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ON THE TERRY MARTIN MAIN STAGE:

YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME 25TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT A RAISIN IN THE SUN GOIN’ HOLLYWOOD SEASON EXTRAS:

AMP: THE ELECTRIFYING STORY OF MARY SHELLEY IN THE KAROL OMLOR STUDIO

CIRQUE HOLIDAYS ON THE TERRY MARTIN MAIN STAGE


There’s an old saying in Hollywood when something is successful, it is called a “Blockbuster.” I am pleased to share with you my second season which I believe will be another Blockbuster season for our theatre company! OUR 25TH A N N I V E R SA RY S E A S O N I S PAC K E D W I T H S T O R I E S T H AT R E S O N AT E W I T H E AC H O N E O F U S AS W E C E L E B R AT E T H I S J OY F U L M I L E S T O N E TOGETHER.

WaterTower Theatre wants to celebrate with YOU! I want to roll out the red carpet for you, our dedicated patrons, and loyal friends. From a World Premiere musical to a classic American play and the return of your new holiday tradition, WaterTower Theatre is poised to head into our 25th year better than ever.

T H A N K YO U

We are your theatre where there is truly something for everyone. We cannot wait to greet you full of gratitude and toast to 25 years of history while looking towards our future filled with more of the quality professional theater that North Dallas has come to expect from WaterTower Theatre. My philosophy remains – to build community through wonderful storytelling that is both thought provoking and entertaining. I’m very thankful for the opportunity to share these wonderful stories with you and look forward to our celebration together. See you on the red carpet!

Shane Peterman

PRODUCING ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

TO OUR 2019-2020 SEASON SPONSORS

PROUD MEMBER OF: & T C G : T H E AT R E C O M M U N I C AT I O N G R O U P


For twenty-five years, WaterTower Theatre has striven to continue to bring you the high-quality and innovative programming you have come to expect. As production costs increase and arts funding decreases, it’s important not only to support our art form with sound programming and smart business planning, but also to preserve our unique form of storytelling for future generations. WaterTower Theatre’s future is only as good as the stories that have brought us to our present day. C O N S I D E R A D O N AT I O N T O O U R “ I G N I T E T H E M I S S I O N ” C A M PA I G N W I T H YO U R S E A S O N S U B S C R I P T I O N .

GET INVOLVED W O M E N O F WA T E R T O W E R THEATRE (WOW!) Annual Dues = $150

The goal of Women of WaterTower Theatre is to offer members the opportunity to connect with an exciting and diverse group of women, a place to expand horizons about the arts with prestigious speakers – often women working in the arts – and a forum to help build wider community support for WaterTower Theatre. For more information on joining WOW!, visit www.watertowertheatre.org/donor-groups/women-of-watertower.

CORPORATE COUNCIL Annual Dues = $500

Corporate Council is the entry level donor group that is home to dozens of corporate business sponsors. Membership allows your company to network at exclusive member receptions and hear from sought after corporate speakers, while supporting the local arts community. CEOS’s welcome! For more information on Corporate Council, visit: www.watertowertheatre.org/corporate-council-of-watertower-theatre

VOLUNTEER Show your support for WaterTower Theatre by becoming a volunteer usher! WTT is always in need of passionate, smiling faces to greet each and every patron to ensure that they have the best experience possible. Join us!


MUSIC & LYRICS BY

Mel Brooks BOOK BY

Mel Brooks & Thomas Meehan DIRECTED BY

Cheryl Denson MUSIC DIRECTED BY

Adam C. Wright C H OREOGR APHED BY

Kellie Carroll

A COMEDIC CLASSIC

OCTOBER 22 – NOVEMBER 8, 2020 Mel Brooks’ YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN is the critically acclaimed musical based on the Oscar-nominated smash hit movie of the same title. A wickedly inspired re-imagining of the Mary Shelley classic sees Frederick Frankenstein, an esteemed New York brain surgeon and professor, inherit a castle and laboratory in Transylvania from his deranged genius grandfather, Victor Von Frankenstein. He now faces a dilemma - does he continue to run from his family’s tortured past or does he stay in Transylvania to carry on his grandfather’s mad experiments reanimating the dead and, in the process, falling in love with his very attractive lab assistant Inga? WaterTower is kicking off its 25th season with the newly updated West End version of this hit musical!


A G R O U N D B R E A K I N G C O N T E M P O R A R Y P L AY

FEBRUARY 4 – 21, 2021 15-year old Christopher is an extraordinary boy with an extraordinary brain who lives with his Dad in a working class town West of London. When Christopher finds himself under suspicion for the murder of a neighbor’s dog, he becomes determined to solve the mystery. WaterTower is proud to present the regional premiere of this groundbreaking contemporary play which won the TONY Award for Best Play in 2015 and is based on Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel of the same title.

Tickets will be General Admission as seating will be in the round. Contains adult language. Recommended for ages 12 and above.

WRITTEN BY

Simon Stephens DIRECTED BY

Emily Scott Banks


A SILVER ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

MARCH 4 – 21, 2021 Since 1996, WaterTower Theatre has thrilled North Texas Audiences with 173 groundbreaking plays and musicals. This event takes a nostalgic look back at 25 years of WaterTower Theatre shows, featuring North Dallas’ favorite performers & musicians who have brought the glamour of Broadway to our stage over the years. WaterTower Theatre will be rolling out the red carpet for our audiences! Please join us in toasting WaterTower in a not to be missed live immersive concert celebration and see why WaterTower Theatre is THE professional theater of North Texas.


AN AMERICAN CLASSIC

APRIL 22 – MAY 9, 2021 Lorraine Hansberry’s TONY Award winning, drama debuted just five years after the landmark Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision ended segregation. It tells the story of the Youngers, a black family living in Chicago in the 1950s, whose yearning for a piece of the American Dream includes moving to a new home in a majority white community. The Youngers discover that the American dream is not the same for everyone in their family. A Raisin in the Sun was first drama written by an African American woman ever to be produced on Broadway and was called the play “that changed American theater forever” by presenting a story about identity, justice, and moral responsibility: a story about an American family that remains as powerful and relevant today as it was 50 years ago.

WRITTEN BY

Lorraine Hansberry DIRECTED BY

Phyllis Cicero


A WORLD PREMIERE MUSICAL BOOK & LYRICS BY

JUNE 10 – 27, 2021

Stephen Cole MUSIC BY

David Krane

WaterTower Theatre is extremely proud to present the World Premiere of a brand new musical filled with Hollywood glamour, romance, and intrigue. Have you ever wished you were born in a different time? Alice Chandler did. Alice and the 21st Century do not get along, but she never dreamed that she and her reluctant suitor, Garson Stein, would go to lunch at a restaurant in Grand Central Station called the Super Chief Dining Car and find themselves hurtling back in time to Hollywood in 1949. What do you do when you get your wish? When you and your writing partner get signed by MGM to write a movie musical? Alice and Garson land smack in the golden age of movie musicals, where they meet L. B. Mayer, find that the studio system is crumbling around them, that the blacklist is hitting their closest allies, and that Ann Miller is not as big a star as they thought! WaterTower’s 25th season wraps up in style with Goin’ Hollywood, a big splashy musical, with a heart as big as MGM, and a totally original, catchy, jazz-tinged score.


A L E G E N DA RY S T O RY T E L L E R SEASON ADD-ON

OCTOBER 22 – 25, 2020 Before Mary Shelley became one of the greatest gothic horror writers in history, she was the unconventional daughter of anarchist philosophers William Godwin and Mary Wollstonecraft. Outcast and profoundly isolated, rejecting what her Victorian world had to offer, she created a genre that celebrated revolting in both senses of the word. Scientist Luigi Galvani’s discovery of “animal electricity” acts as an electric undercurrent for suppressed creative narratives, accompanied by stylized movement, period costumes and the philosophy that allowed authors to be published as creators of their own stories… however horrifying they might be. AMP is a 60-minute solo work based on the creation of Mary Shelley’s gothic classic Frankenstein and the birth of modern feminism written & performed by Jody Christopherson; “a visionary in the theater world and legendary story-teller” (The Theater Times). This limited run in the intimate Karol Omlor Studio Theatre, accompanies the opening weekend of Young Frankenstein – come meet the woman behind the monster. Critics call the show “fiercely rebellious,” “a finely-tuned ballet of sight, sound and graphic horror,” “electrifying, a must see”.

WRITTEN & PERFORMED BY

Jody Christopherson DIRECTED BY

Isaac Byrne PHOTO BY

Kacey Anisa


A SEASON TRADITION

DECEMBER 10 – 20, 2020

A CO-PRODUCTION WITH

SEASON ADD-ON

The family holiday favorite, and newest WaterTower Holiday tradition, CIRQUE HOLIDAYS returns to WaterTower Theatre featuring NEW circus acts from around the world and a brand NEW heartwarming story to take audiences of all ages* on a magical journey while spreading holiday cheer on the way. Tickets will be General Admission as seating will be in the round. *Children under the age of 5 may find this program difficult to follow or sit through

SEASON PHOTOGRAPHY BY

Anthony Marcus Black


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In the spirit of WaterTower Theatre’s mission to build community through fostering empathy and dialogue, WaterTower is proud to offer our community engagement program, Intersections. This program is constantly exploring where our artistic work intersects with our larger community. INTERSECTIONS PROGRAMMING INCLUDES, BUT WILL NOT BE LIMITED TO: P O ST-S H OW D I S C U S S I O N S A N D C O N V E R S AT I O N S W I T H T H E A R T I S T S

WaterTower strives to partner with experts, organizations, and community leaders to host post-show discussions throughout the season with specific focus on each production’s themes. Additionally, after every Sunday performance you can stay late for a conversation with the artists. P AY - W H A T - Y O U - C A N

Theater should be accessible to all, so our PWYC Thursday previews allow members of our community to see quality professional theater at the price that they can afford. SIGN-INTERPRETED PERFORMANCE

At WaterTower Theatre, we are committed to making our theatre accessible to as many communities as possible. We are happy to offer a signinterpreted performance every 3rd Thursday of each run. P L AY G U I D E S

Delve deeper into every play in the season by exploring our Play Guides. Digital copies are available online at www.watertowertheatre.org. CABARET NIGHTS

Grab a drink and stay late with DFW favorite, Denise Lee, for a post-show cabaret following Saturday night performances of YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN and GOIN’ HOLLYWOOD, featuring actors from the show as well as other local performers. This event is open to all.


WAT E R T OW E R T H E AT R E

JULY 12 – 30, 2021

LIFE SKILLS T H R O U G H S TAG E S K I L L S

The legacy of teaching life skills through stage skills in a positive atmosphere, while building community, where young people can trust themselves and others, see that it is okay to be themselves, and learn to overcome the fear of failure by taking positive risks in a completely supportive, non-competitive environment is what we are about at the WaterTower Theatre Academy. Our goal is to build self-esteem, reinforce positivity, and cultivate the vital skills necessary for each student to become a creative, innovative, and healthy adult. Teaching Staff is compromised of working actors, directors, and theatre teaching professionals who offer students the best training available based on their experience in the business. There will be a monitored lunch break each day during Academy. Students have the option of purchasing our Academy lunch package or bringing their own lunch. Tuition includes 2 WaterTower Academy t-shirts to be worn during the Academy classes.

MAIN PROGRAM F U L L- DAY C L A S S E S F O R G RA D E S 3 R D -1 2 T H All Main Program classes meet Monday - Friday, 9AM - 3:35PM

A fantastic program designed specifically for students eager to learn more about theatre! Core theater classes include musical theater, acting, movement, improv. Students will also explore technical elements of theatre and create original work to be shared with audiences. All Main Program students rotate through four classes daily. Subject material varies with age and experience. The Main Program culminates in an exuberant presentation of class work for family and friends! PRICING 1 -W E E K

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The perfect program to introduce the excitement and discipline of theatre to children! Whether your child’s personality is outgoing or reserved, they can find success in this program. Our friendly teachers use games, storytelling, improvisation, puppetry, singing, and movement in a creative and safe environment. We focus on confidence, concentration, cooperation, and FUN. The Junior Program culminates in a joyous presentation of class work for family and friends! For more information, visit

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