Houston Tour - Austin the Unstoppable

The Houston cast of George Street Playhouse’s Educational Touring Theatre production of "Austin the Unstoppable": (L to R) Katie Lugo, Danté Anderson, Carol Foose and Mason Butler.  (Photo: Brad Resnick)

The Houston cast of George Street Playhouse’s Educational Touring Theatre production of "Austin the Unstoppable": (L to R) Katie Lugo, Danté Anderson, Carol Foose and Mason Butler. (Photo: Brad Resnick)

George Street Playhouse’s Educational Touring Theatre, courtesy of a grant from Novo Nordisk, is bringing its musical comedy Austin the Unstoppable to the Houston Independent School District and faith-based organizations in Houston this fall. Austin the Unstoppable in Houston is supported by a grant from Novo Nordisk, a global leader in diabetes care.

Novo Nordisk logoAustin the Unstoppable is the story of an 11-year-old gamer and junk food junkie who faces the long-term consequences of an unhealthy lifestyle when he learns his mother has been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. The musical comedy explores the challenges of one family learning how to make healthy choices together in a fun, upbeat way that engages students in the benefits of healthy diet and exercise by celebrating how positive change can occur through the power of love, hard work and support. The production is appropriate for grades 3-8.

“George Street Playhouse is thrilled to bring Austin the Unstoppable to Houston to help raise the issue of public health and healthy lifestyles on community agendas,” said Jim Jack, GSP’s Director of Education and Outreach. “Austin the Unstoppable is aligned with Novo Nordisk’s mission to reduce the risk of diabetes and obesity in local communities.”

Forty of the performances will be at schools in the Houston Independent School District, with 10 others staged at faith-based and community organizations. The final performance of the tour will be held at Helms Elementary School, which was attended by cast member Danté Anderson.

“By collaborating with local stakeholders, we’ve been able to help drive lifestyle changes and promote healthier choices, and Austin the Unstoppable is another way we can positively affect communities,” said Diana Blankman, senior director, U.S. Corporate Giving & Social Impact at Novo Nordisk. “We’ve been committed to the city of Houston through our Cities Changing Diabetes program and Austin compliments the work already being done there.”

Launched in Houston in 2014, Cities Changing Diabetes is a global program developed by Novo Nordisk in partnership with the University College of London and the Steno Diabetes Center to understand the social and cultural factors behind vulnerability to diabetes in urban settings and reduce its severity in cities. Houston is one of eight cities worldwide that is part of the program. UT Health School of Public Health and the Houston Health Department serve as local academic and stakeholder engagement leads, respectively.

There are 2.1 million people living in Houston and 4.3 million in Harris County. Approximately one in 10 adults in Houston/Harris County have diabetes. Obesity is the most common chronic condition in Houston, affecting 32 percent of adults. Obese men and obese women have a 7- and 12-fold risk, respectively, of developing diabetes.

By 2040, the number of people worldwide with diabetes is expected to rise to 642 million, with 74 percent of them living in urban areas.

For more information and to book Austin the Unstoppable for a performance at a school or organization, please visit AustinTheUnstoppable.org or call 732-846-2895, extension 117.

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Danté Anderson

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Mason Butler

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Carol Foose

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Carol Foose, a 2016-17 George Street Playhouse's touring company cast member, returns as part of the Houston cast of Austin the Unstoppable...

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Katie Lugo

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The Houston cast of George Street Playhouse’s Austin the Unstoppable: (L to R) Mason Butler, Danté Anderson, Katie Lugo and Carol Foose. (Photo: George Street Playhouse)

The Houston cast of George Street Playhouse’s Austin the Unstoppable: (L to R) Mason Butler, Danté Anderson, Katie Lugo and Carol Foose. (Photo: George Street Playhouse)

(L to R) Danté Anderson and Mason Butler in George Street Playhouse’s Educational Touring Theatre production of Austin the Unstoppable. (Photo: Brad Resnick)

(L to R) Danté Anderson and Mason Butler in George Street Playhouse’s Educational Touring Theatre production of Austin the Unstoppable. (Photo: Brad Resnick)

Danté Anderson in George Street Playhouse’s Educational Touring Theatre production of Austin the Unstoppable. (Photo: Brad Resnick)

Danté Anderson in George Street Playhouse’s Educational Touring Theatre production of Austin the Unstoppable. (Photo: Brad Resnick)

Carol Foose and Mason Butler in George Street Playhouse’s Educational Touring Theatre production of Austin the Unstoppable. (Photo: Brad Resnick)

Carol Foose and Mason Butler in George Street Playhouse’s Educational Touring Theatre production of Austin the Unstoppable. (Photo: Brad Resnick)

(L to R) Carol Foose, Katie Lugo, Mason Butler and Danté Anderson in George Street Playhouse’s Educational Touring Theatre production of Austin the Unstoppable.  (Photo: Brad Resnick)

(L to R) Carol Foose, Katie Lugo, Mason Butler and Danté Anderson in George Street Playhouse’s Educational Touring Theatre production of Austin the Unstoppable. (Photo: Brad Resnick)

Katie Lugo and Mason Butler in George Street Playhouse’s Educational Touring Theatre production of Austin the Unstoppable. (Photo: Brad Resnick)

Katie Lugo and Mason Butler in George Street Playhouse’s Educational Touring Theatre production of Austin the Unstoppable. (Photo: Brad Resnick)

(Back row, L to R) Mason Butler and Danté Anderson, and (front row, L to R) Carol Foose and Katie Lugo in George Street Playhouse’s Educational Touring Theatre production of Austin the Unstoppable.  (Photo: Brad Resnick)

(Back row, L to R) Mason Butler and Danté Anderson, and (front row, L to R) Carol Foose and Katie Lugo in George Street Playhouse’s Educational Touring Theatre production of Austin the Unstoppable. (Photo: Brad Resnick)