We are very excited about presenting Ann: An Affectionate Portrait of Ann Richards starring Holland Taylor, who has been featured in many TV shows and movies, including Two and a Half Men. The show is almost completely sold out and has gotten rave reviews.
The moment we heard we were bringing this show, we knew we had to give free tickets to the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders. We also thought it would be really special if we could sponsor an event where Holland Taylor visited the Ann Richard School and talked to their students.
This past Thursday we hosted Holland and all of the 8th, 9th, and 10th grade students at the Ann Richards School. It was a wonderful afternoon as Holland inspired the girls with her stories about Ann Richards and her own life as an actress. She did a few excerpts from the show and shared how, through her research, she learned about why Ann Richards wanted to start a school to give girls like them a chance to become something great. She then did an extensive question and answer session with the students where she answered questions about her own life. She even gave them permission to ask a few questions about Charlie Sheen. One student asked her how she managed to stay so grounded when so many movie stars are falling apart. Her response: “I don’t do drugs.”
The event began with the girls reciting the school’s mission statement: “The Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders dedicates itself to prepare young women to attend and graduate from college, commit to a healthy and well-balanced lifestyle, lead with courage and compassion, and solve problems creatively and ethically in support of our global community.”
Holland was so touched by this mission that she shared with the students a very personal prayer she says right before to goes onstage to perform Ann.
I was very proud to be a part of this event and that the Paramount Theatre was able to not only bring in a fabulous show, but also give this kind of opportunity to this school.