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Safe Sundays

All Sunday performances will be vaccine-mandatory for the remainder of the 21/22 season. To attend these performances you must show proof of being fully vaccinated* (Pfizer and Moderna 2 doses, Johnson & Johnson 1 dose) upon entering the building. Masks will continue to be required as well.

Complete Covid 19 information can be found here.

* In the event that the classification of “fully vaccinated” changes to include boosters, the policy will shift to that new CDC rule.

posted: 
Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Please wear a mask

Stage West Theatre is committed to the safety and health of our patrons, artists, staff, and the community at large. We will return to our masking and social distancing recommendations in accordance with the latest CDC guidelines. The rising breakthrough cases caused most likely by the delta variant, combined with low vaccination rates in much of our area make this a prudent decision. We ask that all patrons regardless of immunization status please wear a mask indoors at the theatre.

posted: 
Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Season 43 Announcement

We will be announcing one show a day for the next 7 days, starting today at 7 am!
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posted: 
Monday, June 21, 2021

31 Kids, 14 Schools: 1 Amazing Festival

What do you do when you can't do things the way you've always done them? You find creative solutions! We held our Festival of the Kid online this year due to continuing Covid-19 concerns. Although challenging, we were able to include 31 talented local kids from 14 schools in the productions which took place on zoom and were compiled in house at Stage West.

Festival of the Kid is one of our favorite programs at Stage West. It gives a platform to share what our youth are thinking about, enjoying, and/or struggling with, in their own words. The Festival of the Kid encourages creativity both in writing and in performance. What could be better than that? It’s a special event that puts the spotlight on North Texas youth and what they have on their minds. Their input matters. It speaks volumes about who we are as a society. This is our 14th season of this amazing festival. 

What folks are saying...

"We are so grateful for the opportunity that Festival of the Kid provides to our young actors! My daughter got to work with professional directors and learned a lot during the process. Thank you Stage West and FOTK!" – Beth K., parent

"Thank you! We watched them all today. The kids were thrilled to see their work represented. Again, thank you for all you’ve done through the years." – Katy W, FWISD Theatre Teacher

"This was a wonderful experience for my daughter. She enjoyed it tremendously, while building on her self-confidence. Festival Of The Kid is a way for our youth to express thoughts and feelings via expressing the words of others. The director was very patient and found the right blend of correction, direction and reflection. Great job!" – Dr. T., parent

"This was my first year in Festival of Kids. Working across zoom was difficult, but the result was wonderful!" – Adam P, participant

"I have had the pleasure to participate in Festival of the Kid for 5 years, I have learned so very much about acting and enjoyed every minute! Thank you Stage West," – Trinity A, participant

Participating schools and teachers:

Applied Learning, Ms. Katy Wood
Booker T. Washington High School, Ms. Guinea Bennett-Price
Byron Nelson High School, Ms. Wendy Bramlett
Caprock Elementary, Ms. Lena Paulauskas
Carter Riverside High School, Mr. Dennis O’Neill
Ft. Worth Academy of Fine Arts, Ms. Rebecca Magnus
Haltom High School, Ms. Renee Norris
IM Terrell High School, Ms. Bentleigh Nesbitt
Magnus Nova Academy, Ms. Paula Goldberg
Nimitz High School, Ms. Elizabeth Herrera
Parkview Elementary, Ms. Sarah Zamora
School of Science & Engineering, Ms. Ashley Head
Timber Creek High School, Mr. Craig Robertson
Trimble Tech, Ms. Cheryl Penland
 

posted: 
Thursday, May 20, 2021

Neighborhood Play Contest Winners Announced

Thank you for your participation in Stage West's annual contest for kids! We received over 300 submissions this year!

Congratulations to all who submitted. In our hearts, every participant is a winner. We encourage you to continue to create and write. Your stories matter!

Below you will find the winning pieces from the contest that will be produced in our annual Festival of the Kid 2021. Honorable Mention finalists are also listed below. While the Honorable Mention pieces will not be performed, we want to acknowledge the high quality in their writing abilities and content.

This year's Festival will be rehearsed and produced online. Come audition! Auditions are Feb 27-28 held via Zoom. Kids from ages 8-18 are welcome to be a part of this extraordinary experience! All ethnicities are welcomed nationally. Please call 817-784-9378 to schedule your audition. For more info, email beth [at] stagewest.org.

Here are the Winners, whose submissions will be performed at the Festival of the Kid. The Honorable Mention, who won't be performed, follow.

Winners whose submissions will be performed at the Festival:

--Applied Learning, Katy Woods

  • Landon Cox, “Picture Myself”
  • Josie Wilson Head, “Camp Corona”
  • Solana Hood, “The True Story of Little Red Riding Hood”
  • Emily Kirkpatrick, “The Figures of a Nightmare!”
  • Natalia Martinez, “Marigold”
  • Rowan McIntosh, “A Really Warm Blanket”
  • Gideon Meade, “Imagine”

--Booker T. Washington HS for the Perfoming & Visual Arts, Guinea Bennett-Price

  • Isabella Ehring, “Anxious Type” and “Sleepaway Camp”
  • Lilium Fitzgerald, “Imaginary Friend” and “My Body”
  • Kloe Rhoden, “Your Personal Island”

--Byron Nelson HS, Wendy Bramlett

  • Aubrey Bryant, “Just Be”
  • Mack Buth, “Innocence and Youth”
  • Jonah Chen, “Dear Pen Pal”
  • Katie Freeman, “What Happened?”
  • Andrew Maas, Untitled
  • Violet Novak, “Erosion”
  • Belle Pfeil, Untitled
  • Arden Scearce, “I’m Enough”

--Caprock Elementary, Lena Paulauskas

  • Knox Beasley, “The Strongest Boy”
  • Maddison Caraway, “Rose & Violet”
  • Amaya Gonzalez Pena, “The Ingredients Find”
  • Garrett Hadden, “When Pigs Fly”
  • Jayla Hayes, “Talking Dogs”
  • Ryker Howerton, “If my dog could talk”
  • Rebekah Lowman, “Unicorns in Space”
  • Paisleigh Murry, “Carl”
  • Yanelis Pacheco Morales, “Helado”
  • Brodie Shelton, “The Dark Forest”
  • Neveah Vizcarrondo, “Cookie Jar”

--Carter Riverside HS, Dennis O'Neill

  • Grace Adwell, “The Nightmare”
  • Emily Down, “A Siren’s Song”
  • Edwin Luna Medellin, “Covid Hits the N Pole”
  • Joel Olmos, “Hope”
  • Ellie Servin, “Skate Boarding Euphoria”
  • Brandon Torres, “Andrew Perez School Life”

--Ft. Worth Academy of Fine Arts, Rebecca Magnus

  • Ayomide Agboola, “In my mind”
  • Shourya Chaudhari, “Prank Day”
  • Silvia Ho, “When the Ice Cream Melts”
  • Janiris Mercado, “The Halloween Prank”
  • Julian Morales, “Cereal Confusion”
  • Kylee Nichols, “I Am Me!”
  • Alaina Spaltro, “Not the Favorite”
  • Virginia Szok, “Babysitter Trauma” and “I’m Stronger”
  • Alice Watson, “To the Dr”

--Haltom HS, Renee Norris

  • Dylan Cain, “The False Monarch of England”
  • Jade Hilbert and Savannah McDaniel,  “Giggle & Gone”
  • Lily Metcalf, “I Hate My Mirror”
  • Brenda Ramirez, “Not a True Friend”,
  • Loraine Simmons, “Acqui”
  • Julia Suazo, “Behind the Lens”

--IM Terrill HS, Bentleigh Nesbitt

  • Hannah Campbell, “The Bright Side”
  • Lindsey May DeVries, “If Ashes Could Talk”
  • Meadow Simpson, “Lovely, the Whole Pain Thing, Isn’t it?”

--Nimitz HS, Elizabeth Herrera

  • Alexandria Madison McCoy, “Sweetest Devotion”

--Nova Academy, Paula Goldberg

  • Cindy Faz, “Never a Natural Death”
  • Ti’Maya Terry, “Fake Friends”

--Parkview Elementary, Sarah Zamora

  • Kayla Contraraz, “Celestia’s Speech”
  • Julian Gooding, “The Secret Mission”
  • Reagan Grimes, “The Judge”
  • Brystal Hedges, “Brystal & Eisley!!!”
  • Brandon Matos, “The Alien”
  • Jema Pederson, “I’m Late”
  • Taylor, “Anxiety”
  • Luna Venegas, “My Dog Life”
  • Kassidy Vuong, “The Lonely Life of A Lamp”

--School of Science & Engineering, Ashley Head

  • Jaden Brooks, “Finding Myself”

--Timber Creek HS, Craig Robertson

  • Paris Lowery, “The Pursuit Of Community”

--Trimble Tech, Cheryl Penland

  • Fausto Anguiano, “Dream”
  • Euriya Blair, “Deep Thought for Society”
  • Karen Fernandez & Arely Sandatte, “There is an I in indecisive”
  • Giselle Martinez & Elena Velasquez, “Jessie’s Escape”
  • Jayden Wright, “What Am I?”

Independent Submission Winners:

  • Avery Todd, "Caged"
  • Henry Todd, "The Demonic Pen"
  • Debbie Paulauskas, "Gamers"

 

Honorable Mentions:

(the Honorable Mention pieces will not be performed at the Festival)

--Applied Learning, Katy Woods

  • Damian Johnson, "Peace Among the King"
  • Elise Ledford, "A Real Play"
  • Kennedi Mack, “Who Is That?”
  • John Nering, “Past, Present or Future”
  • Magnolia Potemkin, “My Father’s Words”
  • Annabeth Sheffield, “The Hamster Smuggling Adventure of Zack Yelina”

--Booker T. Washington HS for the Performing & Visual Arts, Guinea Bennett-Price

  • Isabella Ehring, “The House of Torment”
  • Lilium Fitzgerald, “London Fog”

---Byron Nelson HS, Wendy Bramlett

  • Ella Von Dreau, Untitled
  • Gabriella Gagnon, “Listen”
  • Dylan Hilbert, “An Embarrassing Moment”
  • Samuel Maddox, “Imposter”
  • Onye Moweta, “Enitan: The Story of Unlikely Love”

--Carter Riverside HS, Dennis O'Neill

  • Saira Aguilar, Untitled

--Ft. Worth Academy for the Fine Arts, Rebecca Magnus

  • Silvia Ho, “Breakfast Escape”
  • Iju Jeon, “Scene 3”
  • Madelyn Prickett, “The Dream”
  • Alice Watson, “Up & Away”

--Haltom HS, Renee Norris

  • Makayla Bandy, “Colors Upon the Canvas”

--IM Terrill HS, Bentleigh Nesbitt

  • Diego Reyes, “A Beautiful Aftermath”
  • Scooter (Rod) Sachs, “In the Town of Hook”
  • Liv Smith, "What Happens After"

--Trimble Tech, Cheryl Penland

  • Karyme Nicole Ortiz, “Valentine’s Day”

Independent Submission Honorable Mentions:

  • Debbie Paulauskas, "The Enchanted Forest"
  • Claire Pettit, "The Mysterious M.R."
posted: 
Monday, February 8, 2021

Stage West premieres new piece for Bass Hall’s Children’s Education program

Stage West is proud to present Thurgood Marshall: Civil Rights Champion through Bass Hall's Children's Education program.

For well over a decade, Stage West has partnered with the hall to bring a classic work to the stage for 7000-8000 students each year. Previous plays have included R&J: Abridged, Macbeth, and The Crucible. Due to the pandemic, the planned 2021 reprisal of R&J Abridged had to be postponed. 

Seeking a new way to reach students, and inspired by social justice protests during 2020, an idea for a filmed production about Thurgood Marshall was born. Alan Buratto, husband to Bass Hall’s Children’s Education Director Sue Buratto, drafted a script which was then brought to Dana Schultes, Executive Producer at Stage West, who took the reins from there.

The script touches on all of Justice Marshall's life, highlighting his work with the NAACP and landmark cases such as Brown vs Board of Education. Broadway actor Major Attaway who grew up in Fort Worth plays the title character alongside area students Preston Brown, Johanna Ivy, Novyn Sek, Niya Talati, Mallory Turner, Zacharias Wormley,MJ Worsely, and Jessica Wu. 

Working with PSC Productions, the project was filmed remotely and edited to resemble a zoom call between eight students and Justice Marshall, the program will be shown in classrooms across North Texas. Graphic artist and illustrator Jen Schultes provided illustrations for the piece. 

Schools interested in accessing Thurgood Marshall: Civil Rights Champion should reach out to Bass Hall's Children's Education Director Sue Buratto: sburatto [at] basshall.com.

posted: 
Wednesday, January 13, 2021

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