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Happenings in CY-FAIR May 2017

| May 1, 2017

Mark Campbell acts in a Stageworks Theatre Summer Camp performance. (Photo - Will LeBlanc)

Mark Campbell acts in a Stageworks Theatre Summer Camp performance. (Photo – Will LeBlanc)


The Stageworks Theatre Acting Academy’s 2017 Summer Camps are open for enrollment. There are performance and skill-based classes for all ages, and all levels of experience. If you’d like to discuss what classes are best for your performer, call 281-587-6100 for help to determine the best fit. Payment plans are available for all classes. Visit stageworkshouston.org/summer-2017 for more information and full listing of camps/performances available.

Academy Director Rachel Landon explains, “Whether the adventure takes them through the land of Oz or the streets of New York City, the actors in our program will challenge the kids to become better performers, in addition to more bold, imaginative, and creative people.”

The performance camps are divided into groups for ages 6-14 and ages 11-18 or one-week camps for ages 4-16.

Stageworks Theatre is a nonprofit organization offering community theatre productions on its main stage and education through its Acting Academy. This award-winning theatre was originally founded in 2005 as the Houston Family Arts Center where it has been dedicated to bringing the community together through the arts.


Chris De’Sean Lee, Jose Ramos, Wallace Smith and Miguel Cervantes in the Chicago Company of Hamilton.

Chris De’Sean Lee, Jose Ramos, Wallace Smith and Miguel Cervantes in the Chicago Company of Hamilton.


BBVA Compass Broadway at the Hobby Center has announced its line-up of shows for the new 2017-2018 season. Hamilton will play its Houston engagement April 24-May 20, 2018, and anchor the BBVA Compass Broadway Season with five other shows, all of which will be Houston premieres. Along with one special option, the new season of seven productions represents a range of Tony Award® winners and song-and-dance favorites for Houston audiences to enjoy.

The season begins on Halloween night with a week of Escape To Margaritaville, (October 31-November 5, 2017) a brand-new, pre-Broadway production and ode to Jimmy Buffett’s laid back lifestyle and timeless tunes, as well as brand new songs by Buffett. Next, the award-winning story of Gloria and Emilio Estefan, On Your Feet!, will be presented November 21-26, 2017.

Beginning the new year in 2018 (January 9-14) is the revival of The Color Purple whose re-imaged staging and stellar vocal performances won the 2016 Tony Award® for Best Revival of a Musical. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hilarious School Of Rock lands at the Hobby Center from January 30-February 4, 2018, complete with an all-kid
rock band.

Then Hamilton arrives for a four-week run April 24-May 20, 2018. With book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blanken­buehler and musical supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, Hamilton is based on Ron Chernow’s biography of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washing­ton’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. The musical’s score blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway.

“We are so thrilled to be bringing Hamilton to Houston,” said Fran Macferran, President of the Hobby Center Foundation. “The theater scene is on fire these days with so many incredible stories and performances to present. We are delighted to bring the best in live entertainment to our enthusiastic and supportive Houston audiences.”

Fans of Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera will delight in the “beautiful and haunting” presentation of its sequel Love Never Dies from July 17-22, 2018. The solo season option pays tribute to the remarkable international Irish dance phenomenon Riverdance which celebrates its 20th anniversary with a brand-new tour, coming to Houston from March 9-11, 2018.

On-sale dates for individual tickets will be announced throughout the year. For information about groups of 10 or more, visit Houston.broadway.com/groups, call 888-451-5986 or e-mail houston.groups@broadwayacrossamerica.com.

To guarantee tickets for Hamilton, season tickets for the 2017-2018 series are on sale now at BroadwayAtTheHobbyCenter.com, or by calling 800-952-6560 or visiting the Hobby Center box office, 800 Bagby Street.


The play will be presented on The Garza Mainstage.

The play will be presented on The Garza Mainstage.


Stageworks Theatre presents its sixth production of the season, Peter and the Starcatcher. Directed by Rachel Landon, the show runs April 28-May 21 at The Garza Mainstage.

Tony-winning Peter and the Starcatcher upends the century-old story of how a miserable orphan comes to be “The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up” (a.k.a. Peter Pan). A wildly theatrical adaptation of Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson’s best-selling novels, the play was conceived for the stage by directors Roger Rees and Alex Timbers and written by Rick Elice with music by Wayne Barker. From marauding pirates and jungle tyrants to unwilling comrades and unlikely heroes, Peter and the Starcatcher playfully explores the depths of greed and despair and the bonds of friendship, duty, and love.

Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m., with Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at stageworkstx.org or by phone at 281-587-6100. Special pricing is available for groups of 10 or more. Stageworks Theatre is located at 10760 Grant Rd.


Leslie Martone

Leslie Martone


Courtney Altimore



The American Heart Association will welcome over 500 red-dressed ladies and men to CityCentre Houston’s Red Oak Ballroom on Friday, April 28 to celebrate the fight against heart disease and stroke at the annual Northwest Harris County Go Red for Women Luncheon.

This premier philanthropic event aims to raise $200,000 towards lifesaving research necessary to save more lives from cardiovascular diseases and stroke – the No.1 and No.5 killers of all Americans. The event is being chaired by Courtney Altimore, director of business development for Memorial Hermann Cypress Hospital.

“Cardiovascular diseases kill nearly 1 in 3 women each year, that’s about one woman every 80 seconds and the sad thing is that 80 percent of cardiovascular diseases can be prevented,” said Jessaca Rodriguez, the Northwest Harris County Go Red for Women associate director. “The Go Red for Women movement focuses on prevention, education and awareness in regards to women’s heart health. But we still have a lot more work to do to save more lives, and we’re humbled and thankful for the community for continuing to rally around us in support.”

This year’s event, sponsored nationally by Macy’s and locally by Memorial Hermann Cypress, Houston Methodist Willowbrook and Houston Methodist West, will honor Leslie Martone, the President of Cy-Fair Houston Chamber of Commerce.

“Leslie is a champion for all things heart. She has been a longtime advocate for the American Heart Association, and the sudden loss of her mother to a stroke two years ago, gives her another why to continue supporting this importance cause,” said Leslie Francis, Director of Marketing for Cypress Fairbanks Independent School District and the Luncheon’s Open Your Heart Chair.

Every year, the luncheon also features one inspirational story from a local woman. This year, the luncheon will hear the powerful and impactful story of Nicki James, who had a stroke when she was only 27 years old in the middle of church.

James, who is now a lawyer and mother to two young boys, says she owes her life to the research funded by the American Heart Association | American Stroke Association, and can’t wait to share her story at the luncheon.

About 3.6 million stroke survivors alive today are women. However, stroke kills nearly 130,000 people every year; roughly 1 in every 20 deaths.

The luncheon will kick-off at 11 a.m. with fun activities such as a silent auction, a photobooth sponsored by Memorial Hermann Cypress Hospital, health screenings sponsored by North Cypress Medical Center, Hands-Only CPR demonstrations and a selfie station sponsored by Houston Methodist. For more information, email Jessaca.Rodriguez@heart.org, or visit nwharriscountygored.ahaevents.org.



The 36th Annual Houston Humane Society K-9 Fun Run & Walk will take place Saturday, April 29th at Lynn Eusan Park, 4800 Calhoun, on the campus of the University of Houston. The event will feature a scenic run/walk through the beautiful UH campus, a doggy costume contest, an HHS alumni parade, interactive activities, fantastic vendors and more. All proceeds raised go directly to the Houston Humane Society (HHS).

This year the family event is themed “Remembering Radar” to pay tribute to KPRC’s weather dog, Radar, who was adopted from the Houston Humane Society. Check-in opens at 8 a.m., the competitive race begins at 10 a.m., and family activities continue until noon.

All four-legged family members, and their two-legged human companions, can sign up for a one-mile competitive run, one-mile non-competitive jog, or a one-mile non-competitive walk. Participate as an individual or create a team; a fun way for friends and organizations to rally together for a great cause. Supporters can also help raise awareness by inviting friends and family to pledge, even if they can’t make the event. Simply visit events.houstonhumane.org to make a pledge, or get more information.

Registration before the day of the event is $30 and $40 on race day. Vendor and sponsorship opportunities are also available.

For more than 50 years, Houston Humane Society has been committed to creating awareness of animal welfare throughout the Houston community by providing numerous programs for Houston area residents and their pets; including pet adoptions, humane education, R.A.I.D.E.R. cruelty investigations, and access to a low-cost wellness clinic, which is open to the public 7 days a week for exams, vaccines, and Houston’s only $30 spay/neuter service.



The knitting, crocheting and conversation group meets every Friday from 12:30-2:30 p.m. in the Earl Elliott meeting room at the Bush Library. Help make lap blankets for veterans and chemo caps for MD Anderson Cancer Center patients. For more information, call 281-376-4610. The library is located at 6817 Cypresswood Dr.



Take an instrumental musical trip through history with the Lone Star College-CyFair Symphonic Band, Jazz and String Ensembles at the May 5 “Music on Your Dial: Radio
KCyF” concert.

“This concert will progress through decades of the 20th century following historic accuracy with the development of American network radio, jazz, and commercials advertising films,” said John Wolfskill, co-director with Alan Johnson. “We move quickly from the 1920’s to the 1970’s. It’ll be a humdinger!”

Tickets are $10 for the Friday 7:30 p.m. performance in the Main Stage Theatre at 9191 Barker Cypress. For information, call 281-290-5201 or go to LoneStar.edu/boxoffice.



The Ethel Hedgeman Lyle Foundation of Texas will bring the excitement of the Kentucky Derby to Houston for the sixth Annual Southern Comfort Kentucky Derby Party Saturday, May 6 from 1-5 p.m. at the Sam Houston Race Park 7575 North Sam Houston Parkway West.

The Derby Party is a day filled with food, fashion and fun. Belles and beaus are invited to dress in their snappiest derby attire to complete for the title of “Best Dressed” and “Best Hat.” Complete with live racing and the simulcast of the Kentucky Derby, the liveliest two minutes in sports, the Lyle Foundation’s annual fundraiser helps further its mission of sending students to college.

All proceeds benefit the Scholarship Fund of the Lyle Foundation which awards scholarships to aspiring college-bound seniors currently attending Aldine, Cy-Fair, Humble, Klein, and Spring Independent School Districts.

Individual and table seating can be purchased at ehlfoundationoftexas.ejoinme.org/Derby2017 or by calling 832-545-8403.

The Ethel Hedgeman Lyle Foundation is dedicated to promoting empowerment of people, access to education, and to enhancing the lives of youth through scholarship. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, visit ehlfoundationoftexas.org.


Superintendent Dr. Mark Henry (left) and Mark French, IBI - Platinum Sponsor heading out onto the course at the 2016 B. F. Adam Golf Classic. (Photo -CFISD Communications)

Superintendent Dr. Mark Henry (left) and Mark French, IBI – Platinum Sponsor heading out onto the course at the 2016 B. F. Adam Golf Classic. (Photo -CFISD Communications)


The Cy-Fair Educational Foundation (CFEF) will hold its 29th Annual B. F. Adam Golf Classic at BlackHorse Golf Club, 12205 Fry Road, Cypress, on May 11. For the past seven years, Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, a Cy-Fair Educational Foundation Partner, has generously underwritten this tournament. Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson and IBI Group have been Platinum Sponsors for more than 10 years.

One of the largest non-celebrity tournaments in the Houston area, the B.F. Adam Golf Classic is a prime example of trustees and community business partners working together to raise scholarship funds for students of Cypress Fair banks ISD. This tournament has successfully raised over $2.7 million.

CFEF was established in 1970 as a nonprofit to raise money to fund a scholarship for high school graduates in the area. Over the past 46 years, the Foundation has grown tremendously through the efforts of the Board of Trustees and the generosity of the Cy-Fair Community. The Foundation has awarded more than $7 million in scholarships to 1,400 graduating seniors. Sponsorships are available. For more information, contact marie@thecfef.org or visit TheCFEF.org.



The Cy-Fair Kiwanis Club meets on the first, second and third Tuesday of each month at 12:15 p.m. for lunch and informative programs at Hearthstone Country Club. The group sponsors children’s activities that develop leadership and good citizenship in the youth of the community.

Membership is open to persons of good character who adhere to the standards of good conduct in their community and believe in and subscribe to the objectives of Kiwanis International.

Visit kiwanishoustoncyfair.com, or call John Carroll (Copper­field and Hearthstone areas) at 281-463-0373 or George Crowl (Jersey Village area) at 832-467-1998.



North Cypress Medical Center will host its 10th Annual Spring Classic Golf Tournament on Friday, May 12 at Blackhorse Golf Club, 12205 Fry Road, Cypress. Proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Lone Survivor Foundation, a nonprofit founded in 2010 by Navy SEAL (Ret.) Marcus Luttrell.

The Foundation provides support for wounded service members, their spouses, children and care partners by empowering them with helpful techniques and tools addressing Post Traumatic Stress (PTS), mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI), Chronic Pain, Military Sexual Trauma, and Care Partner Stress.   Lone Survivor Foundation restores, empowers and renews hope for wounded service members and their families through health, wellness, and therapeutic support.

North Cypress has donated $180,000 from tournament proceeds from the previous five years. “We are honored to continue to support this organization that does so much to serve the men and women of our military,” stated hospital CEO and chairman of the board, Dr. Robert A. Behar.

Sponsorship and player opportunities can be found at ncmcgolf.com or by calling Stacy Thornton at 832-912-3846. To donate an item or a service for the Silent Auction, call Stacy or email stacy.thornton@ncmc-hospital.com.



Jamie’s Hope 5th Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament presented by Mercedes-Benz of Houston Greenway and Tenaris will be held on Friday, June 2 at Blackhorse Golf Club.

This celebrity-filled amateur-only tournament will kick off with lite bites and a Bloody Mary/Mimosa bar followed by the live Celebrity Caddie auction. Celebrity Golfers are up for grabs to play on your team prior to the tournament on the online auction. Golfers will have a fun-filled day as they hit the green and compete to win a trip to play in the Mercedes-Benz Eastern Sectional Tournament at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, California on Oct. 1-5.

Golfers will come off the course to relax at the 19th Hole Lounge for some fun entertainment and drinks courtesy of Flying Pug Sports Bar & Flying Vine Wine Bar followed by dinner courtesy of Grazia Italian Kitchen and Peska Seafood Prime Steaks. The day will finish off with the awards ceremony and a live helicopter ball drop featuring amazing prizes including a $7,000 BullFrog Spa courtesy of Glacier Pool Supplies & Spas. Funds raised from this event goes towards personalized medicine research at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and help aid individuals who are battling cancer through Jamie’s Hope programs which include Bald is Beautiful, Bundle of Hope, Angel Tree Mission Project, Cheer Up, and Lifestyle Matters.

Each year celebrity athletes including Houston Texans players (past and current) and some local news personalities participate in this tournament. Those involved in the past have included Brian Cushing, Chris Myers, Kevin Walter, Whitney Mercilus, Owen Daniels, Jon Weeks, Tom Savage, Ben Jones, Wade Smith and Chester Pitts, Dynamo’s Michael Chabala, along with KHOU’s Chita Johnson, The New 93Q’s Erica Rico and Fox26’s Katie McCall and sportscaster Bob Allen, who lost his battle with cancer.

Visit jamieshope.org/gt2017 to become a sponsor, play in the tournament or purchase helicopter golf balls. Contact Cindy Barnes at 713-857-5255 or via email at Cindy@JamiesHope.org for more information.


Lessons taught in camp echo efforts in the Foundation's Seed-to-Plate Nutrition Education.

Lessons taught in camp echo efforts in the Foundation’s Seed-to-Plate Nutrition Education.


Recipe for Success has expanded its 2017 summer camp schedule to include hands-on farming and a Girl Scout Journey hosted at its new urban farm in Sunnyside. The foundation’s five-day camps, designed for ages eight to twelve, now offer multiple cooking, gardening and farming program themes, including:

  • NEW Hope Farm Camp – A hands-on gardening experience at the Foundation’s 7-acre farm conveniently located four miles from the South Loop. Scheduled June 5-9, session runs 8-11 a.m. for children age eight- twelve and are limited to 12 campers per session. Cost: $195 per child; includes snacks, all camp supplies and materials.
  • NEW Sow What? – Celebrate food, the planet and sisterhood on this Girl Scout Journey for five mornings at Hope Farms. scheduled June 5-9, session runs 9 a.m. -12 p.m. Cost is $165 per Girls Scout and must be reserved through the San Jacinto Council of Girl Scouts.

The following RecipeHouse Sessions run 9 a.m. -3 p.m. for children age 8-12 and are limited to 12 campers per session. Cost: $395 per child; includes certified Seed-to-Plate Chef Instruction, lunch and snacks, all camp supplies and materials, and a Recipe for Success apron:

  • Marco Polo – Discovering food and culture from Marco Polo’s journey. Camp teaches participants how to craft healthy and delicious recipes from Asia, the Middle East and Europe. June 12-16; June 19-23; and June 26-30;

Summer camps will take place at RecipeHouse at 4400 Yupon Street or Hope Farms at 10401 Scott Street. For more information or to register, visit recipe4success.org.



The Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts will host summer camps and other activities in June and July for ages 8-12 and 13-18. Camps will center around themes of “Contemporary Art Through the Ages.”

Each camp meets Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon at the Museum,located at 6815 Cypresswood Drive in Spring. Cost of the week-long camps is $140 for members of the museum, or $175 for non-members.

In collaboration with AAUW and Klein ISD, a special camp will also be held once a week for students with visual impairments, as well as a camp for students with autism. To register or for complete details, visit pearlmfa.org.




Stageworks Theatre is holding canine auditions for its upcoming production of the musical The Wizard of Oz, directed by Adam Delka, to be performed live at the Berry Center theatre in Cypress July 21- Aug.6.

Stageworks is looking for a small Cairn Terrier that is similar to the dog from the original 1939 MGM film. The dog is preferred to be small, friendly, willing to be carried in a basket and not easily startled.

“We’re excited for another opportunity to have a dog join our cast,” said Julie Montgomery, member of the board of directors for Stageworks Theatre. “We have cast dogs for our productions of Annie in 2013 and Peter Pan in 2014. We had the best time working with the pups and their owners.”

Once cast, Toto and owner will need to attend some, but not all rehearsals, which will be held at Stageworks Theatre, 10760 Grant Road, throughout May – July. The dog will need to be accompanied by its owner at the Berry Center during all performances, so it would be ideal for that person to enjoy a theatre setting and have an understanding of long and late-night rehearsals and performances.

If you are a fan of theatre and think your dog would be the perfect match to play Dorothy’s best friend, please request an audition by submitting the following to Michael Montgomery, artistic director at oraclemontgo@gmail.com: a picture or video of your dog; some background information (i.e. age, temperament, interesting facts); and your personal interest in theatre and why you both would enjoy being a part of this classic production.

“Because the show has such a large cast, it’s the perfect opportunity for the whole family to be involved. Even Fido!” Montgomery said.




The completely original new musical SOMETHING ROTTEN! will play at BBVA Compass Broadway at the Hobby Center from June 6-11.

From the director of Aladdin and co-director of The Book of Mormon and the producer of Rent, Avenue Q and In the Heights, this hilarious new musical comedy tells the story of brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom, two playwrights stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rockstar Will Shakespeare. When a soothsayer foretells the next big thing in theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, the Bottom brothers set out to write the world’s very first musical! With its heart on its ruffled sleeve and sequins in its soul, SOMETHING ROTTEN! is an uproarious dose of pure Broadway fun and an irresistible ode to musicals.

Individual tickets begin at $30 and are available by phone at 800-982-2787; online at BroadwayAtTheHobbyCenter.com; the Hobby Center Box Office at 800 Bagby and all Ticketmaster outlets. For more information, call 888-451-5986 or e-mail houston.groups@broadwayacrossamerica.com.




Stageworks Theatre presents The Elephant Man, by Bernard Pomerance. Directed by Debra Shultz, the show runs June 9 – July 2.

Set in late 19th century London, The Elephant Man is the story of John Merrick, a man living with horrifying, rare skin and bone diseases. Seen as a freak by society, his life changes when young physician, Frederick Treves, agrees to care for him. Merrick quickly becomes a favorite of the English aristocracy – an acceptance that comes with a heavy price.

Shultz recalls her experience in The Elephant Man during college. “Having been cast in a minor role in the show, I fell in love with the play. However, as I got older, I realized that I had not fully understood the piece at the time, partially because I was 20 years old, and partially, because it was presented as a tender story of a poor, lost man. Now, I see that The Elephant Man isn’t that at all. It is the story of an extremely deformed man, Joseph Merrick, who earns a meager living by putting himself on display in a side show. Safety comes to him through a sympathetic doctor, who gives him a room, but simply puts him back into a freak show. Although the patrons of the ‘freak show’ represent the height of London high society, they come to gawk all the same. This darkness of intent elevates the play simply being a tender drama to clearly voicing an uncomfortable commentary on human nature and unadulterated self-interest.

Performances will take place on Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m., with Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. at Stageworks Theatre on The Garza Mainstage located at 10760 Grant Rd. Tickets can be purchased at stageworkstx.org or by phone at 281-587-6100. Special pricing is available for groups of 10 or more.

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