Dallas Playhouse Has Memories:Theatre Celebrates Anniversary

The Water Tower Theatre in Addison, TX is celebrating ten years of entertaining.

Staff will be honoring the city for their continued support of the arts in the North Dallas area on Feb. 18th.

The theatre at 15650 Addison Road won six Leon Rabin Awards in November from the Dallas Theatre League. The awards celebrate Dallas theatre and over the past decade the theatre has been awarded 16 of these.

Nominations are made by two five-member committees. Jenny Thurman won an award for Outstanding Actress in a Leading Role for playing in “A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline” and Lindsay Holloway won for Outstanding Supporting Actress for “Cabaret.” Claire Floyd DeVries won for set design and play with “Enchanted April.” She once put a creek midstage with live fish.

“Our tenth anniversary season is reflective of the history of our theatre,” said Producing Artistic Director Terry Martin.

“The Crucible” will be performed April 6-30. One of the most celebrated plays of the American stage, it was written 50 years ago by Arthur Miller.

The theatre has also received seven Dallas/Fort Theatre Critic’s Forum Awards since 1996 and has received numerous accolades from local media.

A few decades ago virtually all U.S. theatres looked the same according to theatre writer Bob Mondello. He said Dallas has a history of reinventing theatre space like The Water Tower has done. Before then actors were separated by distance from the audience, according to Mondello.

At Water Tower just about everything except the walls can be dismantled and they are three times a year. Actors take part in a wide variety of comedies, dramas, and dramatic literature.

Past productions include “The Spitfire Grill,” “The Laramie Project,” “Cat On A Hot Tin Roof,” “Book of Days,” “Little Shop of Horrors,” and “Barefoot in the Park” among others.

The Water Tower is the resident theatre company of The Addison Theatre Centre, a 32,000-square-foot state-of-the-art space. The area has the capacity to hang up to 40,000 pounds from the ceiling, pump water into the performance area, open the ceiling for access to the sky, and open large 10′ x 17′ doors for access to outdoors. Productions for the Addison Theatre were once produced in the Stone Cottage.

For more information call 972-450-6227.

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