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A Thorn in the Thicket on YouTube   

Production Offerings

Murder Mysteries

Choose from a host of interactive murder mystery
productions where the audience helps solve the crime. Laughs galore! (dinner theatre or theatre style options).

Improv Comedy

“Mess ‘EmUps” hilarious improv Comedy Troupe – that makes the audience a part of a fast-paced, fun-time presentation.

Musical Variety

The Granlund Girls (mother & daughters songfest of great music) Wonderful numbers by beautiful singers & dancers.

“Imagine” - the musical review

Great songs and scenes from Broadway and Hollywood shows…Terrific fun! Show tunes you know and love!

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For over 30 years, Don Shook, founder of *The Actors' CompanyActors' Workshop, former President of the Fort Worth Poetry Society, and 2009 Poet Laureate of Texas has been on the Dallas/Ft Worth and national entertainment scene.

Don is a multi-talented actor, director, producer and author who has award-winning scripts, television shows, and theatrical productions in his bag of credits. Formally with NBC in New York, where he also performed at Carnegie Hall in Tom Booth’s opera “Gentlemen In Waiting”, he announced on air for WNBC and was part of “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson.

For five years he was a resident performer at Casa Mañana Musicals in Ft. Worth and has appeared as an actor in theatres across the country. He and Geno Galantay wrote the musical “A Thorn In The Thicket”, selected for presentation in New York at the ASCAP Outstanding New Musical Showcase and produced twice in Dallas. Locally, his “Heritage Park CC” won the Crystal Award in 1988 as The Outstanding Drama on Community Access Television.

He has appeared on local television as host of “The Don Shook Show” and “Southwest Showcase” and as a reporter on “The Stock Market Observer”. Working with such stars as Dick Clark, Cybil Shepherd, Debbie Reynolds, John Gary, Betty Buckley and Sid Caesar. He has performed in theatre, film, and television across the country. Recently he was a producer and featured actor in the film “Scandalous Behavior” with Shannon Tweed and James Hong, and was a featured soloist in the musical “Follies” with the Lyric Theater in Irving, Texas. Having been named to the National Jaycees list of “Outstanding Young Men in America”, he also taught music and drama at Texas A&M at Commerce, Duncanville High School, Temple Jr. College, Greenville Junior High and Brookhaven College in Dallas.

His Actors' Company and Actors' Workshop have fostered talent for television shows such as “All My Children”, “Family Law”, “The Drew Carey Show”, and “The Bold And The Beautiful”. He also worked with Mari Lyn Henry in Southwest Casting for ABC Daytime Television.

Mr. Shook has written four novels, four screenplays, and over a dozen teleplays and was principal writer for the “Mrs. America Contest” at the Plano Arts Center. His compilation of various short scenes and one-act plays “Women And Other Strange Beings” was produced recently at KD Studio Theatre in Dallas. Don formerly worked with Merrill Osmond, of The Osmond Family, on the development of a number of television and live productions.

Recently, Don wrote, directed and produced four shows, “Tatiana”, “Murder In The Ozarks”, “Ozark Shotgun Wedding” at three different theaters in Branson, Missouri, and, most recently directed and starred in his own creation, "A Thorn in the Thicket" at the Ft. Worth Botanical Gardens.

* Formerly the Actors’ Company – now Don Shook Productions