Jacob Hemsath and Ryan Michael Friedman on their roles in “Frank-N-Friend!”

Jacob Hemsath and Ryan Michael Friedman on their roles in “Frank-N-Friend!” image

Jacob Hemsath and Ryan Michael Friedman are on the Casa Mañana stage, now through Sunday, in a show with an important message. Oliver, played by Jacob and Frank-N-Friend, played by Ryan help draw out the best in school bully, Butch. They joined me to discuss their roles in the show, and why this world premiere is so important.  Is this your first children’s show? If so, what… Read more »

Review: TheaterJones | Broadway Reimagined

Review: TheaterJones | Broadway Reimagined image

From Broadway With Love By: Joel Leggett Fort Worth — Casa Mañana has been on a roll with its cabaret programming. In December there was A Dean Martin Christmas, which was perfect for the holidays. And just in time for Valentine’s Day comes the powerhouse entertainer Spencer Day and his show Broadway Reimagined. Throughout the night, Spencer takes Broadway classics… Read more »

Review: How to Make the Perfect Friend: Frank-n-Friend at Casa Mañana – Tanglewood Moms Blog

Review: How to Make the Perfect Friend: Frank-n-Friend at Casa Mañana – Tanglewood Moms Blog image

By: Angela Weaver, February 5, 2020 Running through February 16th, this adorable and touching show makes for a great family night out. “Frank-n-Friend” is a brand new, never-before-seen musical that tells a story about friendship, overcoming obstacles, and compassion set amidst the teen angst of the dreaded middle school years. The show begins with an adorable… Read more »

Music Director, Vonda K. Bowling Discusses Her Role in World Premiere Musical

Music Director, Vonda K. Bowling Discusses Her Role in World Premiere Musical image

Meet Vonda K. Bowling, music director of Frank-N-Friend. Mrs. Bowling received her bachelor’s degree in music education from Shorter College in Rome, GA. She went on to receive her master’s degree in vocal performance from the University of Tennessee. Currently, she lives in Rowlett, TX, with her husband, Jeffery Bowling, her children Harrison and Mason, their two dogs, Abby and… Read more »

A Show About Friendship With an Important Message

A Show About Friendship With an Important Message image

  Frank-N-Friend, which runs January 31-February 16, is a heartwarming tale of friendship. But creators Joe Sturgeon and Michael Visconti wanted to write a story that was relatable to today’s youth and focused on the topic of bullying. Giving a run-down of the show, Joe mentions, “A new kid in school, Oliver arrives. [And] he’s not prepared… Read more »

Review: TheaterJones | A Dean Martin Christmas

Review: TheaterJones | A Dean Martin Christmas image

The Dean of Christmas By: Joel Leggett Fort Worth — There is something timeless about Dean Martin. Casa Mañana is betting that theatergoers will want some nostalgia to go with their holiday entertainment. A Dean Martin Christmas delivers nostalgia and so much more. Get a ticket while you can; it will sell out. I hope that Casa can add a… Read more »

Jessica Humphrey in Annie

Jessica Humphrey in Annie image

Jessica Humphrey returns to Casa Mañana for Annie, November 2-10.   Starting in the spotlight as a ballet dancer and taking voice lessons, her main performances were at the local theatre and church. Eventually, Jessica graduated to train more intensely in musical theatre. This influenced her to study of musical theatre in college and graduate school, at San Diego… Read more »

Kaylene Snarsky Back at Casa Mañana

Kaylene Snarsky Back at Casa Mañana image

Kaylene Snarsky returns to Casa Mañana as part of the ensemble in Annie, Nov. 2-10. We are so excited to have her back under the Dome! Her recent credits include “Cassie” in A Chorus Line, the national tour of Roger and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, and Rock of Ages, Hello, Dolly! and Mamma Mia!. Kaylene made her musical theatre debut in the 4th grade… Read more »

Meet the orphans of “Annie”

Meet the orphans of “Annie” image

The Orphans of Annie are an integral part of the show. They help spread hope and optimism, even under the roof of Ms. Hannigan’s orphanage. Meet the talented group, learn more about their theatre backgrounds and even get to know some of their four-legged friends! Photo Credit: Chip Tompkins Top: Maddox Rogers “Tessie,” Danika Ellis “Duffy,”… Read more »

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