In a season marked by giving and glad tidings, it's better to give wisely.

Written by DSM Columnists on Friday, December 19, 2008 at 9:39 AM


Giving to worthy causes makes a huge impact on the community. It improves the lives of those who are giving and those who are receiving. Your 2008 year-end gift can significantly reduce your income taxes, while providing meaningful support to DSM.

Annual fund contributions close the gap between ticket sales and operating costs. In light of the challenging economic times, we hope that all who share our passion and vision for Dallas Summer Musicals will consider making a contribution to the full extent of their ability. Every donation large or small will help DSM gift a child with the magical experience of musical theatre and the community with the highest caliber of performing arts.



This season, we have made it even more rewarding for you to make a generous donation by giving additional special benefits in recognition of your gift. It's our way of saying thank you for your support.
Visit our donation site to make your donation and for gift details. Of course you can also call the Year-end donation hotline at (214) 413-3957.

You may also support DSM by underwriting the upcoming Curtain Call Gala featuring Dionne Warwick on April 18, 2009.


A message from Mary Poppins!

Written by DSM Columnists on Thursday, December 18, 2008 at 1:05 PM

Sing along to Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious in the annual Walt Disney World Christmas Parade. MARY POPPINS National Tour stars Ashley Brown and Gavin Lee will perform the classic tongue-twister on Main Street, U.S.A. along with hundreds of dancers.

Here are some interesting fun facts regarding our appearance:

• Ashley and Gavin will be joined by Neil McCaffrey (“Michael Banks”), Cassady Leonard (“Jane Banks”), 20 "cast members" who perform at the Walt Disney World Resort, AND 450 kids from dance groups representing 35 states—and even Canada.

• The group that traveled the furthest was from Washington state and they traveled over 3000 miles.

• They rehearsed separately for over two months and practiced together for over 15 hours onsite.

• It was not until the morning of the Christmas Show taping that all 465 performers (MP cast, WDW cast, and 450 Cheer kids) actually danced together for the first time!

• Our segment was the largest production ever staged in the 25 year history of the parade broadcast!

• The production filled the entire length of Main Street U.S.A.--360 feet!!

The Parade will also feature performances by Miley Cyrus ("Hannah Montana"), the Jonas Brothers and Corbin Bleu ("High School Musical").

Gather the family, and tune in to ABC on Thursday, December 25 at 10am EST/9am CST (check local listings).

With sugarplum thoughts and wishes...


THE MAJESTIC SERIES released for single ticket sales

Written by DSM Columnists on Tuesday, December 16, 2008 at 10:43 AM

After many inquiries and requests, we have just decided to release the THE MAJESTIC SERIES to go on "soft-sale" this Friday morning, Dec. 19 at 10am. So that will be only these shows:

BOB THE BUILDER
Feb. 21 - 22, 2009 @ The Majestic Theatre
Bob the Builder Show Page

RAT PACK LIVE AT THE SANDS (my pick for one of the best shows...)
March 3 - 8, 2009 @ The Majestic Theatre
The Rat Pack Live at the Sands Show Page

PAJAMA GAME
March 10 - 15, 2009 @ The Majestic Theatre
The Pajama Game Show Page

FROST/NIXON
April 28 - May 3, 2009 @ The Majestic Theatre
Frost / Nixon Show Page

Friday morning, 12/19 at 10am, you'll be able to purchase tickets at ticketmaster.com. This link is live now, but they are currently updating the page, switching the onsale dates from January 26th to December 19th, so don't let that throw you off.

The homepage on our website will also be reflecting this later today, so you'll be able to get details there: http://www.dallassummermusicals.org/. You can also email us at webinfo@dallassummermusicals.org if you have questions, or just to say hello!

Happy Holidays,
DSM

PS: If you haven't already, we'd LOVE to have you follow us on TWITTER.COM:

http://twitter.com/dsmusicals

Our twitter account is like a giant conversation of DSM announcements, facts, questions etc... and also one of the most consistent ways to hear of what's happening at DSM before anyone else!

MAMMA MIA! to replace TARZAN due to tour cancellation

Written by DSM Columnists on Monday, December 15, 2008 at 11:04 AM

Here is the official release from President and Managing Director, Michael Jenkins regarding TARZAN:

With deep regret Dallas Summer Musicals announces that Disney’s TARZAN will not be coming to Dallas this year. The touring production of TARZAN has been canceled due to circumstances beyond the control of Dallas Summer Musicals and the DSM team is just as disappointed as our patrons that it will not be on our stage this spring.

However, we are very pleased to announce that Dallas Summer Musicals will be able to bring MAMMA MIA! back to Dallas in August as a seventh show in our season package. One of our favorite musicals, MAMMA MIA! is the story of a mother, a daughter, 3 possible dads, and a trip down the aisle you'll never forget! Writer Catherine Johnson's sunny, funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father brings 3 men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, and every night everyone’s having the time of their lives! This summer you will join the over 30 million people all around the world who have fallen in love with the characters, the story, and the
music that make MAMMA MIA! the ultimate feel-good show when MAMMA MIA! comes to
the Music Hall at Fair Park, August 18-30, 2009.

Sincerely,
Michael Jenkins

If you have already placed a subscription order you will be receiving additional information about this change.

DSM BENEFIT AUCTION ON EBAY

Written by DSM Columnists on Tuesday, December 9, 2008 at 3:08 PM


Benefiting the DSM Academy of Performing Arts
$1500 value
Go to: http://bit.ly/LChS

Hey everyone, here's your chance to win the ULTIMATE BROADWAY PACKAGE!

One lucky winner will receive 2 Opening night tickets to:

-Happy Days
-Wizard of Oz
-Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
-A Chorus Line
-Legally Blonde
-Mamma Mia!
-Mary Poppins

They'll also receive VIP passes to each of the opening night cast parties, and dinner for 2 before each show at the newly renovated "Dining at the Music Hall" gourmet restaurant!