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going the distance | 2020

Summer Break Theatre thanks to ALL the supporters for coming out to our show this year on July 26 at the Blue Starlite Drive-In, and seeing it online.

After a successful, sold-out performance of Cul-de-Sac at Hyde Park Theatre in 2019, SBT presented a second successful show of Going the Distance, our online comedy play about the life of teachers facing the challenges of distance teaching, at the Blue Starlite Mini-Urban Drive-In Movie Theatre. We had a YouTube the following night on July 27.


about the show:

The Buckey Beaver teachers are PISSED. Remote learning continues through the fall, but preparations are in the works for in-person classes to resume soon. Between the only decent teacher quitting to the perky antics of the AP, watching these staff meetings unfold is like… well…2020. Join us for this “bought-in, student-centered, growth-mindset” group of 8th grade teachers as they go from “remote to restart” by planning for… what? Oh yeah. TOTALLY unpaid personal development. 

Buck E. Middle is the first travel-center sponsored middle school in Central Texas. (The first location is in Plano). Corporate sponsorship affords our American Beavers conveniences other campuses lack, including a nut bar in the cafeteria and the cleanest bathrooms in tri-county area. Buck E. Middle’s main rival is the Waxahachie Truck Stop Middle School. (Boo Road Kills!) Go Buck E. Middle! We have clean bathrooms!



Anna Barkin

Theatre Teacher

Anna is a core member of Summer Break Theatre. She has her BFA in Theatre Performance from the University of Florida and earned her Master of Education from Texas A&M.  She is a middle school theatre teacher in Hutto.  Prior to that, Anna lived in Los Angeles where she was a founding member of the award-winning sketch group Oh You and Your Bone Spurs, a frequent participant in Comedy Central’s storytelling night Sit and Spin, and happened to film a TV pilot, a couple of indie movies and a studio picture.  She lives in Austin with her husband and two sons and is beyond excited to work with Summer Break Theatre!

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ELA teacher/Team Lead

Maggie is the founder of Summer Break Theatre. She currently serves as the theatre director for Cedar Valley Middle School. Maggie is also a member of the pilot program RRISD Fine Arts LEAD Co-hort, and she advises academic UIL. Prior to teaching, Maggie toured as a stage manager and worked with Austin Lyric Opera and the Long Center.

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Jon DeMitchell

New ELA teacher

Jon DeMitchell is a core member of Summer Break Theatre so excited to be part of this awesome show. Jon is the theatre director at East View High School in Georgetown. Prior to that, he was an actor of stage and screen in Los Angeles. He is also a graduate of Chapman University’s BFA in Theatre Performance program.

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David Crutcher


David Crutcher teaches theatre at Trimble Technical High School in Fort Worth and has taught at the middle, high school, and college levels for twenty years. His students have performed at the Texas State Thespian Festival, the International Thespian Festival, and the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. He has BA in Theatre from the University of North Texas, an MA in Theatre Production from Central Washington University, and an MFA in Directing from the University of Idaho.


David Lampe

Social Studies teacher

David Lampe has been a high school English teacher for over 25 years. He has been performing in theater and improv troupes even longer and he is delighted to be joining Summer Break for their second season.

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Rene Fulton

Asst. Principal

Rene has a B.A. in Theatre from the City University of New York, Hunter College.  She is currently the Theatre Arts director at Hutto High School in Hutto,Tx. Rene has worked as an actor in LA, New York and across the country.  Rene’s recent Austin credits include Olivia in Twelfth Night, Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Princess in Love’s Labor’s Lost, Calpurnia in Julius Caesar for Present Theatre Company and Adrianna in Comedy of Errors for Penfold Theatre Company. Rene is excited to return for her second production with Summer Break Theatre.


Matt Ludlam

Science teacher

has been teaching theatre in classrooms for the last 17 years. He is also the founder of Ludlam Dramatics, a company that publishes educational theatre resources.

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