Main Street Theater:

BigDO 2018 Celebrates Groundhog Day for a Good Cause

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Rebecca Udden and Mattress Mack
Rebecca Udden and Mattress Mack

Mattress Mack with MST actors
Mattress Mack with MST actors

Ricky Polidore and guest
Ricky Polidore and guest

Rebecca Udden and Mattress Mack
Rebecca Udden and Mattress Mack

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Photos by Pin Lim / Forest Photography

Rebecca Udden and Mattress Mack
Rebecca Udden and Mattress Mack
Mattress Mack with MST actors
Mattress Mack with MST actors
Juan Carlos and Rebecca Udden
Juan Carlos and Rebecca Udden
Rebecca Udden_Dana Tyson_Steve Devadanam
Rebecca Udden_Dana Tyson_Steve Devadanam
Janet Covington_the Patels_Rebecca Riley
Janet Covington_the Patels_Rebecca Riley
Holly Beretto_Alice Berry
Holly Beretto_Alice Berry
Ricky Polidore and guest
Ricky Polidore and guest

With 200 guests sporting wacky wigs and hilarious hats, Main Street Theater’s BigDO, held on Groundhog Day, Friday, February 2, 2018, was guaranteed to be a fun time for all. The gallery, breezeway, and Matchbox4 Theater of the Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston (MATCH) overflowed with celebrants. They were there to support Main Street Theater’s education and outreach programs, which benefit over 130,000 children, their families, and educators each year. 

Mélange added to the merriment with delicious eats that included a gourmet donut station. A highlight of the evening included the skit Groundhog Getaway, by Zack Varela—specially written for the night. It featured Sunny 99.1 FM’s Dana Tyson, CultureMap’s Steve Devadanam, Houstonia magazine’s Doni Wilson, and Houston’s own America’s Got Talent star, Juan Carlos, AKA the Montrose Skater. All were making their debut with Main Street Theater! 

Perhaps the greatest moment of the evening was when event honoree, Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale, delivered a heartfelt off-the-cuff speech.  His touching words began with, “Since Main Street Theater is all about story, I will tell you my story.” Mr. McIngvale received multiple standing ovations throughout the night and graciously mingled with guests. 

The happy event raised over $100,000.

About Main Street Theater

Founded in 1975, Main Street Theater provides theater experiences for all ages. Its MainStage produces professional, intimate, and literary plays for adults. For families and school groups, its Theater for Youth delivers engaging productions based on children’s literature. Main Street Theater’s productions are not only delivered in-house, they also tour the state. Education and outreach programs are also available on-site and at satellite locations around the Greater Houston area. Local performances take place in two locations: the theater’s home in the Rice Village District on Times Blvd and in the Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston (Match) on Main Street.