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    Sideways Stories from Wayside School

    Presented by at Main Street Theater - Chelsea Market

    April 18 - May 16, 2009

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    Sideways Stories from Wayside School

    Main Street Theater Youth Theater presents Sideways Stories from Wayside School, based on the book by Louis Sachar.

    “I love this story!” says Theater for Youth Producing Director Vivienne M. St. John. “It was one of my favorites as a child and still is!” Based on Louis Sachar’s Wayside School novels, Sideways Stories from Wayside Schools is a truly magical world where anything can – and does! – happen. Performances are on Saturdays, April 18 & 25 and May 2 & 16 at 1:00pm and 4:00pm.

    May is Texas Writers Month, and Main Street is proud to be showcasing Texas author Louis Sachar’s work.

    About Sideways Stories from Wayside School
    Wayside School is sideways. That’s how the builder built it. Instead of making thirty classrooms side by side, he built them one on top of the other, which explains why all kinds of crazy things happen there – especially to Myron, Bebe, Leslie, Rondi and Dameon, who attend class on the thirtieth floor. You’ll also get to meet Mrs. Gorf, the meanest teacher at Wayside School, the delightful Mrs. Jewls, and Louis, the yard teacher. And, if you’re curious, you might get to find out what happened to the nineteenth floor!

    About Author Louis Sachar
    Louis Sachar’s first book, Sideways Stories from Wayside School, was accepted for publication during his first week of law school. (While attending college, he had worked at an elementary school, where he was asked to be the “Noontime Supervisor” to watch over the kids during lunch. He played games with the kids and earned the nickname, “Louis, the Yard Teacher” – a character who became a mainstay in his Wayside stories.)

    Sachar has written numerous books for children, the most popular being Holes, There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom, and the Wayside series.   He has received many awards for his books, including the Children’s Choice from the International Reading Association (1979) and Children’s Book Council (1979) for Sideways Stories from Wayside School and the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature and the Newbery Award for Holes.

    Mr. Sachar resides in Austin with his wife, Carla.

    About Playwright John Olive
    John Olive is a widely-produced playwright, a screenwriter and a novelist. Plays include Standing on My Knees, The Summer Moon (winner of a Kennedy Center Award For New Plays), The Voice of the Prairie, Killers, Tell Me a Story in the Dark, and many others. Since 2000, Olive has enjoyed a productive relationship with Seattle Children’s Theatre, having written adaptations of Sideways Stories from Wayside School, Johnny Tremain, Our Only May Amelia, The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, and, most recently, his original version of Jason and the Golden Fleece. Two new SCT projects are in the works, including a mystery set in ancient Egypt.

    Olive lives in Minneapolis with his wife, Mary, and their son, Michael.

    About the Production
    Director Mark Adams returns as director after directing If You Give a Pig a Party earlier this season. The cast includes Alison Coriell, Jennifer Gilbert, Meghan C. Hakes, Alan Hall, Jessica Knapp, Caroline Menefee, Andrew Ruthven, and Micah Stinson.

    The design team includes Liz Freese (set design), Frank Vela (lighting design), Macy Perrone (costume design), Andrew Harper (sound design), and Richard Solis (properties design). Caroline Scott is the Production Stage Manager.

    Recommended for Kindergarten and up.  No children under 3 are admitted in the theater (including sleeping babies).

    Pictured below are: foreground, L-R, seated on floor: Bebe (Jennifer Gilbert), Leslie (Jessica Knapp); seated center in chair: Myron (Micah Stinson); background, L-R, standing: Mrs. Jewls (Meghan C. Hakes), Rondi (Caroline Menefee), and Damien (Andrew Ruthven). Photo by www.RicOrnelProductions.com.


    Main Street Theater - Chelsea Market

    4617 Montrose Blvd.
    Houston, TX 77006

    Full map and directions

    Admission Info:

    Public performances:
    Regular Adult - $12
    Senior (65+) - $10
    Student/Child - $10

    Groups of 10 or more
    Regular Adult - $10
    Senior (65+) - $8
    Student/Child - $8

    Tickets can be purchased online or over the telephone.

    School performances (Additional discounts for Title 1 Schools):

    All groups - $5/per

    School groups can make reservations online through the website or by calling (713) 524-9196 X101.


    General Day and Time Info:

    Weekend Family Performances

    Saturdays at 1:00 and 4:00pm
    April 18, 25 and May 2, 16 2009

    School Matinees (Monday - Friday)

    April 14 - May 22, 2009
    9:30am, 11:00am and 12:30pm


    Phone: (713) 524-6706

    Parking:

    PARKING UPDATE AT CHELSEA MARKET (MAY 2014):

    As you may or may not be aware, Main Street Theater's Chelsea Market activities will move to the MATCH once it's built.  The MATCH is the Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston and will break ground on May 7, 2014.  We hope to be able to move out of Chelsea market into our new home at the MATCH in the fall of 2015.  There's more information on the MATCH here: http://www.matchouston.org/

    IN THE MEANTIME:
    You may have noticed that Chelsea Market has recently lost half its parking lot in a sale to a developer. In addition, our lease on that space has expired, BUT we are being allowed to stay through our 2015 season, providing we can find solutions to some of the parking problems our activities create. This affects all our programs: the showcases on Saturday mornings, our schoolday performances, and our weekend family matinees.  We are very grateful to be able to stay at Chelsea until the MATCH is ready.  

    We want to do everything we can to help our fellow tenants and our landlord, so:

    • For SATURDAY PERFORMANCES, we have received permission from the Joy School across Chelsea Blvd. to use their parking lot.  If it is convenient for you, please check this lot first for parking and walk across the courtyard to the theater. 
    • There's also quite a bit of on-street parking on Chelsea Blvd.     

     We hope this will also make it easier for YOU as you won't have to deal with the stress of a full Chelsea Market parking lot!     

    From Highway 59 South (Kingwood)
    Take 59 South and exit Fannin (after you pass downtown). Stay on Fannin until you reach Binz. Turn right on Binz (Binz will turn into Bissonnet in front of the Museum of Fine Arts). Turn right onto Montrose. Go through the light at Banks. The theater is located on your right in the Chelsea Market Center facing Hwy 59. (If you cross over Hwy 59 you have gone too far!)

    From Highway 59 North (Sugarland)
    Take 59 North and exit Main Street. Turn Right on Main Street. Turn right on Bissonnet. Turn right onto Montrose. Go through the light at Banks. The theater is located on your right in the Chelsea Market Center facing Hwy 59. (If you cross over Hwy 59 you have gone too far!)

    From 45 South (The Woodlands)
    Take 45 South to Hwy 59 South. Exit Fannin. Stay on Fannin until you reach Binz. Turn right on Binz (Binz will turn into Bissonnet in front of the Museum of Fine Arts). Turn right onto Montrose. Go through the light at Banks. The theater is located on your right in the Chelsea Market Center facing Hwy 59. (If you cross over Hwy 59 you have gone too far!)

    From 45 North (Clear Lake/Galveston)
    Take 45 North to Hwy 59 South. Exit Fannin. Stay on Fannin until you reach Binz. Turn right on Binz (Binz will turn into Bissonnet in front of the Museum of Fine Arts). Turn right onto Montrose. Go through the light at Banks. The theater is located on your right in the Chelsea Market Center facing Hwy 59. (If you cross over Hwy 59 you have gone too far!)

    From I-10 East (Katy)
    Exit Studemont. Go right on Studemont. Studemont turns into Montrose. The theater is located between Richmond and Banks on the left in the Chelsea Market Center facing Hwy 59. (If you hit Bissonnet you have gone too far).

    From I-10 West (Beaumont)
    Exit Heights Blvd. Go to the traffic light at Heights Blvd. and U-turn under I-10. Continue on feeder road to Studemont and turn right (South). Studemont turns into Montrose. The theater is located between Richmond and Banks on the left in the Chelsea Market Center facing Hwy 59. (If you hit Bissonnet you have gone too far).

    **Please be aware that although you can see Main Street Theater at Chelsea Market from Hwy 59 there is no exit off of the freeway onto Montrose.

    From Main Street Theater in the Rice Village
    Turn right onto Kirby. Make a right on Bissonnet. Pass Shepherd and Greenbriar. Turn left onto Montrose. Go through the light at Banks. The theater is located on your right in the Chelsea Market Center facing Hwy 59. (If you cross over Hwy 59 you have gone too far!)



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