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Ovation has been a large part of my life since my freshman year. Each production brought new challenges and excitements, and additionally, allowed me to meet and work with extremely talented people. But In The Heights was drastically different than anything I had been a part of; I was given the opportunity to take the stage as Nina Rosario, one of the leads in this production.

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Ovation Students
The Magic Circle

I believe in the power of a magic circle. A person’s life is a constant struggle of figuring out who they truly are, and where they fit in. This battle is definitely prominent in a person’s high school years. Experiencing this myself, it wasn't until I stepped into a magic circle that I felt like I knew what I was supposed to be doing. I was a volleyball player and planned to play throughout high school, that is until I didn't make the team my freshman year. After that, I felt lost and discouraged, not knowing what I would do for the next four years of high school.

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Ovation Students
Building a City - On Stage with In The Heights

The set is often the first thing an audience sees when they come to our productions, so it had to encapsulate the Heights, its sense of anxiety and its perpetual promise. The set design for Ovation's production of IN THE HEIGHTS was inspired by the 2008 original Broadway production by designer Anna Louizos. The design employs several concepts that we often discuss in our Technical Theatre courses.

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John Grimmett
What Ovation Means To Me

Thoughts from Ovation Theatre students.

“Ovation has taught me to not fear looking awkward, being different, and speaking loud… Ovation made me realize my passion and made me choose my career. I am forever in debt to this program. It is a home to so many people who need it… Ovation is honestly the best thing at Dawson High School.”

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Ovation Students
From Page to Stage: Our Vision for Theatre Education

Every serious theatre company in the United States has a clear mission and vision statement for their audiences, especially since garnering patron support can be an ongoing challenge in the health of an arts organization. If you’ve never read our mission and vision statement, I encourage you to do so – Ovation Theatre is aiming to achieve a higher level of theatre education in the state of Texas by combining first-rate educational experiences with professional artistry. Too often, though, ideas can become lost in execution: it is easy to believe in the things we write down as goals, but it is far more difficult to take them from the page to the stage. 

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