Just because I have not posted here since last February after the BLT’s production of A Chorus Line, does not mean we have not been busy on and off stage. After Chorus Line closed, Kim began work with our son, Ryan on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. Ryan, pictured in my previous Chorus Line post, chose the Shakespearean play as his first BLT directing project. Faced with a bit of a challenge, Ryan was not daunted and envisioned this tale of misconception set in 1920’s New Orleans during the celebration of Mardi Gras. The BLT production was a great success and the audiences left their theater experience more cultured and enlighten about the world of Shakespeare. Yours truly got involved in this production through heading up our box office volunteers, selling tickets.
Just as Kim was closing Twelfth Night, his students at Deer Park High School North along with some students from South Campus were preparing a production of Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind, which is a collage of short plays; 30 plays in 60 minutes. Immediately following the production closing, Kim traveled with the DP South Campus UIL students to State UIL competition in Austin, TX. The UIL Region winners and their directors advanced to the state level where their One Act production of The Rimers of Eldritch took a respectful 4th place.
Somewhere in between productions, Kim and I managed to attend the Texas Nonprofit Theaters (TNT) conference in Tyler, TX. It was fun to perform an original piece, Dream Date, with Kim for the conference. Kim was honored with the Ovation Award from TNT. The three day conference is always fun to attend and with it set in Tyler, the Rose capital of the state, made it a nice get away for both of us.
With summer in full swing, so is the Baytown Little Theater’s fund-raising campaign for the new building. Kim continues to attend committee meetings with individual prospective donors, civic groups, and the hired fund-raising company who are advising the BLT building committee members.
Another BLT committee I am chairing this summer is in full swing reading scripts for the new 2013 season. My task as committee chair is to lead a team to read, review and present a list of potential plays to the BLT board of directors. I have really enjoyed reading the plays this summer and meeting with my committee to discuss the scripts we are reading. Although the turnaround for submitting our list has been short, fast and challenging, the dive into artistic script reading has been gratifying.
The next BLT production will be Urinetown, the Musical and the Martin in this production will be our son, Ryan Martin playing the role of Officer Lockstock. The production opens Friday, August 3 at the BLT and will run for three consecutive weekends closing August 19. Up next opening August 24 in a sister community theater, Pasadena Little Theater, will be the musical production of Gypsy, starring our oldest son, Jason Martin in the male lead, Herbie and our grandchildren Regan and Aidan Martin as part of the children’s chorus. That production will close September 16 and school will have started again.
The new school year will bring another theater son, Kyle Martin, into a new teaching position in Abilene ISD. Kyle was very pleased to tell us that he will once again be teaching high school theater this year at Cooper High School. Last year he was at Abilene High School where he monitored credit recovery in a computer lab. A pretty boring job for an active theater guy like Kyle. While he did participate in productions at the local community theater, Abilene Community Theater; it did not satisfy his artistic desire involving him in the excitement, stress and delight that is high school theater.
The Martins are ever on stage whether it is in community theater or high school theater. We enjoy live art and hope that many of you will also participate in some form of art this year whether as an active participate or a patron. Your support, donations and enjoyment of the arts will ensure a future for The Arts.