HOUSTON — Listen up art lovers and children of all ages!  Houston’s fresh and riveting professional modern dance ensemble Hope Stone Dance Company will perform on February 28th, 2014 at the Hobby Center in Zilkha Hall.

Under the direction of noted dance/theatre choreographer Jane Weiner, the company will present the show “say please and thank you,” inspired by PBS’ 1970’s educational show “The Electric Company.” Designed especially for children, with adults in mind, the show encourages viewers to interpret art through their own eyes.


February 28, 2014

7:30 PM


Hobby Center,

Zilkha Hall

800 Bagby Street,

Houston, TX 77002


Child admission: $11

Regular admission: $26.75

Call (713) 315-2525

or visit Hope Stone, Inc


Hope Stone Dance Company’s Artistic Director Jane Weiner draws inspiration for say please and thank you from cherished authors including Shel Silverstein, Maurice Sendak, Beverly Cleary, Margaret Wise Brown and the Brothers Grimm. Working with local spoken word poet Outspoken Bean, Weiner will craft a new children’s story, Wanda McKinney and Her Glorious Amazing Art Adventure.  Bean will tell the story as accompaniment to the dance during the first part of the performance. The latter part of say please and thank you will feature a condensed, child-friendly version of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, adapted by Ian Gallanar of Chesapeake Shakespeare Company and performed by Hope Stone Dance Company with local actors.

In addition to that night’s performance, Hope Stone Dance Company will perform say please and thank you twice daily February 26-28 as part of the Discovery Series at The Hobby Center. The series, generously supported by Uniquely Houston, brings regional schoolchildren to The Hobby Center for exciting, free performances. Hope Stone Dance Company will also travel to South Texas to perform say please and thank you for schoolchildren of Brownsville and Port Isabel. say please and thank you aims to avoid “speaking down” to children, but rather to encourage them to explore their own interpretations of dance/theatre through a thoughtful art experience. Hope Stone, Inc. has launched a crowd funding campaign on to raise funds to bring say please and thank you to over 3500 children at the Hobby and in Brownsville.