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Dena Miller is the Dallas Editor for Miss A. She has been described by Style Network as a "Queen Bee". Formerly a glam rock scene Diva, Dena is now a Socialite on the Dallas philanthropy scene, specializing in Polo events that benefit women's and children's causes.

While never forgetting her small town roots from a Midwestern farming community in rural Missouri, she’s fit right in the “Big D” since coming here in 1984. After 11 years of promoting the music scene, hobnobbing with the most popular bands from coast to coast, she switched gears after meeting her husband at the first Polo match she ever attended. Always one for excitement, Polo became her new rock n roll.
With her marriage and new found passion for polo, came Philanthropy. Miller founded the Ladies Polo Auxiliary of Texas in 2005 with the goal of promoting the Sport of Kings in north Texas via charity events for causes that are close to her heart. To date the LPA has raised over $500,000 for causes such as domestic violence, children with serious medical needs, therapeutic horsemanship, the Polo Training Foundation, children’s advocacy and food drives for north Texas food Bank. When not working on her own events she is attending Charity luncheons and balls as well as volunteering at golf tournaments and Special Olympics events. She is a member of the USPA Equine Welfare committee and on Board of Dress For Succes Dallas.

Writing has been a lifetime passion of Dena’s. Besides working on a book that proceeds will benefit domestic violence organizations, and writing for two national polo magazines, is a frequent contributor to Dallas area publications, winning Best Contributor Award from Dallas Morning News Neighborsgo, she is co-authoring a book on the phenomenon of cyber bullying by adult women, referred to as Cyber Harrassment.

Recap: Opening Night Of Twas the Night Before Christmas At Dallas Children’s Theater

Mimi Simons (Charity Moore, shortest), Ryan Douglass (Charles Moore), Brad M. Jackson (Clement Moore), Allyson Guba (Margaret Moore), Will Singleton (Benjamin Moore), Monique Abry (Catherine Moore). Photo by KAREN ALMOND

Mimi Simons (Charity Moore, shortest), Ryan Douglass (Charles Moore), Brad M. Jackson (Clement Moore), Allyson Guba (Margaret Moore), Will Singleton (Benjamin Moore), Monique Abry (Catherine Moore). (Photo Credit: Karen Almond)

It’s official – holiday season is here! Friday night’s opening of Twas the Night Before Christmas at Dallas Children’s Theater seemed to confirm it. The classic Christmas poem, turned into a story about how the poem came to be, delighted the sold out house of young and old.

Written for President James Monroe to read to his family at the White House Christmas Day, very serious writer for the New York Evening Post Clement Moore has been tasked with the job of authoring a Christmas story. Not too happy about being given such a trivial task to be done over his holiday vacation, Clement asks for quiet from his household of five children anxious for the arrival of St. Nick. Working well into the wee hours of the night, Clement has a visit from the Sugar Plum Fairies. Theatre goers will delight in how the mischievous fairies inspire Clement, leading him from one idea to the next. The family is visited by carolers, the fairies and St. Nick himself, all giving a little to what will become a story told in the form of the poem that went down in history to be one of the most cherished Christmas traditions in many homes.

The show boasts talent including 2010 Miss Outstanding Teen, Meghan Miller, who shines as the Queen of the Sugar Plum Fairy. In Meghan’s premier season in Dallas theater, she was nominated for 3 Column Awards, which is like the Tony’s for the Dallas area. Her talent in the Miss Texas competition was ventriloquism, and her dad handmade her collection of dummies. Spotted as a young fairy was 6th grade McCulloch Intermediate School’s Sydney Favors, and one to watch third grade Bradford Elementary student Chloe Nugent, who plays the youngest caroler. She’s no stranger to the stage, having earned the part of Annie in last year’s Dallas Summer Musicals Academy production.

The show runs for a full month, and is definitely on my list of family-fun holiday events! Don’t miss it!

WHEN: November 22 – December 22

WHERE:
Dallas Children’s Theater
Rosewood Center for Family Arts
5938 Skillman Street
Dallas, TX 75231
Ph. 214-740-0051

 

TICKETS: $13 – $40

 

standing: K. Doug Miller (Toy Soldier), Chloe Friedman (Toy Soldier), Ryan Page (St. Nicholas), Johnny Lee (Toy Soldier), Ryan Thomas (Toy Soldier), Meghan Miller (Ballerina Toy) Left to right, sitting: Tru Ramsey (Jack in the Box), Cameron Anthony (Ragdoll) Photo by Karen Almond

standing: K. Doug Miller (Toy Soldier), Chloe Friedman (Toy Soldier), Ryan Page (St. Nicholas), Johnny Lee (Toy Soldier), Ryan Thomas (Toy Soldier), Meghan Miller (Ballerina Toy)
Left to right, sitting: Tru Ramsey (Jack in the Box), Cameron Anthony (Ragdoll)
(Photo Credit: Karen Almond)

Ryan Page (St. Nicholas), Sierra Stead (Sugar Plum Fairy), Sophia Lasley (Sugar Plum Fairy), Grace Bush (Sugar Plum Fairy), Brad M. Jackson (Clement Moore) Photo by Karen Almond

Ryan Page (St. Nicholas), Sierra Stead (Sugar Plum Fairy), Sophia Lasley (Sugar Plum Fairy), Grace Bush (Sugar Plum Fairy), Brad M. Jackson (Clement Moore) (Photo Credit: Karen Almond)

 

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