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Monthly Archives: March 2012

Musical fun at the Big Hair Country Fair

Thanks to Hotclub of Cowtown and Oliver Rajamani who provided the hot and energetic music at last Saturday’s Big Hair Country Fair benefiting Theatre Action Project. Their music made for a sizzling good time!

Hotclub of Cowtown's Western Swing

Hotclub of Cowtown

Oliver Rajamani's east meets west music

A Good Time at the Big Hair Country Fair

by Mary Alice Carnes, Community Relations Director

Tamara and Kevin Hurwitz

A big thank you to all to came to support Theatre Action Project’s Big Hair Country Fair on Saturday night. We hope you had a great time getting your hair done, playing carnival games, and dancing to the music of Oliver Rajamani and Hotclub of Cowtown

Here are a few intimate head-shots, more on our Flickr page, and many more photos to come. Many thanks to our fabulous photographer Carol Acurso. And, thanks too to Emily Watkins and Sharon Chin from Texas Tower PR.

Thank you for supporting Theatre Action Project!

Photos by Carol Acurso.


Cathy & Rodney Nairn

Gail & Jeff Kodosky

Alicia Kriese and Doug Johnson & Eric and Laura Buehler

Rebecca Yerly, Izabella Villers-Milton & Jon Hockenyos

For more photos, click here, or visit Theatre Action Project on Flickr!

Fun Games at Big Hair Country Fair

by Erik Weasenforth, Marketing Associate VISTA

Theatre Action Project’s Big Hair Country Fair is only a couple days away. Be prepared to have a blast as there will be many fun carnival games to play!

Jump for joy as you compete for 1st place in the sack race.  Try out your aim and win a prize in our balloon dart game. Like trivia? Spin the giant wheel in the Carson City Trivia Showdown

 Want to remember the good times you had? Go to the Quick Draw Photo Booth and get a special souvenir drawing from our very own cowboy artist. But wait there’s more. We’ll have a cake walk, pan for “gold” in our Fool’s Gold game, enjoy the blazing fun of a fire dancer, and all the BBQ you can eat.

It’s all fun and games, good food and music, and all for a good cause: Theatre Action Project. See you there with BIG hair!

P.S. I love Dennis Rodman’s constantly changing hairstyles when he played in the NBA. See you at the Big Hair Country Fair on Saturday, March 24th at the Salt Lick Pavilion! For tickets visit: TAP Big Hair.

Traveling with Changing Lives

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

Changing Lives Youth Ensemble has the exciting opportunity to take five of our students to the National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence, put on by Futures Without Violence, in San Francisco, CA. Our students will be performing a 15 minute selection of their play, Outside the Box, to over 650 audience members from all over the US. This is an awesome opportunity for Changing Lives to be showcased on a national level and also for us to experience traveling together.
There is a lot that goes into traveling—but we know our students are ready for the challenge! From first time plane flights, to navigating the hills of San Francisco, to performing in new and exciting spaces, to exploring Chinatown– I am sure this will be a trip that we, and our students, will remember for a long time.

Stay tuned to find out how it all went! (The photo above of San Fran bound students was taken by Changing Lives-er Summor Elliott.)

P.S. My favorite hairstyle is anything big, curly, and rock and roll. See you at TAP’s Big Hair Country Fair on March 24th at the Salt Lick Pavillion! To buy tickets visit: TAP Big Hair. Proceeds benefit Theatre Action Project.

Big Hair Country Fair: BBQ, Fun Hair and Carnival Games

by Mary Alice Carnes, Community Relations Director

Theatre Action Project (TAP) presents the Big Hair Country Fair, Saturday, March 24. The event features hairdos for attendees provided on site by Birds Barbershop stylists. Guests will also enjoy all the Salt Lick BBQ they can eat, refreshments, cake walk, carnival games and a vintage photo booth complete with costumes. Musical entertainment is provided by Western Swing band Hot Club of Cowtown and Oliver Rajamani.

The Big Hair Country Fair takes place from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. at the Salt Lick Pavilion, 18300 FM 1826, in nearby Driftwood, Texas. Proceeds benefit Theatre Action Project.

Karen LaShelle, Executive Director touts the fun elements of the event. “Who can resist Texas Swing music, BBQ, cake walk, carnival games and big bouffant hair-dos? This is going to be a raucous fun time–all for a really good cause–supporting the development of young people through the arts. All of the proceeds will directly support our school programs, which cost as little as $2 per child per hour.”

Our old-fashioned Cake Walk gives you the chance to win gift cards for cakes, cupcakes and all things delicious from these Austin favorites: Lick It, Bite It, or Both, 1886 Cafe and Bakery, Delish, The Cupcake Bar, Bellissimo Bakery, and Walton’s Fancy and Staple. Yum!

Cake not your taste? Pan for gold at our Fool’s Gold station. We have jewelry you can win from Russell Korman Jewelers, DLC Brooklyn, and Kendra Scott Jewelry.

Any way you look at it, you’re in for a great time at the Big Hair Country Fair.  To buy tickets, visit: TAP Big Hair.

P.S.: Another big hair style I like is that of Diana Ross. I remember pretending to be a Supreme  using a hair brush as a microphone and singing in my own living room girl group. See you at the Big Hair Country Fair!

Excitement in the Air for Big Hair

by Chelsea Gilman, Business Manager

Now that Spring Break is over, there’s even more room for excitement for this Saturday’s Big Hair Country Fair at Salt Lick Pavilion! In addition to the amazing live music, BBQ, and carnival games in store, there are also some really great opportunities to win one of our auctions. We’ve got many amazing packages in store.  Live auction: Whether it’s a trip to New Mexico, Marfa, New York City, or a Staycation at the Four Seasons downtown, we’ve got a wonderful line-up of these items and more. Our silent auction includes several “date night” options for dinners and shows around town, as well as packages for the art lover, movie lover, fans of UT baseball, desserts, eating out, and more…

Thank you so much to the following businesses for supporting Theatre Action Project with generous donations to help make these auctions a success:

Ace Tailors, Alamo Drafthouse, Amy’s Ice Creams, Austin Duck Adventures, Austin Steam Train Association, Austin’s Pizza, Blue Bell Creameries, Capital Cruises, DLC Brooklyn, Driftwood Estate Winery, Eco Clean, Four Seasons Hotel, Jerry’s Artarama, Kerbey Lane Cafe, La Condesa, Longhorn Sports, Magnolia Cafe, Moonshine Patio and Grill, Russell Korman Fine Jewelry and Watches, Sentelli’s Fine Pastry and Specialty Cakes, The Blanton Museum of Art, The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, The Long Center for the Performing Arts, The Paramount Theatre, The Vinyl Touch, Tribeca Grand Hotel, Uchi and Uchiko, Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort and Golf Club, Violet Crown Cinema, Vulcan Video, Waterloo Records and Video, Which Wich, Zach Theatre, and more…

P.S. Lately, I’ve been enjoying Adele’s music and her hair is just as awesome as her music! See you at TAP’s Big Hair Country Fair on March 24th at the Salt Lick Pavilion! To buy tickets visit: TAP Big Hair. Proceeds benefit Theatre Action Project.

Forming Volunteer Systems

by Katie Grills, Community Relations VISTA

It starts with a simple phone call or email.

TAP Volunteer Annie Hsu (left) and Katie Grills, TAP' AmeriCorps VISTA (right)

I might be calling a reliable volunteer to help out with a data entry project, or I might ask a local business owner if they would like to donate a gift card to acknowledge a volunteer’s dedicated service. Sometimes that contact leads to hearing “yes, I would love to help you.” Other times I am not as lucky. I track these contacts in spreadsheets, email, and in SalesForce, our data tracking system. I log the volunteer hours, keep records of in-kind donations, and send thank you letters.

Whether I am planning a large community event like Theatre Action Project at the Zilker Park Kite Festival  or simply seeking out a volunteer to help us organize our classroom supplies, I strive to keep best practices in mind like the ones listed above.

Best practices are guidelines that employees in various fields strive to apply to their everyday business lives. As an AmeriCorps VISTA, I am attempting to form volunteer systems for that work for creative minds while keeping abreast of the standards that other successful organizations practice. Serving an arts-centered organization presents its own unique set of tracking and acknowledgement challenges. Arts administration industry standards are a great starting point, though, and it is my goal to embed these practices into the systems I am developing.

As I start into the second half of my year of service with TAP, I’m proud to say that we’re well on our way to having these systems in place.

P.S.: I am in love with fashion blogger Gabi Fresh big curls. I hope to see you at TAP’s Big Hair Country Fair on March 24th. It will be a fun night benefiting Theatre Action Project. For tickets, visit: TAP Big Hair.