Theatre Under the Stars
Q3: Issue 3, FEB. 2022

Upcoming Dates

MAR. 7: 22/23 Season Announcement Event

MAR. 19: More Than Song and Dance with Paul Hope

MAR. 22 – APR. 3: Come From Away

APR. 22: Leading Ladies Luncheon

MAY 10 – 22: Jersey Boys

MAY 13 – 15: Into The Woods, a TUTS Musical Theatre Academy Production


 The Rice Business Arts Club enjoyed South Pacific and a great time in Stargazers Salon on February 16


Theatre Under The Stars salutes South Pacific Production Sponsor Apache for their longstanding commitment to musical theatre excellence in Houston. Apache has been a major sponsor of TUTS since 2007 and we are incredibly proud of our partnership.

On February 6, TUTS invited employees from Apache to the final Dress Rehearsal of South Pacific. More than 300 employees got an exciting first look at Bali Hai. Dress rehearsals are an excellent way to entertain a larger group of employees and/or clients. If you would like to learn how your company can take advantage of this and many other exclusive entertainment opportunities available through production sponsorships, please contact Melissa Jurik at

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

It’s Rodeo time in Houston and TUTS would like to salute our longtime partner Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™. Since 2008, HLSR has been a generous supporter of our Education and Community Engagement programs. In keeping with the mission of the Rodeo, all grant applications and awardees must benefit youth, support education, expand agricultural horizons and/or preserve and honor pioneer heritage and culture.

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo has presented nearly $84 million in research, grants, and educational program to more than 100 organizations and institutions in Texas. This year TUTS was awarded funding in support of The River and our Community Engagement programs including Public Works, Tommy Tune Awards, and Spotlight Series.


As we make it through the cold of a Houston winter, I’m counting down the days to this summer. Besides thinking of the 22/23 season to come and hanging by the poolside, I can’t wait for our first ever TUTS Travel experience when I’ll accompany supporters on a 10-day theatrical adventure to the UK this July with experiences only TUTS can bring!

We’ll be seeing the best musical theatre England’s countryside and London have to offer, including a production at The Minack, a unique open-air theatre perched high above the Atlantic Ocean, and multiple shows in the West End. In between shows, we’ll also tour Cornwall, King Arthur’s castle, and The National Theatre. You’ll also have time to explore London, Cornwall, and Sussex on your own.

TUTS Travels UK 2022 is designed by luxury travel experts FROSCH with premium hotels, travel, activities, and amenities. We’ll be traveling in comfort and style, with private transportation, tour guides, and more. I’ll also be hosting dinners with London theatre pros, just for our group!

I’m especially looking forward to a production of The Pirates of Penzance on the very cliffs of the musical. Talk about a once-in-a-lifetime experience across the pond!

I hope you will join me for this exciting excursion to check out unique and amazing theatre across the pond! For more information, visit or email



Artistic Director

Donor Profile: Carrie and Ron Woliver

TUTS: How did you first get involved with TUTS? 

Carrie: In 1969 I tried out and was cast as Polly in the second Theatre Under The Stars production in Miller Theater in Hermann Park – The Boy Friend. Founder Frank Young’s vision for Houston was to bring Broadway-quality musicals to Houston audiences and he did just that. Plus, he wanted to utilize the vast talent resources here. Excited to work under Frank as director of the show, I learned the songs, some of which would be sung with my handsome leading man, Travis Franklin. During that time, the only audio we had were mikes hanging from the ceiling, which meant our chins were to be tilted up when we sang! 

TUTS: What have been some of your favorite TUTS experiences? 

Carrie: During rehearsals, Frank was kind enough to bring a tiny television set so that the cast could see the first man’s walk on the moon – a truly memorable TUTS experience!  

What did it mean to you to be honored at the 2021 Leading Ladies Luncheon? 

Carrie: The honor I received at the TUTS Leading Ladies luncheon in 2021 was such a surprise and a joy! It was a beautiful event and I encourage other board members to support that wing of the TUTS family.  

At the 2021 Leading Ladies Luncheon, Carrie was honored as the Shirley Stein Outstanding Champion in the Arts and Education. (photo credit: Gittings)

TUTS: You’ve been very generous donors to TUTS and our programming; what motivates you to support TUTS? 

Carrie and Ron: With TUTS’ varied and professional educational programs, the city has been enriched in so many ways, and especially with the collaboration with The River. We are happy that a portion of our financial gifts go toward these programs. But we also support TUTS just because we love musical theatre and are proud of the success and the leadership of the organization! 

Donor Profile: The Stein Family

TUTS: How did your family first get involved with TUTS?  

Brad Stein: My mother Shirley Stein met Frank Young in 1968 as both were involved with the Houston Grand Opera. Frank had an idea to produce free musical theatre for the newly built Miller Outdoor Theatre. HGO turned him down on the idea. So Frank, my mom and a small cast of volunteers got the first TUTS show off the ground. Mom was cast as TUTS first chief fundraiser, president, and she even had a role in the first performance Bells Are Ringing. My brothers and I looked on as our home transformed into a TUTS satellite office where volunteers would meet and operate direct marketing and fundraising campaigns. The TUTS guild was formed years later which was the predecessor to the Leading Ladies.  

TUTS: What have been some of your favorite TUTS experiences?  

BS: My fondest memories of TUTS were as a child growing up and spending time after school at the Music Hall and at Miller Theatre meeting the actors, stagehands and shown all the workings of a theatre company. A novel concept that brought involvement from my father Bruce beginning in the ‘70s – a full performance before each opening night was staged for elderly, disabled and special needs citizens. Buses and vans from nursing homes and care centers from all over the county stretched down Main Street to fill Miller Theatre with eager theater goers who otherwise would never have had the opportunity to see live musical theatre.  

Cast parties at our home made quite an impression on my brothers and me. It was neat reading about a party at your house in the newspaper (no Twitter or Instagram) with local and sometimes national celebrities. However, the big story that I remember the most was in the 70’s when an actual swimming pool and giant slide was installed in the orchestra pit for the performance of South Pacific. TUTS received national attention on that one. It had never been done before or since. 

James and Linda Bertman with Shirley Stein (L-R)

TUTS: What does it mean to you for TUTS to have an annual award in honor of your mother – the Shirley Stein Outstanding Champion in the Arts and Education? 

BS: I believe that mom would be very proud of that this theatre company she helped get off the ground is still going strong. It is our job as her children and grandchildren to make sure that her legacy is continued to the next generation. This award reminds us that we would not be where we are without the community minded efforts of those who came before us.  

TUTS Executive Director Hillary Hart, Brad Stein, Ron & Carrie Woliver, and TUTS Artistic Director Dan Knechtges at the 2021 Leading Ladies Luncheon as Carrie is honored as the Shirley Stein Outstanding Champion in the Arts and Education (photo credit: Priscilla Dickson)

TUTS: What impact do you feel TUTS has had on our community? 

BS: The impact TUTS has had on the Houston community is immeasurable. TUTS has given musical theatre enjoyment, education, and exposure to countless Houstonians, young and old, who would otherwise would never have the opportunity. 


TUTS: Why should others join you in supporting TUTS and the Leading Ladies Luncheon? 

BS: There are so many places where we can spend our time and give our dollars. The arts have always taken a backseat for public funding so it is up to the private sector to make it happen. TUTS is a jewel in the Houston crown. It belongs to all Houstonians. Like any valuable asset, it must be taken care of. The Leading Ladies is a fun, educational, and social mechanism with a mission to keep that jewel bright for the next generation.  

Thank You to our Year-End Donors! (A–F)

Patty & Kenneth Albers

Mr. & Mrs. Thomas C. Altman

Ms. Leslie Kiefer Amann

Megan Anncharico

Anonymous x 7

Eric Armstrong

Mr. Tom Atkinson

David E. Auer, M.D.

Ms. Mary Austill

Forbes Baker

Kathy & James Balow

Mr. Ashok Balsaver

Patrice Baumann McKinney and Pete McKinney

Michael Bayer

Ms. Laura Beard

Ms. Betty Beathard

Carol & Kim Bennetts

Mr. Robert Betancourt

Ms. Jo Blankenship

Ms. Tammi Blevins

Barbara & Thomas Blocher

Mr. Kurt Bouillion

Ms. Ann Bayless & Mr. Al Brende

Mr. Brian Bricarell

Cindy Brigham

Mr. & Mrs. Michael Brubaker

Mrs. Lori A. Brunner

Richard Bush

Ms. Pamela Busing

Mr. Thomas J. Butler

Mrs. Jo Butterfield

Mr. & Mrs. Bruce Cain

Mrs. Krishna Cannon

Mr. Frank L. Cascio, Jr.

Ms. Theresa Chang

Mr. Rick Chern

Ms. Jaclyn Cheslock

Mr. Calvin Chew

Mr. Steve Clark

Mr. Chris Claunch

Mark & Kay Clavenna

Ms. Rhonda Cobb

Kim & Lewis Coleman

Don and Mary Rundle Condon

Judy & Mark Cook

Ms. Retta Cook

Ms. Alicia Cooley

Ms. Irma Cornejo

Ms. Meghan Cornelius

Patricia & Sig Cornelius

Mr. Joseph Corriere, Jr.

CRC Family Charitable Foundation

Ms. Katherine Crowley

Ms. Barbara Cullison

Francois Daube

Mr. Joseph Davidson

Mr. Douglas A. Dawson

Ms. Julie Deeter

Ms. Dora Devery

Ms. Courtney Diehl

Ms. Sandra Ditta

Ms. Katherine Dooley

Mr. Richard Dorn

Ms. Dominique Drake

Gregory Duffey

Mr. Bill R. Eddleman

Carolyn Egbert

Ms. Jenny Elkins

David Ellis

Ms. Pamela Ewton

Cherrill Farnsworth & Peter J. Pavluk

Ms. Frederica Fester

Mr. & Mrs. Steven J. Finkelman

Ms. Alicia Flarity

Mr. & Mrs. Raymond C. Floyd

Carol & Larry Fradkin

(gifts made between November 16, 2021 and January 9, 2022 to Annual Fund and Relief efforts)

Thank You to our Year-End Donors! (G–O)

Dr. & Mrs. Robert Garcia

Ms. Leslie Gassner

Ms. Kim Gebron

Mr. Gregory Gehrt

Ms. Cynthia Geiger

Ms. Joan Glover

Mary Ann & Ted Goetz

Ms. Mary J. Goodreau

Ms. Sydney Goss

Ms. Sharon Goza

Ms. Glenda Greene

Mr. Campbell A. Griffin, Jr.

Ms. Kimberly Grigsby

Paul D. Grossbart

Ms. Paula Guillory

Ms. Julia Gutierrez

Ms. Lucila Haase

Mr. & Mrs. David Hall

Ms. Karen Hanson-Flowers

Mr. & Mrs. Robert L. Hargrave

Mr. & Mrs. Morris N. Harper

Alison & Robert Harrell

Ms. Jane Harrell

Ms. Linda Hart

Mr. and Ms. Michael Hawes

Mr. Richard Heil

Ms. Pamela Hellstrom

Hon. Bonnie Hellums & Carel Stith

Ms. Deborah Hendryx

Ms. Hope Hernandez

Ms. Mary A. Hill

Mrs. Janice Himpele

Alexis & Johnny “Bravo” Holloway

Ms. Marybeth Hrabina

Mr. Gerald Humphrey

Mr. Leo Hung

Ms. Mary Impelman

Mr. Gilchrist Jackson

Larie Jamieson

Ms. Shirley Jennings

Mr. & Mrs. J. B. Jones

Ms. Nancy Kakvan

Mr. John Kauffman

Mr. Douglas Kenaley

Mr. & Mrs. Colin Kiernan

Mr. & Mrs. David R. Klein

Mr. Steven Kovach

Mr. & Mrs. Garry Landowski

Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Lattu

Mrs. Susan Lawrence-Brown

Ms. Carolyn M. Lazar

Sandy & Don Lazenby

Mr. Bryan Leblanc

Mr. David Leeds

Helen and Calvin Leeke

Mr. Daniel E. LeGaye, Sr.

Jackie Lehnoff & Kaaren Stoeltje

Mr. Coby Leslie

Mrs. Rona Lesser

Ms. Meredith Lewis

Mai & David Loan

Brad Nyberg & Anne Loo

Mr. Ulysses Lopez

Sherri & Tommy Lott

Mr. Anthony R. Love

Mr. Joseph Ortiz Luis

Ms. Elizabeth Lunden

Ms. Angela Lutz & Mrs. Posey Saenz

Dr. & Mrs. Robert A. MacLean

Ms. Marlene Marker

Nancy F. Martin

Ms. Patti Massaro

Christine Mathers

Wendy & Eric Mattson

Paige & Ron May

Becky & Bart McAndrews

Mr. Clay McDaniel

Ms. Cynthia McManis

Mr. Bob McNamara

Ms. Ashley A. McPhail

Mr. & Mrs. Roger Medors

Ms. Ruth Mendez

Mrs. Diane Miller

Mr. & Mrs. Harold Miller

Ms. Virginia Miller

Mr. Julio Montano

Dr. Jack Moore

Morabito Family Foundation

Mr. Robbie Mullennix

Karol & Daniel Musher

Mr. Brandon Ned

Roxann & Timothy Neumann

Karen & Paige Nicolaou

Ms. Nicole P. Norris

Ms. Marty S. Olson

Gail & Gerald O’Neill

Mark & Christine O’Rear

Ms. Kate Ostrow-Yadan

Ms. Beth Otillar

Julie & Kenneth Owen

(gifts made between November 16, 2021 and January 9, 2022 to Annual Fund and Relief efforts)

Thank You to our Year-End Donors! (P–Z)

Cookie & Richard Pacheco

Mr. Stephen Palka

Ms. Robbie Pape

Mr. David Paul

Mr. Robert Pechacek

David Peck

Ms. Elizabeth Pennock

Mr. Douglas Perley

Ms. Marcia Petrini

Retta & William Pollio

Mr. Wayde Prejean

Mr. Derric Pryor

Steven N. Rader

Dena Rafte & Bob Brown

Ms. Melissa Ratnala

Mr. Calvin Ray

Ms. Melinda Reckers

Mr. Mike Reckles

Mr. John Redmon

Janice & Alan Rendl

Jim & Sue Robertson

Mr. John Robertson

Ms. Jane Robinson

Ms. Jacquelyne Rocan

Mr. Andrew Rossi

Mr. Gregory Rozenfeld

Patty & Zip Saxon

Ms. Kathleen Sazama

Mr. & Mrs. Marc Schneider

Buddy Schorre & Beth McKim

Ms. Gloria J. Schwartz

Mr. Bryan Scrivner

Dr. Hemali Shah

Dr. Deborah & Mr. Adrian Shelley

Mr. & Mrs. Yogesh Sheth

Mr. William A. Smith

Ms. Mary Ann Smith

Wayne & Becky Sneed

Derek & Verr Soltes

Mr. Roger Souders

Emmanuel Spartalis

Dr. George Starkschall & Ms. Frada Boxer

Mr. & Mrs. Jeff Stearns

Mr. Ronald Stein

Ms. Anne-Laure Stephens

Sterling Family Foundation

Mr. & Mrs. E. H. Stork, Jr.

Ms. Amy Sutton

Ms. Angela Swint

Gladys & Jim Taylor

Andrea & Trent Tellepsen

Ms. Marjorie Therrell

Ms. Beverly G. Thetford

Mrs. Cindy Thomas

Mr. Marshall Titus

Mr. Jack Torregrossa

Joan & Eugene Tulich

Ms. Laurie Tyler

Mr. Wilson Van Tine

Mr. & Mrs. Richard Vance

Julia & Bruce Vincent

Ms. Sharron Wall

David Waterbor Uthe

Kim & John Watson

Dr. Nancy Webb and Mr. David Webb

John & Wendy Welch

Ken & Devi Wenzel

Ms. Cindy Williamson

Mr. & Mrs. Tedd J. Winter

Ms. Deborah Yocham

Mr. Walt Zerkow

(gifts made between November 16, 2021 and January 9, 2022 to Annual Fund and Relief efforts)