Sam Bass Community Theatre Presents The Chalk Garden

Sam Bass Community Theatre The Boys Next Door Your Local Color.ComSam Bass Community Theatre is about to start the run of its next production The Chalk Garden and you’re in for a treat. This week I got the chance to drop by and catch a dress rehearsal and interview Director, Frank Benge.

The Chalk Garden, written by Enid Bagnold who also wrote National Velvet, is the story of a family in turmoil and in particular the troubled triangle of relationships shared by a grandmother, mother and daughter.

The story adds another layer of tension when a mysterious governess is hired to take care of the troubled daughter who lives with her grandmother and is estranged from her mother. As you can guess from the title of the play, there is a garden involved, but you’ll have to catch the play to see just how it all works together. [Read more…]

Sam Bass Community Theatre’s Current Production: The Boys Next Door

Sam Bass Community Theatre The Boys Next Door Your Local Color.ComSam Bass Community Theatre is currently running The Boys Next Door and it is fantastic. I recently got the chance to drop by, watch the rehearsal, and interview Frank Benge, Publicity Director at Sam Bass, and Director, Eric Nelson.

The Boys Next Door, written by Tom Griffin, is a play about four men who share a group home. The play not only deals with their everyday challenges, but also the personal and professional struggles of their caregiver, Jack. Jack, a truly good man, tries to do his best to take care of ‘the boys’ – Arnold, Lucien, Norman and Barry – while he is also trying to make sense of his own personal and professional life. [Read more…]

Sam Bass Community Theatre Turns Scrooge On His Head For Your Holiday Entertainment

18ca31_4e42fdcfefa149abf4bcb3a7bf4aeb62.gif_srz_p_175_162_75_22_0.50_1.20_0We all have our favorite Christmas holiday stories, movies, shows and plays, and there are multiple versions of each one to choose from at this time of year. From Charlie Brown to The Little Drummer Boy, the holidays are filled with a rich assortment of our favorite stories and characters. At the top of that list of favorite stories and characters for many is Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and the arch-Christmas villain, Ebenezer Scrooge. We have grown so familiar with that beloved story of redemption that phrases like “bah-humbug” and “God bless us, every one” instantly put us in the holiday spirit.

Still, there are so many other truly great Christmas stories. How do you find time to catch up on all of them with everything else to do this time of year? Well, one way is to catch Sam Bass Community Theatre’s production of Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge. In this play you are going to find many of the characters from your favorite holiday stories all jumbled up in this slightly tilted version of Dickens’ classic Christmas tale. [Read more…]

What’s Going On At Sam Bass Community Theatre

Red-Velvet-Cake-WarSam Bass Community Theater has a lot going on for the next few weeks. For starters, they are getting close to the opening of their next production which will be The Red Velvet Cake War, directed by Lynn Beaver, and created by the famous comedy writing trio of Jones, Hope, and Wooten. This laugh fest of a show will be starting its run on Friday September 27th and it will run through Saturday October 19th. Please watch the attached video for hilarious clips from Sam Bass’s most recent reading. You will really enjoy yourself.

Jones, Hope and Wooten are well known for their ability to capture the unique flavor of small town southern life. and The Red Velvet Cake cake-red-velvet-cakeWar is that and so much more. The play is situated in the fictional town of Sweetgum, Texas, and is centered on the antics of the Verdeen family, their family reunion, and a hotly contested bake-off. I attended a reading rehearsal, and I laughed the whole way through. Watch the video.

Sam Bass Community Theatre LogoAlso on the Sam Bass Community Theatre agenda is their membership drive, a season ticket drive and fundraising for a new annex. Membership opportunities with SBCT are available at many levels, and depending on the level you choose, memberships come with very attractive perks that really sweeten the deal. Memberships start at a modest $15 and go as high as you want. Some of the perks include complementary tickets, complementary season tickets, invitations to gala events, and of course, you get to support a local, Round Rock organization that is working hard to enrich our lives through superb entertainment. [Read more…]

Round Rock’s Sam Bass Community Theatre – More Hidden Treasure

18ca31_4e42fdcfefa149abf4bcb3a7bf4aeb62.gif_srz_p_175_162_75_22_0.50_1.20_0It has always been tough being a kid. I know, everyone’s experience is a little different, but learning how to become an adult is just not easy. Someone always seems to be there with a clipboard and a stop watch to measure how a child is doing based on some arbitrary standard set by a bunch of experts who we all assume know what they are talking about. If a kid doesn’t live up to these standards when it is believed they should, they seem to have to start all over again and they can’t move on until a box is checked. That has to be unbelievably frustrating.

It just seems like it is a lot more complex now than when I was a kid. I don’t understand all of the causes, but kids seem a little more stressed out and anxious than I remember from my own experience in school and the experiences of my friends.

imagesI saw it when I did substitute teaching for a year in the Austin schools. I saw a lot of frustrated and sullen kids who appeared to have just given up. These kids were where the adults said they needed to be, and that seemed to be the extent of their commitment to the entire process. A lot of kids I worked with seemed to have just given up. It was very sad to see and experience. I was also stunned by the behavior I saw, and although I chalked a lot of it up to how kids treat subs, it was often stunningly offensive and dehumanizing; I wondered how this could have happened. When did this become okay?

I saw something quite different this past week at the Sam Bass CommunityTheatre here in Round Rock.Sam Bass Community Theatre (16) I saw motivated, relaxed and happy children who treated each other with kindness and respect, and they treated the adults who supervised and instructed them with the same level of care. It was wonderful. After my experience substituting in Austin, this really was one of the most uplifting experiences I have ever had. I left with a new appreciation for the adults who take time to work with children. On top of that, all of the adults who were there were not getting paid a penny for their time. This really was a labor of love. [Read more…]