This Week in Houston’s Buzz: The Ensemble Theatre Celebrates 17th Annual Santa at The Ensemble and More!
The Ensemble Theatre Celebrates 17th Annual Santa at The Ensemble
Santa at The Ensemble has become a signature community service event at The Ensemble Theatre. Since its inception, it has grown in the number of youth and families who are served with the support of volunteers, donors, and corporate sponsors.This year’s annual Santa at the Ensemble event served more than 300 youth who may not have otherwise had a Christmas celebration. Participants are found through a combination of referrals and random selections. Peck, Crespo, Best, and Alexander Elementary schools were the chosen source organizations this year. The children’s faces light up when they enter the building to see the decorations and are greeted by exuberant carolers.
Throughout the day, the children rotate through featured activity stations including: Ornament Design by Beverly Broussard; Arts and Crafts by Port City Links; The Health Museum Organs & Anatomy/ Infections & Immunity; TechnipFMC Creation Station LEGO activity; Schlumberger “Who Wants to be an Engineer?;” C-STEM “Polymers, Polymer, and Polymers!” by Dr. Reagan Flowers; a live Ensemble Theatre performance; and Catch the Moment photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus. The day culminated in story time by Melinda Spaulding-Chevalier and the distribution of goodie bags filled with books and toys.
Major sponsors for this year’s Santa at The Ensemble included: H-E-B, Schlumberger, Amegy Bank, Port City Chapter of the Links, The Ensemble Guild, TechnipFMC, Alpha Kappa Alpha Ivy Educational and Charitable Foundation of Houston, Inc., and Deanna Gathe and Friends. Overall, 150 volunteers from Schlumbeger, Amegy Bank, TechnipFMC, Iron Women, and The Ensemble Guild helped make Santa at The Ensemble a success. The Ensemble Theatre was founded in 1976 by the late George Hawkins to preserve African American artistic expression and enlighten, entertain and enrich a diverse community.
In addition to being hailed as the oldest and largest professional African American theatre in the Southwest, it also holds the distinction of being one of the nation’s largest African American theatres that owns and operates its facility with an in-house production team. The Ensemble Theatre produces a main stage season of six contemporary and classic works devoted to the portrayal of the African American experience by local and national playwrights and artists. The theatre’s Performing Arts Education program provides educational workshops, Artist-in-Residence experiences and live performances for students both off-site and at the theatre; and the Young Performers Program offers intensive summer training for children ages 6 to 17 encompassing instruction in all disciplines of the theatre arts.
The Altus Foundation and the City of Houston Host the Altus Foundation Gala
The Altus Foundation and the City of Houston recently hosted the Altus Foundation 2018 Gala emceed by supermodel business mogul Tyra Banks to raise funds for the Houston community. Mayor of the City of Houston, Sylvester Turner thanked the Altus Foundation for changing lives one life at a time. The Altus Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Houston which provides diversified assistance to individuals and families in need.
Congratulations to all of Harris County’s Newly Elected Officials!