Local Theatre Company to Represent U.S. in Festival
Ohlook Performing Arts Center, Grapevine, TX, is proud to announce that its production of Bert V. Royal’s “Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead” has been asked to represent the U.S. at the Liverpool International Theatre Festival in Nova Scotia, Canada, May 16 – 20.
Last summer the production was crowned Best Production at the National AACTFest11 in Rochester, NY. The production also won for Best Ensemble, Best Sound Design, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor and Best Featured Actor.
“The Dog Sees God” company includes, Evan Spreen as “CB”, Lacey Jane Smith as “CB’s Sister”, Matt Purvis as “Van”, Jake McCready as “Matt”, Lloyd Harvey as “Beethoven”, Kristin Payne as “Tricia”, Taylor Wallis as “Marcy”, Heather Biddle as “Van’s Sister” , Grace Lord as the lighting operator, and Jill Blalock Lord is the director.
Jill Blalock Lord, Director of Ohlook and the show says, “We are so thrilled to receive this honor! To wake up an email asking if your company will represent your country at an International Theatre Festival is a pretty awesome day!”
Ohlook Performing Arts Center is a 501c3 organization which came on the scene in 2002 to bringing the fine arts to the DFW area through classes, workshops, and theatrical performances for children and adults. Founded by professional singers, Matthew Lord (of the 3 Redneck Tenors) and Jill Blalock Lord, word quickly grew about this little theatre in this tiny space where kids could come and be themselves. Originally organized to introduce, teach and mentor children and young adults, from ages 3 to 18, to the joy of live theatre, it has now grown to include an adult performing company. The Adult Performing Company prides itself on producing out of the ordinary pieces, musicals and straight plays, and works which often “push the envelope.”
The Liverpool International Theatre Festival (LITF), started in 1992, is an amateur theatre competition hosted every two years in the town of Liverpool, Nova Scotia, at the historic Astor Theatre. The Artistic Director selects twelve amateur theatre companies from countries all over the world to perform at this phenomenal five-day festival. At least two of the 12 available invitations are reserved for troupes from Nova Scotia, making the festival a delectable mix of local flavor and international flair.
LITF has drawn participation from 23 countries including: England, U.S.A., Japan, Sweden, Norway, Bulgaria, France, Ireland, Slovakia, Germany, Venezuela, Singapore, Denmark, Belgium, Korea, Poland, Croatia, Australia, El Salvador, Pakistan, Israel, Syria, and Wales. Canadian troupes from Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan, Ontario, and Quebec have also performed at LITF over the past nine festivals.
Pictured: Cast of "The Dog Sees God"