The Ensemble Theatre and Artistic Director, Eileen J. Morris, recently announced the 40th Anniversary season entitled: Dawn of a New Decade that will include one world premiere, three regional premieres, and an audience choice production selected by patrons in a variety of comedies, drama, and musical productions.
“Dawn of a New Decade expresses the pride of The Ensemble Theatre’s history of achievement and sustainability while bringing forth a rejuvenated zeal for the future,” says Morris. “This season lineup is a prism of perspectives on life; the way we respond to the unanticipated, recover from the unfortunate, and navigate unusual or unfamiliar things that help us grow as people….We are also paying homage to two women who paved the way for how we share our music.”
Sassy Mamas, a regional premiere, romantic comedy by Houstonian Celeste Bedford Walker kicks off the season with a little attitude as three friends, women of substance take the reins on their love life and pursue younger men; next is The First Noel, another regional premiere and musical production that follows three generations of family finding restored Christmas joy through an unexpected visitor; following up is a musical commemorating Black History and Women’s History month, Mahalia, a celebration of the life and music of one of the world’s greatest gospel singers, Mahalia Jackson; following next is the audience choice winner voted by The Ensemble Theatre patrons for a revival in the 40th anniversary line up, a romantic comedy, The Nacirema Society, where the family of an Alabama debutant tries desperately to avoid media mayhem as the appearance of an old flame and the stirring of a young romance unexpected emerge; world premiere comedy/ drama, Front Porch Society brings a whirlwind of emotions to four little old ladies, ready to celebrate the victory of future President Barak Obama as news of a scandal at the local cemetery brings hope to one grieving the untimely loss of her son; and the season finale musical and regional premiere Simply Simone explores the complexities, activism, and talent of jazz virtuoso Nina Simone at pivotal moments of her life.
General Auditions for the 2016-2017 Season will be held Friday, July 1 and Saturday, July 2, 2016 at The Ensemble Theatre 3535 Main Street, Houston, Texas 77002. For additional information and to schedule an audition appointment contact: Kedrick Brown, Artistic Assistant: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Ensemble Theatre will honor celebrity guests, a rising star artist, and corporate and community supporters for their commitment to advancing the arts, during its Annual Black Tie Gala Weekend, Saturday, August 20, 2016, at the Hilton Americas- Houston. The gala is the largest fundraising event dedicated to the annual support of the theatre. The weekend festivities will culminate in a Community Subscriber’s Celebration Sunday, August 21, 2016.
The theatre’s 15th Annual Golf Tournament is Tuesday, October 17, 2016 at the Northgate Country Club golf course. The tournament raises funds to support the theatre’s youth and educational initiatives including its touring education, artist in residency, and young performers training program.
The Ensemble Theatre’s variety of youth initiatives include: the Touring Education program, a mini season of children’s theatre available to schools and families; and The Young Performers Program, a performing arts education program that includes week-long sessions during winter and spring breaks, and two month-long regular sessions during the summer.
The Ensemble Theatre Act One Young Professionals, an organization formed five years ago to cultivate the theatre’s next generation of supports, will host a series of networking mixers, including two events in collaboration with other Houston Area young professionals: a February Black History Month Mixer, and an April, National Poetry Month showcase entitled: Drama-try[tree]: A Night of Dramatic Poetry.