EASY Theatre

EASY Theatre is a 
Touring Company 
based in Austin, Texas
specializing in 

New Works 

Quality Theatre Education

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Theatre is EASY
  • EASY Theatre is doing theatre we love, with people we love, for people we love. 
  • EASY Theatre is an ensemble built upon cooperation and sharing. 
  • EASY Theatre is a home for artists to expand their talents.
  • EASY Theatre seeks actors, directors, writers, producers, technicians, designers, and teachers who work for the love of the craft and the art, and provides them opportunities to learn  through production. 
EASY is Theatre

98 productions in 47 venues (including 31 world premières and one Texas première) 
since 1999

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  Engela Edwards

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Classes at the Bastrop Opera House, for ages 4 through adults. 
New exciting offerings are on their way.

Taught by Engela Edwards.  Engela's resume at:  http://easytheatre.com/engela.html



The Elves and the Shoemaker -- The Musical 
Book by Karen Boettcher-Tate
Music and Lyrics by Bill Francouer
Directed by Engela Edwards

April 5 & 6, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. 
Bastrop Opera House, 711 Spring Street, Bastrop, Texas

Starring
Matilda the shoemaker' wife:  Alicia Gust
Lockhart the shoemaker:  Danne Absher
Sneerella the creditor:  Rachel Edwards
The Gypsy: Sarah Hoffman
Elf Mortz: Danielle Huber
Elf Schwartz: Beki James
Elf Hazel: Lena Hoffman
Elf Studebaker: Evangeline Wysong
Mrs. Snootbottom: Alana Adams
Police: Alexandra Shaw
Mayor Clankbattle: Alana Adams
Loretta Le Pointe the ballerina: Alexandra Shaw
Widow Perkins: Debbie Smith, Joycelyn Schedler
Zoom Corrigan the captain: Alexandra Shaw

  • Director, Sound & Light Tech & Design: Engela Edwards
  • Costumes:  The cast, Bastrop Opera House, Engela Edwards
  • Elf Costumes:  Sara Hoffman, Engela Edwards
  • Sets:  Engela Edwards, Chester Eitze, (Fireplace - Debbie Smith)
  • Prop Master:  Debbie Smith
  • Props:  Debbie Smith, Alicia Gust, Christine Huber
  • Choreography:  The actors
  • House Crew: Jonathan Wysong, Esther Wysong, Isabella Wysong, Christine Huber
Produced by special arrangements with Pioneer Drama Inc., Englewood, Colorado


Elves

The April Cast by Engela (2014)
Joycelyn Schedler, Alexandra Shaw, Sarah Hoffman, Alana Adams, Rachel Edwards, Danne Absher, Alicia Gust
Elves: Danielle Huber, Beki James, Lena Hoffman, Evangeline Wysong



A winner of the 2014 TNT POPS
Dula
book by Paul Elliott
with music by Jeanie Cunningham
Directed by Engela Edwards
Premiere Date:  TBD
A 30-minute reading from the script will occur on Saturday, March 15, at the Bastrop Conference Center at 2 p.m. 

The moving story of a southern town, immediately after the Civil War.

The TNT POPs Festival had 90 entries that were read by 2-rounds of readers. 
Then 4 directors from around Texas chose from the top-10 scripts for inclusion into their season.

EASY Theatre chose Dula for a 2015 production.

From the director Englea Edwards about the musical:  Dula is the sincere story of a small southern town immediately after the civil war, and although historically placed in time, there is a modern feel to the writing.  It could easily be the story of a Texas boy coming home after a war.  The truth, as it relates to the individuals in the story, doesn’t matter; because it is an honest story about war.  It is this universality of time and space that drew me to the script. 

Every role is a good one, with lines actors will want to say.  Elliot is able to achieve this with an economy of words, where full backstories turn on a single word.  Dula’s main character is the town.  It is populated with well-rounded people.  In life, every person is the hero of their story, and it is a rare author who can accomplish the same within the time limitation imposed on a stage production. 

Paul Elliot expertly holds the tensions, and packs a lot of emotional variety into this musical.  For almost every trough in which he submerges us, he brings us back with a lightness, a laugh, and a hope that things will get better.  I was attracted to the skill and maturity of his writing and his ability to manipulate emotions, without making us feel manipulate.  He is adept in his use of metaphor without being heavy handed.

I loved the script before I heard the music.  Elliot and Cunningham’s lyrics are poetry.  Cunningham's music is powerful, touching, and sweet.  Many beautiful songs, that easily stand on their own, become heartbreaking in the context of the story.  I look forward to producing this new American musical, and thank TNT POPs for bringing it to my attention.

http://www.texastheatres.org/conferences/Conf14/ConfProg14.pdf
 
 

Paul Elliott Paul Elliott, the head of the Fierce Backbone Writer's Unit in Hollywood, is a respected novelist, television writer and published playwright. His "Ledge, Ledger and the Legend" was recently honored as one of the 25 most highly produced one act plays in America. His latest comedy, Exit Laughing, a 2013 AACTNewPlayFest winner, just broke all house records for a non-musical at the historic Landers Theater in Springfield, MO and is now scheduled to open in New York. His award-winning drama, "Finding the Burnett Heart," which premiered during the 50th season of the Detroit Repertory Theatre, is now being performed coast to coast, and always garners rave reviews from critics and audience alike.
Jeanie Cunningham Jeanie Cunningham's music has been heard worldwide as part of several high-profile product campaigns. Mitsubishi, Epson, Yamaha, Toshiba, and Chevron are among the many companies that have recruited Jeanie's musical talents. Jeanie's first calling however, is to her own original music as a singer/songwriter/performer. She continues to move forward in her musical pursuits with the new musical, DULA, for which she wrote 23 songs. Her most recent accomplishment has been to create the Steinway Society's "Ukes In Schools" program-devoted to bringing musical instruments and education to underprivileged elementary students in the Coachella Valley of California.



Engela Edwaards was awarded the TNT Dynamite Award 2014 given to an individual or organization that has contributed 
significantly to theatre in Texas and for her contributions to Youth Theatre in Texas.


Past shows.

Winners of the Texas Nonprofit Theatre's Blooming Briefs: Fruit of the Plume Ten Minute Play Contest!
The winning plays were presented at the Texas Nonprofit Theatre's conference 
at the Texas Civic Theatre Center in Tyler on Saturday, March 17, 2012

Engela Edwards
Engela Edwards 
Bastrop
In Texas It's a Yellow Rose
Elaine Liner
Photo by Mark Oristano
Elaine Liner 
Dallas
Dozens
Joan Anderson and Dorothy Sanders
Joan Anderson and Dorothy Sanders 
Fort Worth
Horsing Around Cowtown
Carl Williams
Carl Williams 
Houston
Crossing the Bridge
About the winners here:  http://www.texastheatres.org/conferences/BBWinners2012.shtml

"A new year is like a script with blank pages.
We hope you write your best year yet!" 
Engela Edwards


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EASY Theatre's touring company produces
  • adult and children's plays
  • exciting workshops
  • weekly classes for adults and children
  • Custom Programs throughout Texas and surrounding states. 
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