About this project
Be the change you wish to see in the world. ~Ghandi
As they reach their teen years, the theatre youth of Pearland are seeking exciting shows and challenging roles, and they have not been able to find these without branching out to other cities. There is a need to serve this age group in a new and exciting way. Thus, Pearland Little Theatre was born.
Our Mission is to provide Pearland youth with professional and positive musical theatre experience. We will serve youth in grades 7-12 from Pearland and surrounding areas, enriching their lives and our community.
Grease: School Version | August 2016
As our inaugural show, Grease will introduce Pearland Little Theatre to the community. We will create a professional caliber performance of this beloved show that will enchant and impress local theater goers. A new space for our local youth will be created. They will learn, build relationships, shine, and make memories.
WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP
This will be a tuition based program. The cost of tuition for youth musical theatre in the area can be $350-500 (or more!) per actor for each production. We'd like to lower that cost substantially. Your contributions will allow us to lower tuition for all of our youth actors by providing a partial scholarship to each of them.
This is not the entire budget for the show. These funds are being requested specifically to help lower tuition costs. We'll be casting 20-30 local youth. We've set the goal low, but the more we raise, the more we'll be able to help out our young actors and actresses who might not otherwise be able to participate.
WHAT YOU GET
Of course, we'd never ask for something for nothing. Here's a summary of the rewards you get for helping us put on our first show. Click the image for a larger version.
WHO WE ARE
Amanda Durdin | Co-Founder, Treasurer, Operations: Amanda works as Operations Manager for a small web company. She has experience in web site building, social media and online marketing, copy writing, and day-to-day business operations. She has two theatre loving teens, Cole and Grace. She has assisted with 18 youth theatre productions since 2011. For 14 of those productions, she served as the production lead for sound. She also brings to PLT her 2 years and 16 shows of experience as a youth theatre Volunteer Coordinator.
Lisa Hamilton | Director: Lisa is an actor, director, and teacher with more than 30 years of experience in theatre. She has her BFA in Acting and her MFA in Directing. As an actor, she performed in the resident company at the Alley Theatre for four years. She has performed in more than 25 shows. Professionally directed shows include How to Succeed Without Really Trying, Taming of the Shrew, and Godspell. She adapted a one-woman show from Joni Roger's book Bald in the Land of Big Hair and performed to raise funds for The Rose, the Pink Ribbons Project, and Susan G. Komen. Recently, Lisa has devoted her time to teaching, working non-profit administration, and being a mother to her three amazing children. Her current position as a professor with the theater department at Alvin Community College, for which she teaches dual credit drama classes at Turner College & Career High School, has introduced her to the theatre-loving youth of the Pearland community.
Lisa Maxwell | Co-Founder, President, Creative Director: Lisa is an actor, director, and teacher with 18 years of experience. At university, she was a member of the UT Longhorns Singers, an audition based show choir. She holds a BFA in Theatre Studies with Post Baccalaureate Certification in elementary music. She has worked as a music teacher for Pearland ISD for 16 years. She previously served as the Creative Dramatics teacher and director of the Community Choir for Sing and Play Studio in Pearland. Lisa enjoys sharing musical theatre experiences with her teenage daughter and has 10 years of experience working in community theatre as an actor, stage manager, costumer, and director. In addition, Lisa teaches private piano and voice lessons to youth in the community.
Laura Odom | Co-Founder, Secretary: Laura holds a BS in Communication Disorders and is a Certified Special Education Teacher. She was a teacher for three years at Angleton High School and four years as a homeschool parent. She is a photographer and owned and operated her own photography studio in Pearland for five years. Laura has three daughters that love musical theatre, and she has been active in local community theatre for four years. During that time, she assisted with the production of more than 15 shows, served as a board member for a local children's theatre, and served as the organization’s secretary and audition coordinator. She is currently employed as a Ministry Assistant for a local church.
Risks and challenges
Securing a venue is our biggest obstacle at the moment. We have ties to the community and contacts in key areas, and we are convinced that this is a hurdle we can overcome.
It takes a lot to get a theatre company launched! Between us, we have over SIXTY years of combined experience in teaching, theatre, and working with youth. We are confident that with your help we can work through the obstacles involved.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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