Live At The Ritz


Wellington’s Ritz Theatre celebrates 85 years of “Puttin’ on the Ritz” on April 12

Gala event pays homage to the theatre and its greatest fan, Frances Hill Schmidt

WELLINGTON, Texas – The Ritz Theatre is celebrating its 85th birthday and honoring the legacy of one of its strongest boosters, Frances Hill Schmidt, with “Puttin’ on the Ritz,” a 1920s-themed gala, from 7 to 11 p.m., Saturday, April 12.

The Ritz will be transformed into a lavish 1920s nightclub setting with the Jon Johnson South Plains Jazz Sextet providing dance music throughout the evening. The Johnson band was a favorite of the late Frances Hill Schmidt, a past president of the Wellington Ritz Theatre, Inc. board, who created the Live at the Ritz concert series shortly after the Ritz was restored and reopened in 2007. Schmidt passed away in 2012.

“Remembering the Ritz’s 85th birthday with a jazz band is a perfect way to celebrate the birthday of the area’s finest theater and the legacy of a person who did so much to bring the Ritz back to life,” said Drew Thornberry, president of the nonprofit Wellington Ritz Theatre, Inc. board of directors.

In addition to jazz, Dixieland, easy listening and dance music, the Johnson band will perform several classical selections in honor of Schmidt, an avid supporter of the arts in the Texas Panhandle.

Casino games will be set up in the Ritz dressing rooms. Ticket holders will receive chips when they arrive and can cash in their winnings for prizes.

A “Moveable Feast” full buffet will be catered by Bertie Fannie’s of Memphis in the main lobby, with desserts on the Mezzanine.

Guests are encouraged to dress in period clothing, and photographer Erin Crista will circulate throughout the crowd taking posed and candid photos. A reverse drawing will be held throughout the evening, with the final two ticket holders receiving $1,000 apiece.

Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling the Ritz at (806) 447-0090. Tickets may also be purchased from any Wellington Ritz Theatre board member. Cost is $100 per couple. Cost is $110 per couple when purchased online.


Jeanne Robertson Live At The Ritz

Jeanne Robertson will be performing at the Wellington Ritz Theatre on May 3, 2014 at 7:30 pm. Ticket prices are $35.00 and $40.00. Tickets go on sale at 6:00pm on March 6. You may purchase tickets by phone at 806-447-0090, in person at the theatre, or online by clicking on the “Click Here to Purchase” icon below. The icon will be active at 6:00 pm on March 6.  You may watch a clip of Jeanne Robertson by going to the link just under the purchase icon.

And just who is Jeanne Robertson?

Jeanne Robertson is a professional speaker who specializes in hilarious humor based on her life experiences. Speaking  to thousands of people annually, she utilizes her positively funny style to illustrate that a sense of humor is much more than a laughing matter. It is a strategy for success.

Other speakers might be as witty as Jeanne. Some might even be as tall. (Barefooted with her hair “mashed” down, she’s 6’2″ in her size 11B stocking feet.) But nowhere will you find a speaker so adept at turning personal experiences into funny material that does more than elicit laughter. This Miss Congeniality winner in the Miss America Pageant, “Yearrrrrrrrrrrs ago,” quoting Jeanne, uses her down-home Southern drawl to leave her audiences laughing . . . and thinking about her message.

Jeanne’s success as a humorist has not gone unnoticed by her peers. She has been awarded every top honor in her profession including the top award in professional speaking “The Cavett Award.”  She is also a member of the Speakers Hall of Fame and recipient of Toastmasters International’s Golden Gavel award.. They like her back home too. The NC Press Association named Jeanne its 2001 North Carolinian of the Year. Most recently, he National Speakers Association honored Jeanne with its 2012 Master of Influence Award.

You may have seen this Hall of Fame speaker being interviewed by CBS correspondent Morley Safer on “60 Minutes” . . . or watched one of the seven humor DVDs she has produced in the last 14years . . . or heard her daily on Sirius/XM Radio’s Family Comedy Channels . . . or attended one of the “Just Jeanne” humor shows in theaters across the country . . . or seen her YouTube clips that have had more than 18million hits.  But only if you’ve seen Jeanne in person at one of the thousands of speeches or theater shows she has given over the past 49 years can you really appreciate why she stands at the top of her profession.

Jeanne Robertson is funny. Oh my, yes. She also knows that her job is far more than being funny. Her message is that a sense of humor is an attitude, an approach toward working with people. She believes that this humor attitude can be developed and improved, and she outlines how to do so while captivating audiences with funny, original stories.

Sit back and enjoy the YouTube clips below.  Or, to see more, click YouTube.  You’ll see why one syndicated TV segment about Jeanne’s work was titled “Grandma Goes Viral.”  She certainly has!  And people everywhere are laughing and having fun!

“Don’t go to Vegas without a Baptist.”

C O M I N G   S O O N   IN  2014


April                     2nd Annual Frances Schmidt Memorial Event
March                     UIL One Act Play Zone Contest (Wellington Zone)
May 3                      Jeanne Robertson, comedian

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July                         Ritz Starz (every Monday of the month)
July                         Children’s event
Fall                           Intergalactic Nemisis (Month and Day TBA)
October                   Halloween Event/Canned Food Drive
November               Major recording artist live in concert
December 15           Polar Express Pajama Party/CASA Toy Drive