TUTS announces Dixie's Tupperware Party

May 28, 2013 9:09:32 AM PDT
Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) announced today Dixie's Tupperware Party, the hilarious show starring Dixie Longate which turned Off-Broadway into a Tupperware-mania celebration and garnered the prestigious Drama Desk Award Nomination, rolls into the Hobby Center's Zilkha Hall June 4 - 16. Dixie's Tupperware Party stars Dixie Longate as the fast-talking Tupperware Lady who has packed up her catalogues and left her children in an Alabama trailer park to journey across America. Critics and audiences have howled with laughter as Dixie throws a good ol' fashioned Tupperware Party filled with outrageously funny tales, heartfelt accounts, free giveaways, audience participation and the most fabulous assortment of Tupperware ever sold on a theater stage! Loaded with the most up-to-date products available for purchase, Ms. Longate will share how she became a member of the illustrious "#1 Tupperware Seller in the World" Club, as she educates her guests on the many alternative uses she has discovered for her plastic products.

Written by Kris Andersson, produced by Down South LLC, and directed by Patrick Richwood, Dixie's Tupperware Party will feature costumes designed by Miss Longate and lighting designed by Richard Winkler.

This production marks the first time TUTS has presented an additional show to its main stage season in Hobby Center's 500-seat Zilkha Hall. "TUTS is very excited to host this show in such an intimate and new space for us. For some shows, a smaller and more up-close setting can be just the right touch to accentuate the production. We're eager to see how the audience reacts to Dixie's show in this venue," said TUTS CEO and President John Breckenridge.

Dixie Longate is sometimes irreverent, sometimes tongue-in-cheek, and always hilarious. Her brand of humor is also intended for mature audiences. The show is recommended for people aged 16 or over. To preview Dixie's trashy-yet-sassy wit, visit TUTS' social media outlets for a special video from the queen of Tupperware herself: www.youtube.com/TheatreUnderTheStars, www.facebook.com/TheatreUnderTheStars, and www.twitter.com/TUTSHouston.

Tickets to Dixie's Tupperware Party go on sale starting April 1. Tickets (starting at only $24) will be available on-line at TUTS.com, by phone at (713) 558-TUTS (8887), outside the Houston area at (888) 558-3882, or in person at the Theatre Under The Stars Box Office, located at 800 Bagby at Walker, Monday - Friday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., and Saturday - Sunday 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. The Hobby Center is wheelchair accessible. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. Group tickets may be purchased by calling (713) 558-8888 or via email at groupsales@tuts.com.

The production will play the following performance schedule: Tuesday through Sunday at 7:30 p.m. with additional performances on Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

TUTS' presentation of Dixie's Tupperware Party is made possible by the generosity of the Albert and Ethel Herzstein Charitable Foundation.

Theatre Under The Stars' 2012-2013 "A Lot To Love" season is generously sponsored by St. Luke's Episcopal Health System. For all of TUTS' shows, air transportation is provided by United Airlines, the official airline of Theatre Under The Stars. Media sponsors include ABC-13 and Houston Chronicle. Season support is funded in part by grants from the City of Houston through the Theater District Association and the Texas Commission on the Arts.

Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) is Houston's acclaimed nonprofit musical theatre company whose mission is to enrich life through the experience of quality musical theatre and to positively impact lives beyond the stage through innovative education & community engagement programs. Currently TUTS engages more than 200,000 people annually through productions at Sarofim Hall and Zilkha Hall at the Hobby Center and at Miller Outdoor Theatre. TUTS was the first theatrical organization in Houston to perform free to the public when it was founded in 1968 at Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park and is the only Houston arts organization that has performed there free to the public every year since the theatre opened. Founded by Frank M. Young and currently under the direction of President and CEO John C. Breckenridge and Artistic Director Bruce Lumpkin, TUTS has produced more than 300 musicals including many local, national and world premieres such as Kopit and Yeston's Phantom, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Jekyll & Hyde, and Irving Berlin's White Christmas as well as critically acclaimed re-inventions of classics Cabaret and Les Miserables. Through its membership in the Independent Presenters Network, TUTS has helped bring Bombay Dreams, 9 to 5, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Spamalot, Legally Blonde, Ragtime, Curtains and The Color Purple to Broadway and ultimately back to Houston audiences.

In support of TUTS' mission, TUTS' Education & Community Engagement programs provide instruction and stage experience for more than 48,000 Houstonians annually. The Humphreys School of Musical Theatre (HSMT) offers technique-driven classes for all ability levels and ages, ranging from four to adult. Through The River Performing and Visual Arts Center (The River), TUTS provides an accessible and inclusive arts education for individuals of all abilities that will enhance their development into confident, balanced individuals. TUTS Education & Community Engagement provides extended on-site programming as well as off-site programming for children in schools, hospitals and other community-based sites. TUTS' community partnerships include collaborations with the Houston Independent School District and Region IV school districts, the YMCA of Greater Houston, M.D. Anderson Children's Cancer Center, Texas Children's Hospital and Shriner's Hospital ? Houston, among several other Houston-area organizations. TUTS also annually presents the Tommy Tune Awards, honoring the best and brightest in Houston's high school musical theatre programs.


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