Hip Film Fest
With Memaw and her Spam Surprise

A journey into Hip Pocket Theatre's past with Memaw (Peggy Bott Kirby), Arthur Clinton Bostick (James Maynard), Ireta (Frieda Austin), Lil’ Ireta (Christina Cranshaw) and that delicious canned pork “Spam” as we reminisce about the good ol' days...

Three films from 1985 and 1986 converted from Video Tape
to digital format as part of the
Hip Pocket Theatre Preservation Project

Shown October 24, 2014 - October 26, 2014 (Friday - Sunday @ 8:15 PM)


Friday, October 24th

Adventures with June and Scotty

by Johnny Simons

World Premiere in 1985 Upstairs at the White Elephant

The true story of an impressionable young boy and his eccentric family on the shores of Lake Worth during two enchanting summer days in the 1940's. This play is not for young children.

Saturday, October 25th

Old Tarzan

World Premiere in 1986 at Oak Acres

by Johnny Simons and Douglas Balentine, based on the characters created by Edgar Rice Burroughs.

Old Tarzan's jungle is being suffocated by the steady encroachment of so-called civilization. Surrounded by such establishments as "Menudo Nugget Huts" and "Oodles o' Noodles" shops, he and Old Jane, assisted by Old Boy and their furry old friends, battle the siege of ugly modernity to save their natural habitat in this comedic musical romp.

Sunday, October 26th

Riders of the Purple Sage

World Premiere in 1986 Upstairs at the White Elephant

Adapted from Zane Grey's novel, by Johnny Simons.

Thrill to those wondrous days of yesteryear as Lassiter, King of the Silent Screen Cowboys, saves the day, riding into the sunset of our hearts after lassoing the Bad Guys and rescuing frontier maidens from fates worse than whatever you might imagine, with foot stopin' music by Salt Lick.

Every Night after Each Show

A Documentary by Linda Boydston featuring Simons and Balentine at work creating, their musical play, Wildman of the Navidad.

A Texas Hero - Widman of Navidad