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I Spy Pie! Our Wonderful Experience and Event Recap

by Alyssa Ely, Texas Tower PR

This past weekend was Creative Action’s huge fall event I Spy Pie! located at Central Market. The weather was perfect for the family-fun activities offered such as crafts, games, face painting, live music, and of course, pie tasting!

The festivities kicked off at noon including a wonderful performance by the Emmy Award winning duo The Biscuit Brother’s, who did a great job getting the children up off their feet singing and dancing along to the music. One of my favorite parts of the performance was when they had a song about watermelons and needed a participant to count to ten in a language other than English. An adorable little girl stood up, took the microphone and started counting in Arabic and Chinese. It was very impressive.

By 12: 30 p.m., people were lining up to get their tickets to taste the wonderful pies that were offered by Central Market Bakery, Central Market Cooking School, Madison Street Desserts, Tiny Pies and Texas Pie Kitchen. Many UT student organizations, including Tower PR, were there to volunteer at the craft and pie tasting booths.

The two awards up for grabs were Judges Favorite and the People’s Choice. After everyone tasted the contestant’s pies, they were able to cast their vote for which they thought had the tastiest pies. Our three celebrity pie tasting judges Jim Swift, Nina Seely and John Bullington, Executive Chef had a really hard time awarding their favorite pie. They were all so delicious!

The enthusiasm at the event was lively and appetites for pie were at an ultimate high. As the pies underneath the tasting tent began to dwindle down to only crumbs, the awards were announced. Tiny Pies won the People’s Choice award for their delicious Bourbon Buttermilk Chess pie and Madison Street Desserts took home the Judges Favorite award for their Meyer Lemon Meringue pie (which was my personal favorite too!)

It was an amazing day for everyone and how could it get better when we get to taste the best pies in town! A huge thanks to Central Market and all of the bakeries involved for their support towards a great cause!

TAP Summer Camps Make for a Fun Summer

Have you heard the buzz? Theatre Action Project’s Summer Camps are off to a great start. And, there are still plenty of open spaces for camps in Central Austin, Circle C and Lakeway! Our camps are student centered and led by a dynamic team of professional teaching artists. There are many themes to choose from exploring
puppetry, acting, drumming, playmakingmusical theatre, and filmmaking!

CENTRAL AUSTIN   
Trinity United Methodist Church | 4001 Speedway Austin,
TX 78751 | For ages 5–12 | 9:00am – 4:30am | Cost: $235
Extended care available from 8:00am – 5:30pm at an additional cost of $50 per week.

July 9 – 13: Puppet-Palooza
July 16 – 20: Acting Up
July 23 – 27: Rhythm and Drums
July 30 – August 3: Playmakers
August 6 – 10: Songs for the Stage

Register here

CIRCLE C
HOA Community Center | 7817 La Crosse Avenue Austin,
TX 78739 | For ages 5-11 | 9:30am – 4:30pm | Cost: $250 

July 9 – 13: All the World’s a Stage 

Register here.

LAKEWAY
Lakeway Activities Center | 105 Cross Creek Lakeway,
TX 78734 | For ages 5-12 | 9:00am – 4:30pm | Cost: $250

July 16 – 20: Lights, Camera, Action!
July 30 – August 3: Playmakers

Registration for these camps is handled through Lakeway Activities Center. To register for this camp, please call (512) 261-1010.

For descriptions of each week’s theme and to register, visit our site.

For more info call: 512.442.8773 ext. 107,
or email: camp@theatreactionproject.org.

Summer Pageant Makes a Great Community Gathering

by Chelsea Gilman, Business Manager

The last 2 summers, I have attended Theatre Action Project’s Pageant in the Park at the downtown farmer’s market.  It was so much fun to see all the great puppets the kids had made, and march in the parade with a giant piece of paper mache fruit.

It’s a great feeling to be a part of the community gathering, teaching youth and their families about how our food grows.  In addition, it’s a fun spectacle to watch.

This year’s pageant will take place on Saturday, June 23 at 10:00 am.  Hope you can make it out!

P.S. I have plenty of summer camp memories.  Having spent 9 summers of my life at a camp in Bruceville, TX, I’m excited to return this summer for a camp reunion.  They’ve made so many additions to the camp, including creating a garden of their own, to teach campers about growing local produce and healthy eating.  I can’t wait to see what they’re growing.  Perhaps I’ll get ideas for my own garden.

For more info on TAP summer camps, and to register click here

Students Show Variety of Talents at the Youth Arts Festival

This past Saturday at Theatre Action Project’s 5th annual Youth Arts Festival, our middle and high school students got to share their work from the year in front of family and friends. From drawings, to theatrical performances to movies, these students showed us their many talents.

Ojeda Middle School created “Alebrijes”, which are 3-Dimensional  wood carvings the Zapotec Indians of the Oaxacan Valley of Mexico. But instead of wood, these students created paper-mache and then painted intricate designs on their sculptures.

Artist: Sherri Wegleitner
Title: Skittieluv the Cat
Ojeda Middle School
6th Grade

Ojeda Middle School also created a short film via light box animation titled So We All May Live, which taught the theme of saving the ecosystem.

Lightbox animation by Ojeda MS
Title: So We All May Live

This past year, Ojeda Middle School lost a dear friend named Luis Lopez Flores. The students got together to honor him by creating one thousand paper cranes to bring peace to him and the community. They also made this film, 1000 Cranes for Luis as a tribute to their lost friend.

Del Valle Middle School students made a short film about zombies called The Last Day of School (pictured below) and a documentary about science, space, and learning called Cardinal 1.

“Last Day of School” film by Del Valle MS

Check out more art from the Youth Arts Festival with photos on our Facebook and videos on Youtube.

TAP’s 5th annual Youth Arts Festival a Success

“Texas Angel” by Dobie Middle School’s Lorena Castillo

by Chelsea Gilman, Business Manager

Congratulations to all of the students who performed and shared their work this past Saturday at Theatre Action Project’s 5th annual Youth Arts Festival. The festival, at the Boyd Vance Theatre at the George Washington Carver Museum, was an opportunity for our middle and high school students to share their work from the year in front of family and friends.
Schools featured at the festival included:

Check out some of the photos from the event on Facebook!

Now that we’re finishing our end of year presentations and the school year is winding down, we’re busy preparing for summer camp!  Where will you be this summer?

TAP Summer Camps 2012

by Brian C. Fahey, TAP in the Classroom Program Director

Theatre Action Project is offering Summer Camps in 4 different locations for the summer of 2012. Our camps are student centered and led by a dynamic team of professional teaching artists. There are many themes to choose from exploring art, dance, film, puppetry, acting, drumming, playmaking, and musical theatre!

TAP summer camp will be at the following locations:

CENTRAL AUSTIN
Trinity United Methodist Church | 4001 Speedway Austin,
TX 78751 | For ages 5–12 | 9:00am – 4:30am | Cost: $235

Extended care available from 8:00am – 5:30pm at an additional cost of $50 per week.

June 11 – 15: Adventures in Art
June 18 – 22: Dance! Dance! Dance!
June 25 – 29: Lights, Camera, Action!
July 9 – 13: Puppet-Palooza
July 16 – 20: Acting Up
July 23 – 27: Rhythm and Drums
July 30 – August 3: Playmakers
August 6 – 10: Songs for the Stage
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UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN
Winship Drama Building | 300 East 23rd Street Austin,
TX 78712 | For ages 6-10 | 9:00am – 4:00pm | Cost: $235

(10% off with UT affiliation)

June 18 – 22: World Adventures
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LAKEWAY
Lakeway Activities Center | 105 Cross Creek Lakeway,
TX 78734 | For ages 5-12 | 9:00am – 4:30pm | Cost: $250

July 16 – 20: Lights, Camera, Action!
July 30 – August 3: Playmakers
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CIRCLE C
HOA Community Center | 7817 La Crosse Avenue Austin,
TX 78739 | For ages 5-11 | 9:30am – 4:30pm | Cost: $250

July 9 – 13: All the World’s a Stage
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For descriptions of each week’s theme and to register, go to:

http://www.theatreactionproject.org/prog_com_camps.html

For more info call: 512.442.8773 ext. 107,

or email: camp@theatreactionproject.org.

Vampires, Classic Opera and More Inspire TAP’s 5th Annual Youth Arts Festival!

by Patrick Torres, Middle School and High School Program Director

Theatre Action Project’s 5th annual Youth Arts Festival will be held this Saturday, May 12th from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Boyd Vance Theatre. This festival is our opportunity to share the imaginative work of our Middle and High School students you, our community. You do not want to miss this festival!

This year’s line-up represents a broad spectrum of creativity from the region’s youth, from a movie about vampires, a digital story inspired by a classic opera, a mural created to inspire a school community, to a play about the voices that try to control our choices.

These original works of art will inspire you as you experience the imaginations and bold voices of our students. The festival will feature work by more than 100 students from 12 middle schools in 4 school districts from the Austin area. Festival hosts and keynote performers will be from the Changing Lives Youth Theatre Ensemble.

Schools featured at the festival include, Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders, Bastrop Middle School, Burnet Middle School, Cedar Creek High School, Cedar Creek Intermediate School, Del Valle Middle School, Dobie Middle School, Garcia Middle School, Manor High School, Mendez Middle School, Ojeda Middle School, Webb Middle School, and the Changing Lives Youth Theatre Ensemble done in partnership with Theatre Action Project and SafePlace.

Come out on Saturday and support the work of our region’s youth!

The Youth Arts Festival takes place at the Boyd Vance Theatre at the George Washington Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina St. Austin, TX 78702. Admission is Free. For more information, click here, or call: 512-442-8773.