UNITY THEATRE’S
23RD SEASON!

Join us this season
and see for yourself
why Unity Theatre
continues to be called
“one of the best regional theatres
in the country”.

Unity Theatre’s 2017-2018 Season

Unity Theatre produces four Main Stage plays, two Studio Plays, a Summer Musical for children, year round Arts Education programming and many other concerts and special events. This year Unity Theatre has added a 5th main stage show with a Christmas production (not a part of any main stage subscription package).

Professional artists from across the region will delight audiences this season with musical magic, intriguing stories, contemporary and classical comedy.

Located in a charming, historical facility in Brenham Downtown Historic District we are in walking distance of great restaurants, shops, lodging and area attractions.

Come join us and experience the laughter, the drama and excitement of live theatre!

2017-2018 MAIN STAGE SHOWS

STUDIO SERIES

SPECIAL EVENTS

A BRIEF HISTORY

Unity Theatre was co-founded in 1995
by sisters Teresa Beckers and Gretchen Jones.
The same year it was incorporated
as a non-profit organization,
and began planning productions
to secure community interest
and raise financial support.

A Brief History of Unity Theatre

Unity Theatre was co-founded in 1995 by sisters Teresa Beckers and Gretchen Jones. The same year it was incorporated as a non-profit organization, and began planning productions to secure community interest and raise financial support.

The first home of Unity Theatre was the former Brenham National Bank lobby at 100 South Park Street. The nearby Santa Fe Freight Depot was restored in May of 1996 to serve as a box office, storage for costumes and sets, and work areas.

The company’s first Main Stage show, Talley’s Folly, opened on February 9, 1996. As additional performances were offered, audiences grew.

Unity’s third and fourth seasons brought many new subscribers and increasing numbers of professional actors and designers. By the spring of 1999, Unity Theatre had become an important and well-respected regional theatre.

In its fifth season, LeRoy & Lucile Melcher bestowed Unity Theatre with a gift of one hundred thousand dollars. This generous donation inspired other contributions from community members and served as a catalyst for growth and expansion.

In the summer of 2000, the Board of Trustees raised private funds to purchase a historic building a few blocks from the original theatre. Built in 1906, the structure was a 23,000 square-foot warehouse that had been home to Schleider Furniture and Brenham Wholesale Grocery for many years. Renovation of the building took almost a year, with the help of many dedicated community volunteers and donors.

The new Unity Theatre, located at 300 Church Street, opened on New Year’s Eve, 2001, with a grand masquerade party. Today, it proudly stands as a reminder of the city’s past, and provides a valuable asset to the community.

Now in its 23rd season, and under the helm of Executive Artistic Director Kate Revnell-Smith, Unity Theatre attracts audiences and artists from Houston, Austin and beyond.

Unity Theatre has a solid reputation as a dependable business and a proud community institution. With its growing attendance and high artistic standing, Unity can surely look forward to a secure and promising future.

PRODUCTION HISTORY

Unity Theatre
Play Chronology
1995
to the
Present

2016-2017 SEASON
Blithe Spirit
City of Refuge (Reading)
Freud’s Last Session
Little Women
Women of Lockerbie (Episcopal
High School touring production)
The Diary of Anne Frank
Doubt, A Parable
Leading Ladies
Sleeping Beauty

2015-2016 SEASON
Always…Patsy Cline
My Boys and Girls Are In There
(Reading)
See Rock City
Miracle on 34th Street
The Miss Firecracker Contest
Jerry Finnegan’s Sister
Scapino!
Pinocchio

2014-2015 SEASON
Boeing Boeing
One Amazing Thing (Reading)
Kayak
Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings
A Piece of My Heart
Shooting Star
Chapter Two
Snow White Goes West

2013-2014 SEASON
You Never Can Tell
The Personal History of
Rachel Dupree
(Reading)
First Night
Nuncrackers: The Nunsense
Christmas Musical

Almost, Maine
Laundry and Bourbon
Deathtrap
The Emperor’s New Clothes

2012-2013 SEASON
The Philadelphia Story
The Time It Never Rained (Reading)
Nixon’s Nixon
A Tuna Christmas
The Chalk Garden
‘night, Mother
I Hate Hamlet
Cinderella

2011-2012 SEASON
Steel Magnolias
One Ranger–A Memoir (Reading)
The Turn of the Screw
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Youth)
Billy Bishop Goes to War
Last Train to Nibroc
The Fantasticks
The Miracle Worker
The Wizard of Oz

2010-2011 SEASON
Twelve Mighty Orphans 
(Reading)
Greater Tuna
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever 
(Youth)
Souvenir
Charley’s Aunt
Little Mary Sunshine
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
(Tour-In)

2009-2010 SEASON
Final Salute (Reading)
The Matchmaker
It’s a Wonderful Life: A Life Radio Play
The Amish Project
A Thurber Carnival (Adult)
Mark Twain
Camelot
On Golden Pond

2008-2009 SEASON
The Taming of the Shrew
A Child’s Christmas in Wales
Master Class
Angel Street
Talley’s Folly

2007–2008 SEASON
The Gift of the Magi (Reading)
Moonlight & Magnolias
The Importance of Being Earnest
Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol
Mary’s Wedding
Life With Father (Reading)
Forever Plaid

2006–2007 SEASON
Educating Rita
Sanders Family Christmas
Scotland Road
Enchanted April
Harvey

2005-2006 SEASON
Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Community)
The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged)
Cyrano   |   The Christmas Schooner
I Do! I Do!
All I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten
The Heiress   |   The Odd Couple

2004-2005 SEASON
The Sound of Music (Community)
Arsenic and Old Lace
Pump Boys and Dinettes
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Youth)
Arms and the Man
Tuesdays With Morrie
Barefoot in the Park

2003-2004 SEASON
Oliver! (Community)
The Foreigner (II)
Molly Sweeney
Dancing at Lughnasa
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Youth)
The Miss Firecracker Contest
Billy Bishop Goes to War
Honk!

2002-2003 SEASON
The Jungle Books (Tour-in)
Godspell (Youth)
The Glass Menagerie
Nunsense
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Youth)
Lettice & Lovage
Dames At Sea

2001-2002 SEASON
Steel Magnolias
The Lion in Winter
Stories on the Stroll (Children)
New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball
Our Town
You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown

2000-2001 SEASON
Black Comedy
Tintypes
A Family Christmas
A Christmas Concert
Stories on the Stroll (Children)
The Belle of Amherst
The Dining Room
The Good Doctor (Adult Ed.)
The Triumph of Love
Pinocchio (Tour-in)

1999-2000 SEASON
Crimes of the Heart
Camping With Henry & Tom
A Christmas Concert
Stories on the Stroll (Children)
Sylvia
Quilters
Give & Take (Youth)
Rabbit Tales (Tour-in)

1998-1999 SEASON
Fools
Man of La Mancha
Love Letters
South Pacific (Gala)
Carols & Candlelight (Concert)
Now We Are Six (Children)
The Miracle Worker
Alice in Wonderland
A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Youth)

1997-1998 SEASON
Wait Until Dark
The Fourposter
All in The Timing (Gala)
How the Other Half Loves
Smoke on the Mountain
Jack and the Giant Beanstalk

1996-1997 SEASON
The Trip to Bountiful (Staged Reading)
A Grand Night for Singing
The Complete Works of William
Shakespeare (Abridged)
Graceland (Gala)
Driving Miss Daisy
The Foreigner
The Witch and the Magic Mountain

1995-1996 SEASON
The Glass Menagerie (Staged Reading)
Love Letters (Gala)
Talley’s Folly
The Fantasticks
Voice of the Prairie

BOARD OF DIRECTORS & STAFF

Unity Theatre
Board of Directors
and
2017-2018
Unity Staff

Board of Directors

Jean Shoup, President
Dr. Eric Alford, Vice President
Fred Boecker, Treasurer
Gretchen Jones, Seretary
Kate Revnell-Smith, Ex Officio
Dr. Jared Anderson
Andy Bogle
Mitch Clark
Dr. Donald Draehn
Suzy Hankins
Joyce Lilly
Don Loesch
Hondo Powell
Joel Schretenthaler
Bridget Studer
Ann Wackman

Unity Theatre Staff

Kate Revnell-Smith, Executive Artistic Director
Lisa Thomas, General Manager
Alan Will, Production Manager
Leslie Wood, Accountant/Development Manager
Jamie Ward, Education Development Manager
L.J. Kane, Box Office Clerk
Gretchen Brossa, Costume Shop Manager
Marilyn Wilke, Administrative Assistant
Libby Lovejoy, Dance Faculty

CONTACT UNITY

Address:
300 Church Street
Brenham, TX 77833

Box Office:
(979) 830-8358
Tickets@UnityBrenham.org

Administrative Office:
(979) 830-1460
Info@UnityBrenham.org

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AUDITIONS

All of our plays and musicals are cast by the directors
of each individual show, with the assistance and approval
of the producing artistic director.
Auditions are an important part of the process
and we respect and encourage the efforts
of all who seek to audition for Unity Theatre.

Audition Information

General auditions are held once a year and they are open to anyone interested in working at Unity Theatre. We also participate in the annual Houston Alliance auditions.

General auditions for the 2017-2018 Season have already taken place, and the next audition date and time will be announced here when it has been determined.

Auditions are by appointment only and to make an appointment please contact Alan Will, Production Manager, at alan@unitybrenham.org.

Please bring a recent photograph/headshot and resume – you will be asked to perform one, two minute monologue.
Please note: if you attended the Houston Alliance auditions then we will already have seen your work and have you in our files – these General Auditions are primarily for talent new to Unity.

Actors’ Equity Association actors are hired under an AEA special agreement, a contract negotiated through Circle Theatre of Fort Worth.

Unity Theatre is an equal opportunity employer of actors with diverse cultural backgrounds and abilities.

FACILITY RENTALS

Rent an area of the theatre
for a memorable event…
From dinner parties,
meetings, weddings, or seminars,
Unity Theatre offers versatile
and beautiful spaces to accommodate
a variety of events and groups.

Facility Rentals

Located in the heart of downtown Brenham, Unity Theatre is the perfect dramatic setting for your event. A renovated warehouse full of exquisite architectural elements, this venue is the perfect mix of modern and historic. Let your event take center stage!

For more information or to rent our facilities, please contact Lisa Thomas at 979-830-1460 or email lisa@unitybrenham.org.

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