Big News in the North Houston Theater World! Over the past few months there has been a lot of buzz about the dual efforts of Applause and Houston’s Center Stage Theater. I have been working as Artistic Director for HCST for just over a year and have recently come on as Managing Artistic Director of Applause. What became immediately clear to me was that both companies share a common mission: Providing top quality training and productions for the many talented performers in the Houston area. For 15 years Applause’s focus has been on actors 18 and under. HCST has also done shows and camps for young actors, but their productions have included actors of all ages. Rather than competing with each other for talent and staff, HCST and Applause have decided to grow together, putting “community” back into community theater.
What does this mean for you? It means more options for future classes and camps, year-round performance opportunities, no “aging-out” of the system, families on stage together, performances in both intimate and large venues, higher quality training, and the combined efforts of the staff and outstanding volunteers from both houses. I am sure that you will agree that this is a win-win for everyone involved. We know that it is YOU who have made both organizations successful in the past and we are very excited about the future of theater in our community.
-Leslie Rhodes, Managing Artistic Director for Applause