Hip Pocket Theatre
Because of the Coronavirus Pandemic, the Hip Pocket Theatre is postponing the opening of its 44th Performance Season to August 7, 2020. We will continue to watch what is happening with the rules and regulations concerning isolation and social distancing and let our directors, actors, and technicians know when rehearsals will begin.
The Hip Pocket Theatre is looking for a stage manager, wardrobe supervisor, and soundboard operator. You can fill out the form in the Auditions section to send us your contact information.
The theatre needs to replace two refrigerators; if you have one in good working condition with a freezer section, please contact us about donating it. We can come to you and pick it up. We also need to repair our roads and parking lots that are full of pot-holes due to all of the rain. If you have or know of someone with a Bobcat who would like to help us smooth things out, please let us know.
This is the season of performances we were hoping to produce before the coronavirus pandemic. We are providing proposed dates for each play along with the play titles and descriptions. These dates are subject to change depending on the circumstances posed by the coronavirus pandemic. Our plays run every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening starting at 9 PM (June - September) and at 8:15 PM in October. If run as planned, our season would have started June 5, 2020 but will now run from August 14, 2020 to October 31, 2020. Whether we get to do any of these plays is, like the weather, out of our hands.
This season, should we have one, we'd like to recognize all of those heroes that are putting themselves at risk every day to keep us all safe from the virus, or take care of us should we become ill. To all essential workers, doctors, nurses, paramedics, police, firefighters, military and reservists, please be our guest this season at no charge to you. We'd also like to acknowledge all of those who now struggle to get by due to loss of their jobs as a result of the measures that have left many businesses closed. To all of you, we ask that you be our guest this season. To everyone else, the ticket price for any performance will be whatever you can afford to donate; there will be no set ticket prices.
With that said, here is our season.
Written and Directed by Johnny Simons
As defined in Webster's Dictionary, a "curmudgeon" is a crusty, ill-tempered old man. What happens when the crustiest most ill-tempered, most hateful and un-empathetic curmudgeon of them all meets up with the jubilant Boogie Boys and their Woogie Women? Will the power of music and dance melt such a hardened heart? Can unrestrained joy crack the old man's shell and allow him to experience unbridled happiness for the first time in his entire existence?
By Walt Kelly
Adapted and Directed by JoAnn Gracey
A Narrow Escapade for a Possum with a Houn' Dog. An adaptation of Walt Kelly's beloved characters featuring Pogo Possum's unwilling run for President. Join us for a return to the swamp where traces of nobility, gentleness, and courage persist in all people, do what we will to stamp out the trend.
Written by Lake Simons and John Dyer
Puppetry & Choreography by Lake Simons
Music by John Dyer
An abstract gathering of fairies, pixies, and angels in image, sound, and movement. Inspired by the true story of what may well have been staged photos as well as a selection of paintings and drawings from the 19th & 20th centuries featuring these fantastic creatures. Let us consider these wee little ones that have danced and perhaps do dance among us.
Written and Directed by Grainger Esch
To those who grew up in the Fort Worth/Dallas metroplex in the 1960's and early 70's, the mere mention of the name "Icky Twerp" brings a smile of fond remembrance. As the host of Slam Bang Theater on Fort Worth's independent, local, non-network-affiliated channel 11, he delighted youngsters with his slapstick shenanigans in live broadcasts five days a week. But Bill Camfield, the man who created and portrayed Icky Twerp (along with many other memorable characters) was much more than a TV kiddie show host. He was a man of many talents, tremendous character, and extraordinary creativity. The Slam Bang Story is the story of a man who rose from hardscrabble beginnings and endured great personal tragedies to achieve a fondly remembered legacy of joy and laughter.
Screenplay by Naomi Selfman
Adapted and Directed by Johnny Simons
It's a battle of the beasts when two titanic terrors face off with Tiffany and Debbie Gibson, two 80's pop icons. Soon the swamp is a huge, scaly, battleground between colossal gators and pythons - a mammoth spectacle of teen queens and man-eating monsters in a gargantuan dual to the death!
Before the coronavirus pandemic brought about the need for people to isolate themselves from others and take additional precautions to help prevent or slow the spread of this serious medical threat, we had scheduled in-person auditions; in-person auditions will not take place.
Because of the new rules recently enacted by the City of Fort Worth, the Hip Pocket Theatre will only be accepting auditions by video submission. These can be uploaded to a folder we have created on DropBox by following the link:
We would like to see a 2-3 minute monologue of your choice and up to a 3-minute movement to music demonstration. If you have any special skills, such as singing, dancing, or puppetry, feel free to provide that as part of your submission. Please upload your presentations as soon as possible to allow us time to distribute them to our directors.
As you can see from the schedule above, we have provided tentative dates for each of the shows. We don't know whether we will get a green-light to actually perform. If we are able to perform, rehearsals would occur for the 3-4 weeks prior to opening night. Please indicate in the form below, which shows you would be available for, taking into consideration that you would also need to be available for rehearsals Monday - Thurday or Friday evenings from 7 PM to 9 PM and sometimes later for 3-4 weeks prior to opening night. The Sunday before opening night is often Tech Rehearsal although that night is dependent on the Lighting Director's schedule and may change.
We hope you will consider making a financial donation to help support the Hip Pocket Theatre during these difficult times. We hope to perform at least a portion of our 44th season and will keep you up-to-date through this website and social media postings. With a potential loss in revenues, should our season be delayed, we are more than ever dependent on donations to meet our monthly expenses. Whether we are able to perform this summer or not, we still have payroll, utilities and rent to pay each month that average approximately $7500.
We are raising funds to support the purchase of new LED lights and a new Light Board. These new lights are needed to replace our very aged incandescent lights that draw a lot of power. We'd like to be able to move to outdoor-rated LED lights to expand our lighting abilities and cut our electric energy costs.
Thank you for your support!
Bob & Melinda Allen
All-Tex Supply, Inc.
Amon G. Carter Foundation
Auto Tech Services, Inc.
Dorothy M. Barra, LPC
Rosalyn & Michael Bodycomb
Dr. Robert & Michele Bourdage
Art & Lynda Brender
Ellen Mahoney Crouse
Lisa Loving Dalton
Louis & Shirley Daniel
Patricia Decoster (In Memory of Remy Decoster and In Honor of River Barley’s First Performance)
Kellie Shannon Elliot
Dr. Scott Ferree & Loli Kantor
Ronda & Brad Flaska
Ronny & Tricia Franks
C. Lee Gibson
Harrington Environmental Services
Richard & Christi Heyduck
Kay Higgins & Keith Spalding
Laura L. Jones
Peggy Bott Kirby
Carol Jane Lawrence
Linda M. Lee & Jay Isham
Marlen Lugo (Lugo/Fishburn)
Laurie & Quentin McGown
Christine & Jason McMahon
Bob & Barbara Meece
E. Tonya Moore
Ronald E. Moore Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
Network for Good
David & Pam Nolen
Northwest Tarrant Chamber of Commerce
Harry & Karen Parker
James R. Peacock
Phil & Billie Rye
Damek Salazar (Rudolf the Red)
Dale & Hillary Schaper
Reginald & Madeline Schwoch
Sid W. Richardson Foundation
Johnny & Diane Simons
Lake Simons (Lake, John & Cy)
Texas Commission on the Arts
The Tom Hudson Co.
Dee Lee Thomas & Janita Thomas
Kristi Ramos Toler
Marquette Vyce (Allen, Kita Vyce and Ian)
Rob Walker (DFW Flooring Warehouse)
White Settlement Chamber of Commerce
Claire & George Wood
Deborah Wood (debwood)
Harris and Julie Worcester