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TUTS Winter Camp Starts Soon; Volunteer Opportunities and Tommy Tune Awards!
Theatre Under the Stars

January, 2014

  Dec. 17, 2013  

Welcome to the TUTS Education Newsletter!

TUTS Education programs continue to bring the joy of musical theatre to the Greater Houston community and we want to celebrate their success with you – the people that make them possible. Each month we will email you a brief update on each branch of TUTS Education: Humphreys School of Musical Theatre, The River Performing and Visual Arts Center and Classes in the Community. We hope that you enjoy the updates and share the good news with your friends and family.

Spring 2014 Open Enrollment

Affiliated with one of the most respected musical theatre organizations in the country, HSMT Open Enrollment Courses are designed for students seeking enrichment through musical theatre. Classes focus on singing, dancing and acting for all skill levels - beginner to professional. 



Hurry! There Are Still A Few Spots Left For
Winter Camp!

Winter Camp Dec. 26, 27, Jan. 2, 3 – Enjoy four opportunities to learn four Broadway musicals! Students will rehearse songs, dances and scene excerpts, ending each day in a showcase presentation.

Ages 4-6 & 7-12.


TUTS Musicals For Young Audience Program Continues To Spread The Joy Of Musical Theatre

TUTS’ holiday MYA production of Scrooge reached close to 4,000 students last week. For most of these students, this was their first time experiencing musical theatre. PricewaterhouseCoopers, one of the many generous MYA sponsors, offered a free Financial Literacy session after performances to the attending schools.

The River Performing and Visual Arts Center, provides an accessible, affordable, fine arts education for individuals with disabilities and their siblings.

Joyful Fall Recital

The crowds came out on November 23rd to see The River students showcase their many theatrical talents in Fall 2013’sJoyful Recital. Songs and selections were performed from The Sound of MusicThe Nutcracker and TUTS’ current production of Elf. It was one of the most well attended recitals in River history! Thank you for all of your support this fall.

Had a great time this fall? Don’t forget to sign up for Spring! Classes are held on Saturdays beginning January 18th from 9:30am-12:30pm. We hope to see you in the New Year!


Want to Volunteer?

The River is made possible by the hard work and dedication of a large group of volunteers. Our volunteers are responsible for keeping students safe, assisting teaching artists and teacher aides with classroom set up and management, and most importantly helping to encourage River students achieve their creative ideas and goals.

This fall The River had 44 volunteers donate over 600 hours to the Saturday morning program. Each Saturday up to 30 volunteers were a part of helping our students develop their self-esteem and confidence in a very positive and inclusive environment. We are so grateful for their help!

If you are interested in joining our team of volunteers please take a moment to visit our website to find out about the application process and requirements. Spring applications are now available!


The River Classes in the Community

Did you know that The River provides adaptive arts classes for special education classes at public schools, private schools serving children with disabilities, hospitals, and community based organizations? Through Classes in the Community The River served a total of 1,296 students during the 2012-13 school year.

The River believes that every child should have the opportunity to experience the arts. Visit our website to find out how you can bring adaptive arts to your school.

If you have questions about any of The River’s programs please contact us at 713-520-1220 or

Theatre Under The Stars' educational vision is to provide accessible and inclusive musical theatre education for children and adults of all abilities. Through our Classes in the Community programs, we are able to conduct classes throughout the Houston metropolitan area in schools, community centers and hospitals. Our education and community engagement program reaches over 45,000 children and adults annually.

Here is a look at the incredible influence these programs are having in the community:

Math In Musical Melodies Workshop

TUTS recently visited South Houston High School and taught a “Math in Musical Melodies” Workshop to 560 Geometry students. Using the assigned geometric equation and music genre, each group was challenged to create a “jingle” that would explain their equation. This program was such a unique way to tie the arts into math and allow students the opportunity to think outside the box.


YMCA After-School Program Showcases

This month, 7 YMCA After-School programs will culminate their ten week musical theatre classes with a salute to the musical ELF. The TUTS YMCA program reaches over 700 students a year through their Early Childhood, After School and Summer programs.


School Based Programs

This semester, TUTS has been working with Ridgecrest and Golfcrest Elementary schools teaching musical theatre classes to “All Shook Up!”. A curriculum is created based on a Broadway musical that in turn helps the children learn the three disciplines of acting, singing and dancing. It is our goal that these programs teach teamwork, self-confidence, discipline, and pride in creating a finished product for friends and family to enjoy.

Productions are in full swing! Here is a look at upcoming & recent participating schools:

Matinee Times
George Ranch HS The Wizard of Oz Dec. 5, 6, 7, 8 7:30 PM - 5, 6, 7 2:00 PM - 8
Foster High School Disney's Beauty and the Beast Dec. 6, 7, 8 7:30 PM - 6, 7 2:30 PM - 8
G. W. Carver Magnet HS In The Heights Jan. 9, 10 7:00 PM - 9, 10 n/a
Porter HS Suessical the Musical Jan. 16, 17, 18 7:00 PM - 16, 17, 18 n/a
Magnolia West HS Grease Jan. 17, 18 7:00 PM - 17, 18 n/a
Austin HS The Wizard of Oz Jan. 17, 18, 24, 25 7:00 PM - 17, 18, 24, 25 n/a
Sam Houston Math, Science, & Technology Center Suessical the Musical Jan. 23, 24 7:00 PM - 23, 24 n/a
Energized for STEM (Southeast) Dreamgirls Jan. 24, 25 7:00 PM - 24, 25 n/a
Morton Ranch HS Disney's Beauty and the Beast Jan. 23, 24, 25, 30, Feb. 1 7:00 PM - 23, 24, 25, 30, 1 n/a
Clear Falls HS The Wizard of Oz Jan. 23, 24, 25, 30, 31, Feb. 1 7:00 PM - 23, 24, 25, 30, 31, 1 n/a
Manvel HS Grease Jan. 24, 25, 26 7:00 PM - 24, 25 2:30 PM - 25
Lamar Consolidated HS The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Jan. 24, 25 7:00 PM - 24, 25 n/a
James E. Taylor HS High School Musical Jan. 24, 25, 26 7:00 PM - 24, 25 2:00 PM - 26

Former HSMT Student Trey Curtis Lands Leading Role In University of Texas’ Production of "In The Heights"

As a Freshman Theatre major at The University of Texas, Trey Curtis is already making great strides. He will portray the role of Usnavi in the upcoming production of In The Heights. Trey began at The Humphreys School at age 4 and never looked back. TUTS is so proud to see one of our former students carry out their dreams. Good luck Trey!

• Show runs April 9-19, 2014 at The University of Texas.

Theatre Under The Stars would like to thank our education donors for their continued support of these programs.


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