The Great Distance Home Returns to Addison

The Ensemble of THE GREAT DISTANCE HOME at WaterTower Theatre. Photo by Jason Anderson.

The Great Distance Home debuted this week at WaterTower Theatre as the family-friendly “Holiday Extra.” The play will run until Dec. 16 on the Terry Martin Stage at the Addison Theatre Centre.

WaterTower Theatre’s press release describes the play saying, “Boy, like most children, has an unyielding imagination. But when the rigidness of growing up begins to stifle it, Boy sets out in search of a home to call his own, and on his way discovers a life that he never expected.”

BaThe Great Distance Home comes back by popular demand and moves to the Main Stage this holiday season, bringing the heartwarming and nearly-wordless story of a young man’s journey of discovery to life once more. Join the amazing cast at WaterTower as they bring to life this production and close out the year with one their audiences favorite plays.

Mitchell Stephens and Tatiana Lucia Gantt in THE GREAT DISTANCE HOME

The cast includes:

Kelsey Milbourn, Christopher Llewyn Ramirez returns to WaterTower Theatre after appearing in Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue and The Great Distance Home.

Mitchell Stephens is a local actor whose recent work includes Twelfth Night (Trinity Shakespeare Festival) and Sense & Sensibility (Cape Fear Regional Theatre). Mitchell makes his return with WaterTower Theatre to reprise his role in The Great Distance Home.

Garret Storms, whose acting credits include productions on various stages like  Stage West Theatre, Stages Repertory Theatre, Uptown Players, Trinity Shakespeare Festival, Theatre Three, Amphibian Stage, Shakespeare Dallas, and RADA to name a few.

Also joining the cast and making her WaterTower Theatre debut is Tatiana Lucia Gantt. Some of her acting credits include The Yellow Boat (Resolute Theater); Romeo + Juliet and The Angelina Project (University of North Texas). Tatiana also works as a teaching artist and in theatre management.

Directing the play is Kelsey Leigh Ervi, Associate Artistic Director for WaterTower Theatre. Ervi’s WaterTower Theatre directing credits include The Last Five Years, The Great Distance Home, Parade in Concert, Silent Sky, Lord of the Flies, The Spark, The Santaland Diaries, The Tom Sawyer Project, and Honky.

The creative team for The Great Distance Home includes Bradley Gray as Scenic Designer, Sam Rushen as Lighting Designer, Hillary Collazo Abbott as Production Stage Manager, and Joe Heike as Assistant Stage Manager.


Performances will take place in the Terry Martin Main Stage at the Addison Theatre Centre and will run until Dec. 16. Performance times are Wednesdays and Thursdays: 7:30 p.m., Fridays: 8 p.m., Saturdays: 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Ticket prices for children 16 and under are $20, single tickets for adults are $40. Make sure to call the Box Office the ask about a ‘Family 4 Pack discount’ as well, and don’t forget to subscribe to their newsletter and get access to great promotions and sneak previews. You can purchase tickets to the performances online at or by calling 972-450-6232.

While you are on the WaterTower website, make sure to check out all the different plays coming up. WaterTower Theatre was founded in 1996, and since then has become one of Texas’ leading professional theatre companies. They are regarded as one of the flagship arts institutions in North Texas, as their role as a leader in developing new local talent and at the same time encouraging the growth of the DFW artistic community. WaterTower Theatre’s vision according to their website is “To connect the world to Addison and Addison to the world through developing and presenting innovative theatre that is artistically vital to our community locally and beyond.” WaterTower Theatre’s alumni include many actors who have performed on Broadway, various national tours, as well as film and television. For example Major Attaway (Broadway: Disney’s Aladdin); John Campione (First National Tour: School of Rock; The Bridges of Madison County); Anthony Fortino (First National Tour: Fun Home); Brian Gonzales (Broadway: One Man, Two Guvnors; Disney’s Aladdin)


Led by Artistic Director Joanie Schultz and Managing Director Nicholas Even, WaterTower Theatre it is regularly recognized for its artistic excellence by the Dallas Theatre League, DFW Theatre Critics Forum, and many other organizations. With a subscription base of more than 2,000, WaterTower Theatre serves an audience of over 24,000 theatre lovers annually.


Don’t’ miss out on this wonderful opportunity to see a great show with your family. Make it a complete night by visiting one of WaterTower Theatre’s restaurant neighbors Table 13, Chamberlain’s Steak and Chop House or Kenny’s Italian Kitchen.

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