Stage Right Raises the Curtain for Education and Spotlights Appreciation of the Arts through Experience and Positive Quality Lifestyles

Dallas Police Chief David Kunkle and Michael Jenkins, President and Managing Director of Dallas Summer Musicals will hold a press conference Friday, June 5th at 10 a.m. in the lobby of the Music Hall at Fair Park, to discuss the objectives and success of the Stage Right program that introduces at-risk youth ages 10-15 to arts and culture events as well as introducing them to the “Positive Action / Anti Gang” self improvement and self esteem building summer curriculum..

Michael A. Jenkins, President and Managing Director of Dallas Summer Musicals (DSM), who helped create the Stage Right initiative to reach out to at-risk students, and DPD Narcotics Detective Monty Moncibais, who heads up the program for DPD, will also speak.

Stage Right Steering Committee members who will attend include Chris Hawkins, Federal Bureau of Investigation; Darrell Fant and Jean Dean of the North Texas Crime Commission; Jody Dean, KLUV Radio, Ginger Allen, Channel 11 News, Gail Gray, Phoenix House; Lori Sirmen and Tiffani Oltmanns, Dallas Summer Musicals; Carolyn Jordan, Boys and Girls Club; Herbert Moncibais, Hispanic Business Alliance; Gloria Moncibais, Hispanic Business Alliance; and Susan Moncibais, community activist.

Also present at the conference will be Monty Mueller of Phoenix House, Anita N. Martinez of the Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico Company, Charles English of the Dallas Boys & Girls Club, Reginald Hurd of Dallas Parks and Recreation, Adam Mehl of the Dallas Mavericks, Billy Walker of Coca Cola Bottling of North Texas, and Eddie Campbell and Ed Campbell, of Campbell Concessions.

Stage Right’s mission statement is “Raising the curtain for education and spotlighting the appreciation of the arts through experience and positive quality lifestyles.”

The students are recommended by DISD teachers and counselors, Apartment and Church summer and youth programs including Boys & Girls Clubs, Girls Inc., and Dallas Recreation Centers as part of their ongoing efforts to keep students from joining gangs or engaging in other activities that prevent their enjoying success in school. “Stage Right” seeks to raise awareness of the arts, increase appreciation for different lifestyles and also increase self esteem.

Last year 400 students participated in Stage Right’s summer program, and this year’s attendance goal is to reach 800. For more information about Stage Right, please contact DPD Detective Moncibais at 214-537-8954. For more information about Dallas Summer Musicals, please call Lori Sirmen at 214-413-3961.

About Dallas Summer Musicals

Winner of 4 Tony Awards®, 2 Drama Desk Awards® and 2 Dallas Fort Worth Theatre Critics Forum Awards, Dallas Summer Musicals has been the premier presenter of Broadway shows in Dallas for nearly 70 years. DSM is the largest producer of live theatrical entertainment in the Southwest and the 4th largest touring Broadway presenter in the nation following Kennedy Center in Washington, Lincoln Center in New York and Center Theater Group in L.A.

In addition to presenting national Broadway tours, DSM also produces shows on Broadway, presents and tours local productions and is involved in developing new works. Dallas Summer Musicals’ affiliates include DSM Management Group, Inc. (DSMMGI), which manages the Music Hall at Fair Park, the historical Majestic Theatre in downtown Dallas and the remodeled historical Texas Theater, scheduled to open in 2009.

As a non-profit organization, DSM relies on a variety of funding sources to bring the Best of Broadway to Dallas at affordable ticket prices, as well as to preserve the beautiful historic theatres, educate young audiences and create important community programs. In addition, the DSM Academy of Performing Arts offers professional theatre arts training and scholarships to talented students in need.

Ticket sales alone do not sustain these endeavors. Only support from committed businesses, foundations and individuals make these programs possible. For more information about Dallas Summer Musicals, presented by Comerica, visit their website at or call (214) 421-5678

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