Showing posts from 2016

Compliment: Night Before Christmas Carol, Inverness, Florida


It was our pleasure having such a professional grace the stage.

It makes my day (month, year) when I heard the patron and you talking about this being his first play and how much he enjoyed it.

I’d say that this is one of the main reasons why we do what we do.

In addition, kudos to Steven (Wall).

God bless us, everyone!

Alan Forino
Valerie Theater
Inverness, Florida

Compliment: Night Before Christmas Carol - Hillsboro, TX

Hi David and Serena,

Your performances of The Night Before Christmas Carol were absolutely wonderful. No matter what age, they all loved your portrayal of Charles Dickens. The intermediate-middle school students were totally engaged during your performance and gained so much knowledge from the presentation and also the Q&A which followed. From the questions asked it was easy to see that the students really connected with your presentation. Whether 10 years old or 90 Charles Dickens truly came to life for everyone.

You and Serena were such a pleasure to work with and all of us from the Performing Arts Department at Hill College. Hope you'll come back again. I wish you both a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

All the best,

Phillip Lowe
Coordinator of Visual & Performing Arts
Hill College
Hillsboro, TX

Night Before Christmas Carol: Hill College, TX

Christmas Show Planned At Hill College Thu, Nov 24, 2016 The second Performing Arts Series event at Hill College com-bines two well-known Christmas traditions into one magical evening of entertainment.

Thursday, December 1, at 7:30 p.m., David zum Brunnen will bring the story of Dickens’ creation of his famous morality tale, “A Christmas Carol,” to life on the Hill College stage.

The production is suitable for all ages and will be presented to students from local school districts on both Thursday and Friday, December 2.

Professor Elliot Engel, who has taught at Duke University, North Carolina State and the University of North Carolina, specializes in the life and work of Charles Dickens and wrote “The Night Before Christmas Carol” to bring to the stage the events that led to Dickens’ writing of the well-known tale, specifically on the night he dreamed up the story.

Those who attend will be …

Night Before Christmas Carol: Mid-Continent Public Library, MO

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Join Charles Dickens in his study for a very special night. On this evening in 1843, he creates his holiday classic, "A Christmas Carol." Renowned Dickens scholar, author, playwright, and lecturer, Elliot Engel has crafted a work that allows David zum Brunnen to portray the 17 "Christmas Carol" characters and Charles Dickens himself. Recommended highly by the Dickens family, MCPL is privileged to offer this performance to continue its Dickens tradition!
Ages 8 and up

Blue Springs North Branch
Monday, November 28
1:30 p.m.Woodneath Library Center
Monday, November 28
7:00 p.m.Register

War Bonds: Richland, VA


Compliment: War Bonds, New Bern NC

Compliment: War Bonds, New Bern NC

It was the highlight of my year's social life -- you should be on Broadway-- you all were so kind and caring and have so much talent.  May God always bless you.

-Gail Seiple, New Bern, NC


As always, we enjoy having you at the New Bern-Craven County Public Library.  I hope we will be able to have you back again soon.  Again, safe travels with all your upcoming shows.

Cassandra Hunsucker
New Bern-Craven County Public Library

War Bonds: Binghamton, NY


Chatham County Artists In Schools Initiative Expands

War Bonds: New Bern, NC


Performing Arts Features Night Before Christmas Carol

Click Here to see Hill College's Performing Arts Series Featuring Night Before Christmas Carol

Most of us know the story of “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens which has seen many incarnations on stage and in film. We may not, however, be as familiar with how the story came about.

Thursday, December 1, stage and screen actor David zum Brunnen will bring the tale of its creation to life through the many characters of “The Night Before Christmas Carol,” created by renowned Dickens scholar Elliot Engel.

Those who would like to support the Hill College Performing Arts Series are invited to become a benefactor for $100, a sustainer for $50, a patron for $25 or a supporter for $10. Also, for a donation of $1,000 or more, a donor can become a lifetime benefactor.

Names of lifetime benefactors, benefactors, sustainers, patrons and supporters appear in each program. Donations may be sent to: Hill College Music Dept., Attention: Phillip Lowe, 112 Lamar Dr., Hillsboro, TX 766…

EbzB Leads Corporate Workshop for United Arts Council Board Members

On Wednesday, September 14, 2016, EbzB Productions leads a sample of their corporate workshop for the United Arts Council Board of Directors in Raleigh, NC. The workshop, entitled United Arts Superheroes, will empower board members to advocate for truth, justice and the United Arts Council!

Using the tools of dramatic art in the corporate world stimulates engagement and creativity for employees.  Problem solving and communication skills are enhanced by the art form. Comfort with public speaking, articulating ideas, and collaboration all benefit from an awareness of the tools used by an actor. Using dramatic art in the business setting is yet another way the arts are proving vital to our daily lives and bottom lines.

EbzB Productions has been asked to develop their popular Arts-In-Education workshops for use in the corporate sector by the United Arts Council of Raleigh. Human resource directors will be able to choose programs to enhance the lives of their employees and benefit the mor…

Arts Midwest ~ Booth #334-B, September 13, 2016, Milwaukee, WI

Join EbzB at Arts Midwest on September 13, 2016 for our showcase of Night Before Christmas Carol with Night Cap Theatre:  Cocktails and Characters.  Visit Alkahest Artists Booth #334-B.

EbzB - Welcome to the Arts in North Carolina!

Welcome to the Arts in North Carolina!

EbzB Productions TheaterApex
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Phone: 919-387-4616Email: ebzb@ebzb.orgWeb Site: Activities

Community-Based ResidenciesLectures/PresentationsMaster ClassesPerformancesSchool-Based ResidenciesWorkshops The nationally touring and award-winning company EbzB Productions celebrates the profound impact of storytelling through theater in a growing repertoire of simple and compelling productions. Millions have seen its work internationally, on broadcast television or live in theatrical venues.
Formed in 1998 by Serena Ebhardt and David zum Brunnen, EbzB creates its work in the belief that theater influences and encourages a life to be positively transformed — immediately or over time — through discoveries unveiled.
EbzB offers a variety of choices for presenters, schools, teachers and audiences of all ages. Among the works in its repertoire are the company’s productions of War Bonds: The Songs & Letters of World Wa…

EbzB Arts Midwest Showcase

Don't miss David zum Brunnen's showcase at Arts MidWest! The Night Before Christmas Carol Tuesday, September 13, 201610:55 to 11:10 p.m.Wright A Room, 4th FloorHilton Milwaukee City Center(host hotel)

Exclusive Representation by
Alkahest Artists & Attractions
Looking forward to seeing you immediately
following the opening reception

For more details and booking,
stop by our Arts MidWest booth!
→ #344-B ←

'69 Seasons Feedback from a Veteran

Dear Serena,

My friend and fellow Vietnam vet Dennis Rogers shared  ’69 Seasons with me. Looking at it all brought back vivid memories of that chaotic time, both while in Vietnam and at home.  I was a college student who was trying to evade the draft and the horror of going to Vietnam, but I failed, at long last, and was drafted and sent there.  I chose to serve, in the end.  I was lucky be rearguard, not on the river boats, as I had been trained in California, but still I saw enough. 

The images and songs, slogans and famous people from the music world, pacifists and militant groups were all over the news and marketed in stores (head shops), so all that you showed is familiar to me.  Much of it was to escape. 

This play does illustrate well the confusion and mental strain of the war time, and of the earnest attempt by the young to question the essential truths of how we should organize to live, and to treat each other.  Nixon is well portrayed as the man upholding the prestige of t…

Compliment: '69 Seasons

Being in the audience of ’69 Seasons transformed me back again to being twenty years-old in turmoil times— in the Vietnam War where the senior boys in my high school class disappeared; underlying chaos on my college campus where disgruntled students wanted to take over the administration building; growing racial tensions, and Bam! Janis Joplin sounding great up on the stage.
-Sue Colter, Patron, Turnage Theatre

Compliment: '69 Seasons

'69 Seasonsrecreated a time in history that had grown dim for some of its audience members.  However, in just a few hours and three extremely talented cast members we were taken back in time to the events which were wrapped in ribbons of meaningful music. It is a must-see for those of us who were there and for those who need to learn more about our country’s history and never knew the season of  ’69.
-Dorothy Herrington, Patron, Turnage Theatre

Compliment: '69 Seasons

Thank YOU for a great production of '69 SEASONS here at the Turnage Theatre this past Saturday.  I think you have a great show on your hands that will be a vital part of EbzB's roster for a long time to come.

As the audience left the theatre, I heard lots of praise for the show.  But what I really noticed were the visceral reactions - people who felt personally invested in that turbulent time and how your production brought a lot of those emotions back to the surface.  I already told you about the one gentleman who left a few minutes early saying "That was a little too close to home. "  I didn't really take that as a criticism though.  It seemed to me that the show had struck a nerve, and depending on where you were in your life in 1969, the reactions will span accordingly.  This person may have been a Vietnam Veteran, or had a relative who was in Vietnam.

I loved the show.  It was heavy, without being heavy-handed.  But it also had its lighter moments which were…

Compliment: Arts In Education at Virginia Cross Elementary

Chatham County Arts Council:  The performance at Virginia Cross Elementary School on Friday was powerful and so well done. Good work! @ebzb

Lesley Landis: The performance was so powerful. I'm very grateful to you all. Feeling deep gratitude for all that you all do for the arts, and the future, of Chatham County. 

Cheryl Chamblee: About to see "Checkpoint : You and Me," original theatre piece by Virginia Cross Elem.Hooray, @ebzb + @chathamarts !

Allison Buckner, Principal VCE: Wow!  That is all I can say.  The performance was outstanding!  I am so glad that you all made this possible for our students.  This was a rare and precious opportunity for them.  I know it will always be something that they will remember.

Arts In Education: Students Explore Immigration During Show Week at Virginia Cross Elementary in Siler City, NC

Students Explore Immigration During Show Week at Virginia Cross Elementary in Siler City, NC

It’s Monday morning and Director Serena Ebhardt is deftly organizing her 30+ cast members for an important session—blocking the show these students will perform in four short days. But first she has to explain what blocking is—arranging the location and movement for each of the actors on stage, both on the floor and in relation to each other. During the rehearsal, students are also introduced to other theatre terms—places, stage right, stage left, projecting. Three quick run-throughs (remembering to hold that spot for the student who is absent today), working out variations on the grid concept designed to move the actors through the story, and time is up for today. 

Checkpoint: Hope for Me and You is the original production crafted from the interviews VCE students conducted, transcribed, and edited with local community members.  Friday afternoon’s performance for the student body will be the …

’69 Seasons” Tours the Turnage On Saturday

’69 Seasons” tours the Turnage on SaturdayPublished 6:03pm Thursday, April 7, 2016
From Arts of the Pamlico
Arts of the Pamlico, in association with EbzB Productions, will present the musical theatre production “’69 Seasons” this Saturday at the Turnage Theatre in downtown Washington. Curtain time is 8 p.m.
According to AOP executive director Joey Toler, the production can best be characterized as a “jukebox” musical, because it employs music from the era instead of original tunes.
“For those who lived through the late ’60s, particularly 1969, the show will be nostalgic. For those who didn’t, it will be a history lesson worth learning,” Toler said. A partial song list from the show includes such titles as “Dizzy,” “Proud Mary,” “Spinning Wheel,” “Major Tom,” “2525,” “Both Sides Now,” “Give Peace A Chance” and many more. The production contains close to 20 different musical numbers.
Beginning with Nixon’s inauguration, the show takes you through a turbulent year filled with war, protes…

Arts Education Spotlight, Chatham County, NC

David and Serena,
Thank you for the wonderful performance yesterday!  I hate that I had to leave for an IEP meeting and miss the end of the show but the staff and students were VERY complimentary about the show and are excited about the 5th grade performance next month:-)   I cannot wait myself!
-Allison Buckner, Principal
Virginia Cross Elementary, Siler City, NC


Thanks so much for yesterday's "Wrights of Passage!" The VCE students were so attentive, and they were full of questions during the talkback afterward. It was fabulous to see! I'm so excited to see the fifth graders' work as the residency moves forward.
Warmly, Cheryl Chamblee
Executive Director Chatham Arts Council

Life Is So Good at Durham Academy, Durham, NC

Durham Academy

On February 19th, 2016, actor and playwright Mike Wiley was joined on the stage of Taylor Hall by fellow actor and DA parent David zum Brunnen, as the two brought the book "Life Is So Good" to life for DA Middle Schoolers. It's the incredible true story of 103-year-old George Dawson, a slave's grandson who learned to read at age 98. See more photos from the performance at

Compliment: Night Before Christmas Carol, New Bern, NC

"I attended The Night Before Christmas Carol in New Bern, NC in December. I'm just writing to say what a phenomenal job the actor did! Not only that but I had brought my special needs son with me and the actor went out of his way after the performance to say hello to my son. I can't tell you how much this meant to me! That kind of compassion is the Best Christmas Present Ever!!!" -Sharee Frogley  Patron at New Bern Public Library

EbzB Arts in Education Residencies and NC Arts Council Grants

EbzB Arts in Education Residencies and NC Arts Council Grants

EbzB Productions Arts in Education Residences are now available for the 2016-2017 school year.
Please share the following information.

The North Carolina Arts Council is offering Arts-In-Education Grants that may assist you in bringing an EbzB residency to your students. This program provides students with arts learning experiences that spark creativity, imagination, and innovation. These residency grants support artists working in schools or after school programs for 10 days or more. The NCAC Arts in Education (AIE) program provides support to schools and nonprofit organizations to strengthen the use of the arts in pre K-€“12 settings. It gives priority to funding fees for professional artists to work in educational settings and collaborations between arts organizations and schools.

EbzB Teaching Artists have been trained by The Lincoln Center Institute, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the Nationa…