The Facts features Brazosport Center Stages’ volunteer appreciation event

Brazosport Center Stages had much to celebrate at the organization’s annual Volunteer Appreciation Night on Saturday, August 5 here at The Center. The Facts featured the event in today’s (8/9) edition, “Volunteers of the year feted during Brazosport Center for the Arts and Sciences 80th birthday: Denis, Judi James receive Lifetime Achievement Award from theater group”.

A celebration of longtime supporters and volunteers Judi and Denis James took center stage during the evening, which also saw performances by scholarship recipients Maddie Gore & Olivia Smith and the actors & mentors from this year’s Penguin Project production, The Wizard of Oz, as well as several cast members from the illness-shortened run of summer musical, The Sound of Music.

Check out The Facts online to see photos from the event and read the story.  

Cast announced for Brazosport Center Stages’ “The Lion in Winter”

Brazosport Center Stages is producing “The Lion in Winter” as its fourth show of the 2021-2022 season, slated for January 21-23 and 28-30.

Auditions were held earlier this week, and director Judi James has announced the cast.

English royalty:

King Henry – Devon J. Smith

Queen Eleanor – Susan Moss

Prince Richard – Craig Fritz

Prince Geoffrey – Jeremy Warren

Prince John – Christian Mayo

French royalty:

King Philip – Cullen Brooks

Princess Alais – Lisa Chapa


Co-director: Connie Marshall

Producers: Lauri Cherian and Irenna Garapetian

Scenic design: Keith Plowman


“This is a really able cast of both Center veterans and newcomers,” James says. “I’m looking forward to the creative process. What is great about theater is that you don’t have to have all the ideas or answers. It’s about collaboration.”

As for “The Lion in Winter”, James believes even a modern audience will connect with the story set in the 12th century.

“It’s a humorous look at the lives and reigns of the first Plantagenet kings and royal family…their foibles, fights and relationships,” she explains. “It’s a story based in history and an extremely studied part of history at that. It’s fast-moving and follows the true story of the family in very modern language.

“These are certainly some of the most remarkable characters of the early medieval times. They fight and court their way throughout the story, which is really about their love, passions and conflicts.”