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Five spring events to benefit Kay Theatre


From left, pianist Glennie Scott and playwright Fernando Dovalina, both Houston residents, Rockdale native Jason Brown, now residing in Maryland, among those who will appear in series of events this spring to raise money for restoration of 1940’s-era Kay Theatre. From left, pianist Glennie Scott and playwright Fernando Dovalina, both Houston residents, Rockdale native Jason Brown, now residing in Maryland, among those who will appear in series of events this spring to raise money for restoration of 1940’s-era Kay Theatre. The Kay Theater Foundation will host a five-program series benefiting the ongoing renovation of the landmark structure this spring.

It begins Feb. 18 when the Patterson Center will be transformed into a New Orleans Mardi Gras, complete with Dixieland music.

Other events are:

• March 3 dinner at Rockdale Intermediate School with a reading of the play “Photographs of a Cheating Wife” and scenes from two other plays.

• March 25 matinee at the Patterson Center with pianist Glennie Scott and vocalist Judy England.

• April 20 piano concert with Rockdale native Jason Brown, also at the Patterson Center.

• May 5 concert at the Patterson Center with the 16-piece Chamber Vocal Ensemble of Prairie View A&M University.

TICKETS—Series tickets for all five events are $125, according to Leanna Applegate, Kay Theatre board member.

“Individual tickets can be purchased in advance, priced at $30 each for the Patterson Center events and $35 for the Intermediate School dinner, she said.

Applegate said last minute ticket sales are discouraged because of space, food and drink requirements but The Kay will attempt to accommodate.

Tickets are available at Elements at Main, 219 North Main, and from any Kay Theater Foundation board member. Call 512- 446- 6500 or 512-446-7278 for further information.

Tickets may also be purchased on-line at www.outhousetickets.com.

MARDI GRAS—The Patterson Center will be transformed into a New Orleans Mardi Gras Saturday, Feb. 18, w ith Dixieland music by Scott Bailey’s Second Line Jazz Band.

“ Mardi Gras is the following Tuesday, so this is a perfect occasion to celebrate before the beginning of lent and to kick off a great season of entertainment for Rockdale.” Applegate said.

The Kay is serving beignets and coffee to top off the evening in true Louisiana style.

PLAYS—Playwright Fernando Dovalina, who appeared at last year’s Tejas Festival, returns for the Rockdale Intermediate School evening March 3, featuring a reading of his play, “Photographs of a Cheating Wife.”

Houston actress Dolly Fischer will return to create one of the parts.

Local actors and actresses will be featured in scenes from “Just Like a Film Noir Classic” and a comedy, “Comfort Level “ which won second place in a national contest.


Scott Bailey’s Second Line Jazz Band will kick off spring series benefitting Kay Theatre Feb. 18. Scott Bailey’s Second Line Jazz Band will kick off spring series benefitting Kay Theatre Feb. 18. Local “celebrities” will serve as waiters for the dinner, vying to see which one gets the greatest number of tips.

A meet and greet the playwright and actors with wine and cheese will begin at 5:30 p.m. at Elements at Main prior to the dinner.

Tickets are $20 and limited to 35 people. This is not included in the series ticket.

Dovalina will also be speaking to RHS students, Friday, March 2, as part of the Tejas Festival.

CONCERT—Pianist Scott, who will appear March 25, has been a featured performer at many of Houston’s best restaurants and clubs.

She is a presenting artist at Ovations in Houston and has originated shows with many of Houston’s finest vocalists.

England has sung in Houston with her own band, Judy England and the Union Jacks.

While living in New Orleans, England and her husband keyboardist, Charlie White, booked extensively with their own band as well as in smaller groups.

She has entertained with Al Hirt, Harry Connick and numerous others.

JASON—Native son, Jason Brown, will appear April 20, at the Patterson Center. He is an RHS graduate, a winner of a Van Cliburn music scholarship, a graduate of Baylor, movie score composer, a world-touring concert pianist, actor and ex-quarterback for the Rockdale Tiger football team.

Brown will “come home” from Maryland to perform a mixed selection of music.

ENSEMBLE—Winding up the series, will be the 16- piece Chamber Vocal Ensemble from Prairie View A&M, May 5, at the Patterson Center,

The Chamber Singers were established in the fall semester of 2007 as a chamber group specializing in vocal jazz repertory.

The group’s repertoire has since expanded to include all genres of vocal music suitable for a chamber-size ensemble.

It is made up of members from the university Concert Chorale and it frequently performs for campus events and represents the university. They will perform a variety of musical styles including traditional, jazz, gospel and Texas country.

Snacks, dessert and drinks will be served.


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