This summer, ZTP journeys back to the 1950’s — the era of the first Zilker Summer Musical — with the Elvis-inspired All Shook Up! And it wouldn’t be a true Elvis-style party without some blue suede shoes. All Shook Up, set in 1950’s Middle America, is a new twist on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. The ZTP Team can’t wait to share this toe-tapping, hip-shaking musical comedy – featuring 24 Elvis hits – as well as lots of laughs, love songs, and leather jackets. Scroll down to listen to the cast’s recent visit to Studio 1A!
Now entering its 14th season, there isn’t any other program in the country quite like Austin’s own SUMMER STOCK AUSTIN. From performing to designing and building sets, these high school and college students from across the country learn about every part of a professional theatre company–all the while working side-by-side with local and national theatre professionals. The “company” rehearses for three weeks to mount three fully produced musicals in the Rollins Theatre at the Long Center. The cast visited Studio 1A to share some of their work before the show opens. Get it below!
Join us for the largest performing arts collaboration in Austin’s history. To honor the centennial of legendary composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein, three hundred artists will come together for two fully staged performances of his most epic work, MASS.
Commissioned by Jacqueline Onassis and first performed in 1971 for the opening of the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, MASS was written as a celebration of hope and healing for a nation reeling from a decade of war, division, and assassination. The work takes the audience on a journey from despair to inspiration as the Celebrant searches for peace and renewal.
Bernstein’s MASS is a bold combination of classical and contemporary music and theatre. Marching bands mixed with Paul Simon lyrics, traditional Latin prayers refreshed with electric guitars.
MASS is a celebration of music’s ability to unite, offering truth and comfort when and where it’s needed most. Austin may be the stage, but the celebration is truly global. It’s an exciting mix of styles, talents, and voices. People who think they know Bernstein might be in for quite a surprise. Featuring Choir 48 of the African Children’s Choir, Austin Children’s Choir, Austin Symphony Orchestra, Bernstein100Austin Youth Chorus, Chorus Austin, Conspirare, Jubilant Sykes, Members of Austin Opera, Members of Ballet Austin, Members of the UT Wind Ensemble, Chisholm Trail Middle School Mitch Watkins, Panoramic Voices, and conducted by Austin Symphony Orchestra’s Peter Bay, MASS will cap a city-wide season of music and community.
For more information on Bernstein100Austin, please visit www.bernstein100austin.org.
Listen to the recent performance in Studio 1A to get a sample of this epic masterpiece.
The summer forecast calls for wild fun, over the top laughs, and “take no prisoners” comedy…and it’s all thanks to the mother and daughter, song and dance, team of Tina and Judy Denmark. The City Theatre Company is thrilled to present the award-winning, off-Broadway triumph Ruthless! The Musical, where no dream too big – or back too small to stab – can stop you from becoming a star. Hear the cast’s visit to Studio 1A in the player at the bottom of the post!
Gilbert & Sullivan Austin presents as its 2018 Summer Grand Production “Ruddigore; or, The Witch’s Curse.” Nine performances will be presented at the Worley Barton Theater at Brentwood Christian School, June 14-24. “Ruddigore” will thrill Austin theatergoers of all ages who delight in spectacular music along with a frightful topsy-turvy story of a virtuous heroine, a dastardly villain, deadly curses, and menacing ghosts!
One of W. S. Gilbert’s three favorites, this show has the potential to become a favorite for everyone, including those to whom it is entirely new. The opera parodies elements of Victorian melodrama, which was popular in the mid-nineteenth-century. There is a shyly sweet-mannered and poor-but-virtuous heroine. There is a dastardly villain who carries off the maiden. There is a manly hero in disguise. There is a disheveled, mad girl who creates one of the most unforgettable scenes in the show. There is a deadly curse. To add a special element, there are frightful, menacing ghosts.
Listen to the cast’s recent visit to Studio 1A in the player at the bottom of the post!
Art DiBianca – Robin/Ruthven
Corinna Browning – Rose
Shelby Schisler – Margaret
Sam Johnson – Despard
Jeanne Saski – accompanist
Ralph MacPhail Jr. – Artistic Director
Jeffery Jones – Ragona/Music Director