Main Street Theater Looks to Post-Harvey, On Stage and Off
Since Hurricane Harvey hit Houston, Main Street Theater has held Hurricane Camps (both free & deeply discounted) and taken storybook characters to shelters and bookstores to engage with and cheer children. National and international media outlets shared news of MST's efforts (American Theatre Magazine shared news of our Hurricane Camp, BBC World Service's "The Cultural Frontline" spoke with MST's Mark Roberts re his social media updates about the Houston theater community and damage status/reports, and TYA Today Online, the "nationally and internationally respected magazine for the field of theatre for young people published by Theatre for Young Audiences/USA," requested and published a reflection on the Hurricane and the Houston theater community by MST. (http://tyatodayonline.org/2017/09/07/tya-after-hurricane-harvey-main-street-theater/)
Now Main Street Theater moves onward, continuing a private Hurricane Camp for students of Kolter Elementary (which will not open for another 2 weeks), and opening 2 productions: Enemies (on the MainStage, for adults, in Rice Village), and Click, Clack Moo: Cows That Type (at the Theater for Youth, in midtown at the MATCH, for ages 3 and up). Both productions are collecting donations for those in need:
1) MST is encouraging patrons to bring nonperishable food items and/or diapers when they come to see Enemies. MST will make sure they get to shelters that need them for Hurricane Harvey victims.
2) MST encourages everyone attending Click, Clack Moo to bring NEW blankets that we will donate to Star of Hope's women, men, and children in need. Star of Hope Mission has been in Houston for more than110 years serving our city's homeless by providing help with both immediate crisis needs and long term, life-changing structured recovery programs.
More about the productions:
MainStage (for adults; see more details in attached press release):
By Maxim Gorky
Adapted by David Hare
Directed by Rebecca Greene Udden
A Collaboration with the University of Houston School of Theatre and Dance
Sept. 16 - Oct. 15
MST - Rice Village
Theater for Youth (for families (ages 3 and up)):
Click, Clack Moo: Cows That Type
Adapted by James E. Grote and George Howe
Directed by Robin Robinson
Musical Direction by Debbie Wylie
MST @ the MATCH
Recommended for Pre-Kindergarten & up.
Sundays, September 24 & October 1, at 12:30pm and 3:30pm
Saturdays, October 7 & 14, at 11am and 2pm
Sunday, October 1 at 3:30pm: Sensory-Friendly Performance
Saturday, October 14 at 11am: Audio Described Performance
Saturday, October 14 at 2pm: ASL Shadow-Interpreted Performance
Farmer Brown has a problem. His cows like to type! And when they start using the typewriter to make demands or go on strike, he has his hands full! From the incredible team who brought us last season's smash, Duck for President, enjoy more quirky antics on the farmyard.
Main Street Theater provides theater experiences for all ages. Founded in 1975, our MainStage produces professional, intimate, literary plays for adults; our Theater for Youth produces professional, engaging productions based on children's literature for families and school groups, both in-house and on tour around Texas; and we offer Education and Outreach programs on-site and at satellite locations around the Greater Houston area for youth aged 4 - high school. We perform locally in 2 facilities: our Rice Village home on Times. Blvd., and as part of the MATCH (Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston) on Main Street.