shirlee and Chuck Bealke

Cindy Carpenter-Smith

Methodist Dallas Medical Center

Perdue Equities

Gabor Racz

Chad West, PLLC

Lisa Clayton

Eyecon, Inc

Stefani Held

Becky Hicks

*As of  03/04/19

For more information, email info@wellcommunity.org, call 214-393-5878, ext. 604 or visit wellcommunity.org. Sponsorship and tickets available at wellcommunity.org/wellspring

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Dallas Children’s Theater and the Baker Idea Institute convene local and national artists and residents for a new documentary, conversations, presentations and art exhibit on the legacy of Dr. Paul Baker, March 29 and March 30 at Dallas Children’s Theater, 5938 Skillman St., 75231, and Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, 2501 Flora St., 75201.

A Baker Weekend is divided into three parts to encourage guests to attend as much of the event as possible. Registration is free but required at BakerWeekend.eventbrite.com.

A Baker Weekend is the best way I can think of to honor the roots of the collective organizations that have evolved in our city as a result of the genius of our own Texas visionary, Dr. Paul Baker,” says Robyn Flatt, Founder and Executive Artistic Director of Dallas Children’s Theater. “As founder of the Dallas Theater Center and the first Director of Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Baker’s legacy continues to flourish and inspire artists, educators and administrators. A Baker Weekend brings everyone together to look at his philosophy, and his contribution and impact on the field of artistic creativity.” 

Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Dallas Theater Center, Dallas Arts District, Ignite Arts Dallas, SMU Meadows School of the Arts and the Office of Cultural Affairs City of Dallas are joining together to promote and support A Baker Weekend.

“Paul Baker was a visionary artist. His work as the founder and leader of Dallas Theater Center for twenty-five years serves not only as an amazing story that’s a beautiful window into the past, but also as a source of inspiration for all of us as we look to the future. It is for this reason that we are honored to be a partner in A Baker Weekend,” says Kevin Moriarty, Dallas Theater Center Artistic Director.

Dr. Scott Rudes, Principal, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, shares “Dr. Paul Baker was the founding Director of Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and since 1976 his genius and passion for the arts and academics has propelled generations of students on to a multitude of careers, not only in the arts, but in academia and engineering and in the sciences. That is a true testament to his vision of what this school should be. It should be a place to celebrate the learning and the genius that is inherent in every student.”

A Baker Weekend Program*

Friday, March 29 starting at 6:30 p.m. Dallas Children’s Theater, 5938 Skillman St.

  • Meet and Greet
  • Sneak peek of documentary about Dr. Paul Baker with an introduction by Kevin Moriarty, and remarks from Robyn Flatt and Reis Meyers McCormack, Film Maker
  • Clips from the Archives: The Baker Legacy with introduction by Robert Flynn, Author and Texas Literary Hall of Fame Honoree
  • Reception 

Saturday, March 30 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Booker T. Washington HSPVA, 2501 Flora St.

  • Baker Theatrical Journey Tour and Art Exhibit: 50 Years of Paul Baker with an introduction by Lily Weis, Executive Director of the Dallas Arts District
    • Made up of 20 panels each 4’ x 8’ in size, this exhibit was created under the guidance of Kitty and Paul Baker and contains photographs of productions and verbal explanations of the relationship between the production and the visual art that inspired staging concepts.
    • A significant portion of the exhibit will be displayed at the school for the entire week of March 25 - 30.
    • This exhibit was originally developed for a celebration honoring Baker and his work at the Baylor Theater and the Dallas Theater Center in 1990.

Saturday, March 30 from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Dallas Children’s Theater.

Dialogue and discussion with esteemed guests from the local, state and national arts scene.

  • Passion of the Vision with Robert Johnson, Sherry Kafka Wagner and Ted Perry on films, visionaries and ideas – panel discussion over lunch.
  • Vision for the Impractical Idea: How Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts became a reality with John Paul Batiste, Dr. Rosann McLaughlin Cox, Dr. Nolan Estes, Rene Martinez and moderated by Dr. Scott Rudes, BTWHSPVA principal – panel discussion.
  • And the Beat Goes On: Paul Baker’s Living Legacy with Octavio Solis moderated by Dr. Deborah Mogford with Other Voices from the National Scene: Open Mic Stories – panel discussion and sharing.
  • The Impractical Vision Lives On with Katherine Krzys, Archivist, Actress, Director and Theater for Youth Historian– video presentation celebrating the opening of DCT’s permanent home at the Rosewood Center for Family Arts.

*Schedule, participants, speakers and event venue subject to change.

The event is free but registration is required at BakerWeekend.Eventbrite.com. Register for all or parts of the program. For more information call 214.978.0110. 

About Dallas Children’s Theater

Dallas Children’s Theater features professional actors performing for an annual audience of 250,000 young people and their families through mainstage productions (10 in the 2018-19 season), a national -touring company, and an arts-in-education program. As the only major organization in Dallas focusing solely on youth and family theater, DCT builds bridges of understanding between generations and cultures, instilling an early appreciation of literature, art, and the performing arts in tomorrow’s artists and patrons.

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The Well Community, the non-profit organization serving adults dealing with severe mental illnesses, will host its Sixth Annual Recovery Live benefit event Saturday, December 1, at the newly renovated Eagle Ford School, 1601 Chalk Hill Road 75208. Event starts at 7:30 p.m. with a Neighborhood Spotlight on local Oak Cliff Students and a Silent Auction. The Texas Gypsies are the featured entertainment. Tickets start at $75 and can be purchased online at bit.ly/wellsix or at the door.

 “We are thrilled to be invited to be the first event to be held at the newly renovated Eagle Ford School, such an iconic building in Oak Cliff built in 1923. It was the school attended by Bonnie Parker, of Bonnie and Clyde fame. Recovery Live is our biggest event of the year and will carry a ‘Roaring Twenties’ theme in honor of when Eagle Ford School was built,” says Alice Zaccarello, Executive Director of The Well Community. “The event is always great fun, and a must-attend fundraiser for those who want to help make recovery possible for our members.”

Brooke and Jason Moser serve as chairs for the Sixth Annual Recovery Live and former news journalist Brett Shipp will serve as the master of ceremony. In addition, the Neighborhood Spotlight includes musical numbers from Ben Coleman, Emma Kitto, Nathaniel Ogren, Clare Palmer, Maddie Schuch and South of the Ordinary (Claire Braddick, Reuben Heritage and Larry Johnson)*.  The Texas Gypsies will bring their mix of jazz, swing and other sounds of the Great Gatsby era, providing just the right music for an evening of dancing and fun.

Artwork created by members of The Well Community will be available for purchase during the event. Among the items for the Silent Auction include gift certificates for local dining and retail establishments, entertainment venues and autographed memorabilia. Additional items are being accepted now.

For more information, email info@thewellcommunity.org, call 214.393.5878, ext. 604 or visit www.thewellcommunity.org. Sponsorship and tickets available at bit.ly/wellsix

Sponsors for the 6th Annual Recovery Live*:

Allata

Anonymous

Suzanne & Wayne Braddick

Celina & Jonathan Buchanan

La Calle Doce & El Ranchito

Amy Carenza & Nathan Offerdahl

Cienda Partners

Carol Crowe

Ged Dipprey, Realtor®

David Dunnigan

Duro Pilates

Ellco

Elaine Gadzicki & Jim Malter

Good Space

Rocky Gray

Harlow Cattle Co.

Augustine Jalomo & Philip Nirchi

Sue & Chris Jones

Colleen & Ken Kelley

Beth & Wes Keyes

Jim Lake Advisors LLC

Larkspur

Lawyers Title Latham Pou & Associates

Jane & Stephen Lerer

Master Construction

Masterman

Methodist Dallas Medical Center

Brooke & Jason Moser

Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate

RPGA Design Group, Inc.

Republic Title Turtle Creek

Karen & Bret Schuch

Bettye & Rick Slaven

Nelson Spencer

Square Foot

Kate & Don Thacker

Trinity Floor Company

 

Additional support provided by Shimmy Host Committee Members*:

Shelbi Barnhouse & Chris Schwegmann

Ann Marie & Mason Bishop

Amy & Larry Casto

Connective Agency

Nichole & Chris Culak

The Dye Family

Anne & Jeff Fahrenholz

Gonzalez & Tauriac Group

Emily & Josh Henry

Becky & Mike Hicks

Melodie & Mike Kenney

Amy & Grant Kirchhoff

Meredith & Serge Machial

Allison & Brian Maynard

Jackye McGee & Roger Smith

Allie & John Mitchener

Dirik Oudt

Jenifer & Bryan Parker

Margy & Dale Philips

Elizabeth & Ryan Schorman

The Shultz Family

Shop Companies

Jennifer & Andrew Snow

The Well Auxiliary

Debra Witter & Scott Chase

Alice Zaccarello

*As of 11/01/18

About The Well Community

The Well Community, founded in 2002, is the only faith-based nonprofit in the Dallas Metroplex exclusively serving those who face challenges from severe mental illnesses. The Well cares for and serves people with the profound physical, emotional and spiritual needs that are so prevalent when dealing with mental disorders. Using a holistic approach, The Well provides compassionate programs and services for those who are otherwise isolated and lonely. Visit www.thewellcommunity.org for more information.

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When YANA WANA’S LEGEND OF THE BLUEBONNET opens on March 23 at Dallas Children’s Theater(DCT), it will mark the first time that the first people of Texas have been celebrated on a mainstage for their contribution to our nation’s history.  The legacy of the Coahuiltecans(kwah-wheel-teh-kuhns) who originated in Texas more than 14,000 years ago has virtually been erased, but a co-production of Dallas Children’s Theater and Cara Mía Theatre Company, puts their presence and their contributions front and center. Through a limited engagement, historians, researchers, anthropologists, sociologists and others will have five performances to experience stories of the first people to have blessed the Texas lands, seen bluebonnets and created instruments and music from our Southwest region’s precious natural resources.

In a beautiful tale that illustrates the power of ancestry and the value of one’s own story, YANA WANA’S LEGEND OF THE BLUEBONNET reminds us of the role we play in helping our neighbor; the responsibility we have to preserve our lands and precious resources like water; and the importance of remembering our ancestors.  Ten-year-old María is having trouble in school, so her mom sends her to stay with her Coahuiltecan grandmother in distant Laredo for discipline and perspective. There, María is told an ancient story of young Yana Wana who followed a revered deer to find water to save her people. Yana Wana’s story exposes an amazing and unknown ancestral connection to the bluebonnet that gives María a renewed sense of self and family pride. You may have read one version in school; now we invite you to come see the legend through the eyes of Yana Wana in this world premiere. 

The 28-member cast and design team, all indigenous except five, are excited and honored to be a part of such a landmark production that gives voice to an ancient language.  They are inspired by the thoughtful and in-depth research that has been undertaken to use the limited references available to create what will now be a permanent part of history. Composer Héctor Martínez Morales used a dictionary that was published in 1940 that he found at the Smithsonian Institution to help him create the music; costume designer Frida Espinosa Müller read about the nomadic first Indians and studied the colors and symbols important to the ancestors to design the costumes, and choreographer Fernando Hernandez is excited to be bringing forth the spirit of the first people’s sacred ceremony through dance.

Playwright Roxanne Schroeder-Arce says when Dallas Children’s Theater’s Executive Artistic Director Robyn Flatt reached out to her three years ago about this idea, she was humbled.  As the relative of someone who is an Elder of the Miakan-Garza Band of the Coahuiltecan people, she sought counsel from this resource with regard to what she considered a great responsibility, a great calling. Schroeder-Arce shared, “It meant the world to me to be given permission to tell their story.  It has become like a precious child to me, and I’m grateful for the journey of bringing it from its early stages to what I’m seeing now.”  She said being a part of the first rehearsal was awe-inspiring. “The energy in the room was undeniable.  To see people of color preparing to take the stage together to share a part of their own personal story – one in some cases that has been silenced in their own families over a message of assimilation – was truly a watershed moment.  I am confident that everyone will take something away from this experience,” she said.

Schroeder-Arce’s primary script resource, María F. Rocha, became such an advisor to the project that Flatt and Schroeder-Arce decided that she should have the credit as playwright, too.  So now, Rocha, who is also the executive director of Indigenous Cultures Institute in San Marcos, is co-playwright with her daughter.  Rocha hopes that American Indians as well as indigenous people who are labeled as Mexican American, Hispanic, and Latino, and all people will appreciate this important story.  She said, “Our Native children can now hear their own story of the first bluebonnets in Texas.  It brings tears to my eyes to know that our children will see themselves and their ancestors on stage, telling an ancient story that reflects their culture and actually belongs to them.”

Executive Artistic Director Robyn Flatt has always had a deep respect for the first people and has admired their ability to persevere despite the daunting and unfair obstacles placed before them.  She said, “I have quietly wanted to be a part of telling this story for a long time, but as a White woman, I was not sure how to make it happen.  I credit Larissa FastHorse, an award-winning Native American playwright and choreographer who encouraged me to move forward.  She told me that everyone else has a book or reference point to advance their story, but indigenous people will be forgotten without allies who are interested in collaborating to tell these important stories from our Native American’s history which is truly the history of all of us.”  Flatt said that message of inspiration gave her the resolve she needed to pursue the project.

Flatt’s next decision was to enlist longtime friend and respected colleague David Lozano of Cara Mía Theatre Co. to join the project as co-producer.  Lozano says that this effort is a perfect example of how a “mainstream” theater company can bring together people from all backgrounds to produce a culturally-specific work.  According to Lozano, "The power of this collaboration is that both companies are truly listening to each other and respecting each other's vantage point. I'm very inspired to tell this story together, bridging each of our respective communities, building new audiences for both companies and having a real impact. This would not be possible if either organization tried to do this work on their own.”  Lozano observed that Cara Mía brings a strong cultural understanding of Latino/Mexican/Indigenous cultures experience while DCT’s experience in the children/family/education space is unmatched.

Funding for this project came from Bloomberg Philanthropies, the TACA Donna Wilhelm Family New Works Fund and DCT longtime friends and supporters, Diana and Thomas Klein.  Everyone is excited that the production is being evaluated for national distribution and inclusion in historic annuals.

Tickets for this limited engagement production range from $15-$28 and can be purchased at dct.org or by calling 214-740-0051.  Please note the specific public show dates for this limited engagement production: 

Friday, March 23 at 7:30PM 

Sunday, March 25 at 1:30PM 

Saturday, April 7 at 1:30PM

Sunday, April 8 at 1:30PM

Sunday, April 8 at 4:30P (ASL)

There is also a special performance available for children and families with sensory-sensitivities.  Tickets for this performance on Saturday, March 24 at 1:30PM are $5 and are only available by calling 214-740-0051. 

Free and supporting events

The following free and supporting community conversations are being curated by co-producing partner Cara Mía Theatre Company.  All events will be held at Dallas Children’s Theater. 

March 24, 2018, 3:00 PM Conversation Circle #2:

THE HEALING POWER OF FAMILY TRADITIONS AND CULTURAL PRACTICES
Purpose: To understand how family traditions and cultural practices teach love, respect and cultivate renewal for individuals and communities.
Action: A panel of indigenous leaders will share examples of cultural practices that strengthen values for quality living that can apply to non-indigenous participants. Participants will have the opportunity to make parallels to their own family traditions that fortify their positive values.

April 7, 2018, 3:00 PM Conversation Circle #3:

THE SACREDNESS OF WATER FROM INDIGENOUS AND SCIENTIFIC PERSPECTIVES
Purpose: To learn more about conditions of water on our planet and worldwide efforts to protect water. We will explore the significance of water through the lens of science and indigenous thought and discuss ways our local community can respond to oncoming challenges regarding water in the near future.

YANA WANA’S LEGEND OF THE BLUEBONNET By Roxanne Schroeder-Arce and María F. Rocha; Music by Héctor Martinez Morales (Recommended for ages 6 and up)

Dallas Children’s Theater

Rosewood Center for Family Arts

5938 Skillman Street

Dallas, Texas 75231 

Ticket Prices: $15-$28 for single tickets.Prices subject to change.Group rates available for parties of 10 or more. Phone reservations required for sensory-friendly performances. Call the Box Office for details, 214-740-0051. General tickets are available online at dct.org

Weekday Student Matinee shows also available Tuesdays through Fridays. Call Dallas Children's Theater at 214-978-0120 or visit dct.org/fieldtrips

Cast

-       María: Rosalinda Olivares

-       María’s Mother / Ancestor: Mindamora Rocha*

-       Abuela: Cecilia Flores*

-       Teacher / Ancestor / Librarian: Mark Quach**

-       Consuelo / Ancestor: Tiffany Solano DeSena*

-       Tcakei / Ancestor: Edwin Aguilar

-       Chief / Ancestor: Joey Castorena

-       The Deer / dance captain: Fernando Hernandez*

-       Ancestor / The Deer alternate: Omar Padilla

-       Ancestor / Lead Singer: Adolfo Becerra**

-       Ancestor / Kis: Karla Gonzalez

-       Ancestor / Yana Wana’s Mother / Lead Singer: Gazelle Garcia

-       Yana Wana / Ancestor: Jennifer Reyna and Remi Swan

-       Matzán / Asawan: Eva Harris and Kitty Coderre

-       Cultural Advisor / Musician: Evelio Flores

-       Abuela understudy: Priscilla Rice

-       Ancestor understudy: Robyn Flatt* 

Production Team

-       Director: Robyn Flatt

-       Composer:  Héctor Martínez Morales

-       Musical Director: S-Ankh Rasa

-       Choreographer: Fernando Hernandez

-       Scenic Designer: Scott Osborne

-       Lighting Designer: Linda Blase

-       Props Designer: Josh Smith

-       Sound Designer: Marco Salinas

-       CostumeDesigner: Frida Espinosa Müller

-       Stage Manager: Dwight Sandell*

*Denotes member of Actors Equity Association. **Denotes Equity membership candidate.

2017-18 Season Sponsors are: Texas Instruments, City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, TACA, Anonymous Family, The Shubert Foundation, and The Carlson Foundation. General Sponsors Include: The Rosewood Corporation, Melinda & Jim Johnson, The Eugene McDermott Foundation, The Theodore and Beulah Beasley Foundation, Inc., Carl B. & Florence E. King Foundation, March Family Foundation, Maintenance, Inc./Maintenance, Inc. of America. Additional Support is Provided By: Texas Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, Legacy Texas Bank, Frost Bank, Orien Levy Woolf & Dr. Jack Woolf Charitable Trust, The Graham & Carolyn Holloway Foundation, Stephen M. Seay Foundation, TXU Energy, Karen & Jim Wiley, Green Mountain Energy, DCT's official renewable energy partner. Sensory-Friendly Sponsors Include: The Crystal Charity Ball, Bank of America,  Anonymous Foundation, The Aileen and Jack Pratt Foundation, W.P. &BulahLuse Foundation. DCT's National Touring Sponsor is Neiman Marcus.

About Dallas Children’s Theater 

Dallas Children’s Theater features professional actors performing for an annual audience of 250,000 young people and their families through mainstage productions (11 in the 2017-18 season), a national -touring company, and an arts-in-education program.  As the only major organization in Dallas focusing solely on youth and family theater, DCT builds bridges of understanding between generations and cultures, instilling an early appreciation of literature, art, and the performing arts in tomorrow’s artists and patrons.

About Cara Mia Theatre Company

Founded in 1996, Cara Mía Theatre Co. is a non-profit theatre company that presents live accessible theatre by producing critically acclaimed published plays and creating new and experimental works while developing innovative and educational youth arts programming reflective of the Latino experience in the U.S.