Johnny Simons

Hip Pocket's 2015 Season

The Fort Worth group's summer season includes several premieres, and a new piece from Lake Simons and John Dyer.

published Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Photo: James Maynard
The set model for James Maynard's adaptation of Lili

Fort Worth — The 39th season for Hip Pocket Theatre has been announced. It includes a pantomime by Johnny Simons and two adaptations from films (1953's Lili and 1959's The Killer Shrews). It also features a newer work from Lake Simons, called Tree Pop; and like 2014, the season ends with a film festival showing performances from Hip Pocket's past, in this case three shows from the '80s.

Tickets are $20, but if you buy a Hip Pass you can save 50 percent off the regular admission price. Get ten admissions for half the cost and use them when you want. Invite 9 friends or spread them out over the entire performance season. To find out more, call 817-246-9775, or visit

General auditions for the season are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 18-19; call the number above to make an appointment, or sign up through the website.


Here's more about the season:


The Enchanted Lake

By Johnny Simons, music by Darren Kobetich

June 5-28

A pantomimic musical allegory with elves, sylphs, nymphs, sprites, and magical fairy- folk cavorting in sylvan delight all along the shoreline under mystic moonlight  and great grandfather tree.


Tree Pop (Seen Unseen & The Real Unreal)

by Lake Simons, original score by John Dyer

July 10-Aug. 2

An imaginative pageant amongst the pines—an ode to friends that leave and objects that speak.



Adapted by James Maynard from the screenplay by Helen Deutsch

Aug. 14-Sept. 6

A young girl discovers life and love in a traveling carnival with the aid of a dashing magician and four very special puppets. A colorful musical delight for the whole family!


Killer Shrews

by Johnny Simons, adapted from the 1959 screenplay by Jay Simms with music by Michael H. Price

Sept. 18-Oct. 11

"Those who hunt by night will tell you that the wildest, most vicious of all animals is the tiny shrew.  The shrew feeds only by the dark of the moon. He must eat his own body weight every few hours or starve. And the shrew devours everything bones, flesh, marrow  verything. Just imagine stranded on a small island with snarling genetically mutated rodents - giant killer shrews!"


Hip Film Fest

Oct. 23-25

  • Oct. 23: Old Coots Read Genesis 1-8 King James Version (1988)
  • Oct. 24: Nova's Shady Grove (1987)
  • Oct. 25: Abbott and Costellor Meet Frankenstein (1984)
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