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North Texas Production Makes its Way to the Big Apple

local kids show off their acting chops at new theater festival in New York City

It’s Christmas Eve–the busiest night of the year at the North Pole–and the elves get the flu. What do you do? Someone has to get the job done, so dial 911-GNOMES to the rescue! In 911 Gnomes: A Christmas Emergency, a North Texas production making its way to the Big Apple this month, the audience will take a trip with Rudolph, Frosty and some of the oddest garden gnomes you’ve ever seen–all brought to life by 17 Dallas-Fort Worth actors, including eight kids.

Even though the production will be in NYC, this is exciting new for the North Texas theater scene. 911 Gnomes, written by Shellie O’Neal and produced by Dallas-based Starlight Entertainment, has been chose to participate in the RAVE Theater Festival in New York City this August. RAVE Theater Festival is hosting this inaugural event to provide a platform for new and emerging artists to display their work on stage. This is quite the opportunity. How often do local productions get to perform in a city that’s known for its theater district? The festival will showcase just 20 new shows, and 911 Gnomes will be the only show representing Texas. Talk about a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the kiddos in the cast!

When reflecting on this opportunity, O’Neal says, “Every playwright dreams of having her play in New York City, and this Texas girl is beyond elated that this dream is about to come true.” She is “over the moon for [her] students, too…” One can only imagine what other fantastic things these kids will accomplish now that they’ve had a taste of the big leagues. (Next step–Broadway?)

The play will be presented in the Lower East Side of Manhattan at the Clemente Center Aug. 14-18.