Tagged with Valerie Hauss-Smith

FAME meets Fortune with Junior Players

Want to be a famous star? Do you know yourself well enough to handle it? A whirlwind of stylistic changes have transformed musical theatre performance since David De Silva’s stage adaptation based on the film Fame debuted in 1988 in Miami, Florida, as Fame on 42nd Street. Still, its core issues – the intense desire … Continue reading

Criticalrant’s Final “First Choices” of 2015

  2015 unfolded as a stunner of a thespian year, from classics to new work, dynamic paradigm-shifters to re-invigorated audience favorites, ensemble achievements to compelling solo work. Youth to senior artists. And music? Glorious music! Performance art in our region thrives with energy, respect, initiative and genuine variety. Dedicated, impassioned creative people form the backbone … Continue reading

Junior Players’ “Bollywood Spectacular”: Celebration of Love’s Mystical Power

How many hundreds, thousands, of modernizing stylistic adaptations has Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream suffered through in the name of accessibility or some director’s whim over the years? Some work well. Some bury the play. Some simply make me want to puke. With Dallas’ Junior Players’ production, billed as “A Bollywood Spectacular”, running through August … Continue reading

No Error In Sight: Junior Players’ Comedy of Errors

  No “errors” noted in William Shakespeare’s early comic farce The Comedy of Errors, presented 1920’s film-style by Junior Players in collaboration with Shakespeare Dallas at the Samuell-Grande Amphitheatre through Sunday July 27. As part of its yearly arts outreach to nearly 6000 Dallas area youth, Junior Players mounts a full-scale, fully costumed, professional caliber … Continue reading