OHLOOK MASTERCLASS WINS BIG AT JUNIOR THEATER FESTIVAL
Students and educators from Ohlook Performing Arts Center won top awards at the 2016 Junior Theater Festival which happened January 15, 16 and 17 at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, GA.
Ohlook Performing Arts Center won a Freddie G Outstanding Production award, Ohlook Performing Arts Center student Emma Lord received a Freddie G All Festival Performance by a Female Award, given to only one female at the festival, and Ohlook Performing Arts student Matthew D. Vinson received a Freddie G Broadway Junior Slam Award. (The Broadway Junior Slam is a theatrical challenge in which students and teachers who don’t know each other must stage and perform a song from a musical in an hour.) Ohlook Performing Arts Center teacher Jill Lord was one of six teachers selected for the Freddie G Fellowship which recognizes the exceptional contributions to arts education. The teachers will receive all-expense paid trip to New York City, complete with professional development, Broadway performances and unforgettable celebrations. In addition to the New York experience, each of the teachers’ organizations receive $5,000 from Freddie and Myrna Gershon to enhance their arts program and further the collaborative and inclusive spirit of producing a musical. The Freddie G Fellowship is underwritten by Music Theatre International Chairman and Broadway Junior founder Freddie Gershon, and his wife, Myrna.
As one of just eight schools from across the country to win a Freddie G Outstanding Production Award, the Ohlook Performing Arts Center students performed a song from their Xanadu JR. production for all 5,800+ attendees.
The 42 Ohlook Performing Arts Center students presented selections from Xanadu JR. for Tony-nominated composer Benj Pasek (A Christmas Story, Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach), Nick Pramik, director of Marketing and Partnerships division at Broadway entertainment advertising agency SpotCo, and Rosemary Newcott, the Sally G. Tomlinson Artistic Director of Theatre for Youth and Families at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, GA.
Said Rosemary Newcott, “This was an absolutely amazing performance. It was top notch in every way. Every single member of the ensemble at Ohlook Performing Arts Center showed us a total understanding and committing to the style of the piece. There were excellent performances from all leads –with special note to female lead who also choreographed the entire production. I am amazed by her talent and credit the entire company for working together to create this work.”
SPRING AWAKENING CAST WINS AACTFest STATE and REGIONAL LEVEL
Ohlook's production of Spring Awakening advanced from the State Level at the AACTFest13 and represented Texas at the Regional Competition April 18-21 in Lafayette, LA. Jill Lord was awarded Finest Lighting, Jack McCready won Excellence in Acting and John Davenport won Acting Achievement. At the State Level, the cast received awards for Outstanding Ensemble, All-Star Cast for John Davenport and Lacey Jane Dangerstone, Best Lighting Design and Best Director for Jill Blalock Lord and a special costume award for Hannah Blalock. The cast will be traveling to the National Competition in Carmel, Indiana June 17 - 23.Congratulations to all!
THE OHLOOK JUNIOR AND SENIOR MASTERCLASSES FOR THEIR PARTICIPATION IN THE TEXAS NONPROFIT YOUTH CONFERENCE. Congratulations to Tim DeSimone, Catie Pratt, Ryan King and Ellie van Amerongen for being selected All-Star Cast!
To learn more about the Ohlook Masterclass click here. THE OHLOOK ADULT COMPANY FOR WINNING TOP INTERNATIONAL HONORS! Ohlook's adult company traveled to Liverpool, Nova Scotia, Canada in May 2012 representing the United States at the Liverpool International Theatre Festival (LITF). The festival included theatre companies from around the globe; Egypt, Germany, Georgia, Wales, Slovakia, Poland, and more. Ohlook's cast of Dog Sees God was invited to participate after winning the U.S. National Title of Best Overall Production in New York, last year. Jill Lord was selected as the Best Director and the entire cast was awarded Best Production. Cast members are: Lacey Jane Dangerstone (nominated for Best Actress), John Davenport, Matt Purvis (nominated for Best Supporting Actor), Jake McCready, Kristin Payne , Lorena Phillips (nominated for Best Supporting Actress), and Evan Spreen (nominated for Best Actor). OHLOOK'S SENIOR MASTERCLASS FOR BRINGING HOME AWARD FROM 2012 FESTIVAL
29 Ohlook students, parents and teachers traveled to Atlanta, Georgia, in January 2012 to join over 3000 others including Broadway stars, writers and producers for the Junior Theater Festival. The 15 Ohlook Masterclass students performed a synopsis of Seussical the Musical and were awarded Outstanding Achievement in Dance. Madi Bready and Colton Hess were selected for the All-Star Cast. Madi Bates, Emma Lord, Hannah Pierce and Andrew Smith were chosen to audition to perform in instructional choreography DVDs for Music Theatre International titles in development. Emma, Hannah and Andrew received callbacks and have advanced to the final selection stage.
Congratulations to all the Masterclass students for representing Texas with talent and pride and many thanks to the instructors who helped make it happen!
OHLOOK's ADULT COMPANY - NATIONAL CHAMPIONS!! Ohlook's performance of "Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead" competed in the AACT (American Association of Community Theatres) Festival in 2011. It advanced all the way to Nationals - AND WON: Overall Show, Best Director, Best Sound-Design, Best Ensemble, Best Supporting Actor (Lloyd Harvey), Best Featured Actor (Matt Purvis). It was also nominated in every other major category: Best Actor (Evan Spreen), Best Supporting Actress (Lacey Jane Smith) and Best Featured Actress (Heather Biddle). Before advancing to Nationals they won at the Texas Quad Festival, The State Competition, and the 5 State Region VI. The show also won Best Ensemble and Best Costumes at the State Level, Best Ensemble, Best Director, and Audience Acclaim Award at the Regional Level. Evan Spreen was named to the All-Star Cast at every level in addition to Lloyd Harvey All-Star Cast at the Quad level, Heather Biddle at State, Matt Purvis and Kristin Payne at the Region level.
Cast: CB - Evan Spreen CB's Sister - Lacey Jane Smith Van - Matt Purvis Matt - Michael McCray Beethoven - Lloyd Harvey Marcy - Taylor Wallis Tricia - Krysten Payne Van's Sister - Heather Biddle
The National Competition was held in Rochester, NY, June 21 - 25.
"TRANNIE" OPENS TO RAVE REVIEWS! The World Premiere of "Trannie" in 2011 was received enthusiastically by critics and audiences, alike. Click here to read Mark Lowry's review on TheaterJones.com
OHLOOK MASTERCLASS BROUGHT HOME AWARDS FROM FESTIVAL! Ohlook students (accompanied by four Ohlook Directors/Teachers) travelled to Atlanta, GA in January 2011 to participate in the iTheatrics Junior Theater Festival with 53 other Theatre Groups from across the country. The Masterclass performed selections from their upcoming musical Into the Woods, Jr. and were awarded "OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN ACTING". Madi Bready and Matt Feragne were selected for the All-Star Cast and Madi also was selected as one of the top Female Actresses at the festival. Emma Lord and Grace Lord received a "Golden Ticket" inviting them to an exclusive dance audition for an MTI choreography video.
To learn more about the Ohlook Masterclass click here.
OHLOOK NAMED IN BEST OF DFW 2010 Critics of John Garcia's The Column (a local theatre e-newsletter) have named their favorites of 2010 and Ohlook's "The Wild Party" and "Reefer Madness" have come out on top!
Critic Mary Clark's picks: BEST MUSICAL: Ohlook's "The Wild Party" BEST ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL: Stephanie Hall as Queenie "The Wild Party" BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL: Lauren Kane as Madeleine True "The Wild Party" Jessica Dismuke as Mae "The Wild Party" Samantha Padilla as Kate "The Wild Party" BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL: Jeff Walters as Eddie "The Wild Party" BEST DIRECTOR: Jill Blalock Lord for "The Wild Party" BEST CHOREOGRAPHER: Pamela Langton for "The Wild Party" BEST MUSICAL DIRECTION: James McQuillen for "The Wild Party"
Critic Ashlea Palladino: BEST ACTOR: Jeff Wells as Burrs "The Wild Party" BEST ACTRESS: Stephanie Hall as Queenie "The Wild Party"
Critic Carol Anne Gordon: BEST REDUX OF A CHEESY OLD PROPAGANDA MOVIE: Ohlook's "Reefer Madness"