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Things are heating up around here

gsby 1Winter acting classes are progressing toward exciting showcase performances, undeterred by snow and ice. Registrations arrive daily for Spring Acting Classes, the Hamlet Project Durham Introduction class and Summer Theatre Camps. For our outreach programs, this spring DFT is offering a satellite Actors & Playwrights class in partnership with Sandy Ridge Elementary School (For Sandy Ridge Elem. students only.)

AdamhelpOrlBehind the scenes the DFT board is meeting to review 5th year program and budget assessments, and making important decisions about our future. (That’s a teaser for exciting news to come) We welcome your involvement as we prepare for growth.

REGISTER today for SPRING ACTING CLASSES, INTRO to HAMLET PROJECT DURHAM, SANDY RIGDGE CLASS (SR students only) and SUMMER THEATRE CAMPS

If you have ideas, talents and skills to add to our development, please write DFT (PO Box 61894, Durham, NC 27715,) call (919-286-5717) or email, durhamfamilytheatre@gmail.com.

We would welcome hearing from you.

Warmly, Jenny Justice, artistic director

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Where Are They Now?

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Korinn Annette Jefferies, Howard University

DFT TEEN – ADULT ACTING CLASSES start next Wednesday: SIGN UP TODAY and LIVE YOUR DREAMS

Since DFT is in our fifth year, some of our former students have graduated high school and are in their first years of colleges. I thought you would like to see what our old friends are doing in their new lives, so I reached out to some DFT Alums.

Today, I heard from Korinn Jefferies, the lovely singer/actress who performed the lead role of Brigid in last year’s DFT original musical, “Brigid Without a Story.”

Korinn writes: “DFT has really helped me become the talented actress I am today.”

WHERE KORINN IS TODAY
“Korinn Annette Jefferies is acting, singing, and dancing her way through college as a Musical Theatre Major at Howard University in Washington, DC. She serves on the North Carolina Club E-Board and is a member of the Performing Arts Organization, The Howard Players. Upon graduating, she would like to act on Broadway, eventually opening her own performing arts studio. Korinn would like to encourage young artists to never give up on their dreams and to always fight for what they believe in.”

MEET THE WATSONS!

THE WATSONSCLICK HERE to RESERVE YOUR PLACE IN DFT Summer Theatre Camps 2015  & GET 10% OFF Camp Fees

DURHAM FAMILY THEATRE PRESENTS

“The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963” From the Newbery and Coretta Scott King Honor Book novel by Christopher Paul Curtis, adapted for the stage by Reginald André Jackson

RESERVE YOUR TICKETS TODAY!

“The Watsons Go to Birmingham -1963” was chosen to kick-off Durham Family Theatre’s fifth season because it is an exceptionally well-written portrayal of family strength and love. In keeping with our tradition of producing plays developed from outstanding American literature, the story lifts up both the worst and the best in human nature, exemplifying the power of family love to transcend violence with compassion and humor.

“Hilarious and Heartwarming!” The New York Times

Durham Family Theatre’s 5th season opening production is NOT TO BE MISSED!

 MEET TWO MEMBERS OF THE

EXTRAORDINARY (and WEIRD) WATSON FAMILY

Micah HallMicah Hall (Kenny Watson) is an 11-year-old, 7th grade Durham homeschool student who has trained with Durham Family Theatre since 2011. Micah is a remarkably enthusiastic and disciplined learner (Micah memorized all of his lines over the summer in order to earn the central role of Kenny, through whose eyes the Watson’s story is told) In addition to being a dedicated and extremely talented young actor, Micah excels in his studies of science and math and plans to build a career on these skills and interests. No matter what he does in life, Micah plans to keep acting in his future. He enjoys the opportunity to play different roles and become something or someone out of his normal character.

DominiqueDominique Akpotanor (Bryan Watson), Durham Family Theatre’s Devonté Squire Apprentice 2014.[1] Dominique is 19-year-old junior in the Department of Theatre and Dance at North Carolina Central University. Dominique began training in theatre during middle school and was immediately captivated by the chance to convey emotions so that people can glimpse, and identify with, another person’s pain or happiness. At the age of 14, Dominique was chosen to perform in an Off-Broadway production of “A Perfect Murder.” Despite the considerable challenges of a career in theatre, Dominique says he would honestly perform for free, because, “Theatre is not only a form of entertainment, it allows people to witness human strengths and weaknesses in ways they can relate to.” [1] The DSA is an annual paid acting position that DFT created to help bridge the financial resources gap faced by African American theatre students working toward acting careers. The DSA is selected through an application/audition process in partnership with NCCU Dept. of Theatre & Dance. The DSA 2014 is made possible through a grant from The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation – SUPPORT THE DSA in 2015 by making a DONATION to DFT Today!

Shine It On!

THE WATSONSWATCH THE 3rd & FINAL Durham Family Theatre 5th Season Kickoff video on YouTube: SHINE IT ON! DONATE NOW!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cgam7-Vlv8

You can view the first 2 installments at: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEJlcZzh1Q0&feature=youtu.be

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_xFXOQKLEw

Alice juryFriends of Durham Family Theatre have raised the grand amount of nearly $2,000 for our 5th Season Kick-Off Fundraiser. That leaves us with $3,000 still to raise and only 7-days to go before our Oct. 18 deadline. Can we do it? Of course we can. Why do we need to do it this year more than in the past?

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Durham Family Theatre has been growing steadily each year since we began offering high quality shows and educational programs to our multi-racial, intergenerational community in August 2010.

Wren 1In our first year our budget was $12,000. In 2011-2012 we more than doubled that budget to $26,000 and became able to offer a small monthly salary ($1,000) to our artistic director for nine months. In 2013-2014 we again advanced our income and our expenses with a grant from the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation that allowed us to purchase necessary office equipment, reach into new Durham communities for people to serve and initiate the Devonte Squire Apprenticeship with the Department of Theatre & Dance at NCCU.

DanWil 2On Nov. 14, 15, 21 & 22 we will produce our 5th season opening show, “The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963,” from the Newbery & Coretta Scott King Honor Book novel by Christopher Paul Curtis. (TICKETS) “The Watsons” is co-produced with the Dept. of Theatre & Dance at NCCU and the historic Hayti Heritage Center.

Space Pirates-1076Following that we hope to produce our 5th annual family musical – one of our most successful annual events – with “The Bridge to Terabithia.” However, this past year the NC legislature canceled a city schools enrichment grant that provided DFT with $5,000 of our annual budget. For a small not-for-profit arts organization, this is a huge loss. DONATE NOW!

Baby BirdsWe intend to make up the hole in our income with additional educational programming and are ready to launch 3-week school Intercession Camps as soon as we can locate a space in which to hold them. We also intend to build on our success with the Biddle grant with additional grant applications and fundraising events.  DONATE NOW!

MST My HatIn the interim we are strapped for funds and need for the public we serve to pick up the slack as you are willing and able. WE CAN MAKE IT TO HAPPEN TOGETHER.

AND WE NEED TO MAKE IT HAPPEN NOW! DONATE NOW!

The DFT board and staff believe strongly in our mission and are committed to fulfilling it for many years to come. Thank you for your support.

Jenny Justice, DFT Artistic Director

EXCITING NEWS

Sisters 1acting games 1DFT starts our 5th season of fall, winter and spring acting classes for children, teens & adults with exciting news to share!

DFT 8-week acting classes are moving to E.K. POWE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL! In just four years we’ve outgrown our classroom space at Trinity United Methodist Church – thanks to TUMC for hosting us through our early years – and joyful thanks to E.K. POWE (An A+ School!) for offering us room to grow in their beautiful auditorium!

Cubs 1Fall classes begin the week of September 9th! Register today at our DFT Classes page.

We’re keeping the spark of creation alive.

Warmly, Jenny Justice

Everyone is guilty of something …

katja 1(All pics taken by TTC actors)

It was an amazing second week at our three-week Teen Theatre Conservatory – we blocked movement for five-hours a day, designed our floor plan, created prop charts, designed costumes Natalie 3and our fantastic actress/scenic designer/artist, Ms. Natalie, organized her set painting crew and set to work using her talents and theirs to bring our designs to life on stage.

friends 3In just one more week, all our efforts and talents are going to create quite a show for our audiences. Put the dates and times on your calendar today and join us for DFT’s Teen Theatre Conservatory production of the master of mystery, Dame Agatha Christie’s, “Ten Little Soldiers.”

2 guys 1Show Dates & Times: Friday, July 25 at 7:00 pm and Saturday, July 26 at 5:00 pm

Show Place: Trinity Ave. Presbyterian Church, Corner of Gregson Street and Trinity Ave., downtown Durham near BrightLeaf Square. Free Parking in the lot on the Gregson Street side of the church. Enter through the door across from the playground. 

Download a “Ten Little Soldiers” flier and send it to all your friends. And Remember:

group photo 6Everyone is guilty of something.” See you there.

The Devonté Squire Acting Apprenticeship

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In Partnership with the North Carolina Central University Department of Theatre & Dance

 Is Pleased to Announce

The Devonté Squire Acting Apprenticeship – 2014

The Devonté Squire 2014 Apprentice will be paid $1,200 total for working as an actor in a main stage DFT production of “The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963,” from the Newbery and Coretta Scott King Award winning novel by Christopher Paul Curtis, adapted by Reginald André Jackson. The apprentice is expected to work 15-hours per week for 8 and 1/2 -weeks, beginning on Saturday, September 13, 2014.

All qualified NCCU Department of Theatre and Dance students are welcome to apply & audition for the Devonté Squire Acting Apprenticeship 2014 – significant roles for women and men are available in the play.

To read the apprenticeship qualifications and learn how to apply for the first year of the

Devonté Squire Acting Apprenticeship go to the DSAA page of this website.

To support Durham Family Theatre’s commitment to establishing long-term financial accessibility for all our programs, go to the Donate to DFT page.

The DSAA 2014 is funded in part through a grant from the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation.