TNT 2017 - Seussical KIDS

Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat, and all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters spring to life onstage in Seussical KIDS, a fantastical musical extravaganza from Tony-winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty.

Congratulations to our 2017 TNT Youth Conference Participants!

Each June, ACE sends a group of teens to the Texas Non-Profit Theatres Youth Conference to learn more about all aspects of theatre.  A four-day event organized exclusively for youth, participants attend improv classes, 6 theatre classes for their age group, shows performed by participating theatres across Texas, and nightly socials with other young people who share a mutual love of theatre. 

This year's conference was in Baytown, Texas and our ACE teens were invited to perform as one of the participating Texas youth theatres! This talented group traveled to Baytown between June 6 - June 11 and performed Seussical KIDS, directed by Jack Bledsoe and music directed by Amy Coates.

Not only was the show a great success, the following honors were awarded to our teens, our theatre, and the director:

  • Show participation: Seussical Kids
  • Espirit de Corps Award for the Spirit of the Conference: ACE Company
  • All-Star Cast: Arden Claire Coates as Gertrude McFuzz, Erin Engleman as JoJo
  • Improv All-Stars: Asher Coates, Nikki Kimbrell, Colby McGarrh
  • Excellence in Monologue Presentation: Samuel Ea, Gwyn Glanton, Hannah Plemons
  • Youth Leader Representatives from The ACT: Emily Godwin, Soraya McGarrh
  • Extraordinary Leadership Award: Soraya McGarrh (selected from among all of the company youth leaders) 
  • Gilmore Spirit Award: Arden Claire Coates, Nikki Kimbrell
  • Brown and Lechler Cap and Gown Award: Garrett Dabney, Anthony Donaldson
  • Linda Lee Leadership Award: Jack Bledsoe
  • Six of our company sang in the retirement tribute of "For Good" from Wicked for Linda Lee:  Rachel Barnett (solo), Amanda Beutter, Jacob Cathey, Garrett Dabney, Anthony Donaldson, Julia Letcher


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