Archive for March, 2013

SPECIAL EVENT: PlazaCo’s Encore production of SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN


Plaza Theatre Company to Produce an Encore Production of SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN

It’s time for everyone’s favorite gospel singing family to make an encore appearance at Plaza Theatre Company – and they’ll be back for a limited engagement later this summer. PlazaCo’s most popular production ever will be playing a limited run at the Cleburne Conference Center Theatre from July 18th thru August 3rd. All your favorite characters will be back bringing with them the wonderful wit and wisdom of a bygone era, as well as the sweet gospel harmonies that make SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN such a popular show.DSC_6515

If you’ve seen it before, then you know what all the buzz is about. But if you’re new to SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN, then here’s a quick description of this wonderful musical comedy:

It’s 1938 and the Sanders Family have come to Mt. Pleasant Baptist for one of their “Saturday Night Sings”. They bring with them some of gospel music’s biggest hits as well as some down home witnessing which is at times hilarious and at others tugs at the heart strings. Plaza Theatre has produced over 60 shows in over 6 years in Cleburne, and none has ever been as popular and well-loved as this little musical theatre gem.

As mentioned above, the show will play from July 18th thru August 3rd at the Cleburne Conference Center Theatre – the home of Carnegie Players. SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN will open the week following Carnegie Players production of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF. We express our gratitude to Carnegie Players for allowing us toDSC_6570 “borrow” their home for this performance of SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN and highly encourage you to attend both FIDDLER ON THE ROOF this summer, as well as OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS which opens this weekend. For tickets to Carnegie Players productions, please call 817-645-9255.

Tickets are $15 for Adults, $14 for Seniors (65+) and Students (High School and College) and $13 for Children (12 and under). There is also an additional $1 per ticket service charge from the facility. Reservations for SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN are available right now by calling 817-202-0600 or by visiting – Join Plaza Theatre Company for this fabulous encore production this summer!

Press Release – Plaza Theatre Company at the 2013 Column Awards

Plaza Theatre Company honored with nine 2013 Column Awards including BEST MUSICAL

On Monday, February 25th 2013, the 14th annual Column Awards were held in the beautiful Carpenter Performance Hall at the Irving Arts Center. Plaza Theatre Company was honored DSC_3102with nine Column Awards during the evening including wins for Best Equity Musical of the year for RAGTIME, and Best Directors of an Equity Musical. The win for Best Musical was Plaza’s third in the last four years, though it was their first in the Equity (professional) category.

The Column Awards organization is a non-profit group with a commitment to honoring excellence in the Dallas / Fort Worth theatrical community. This year, 34 local theaters received nominations including both professional and ameteur (Equity and non-Equity) companies. Plaza Theatre Company was honored with 44 nominations on the evening. Column Awards founder John Garcia and Broadway guest host Orfeh emceed the event handing out nearly 70 awards during the evening.

Column Award winners from PlazaCo’s 2012 season of shows included a win in the Equity category for Best Musical for RAGTIME as well as a win for Best Directors of anRagtime Major and Chimberley Equity Musical by Aaron and Milette Siler for their direction of RAGTIME. Tina Barrus also received the Column Award for Best Costumes of an Equity Musical for her work on RAGTIME. The three awards marked the first time Plaza Theatre Company has been awarded any wins in a professional category at The Columns. The win for RAGTIME as Best Equity Musical came in a tie with THE PRODUCERS from Uptown Players in Dallas.

All told, Plaza Theatre Company had six different productions from it’s 2012 season of shows receive an honor during the ceremony. In addition to the wins for RAGTIME, PlazaCo winners included Aaron Siler as Best non-Equity Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of Tevye in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF; Ben Phillips as Best non-Equity Supporting Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of Aldolpho in THE DROWSY CHAPERONE; Luke Hunt as Best non-Equity Featured Actor in a Play for his portrayal of Froggy in THE FOREIGNER; Trich Zaitoon as Best non-Equity Featured Actress in a play for her portrayal of Aunt Mary Drexel in THE HAPPIEST MILLIONAIRE; Stephen Singleton for the Chita Rivera Dance Award Male for his featured dance performance in FOOTLOOSE; and Aaron Siler for Best non-Equity Sound Design of a Musical for his design of THE DROWSY CHAPERONE.

DSC_3881The gala event also features performances from local companies who have been honored with nominations for Best Musical of the Year. PlazaCo was privileged to present numbers from both of its Best Musical nominees – FIDDLER ON THE ROOF and RAGTIME. Performers came from among the original Plaza casts of both those shows.

In the six years since Plaza Theatre Company’s founding, the theatre troupe from Cleburne has been the recipient of 46 Column Awards including wins for Best Musical three of the last four years – for AIDA in 2010; for INTO THE WOODS in 2011; and now for RAGTIME in 2013. Also of note is the win for Best Costumes of a Musical for Tina Barrus who has now won five Best Costume Awards during the last four years.