Festival Of The Kid

Festival Of The Kid

Stage West - Festival Of The Kid

Stage West is pleased to announce the performances for the 13th annual Festival of the Kid performances, which will be live once again this year! This unique festival was originally conceived by Rob Bosquez, Jr. and Dana Schultes in 2009, and its first performance was presented in December of that year. Their idea was simple: produce plays written by kids and use their peers as the performers. Since that time, the Neighborhood Play Contest has drawn hundreds and hundreds of entries.

North Texas students were invited to write a short narrative, either fictional or biographical, with themes such as cultural, neighborhood, family or current issues encouraged. The plays chosen have been cast using students and directed by seasoned professionals.

Performances will be at 6:30 and at 8:15 on May 16, 17, and 18; different pieces will be presented on each of the nights. The May 16 performances will be kid-friendly; material with more adult content (age 12 and up) will be presented in the May 17th and 18th performances.

The schedule will be:

Monday, May 16th:
If Target Was Against Walmart, by Sylvia Ho, Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts Stage Fright in a Nutshell, by Julian Morales, Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts What If Aliens Came To Earth, by Lily Janda, Caprock Elementary School Battle of the Fries, by Samuel Jungli, Parkview Elementary School Good Luck, by Ian Martinez, Independence Elementary School Fictional Prose, by Kimberly Carillo, North Side High School Spork, by Brock Elliott, Booker T. Washington High School The World Inside the Screen, by JulyBeth Enriquez, North Side High School Signing Off, Olivia Stanley, Booker T. Washington High School

Tuesday, May 17th:
Let the Holidays Begin!, by Silvia Ho, Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts American Girl, by Sileana Gaurdado, North Side High School Fame, by Hayden Elliott, Booker T. Washington High School Time, by Brenda Tovar, Carter Riverside High School It Will Change You, by Jackson Strange, Birdville High School John Cusack is for Dead People Too, by Ellie Coffee, Booker T. Washington High School

Wednesday, May 18th:
I Cant Believe He is Staring at Me, by Alyssa Morales, Riverside Middle School A Poem, by Analie Alonso Landeros, Riverside Middle School I am a Girl, by Angela Arriaga, Riverside Middle School Dance, by Mily Enciso Hernandez, Riverside Middle School You're So Pretty, by Alyssa Morales, Riverside Middle School Who I Am, by Lauryn Wettengel, Byron Nelson High School Sleep, by Olivia Kersh, Fort Worth Country Day School To Be In Love, by Alexandra McCoy, Nimitz High School Bottle Episode, by Olivia Stanley, Booker T. Washington High School The Boy Who Cried I Am, by Mason Lassiter, Birdville High School
Tickets are $5 for those under 12 and $10 for those 12 and over, or $20 for a 3-day pass. Season subscribers are free. The Café will be open for snacks and beverages.

For reservations, contact the Box Office at 817-784-9378.



Stage West is excited to be able to announce the lineup for its 43rd season! The new season will feature seven shows, two of which will overlap. Three will be presented in the brand-new Evelyn Wheeler Swenson Theatre ("The Evie"), while four will happen in the renovated Jerry Russell Theatre. The Evie is a flexible black box space, and the seating configuration will vary from show to show; the Russell remains a proscenium venue. It's a thrilling mix of delightful comedies, riveting dramas, fascinating historical tales, and more: three 41st season shows which could not be produced due to the pandemic, and four more which have been on our short list for the past year. Here's the lineup:


by Aaron Posner
October 7 - October 31, 2021

Regional Premiere - Swenson Theatre

Come see the face of the country change. John Quincy Adams lived his life backwards: brilliant diplomat in his youth, fervent congressman as a man, ineffectual president in his prime. This unique and timely play imagines a kaleidoscope of confrontations between JQA and some of his key contemporaries. At once provocative and patriotic, this power play challenges the way we think of our country and shines a curious spotlight on the American experiment as it continues to evolve.

"Ambitious, delightful...something that will linger in minds long after the lights have lifted, much like any presidential legacy" - BroadwayWorld


Scrooge in Rouge
Book and Lyrics by Ricky Graham
December 2 - December 24, 2021

Additional Material by Jeffery Roberson
Other Interesting Bits by Yvette Hargis
Original Music Composed by Jefferson Turner
Regional Premiere - Russell Theatre
An English Music Hall Christmas Carol

A 'spirited' holiday comedy that's sure to make you blush. The Royal Music Hall Variety Players' production of A Christmas Carol is in a pickle after twenty members of the company suddenly fall ill. This leaves the three remaining members to plow on (so to speak) through a musical performance of the Dickens classic. Expect missed cues, unfamiliar characters, and costume mishaps aplenty. With cheeky puns and bawdy songs, this quick-change, cross-dressing version of the Christmas tale is a hilarious holiday treat!

"Merry mayhem, the height of hilarity, the silliest of spoofs" - GMToday


Church & State
by Jason Odell Williams
January 27 - February 20, 2022

Regional Premiere - Russell Theatre

You want to talk about the separation of what now? Three days before his bid for re-election - in the wake of another school shooting - a U.S. Senator has a life-altering crisis of faith, triggering an off-the-cuff comment which sends the entire campaign into a tailspin. His wife and campaign manager try to contain the damage, but in a country where religion influences politics and politics have become a religion, how do you reach the people and stay true to yourself? A timely and fast-paced story that is simultaneously funny, heartbreaking, and uplifting.

"Crackling...enjoyable, thought-provoking, and humorous. I wish every member of Congress would see it!" -NPR


On the Exhale
by Martin Zimmerman
February 3 - 20, 2022

Regional Premiere - Swenson Theatre

If tragedy strikes, take a breath and get a grip. When a senseless act of violence changes her life forever, a college professor finds herself inexplicably drawn to the very weapon used to perpetrate the crime - and to the irresistible feeling of power that comes from holding life and death in her hands. Peering down the barrel of a uniquely American crisis, this perspective-bending, one-woman tour de force intimately examines our collective grief over a national epidemic that we all want to end.

"Mesmerizing, gripping in its economy and hits home like a bullet" - The Guardian


by Jen Silverman
March 17 - April 10, 2022

Regional Premiere - Russell Theatre
Play with fire and you might get burned. Mischief lurks in the sleepy village of Edmonton, as a slick young devil arrives in search of a few fresh souls. As the townsfolk reveal their deepest secrets and desires, bargains are struck, tables are turned, and an outcast woman living at the edge of the village proves to be much more than she seems. This inventive and fiendishly funny tale reminds you to be careful what you wish for.

"Devilishly clever, deliciously laugh-packed" - StageSceneLA


Into the Breeches!
by George Brant
June 9 - July 3, 2022

Regional Premiere - Swenson Theatre
When the gents are away, the ladies will play. It's 1942, and there's a problem at Oberon Playhouse - with the director and leading men all off at war, it looks like the season will be canceled. That is until a determined and passionate group of ladies rally the troops at home and set out to put on an all-female production of Shakespeare's Henry V. An increasingly unexpected team is assembled, with a hilariously desperate array of thoughts and ideas, but united in desire. This delightful and moving backstage comedy examines the power of art to bring us together, even in the hardest of times.

"Brilliant...fresh, witty and thoughtful...a total triumph." - Montgomery Advertiser


Between Riverside and Crazy
by Stephen Adly-Guirgis
August 18 - September 11, 2022

Pulitzer Prize Winner - Russell Theatre
Nothing is as it seems in the house of Black and Blue. Irrepressible ex-cop and recent widower Walter Washington is under a lot of pressure. He's in an ongoing legal battle, clinging desperately to grievances from the past. Barely holding on to the palatial rent-controlled Manhattan apartment that he shares with his newly paroled son and a ragtag surrogate family who call him "Pops", he is not ready to accept payout or surrender. But as tensions come to a head in a swirl of demands from family and friends, a final ultimatum from former NYPD colleagues causes "Pops" to draw the line and make some demands of his own.

"Dizzying...both utterly believable and not to be believed for a second." - The New York Times


Season tickets will go on sale June 28, and will include the Bargain Season Ticket (good on Thursdays only) at $154 each, the Standard Season Ticket at $231 each, the Premium Season Ticket (which includes several great additional perks) at $351 each, and the Select 4 Season Ticket (patrons choose 4 shows from the list) $136 each. For more information, call Stage West at (817) 784-9378. Tickets and information will be available by June 28 online at


Visit Stage West:

Stage West is a highly-respected regional theatre operating under an S.P.T. agreement with Actors' Equity Association, the professional union of theatrical actors and stage managers in the United States. Founded in 1979, the organization's mission is to entertain, inspire, and challenge through great live theatre and to offer exceptional low-cost and/or free educational outreach services to the community at large. Stage West's staff works daily to broaden and intensify the theatrical experience for our patrons with consistently excellent acting, directing, and plays. Meticulous attention to creative detail, customer service, and a willingness to step outside of the box with new, thought-provoking material has led to consistent critical and audience-based praise for Stage West. Through all of this, the company nurtures the artistic growth of area actors, directors, designers, and playwrights by providing meaty material and a safe environment in which to explore.

Over the theatre's history, 265 shows, including 244 plays and 21 musicals, have been produced by the group. Stage West's typical season is comprised of a wide range of works including new, classic, and contemporary plays that reflect the national conversation and the human experience today.

In addition to on-stage offerings, Stage West also operates the Lobby Cafe which offers an assortment of delicious appetizers, sandwiches, salads, and hot meals for 90 minutes before each performance. Reservations are highly advised. While in the cafe, audiences are likely to dine next to creative team members who also frequent the restaurant before shows. Additionally, the Lobby Cafe walls display a new set of artists for each play as an added visual treat. Finally, Stage West is home to a wide variety of educational opportunities from weekly classes, to summer camps, to writing festivals for K-12 students and adults.

Stage West is a theatre for the whole community where diversity is celebrated and a shared humanity embraced. Come join us!

Dana Schultes, Executive Producer
Mark Shum, Managing Director
Tiffany Cromwell, Company Manager
Garret Storms, Associate Producer
Bryan Stevenson, Technical Director
Karlee Perego, Shop Manager/Assistant Technical Director
Jen Schultes, Marketing Director and Web Designer
Beth Bando Bontley, Education Director
Allen Dean, Master Carpenter
Tonya Wilson-Brown, Grant Writer
Suzi McLaughlin, Information
Karry Liu, Marketing Associate
Nick Burns, Sarah Cordell, Justin Rhoads, Production Box Office
Pam Huie, Café Manager
Arturo Limon, Café Chef

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