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2014 Season Ticket Launch – Plaza Theatre Company

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Announcing Plaza Theatre Company’s 2014 Season Ticket Launch

Plaza Theatre Company is pleased to announce it’s 2014 Season Ticket Launch. Beginning at 10am tomorrow, September 2nd, current 2013 Season Ticket holders are eligible to renew their Season Tickets. Those who have not been Season Ticket holders in 2013 can buy Season Tickets for the 2014 Season starting October 1st. This gives current Season Ticket holders a month of priority to renew before seats are available to the General Public.
By now current Season Ticket holders should have received a renewal letter in the mail. Renewing is extremely EASY. Here’s how:

OPTION 1: PICK YOUR SEATS AND DATES LATER ON.

— You can renew either by calling the Box Office at 817-202-0600 or by visiting www.plaza-theatre.com and clicking ‘2014 Season Tickets’.

OPTION 2: PICK YOUR DATES AND SEATS NOW.

— If you wish to choose specific seats and dates when you renew your Season Tickets, simply fill out the form you received in the mail and either return it to the Box Office by mail or bring it to the Box Office during business hours. We will process renewals in the order we receive them and NEVER in person.

If you feel you must choose specific seats, please offer flexibility on dates. For example, offer us a 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice of dates you desire. Alternately, if you must have certain dates, please be flexible in the seats you will accept. Again, offer us a 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice of seating areas.

PLEASE NOTE: During the month of September we will only process Season Ticket renewals using the Season Ticket renewal form. We cannot process your form over the phone or in person. After we process your form we will mail you a detailed receipt with your dates and seating assignments.

2014 PlazaCo SEASON TICKET HOLDERS ENJOY MANY BENEFITS. THEY ARE:

  • OUR BEST TICKET PRICE — A 20% discount over regular ticket prices. Owning a Season Ticket amounts to seeing two shows for FREE.
  • FIRST PRIORITY SEATING — The ability to reserve seats and dates in advance of the general public.
  • FREE EXCHANGES — The ability to exchange dates when 24 hours notice is given.
  • A FULL YEAR OF ENTERTAINMENT — 10 guaranteed evenings of quality family entertainment.

AND WHAT A FANTASTIC SEASON WE HAVE IN STORE!

We have planned a season of thrills, chills and laughs at PlazaCo in 2014. Here’s what your Season Ticket gets you:

CASH ON DELIVERY – December 31st thru January 25th

cash-on-delivery-web-logo    A con artist has been duping the Government for years by claiming every type of benefit for fictitious people. When welfare investigators show up, he has to do some very quick thinking to bring these made up people to life. Fast paced British farce at it’s very finest.
THE KING AND I – January 31st thru March 8th

King-and-I-web      Anna arrives at the Royal Palace in Siam having been summoned by the King to serve as a tutor. While seeking Anna’s assistance in changing his image and his ways, the King grows to understand and, eventually, respect Anna in a truly unique and moving love story.
KISS ME KATE – March 14th thru April 12th

Kiss-Me-Kate-web    An ex-husband and wife team are reunited to star in a musical version of Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew”, but off-stage the production is rife with ex-lovers’ quarrels and gangsters looking for kickbacks. Merriment abounds in this most classic of Broadway musicals.

ENCHANTED APRIL – April 18th thru May 10th

Enchanted-April-web    When two frustrated London housewives decide to rent a villa in Italy for a holiday, they recruit two very different English women to share the cost and the experience. There, among the blossoms and sunshine, all four flourish again in ways each never expected.

CAMELOT – May 16th thru June 14th

Camelot-web    Guinevere, King Arthur’s lovely wife, encourages him to establish the Knights of the Round Table. As the Knights grow in fame, Lancelot becomes the most celebrated, but rumors begin to circulate about he and Guinevere. A time-honored tale of love, forgiveness and dignity.
STEEL MAGNOLIAS – June 20th thru July 19th

SM-logo    Steel Magnolias serves up a slice of life in Louisiana that’s as warm and comforting as sweet potato pie. In the haven of Truvy’s beauty salon, six very different women come together to share their secrets and bare their souls, throwing in a little neighborly gossip for good measure. From weddings to divorces, babies to funerals, new beginnings to happy endings, they weather every event in their lives en masse with grace, determination, and perfectly coiffed hair.
SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE – August 15th thru September 13th

smokey_j    Leiber & Stoller virtually invented rock ‘n’ roll, and now their songs are part of an electrifying musical that illuminates the golden age of American culture. Featuring nearly 40 of the greatest songs ever recorded, this isn’t just great pop music – it’s great musical theatre.
FATHER OF THE BRIDE – September 19th thru October 11th

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The play that spawned several movies tells the story of a dithering father as his only daughter prepares to wed. As expenses and headaches mount and the big day arrives, will dear old Dad be able to see it through? A gentle comedy to which every father can relate.

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS – October 17th thru November 15th

Little-shop-web     Seymour works at a flower shop attending a plant he’s named Audrey after the girl he loves. But it’s no ordinary plant – it came from outer space and plans to rule the world. As things get out-of-control, can Seymour stop the plant, save the world AND get the girl?

A CHRISTMAS CAROL – November 21st thru December 23rd

Carol-web    The miserly Ebenezer Scrooge journeys to redemption through the appearance of Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Future. With carols of the season throughout, A Christmas Carol is a tradition unmatched for the joy it brings to every holiday season.

As you can see, 2014 will be another smash season at PlazaCo. We look forward to seeing you for a 2014 to remember.

So What’s The Deal With [TITLE OF SHOW]? An Artistic Director’s Perspective.

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Hello. My name is JaceSon Barrus. I am one of the Co-Producers at Plaza Theatre Company and I serve as Artistic Director for our theatre group. [TITLE OF SHOW] is our 62nd production here at Plaza Theatre Company. During our run of nearly six years we’ve produced many classics, some newer material, had a lot of laughs and enjoyed our share of growth and success, both financially and artistically. We’ve watched as the Company has won Awards and surpassed 1,100 Season Ticket holders annually, all in our small town just south of Fort Worth called Cleburne.

I think it is safe to say that no production from among our first 62 has engendered as strong a response, both negative and positive, as our current production of [TITLE OF SHOW]. Additionally, I have been asked many times some form of the question, “why this show?” So that is why I am contributing to this blog today: To address the question of “why this show” and perhaps to encourage those who may be on the fence to be willing to try something a little new.

As is the case with many small community theatre groups, those of us in charge wear many hats. We answer the phones, sell the tickets, build the sets and costumes, direct and act in the shows, sweep and vacuum the floors, clean the bathrooms, and address the complaints, just to name a few. Such is the case with me as I have worked the Will Call window for this show. Last Friday evening I was working the window when a patron came to pick up her tickets. She asked me for reassurance that the show would be enjoyable as she had brought some guests, and she had never heard of [TITLE OF SHOW]. She shared with me that some friends of hers had already seen the show and that they didn’t care for it. I tried to explain that while the show was a different style, that it still made for a quality experience and sent her in to the theatre. I’ll admit I was a little disheartened. Once the show began, my wife Tina and I ran an errand to the grocery store to pick up a few items for concessions. As we pushed our buggy down the aisle, a woman stopped us to tell us about her experience the night before at [TITLE OF SHOW]. She said she wanted to thank us for being willing to risk trying something new and different and that she hadn’t laughed so hard in years. I was amazed by how passionately she thanked us for producing this somewhat unknown musical.

I relate this story to illustrate a point – that folks are not all going to have the same taste. What one person found disappointing, another found absolutely fabulous. And that is the reason we try to offer a variety of styles with our Season of Shows – to appeal to a broad range of tastes. We have the unique privilege of offering 10 productions a year at PlazaCo. So as Artistic Director and manager of the artistic vision of the Company, it is my job to make sure we offer something special with every title we produce. I believe such is the case with [TITLE OF SHOW].

The show tells the story of four friends on a journey to creating a finished work of art. In this case, a musical. And not just any musical, one that will be different and unique from any other musical ever presented on Broadway. The story is real as it chronicles what actually happened in the process of getting to Broadway. And while some have suggested that a story about actors can only be interesting to actors I say not so. The message of struggle and perseverance eventually culminating in reaching an astonishing goal is universal and, in my view, a story worth telling.

Our last production at PlazaCo was the magnificent THE SOUND OF MUSIC. The show was very popular as we played to 99% capacity during the run of the show. We are extremely proud of that show, the cast and crew, which created such a beautiful and moving experience for our audience. And while we were thrilled at the popular response, I submit that selling tickets and making money isn’t our primary motivation. What drives us, just like the people in the story of [TITLE OF SHOW], is the desire to create something unique. And with this show, the story and the high level of the quality of the direction and the performances, I know we have achieved that.

I know you may disagree with my point-of-view. But how will you know unless you give it a try? I encourage you to give [TITLE OF SHOW] a chance – you just might end up like that lady in the grocery store saying, “I haven’t laughed so hard in years”.

Sincerely,
JaceSon P. Barrus
Plaza Theatre Company – Artistic Director

Today’s Poll: Tell Us The Musicals You’d Like To See PlazaCo Produce

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Tell Us What You Think!

That’s right! Today we are asking for your input. We will be announcing our 2014 Season at our annual “Thank You Party” on April 9th. As you might guess, putting together a season of shows is always quite a challenge. This year, we are looking at a fabulous list of Musicals to produce in 2014, but we’d love to hear from you. Realizing what our mission is and the style of musical we like to produce at PlazaCo, please vote for the shows below you’d like to see us produce at PTC. (Pick up to three)

Please note that this list isn’t a complete look at every title we are considering for 2014. Thank you for your input.

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.

Our Patrons Have Spoken: You Want More Comfortable Seats

We couldn’t agree more. Our seating has served us well these five years. But we’re hoping to replace our current seating with more comfortable seating very soon. In an effort to make this happen, PlazaCo is starting an annual fundraising event. The annual CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR is playing at the Cleburne Conference center ONE NIGHT ONLY!

Featuring an old-fashioned Victorian evening of Christmas celebration.

Guests will receive a special PlazaCo Christmas tree ornament as well as a chance to win a genuine double eagle gold coin. They will also enjoy food, Plaza’s holiday variety show and even Santa Clause!

The holiday variety show will feature many of Plaza’s regular actors and actresses as they perform many favorites of the season.All proceeds raised from the event will be used to provide new seating for Plaza Theatre Company’s patrons.

Tickets for this special fundraising event are $50 a person and are available right now by calling 817-202-0600 or by visiting www.plaza-theatre.com

Please consider joining us for this special evening of holiday entertainment. We know once we’ve gotten the new theatre seating that you’ll be glad you did.
See ya December 4th!

2013 Season Ticket Renewal INFORMATION

There is information below for both current Season Ticket Holders as well as for those who are wishing to become Season Ticket Holders. Read on for Renewal AND for first time buyer information:

Current Season Ticket Renewals Information

As a 2012 Season Ticket holder, you get the month of September to secure your season ticket before they are open to the general public in October. To renew your Season Ticket, you must fill out the renewal form and return it to the Plaza box office. We will begin accepting renewal forms when our box office opens at 10 AM Tuesday, September 4th (the day after Labor Day).

This year we are making it easier than ever to renew your season ticket. We have two convenient options:

OPTION 1:  Pick your dates and seats later on.
Do you just want to secure your Season Ticket and pick your dates later?  Then you can renew via:
– Online at http://www.plaza-theatre.com and clicking on “Online Tickets”.       (This is only available if you are not choosing specific dates or seats.)
– Telephone (with Visa, Mastercard or Discover).  817-202-0600
– In person at the Plaza Box Office during business hours (with Cash, Check or Card)

OPTION 2: Pick your dates and seats now.
If you wish to choose specific seats and dates when you renew your season ticket, simply fill out the form on the back of this page and either return it to the Plaza Box Office by mail, or bring it by during business hours. We will process renewals in the order we receive them and never in person.
If you feel you must choose specific seats, please offer flexibility on dates. For example, offer us a 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice of dates you desire. Alternately, if you must have certain dates, please be flexible in the seats you will accept. Again, offer us a 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice of seating areas.

PLEASE NOTE – During the month of September, we will ONLY process Season Ticket renewals through the use of the renewal form, unless you are simply buying the Season Ticket without choosing specific seats and dates. WE WILL NOT PROCESS YOUR FORM OVER THE PHONE OR IN PERSON. After we process your form we will mail you a detailed receipt with your dates and seating assignments.

First Time Season Ticket Buyers

We will begin accepting General Public (First Time Buyers) on October 2nd. You can reserve in person, in the Box Office or online at www.plaza-theatre.com. Once we have reached 1,200 Season Ticket Holders for our 2013 Season, we will stop selling the Season Ticket. So if you plan to become a 2013 Season Ticket Holder, we recommend purchasing as soon as you possible.

Plaza Theatre Company’s 2013 Season of Shows (click the title for more info)

SEE HOW THEY RUN – December 31st thru January 26th (Auditions November 5th, 2012)

THE SOUND OF MUSIC – February 1st thru March 9th (Auditions December 3rd and 4th, 2012)

[TITLE OF SHOW] APROPOS – March 15th thru April 13th (Auditions January 7th and 8th)

PILLOW TALK – April 19th thru May 11th (Auditions February 19th)

DIRTY, ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS – May 17th thru June 22nd (Auditions March 18th and 19th)

BYE, BYE BIRDIE – June 28th thru August 3rd (Auditions April 22nd and 23rd)

MAN OF LA MANCHA – August 9th thru September 7th (Auditions June 3rd and 4th)

DEAR RUTH – September 13th thru October 5th (Auditions July 9th )

CLUE the MUSICAL – October 11th thru November 9th (Auditions August 19th and 20th)

MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS – November 15th thru December 23rd (Auditions September 16th and 17th)

Plaza Theatre Company’s Official 2013 Season of Plays

Plaza Theatre Company is pleased to announce the official lineup of shows for its 2013 season. This message will supersede any previous announcement regarding the 2013 Season at PlazaCo. PTC will once again be presenting 10 productions in 2013 – seven musicals and three comedies. The full line-up is listed below:

As you can see, the second show of the year isn’t listed. That’s not because we’re keeping a secret – it’s because our contract doesn’t permit us to advertise the show outside of 25 miles from Cleburne EXCEPT for on our website. You can visit the Plaza Theatre website at www.plaza-theatre.com and check the calendar to see the title in the second slot.

The dates of the 10 productions are as follows:

SEE HOW THEY RUN – December 31st thru January 26th (Auditions November 5th, 2012)

THE UNLISTED PRODUCTION – February 1st thru March 9th (Auditions December 3rd and 4th, 2012)

[TITLE OF SHOW] APROPOS – March 15th thru April 13th (Auditions January 7th and 8th)

PILLOW TALK – April 19th thru May 11th (Auditions February 19th)

DIRTY, ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS – May 17th thru June 22nd (Auditions March 18th and 19th)

BYE, BYE BIRDIE – June 28th thru August 3rd (Auditions April 22nd and 23rd)

MAN OF LA MANCHA – August 9th thru September 7th (Auditions June 3rd and 4th)

DEAR RUTH – September 13th thru October 5th (Auditions July 9th )

CLUE the MUSICAL – October 11th thru November 9th (Auditions August 19th and 20th)

MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS – November 15th thru December 23rd (Auditions September 16th and 17th)

The Directors and Production Teams for these productions have not been finalized and will be announced at a later date.

2013 will be an eclectic mix of both classic and modern material at Plaza Theatre Company – and we couldn’t be more excited about what the season will bring. Current 2012 Season Ticket holders will be able to begin renewing their Season Tickets for 2013 on Monday September 3rd at 10am. The general public may begin purchasing Season Tickets for 2013 on Monday October 8th.

We look forward to seeing you again in 2013 and hope you’ll join us for this outstanding season of shows.

~ The PlazaCo Staff