Posted on November 19th, 2020


Dear Friends,

Thanksgiving is next week, and I am filled with gratitude. Despite the fact that we remain in the grasp of a global pandemic that has essentially shut down DSM’s core business, I can’t help but feel thankful for the abundance of good in my life.

I am grateful to the DSM staff who have remained steadfast in their dedication to our mission by creating countless new programs and activities that keep the spirit of Broadway in our hearts, even while Broadway and the Music Hall remain dark.

I am grateful to our Board of Directors and benefactors who have continued to provide their expertise, words of encouragement, and financial support during this crisis.

I am grateful to our partners Broadway Across America, the City of Dallas, Spectra/Fair Park First, and many others for continuing to make DSM and its mission a priority, even as they are pulled to countless other equally vital issues.

But mostly, I am grateful to you, our fans. Without you, we are just singing and dancing in a big empty room. You breathe life into what we do, and without YOU it’s all for nothing.

So please stay safe, please be patient, and please join me in gratitude for the not-too-distant end to this trying time we are all experiencing together.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Ken Novice
DSM President


DSM’s Black Art Matters series went LIVE as part of the Dallas Digithon, a 24-hour online, streaming variety show starring and benefiting Dallas artists in order to raise awareness for those who are unemployed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The session featured a panel and performances from Dallas’ own Dr. Audra Scott, Liz Mikel, Sasha Maya Ada, and Cherish Love Robinson. Click here to watch Black Art Matters: Live.




Last month, we held our second ConnectEDU professional development workshop in partnership with Dallas ISD where dancer and choreographer Michelle Gibson led a session for instructors highlighting best practices on bringing specific cultural identities to the dance floor. We’re thrilled to have this partnership with Dallas ISD, powered by PNC! Click here to learn more about ConnectEDU.




DSM is taking over the CitySquare pantry! In preparation for the holiday break, CitySquare is doubling their distribution of food and December 21, DSM will be filling all 30 volunteer slots with Board members, staff, donors, and community partners to help ensure that no family goes hungry over the holidays.



Barthy, DSM Donor



Just as Dallas and the Association of Fundraising Professionals honored the stars of philanthropy in our community at the 35th annual celebration for National Philanthropy Day on November 13, 2020, DSM celebrates our wonderful donors and supporters. Please meet CenterStage Shimmering Star donors and season subscribers Bob and Barthy Gaitonde.

“Bob & I have been season ticket holders of DSM for over 25 years. We love the rewarding and transformative experience of live theater. It promotes education and literacy as well. Can’t wait for the lights to come back on stage!” -Barthy Gaitonde





Did you miss the special edition of The Art & Business of Broadway: The Road to Reopening? In this subscriber town hall, we spoke  about the challenges our industry is facing and what we at DSM are doing while our theater remains dark.

Click here to watch The Art & Business of Broadway: The Road to Reopening featuring Tony Award-winning producer Sue Frost (Come From Away, Memphis), the president of a top Broadway tour booking agency, Meredith Blair (The Booking Group), and more!




During this challenging time, Dallas Summer Musicals is looking for local stars who’ve gone above and beyond for the community. They could be a nurse, doctor, first responder, teacher, grocery worker, delivery driver or another person working hard to help us all.

We’ll review the nominees and choose five winners, who will each receive four tickets to an upcoming show when Broadway returns to Dallas.

To nominate your local star, complete the form below by Friday, November 27 at 4:00 PM/CT

Click Here to Nominate Today! | Official Rules


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