Please Join Us for our 2011-2012 Season By Cliff Roquemore & Adapted by Bryan Roquemore Directed by Eileen J. Morris
By Charles Randolph Wright Directed by Eileen J. Morris
September 29–October 23, 2011
March 22–April 15, 2012
A middle-aged water department worker in Los Angeles wins $99 million in the lottery with numbers that came to his sister in a dream. Craziness ensues as he discovers just how quickly his new found wealth not only changes him, but his family and friends, too. Luckily, his wife remains level headed and ultimately saves them from their own follies.
Cuttin’ Up is an exploration of the African American barbershop trimmed with a series of thought-provoking and funny anecdotes, memories and music into a living oral history covering 60 years. Andre, a second generation barber decides he’s had enough of the “one horse town” he grew up in and hits the road for greener pastures.
By African-American Shakespeare Company Directed and Choreographed by Patdro Harris Music Lyrics and Musical Direction by Carlton Leake November 17–December 30, 2011
Back by popular demand! The classical tale of Cinderella comes alive in this fresh interpretation filled with memorable music. This whimsical story mixes beauty and elegance with the hilarity of evil Stepsisters and, of course, a hip Fairy Godmother with a little ‘diva-tude’ who makes the magic happen at the Christmas Ball. An imaginary and dazzling winter tale that can be enjoyed by the entire family!
The Ballad of Emmett Till By Ifa Bayeza | Directed by Elizabeth Van Dyke Presented in collaboration with the Houston Museum of African American Culture February 2–February 26, 2012
Winner of the 2009 Edgar Award, presented by Mystery Writers of America, The Ballad of Emmett Till is told through contemporary prose with the infusion of jazz. A month after his fourteenth birthday, this confident youth from Chicago, a boy on the threshold of manhood, embarks on a summer trip to Mississippi. His pursuit of happiness and liberty are pierced with the poignancy of life. The 1955 lynching of Emmett Till fell on the cusp of a saga that changed the course of the nation.
His journey ends in Cleveland, Ohio, where he works for Howard, a long-time barber and shop owner who sees the shop as a communal ground of life and living.
King Hedley II By August Wilson | Directed by Eileen J. Morris May 10–June 3, 2012
King Hedley II tells the story of a young man striving to make a difference in his world and those around him, by planting seeds - seeds that will bring beauty to his environment and seeds that will ensure his legacy will be carried on. Set in 1985, King Hedley II follows the characters created by August Wilson in Seven Guitars. A poignant story of hope and forgiveness of the common man who bears both physical and emotional scars, yet still dreams.
Sanctified By Javon Johnson and Music by Rollo A. Dilworth Directed and Choreographed by Patdro Harris Musical Direction by Carlton Leake June 28–July 29, 2012
This hilarious gospel comedy opens a window to the African American church, gospel music, and the congregations that sustain it. East Piney Grove Church (standing on its traditions …and its last legs) is faced with the challenge of working together in their last-ditch effort for a successful revival. Their newly appointed Pastor, in desperation, enlists the help of his cousin and selfproclaimed gospel D-I-V-A, but the church elders won’t stand for it.
3535 Main Street Houston, Texas 77002 713.520.0055 www.ensemblehouston.com
African-American Shakespeare Company’s
Monday, October 24, 2011
Location Bay Oaks Country Club 14545 Bay Oaks Boulevard Houston, TX 77059
Schedule 9:30 A.M. Registration
Contest 11:00 A.M. Shotgun Start
registration Deadline October 7, 2011 yy Scramble Format yy Prizes Awarded for the Longest Drive, Longest Putt & Closest to the Pin yy Auction, Dinner & Awards Presentation
Honorary Chair Robert E. Carter
Co-Chairs Brenda Peters Chase Vernon Landers Sharon Murphy
Golf Committee Frank Brown Ken Cowan Iris Cross Marian Harper Stephen Harris Micheal Helm Castel Hibbert Mick Lewis Patricia McGill Paulette Peoples Jackie Phillips
I’ve been asked and have agreed to serve as the Honorary Chair for the Ensemble’s Annual Golf Tournament. This is a special honor for me as this event also commemorates the 35th Anniversary Season of The Ensemble Theatre, a Houston professional theatre dedicated to productions portraying the African American experience. Please join me in supporting The Ensemble Theatre and its Young Performers Program by being a sponsor of our 10th Annual Golf Tournament which will be held on Monday, October 24, 2011 at Bay Oaks Country Club. We have established a financial goal of $120,000.00. Net funds from this tournament will be used to support the next generation of artists, ranging in age from 6-17, through youth programming and scholarships designed to provide exposure to main stage productions in the diverse community. Admission into The Ensemble’s youth programs provides orientation and training in such disciplines as stage acting, vocals, dance, instrumental music, theory and other production techniques to deserving youth. Historical efforts have generated, on average, 20 scholarships and provided support for reaching more than 30,000 students annually. We fully intend to leverage this year’s funds to establish a new benchmark which will enable us to fund 30 annual scholarships and increase student outreach. This brochure is both a sponsor packet outlining the various options available to support this event and a registration form. Your thoughtful consideration to help us fund our youth programs and develop The Ensemble Theatre’s next “Rising Star” is greatly appreciated. Should you have any questions please contact Donna Smith at 713-807-4321. Thank you in advance for your support. Sincerely,
Albert Tervalon Phyllis Williams
$5,000 Director Tee Package yy Company name in all press releases yy (2) Young Performer scholarships under your company/individual name yy (1) Gold Subscription package (2011-2012 Season) yy Hole signage and 2 golf foursomes
$2,500 Playwright Tee Package yy Company name in all press releases yy (1) Young Performer scholarship under your company/individual name yy (1) Silver Subscription package (2011-2012 Season)
The Ensemble Theatre’s 10th Annual Golf Tournament Bay Oaks Country Club | Houston, Texas Company or Individual Name (please print) _____________________________________________________________ Contact Name __________________________________ E-Mail ______________ Business Phone ________________________ Fax ______________________ Home Phone ________________________ Address __________________________________________________ City ____________________ State ________ Zip __________
yy Hole signage and 1 golf foursome
SPONSORSHIPS (please check)
$1,500 Guest Star Tee Package
____ Playwright Tee Package- $2,500 includes one foursome
____ Director Tee Package- $5,000 includes two foursomes
yy Listed as a donor on all Young Performers Program material
____ Guest Star Tee Package- $1,500 includes one foursome
yy 1 golf foursome
____ Golf Cart Sponsor- $1,000 includes signage on golf carts
yy Hole signage
____ Artist Tee Package- $500 includes individual player spot
$1,000 Golf Cart Sponsor
____ Individual Player- $200
yy Company sign on designated golf carts (per 9 holes)
$500 Artist Tee Package yy Individual player spot
____ Special Advertiser Package- $400 (non-golfing sponsor) ____ Mulligans- $20 ____ Additionally, my company or I would like to contribute the following item(s) for the tournament as silent auction donations or door prizes: __________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________
yy Hole signage
(The committee will be glad to assist in arranging pick-up of any items.)
$400 Special Advertiser Package (For non-golfing sponsors)
Method of payment
yy Your company name will be prominently displayed on tournament signage
$200 Individual Player
1) Check enclosed for $ __________________ . I am unable to attend. My donation of $_______________________ is included. 2) Please charge my credit card (check one):
$20 (for 4) per player
Card Number: _________________ Expiration Date: _________Ver. Code: ________
Name as shown on card: ___________________________________________________ Address: ______________________________________
An Appreciation Reception will be held at The Ensemble Theatre on December 3, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. for sponsors of our golf tournament. Additionally, two tickets per sponsor will be provided to attend the 8:00 p.m. performance of the hit musical holiday show “Cinderella”.
Robert E. Carter, CEO of Enterprise Advisory Service, Inc. Honorary Chair
Phone No. ________________ Signature: _____________________________________________
PLAYER NAME (please print) 1. ____________________________ Handicap or Avg. Score: __________ 2.____________________________ Handicap or Avg. Score: __________ 3.____________________________ Handicap or Avg. Score: __________ 4.____________________________ Handicap or Avg. Score: __________
If you are unable to participate in the golf tournament but would like to contribute a gift or item(s) for the tournament to use as giveaways, silent auction gifts or door prizes, please contact us. The golf committee will arrange pickup of these items or cash contributions. For questions, contact Donna Smith at 713-807-4321.
Please complete and return by October 7, 2011 The Ensemble Theatre • Attn: Donna Smith • 3535 Main • Houston, TX 77002 Phone: 713-807-4321 • Fax: 713-520-1269
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