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Monthly Archives: February 2012

See You at the Zilker Kite Festival

by Mary Alice Carnes, Community Relations Director

Ready for the Zilker Kite Festival? How about a puppet show and colorful face painting? Join us at the Theatre Action Project tent and enjoy the stories of The Red Balloon and Ferdinand the Bull and stay for some colorful face painting. It wouldn’t be the Zilker Kite Fest without YOU and kids of all ages.

We have over 100 volunteers helping as puppeteers, face painters, and even barkers who will walk around Zilker announcing our shows. Among the many volunteers are groups and organizations including:

  • UT Service Scholars
  • College Forward
  • Kipp Austin Public Schools
  • Westwood High School Outreach
  • UT Connects
  • Delta Kappa Delta
  • Omega Phi Alpha
  • Whitis Love

For more information about the day’s activities at the Zilker Kite Festival, parking and directions visit: Zilker Kite Festival.

Make Your Bid for VIP Day on the Set “Spring Breakers”

This auction is underway and ends on March 2nd at  12 noon. The highest bidder wins!

Selena Gomez Photo by

Bid on a VIP day on the set of Spring Breakers a feature film directed by Harmony Korine and starring Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, James Franco and Ashley Benson.

The winner of this package will head to St. Petersburg, Florida for one VIP day on the set of Spring Breakers and can chose one day in the following sets of dates to visit the set of this feature film production: March 9, 10, or 19, 20, or 21, 22, or 26, 27, or 28, 29.

  • Enjoy lunch with the producer of the film and the crew
  • Have an opportunity to be a featured extra in the film, and
  • Have VIP access to observe the filming.

With this package you will receive a two-night stay at either the Vinoy Renaissance Hotel or The Post Card Inn, depending upon the date sets you choose. The package does not include airfare. Date sets for 2 night stays: March 9-10, March 19-20, March 21-22, March 26-27, or March 28-29. We will be managing this auction via email with bidders.

For information on the bidding process and to make YOUR bid, visit: TAP VIP Day Auction.

And…if you like this item, be sure to check out our Spring Fundraiser, the Big Hair Country Fair where more great items will be up for bid. Join us on March 24th for all the fun and support Theatre Action Project!

Thank you TAP for an Amazing Year

by Amanda Davis, Marketing Associate VISTA

photo by Twin Sisters Photography

It’s hard to believe that a year has already passed here at Theatre Action Project, and that today I must take my leave to other adventures in life.

A year ago, I began a journey in AmeriCorps and became the Marketing Associate VISTA here at TAP. To be honest, I was scared about the steps that it was going to take to be an AmeriCorps member. I was a bit timid and shy at first. I had just moved to a place where I knew no one and taken a job that was sure to be a learning experience, but as time wore on that timidness soon came to shed and Read the rest of this entry

Hey there Little Red Riding Hood

by Freddy Carnes, Artistic Associate

I think Spring Break  and Summer Camps have always been special for me.  It probably started when I was in 2nd Grade when I went to the YWCA Summer Camp in Beaumont, TX, where I grew up.  On the last day of camp,  we put on a show for the parents up in the gym.  There was activities from gymnastics and tumbling, to trampoline and art projects being displayed.  We would always end the showcase with some skit.  That year we ended with a version of Little Red Riding Hood to the song “Hey there Little Red Riding Hood” by Sam the Sham and the Pharaoh’s.   They cast one of the girls as Little Red Riding Hood, but I got to play the Big Bad Wolf complete with costume.  The girl was supposed to skip around during the song and drop Oreo’s on the ground.  My job was to chase her and pick up the Oreo’s and put them in my back pocket.  The audience loved the skit and I felt like I gave the role of the Big Bad Wolf my all.  As I sat down on a chair, I suddenly realized that I had 10-12 Oreo’s in my back pocket!  It was the best Oreo mush I ever ate! This memory from 2nd Grade is one that I will always remember.  On that day I knew that I loved performing and I was given an opportunity to try.  That’s what all children need: the chance to try.  “Hey, there Little Red Riding Hood.  You sure are looking good …”

If you are looking for an amazing Spring Break or Summer Camp to send your child too, registration is open for our camps. Click here to for more information!

Its Tour Time Again

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

Changing Lives geared up for its biggest month of the year, February. After having January to rework the new script, Outside the Box,  practice lines, and block scenes, February began with a bang! We started off with a performance at the PALS Conference, and then two back to back performances at Webb Middle School. This year we have three casts, all performing the same play, and so we have the opportunity to switch out roles often, many students learning up to three different parts!

After our performances at Webb- to huge audiences, we worked on a smaller version of our show to perform at Riot the Silence 2 End Dating Violence, a kick-off event put on by SafePlace and Start Strong Austin. Changing Lives brought a 15 minute version of our show to the stage and performed next to other amazing acts like The Cipher, Public Offenders, The Peterson Brothers and Outta Kontrol—just to name a few! We even got to have some video of our show featured on the news! Riot the Silence kicked off Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention month, and our students were glad to be able to bring our show to this event to be part of this very important discussion.

The spring touring season is very different from the fall, when we are bonding as an ensemble, and writing our new script. Now, our students get to deal with change, deadlines, call times, new roles and lines and more—and they take it all in stride. It’s always amazing for me, as one of the directors, to see the group bond and gel in the fall, write together and share together, but what happens in the spring is just as magical. A bunch of teens all of a sudden become a group. A show created in our heads comes to life onstage.  Students in the audience are talking, asking questions, wanting advice, and our teens—they have something to say. I am excited for the rest of this tour, and the things our Changing Lives teens will accomplish!

The Clock is Ticking: Visit EcoClean and Support TAP

by Mary Alice Carnes, Community Relations Director

This month Austin’s own EcoClean is supporting Theatre Action Project by donating 5% of their Wednesday sales to support TAP programs. Won’t you join us in this endeavor? Your support helps the TAP team as they inspire youth to be creative artists, courageous allies, critical thinkers and confident leaders.

EcoClean touts these benefits about their wet cleaning process:

  • Garments are cleaner.
  • Wet cleaned garments will never develop that yellow look commonly seen on items that have been repeatedly dry cleaned with perc (tetrachloroethylene)
  • Clothes don’t come home with residual amounts of harmful chemicals like perc, which off-gas and contaminate cars and homes.
  • Clothes don’t have that stinky “dry cleaned” smell (again, toxic perc).
  • Wet cleaning is often able to remove stains a traditional dry cleaner can’t fix.
  • Garments fade less and the fabrics don’t incur as much damage from repeated washings.
  • Wet cleaning eliminates the risk of perc contaminating groundwater.
  • Neighbors are safer from air exposure to perc.
  • Wet cleaning is more energy-efficient than dry cleaning, resulting in a reduced carbon footprint.

Visit EcoClean and support Theatre Action Project today. Only two more Wednesdays in February are left.

Light/The Holocaust & Humanity Project

by Chelsea Gilman, Business Manager

TAP has a a new collaborative project going on, working with Ballet Austin and others on the Light/The Holocaust & Humanity Project. About 150 Papier-mâché lanterns will be made, through community events and after school programs, 50 of which will be featured in the Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) event at Agudas Achim in the evening on April 19th.  Each lantern will be dedicated to a child victim of the Holocaust, with a victim’s name written on each one.

This morning, several TAP staff members, including myself, began working on lanterns.  They are made from a balloon and cardboard.  Once the entire piece has been Papier-mâchéd for about 5 layers, we let them dry.  Once they’re dry we’ll pop the balloons and put lights in the Papier-mâché shaped lantern, hanging them all together with strings.

Right now, my lantern is drying.  I look forward to seeing it displayed at the event on April 19, and I hope to see you there!