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Katy Visual and Performing Arts Center offered a new class this past summer, one that they will continue to offer, and indeed, expand upon once the regular school starts.  Called Theatre For Life, it is a full series of classes for tweens on the Autism spectrum being taught by Ann Marie Morris, a Theatre Performance graduate from SUNY Fredonia and formerly a teacher at The Arbor, a private school for Special Needs children.  “This class really fulfills a dream for me – to combine the professional loves of my life, theatre and special needs kids!  It’s a challenge to be sure, for both myself and the students, but so rewarding.”  With each class, the students are encouraged to see how what they are learning can be applied to their daily challenges of life, how the world and the people in it are a theatre and an audience.

The goal is to show the students how theatre techniques can help them cope with and have more confidence in their daily lives.  Classes started with the basics, such as Relaxation and Calming, Learning the Stage Space, Sharing the Stage With Other Actors, Using the Voice and Body, Focus and Memory, Working With a Script, Blocking and Staging, The Five W’s (Who, What, When, Where and especially Why), Making Contact, and The Joy and Pain of Criticism!

As the last weeks of the class approach, the students are starting preparations for their performance on the last day.  With the help of their teacher, each student is writing a monologue about their future.  They will be asked to use all the different techniques that they have been learning to present the monologues for an audience, sharing the stage and working together as a theatre company.  Their enthusiasm is obvious.  They are very much looking forward to, as one youngster put it, “putting on their show!”  And when asked if they would like to continue the class during the coming school year, the response from the kids was a resounding “Yes!”

The goal for KVPAC and the coming school year is to build on the experiences of the summer and expand the class offerings to three classes.  All called Theatre For Life, one class will be for Young Children (ages 6-10), the second for Tweens (ages 11-14), and a third for the Teens (ages 15-18).  All will offer everything from the very basics of theatre techniques to harder work, such as Preparing an Audition Piece and Learning About Directing, Management and Crewing shows.  All classes will be a continuing series and conclude with a performance by the students.  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. ###

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.

 

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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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Katy Visual and Performing Arts Center’s (KVPAC) Prelude COMPANY, students ages 8-18, with little or no acting experience but a desire to learn and experience the acting craft, perform, April 21 and 22.
This KVPAC Production of Game of Tiaras, by Don Zolidis, is a comic story about when the aging king of a Magical Kingdom (England) decides to split his empire between his three daughters, Cinderella, Belle, and the Snow Queen (who in no way resembles a copyrighted character), terrible tragedy ensues. Terrible, hilarious tragedy. Combining the gut-wrenching plot twists of Game of Thrones and the soul-numbing despair of Shakespearean tragedy, this adaptation of King Lear will leave you dying with laughter as the body count mounts. When you play the Game of Tiaras, you win or you die.
Game of Tiaras is a bloody, bloody tragic comedy in two acts with apologies to Shakespeare. Director Gregory Magyar said, “What a joy it is to see our young actors so enthusiastic to tackle a new piece of theatre. All it took was to arm each of them and let them know nearly everyone dies in the end…but really, what a great way to experience Shakespearean themes in the early part of your theatrical training.” Gregory recommends purchasing your tickets online as the performances may sell out.
Show times are Friday and Saturday, April 21 and April 22 at 7:00 p.m., and April 22 at 2:00 p.m. 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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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 (KVPAC) Encore Players, Katy’s award winning community theatre, won the Texas state competition of the Biennial American Association of Community Theatre (AACT) Fest hosted by Texas Nonprofit Theatre this past weekend in Lewisville, Texas.  KVPAC competed with the one act play, Answers, by Tom Topor. KVPAC needs your support through a charitable donation as we move forward to compete at the AACTFest Regional level in Lafayette, LA April 7, 2017.

Gregory J. Magyar, KVPAC’s Executive Artistic Director who was in the show that won in 2015 and received an ‘All Star Cast’ award returned this year with Trenton Stephenson and James Duncan under the direction of Joshua Schorejs, a director and teacher at KVPAC, who won the 2017 Excellence in Directing Award.

In 2015, KVPAC Encore Players won first place at the Biennial Texas State competition and represented Texas in the Regional competition (Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Louisiana) winning the first-place alternate position for the Biennial AACTFest National competition.

Answers, a successful Off-Off-Broadway production, selected for inclusion in “Best Short Plays is a, “gripping and powerful play that probes into the helpless terror experienced by a suspect undergoing a relentless police interrogation. “…a compelling, contemporary comment on society.” —Show Business.” Mr. Topor as a dramatist writes cleanly, with flair for sharp dialogue.” —NY Post.

Gregory J. Magyar, KVPAC’s Executive Artistic Director who was in the show that won in 2015 and received an ‘All Star Cast’ award returned this year with Trenton Stephenson and James Duncan under the direction of Joshua Schorejs, a director and teacher at KVPAC, who won the 2017 Excellence in Directing Award.

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, 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?

Community theatre is just one component of KVPAC, Magyar explained.  “We are an arts-rich community delivering visual and performing arts for all ages featuring quality programming for everyone in Katy and the surrounding areas.” The summer program of theatre, art and prek classes is available online at www.kvpac.org.

KVPAC is asking readers to make a tax-deductible contribution to support the Encore Players and make it possible for them to continue to represent Katy, TX at competitions.  For your convenience, online payments can be made by visiting our website at: https://www.gofundme.com/kvpac or mail your contribution to KVPAC, 2501 South Mason Road #290, Katy, Texas 77450.

 

 

 

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KVPAC’s Spring season opens with High School Musical 2 which performs next weekend, March 3rd – 5th. This KVPAC Production features student actors from several Katy ISD schools. ”High School Musical was a sold-out show for KVPAC last summer and the cast had a great time performing the show. The students kept asking me to include High School Musical 2 in the Spring season”, said Gregory Magyar the Executive Artistic Director for KVPAC. Mr. Magyar said, “It will be a very busy weekend for KVPAC as we have the Arts For All! family festival Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at LaCenterra which is a free event as part of the KVPAC community outreach programming.”

On the last day of junior year, the East High gang can’t wait to get the summer started – they’re ready for summer jobs, money for college and to have fun. To that end, Troy gets them all jobs at Lava Springs Country Club – which happens to be owned by popular girl, Sharpay’s, father! While Sharpay schemes to steal Troy’s heart from Gabriella, her brother, Ryan, hopes to win the Star Dazzle Award. Everything comes to a head at the talent show, where the group has to remember their motto: “All for one, and one for all.”

Directed by Cibby Bowden, Disney’s High School Musical 2 features rockin’ songs, action-packed dance numbers and ample opportunities to highlight a strong ensemble.  Mr. Magyar recommends purchasing your tickets soon as the performances may sell out.

Show times are Friday and Saturday, March 3rd and 4th at 7:00 p.m., and Sunday, March 5th at 2:00 p.m.  Tickets are available online at www.KVPAC.org or can be purchased at the box office an 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.

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10 through 12, Katy Visual and Performing Arts Center (KVPAC), Encore Players, the Award-Winning Community Theatre of KVPAC, will present On the Verge; or The Geography of Yearning, directed by Morgan Midkiff. Show times are February 10 and 11 at 8:00 p.m. and February 12 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $18 for Adults, $15 for Seniors (55+) and Students, and $12 for groups of 10 or more.

On the Verge; or, The Geography of Yearning is a play written by Eric Overmyer, which premiered in 1985. The script makes extensive use of esoteric language and pop culture references from the late nineteenth century to 1955. The cast consist of three Victorian women explorers and eight diverse beings (played by one actor) they encounter on their travels, which include different times as well as different locations.

The play follows the adventures of the explorers into what they believe to be Terra Incognita, a new, unexplored land. The three are from very different exploration backgrounds, but all exhibit their own form of independence. The three together discuss many aspects of their pasts in exploring, with Mary and Fanny frequently trying to outdo each other. As the women progress on their travels it becomes apparent that they are not on an ordinary journey. Mary reaches the conclusion at the end of the first act that the three of them are in fact traveling forward through time and that, while doing so, they are beginning to absorb knowledge from the future. Alex dubs this phenomenon osmosing and from that point forward in the play, the ladies actively, and often fruitlessly try to osmose what the things they are encountering are, e.g. In the scene where Alex first encounters Cool Whip she takes several guesses at the item’s identity: “(Osmoses) ‘Mo hair’. No. ‘Jello mold’. No. (Tastes) Noxzema! Yes! Heaven!”

Director, Morgan Midkiff describes the show as ‘a humorous exploration through different times and the explorers’ view of the new world as the dissolution of manners and language give way to the availability of free time and ready-mades to create a new culture’. Sit back and enjoy seeing how America has changed in a century through the eyes and osmosis of three “intrepid explorers” eager to not only see but experience this this new culture.

 

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Katy, TX (January 8, 2017) – January 20 through 22, Katy Visual and Performing Arts Center (KVPAC), Encore Players, the Community Theatre of KVPAC, will present The 39 Steps, directed by Heather Villano. Show times are January 20 and 21 at 8:00pm and January 22 at 2:00pm.  Tickets are $18 for Adults, $15 for Seniors (55+) and Students, and $12 for groups of 10 or more.

Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have this fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre!  In The 39 Steps, a man with a boring life meets a woman with a thick accent who says she’s a spy. When he takes her home, she is murdered. Soon, a mysterious organization called “The 39 Steps” is hot on the man’s trail in a nationwide manhunt that climaxes in a death-defying finale! A riotous blend of virtuoso performances and wildly inventive stagecraft, The 39 Steps amounts to an unforgettable evening of pure pleasure!

Director, Heather Villano describes The 39 Steps as “a play written to highlight the actor, and the art of acting. It requires little to no set, and provides the audience the opportunity to see actors in a unique way-they build and change the set as the plot unfolds and they change costumes and characters before your eyes-it’s an hysterical experience that is so fun to watch. These four amazingly talented men are playing 26 exhausting roles, four of whom are women, and are sure to leave you laughing and give you a true appreciation for the art of acting”

Tickets are available online until noon on Friday, January 20 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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zombie-flyerThe Katy Visual and Performing Arts Center kicks off a plethora of ghoulishly fun events at KVPAC’s 1st Annual Wicked Weekend on Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 10:00 am. Located at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center Complex at 2501 S Mason Rd, Ste. # 290, KVPAC is a community arts center right in Katy’s own beautiful backyard. Event activities include something for everyone to enjoy, kids and adults alike. Costumed children of all ages are welcome to Trick or Treat their way through KVPAC’s Trunk or Treat Outdoor Market and enter the costume parade and contest, judged by the KVPAC Princesses. Check out the Indoor Fall Arts & Crafts Fair offering some of the finest hand-made goods that are perfect for the upcoming holiday gift-giving season.

There will also be food trucks, games, entertainment & more throughout the day, as well as a 5K rUndead Zombie Run and if you are really brave, come back either Friday or Saturday (Oct 28 & 29) after 8:00 p.m. for the two-night Outdoor Field of Screams Haunted Maze attraction. All proceeds from this fundraiser will be donated to KVPAC programming Fostering a Life-long Love of the Arts! For more information go to: www.kvpac.org.

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