Dramatic Truth Newsletter
Artistic Director: 767-9222 (Liz Dimmel) November 2011 #36
School Administrator: 353-2461 (Anita York) Studio: 816-767-1234
10510 Grandview Road, Kansas City 64137 www.dramatictruth.org
The Director’s Corner
T’is that Wonderful, Glorious Season...
The Mystery of Christmas is a yearly tradition at Dramatic Truth School of the Arts. The idea for the show came to me while I was living in Tennessee and was on my way to yet another production of “The Nutcracker.” My six year old daughter was dancing in the cast with the Nashville Ballet.
I remember saying to my husband, “What would Christmas be without ‘The Nutcracker?” As I said it, it was like God just said right back to me, “Wait one minute, ‘The Nutcracker’ has absolutely nothing to do with what Christmas is really about.”
The idea took root in my heart in that moment to use Tchaikovsky’s music from the famed ballet while changing the tale to tell the story of the first Christmas and the birth of Jesus. It took 10 years for that vision to make it to the stage!
The production starts, as the traditional “Nutcracker,” with a Christmas party and a fight between children over toys. There is a reprimand from an elder and a lesson about the true meaning of Christmas. The family patriarch reads from the book of Luke, in the Bible.
At bed time there is a dream. In my version of the scene, Clara journeys to Bethlehem on the night of Jesus’ birth, instead of traveling to The Land of Snow.
Instead of dancing snowflakes, she sees angels, a bright star and the Holy Spirit. Clara’s dream includes the dances of many countries: Russia, Germany, Saudi Arabia, China, the USA and for the its third year, the continent of Africa. The message is profound: every nation, tongue, and tribe proclaiming the birth of Christ and bowing to His Lordship.
The highlight is the final dance between God the Father and God the Holy Spirit, explaining the gift of Christ.
Enjoy The Mystery of Christmas, our Holiday Tradition since 1996!
Thursday, 9:30am Student Arts Field Trip and Post Backstage Tour ($6 student/teacher)
regular pricing all other*
Friday 6:30pm Dinner Show ($50 per plate)
Friday 7:30pm Balcony seating (show only)
Saturday 2:00 pm Matinee
Saturday 7:00 pm Evening Show
$20 Door/ $15 Adv $10 Groups 15 or more, Students with ID, Seniors
*homeschooling families are allowed 1 $6 teacher ticket per family, regular pricing for all other adults
YouthFront Theater ~ 4715 Rainbow Blvd ~ Westwood, KS
MOC Product Committee is collecting prizes (goods or services) for the raffle baskets. We will give away one raffle basket during the intermission of all four performances. Ideas to fill these baskets including goods and services could be something like: fragrance/lotion sets, small puzzles, small games like Yatzee, cards, lawn service coupon, snow removal coupon, haircuts, hot cocoa, mugs, chocolates, hot tea, sparking cider. These items can be brought to the studio or call or text Jane Hulme at 816.529.2332.
The basket themes are:
Kid Theme: (For Thursday)
Couple Theme: (For Friday)
Family Theme: (Two baskets given out on Saturday performances)
Important Parent Info
Family Tickets are $10 per ticket with a cap of $50 per family. They are only available at Tech Rehearsals at YouthFront on Nov. 28 and 29, and Dress Rehearsal Nov. 30. These tickets are only for the performer’s immediate family and will not be available at the door.
DVDs of the Friday performance may be ordered for $15 for MOC families and $20 for others. These may be ordered at the tech or dress rehearsal.
Front of House Volunteers
If you are serving on the Front of House team, there are two very important things you need to know:
1. There is a critical meeting before each show to explain your assignment, answer questions, and pray. Please don't be late!
2. Please wear all black. Skirts or pants are fine. No jeans.
Thursday Dec 1 in the Lobby at 8:15am
Friday Dec 2 in the Lobby at 5:30pm
Saturday Dec 3 Matinee in the Lobby at 12:30pm
Saturday Dec 3 in the Lobby at 5:30pm
Promote, Promote, Promote!
School Production: Contact your schools, home school groups, sports or music groups, children's church ministries, and anyone else you can think of and encourage them to bring a group to the Thursday morning production or you could organize the outing for them.
Ticket Sales Contest: Now is the time to check out tickets at the front desk. There is a ticket contest and a chance for Christmas gift money for you! For the top three ticket sellers, there will be three cash PRIZES this year: $100, $50, and $25! (Refer to the ticket contest sheet for details.)
Make Personal Contact: If you are a part of a small group, bible study, women’s group, home group or any other kind of group, get together for the group discount rate! Utilize facebook and twitter to share the word with all your friends. Simply go to www.dramatictruth.org and follow the MOC links to share info.
Poster Blitz this weekend: Hang 10 posters in various locations in the Greater Metropolitan Kansas City area. There will be a map in the lobby to mark where you plan to hang posters. Please think outside the Grandview area. Poster hanging tips will be passed out with the posters. Be creative!
Lord we ask for fresh anointing on Mystery of Christmas this year. It’s all for You. Oh how You humbled Yourself and became a man! It’s no wonder the angels sang, “Glory to God in the Highest!”
We bow down. We love you Jesus, Amen.
Dramatic Truth is partnering with Kansas City Rescue Missions, "Warm Hearts, Warm Feet Sock Drive." You can help by bringing a pair of Men's socks to the studio to make a donation. Donations will continue thru the performances. Please consider purchasing wool socks instead of cotton. These socks will be distributed to the homeless in Kansas City.
An Interview with New Company Member Katherine Sarris
We are excited for the addition of Katherine Sarris to Dramatic Truth Ballet Theater. She joined the company this past September and we recently had the opportunity to learn more about her and gladly share it with you now. Katherine is not a stranger to homeschooling as she was homeschooled through high school. Trumbull, Connecticut is certainly not the first place you think of when you hear words like “homeschool” or “conservative,” but there she was just the same!
Where did you get your dance training? Having loved dance for as long as I can remember, my living room was the studio and my imagination, the teacher. I copied every ballet move I could. At around 10 years old, I took my first and only year of ballet. My dancing continued from there without formal training. I became very involved in liturgical dance, teaching as well as leading. At age 22 I officially began my ballet training! It started small with only one class at the Performing Arts Center of Connecticut, but grew steadily as finances would allow. I have been extremely blessed with great opportunities, taking classes from Dance New Amsterdam, Broadway Dance Center and even American Ballet Theater.
How did you hear about Dramatic Truth Ballet Theater? Way back when I was ten and taking that ONE year of ballet, I went to a workshop in Long Island. Speaking at one of the sessions was none other than Mrs. Liz Dimmel! Mrs. Dimmel emphasized the importance of stretching every day. Her words stuck with me and I began stretching every day. I never forgot that advice. Last year I moved to Kansas City to study with Störling Dance Theater. Within a short time, I discovered that Mrs. Dimmel lived and taught here. I called her up to say thank you for her advice and the rest is history!
Do you work outside of DT? Yes, I am a piano teacher at Culture House as well as teaching in private homes.
What is your favorite food? 1. Popcorn 2. Scones & tea, 3. Dark Chocolate.
Are you performing in MOC? Yes, Angels and Waltz of the Flowers.
Are you married? (For those who want to know!) No.
What are your other hobbies? Swing dancing. Of course that’s still dancing isn’t it? I majored in History and English Lit!
Any trivia we need to know? My dad is an actor. He has been in several commercials you might have seen. My mom is a singer but she is not singing professionally at this time. My favorite books in the Bible are Isaiah and John.
Welcome to Dramatic Truth Katherine!
May each of you in our Dramatic Truth family have a wonderful and safe Holiday season! We are thankful for all you do, for all your beautiful children, and for your relentless devotion to Jesus.
Dinner tickets are $50/plate. If you own a business or work for a business, consider buying a table (seats 10) or asking the owner to buy a table or partial table at the Friday night Dinner Production. This makes a great Christmas party for staff or employees. Be sure to mention that 50% of the cost can be deducted as a donation. Dramatic Truth is a 501(C)3. Win two dinner show tickets by selling a table to a new business or 10 individuals!
(by Lady Boyd Catering)
Chicken Chardonnay or Barbequed Brisket
Garlic Mashed potatoes
Southern green beans
Hors d’oeuvres will be served in the lobby before dinner
Rehearsal and Performance Schedule beginning Monday, Nov. 28
All rehearsals the week of November 28 will be held at YouthFront.
Monday, Nov. 28
Tuesday, Nov. 29
Wednesday, Nov. 30
Thursday, Dec. 1
Act I Tech. Rehearsal
at Youth Front
5:00-9:00: Party scene
8:30-10:00: Demons, Jesus, Mary, God, Holy Spirit
Act II Tech. Rehearsal
at Youth Front
3:00-11:00: Act II, Angels
3:00-11:00: Act II
5:00-9:00: Party scene arrive with hair, make-up done
Performance 9:30 A.M.!
7:30 A.M. Act II arrive
8:15 A.M.: Party scene arrive with hair, make-up done
8:30 A.M.: Cowkids arrive
Friday, Dec. 2
Saturday, Dec. 3
Saturday, Dec. 3
Dinner 6:30 and show around 7:30.
3:00: Act II arrive
5:30: Party scene arrive with hair, make-up done
6:00: Cowkids arrive
Performance 2 P.M.!
10 A.M.: Act II arrive
12:30 P.M.: Party scene arrive with hair, make-up done
1:00 P.M.: Cowkids arrive
Cast Party is between performances on Saturday.
No one may leave the theatre between shows without checking in with Anita.
Performance 7 P.M.