North Texas Giving Day 2016
Posted on September 14, 2016 by Kelsey Ervi
Thursday, September 22 is North Texas Giving Day , the largest community-wide giving event in the country! Consider a donation to WaterTower Theatre. Visit www.northtexasgivingday.org and search for WaterTower Theatre. Every gift matters!
coming soon - canterbury family main stage
Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash
October 7 - 30, 2016
Created by Richard Maltby Jr., Conceived by William Meade, Orchestrations by Steven Bishop and Jeff Lisenby
Directed by B.J. Cleveland
Musical Directed by Sonny Franks
Sponsored by FastSigns Carrollton and Relax the Back Addison
This unique musical explores love, faith, success, and struggle, using the iconic songbook of Johnny Cash. Featuring his most memorable songs, a company of five actor/musicians celebrate the life of “the Man in Black” with his trademark strength, humor, and honesty. Perennial hits such as “A Boy Named Sue,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Ring of Fire,” and “I Walk The Line" combine to show the journey of every man and woman’s walk between hope and despair. Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash is an experience sure to lift your heart and stir your soul.
coming soon - holiday extra!
Sister's Christmas Catechism: The Mystery of the Magi's Gold
December 2 - 23, 2016
by Maripat Donovan with Marc Silvia and Jane Morris
Sponsored by Frost Bank
It’s “CSI: Bethlehem” in this holiday mystery extravaganza, from the author of Late Nite Catechism, as Sister takes on the mystery that has intrigued historians throughout the ages – whatever happened to the Magi’s gold? With gifts galore and bundles of laughs, Sister’s Christmas Catechism is sure to become the newest addition to your holiday traditions.
Announcing the Cast and Creative Team for RING OF FIRE
(Addison)… WaterTower Theatre Managing Director Greg Patterson and Associate Artistic Director Kelsey Leigh Ervi today announced casting and creative team details for the Regional Premiere of Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash, Directed by B.J. Cleveland, with Musical Direction by Sonny Franks. Created by Richard Maltby Jr., Conceived by William Meade, with Orchestrations by Steven Bishop and Jeff Lisenby, Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash will run October 7-30, 2016 in the Canterbury Family Main Stage at the Addison Theatre Centre. The cast features Spencer Baker as Eddie, Ian Ferguson as Mark, Sonny Franks as David, Katrina Kratzer as Trenna, and Brian Mathis as Jason.
Individual tickets to Ring of Fire will go on sale September 6th at 12 noon and will be available by calling the WaterTower Theatre Box Office at 972-450-6232 or online at www.watertowertheatre.org. Ring of Fire is sponsored, in part, by FASTSIGNS Carrollton and Relax the Back Addison.
Making their WaterTower Theatre debuts in Ring of Fire will be Spencer Baker, Katrina Kratzer, and Brian Mathis. B.J. Cleveland makes his WaterTower Theatre directorial debut.
The creative team, in addition to Director B.J. Cleveland and Musical Director Sonny Franks, includes Bradley Gray (Set Designer), Amanda Capshaw (Costume Designer), Leann Burns (Lighting Designer), Scott Guenther (Sound Designer), Kyle Montgomery (Properties Designer), Kyle Eric Bradford (Dramaturg), Caron Grant (Stage Manager), and Alissa Tiffin (Assistant Stage Manager).
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Wednesdays & Thursdays: 7:30 p.m.
Single Tickets: $22 - $40 per show
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About the Director:
B. J. Cleveland is an award winning actor/director/choreographer with a career that spans 46 years with nearly 500 different shows to his credit, and he’ll be making his WaterTower Theatre directorial debut with Ring of Fire. A well-known stage and television personality, Mr. Cleveland has been the recipient of several DFW Theatre Critics Forum Awards as both actor and director, and has also been named Best Actor and Director by the Dallas Voice, Dallas Observer & D Magazine. The Live Theatre League of Tarrant County (of which he is a former President) also awarded him with the Lifetime Achievement award. He is an associate artist and guest director with Uptown Players, One Thirty Productions, Theatre Three, the Irving Arts Center, and Contemporary Theatre of Dallas. He will next be appearing as King Herod in Jesus Christ Superstar at Casa Mañana.
About the Cast:
Spencer Baker (Eddie) is excited to be making his WaterTower Theatre debut. He graduated from Texas Wesleyan University in 2014 with a B.A. in Theatre. He's been seen as Tommy/4th Cricket in the Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story at Casa Mañana, Mickey in Greetings! at Onstage Bedford, and Swiper in Dora! Live Onstage at The Rose Marine Theater. He's currently working as the Director of Contemporary Music at Genesis UMC in Fort Worth, Texas.
Ian Ferguson (Mark) is very happy to be returning to Water Tower Theatre, having appeared previously as a musician in “The Quid” in One Man, Two Guvnors, and as an actor in The Lieutenant of Inishmore and Honky. Ian has also appeared on professional stages across DFW, including Second Thought Theatre (A Kid Like Jake, Bull, Booth), Stage West (Mr. Burns, a post-electric play), Kitchen Dog Theater (The Arsonists), Theatre Three (On The Eve, Present Laughter, The Farnsworth Invention), Shakespeare Dallas (Romeo and Juliet, The Winter's Tale, Twelfth Night), and more. In addition, Ian is a musician playing in Dallas-based bands - Mur, and Veteran Children.
Sonny Franks (David) is thrilled to once again be involved with WaterTower Theatre as Musical Director. Sonny’s more than ten year history with WTT began with his first production, Pump Boys and Dinettes, as an actor/musician playing the role of Jim. His first Musical Director opportunity with WaterTower followed with their Christmas presentation, Beautiful Star. Since then, he has been seen in such productions as Hank Williams: Lost Highway, The Grapes of Wrath, Violet, Unnecessary Farce, Bonnie & Clyde and most recently Sonny served as Musical Director and played the role of Charlie “the Duck” Clench in the regional premiere of One Man, Two Guvnors. Sonny’s other Musical Director credits include Cotton Patch Gospel, the world renowned folk group The New Christy Minstrels and his own original musical The Kountry Girls, A Folk Musical.
Katrina Kratzer (Trenna) is making her WaterTower Theatre acting debut in Ring of Fire, after making her stage debut last Christmas with the Dallas Theater Center in A Christmas Carol. She is a graduate of Texas Tech University and has performed with orchestras and bands all over DFW in such shows as 1776, The Music Man, Nine, Pleasures and Palaces, Lady in the Dark, Annie Get Your Gun (Lyric Stage), Dogfight, Bonnie & Clyde (WaterTower Theatre), Hello, Again (Uptown Players), A Civil War Christmas, Kountry Girls (Theatre Three). She has been playing the violin/fiddle since she was four years old and has become a staple in the Dallas theater scene over the last four years as a highly sought after pit and stage musician.
Brian Mathis (Jason) is very happy to be to returning to WaterTower Theatre where he last appeared in the Original concert reading of Creep. He has appeared nationally with the Equity tours of Seussical and Jesus Christ Superstar. Locally he has appeared with Casa Mañana, Stage West, Circle Theatre, Amphibian Stage, Lyric Stage, and Dallas Theater Center. Other theatre credits include Theatre Under the Stars, River City Rep, Tennessee (Nashville) Rep, Nashville Shakespeare Festival, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, River City Rep, Downtown cabaret -Bridgeport, CT, the Bushnell Center, and Kansas City Starlight. He appeared on CBS' Walker Texas Ranger and with Dolly Parton in the movie Blue Valley Songbird. Brian can be heard on dozens of various voiceovers for FUNimation, Medieval Times, and many more!
About WaterTower Theatre:
WaterTower Theatre, celebrating its 20th Anniversary Season, is one of the leading regional theatres in North Dallas and Texas. It is consistently recognized for its artistic excellence by the Dallas Theatre League, DFW Theatre Critics Forum, The Dallas Morning News, The Dallas Observer, D Magazine, and The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, among others. WaterTower Theatre has a subscription base of more than 2,000 subscribers and serves an audience of over 28,000 patrons annually.
WaterTower Theatre gratefully acknowledges the support of The Town of Addison, TACA, Texas Commission on the Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts, and the Shubert Foundation. WaterTower Theatre is supported, in part, through the generosity of Atmos Energy, Barbara and Bob Bigham: the Baylor Oral Health Foundation, Don and Barbara Daseke, FastSigns Carrollton, Frost Bank, Liberty Capital Bank, Mary Kay Inc., Million Air Dallas, Nissan Foundation, Pinnacle, Rainmaker Advertising, Relax the Back Addison, Slalom Consulting, Table 13, the WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors, and Women of WaterTower.
at the Addison Theatre Centre
15650 Addison Road
Addison, Texas 75001