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Monthly Archives: October 2011

Colorful Celebrations

by Mary Alice Carnes, Community Relations Director

Halloween and Dia de los Muertos are synonymous for me now. I grew up celebrating Halloween in South Texas with school carnivals, trick or treating, and carving pumpkins. As an adult whose parents have now passed away, my tradition now incorporates Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead, the Mexican tradition of celebrating the dead. Read the rest of this entry

Finding Creativity in the Unexpected

by Amanda Davis, Marketing Associate VISTA

As the cool autumn wind blew on my face this morning, I was reminded that it is almost time for Halloween. I have always been a huge fan of Halloween, getting to dress up and try out being a different character was always something that I looked forward to, even when I got to college. As a child my costumes were determined by my parents and usually was something we could make from something around the house and in college my costumes were all about what I already had in the closet and could make look spectacular while still being extremely frugal with my money (aka cheap). Read the rest of this entry

October and Shakespeare

by Freddy Carnes, Artistic Associate

October is always a fun month for me.  I do love the changing of the weather (hopefully this year we will get some fall coolness!)

I also love Halloween.  I have found myself telling “Hamlet” a lot in my After School classes in October.  The kids love that it’s a ghost story and I love that it is Shakespeare.  We will put on costumes and with plastic swords (properly choreographed) we act out the Read the rest of this entry

Exactly as it should

by Susie Gidseg, Managing Director, Changing Lives Youth Theatre Ensemble

It is the night before the first performance of the season, and the Changing Lives teachers are scared. They stay up late wondering, worrying. Will everyone arrive on time? Will we make it through the metal detectors? Did everyone remember to bring their scripts? I bet you never thought your instructors worried over the little things! Read the rest of this entry

Bullying: One of the Most Urgent Problems Youth Face Today

by Karen LaShelle, Executive and Artistic Director

You have most likely seen the news highlighting the problem of bullying lately. The stories are tragic and troubling and it seems like they are becoming all too frequent. Most recently, Jamey Rodemeyer from Buffalo New York committed suicide after relentless harassment for being gay. Last year, Phoebe Prince, a 15-year old Irish immigrant committed suicide after extreme bullying by other girls in her school. Young people today deal with bullying in a whole new way in which the internet and cell phones have become dangerous, unsupervised spaces for bullies to make attacks. Read the rest of this entry

Cupcake-A-Doodle-Do! A Huge Success!

by Sharon Chin, Texas Tower PR

Nine competing bakeries, 27 cupcake flavors, a panel of judges and a load of hungry audiences to satisfy… We had a blast at this year’s Cupcake-A-Doodle-Do! Theatre Action Project would like to thank everyone who participated in the event and making this fall fundraiser a success. Read the rest of this entry

How to Meaningfully Dive into the World of Volunteerism

by Katie Grills, Community Relations VISTA

We’ve all been there. We’re intrigued by the idea of trying something new. The optimism of embracing a new task can either leave us biting at the bit to begin, or leave us a little apprehensive. Volunteering is no different. I love volunteers. That’s why I want to provide you all with tips on how to meaningfully dive into the world of volunteerism.


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