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Carey Willding, John Willding; Cullum Clark, Chairman of the Board; S.M. Wright II, Co-Founder, President and CEO; Heather and Ray Washburne, Honorary Chairs, Christmas In The Park; Vicki Howland, Dulany Howland. Photo by Dana Driensky.

    S. M. Wright Foundation kicked-off the 17th Annual Christmas in the Park with an event hosted by honorary chairs Heather and Ray Washburne in the executive suites at Highland Park Village recently.

          Ray welcomed guests saying that he and Heather are honored to serve as honorary chairs. Their first involvement was 12 years ago when the foundation served 200 people at the event and they are thrilled to see how it has grown, serving over 50,000 people.

          After a brief video, Christmas in the Park co-chair John Willding thanked supporters, saying that everyone has many nonprofits of which they are a part and their commitment to this event is meaningful. Especially with Christmas in the Park, the impact on people’s lives is evident. Attending the event will be City of Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, Emmitt Smith and more celebrities who are long-time supporters.
          Reverend S. M. Wright II expressed heartfelt gratitude to the Washburns, the Howlands, all of the event co-chairs and reminded everyone that this event has grown because of their support.

          Board chair Cullum Clark said that his entire family has participated by volunteering on the day of the event and that it’s a special magic to witness the heart of Christmas – it’s all about giving.

          The entire community, businesses and individuals, are invited to participate in Christmas in the Park on Saturday, December 19 where thousands of families gather at the Automobile Building at Fair Park for necessities such as coats, clothes, food, a toy or bike to help make a child’s Christmas wish come true. For more information, visit the website at www.christmasatfairpark.com  or contact the S.M. Wright Foundation at (214) 741-4990.

          Event co-chairs are Gina and Ken Betts, Allie Beth and Pierce Allman, Ola and Randall Fojtasek, Deni and Kevin Bryant, Julie and Darren Blanton, Michael Watson, Carrie and John Willding, Lisa and Jeff Rachor, Natalie and Mike McGuire, Brooke and Jeff Jackson and Pat and Emmitt Smith.

          The Host Committee is co-founder The Reverend S.M. Wright II, co-founder Debra D. Wright, co-founder The Reverend Calvin Wright, Lori and John Alschuler, Kathy and Harlan Crow, Chris Lalonde, Susan and Ernest Beecherl, Larry North, Michelle and Jason Fraser, Suzanne and Michael Grishman, Tony Hartl, Luann Hicks, Mack Hick.

Learn more about the S. M. Wright Foundation at their website here: http://www.smwrightfoundation.org/  

 

About The S.M. Wright Foundation:

 

The S.M. Wright Foundation was founded in 1998 by S.M. Wright II and this year is celebrating its 17th year.  As a visionary, CEO Wright, his family, and trusted friends established the S.M. Wright Foundation as a nonprofit organization with a mission of providing support and stability to inner city, underprivileged children and less fortunate families through hunger relief, educational support, health and social service assistance and economic empowerment.  The mission of the S.M. Wright Foundation is to move these families from a position of dependency to self-sufficiency and to restore stability to families and the community.

 

With an organization once established to serve primarily the South Dallas Community, the S.M. Wright Foundation has seen exponential growth and has seen its clientele begin to come from all areas of the Dallas metropolis.   By providing a supporting role of guidance to our clients in areas for race relations, hunger relief, community involvement and events, economic development, social assistance programs benefiting the low-social economic families, and the implementation of several new educational programs the S.M. Wright Foundation is helping build a solid foundation and a sense of pride that allows our clients to successfully transition to that position of self-sufficiency.   As a result, 5 essential programs were developed as pillars of success to facilitate the great transition of our clients.   

          

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The Texas Bar Foundation Awards Hope’s Door $15,000 Grant for Legal Representation for Domestic Violence Victims

 

(Plano, TX  - November 17, 2015) -   Hope’s Door, a local women’s shelter serving Collin County has received a $15,000 grant from The Texas Bar Foundation which will go towards providing critical legal representation for those impacted by domestic violence.

Jim Malatich, Hope’s Door CEO states, “We are grateful to the Texas Bar Foundation for their generous grant which will help fund the Hope’s Door Legal Representation for Victims of Domestic Violence program. This crucial program provides pro-bono family law representation to victims of domestic violence. Annually, approximately 100 of Hope’s Door’s clients require family law representation to help them obtain protective orders, child custody, child support, and/or divorce and are unable to secure this representation elsewhere. Without this program and the help of the Texas Bar Foundation, these clients would appear before courts without any legal representation.”

 

About The Texas Bar Foundation

Since its inception in 1965, the Texas Bar Foundation has awarded more than $16 million in grants to law-related programs. Supported by members of the State Bar of Texas, the Texas Bar Foundation is the nation’s largest charitably-funded bar foundation. Grants are made possible by the generosity of the Fellows and charitable gifts from individuals and law firms across the state. The Texas Bar Foundation and its members are committed to their mission…Advancing Justice in Texas…by providing opportunities to support the rule of law in Texas.

 

About Hope’s Door

For almost 30 years, Hope’s Door has been the only organization in Collin County specializing in comprehensive prevention and intervention services to domestic violence victims and their children.  Services available to victims through Hope’s Door include 24-hour crisis hotline; emergency shelter; supportive housing; residential and non-residential counseling, support groups, and legal representation and advocacy.  Annually, Hope’s Door responds to more than 2,500 crisis calls; protects almost 400 women and children through emergency shelter; houses up to 25 individuals through supportive housing; and provides outreach services (counseling, support groups, and legal advocacy) to more than 1,100 women and children.  For more information about Hope’s Door visit our website at www.hopesdoorinc.org or contact us at 972-422-2911.  Individuals seeking safety from abusive relationships can contact our 24-Hour Crisis Hotline at 972-422-SAFE (7233).

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Chuck and Gena Norris, Honorary Chairs, Mercury One Gala

Brilliantly Uniting The Humanity In All Of Us

Gena and Chuck Norris have signed on as honorary chairs for the M•ONE GALA DALLAS 2015, an evening with GLENN BECK benefiting Mercury One, Inc., on Friday, November 13, 2015 at the Omni Dallas at Park West. The evening’s events will include a VIP reception, seated dinner, live and silent auctions of priceless experiences and one-of-a-kind items followed by a live musical performance and an After Party featuring a meet and greet with personalities from The Blaze TV including Tomi Lahren, Lawrence Jones, Jeffy Fisher, Brad Staggs and more.  


In 2012 Mercury One, Inc. and Glenn Beck shared a vision to create a charitable organization on the principle: “We don’t stand between government aid and people in need. We stand with people in need so they no longer need the government.” Since that time, Mercury One has assisted countless families with disaster relief, supported veteran organizations, and stood strong for and in support of Israel, all while continuing the mission of education. These are our four pillars of service at Mercury One, Inc.

 

In addition to Pillar Projects, Mercury One has assisted partner charities such as Operation Blessing International, and local organizations like Plano-based Hope’s Door, and Carrick Brain Center of Dallas.  In 2014, M1 partnered with EnPuzzlement for Border Relief projects, which are ongoing now.  M1 will continue to reach out to these and other partners, and the General Fund is the key to building those bridges. 

 

Mercury One needs the community’s help to assist in securing general funds to continue to provide grants to the numerous organizations and programs it supports. From its work at home and abroad, the support of Blaze Network sponsors, business and community leaders, and partners is critical. As a partner of the community, Mercury One is proud of its service to date and looks forward to a bright future!

 

Thank you for your consideration in supporting Mercury One, Inc. This important work could not be done without that critical support.  Continuing to provide funding under the four pillars of service could not happen without your generosity. Everyone at Mercury One looks forward to seeing you for a spectacular evening with Glenn Beck!

 

For tickets/tables and event information, contact  Beth Knott, bknott@mercuryone.org (615)414-5577. For sponsorship opportunities, contact Ashley Smith, asmith@mercuryone.org  (817) 908-6898. Sponsorship agreements received by October 19, 2015 ensure that your sponsorship is listed on the formal invitation. Visit the website for more information www.mercuryone.org

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Sponsor dinner and a show for a veteran and family on Tuesday, November 17 

               (November 11, 2015 – Dallas, TX)   Dallas Summer Musicals, Inc. (DSM) has a long-established tradition of providing discounted access to military veterans, active duty military, and their families.  The new DSM Seats for Vets initiative is an intentional effort to do more. The concept is built on the idea that “their service deserves great seats.” The Seats for Vets initiative honors and rewards their sacrifices with the magic of the musicals at the Music Hall at Fair Park – the kind that only DSM can provide.


            Thanks to sponsor and corporate partner Merrill Lynch, DSM has organized a special pre-show dinner event and program to honor military veterans and their families on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 and provide them with VIP seats to Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music, now showing at the Music Hall at Fair Park.


            This very special evening begins at 5:00 p.m. with a pre-show dinner event and program, followed by a pre-show salute from the DSM stage and the show.


            A limited number of tickets to the event are available to the public for $250 each. The cost includes dinner and a seat and will support Seats for Vets, a $5,000 scholarship fund for children and students from military families to enroll in the DSM Academy of Performing Arts programming, and future Seats for Vets events.


            For Dallas Summer Musicals it is important to have special nights each season to recognize these brave men, women, and children who make sacrifices every day to ensure our freedom. The goal is through programs such as Seats for Vets, everyone will come together as a community to honor and show appreciation to the United States military and their families.


            “DSM Seats for Vets is just a small token of DSM’s gratitude for the selfless sacrifices made by the men and women who have served or are currently serving in our military," says Michael Jenkins, President and Managing Director.  “We can never say thank you to our veterans enough. At DSM, we’ve always offered discounts to veterans whenever possible.  This year we wanted to try something new to honor and reward their service.”


            If you cannot join us, DSM asks you to consider making a gift to support DSM Seats for Vets.  A gift of $50 buys a Seat for a Vet to experience the magic of the Music Hall.


            In addition, DSM is offering military veterans and their families a 35% discount on tickets to Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music on Tuesday, November 17th; Wednesday, November 18th;  Thursday, November 19th and Friday, November 20thVeterans or family members interested in registering  to take advantage of this special discount, please call (214) 413-3911 or visit the website at http://www.dallassummermusicals.org/seatsforvets.shtm


            Interested in volunteering? DSM is looking for veterans in our community to serve as Seats for Vets Ambassadors.  Please email info@dallassummermusicals.org for more information.

Dallas Summer Musicals is presented by Texas Instruments and gratefully acknowledges the support of our season sponsors and partners The Dallas Morning News, WFAA TV Channel 8, American Airlines, and The Original Cupcakery. 

For more information about Dallas Summer Musicals, please call 214.421.5678 or visit our website at DallasSummerMusicals.org.           


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Join us on Wednesday, November 4 for the Line Drive Luncheon benefiting Communities In Schools Dallas Region!

 

            You don’t want to miss Texas Rangers’ Michael Young as the featured speaker at the Line Drive Luncheon on Wednesday, November 4, benefiting Communities In Schools of the Dallas Region, Inc.  Talmadge Boston, Texas Baseball Hall of Famer and media member will talk with Michael about everything baseball and Texas Rangers in the intimate setting of Edison’s in Dallas.

            The silent auction includes autographed Michael Young baseball with Texas Rangers Certificate of Authenticity and other rare and collectible sports memorabilia. Eddie Deen & Company Catering will provide an All-American Ballpark Lunch. A photo op with Young will be available for patron ticketholders and select sponsors.

            Young is the Rangers’ all-time leader in numerous offensive categories, retired in January 2014 after an outstanding 13-year major league career, the first 12 of those seasons in Texas. He now works with Texas Rangers President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Jon Daniels and his staff in all areas of baseball operations, including player evaluation and player development at the major and minor league level, special assignments, and scouting trips.  He is the Washington/Texas’ all-time leader in games, hits (2230), runs (1085), doubles (415), triples (55), total bases (3286), at bats (7399), and multi-hit games (651) and ranks third in RBI (984) and extra base hits (647). Young was a starter at all four infield positions in his Rangers career, earning a Gold Glove at shortstop in 2008.

Overall, Young batted .300 with 185 homers and 1030 RBI in 1970 games with the Rangers (2000-2012), Phillies (2013), and Dodgers (2013). He was a career .321 hitter with runners in scoring position. Young has won awards including the MLB Players Association’s Marvin Miller Award (2008 and 2011) and Rangers Jim Sundberg Community Achievement Award (2010), as well as being a three-time selection for the Rangers Roberto Clemente Award (2009-10-11).

            The mission of Communities In Schools is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. CISDR has a daily presence on 77 school campuses in 12 school districts in Dallas, Collin, Ellis, Rockwall, and Hunt counties, with over 78% of those students living in poverty and deemed “at-risk” by the Texas Education Agency. CISDR is evaluated by the TEA and found to have a 90% or better stay-in-school rate.

            Sponsors include Alon USA, Lawrence B. Dale Family Foundation, Petty & Associates, Claire and Talmage Boston, Lou Ann Richardson, Pam and Philip Bush, Chuck Clark Photography and The Park Cities News/The Waters Family.

            Tickets will not be sold at the door. Admission is by reservation only. Individual tickets start at $100 each. Patron Tickets are $150 and sponsorships start at $1,000. Visit the web site at http://www.cisdallas.org  or contact Lisa Loy Laughlin at lisal@cisdallas.org  or call 214-827-0955 x267. 

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Amanda Ward, Michelle Rivera, gala chairs . Photo by Matthew Shelley.

Hope’s Door Kicks-Off An Evening of Hope Gala Entitled “A Night in Morocco” at Neiman Marcus Willow Bend

Hope’s Door, a comprehensive domestic violence agency in Collin County serving all of North Texas, kicked-off their fundraising gala An Evening of Hope entitled “A Night in Morocco” at Neiman Marcus Willow Bend recently.
         

Models in must-have chic fashions with a Moroccan edge set the scene as hors d’oeuvres and wine were passed amongst the supporters and committee members. Lush jewel-tone hydrangeas served as sophisticated centerpieces topping off cocktail tables of clear glass with white stands of Neiman’s signature butterflies cut out, echoing the walls of flowing white draping, creating quite a stylish setting.  
         

Jim Malatich, Hope’s Door Executive Director, welcomed everyone and thanked the crowd for their support.  Suzanne Bock, Chief Development Officer, announced Gala Chairs Michelle Rivera and Amanda Ward and Honorary Chairs Mioshi and Chris Johnson. Mioshi is Co-Founder of the nonprofit Pretty Smart Girls and is a motivational speaker and advisor. Chris is a retired National Football League player whose sister was killed in a domestic violence incident. Since her death, he and Mioshi have raised her two daughters along with their own children and have been outspoken advocates against domestic violence.
         

Tania and Glenn Beck and Glenn’s charitable foundation, Mercury One, have been named recipients of the Heroes of Hope Award as a result of their commitment to being a voice for families affected by domestic violence, as well as for Mercury One’s work both at home and abroad. The Becks and Mercury One will be recognized during the evening at the gala. Hope’s Door is honored to have their support and commitment to the organization and the clients the organization serves in North Texas.
         

Glenn Beck is a television and radio host, political commentator, author, television network producer, media personality, and entrepreneur. He is the founder and CEO of Mercury Radio Arts, a multimedia production company through which he produces content for radio, television, publishing, the stage, and the Internet. 
         

Glenn said, “Sadly, domestic violence is something I witnessed first-hand as a child and it took a tragic toll on my family.  Tania and I are dedicated to raising awareness about this serious issue that too often goes unaddressed. We are so grateful for organizations like Hope’s Door that offer vital services to those who are affected.”
         

This gala marks 29 years of Hope’s Door’s service in Collin County and happens on Saturday, November 7th at the Hilton Dallas/Plano Granite Park. Colorful, chic cocktail is the suggested attire, sure to dazzle with the Moroccan-inspired theme. The evening includes a VIP reception and lounge experience, silent and live auctions, Moroccan-inspired cocktails and dinner, followed by a live musical performance by Limelight.
         

As a special treat, there is an After Party chaired by Linda Snorina and Sara Dawn Wilkins, which has its own ticket of $100 each and will feature a hookah lounge, music, desserts and cocktails.
         

Amanda announced the host committee: Raman and Kelly Chopra, Raj and Raz Chopra, Cary and Cherryl Clayborn, Marc and Jessica Colombo, Chester and Becky Crouch, Todd and Tricia Fecht, Geoff Hawkes and Sheri Deterling, Travis and Stephanie Hollman, Jennyfer Faridy Cocco, MD, Kevin and Nicole Kirk, John and Lindsay Lee McCain, Mai Caldwell, Pamela Martin, Mike and Jill Nowell, Sean and Liz Ryan, Ray and Holly Signorelli, Steve and Susan Stoler, Thomas and Carmen Surgent, Dr. Bob and Lara Tafel, Tommy and Cathy Vieth, Tricia Westman, Jason and Michelle Witten/Witten SCORE Foundation and thanked media sponsors PaperCity and The Park Cities News/The Waters Family.
         

Individual gala tickets are $250 and a table for 10 is $2,500. Sponsorship opportunities are from $5,000 to $50,000. All gala patrons are welcome to stay for the After Party.
          For tickets, tables, auction and event information contact Hamilton A. Sneed, Principal, HAS Events. Phone 214.454.5683 or email h@hasevents.com
          Underwriting and sponsorship opportunities can be secured through Suzanne Bock Grishman, Chief Development Officer.  Phone 972.422.2911 or email suzanne.bock@hopesdoorinc.org
         

Hope’s Door’s mission is to offer intervention and prevention services to individuals and families affected by domestic violence and to provide educational programs that enhance the community’s capacity to respond.
         

For more information visit the website at hopesdoorinc.org

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Glenn Beck

Brilliantly Uniting The Humanity In All Of Us

Mercury One, Inc. is pleased to announce the M•ONE GALA DALLAS 2015, an evening with GLENN BECK on Friday, November 13, 2015 at the Omni Dallas at Park West. The evening’s events will include a VIP reception, seated dinner, live and silent auctions of priceless experiences and one-of-a-kind items following by a live musical performance.

In 2012 Mercury One, Inc. and Glenn Beck shared a vision to create a charitable organization on the principle: “We don’t stand between government aid and people in need. We stand with people in need so they no longer need the government.” Since that time, Mercury One has assisted countless families with disaster relief, supported veteran organizations, and stood strong for and in support of Israel, all while continuing the mission of education. These are our four pillars of service at Mercury One, Inc.

In addition to Pillar Projects, Mercury One has assisted partner charities such as Operation Blessing International, and local organizations like Plano-based Hope’s Door, and Carrick Brain Center of Dallas.  In 2014, M1 partnered with EnPuzzlement for Border Relief projects, which are ongoing now.  M1 will continue to reach out to these and other partners, and the General Fund is the key to building those bridges. 

Mercury One needs the community’s help to assist in securing general funds to continue to provide grants to the numerous organizations and programs it supports. From its work at home and abroad, the support of Blaze Network sponsors, business and community leaders, and partners is critical. As a partner of the community, Mercury One is proud of its service to date and looks forward to a bright future! 

Thank you for your consideration in supporting Mercury One, Inc. This important work could not be done without that critical support.  Continuing to provide funding under the four pillars of service could not happen without your generosity. Everyone at Mercury One looks forward to seeing you for a spectacular evening with Glenn Beck!

 For tickets/tables and event information, contact Beth Knott, bknott@mercuryone.org  (615)414-5577. For sponsorship opportunities, contact Ashley Smith, asmith@mercuryone.org  (817) 908-6898. Sponsorship agreements received by October 19, 2015 ensure that your sponsorship is listed on the formal invitation. Visit the website for more information www.mercuryone.org

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Doug Box, author of the memoir  "Cutter Frisco: Growing Up On The Original Southfork Ranch" will be on WFAA Channel 8 Good Morning Texas tomorrow, Tuesday, October 13 at 9:00 a.m. to talk about writing the book, his family's history and why the house stands as it is today in Frisco, TX.

Barnes & Noble in Stonebriar Centre in Frisco will also host Doug for a book signing, presentation and Q & A on Thursday, October 15 from 7:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

Doug said, “This reveals the real story, the untold tale of what life was really like on the Box Ranch (known today as the Brinkmann Ranch).”  In anecdotes both sweet and bitter, the youngest Box son remembers what it was like to grow up as a member of Texas royalty; if Frisco had a “first family,” the Boxes were it.

Doug’s father was the storied patriarch and entrepreneur Cloyce K. Box, thought by many to be the inspiration for Dallas’ J. R. Ewing. Doug’s was a one-of-a-kind childhood replete with professional athletes, television crews, celebrities, Miss America pageants, and all the glitz and glamour of southern grandeur. The house caught fire in 1987 and was being rebuilt in 1993, when Cloyce suffered the heart attack that killed him. The partially rebuilt house’s steel frame stands today as it was then, at the northeast intersection of Main Street and Preston Road in Frisco.

Ultimately, a downturn in the Texas economy would come back to haunt the Box family, leading to the eventual sale of Doug’s beloved horse, Cutter Frisco, and ultimately the ranch itself.

Cutter Frisco is a powerful retelling of the end of an era, with 40 photographs and a eulogy written by Frank Gifford, which he read at Cloyce’s funeral.   Kathy Lee Gifford also sang a solo of "He Giveth Me Grace.” In this book, Doug beautifully captures those early years of magnificence and magic- albeit a magnificence and magic not meant to last.  

 

    

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The 2016 Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary Fashion Show & Luncheon titled “Twenty-Five Years of Giving” will be chaired by well-known Dallas community leader, Carmaleta Whiteley, as The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary celebrates its 25th year.

          “It is truly an honor to chair this premier event, especially during the Auxiliary’s 25th year,” Carmaleta said. “We are kicking-off on October 1st with a celebration hosted by The Residences at The Stoneleigh where the honorary chairs will be announced and more surprises will be revealed.”

          Slated for Monday, May 2, 2016 at the Omni Dallas Hotel, the Fashion Show & Luncheon begins with a reception, silent auction with some one-of-a-kind items and packages exclusive to this event, and shopping in the Chic Boutique, followed by a runway presentation produced by the inimitable Jan Strimple. Ron Corning of WFAA TV Channel 8 will have everyone entertained as the emcee. There will be a presentation and a few surprises mingled in, followed by a fabulous luncheon.

          Karen Dealy, president of The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary, encourages everyone to visit the website and discover the many opportunities and benefits of Auxiliary membership. She said, “We support the work of The Salvation Army through many volunteer activities: Back to School, Angel Tree and Kettles at NorthPark, Santa Sacks, and our annual Fashion Show and Luncheon.  The Auxiliary’s community service projects enrich the lives of those less fortunate, from serving meals at Carr P. Collins Social Service Center to celebrating sobriety at the Adult Rehabilitation Center.  Our volunteer efforts support the Community Centers of the Army who provide a variety of services to help those in need in their communities: children, teens, adults, seniors and the ill.”

          Fashion Show & Luncheon sponsorships and underwriting are available. Tickets begin with a limited number available at $250. Then tickets begin at $500.

          The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church.  Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. The Salvation Army’s mission is to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

           For more information on the Fashion Show & Luncheon or Auxiliary membership, visit the website at  http://www.sawadallas.org,                                     
           FB:SAWADallas FashionShow , call 214-637-8121 or email  dfw.auxiliary@uss.salvationarmy.org

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Dallas Summer Musicals Academy of Performing Arts in partnership with WOW! Entertainment, Inc. are thrilled to hold a triple threat program for ages 10 and up at Central Christian Church September 12 through November 14, 2015 from 11:00  a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with a cost of $529 or $429 for YMCA members; some Saturday calls starting at 9:00 a.m. This workshop will prepare all students for the world premiere of the first Jukebox Jr. Musical entitled DO YOU WANNA DANCE? at Uptown Theater Saturday, November 21 at 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.; auditions held the first day of class September 12.
         
With a script by Mark Brymer and John Jacobson, both authors will be working with students to ready the script in a ‘90s themed style jukebox musical. Students have the opportunity to register for this triple threat workshop that emphasizes acting, singing and dancing for the professional stage. No theatrical experience is necessary to participate.
         
Students may enroll by mailing a completed enrollment form (attached separately) with payment to DSM Academy, P. O. Box 567671, Dallas, TX 75356, by fax at 972.408.4147, online at dsmschool.org (add $15 handling fee when enrolling through DSM), or in person at Park Cities YMCA. For payment plans please contact Ty Lawrence at DSM Academy, 214.498.5434.

Musical Theatre – DO YOU WANNA DANCE?  and Steven Kavner’s IMPROV FOR THE ACTOR

  • Class: Ages 10 and up
  • Class Location: Central Christian Church, 4711 Westside Dr., Dallas, TX 75209
  • Class Dates & Times: Saturdays, September 12 through November 14, 2015, 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Some Saturday calls will start at 9:00 a.m. Auditions for the musical are held the first day of class Saturday September 12.
  • Added class: Sunday, October 25, 1:00 p.m. until 5:30 p.m.
  • Mandatory Technical Rehearsal: Friday, November 20, 2015, 5:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. Uptown Theater
  • Performances: Saturday, November 21, 12:00 noon and 3:00 p.m. Uptown Theater, 120 East Main St., Grand Prairie, TX 75050
  • Program Cost: $529 YMCA Members: $429

  Please note that students should bring a non-refrigerated lunch, snack and capped drink. Students are not allowed to leave during class time without parent permission. 

 DO YOU WANNA DANCE? will feature such well known songs as “Dancing In The Streets,” “Neutron Dance,” “Bust A Move,” “Walking On Sunshine” and “Boogie Wonderland.”  Featuring DSM Academy students from all over the Metroplex, the show will be directed by the Peabody Award winning producer, Steven Kavner.
         
In this musical romp, singing and dancing is what draws everyone to the town center of SnapHappy to meet Mayor Pete’s new wife, Mona Lightfoot.  But after she literally pulls the plug on the May Day celebration, the politics of dancing start to take the Snap out of Happy.  Delaney, Chad, Lucas, Emma, and all the SnapHappy kids are shocked when they hear that a new “Dance Tax” has been levied on anyone who dances in town. 
         
While their ‘Boogie Down’ parents try to cope with the new tax, all the kids come together and eventually find a way around it. But who could have ever imagined that “I Can’t Dance” Mona would turn into a Dancing Machine.  Now that’s AWESOME!
         
As DSM Academy of Performing Arts develops new initiatives with industry professionals across the Metroplex and also expands the efforts of Dallas Summer Musicals, Inc. of fostering future patrons for the arts.
         
Dallas Summer Musicals’ highly anticipated 2015-2016 season will kick off with the North Texas debut of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s THE SOUND OF MUSIC, November 3-22,  2015; followed by ELF The Musical, December 8-20, 2015; THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY, February 2-14, 2016; DSM’s production of Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID, March 11-27, 2016; WICKED, April 20 – May 22, 2016; RAGTIME, May 24 – June 5, 2016; BULLETS OVER BROADWAY, June 14-26, 2016; and closing the season will be 42ND STREET, June 28 – July 10, 2016.
         
Dallas Summer Musicals’ seven-show season tickets, starting at $134, are now on sale online at DallasSummerMusicals.org, in person at The Box Office, 5959 Royal Lane, Suite 542 in Dallas or by phone at 214-346-3300. In addition, season ticket buyers have the option to add on WICKED, April 20 – May 22, 2016, to their season subscription for an 8-show package starting at $174.
         
Groups of 10 or more receive a 15% discount for all shows excluding WICKED where groups of 15 or more save on select performances. All groups receive priority seating and many more benefits. Please call 214-426-GROUP (4768) or email Groups@DallasSummerMusicals.org.