Friendswood youth theater program moves to new location

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A youth theater program is crossing Clear Creek in Friendswood to launch its next act.

The change of location to 415 E. Parkwood Ave. will follow a final show from Pitch Me This (PMT) Productions at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 27 at 3800 FM 528 in Friendswood, where PMT YAS! (Young Actors Series) has been based since last year.

Admission to the show will be free, said Eduardo Guzman, executive director of PMT, whose voice students will perform. Tickets can be reserved here.

“My voice students are a great source of pride for me, Guzman said. “They are hardworking and talented, and it shows in their performances.”

The 51 seats of PMT’s current theater will move to the new facilities in early September, said Shannon Nichols, artistic director of the group.

“We will still look the same, but the move will allow us to grow in a different way, as a studio rather than a production company,” she said.

A new program, called “Minis”, is added for children from 5 to 9 years old. They will meet Thursdays from 5-7 p.m. and be trained in preparation for a production this fall of “Disney’s The Lion King KIDS.”

On Wednesdays, students ages 5-18 will meet from 5-8 p.m. to prepare for a full-scale production of PMT’s Christmas presentation, “Annie JR.”

PMT could rent a stage at a nearby school or college auditorium to accommodate crowds for the holiday musical, Nichols said.

Students ages 8 to 18 can enroll in one or more of three Tuesday evening classes, each of which culminates in a performance of Broadway tunes.

“It’s a great program for anyone who wants to try musical theater,” Nichols said. “They meet on four Tuesdays, and the last Tuesday is a show for friends and families.”

This final performance will consist of approximately 10 songs, intended to give students the opportunity to perform solos and/or group numbers with choreography.

In September, students will learn music from Disney’s “Into the Woods,” “Shrek,” and “Tangled.”

In October, students will be trained in music from the “Frozen” movies and the 2018 Broadway version of “Frozen.”

In November/December, students will study songs from the stage versions of “Footloose”, “The Wedding Singer” and “Rock of Ages”.

Fridays will be reserved for ballet and tap dancing, musical theater dance and popular music.

A new addition to the PMT staff is David Patterson of Galveston, who was a voice teacher and choir director at South Houston High School, where Guzman graduated in 2006.

Guzman started PMT in 2014 as a theater production company in Houston’s Midtown neighborhood.

In 2017, PMT added a Young Adult Series (YAS) in the Bay Area that offered acting lessons and stage opportunities in various locations while searching for a place of their own.

Nichols graduated in 2010 from Deer Park High School.

For more information, call 832-516-9167 or visit pitchmethis.com.

Don Maines is a freelance writer who can be contacted at [email protected]

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