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Katy Visual and Performing Arts Center’s (KVPAC) summer season continues with Madagascar:  A Musical Adventure Jr by Dream Works. This open enrollment student production features young actors from ages 8-14.

In this KVPAC Production of Madagascar: A Musical Adventure, take a journey out of the zoo and onto the stage with your favorite crack-a-lackin’ friends from the blockbuster DreamWorks film! Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hip Hippo and, of course, those hilarious, plotting penguins for the musical adventure of a lifetime as they escape from New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar. Filled with outlandish characters, adventure galore and upbeat music, you’ll have no choice but to “Move It, Move It!” Cat Ponder, makes her directing debut at KVPAC with this production. Gregory Magyar, the KVPAC Executive Artistic Director recommends purchasing your tickets online as the performances will sell out.

Productions are Friday July 14 at 7pm, Saturday July 15 at 2pm and 7pm and Friday July 21 at 7 pm, Saturday July 22 at 2pm and 7pm. Tickets are available online at www.KVPAC.org until noon on Friday or can be purchased at the box office one hour before each performance.  All shows are performed at Katy Visual and Performing Arts Center, located at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center Complex at 2501 S Mason Rd, Ste. 290, in Katy.

KVPAC is a non-profit art education organization helping artists find their light since 2001. KVPAC proudly provides innovative and dynamic art programs through generous funding from our community. Consider becoming a KVPAC Patron today and proudly support the Arts!

Katy Visual and Performing Arts Center Community Theatre Encore Players won several awards at the American Association of Community Theatre Festival National competition. Pictured: Director Joshua Schorejs, and Cast Members Gregory Magyar, James Duncan, and Trenton Stephenson.

Katy Visual and Performing Arts Center (KVPAC) Community Theatre Encore Players represented Region VI at the American Association of Community Theatre Festival (AACTFest) National competition in Rochester, MN this weekend with its production of “Answers” by Tom Topor.

Several awards of special distinction were awarded to the KVPAC “Answers” cast and crew. Joshua Schorejs won the “Outstanding Achievement in Direction;” Kari Perez, KVPAC’s Theatre Production Manager, accepted the award for “Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Design;” and James Duncan received the award for “Outstanding Achievement in a Supporting Role.” Trenton Stephenson was also nominated for this award. Gregory Magyar, KVPAC’s Executive Artistic Director, was nominated for Best Actor and “Answers” was nominated for Best Show overall.

“KVPAC is honored to have represented our growing community at the AACT National Festival,” said Magyar, “and to have finished in the top 4 out of 12 theatres in the competition.”

The journey began when KVPAC won the Texas AACTFest at TNT’s Annual Conference in March, followed by another win at the Region VI AACTFest in April. At the National AACTFest Competition this week, KVPAC competed against the best community theater groups in the United States. Twelve community theaters, the winners of their state and regional contests, will brought their productions to Rochester, MN.

“Answers” is a short play about a man (James Duncan) having been detained for questioning, in a crime about which he claims to know nothing, and is grilled by two persistent police officers (Gregory Magyar and Trenton Stephenson).

They call him “Byron” (although he insists this is not his name) and their initially bantering attitude turns steadily more ominous as they attempt to force a confession. Ultimately, in a scene of shattering intensity, they succeed-but disturbing questions linger. Have justice and truth indeed been served? Or has another hapless victim been sacrificed to society’s inexorable need for retribution at any cost?

KVPAC is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing arts education and experience to the community of Katy and the surrounding area. Donations to support the arts in our community can be made at www.kvpac.org or mailed to KVPAC, 2501 S. Mason Road #290, Katy, Texas 77450.

 

Answers by Tom Topor at Katy Visual and Performing Arts Center. photo by Linda M. Lee

The Katy Visual and Performing Arts Center from Katy, Texas is proud to announce that its production of Answers by Tom Topor has won the honor of performing at AACTFest 2017, the National Community Theatre Festival, in Rochester, Minnesota, June 26-July 1.

The journey to the National Festival began in March when the production won the Texas State AACTFest 2017 in Lewisville.  The production then moved on to Lafayette, Louisiana for the Region VI AACTFest Festival in April.  AACT Region VI includes Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. In addition to winning the Region VI Festival, the production was honored with Festival Adjudicator Awards for Excellence in Direction (Joshua Schorejs), Excellence in Acting (Gregory Magyar) and Excellence in Set Design.

Executive Artistic Director Gregory Magyar felt it was important for the organization to participate in AACTFest and Texas Nonprofit Theatres. Magyar said, “after experiencing the festival in Washington I knew that KVPAC would benefit tremendously from being a part of that community. The networking and support from our fellow theatres is a tremendous asset, and the competitive aspect only pushes us to get better at what we do.”

AACTFest2017 marks KVPAC’s third appearance in the festival cycle, after having great success in 2015 with their production of On the Road With Hank the Horse, which advanced all the way to the Region VI competition. Their 2015 production garnered multiple acting awards for all four cast members, awards for direction and the Audience Favorite award at the State level.

AACTFest 2017 is the culmination of a two-year cycle of state and regional theatre AACT festivals, and will feature twelve community theatre productions from across the United States and the U.S. Military Overseas that received top honors in their respective state and regional festivals. These winners represent the best community theatre America has to offer.  Performances will start on Tuesday, June 27 in Rochester Civic Theatre and additional activities will be offered in the adjacent Mayo Civic Center in downtown Rochester.  The AACTFest 2017 National Festival includes a theatre management conference, a youth leadership conference and youth festival, educational workshops, top vendor displays, the design exhibition and competition, a new monologue competition, social events, sightseeing, and networking opportunities, all ending with a festival awards presentation.

AACTFest is a celebration of theatre and a learning experience for those who take part. Registration and performance tickets are available to all. Join in the energy and excitement of AACTFest 2017!

Registration, schedule, and more information is available at aact.org/17.

AACT provides networking, resources, and support for America’s theatres. AACT represents the interests of more than 7,000 theatres across the United States and its territories, as well as theatre companies with the U.S. Armed Services overseas.

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Cast rehearsing The Gingerbread Lady, Michele Broussard, Jack Strickland, Vanessa Morales-Knight, and Briana Moloney

June 2 through 4, Katy Visual and Performing Arts Center (KVPAC), Encore Players, Katy’s Award-Winning Community Theatre, will present The Gingerbread Lady, by Neil Simon, directed by Joshua Shorejs. Show times are June 2 and 3 at 8:00pm and June 4 at 2:00pm. Tickets are $18 for Adults, $15 for Seniors (55+) and Students, and $12 for groups of 10 or more.

The Gingerbread Lady is a dark drama with comic overtones centering on Evy Meara (Vanessa Morales-Knight), a cabaret singer whose career, marriage, and health all have been destroyed by alcohol.  We meet her at the end of a ten-week drying out period at a sanitarium when her best friend age-defying Toby (Michele Broussard), her daughter Polly (Briana Moloney), and Jimmy Perry (Jack Strickland), a gay actor try to help her adjust to sobriety with a jolly birthday party. Enter Lou Tanner, a former lover, who ends up giving her a black eye. The party is a wash out, the “gingerbread lady” falls off the wagon and hits the ropes once again.

Maureen Stapleton won Broadway’s Tony Award as Best Actress for the role of Evy Meara. Later, the play was rewritten by Neil Simon as the film Only When I Laugh starring Marsha Mason.

Director, Joshua Shorejs said, “in the The Gingerbread Lady, Neil Simon exhibits profound skill in playing for laughs, while drawing out the emptiness and sadness in the lives of the misfits he is adept at creating.”

Tickets are available online until noon on Friday, June 2 and then at the door one hour prior to show time. For more information, please visit the KVPAC website at www.shop.kvpac.org or call 281.829.2787.  KVPAC is a 501c3 non-profit arts education organization serving the Katy community since 2001. We are located at 2501 S Mason Rd, # 290, Katy, TX 77450 in the Great Southwest Equestrian Center Complex.

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Representing Answers at the AACTFEST Region VI Awards Ceremony: Gregory Magyar (Actor), Joshua Schorejs (Director) and Kari Perez (Production Stage Manager)

Katy Visual and Performing Arts Center (KVPAC) Community Theatre Encore Players won the Region VI American Association of Community Theatre Festival (AACTFest) competition in Lafeyette, LA on Saturday, April 8, 2017 with its production of Answers by Tom Topor.

KVPAC Encore Players will go on to represent Region VI (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas) at the National AACTFest Competition June 26 – July 1, 2017 in Rochester, MN.

In addition to winning first place, special distinctions were awarded to the KVPAC Answers cast for Excellence in Set Design; Excellence in Direction to Joshua Schorejs; and Excellence in Acting to Gregory J. Magyar, KVPAC’s Executive Artistic Director.

“We are proud of all the community theaters in Region VI who competed in the Quad and Regional AACTFEST competitions,” said Gregory Magyar, “and we are honored and excited to represent Region VI and Texas Nonprofit Theaters (TNT) at the national level in Rochester.”

The journey began when KVPAC won the Texas AACTFest at TNT’s Annual Conference in March. They were honored to represent the state of Texas at the Region VI AACTFest, with their production of Answers by Tom Topor.

Answers is a short play about a man (James Duncan) having been detained for questioning, in a crime about which he claims to know nothing, and is grilled by two persistent police officers (Gregory Magyar and Trenton Stephenson). They call him “Byron” (although he insists this is not his name) and their initially bantering attitude turns steadily more ominous as they attempt to force a confession. Ultimately, in a scene of shattering intensity, they succeed—but disturbing questions linger. Have justice and truth indeed been served? Or has another hapless victim been sacrificed to society’s inexorable need for retribution at any cost?

This summer at the National AACTFest Competition, KVPAC will compete against the best community theater groups in the US. Twelve community theaters, the winners of their state and regional contests, will bring their productions to Rochester, MN for consideration June 26-July 1, 2017.

KVPAC is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing arts education and experience to the community of Katy, TX and the surrounding area. Consider a tax-deductible donation to support the Encore Players as they represent the Katy area, the state of Texas, and Region IV at the national competition. Donations can be made online: https://www.gofundme.com/kvpac, online at www.kvpac.org or mailed: KVPAC, 2501 South Mason Road #290, Katy, Texas 77450.

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Summer is always an adventure at the KVPAC. It’s one of Katy’s best kept secrets and the premiere fine arts focused 10 week summer camp in the West Houston area. The summer program utilizes visual arts and theater as the basis for summer fun for children ages 3 to 18. KVPAC established in 2001 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization offers art classes including drawing, Minecraft, jewelry making, and crafts; theatre classes include plays, technical theatre classes, and acting classes; and art and theatre based PreK classes. Sign up today at www.kvpac.org.
Gregory Magyar, the Executive Artistic Director explains, “We emphasize academic performance, creative arts expression, along with social and physical development. Most importantly, we truly love and enjoy children. It is an honor and a pleasure to be a part of making childrens’ summer experience unique and memorable”.
All summer camp offerings are at Katy Visual and Performing Arts Center, located at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center Complex at 2501 S Mason Rd., Ste. #290, in Katy.
Katy Visual & Performing Arts Center (KVPAC) is a non-profit art education organization helping artists find their light since 2001. KVPAC proudly provides innovative and dynamic art programs through generous funding from our community. Consider becoming a KVPAC Patron today and proudly support the Arts.

Katy Visual and Performing Arts Center’s (KVPAC) Senior COMPANY, students 13 to 18 with acting experience and a serious interest in continued growth and talent development, perform next weekend, March 31 to April 2.

This KVPAC Production of Tammy: A Coming of Age Story About a Girl Who is Part T-Rex, by Julia Weiss, is about Tammy, your average teen. Tammy has a crush on a popular jock. She wants to fit in with the cool crowd. Her parents and teachers just don’t get her. Oh, and she’s part T-Rex.

Being different is never easy, but it gets a whole lot harder when your lunch is raw meat and you get muzzled every time you roar in math class. With the help of her best friend, Hope, Tammy struggles to keep her talons in check and her head held high. But can she learn to navigate the hallways of school while governing her own prehistoric tendencies? This show is a hilarious homage to growing up in the 90s.

Director Denver Danyla said, “although at first glance Tammy seems to be too farfetched of a story to resonate with students, this cast has created amazing characters that take this story to a shockingly possible arena…sit back and enjoy this unique treat!” The Executive Artistic Director, Gregory Magyar recommends purchasing your tickets online as the performances may sell out.

Show times are Friday and Saturday, March 31 and April 1 at 7:00pm, and Sunday, April 2 at 2:00pm. Tickets are available online at www.KVPAC.org until noon on Friday or can be purchased at the box office one hour before each performance. All shows are performed at Katy Visual and Performing Arts Center, located at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center Complex at 2501 S Mason Rd, Ste. # 290, in Katy.

KVPAC is a non-profit art education organization helping artists find their light since 2001. KVPAC proudly provides innovative and dynamic art programs through generous funding from our community. Consider becoming a KVPAC Patron today and proudly support the Arts!

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Photo Credit: Lerin Photography


This weekend at Katy Visual and Performing Arts Center, the Senior COMPANY will present Fiddler on the Roof, directed by Cibby Bowden. Touching audiences worldwide with its humor, warmth and honesty, this universal show is a staple of the musical theatre canon. Show times are December 9 and 10 at 7:00pm and December 11 at 2:00pm. Tickets are $10 for Adults and $8 Students.

Fiddler on the Roof is a musical with music by Jerry Bocklyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and book by Joseph Stein, set in the Pale of Settlement of Imperial Russia in 1905. It is based on Tevye and his Daughters (or Tevye the Dairyman) and other tales by Sholem Aleichem. Set in the little village of Anatevka, the story centers on Tevye, a poor dairyman, and his five daughters. With the help of a colorful and tight-knit Jewish community, Tevye tries to protect his daughters and instill them with traditional values in the face of changing social mores and the growing anti-Semitism of Czarist Russia. He must cope both with the strong-willed actions of his three older daughters, who wish to marry for love – each one’s choice of a husband moves further away from the customs of his faith – and with the edict of the Tsar that evicts the Jews from their village. Rich in historical and ethnic detail, Fiddler on the Roof‘s universal theme of tradition cuts across barriers of race, class, nationality and religion, leaving audiences crying tears of laughter, joy and sadness.

Tickets are available online until noon on Friday and then at the door one hour prior to show time. For more information, please visit the KVPAC website at www.kvpac.org or call 281.829.2787.  KVPAC is a 501c3 non-profit arts education organization serving the Katy community since 2001. We are located at 2501 S Mason Rd, # 290, Katy, TX 77450 in the Great Southwest Equestrian Center Complex.

 

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_____kvpac-the-elfThis weekend, COMPANY Prelude (ages 8 to 18) brings Elf, The Musical Jr., to the Magyar Main Theatre at Katy Visual and Performing Arts Center. Based on the beloved holiday film, this hilarious fish-out-of-water comedy follows Buddy the Elf in his quest to find his true identity. Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh reality that his father is on the naughty list and that his half-brother doesn’t even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. Performances are Friday, November 18 and Saturday, November 19 at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m.
Tickets are available online and at the door one hour prior to show time. For more information, please visit the KVPAC website at www.kvpac.org or call 281.829.2787. KVPAC is a 501c3 non-profit arts education organization serving the Katy community since 2001. We are located at 2501 S Mason Rd, # 290, Katy, TX 77450 in the Great Southwest Equestrian Center Complex.