Curtain Call Kick-Off at Bistro 31


Dallas Summer Musicals Curtain Call Kicks-Off at Bistro 31

Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 16, 2016 at the Music Hall at Fair Park

          (October 29, 2015 – Dallas, TX)   Dallas Summer Musicals, Inc. (DSM) Curtain Call kicked-off 2016  Cirque du Musicale on October 26th at a soirée hosted by Bistro 31 in Highland Park Village.

(Photo: Suzanne Palmlund, Cirque du Musicale chair with her husband, David (not pictured); April Bosworth, designer. Photos by Chris Waits.)

Gala chairs Suzanne and David Palmlund welcomed supporters announcing the gala date of Saturday, April 16, 2016 at the Music Hall at Fair Park, saying this gala will be like none other! Many surprises are in store at Curtain Call which supports Dallas Summer Musicals’ mission to bring the Best of Broadway to North Texas and provide for children’s education and outreach programs.  Sponsors’ support will bring the magic of musical theater to so many children who otherwise would never experience it — magic created through programs such as DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards, Seats for Vets, Seats for Kids, DSM Academy of Performing Arts, Kid’s Club, Stage Right and Hear Us Now!®. Mayor Mike Rawlings is honorary chair.

Special thanks went to Michael Bratcher, manager of Bistro 31 and host, as patrons enjoyed specialty hors d’oeuvres and wines, including a specialty cocktail created especially for this evening’s announcements.

Patron Party chair Hilary Roberts, well-known Dallas performer, shared a story of her life-long passion for the arts, especially musicals, and treated the gathering to a beautiful rendition of Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You.” Afterwards, she announced her own gift of $10,000 and challenged everyone to match those funds, starting with a $5,000 bid, which was matched. In another challenge to meet or beat that amount, a lump sum of $30,000 was pledged. Hilary remarked how this generosity and dedication to DSM touches all of our hearts, receiving a standing ovation from the crowd. A total of $45,000 was raised at this evening’s event!

DSM’s premier fundraiser of the year, Curtain Call is an exciting evening of gourmet delights, inspiration, and entertainment! Curtain Call – Cirque du Musicale will provide guests with a break from the traditional seated dinner format and transport them to a creative, cirque-influenced dining experience and evening filled with cirque entertainment, delicious tastes and bites from a select menu designed by a celebrity chef and prepared by M Dining at the Music Hall, exciting auctions, and open bars – all followed by a special performance in the theatre and a night cap at a cabaret, dessert, and cigar lounge. This is your opportunity to indulge in everything you love about DSM and musical theatre, and share in the Magic of the Music Hall at Fair Park with your closest clients, friends, and family.

* Sponsorships and underwriting available starting $5,000.

* Cirque Party of 10 packages start at $4,000.

* Diamond Cirque VIP gala event tickets are $760 and include all event benefits: early access at 6pm to cocktail reception, first look at auctions, gourmet dinner, and concert.

* Individual gala event tickets are $400 and include:  access at 7:00 p.m., cocktails and dinner, and concert.

All Curtain Call underwriting opportunities and benefits are available through the web site at: and can be purchased online at or by calling the Development office.

Contact:                 The Development Office at DSM, 214-413-3961 and email at

 Dallas Summer Musicals presenting sponsor is Texas Instruments. Season sponsors are American Airlines, The Dallas Morning News and WFAA Channel 8.

Curtain Call Sponsors:  The Greatest Star / Patron Party Sponsors – Hilary L. Roberts and J. Baxter Brinkmann; Superstar Cirque Announcer – Dallas Southwest Osteopathic Physicians; Cirque Trapeze Star – Texas Instruments

Media Sponsors: Park Cities News/The Waters Family

About Dallas Summer Musicals

Dallas Summer Musicals (DSM) is the preeminent nonprofit presenter of Broadway theatre in North Texas.  DSM produces, presents and promotes excellence in live musical theatre with year-round performances for diverse audiences of all ages, impacting the lives of children and families through community outreach and education and enriching the cultural landscape of Dallas/Fort Worth, North Texas and the Southwest Region. Visit the website:

Beyond presenting Broadway shows and extraordinary musical theatre performances, DSM annually invests in sustaining and expanding the following DSM educational and programming initiatives:

AcademyDSM ACADEMY OF PERFORMING ARTS offers professional training – integrating the disciplines of singing, acting and dancing – in satellite locations throughout the Dallas metro area.  To ensure access to all learners, the school offers scholarships to promising students with limited financial resources. For more information, visit:

HSMTADSM HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL THEATRE AWARDS is patterned after Broadway’s Tony® Awards and celebrates the power of the Arts to significantly improve all areas of education.  The 5th Annual High School Musical Theatre Awards is scheduled for April 14, 2016.  Sponsorships start at $5,000 and support college scholarships to outstanding and deserving participants. For more information visit:

KidsClubKIDS CLUB is a free membership program created to develop tomorrow’s musical theatre audience.  Through exciting activities, special events, backstage tours and informational exchanges, children gain an interest, hands-on knowledge and appreciation of the performing arts. For more information visit: or email

SeatsForKidsSEATS FOR KIDS provides a meaningful theatre arts experience to low-income, at-risk and special needs children.  Every year DSM provides children in the Dallas area experience live musical theatre, many for the first time, through this program.

HUNHEAR US NOW utilizes five assistive listening device technologies (T-coils, FM Classroom, Streamers, FM systems, and traditional headsets) to deliver clear and direct audio signal from the performers so that patrons with limited hearing abilities can enjoy the show.

SeatsForVetsDSM SEATS FOR VETS DSM has a long established tradition of providing discounted access to military veterans and their families.  The new DSM Seats for Vets initiative is an intentional effort to do more – built on the idea that “their service deserves great seats.”


CommunityPerformance DSM COMMUNITY PERFORMANCE – As a part of DSM’s 76th season, Disney’s The Little Mermaid returns to the DSM stage for a three-week run organized by DSM in March, 2016.  During the show’s run, DSM will organize a DSM Community Performance and offer the Dallas community complimentary seats in the Music Hall at Fair Park.


GuildDSM GUILD The DSM Guild is looking for prospective members and sponsors. Guild members share a love of musical theatre, provide special Dallas hospitality to the traveling companies by hosting opening night cast parties and serving donated meals, and enthusiastically support DSM.

Interested in joining please email


APDSM ASSOCIATE PRODUCERS The DSM Associate Producers is a dynamic group of young professionals between the ages of 21 and 45. Their mission is to cultivate future patrons and leaders of DSM and to make DSM part of the culture for young professionals in Dallas. To learn more, please visit


The public can play a part in bringing the Best of Broadway to the young people in our community!


Charitable contributions are vital to the sustainability of these initiatives at Dallas Summer Musicals.  Please assist DSM in its mission to build awareness for the enjoyment and educational values of musical theater as it does so through its ongoing education and community programs.


For more information including sponsorships, booking, or program details, please contact the DSM Development Department at 214.413.3961 or





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