Our ticketing website will be down for server maintenance on Mon., May 1 – and the Opera House box office will be closed, too. Get your tickets now for Walk Like a Man: Salute to Frankie Valli/Four Seasons (May 5-7) and A Few Good Men (May 12-28) at www.granburytheatrecompany.org.
Watch Good Morning Texas segment featuring Shrek, Fiona, and Donkey from Shrek: The Musical (April 7-30) on stage now at the historic Granbury Opera House. Get your tickets now at www.granburytheatrecompany.org or call (817) 579-0952.
Tonight, Granbury Theatre Company is proud to put on the Granbury Opera House stage, our third Broadway on the Brazos production of 2017, Shrek The Musical! I first saw the animated movie when it first came out in 2001. We had five kids at home at the time, ranging in ages from 18 to 3 years old, and it was one of the few movies that I can recall that all of our kids – in spite of their broad age range – really enjoyed.
The Broadway musical version of Shrek is no exception in that it appeals equally to young children and to our most experienced theatregoers. It takes a special story – told in just the right way – to appeal to an audience that diverse in age. One might say that it’s the reliable buddy comedy element between Shrek and his stalwart friend, Donkey. Others might point to the of the classic love story between Shrek and Fiona. Of course, there’s the timeless good versus evil story pitting the delightfully evil Lord Farquaad against the band of adorable Fairy Tale creatures. All of this and more comes to life on stage in Shrek The Musical!
Of course, the appeal for me, in addition to all of the above storylines, is the deeper message that weaves its way through this show from beginning to end: don’t judge a book by its cover…that just because we are all different, doesn’t mean that we don’t all share the same hopes, dreams, and desires; to love and be loved for who we are, where we are, and how we are. Our hearts are warmed as we witness all these wonderful characters come to realize that it’s their “weirdness” that makes them each unique and special, and that when they all live in relationships with each other that celebrates that uniqueness and they let their “freak flags fly” its a beautiful thing. Indeed, let’s let our freak flags fly!
Shrek opens tonight and runs through April 30th with shows each weekend on Friday at 7:30pm, Saturday at 2:00pm and 7:30pm, and Sunday at 2:00pm.
We look forward to seeing you at the theatre!
Reviewed by Elaine Plybon, Associate Critic for John Garcia’s THE COLUMN
According to Truvy Jones, owner of the beauty salon that is host to all of the action in Steel Magnolias, laughter through tears is her favorite emotion. Granbury Theatre Company delivers ample amounts of laughter, tears, and everything in between in its production of the popular play.
Playwright, Robert Harling, wrote the play after the death of his sister, modeling the character, Shelby Eatenton-Latcherie, after her. The play strongly captures the range of emotions experienced in the day to day routines of life and the intensity of those emotions when tragedy strikes. The script is expertly written and provides an opportunity for an experienced cast to welcome their audience into the lives of their characters with ease. Steel Magnolias peers into the lives of six women in Louisiana through brief moments shared in Truvy’s beauty salon over the course of two years.
Steel Magnolias has been a favorite on stage and screen since it first debuted Off-Broadway in 1987. It was adapted to film in 1989, starring Sally Fields in the role of M’Lynn, Julia Roberts as Shelby, and Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine, Daryl Hannah, and Olympia Dukakis in supporting roles. The challenge of a stage performance when many in the audience have seen the screen version can be difficult to overcome. This cast of six met the challenge.
One of the intricacies of the script itself is that the women introduce additional characters through their lively dialogue. The audience becomes familiar with Drum, husband to M’Lynn, Owen, Ouiser’s beau, Sammy, boyfriend then husband of Annelle, and the couch slug who is married to Truvy – all through the meticulous storytelling of Harling’s pen.
Granbury Theatre Company is housed inside of a beautifully renovated opera house that has been in existence since the 1800s. It is located on the square of a traditional small town that enjoys visitors year-round. To deliver quality theater in an atmosphere of guests demanding entertainment can be a daunting task. The production of this play, then demands expert attention to detail. Its audiences will not be disappointed.
The set, which is static and encompasses a proscenium stage, was well-designed by Phil Groeschel and Kerri Pavelick. It had a flow that made it easy for the actors to perform, yet appear to be in natural conversation spaces. The interior of Truvy’s salon included everything one would expect to see – a shampoo station, hair drying station, products arranged on shelves, and decorative touches that suited Truvy’s personality. Every wall had clearly been well-planned. The set pieces complemented each other and the action surrounding them. Every prop was well-chosen by Gaylene Carpenter to suit the 80s time period.
Costumer, Missy Brooks, chose outfits that were exceptionally appropriate to both time period and the personalities of the characters. The attention to minor touches helped me to almost forget to notice the costumes – everything was so perfect. My favorite example of this was a shiny, gold pair of shoes worn by Clairee in the first act making a comeback on Truvy’s feet in the second act. This detail could have been ignored and nobody would have noticed, but the fact that it was not ignored was definitely an enhancement to the experience.
Lighting designer, Derek Shepherd, chose to bathe the stage in light as was befitting the interior of a beauty salon. During a power outage, the reduction in light was exactly as needed to suggest a darkened salon, but still allowed the audience to see the actors clearly.
Having a cast of only six people can magnify the performance of each, individually. As I watched the performances, I found myself watching the faces of the women who were not speaking because of the realism of their emotions as they listened to whoever was delivering lines. Three were exceptional in their ability to stay in character for every moment on stage.
Carmen Scott played Truvy Jones, the very vocal and fun-loving owner of the salon. Her performance was one of the strongest of the evening. Her delivery of emotion, whether it was a sly smile when suggesting mischief, bright disposition exemplifying Truvy’s joie de vive, or tearfully red eyes as M’Lynn poured her heart out, Scott’s performance was impressive. If ever a rendition of Steel Magnolias is made with one person in it, lively telling the story, Scott’s Truvy would be the perfect choice.
Pam Pendleton played the wealthy widow, Clairee Belcher. Her facial expressions and the way she carried herself across the stage aptly portrayed the character as written. Harling gave this character some of the best comic moments in the play, and Pendleton’s dry delivery was spot on and a delight to the audience.
The role of Ouiser Boudreaux, the cranky neighbor, was impeccably portrayed by Alicia Broadhurst. Her accurate depiction allowed the audience to understand the complexities of the character. With a complex disposition including grumpiness, softness, and strength, all at the same time, Broadhurst helped us to understand why some of her neighbors had a hard time putting up with her, but loved her all the same.
Terri Willson played the role of the mother, M’Lynn Eatenton. Her performance was accurate and adequate throughout the play. However, Willson knocked it out of the park with her delivery of the monologue in act four. I can’t imagine that there could have been a dry eye in the theater as Willson heartfully delivered each line with impeccable timing and grace. To be honest, as many times as I have seen this play, the performance of that monologue has to be outstanding in order to evoke emotion, and I was definitely wishing I had brought tissues to this one.
Marisa Duran had the difficult task of portraying the role of Shelby. As each stint on stage unfolded, Duran managed to look sicklier while delivering the most positive of lines. The subtlety of this portrayal demands an expertise, and Duran delivered.
The character of Annelle was played by Amanda Brooks. While Brooks delivered each line with great timing, her delivery seemed monotone throughout the play. Her performance never took advantage of the opportunities the script provides to expand the character and show the evolution of Annelle from quiet outcast to an integral part of the ladies’ group. Brooks’ Annelle seemed distant and more like an outsider eavesdropping on the others, rather than becoming an integral part of the life of the salon.
Overall, this production of Steel Magnolias is well done and worth seeing. It is a worthy addition to the entertainment and experience that the Granbury town square provides to its guests.
The Granbury Theatre Company at the Granbury Opera House is the HeART of Historic Downtown Granbury, and we are always working hard to earn the right to be your entertainment venue of choice! As we draw toward the end of the year we would like to thank all of our loyal patrons who have attended our shows at the Granbury Opera House this year! 2016 has definitely been our most successful year yet, and with what many people are saying is one of the strongest season line-ups in the entire North Texas area, 2017 promises to be even better!
However, as successful as 2016 has been, ticket revenue covers just 40% of Granbury Theatre Company’s operating cost. While we manage and operate the beautiful Granbury Opera House for the City of Granbury, Granbury Theatre Company receives no sort of operational subsidy or funding from the City of Granbury whatsoever.
Many people don’t realize that the Granbury Theatre Company is an official 501c3 non-profit arts organization that depends in large part on the faithful support of community members. We know as the year draws to a close, many people consider making end-of-the-year charitable contributions. If this describes you or someone you know, Granbury Theatre Company would be honored and appreciative to be a part of your year-end giving plans.
We have several ways to make it easy for you to contribute to Granbury Theatre Company:
1. Safe secure online giving from the Givelify app
Givelify is a FREE app that you can download to either your IOS or Android device and make fast, secure contributions to Granbury Theatre Company right from your phone! The app works with your phone’s GPS system to locate qualified non-profits in your area. All you have to do is download the app, then search for Granbury Theatre Company, and then click on the “Donate” button!
2. Safe secure online giving through GTC Box Office
Simply go to our Box Office Donation Page, enter the amount of your donation and click “Add to Cart.”
3. Donate through snail mail
You can donate by mailing a personal check to Granbury Theatre Company, P.O. Box 182, Granbury, TX 76048
4. In person at one of our shows during the months of November and December.
Just look for the contribution envelope in your Playbill!
Join us on Friday night, September 2nd as we kick off our Granbury Theatre Academy Fall Season of Classes with a fun and exciting show perfect for the entire family!
David & Kylie Knight – ILLUSIONS show combines illusion, music, comedy, drama and audience participation into a theatrical experience your family won’t soon forget. It’s a guaranteed combination of laughs, gasps and thrills!
If you still haven’t signed up your kids for our Fall academy classes and would like to know more, you can get all the info that night, plus some special surprises! Come and join us! Tickets are available at a special family friendly price! Just go to www.granburytheatrecompany.org or call the Box Office at 817-579-0952!
Granbury Theatre Company will host a free “Movie Night at the Opera House” on Sunday, August 21, 2016, with the showing of two Mel Brooks classics –Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein.
Showtime for the movies will be 6:30 P.M. at the historic Granbury Opera House in Downtown Granbury.
The two comedic satires are favorites among fans of Mel Brooks, an actor, comedian, and filmmaker.
A western, Blazing Saddles stars Cleavon Little, a newly appointed black sheriff in an all-white town, and Gene Wilder working together to foil the greedy plans of the state attorney general portrayed by Harvey Korman. Also featured in the movie are Slim Pickens and Madeline Kahn. The 1974 film was nominated for three Academy Awards and is ranked sixth on the American Film Institute’s list of top comedies.
Wilder also stars in Young Frankenstein as a descendant of the infamous doctor who created the famed monster. The film, which is was also made in 1974 as an affectionate parody of the classic horror film genre, features Teri Garr, Cloris Leachman, Marty Feldman, Peter Boyle, and Kahn. The movie was selected for preservation in the Library of Congress National Film Registry and is also regarded as a top comedy by the AFI.
Admission is free, and advance reservations are not necessary. Concessions will also be available.
Announcing our 2017 Broadway on the Brazos Season of shows at the Granbury Opera House!
Steel Magnolias – January 27 – February 12
9 to 5 – February 24 – March 19
Shrek – April 7 – April 30
A Few Good Men – May 12 – May 28
South Pacific – June 9 – July 9
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – August 11 – September 10
Marvelous Wonderettes: Dream On – September 15 – October 8
Arsenic & Old Lace – October 20 – November 5
Beauty and the Beast – November 17 – December 23
Season tickets for our amazing 2017 season are on sale now! For a limited time, get the Early Bird Season Ticket Special for only $210.00! Use coupon code EARLY17 either online or at the GTC box office to get the Early Bird Season Ticket Special! Get your tickets online at www.granburytheatrecompany
.org or by calling the GTC Box Office at 817-579-0952!
BIG NEWS! Due to overwhelming demand, a big fourth Mo & Bro “Road to Suckcess” show has been added for Thursday night, August 25th at 7:30pm! The Friday night, August 26th and two Saturday, August 27th performances have been sold out for weeks! So don’t delay, get your tickets NOW at our online box office!
“Singin’ in the Rain” star Madeline Grace Smith was featured on WFAA Channel 8’s “Good Morning Texas” singing “Lucky Star” from the hit musical currently on stage at the historic Granbury Opera House. Smith was accompanied by Jillian Harrison. The segment included an interview of director Shannah Rae by GMT anchor Jane McGarry about the production as well as the great opportunities available to visitors in Downtown Granbury.
Granbury Theatre Company will host a free “Movie Night at the Opera House” on Sunday, July 17, 2016, with the showing of Yankee Doodle Dandy starring James Cagney.
Showtime for the movie will be 7:30 P.M. at the historic Granbury Opera House in Downtown Granbury.
The 1942 movie, which also stars Joan Leslie and Walter Huston, is a biographical musical film about George M. Cohan – known as “The Man Who Owned Broadway.” The film depicts Cohan coming out of retirement in the early days of World War II to star as President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The president summons Cohan to the White for a presentation of the Congressional Gold Medal, and the two men chat prompting Cohan to reminisce about his early days on stage, family, and career.
Cagney was named the year’s Best Actor, and the film won several other Academy Awards. The motion picture was selected for preservation in the United States Film Registry by the Library of Congress and has also received high recognition from the American Film Institute.
Admission is free, and advance reservations are not necessary. Concessions will also be available.
“Movie Night at the Opera House” events will continue throughout the year. Future movies will be a Mel Brooks double feature with Blazing Saddles andYoung Frankenstein (August 21), To Kill a Mockingbird (September 18), Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho (October 16), and Star Wars: A New Hope (November 13).
Granbury Theatre Company will continue its 2016 Broadway on the Brazos season with the musical Singin’ in the Rain on June 24-July 24, 2016, at the historic Granbury Opera House in Downtown Granbury.
The “Greatest Movie Musical of All Time” was faithfully and lovingly adapted by Broadway legends Betty Comden and Adolph Green from their original award-winning screenplay of the 1952 MGM motion picture starring Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor, and Debbie Reynolds.
Complete with the trappings of Tinseltown and an on-stage rainstorm, Singin’ In The Rain centers on silent movie leading man Don Lockwood and his co-star Lina Lamont, whose squeaky voice might be the end of her career in “talking pictures” without the help of a talented young actress to do the talking and singing for her.
The show – set in Hollywood during the 1920’s – is full of memorable music including the classic title song, “Fit As A Fiddle,” “You Stepped Out Of A Dream,” “All I Do Is Dream Of You,” “Make ‘Em Laugh,” “Beautiful Girl,” “You Were Meant for Me,” “Good Morning,” and more.
Tickets are available now through the GTC box office at (817) 579-0952 or online at www.granburytheatrecompany.
org. Ticket prices are $30 for prime seating and $25 in standard seating. Discounts are available for senior citizens, active duty military personnel, veterans, students, and children as well as for groups of ten or more. Use the code word OPERA and receive 10% off all ONLINE ticket purchases.
While it’s still a couple of months away, tickets are beginning to go quickly for this amazing concert featuring country music and Broadway star, Gary Morris, in the intimate setting of the Granbury Opera House! Here is a video of a recent concert Gary did in New Braunfels, TX performing his hit “Velvet Chains.” You do not want to miss this concert! Get your tickets now!
REMINDER! NO HELLO DOLLY PERFORMANCE TONIGHT, MAY 27TH
Due to the number of cast and crew members in Hello Dolly being involved in tonight’s area high school graduation ceremonies, tonight’s performance of “Hello Dolly” has been rescheduled to Sunday evening, June 12th at 7:30pm. Our regular Hello Dolly performance schedule resumes tomorrow afternoon, Saturday, May 28th with our 2PM matinee.
Granbury Theatre Company board members and staff participated in the National Red Nose Day today to raise money for the Boy’s and Girl’s Club of Hood County. Red Nose Day is the annual event when people across the US can get together and do something funny at home, school and work to raise money for participating charitable organisations that benefit children. Boy’s and Girl’s Club is one of the participating organisations.
GTC Board Members Jeff Meador, Paul Hyde, Lisa Johnson, Cathy Casey, and Micky Shearon all contributed toward the campaign as did GTC staff members. All total, more than $650.00 was collected from board and staff members to be contributed to the Boys and Girl’s Club of Hood County on behalf of the Granbury Theatre Company.
For more information about Red Nose Day, visit the Red Nose Day website.
Granbury Theatre Company’s production of “Hello Dolly” just completed it’s second BIG weekend with sell-out or near sell-out audiences for every performance both weekends! If you haven’t gotten your tickets yet, don’t delay! Check out our new promo video below and please share it to your social media channels!
You told us, and we listened!
Granbury Theatre Company is pleased to announce that, effective this week, we have a new ticketing module website called Tickets to the City. This service is much more user-friendly than our previous ticketing module, and will provide an overall more enjoyable ticket buying experience for our patrons.
You will notice that a processing fee applies to all orders now, but we have taken care of that for our patrons who purchase their tickets online….
Use the coupon code OPERA for a 10% discount on all online ticket purchases.
This coupon code is not valid with any other offer. The $1 per ticket processing fee applies to all in-person and phone ticket orders at the GTC Box Office.
Tuesday, April 26th at 7PM
This showcase event gives families and friends a taste of what the students learn while they are in their classes at the Academy events. It will feature students from our acting, dance, and musical theatre classes as well as private voice students.
Free and Open to the Public! Please come and support our GTA students!!
Conner Lorre’s fabulous “Neil Diamond Tribute Show” has been getting STANDING OVATIONS nationwide! Conner performed this spectacular tribute show at CAESAR’S PALACE in Las Vegas, where he received… a STANDING OVATION! This show is guaranteed to thrill the most discriminating Neil Diamond fan.
It’s here for one weekend only, May 6th and 7th, so get your tickets now!
One Night Only!
The Langdon Center Big Band will present a free concert at 7:30 P.M. on Thursday, May 5 at the historic Granbury Opera House.
There will be lots of great jazz and big band songs as the 21-piece Big Band performs a fantastic set with many of your favorites.
The concert is free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted for the Langdon Jazz Scholarship.
Granbury Theatre Company proudly presents the cast of “Hello Dolly” – on stage at the historic Granbury Opera House from May 13-June 12. Get your tickets today or call the GTC Box Office at (817) 579-0952.
Granbury Theatre Company will host a Neil Diamond tribute show for Mother’s Day weekend on May 6-7, at the historic Granbury Opera House in Downtown Granbury. The event also includes an optional dinner package at Christina’s Bistro on the square.
Conner Lorre’s spectacular “Neil Diamond Tribute Show” features stunningly accurate recreations of Neil Diamond’s greatest hits from the “Hot August Night” through the “Jazz Singer” periods and more. He has the look, the mannerisms, the energy, and most importantly, he has the charismatic voice of Neil Diamond. As a genuine life-long Neil Diamond fan himself, Conner sings every song with dedicated precision and undeniable passion.
The concert will also include several other Neil Diamond hits, including “America,” “Forever in Blue Jeans,” “Sweet Caroline,” and “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers.”
Times for the concerts are 7:30 P.M. on Friday, May 6 and 2:00 P.M. and 7:30 P.M. on Saturday, May 7. Tickets are available now with prime seats at $35, standard seats at $30, and balcony seats at $25.
GTC is also partnering with Christina’s Bistro on the Square to offer an exclusive dinner/show package that’s perfect for Mother’s Day! A package for a three-course dinner with a choice of several delicious entrees are available with each ticket for an additional $30. Patrons who select the dinner package will pay GTC for both the dinner and show ticket, but will need to contact Christiana’s at (817) 579-1707 to choose their seating time. View the Christina’s Bistro Dinner Menu!
Tickets are available on the GTC website at www.granburytheatrecompany.org or by calling the GTC box office at (817) 579-0952.
“Movie Night at the Opera House” will continue on Sunday, April 17, 2016, with the showing of the classic Rebel Without a Cause starring James Dean and Natalie Wood.
The event will begin at 7:30 P.M. and is hosted by the Granbury Theatre Company, which manages the historic Granbury Opera House in Downtown Granbury.
Nominated for several Academy Awards, the 1955 film directed by Nicholas Ray focuses on a rebellious young man with a troubled past who comes to a new town, finding friends and enemies. Dean plays Jim Stark in the title role but tragically died in an automobile accident a month before the movie’s release. The iconic actor only made three films during his short life.
The Warner Bros. motion picture – which also features Sal Mineo, Jim Backus, and William Hopper – was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.
Tickets are $8 and are available on the GTC website at www.granburytheatrecompany.org or by calling the GTC box office at (817) 579-0952. Concessions will also be available.
“Movie Night at the Opera House” events will continue throughout the year. Future movies will be An American in Paris (May 15), Father of the Bride (June 19), Yankee Doodle Dandy (July 17), Mel Brooks double feature with Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein (August 21), To Kill a Mockingbird(September 18), Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho (October 16), and Star Wars: A New Hope (November 20).
Genevieve Croft, theatre critic for Dallas/Fort Worth theatre publication “The Column,” gives a glowing review of Granbury Theatre Company’s production of “The Marvelous Wonderettes” in it’s most recent edition.
Yes!! You read that correctly!
Mo & Bro (aka, Carey Dyer and Russ Hearn) are back and better than ever! They are hitting the road promoting their new self-help program called “Mo & Bro’s Road to SUCKcess” and the Granbury Theatre Company is beyond proud to be welcoming Mo & Bro and the entire gang you know and love to the Granbury Opera House stage for three BIG shows on August 26th and 27th. Tickets are on sale now at the Granbury Opera House Box Office. You can purchase tickets in-person, online or over the phone at 817-579-0952!
“I laughed until I cried and my sides hurt” was what one audience member said last night as she left the opening night performance of “The Marvelous Wonderettes.”
Another woman’s husband exclaimed that “my wife wants to see it again and she never wants to see a show twice!”
Finally, another said, “this is absolutely the funniest show I’ve ever seen at the Granbury Opera House and I’ve been coming to shows here for nearly twenty years.”
Indeed, “The Marvelous Wonderettes” may just be THE funniest show to ever take the Opera House stage. But it’s not just funny; the music and vocal work is simply amazing. But don’t take our word for it, come see for yourself! Great tickets are still available for tonight’s 7:30 show. Get your tickets here!
No foolin’! The Marvelous Wonderettes, opens tonight! Granbury Theatre Company is proud to present this wonderful musical that takes you back to the fun music of the late 1950’s and 60’s! Come join Suzy, Cindy Lou, Betty Jean, and Missy as they take you back to the 1958 Senior Prom at Springfield High, and then travel with them through all the twists and turns life takes them on over the next ten years – and their ten-year reunion!
This is a “don’t-miss, must-see” show that is sure to have you singing along with great songs like “Mr. Sandman”, “Lollipop”, “It’s My Party”, “You Don’t Own Me”, “Wedding Bell Blues”, “Respect” and tons of others!
Get your tickets HERE!