Local News: Houston Family Arts Center Announces its 2008 Spring Season

Posted by: HoustonFACon 2008/1/3 6:30:00 3167 reads Houston Family Arts Center is entering its third season and continues its mission to provide a fun outlet for creative community involvement through the production of affordable, high-quality, family-friendly entertainment. As the “new kids on the block” we’re still working at getting ourselves known in the community,

but in our short history, we’ve already established a reputation for excellence. We invite you to join us on stage, behind the scenes, or in the audience during the coming spring season!

Music by Richard Rodgers
Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
February 8 - 24, 2008

The timeless enchantment of a magical fairy tale is told with the Rodgers & Hammerstein hallmarks of originality, charm and elegance. Originally presented on television in 1957 starring Julie Andrews, Rodgers & Hammerstein's CINDERELLA was the most widely viewed program in the history of the medium. Its recreation in 1965 starring Lesley Ann Warren was no less successful in transporting a new generation to the miraculous kingdom of dreams-come-true, and so was a second remake in 1997, which starred Brandy as Cinderella and Whitney Houston as her Fairy Godmother. As adapted for the stage, with great warmth and more than a touch of hilarity, the hearts of children and adults alike still soar when the slipper fits. Don’t miss this classic favorite!

By William Gibson
April 5 – 20, 2008

This stirring dramatization of the story of Helen Keller is one of the most successful and warmly admired plays of the modern stage. Blind and mute, and nobody knows what Helen's fate might have been had she not come under the tutelage of Annie Sullivan, an Irish girl who had been born blind. The Miracle Worker is principally concerned with the emotional relationship between the lonely teacher and her blind charge. Little Helen, trapped in her secret world, is bitter, violent, spoiled and almost animal like. Only Annie realizes that there is a mind waiting to be rescued from that dark, tortured silence. Annie's success with Helen comes only after some of the most turbulent, violent, and emotion packed scenes ever presented on the stage.

LES MISERABLES: Student Edition
Based on the novel by Victor Hugo.
Book by Alain Boubil
Lyrics by Alain Boubil and Herbert Kretzmer
Music by Claude-Michel Schonberg
June 13 – 22, 2008

This epic story recounts the struggle against adversity in 19th century France. Imprisoned for stealing a loaf of bread, petty thief Jean Valjean is released from his 19-year term and not only becomes and honest man, but the mayor of a prosperous town and a loving adoptive father - violating his parole in the process. The relentless Inspector Javert pursues him, making a decent life for Valjean impossible. Only years later, after Valjean proves his mettle during a bloody student uprising and saves the life of a young man does the ex-convict finally feel fully redeemed. This author-approved edition has been abridged to a running time of just over two hours, while carefully maintaining the integrity of one the greatest musicals ever written. Cast will include youth aged 19 and under.