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We are please to announce the 100th Production for EASY Theatre

The Nine Worst Breakups of All Times
by Ian McWethy
Directed by Ariana and Michelle Billett

Friday, June 12, 2015
1:30 p.m.
Jerry Fay Wilhelm Center for the Performing Arts
Address: 1401 Cedar St, Bastrop, TX 78602
Tickets available at the door before show time.  $15.50 per performance block of 3 shows or $74 for all 18 show.
Or purchase online at:  http://www.texastheatres.org/store/TNTStore.shtml.

The play was chosen by the cast.  This is the first time Ariana and Michelle Billett have directed for EASY Theatre.  Both have been in many of our productions and are long time EASY Theatre members; in fact they were in the audience at the first EASY Theatre show  over 15 years ago. 

You think your breakup was bad?  We're here to take you on a tour of the nine worst breakups of all time, from the Cro-Magnon era to the Civil War, to a smattering of modern-day breakups. A comedy that proves that no matter how hard someone has stomped on your heart...it could always be worse.  The cast includes some past EASY Youth Company members and new actors who have worked with Michelle before. 

CAST
Keith:  Rhys Largent
Becca/Waitress/Maddie/Alarmist Girl/Gina: Micah McKee
Evan: Corrigun Billett
Tina/Rah/Shelly/Julie/Carlie: Tamara Billett
Teddy/Manager/Ug/Elijah/Chesterfield: Nathan Smith
Betty/Jessica/Mandy: Avery McGinn
Calvin/Tony/Louis/Tyler: Anthony Trefny

The Nine Worst Breakups of All Times CAST 2016

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EASY Theatre Seniors 2014 at TNT last year.  Rachel Edwards, Ariana Billett, and Thomas Scruggs.
Ariana is codirecting this years' EASY Theatre production to be performed at the TNT 2015 Youth Conference. 

18 Youth Companies from around the state perform this week at the 20th Annual Youth Conference.  This year it is being held close to home in Bastrop, Texas. 

Big shout out to all our past EASY Theatre performers.
Bastrop Opera House cast of Rock Bottom
Performing Thursday in Bastrop Opera House's "Rock Bottom"

Abbie
and performing Saturday, Abbie Brown in "ImprovEd Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew"

It is always expensive to participate in the Youth Conference.  One of the fundraisers is an upcoming garage sale.  If you have anything to donate, email info@easytheatre.com with your contact information and Garage Sale in the subject line, and Michelle or Ari with get back wtih you.  Thanks!



Schedule of the 2015 shows at the Texas Nonprofit Theatres Annual Youth Conference:
Thursday June 11th, 2015
1:45 p.m.PERFORMANCE BLOCK #1
    • Baytown Little Theater Youth Group: Disney's Alice in Wonderland
    • MorningStars, Mineola: The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe
    • ArtsView Players, ArtsView Children's Theatre, Longview: I Never Saw Another Butterfly


    6:30 pm - PERFORMANCE BLOCK #2 (3 shows)

    • Baron's Brigade, Bastrop Opera House: Rock Bottom
    • YOUTH, Brazos Valley TROUPE:  10 Best Worst Things About High School 
    • Young Actors Guild, McKinney Repertory Theatre, McKinney: The Bully Plays
Friday, June 12th
1:30 p.m. PERFORMANCE BLOCK #3 (3 shows)
    • EASY Theatre, Austin: The Nine Worst Breakups of All Times
    • City Lights Theatre, Houston: Big Bad Musical
    • Junior Art PArk Players, Art Park Players, Deer Park: Anon(ymous)


    6:30 - 10:00 pm PERFORMANCE BLOCK #4 (3 shows)

    • Ohlook Co.-OCO, Ohlook Performing Arts Center, Grapevine: Tammy: A Coming of Age Story . . .
    • BCT Teen Troupe, Boerne Community Theatre, Boerne: Wild Strawberries
    • Kaleidoscope Company, Permian Playhouse, Odessa: The Orphan Train
Saturday, June 13th
1:30 -5:00 pm - PERFORMANCE BLOCK #5 (3 shows)
    • E.L.F.S. Touring Troupe, S.T.A.G.E., Inc., Bulverde: The Seussodyssey
    • ImprovEd Shakespeare, Co., Austin: ImprovEd Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew
    • Knights of the Round Theatre, Tyler Civic Theatre, Tyler: Antigone Now


    6:30 - 10:00 pm - PERFORMANCE BLOCK #6 (3 shows)

    • A.C.E. Theatre Company, The Actors Conservatory Theatre, Lewisville: The Audition
    • Inspiration Stage, Sugar Land: The Rules of Comedy
    • Inner Circle, Circle Arts Theatre, New Braunfels: Things Fall (Meanwhile)

Synopses and show rating as suggested by the director.

Performance Block 1, June 11th, 1:30 pm

Baytown Little Theatre Youth Group of Baytown Little Theatre, Baytown
"Disney's Alice In Wonderland Jr." Music and Lyrics by Sammy Fain & Bob Hilliard, Oliver Wallace & Cy Coban, Allie Wrubel & Ray Gilbert, Mack David, Al Hoffman & Jerry Livingston. Music Adapted and Arranged and Additional Lyrics by Bryan Louiselle. Book Adapted and Additional Lyrics by David Simpatico

Lewis Carroll's famous inquisitive heroine comes to life in :Disney's Alice In Wonderland Jr.," a delightful adaptation of the classic Disney film. Join Alice as she chases the White Rabbit, races the Dodo Bird, gets tied up with Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, raps with a bubble-blowing Caterpillar, and beats the Queen of Hearts at her own game!

Appropriate for all ages

MorningStars, Mineola
"Lion and Mouse Stories" by Colleen Neuman

The Tiger, The Brahman, and the Jackal is one of four short stories presented in Lion and Mouse Stories. In "The Tiger, the Brahman, and the Jackal," a tiger is tricked back into a cage by a very clever jackal who pretends to be a very stupid jackal.

Appropriate for all ages

ArtsView Players of ArtsView Children's Theatre, Longview
"I Never Saw Another Butterfly" By Celeste Raspanti

Over 15,000 Jewish children passed through Terezin, and only about a hundred were still alive when Terezin was liberated at the end of the war. One of the survivors, Raja, having lived through it all, teaching the children when there was nothing to teach with, helping to give them hope when there was little enough reason for hope, creating a little world of laughter, of flowers and butterflies behind the barbed wire, tells the true story of the children. It's her play and it's theirs. There were no butterflies at Terezin, of course, but for the children, butterflies became a symbol of defiance, making it possible for them to live on and play happily while waiting to be transported.

May not be suitable audiences under age 12

Performance Block 2, June 11th, 6:30 pm
Baron's Brigade of Bastrop Opera House, Bastrop
"Rock Bottom" By Dan Roberts

"Rock" is thrown from a volcano at the beginning of time. He encounters three pairs of very different characters every few million years or so and he finds that they don't respect him very much, if at all. Although he enjoys the conversation with each of the pairs and he reassures them that he is really something special, he is shunned. First, there's Sand Pebbles and Dune who reward his nagging by telling him of their great accomplishments. Their tales only discourage him until an earthquake sends Goldie and Nugget swirling into his space. It is their encouragement that Rock needs to glitter, glamor and gleam. Unable to understand how to change, he settles down to his tic-tac-toe game with a log. A hurricane sends a trunk washing onto Rock's beach. Out come Diamond and Ruby who simply can not abide his worthlessness and leave him alone for many more centuries. Then a field trip of school kids stumble upon revealing Rock's true identity and his value for all time.

Appropriate for all ages

YOUTH of Brazos Valley TROUPE, Bryan-College Station
"10 Best Worst Things About High School" By M.G. Davidson

Ah, high school. The best worst four years of your life! The friends, the memories, the life lessons, and of course the...inevitably haunting embarrassments that will leave emotional scars for years to come! Join a group of real life high school students as they uncover the wonders perils of gym class, the marvels horrors of field trips, the joy humiliation of prom, and many more of the numerous fond traumatizing aspects of life as a high school student. Made for teens, about teens and even co-directed by members of BVT's Teen Actors Guild, get ready for a fun-filled romp that is about life & laughter!

Appropriate for all ages

Young Actors Guild of McKinney Repertory Theatre, McKinney
"The Bully Plays" by Sandra Fenichel Asher, Cherie Bennett, Max Bush, José Casas, Gloria Bond Clunie, Eric Coble, Doug Cooney, Linda Daugherty, Lisa Dillman, Richard Dresser, José Cruz González, Stephen Gregg, D.W. Gregory, Brian Guehring, Dwayne Hartford, Barry Kornhauser, Trish Lindberg, Brett Neveu, Ernie Nolan, R.N. Sandberg, Geraldine Ann Snyder, Werner Trieschmann, Elizabeth Wong and Y York. Compiled and edited by Linda Habjan.

"The Bully Plays" is an anthology of 10-minute plays that deal with the subject of bullying and the impact it has on relationships, self-esteem, and the trickle down effect of bullying. A McKinney high school freshman recently committed suicide as result of bullying, and we feel these plays are a timely and appropriate way to explore the topic of bullying among young people. We will be presenting four plays from the anthology; BLU, Gasp, Farrah and Monster, Glorious Gail, and "Send."

May not be suitable audiences under age 12

Performance Block 3, June 12th, 1:30pm
Easy Theatre, Austin
"The 9 Worst Breakups of All Time" by Ian McWethy

Keith thinks he just had "the worst breakup ever". But he's about to meet Evan Tonsil, who works for Relationships for a Better Tomorrow. Evan's gonna set Keith straight about "relationships and subsequent breakups". Come along on the journey with them and see "The 9 Worst Breakups of All Time" presented in vivid color.

Appropriate for all ages

Triple Threat Youth Company of City Lights Theatre, Houston
"The Big Bad Musical" by Alec Strum and Bill Francoeur

A courtroom has never been more lively and fun than in The Big Bad Musical! This smart and wickedly funny musical is great for actors and audiences of any age. The jury (your audience) must decide the outcome of the biggest trial ever in the fairy-tale world! The notorious Big Bad Wolf is being slapped with a class-action lawsuit by storybooks of quirky characters who want to get even: Little Red Riding Hood, her Grandmother, the Three Little Pigs and the Shepherd in charge of the Boy Who Cried Wolf. With Sydney Grimm as the commentator on live Court TV, the two greatest legal minds in the Enchanted Forest, the Evil Stepmother and the Fairy Godmother, clash in a trial that will be remembered forever after. As our wronged fairy tale characters testify, the wolf seems deserving of all that's coming. Yet, even though the infamous Evil Stepmother resents doing pro-bono work on such an obviously futile defense, Mr. Wolf makes a good case for himself. Was he born a criminal, or made one?

Appropriate for all ages

Junior Art Park Players of Art Park Players, Deer Park
"Anon(ymous)" By Naomi Iizuki

Separated from his mother, a young refugee called Anon journeys through the United States, encountering a wide variety of people -- some kind, some dangerous and cruel -- as he searches for his family. From a sinister one-eyed butcher to beguiling barflies to a sweatshop, Anon must navigate through a chaotic, ever-changing landscape in this entrancing adaptation of Homer's Odyssey.

May not be suitable audiences under age 12

Performance Block 4, June 12th, 6:30pm
OCO of Ohlook Performing Arts Center
"Tammy, A Coming of Age Story About a Girl Who is Part T-Rex" by Julia Weiss

Tammy is your average pre-teen. She 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 middle school while governing her own prehistoric tendencies?

Appropriate for all ages

BCT Teen Troupe of Boerne Community Theatre, Boerne
"Wild Strawberries" by Jerry Ayres

In the spirit of "Twelfth Night" or "She's A Man", our story "Wild Strawberries" deals with family, fortune, and love. Upon learning of her brother's death, Nikolette must disguise herself as her deceased brother and go to the city and meet with the magistrate. It was to have been Nikolas' wedding day and the news of his death has met with varying reactions and emotions. The laughs abound as the characters deal with swapped or mistaken identities, but the real question is will Truffledina ever get to eat?

May not be suitable audiences under age 12

Kaleidoscope Company of Permian Playhouse, Odessa
"The Orphan Train" by Aurand Harris

The play tells the story of nine orphans on an "orphan train" that left New York City on May 28, 1914. The train travels to Midwestern towns in search of homes, any homes, anywhere for the orphaned and unwanted children. There's Mary, Evie, spunky Pegeen, Annie and Little Lucy, a quiet one. Other orphans include Frank (who later becomes Frankie, a small girl), Raymond, Lucky and Danny the song-and-dance boy. And there are the men and women hoping for children. The lonesome whistle wails as the train chugs between encounters of anxiety, laughter, wistfulness, rejection and acceptance. Eight stories unfold, each a memorable surprise

May not be suitable audiences under age 12

Performance Block 5, June 13th, 1:30pm
E.L.F.S. Touring Troupe of S.T.A.G.E., Inc., Bulverde
"The SeussOdyssey" by Don Zolidis

Not in the mood for homework? Let Narrator 1 and 2 take you on a literary journey, and watch as Homer's Odyssey is transformed into the style of Dr. Seuss. Complete with a singing Cyclops ("Oh the sights you can spy with only one eye!"), the slaughter of the suitors acted out with teddy bears, and the sorceress Circe serving up crew members with a side of green eggs, The SeussOdyssey is a hilarious and speedy reimagining of the classic epic.

Appropriate for all ages

ImprovEd Shakespeare
"ImprovEd Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare," Adapted by Andee Kinzy

Love or Mastery? One of Shakespeare's most hotly contested, yet widely performed, this story is brought to life by our troupe of youth players aged 8 to 13. Filled with questionable actions, slapstick humor and girls dressed as boys, help us determine if Love or Mastery rules the day. Described as "'Our Gang' meets 'Shakespeare,'" you've never seen Shakespeare quite like this!

Appropriate for all ages

Knights of the Round Theatre of Tyler Civic Theatre, Tyler
"Antigone Now" by Melissa Cooper

The time is the not too distant future, the place is not too uncommon from our own, and the characters are not too different from ourselves. "Antigone Now" tells the story of a rebellious girl who defies her uncle and buries her disgraced brother. Based on Sophocles' ancient Greek tragedy "Antigone", it remains a relevant piece of work dealing with political power, mortality and the roles of women in society. It reminds us to never stop fighting for what we think is right, and that not one individual should have all the power. In today's world there is no shortage of opinions. We only have to turn on the TV, open an app or surf the web to see the wave of opinionated information. If we don't fight for what we think is right and simply submit to the power that feeds us the information, then humanity is lost.

May not be suitable audiences under age 12

Performance Block 6, June 13th, 6:30 pm
Actors Conservatory Element of Actors Conservatory Theatre, Lewisville
"The Audition" By Don Zolidis

A new theater teacher is bringing a production of A Chorus Line to the high school. Though the hopefuls range from shy to outrageous, and from diva-like to determined, everyone has a chance to step into the spotlight. A hilarious and heartbreaking look at the madness of auditioning and the actors who brave the process for that perfect part.

Appropriate for all ages

Inspiration Stage, Sugar Land
"The Rules of Comedy" by Peter Bloedel

The audience is given a side-splitting lesson in what's funny and what's not funny. In order to prove that the Rules of Comedy work, they are hilariously inserted into one of the most popular tragedies of all time: William Shakespeare's Hamlet. The Rules of Comedy is a physical comedy "blow-out" with an interesting twist that showcases the cast's ability to handle tragic drama, as well. Playing by the rules has never been so much fun. Young audiences will love this family friendly, knee-slapping good time.

Appropriate for all ages.

The Inner Circle of Circle Arts Theatre, New Braunfels
"Things Fall (Meanwhile)" by Barton Bishop

"Things Fall (Meanwhile)" tells the story of the consequences of the actions of two very different people and how they take responsibility for those actions. The consequences we see are the changes that happen in two strangers lives and how they deal with them.

Some mild adult language

Archive:  Links to our 13 prior Youth Conference Shows from 2001 to 2014


EASY Theatres' Past shows.

Congratulations to Engela Edwards
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.
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.



Engela
News:

EASY Theatre's Executive Director, Engela Edwards, has moved to Captain Cook, Hawaii to run a Kona True a Kona coffee farm and ag tourism business.  She has been a gift to our community and will be dearly missed.  But we know that there is no way that she will be able to stay away from teaching and directing for long. 

Engela said, "We love it here, but we miss you all, so come visit us on the Big Island, and Rachel, Bill and I will take you to the best snorkeling and we'll share the best coffee." 

But until then if you are missing Engela, you can...

Links to Engela's 13 prior Youth Conference Shows

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

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