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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 3, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas                                6 A HeraldZeitung Wednesday May RALDZEITUNG Arts Entertainment MidTexas Symphony holding Pops Concert The MidTexas Symphony will pay tribute to the city of New Braunfels on its 150th birthday when it presents its annual Pops Concert on Sunday May 7 at 4 in the New Braunfels Civic Center Maestro Akira Endo has selected a wide range of music for the concert which is being spon sored by Dennis and Penny Rhoads and the staff of Rhoads Interiors The program will open with marches in a salute to the armed forces and Buglers The win ners of this Chad McAlester Lara Harris ears o u n g Artist Com petition in voice will be featured next as they each per form two classical selections Chad A McAlester of Nacogdoches is the winner in the undergraduate competition Lara B Harris of Austin is the winner in the graduate competi tion After intermission the program will include selections from The Phantom of the McAlester will return to perform Joey Joey Joey and Harris will sing Smoke Gets in Your The program will close with the playing of the 1812 Overture and Stars and The Canyon High School Band under the direction of George Arnold will join the orchestra for these two selections McAlester a lyric baritone is a student at Stephen F Austin State University where he is a senior McAlester 22 has studied for three and half years with Dr Ric Berry He has appeared in five operas with Stephen F Austin Opera Harris a mezzo soprano is a student at Southwest Texas State University where she is a first year graduate student Harris 24 has studied for five years with Julie Pruett and one year with Leonore Scrgi She has performed the alto solo part in Handels Messiah and has performed roles in three operas Tickets for the concert are for adults for senior citizens and college students and for students through high school age They are available at Accents and the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce They will also be available at the door For more information call 629 0336 Fiesta Mexicana features area talent Catch the blues Catch The Solid Senders at Freiheit Country Store this Saturday May This fourpiece traditional blues band will get you moving They are supporting a new CD Everythings Gonna Be and theyre just coming back from an overseas tour Doors open Saturday at 8 For more information or for directions call 6259400 or 6206953 By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer Wursthallc dances to a Mexican beat with New Braunfels 23rd Cinco dc Mayo celebration Fiesta Friday and Saturday May 12 and 13 New Braunfcls residents can savor Mex ican food hear Tejano and Mexican music sec the Queen Coronation and much much more Sponsored by the Comal Independent Mens Association the festivities support a truly worthy cause the CIMA scholarship fund We try to give something back a little entertainment for the money were CIMA President Arman do J Hernandez said Fiesta Mcxicana draws regional talent and beyond Super group M AZZ headlines on Friday May 12 Grupo Rodeo also performs Friday from to midnight Rene Zapata y Grupo Presidente and Oscar G y Sol play Saturday from until Organizers have an eye for future stars when they book Fiestas music Tejano sensation Sele na played for New Braunfels Fiesta a few times Hernandez said We try to get the bands before they hit it he said Fiesta programs include photos of the events artist Getting musicians to autograph the pic tures has become a Fiesta tradition The pro grams become valuable keepsakes when the artists move on to fame and fortune Local favorites enrich Fiestas entertainment Mazz will be performing at the Cinco de Mayo celebration May 12 offering Pura Vida will perform along with at least two Mariachi bands including Rosie y los Muchachos and Ecos de America Fiesta would not be complete without performances by the Compania de Danza Folklorica Fajita lovers will want to arrive by noon Sat urday when the Fajita cookoff begins Last year first place was taken by a New Braunfels native now living in Dallas Hernandez said We hope to bring the title home this he said Herb Skoog will judge the fajitas along with other local celebrities Saturdays celebration peaks with the Queen Coronation Young women from local high schools compete for the crown and the scholarship that goes with it Each is beautiful and wears a gorgeous evening gown This is not a beauty though Her nandez said The girls work hard to earn points by selling dance tickets ads and generating money to help the scholarship fund They hold car wash es sell tacos raffle Spurs tickets to earn points he said Theyre working to further their own edu Hernandez said Admission to Fiesta Mexicana is free CIMA earns scholarships from dance tickets and con cessions sold at the event The more money we make the more scholar ships we give organizer Domingo Vela Jr said The money CIMA makes from Fiesta Mexi cana goes much further than giving scholarships alone The organization sponsors delegates to Boys State and Girls State Once a preschool for disadvantaged kids was in desperate need of books We took that on as a Hernandez said Sometimes CIMA is able to give 10 scholarships to the three area high schools he said CIMA is a faithful participant in such events as Wurstfest and the Comal County Fair CIMA is an all volunteer Hernandez said We like to emphasize service to the local com Some people especially teachers just have a way with kids Lifes funny isnt it Fact is some times its a laugh out loud More often though its a wry wistful smile pro voked by the ironies of fate or circum stance We have every indication and belief that were prepared to do or be what we desire We sec others with those goodies others not nearly as capable Often it takes a whole lifetime to understand why But sometimes the things we wish for or want to be are found in the world of makebelieve called theatre Cathy Clark recently lived her wannabe there when she played mother to TWENTY youngsters Not that Cathy wants THAT many of her or two would do nicely thank But never have the Orphans on the Guadalupe had a more believable And the mothering didnt stop onstage The backstage crew were grateful for her adept assistance in THE ART OF THE MATTER Elizabeth Elliott small person Even the best kids in the world and we had em can be a challenge when it comes to harnessing their energy However as most teachers do Cathy has had plen ty of experience doing just that Meant To Be Lets face it Not all of us were meant to be occupationwise what we are I suspect there are plumbers who wish they were poets but theyre smart enough to know theres more money in elbow joints than iambic pentameter Cathy Clark was meant to be a teacher She teaches music at Mountain Val ley Elementary where 777 students come under her tuneful guidance at least twice a week A few years ago Cathy established the 6th grade choir an extracurricular project thats received high marks wherever this spe cial group of singers has been invited to perform Fantasy Factory Cohort As if she cant get enough of kids Cathy teaches basic theatre skills at Circle Arts school of drama for chil dren The Fantasy Factory Rob Elliott associate artistic director and school supervisor says shes learned so much from her teaching buddy not in theatre but in communicating with children and directing their Nailed down for specifics Rob says she Cathy sees immediately when little ones get bored and attention starts to drift With a few simple techniques she gets the class to focus again on the task at hand She also acknowledges the smallest gains made not with overblown praise but with an encour aging That was The kids get the message Its not as good as they want it yet but its going to be And perhaps the wisest bit of teach ing happens when Cathy asks older students leading questions which make them critique themselves Hmmm I wonder if that would work with The Other CathyDwellers Youll find them onstage happily quite often The wonderful characters who have lived inside her whove been given breath and substance because of her a Scottish maid a fairy tale princess Auntie Mames comical secretary Agnes Gooch a pioneer woman Dad dy Warbucks faithful Grace the bril liant comedic role of the British actress in Noises the definitive Sister Amnesia in and so many more If they get the HeraldZeitung in heaven theres probably some person waiting to be bom thinking Wow shed make a really great Mom Amen So be it Elizabeth Elliott is a guest columnist for the HeraldZeitung writing on the arts and Folkfest entertainment covers wide range of cultural tastes By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer Williamsburg New Braunfels style thats what Conservation Plaza becomes Saturday and Sunday for Folkfest 95 Folkfest is an extravaganza of learning through fun From music to food to dancing to handson par ticipation guests dont just look at history they jump right into it Folkfcsts pur pose is to present and conserve culture of the community through Director Dennis Heitkamp said Throughout the weekend New Braun fels heritage will be portrayed through a huge variety of entertainments There are so many different things its Entertainment Chair Michael Meek said Dr Gene Howard John Wayne impersonator Dr Gene Howard headlines this years enter tainment Using Waynes personna Howard brings to life the traditional values as he delivers poems from his album What Made America Folkfest will have two stages with constant entertainment going Heitkamp said The fare on those two stages reflects the multicultural face of New Braunfcls From Mariachi Car denas to German Folkdanccrs to Polka bands something to suit just about everyones taste The Hill Country Ccili Band a new group last year has proved to be a popular group with Irish Celtictype Meek said Children get a special kind of enter tainment they get to live the past Kids of all ages can watch a variety of craft demonstrations Its a really youthoriented Keitkamp said Seeing skills like quilting lace mak ing chair caning and wine making bring New Braunfels history before our eyes and within our grasp Schedule of Events SATURDAY MAY 6 Conservation Society 10 Barron Schlameus and Polka Band 11 Hill Country Ceili Band Dr Gene Wayne Impersonator Kindertanzen I Dr Gene Wayne Impersonator New Braunfels Village Brass Band Der Klein Steins New Braunfels German Folkdancers 4 New Braunfels Village Brass Band 5 Dr Gene Wayne Inpersonator Die Cloggin Meisters and the Hill Country Line Dancers Museum of Texas Handmade Furniture II Carl Schurz Maypole Dancers Barron Schlameus and Polka Band Noon1 Harmonic Gemischter Chor 1 Kinderchor Kinderchor Alumni 2 Hill Country Ceili Band 3 Comal County Community Band 4 Hill Country Ceili Band SUNDAY MAY 7 Conservation Society 11 Barron Schlameus and Polka Band Hill Country Ceili Band Community Chorale 1 Oma and the Oompahs 2 South Texas Sound Ballet Folklorica 3 Hill Country Ceili Band 4 Ed Kadlecek and the Village Band Museum of Texas Handmade Furniture 11 Jim Johnson Organ Grinder Mariachi Cardenas Barron Schlameus and Polka Band 1 South Texas Sound Hill Country Ceili Band Dan McCoy 3 Oma and the Oompahs 4 Ballet Folklorica Circle Arts Theatre going big time by planning musical Hello Dolly Circle Arts Theatre is going to bite the bullet and produce the spectacular bigscale musical Hello Dolly this summer Its a scary project but weve dis covered such good talent over the past year that 1 think we can pull it said executive director Elizabeth Elliott especially if we hold auditions early Those auditions are set for Wednes day May 10 beginning at in the theatre located in Landa Park Featured roles exist for six women ages 20 to 50 and seven men ages 20 to 60 Theres a need for a versatile chorus as well playing townspeople waiters customers etc In other words the chorus is made Its a scary project but weve discovered such good talent over the past year that I think we can pull it off espe cially if we hold audi tions Elizabeth Elliott up of all those talented performers who dress up the stage and add so much to the picture the sound and the said Elliott The story of theshow is based on Thornton Wilders play The Match adapted for the stage by Michael Stewart with music and lyrics by Jerry Herman The characters involved are Dolly Levi who has her hand in every busi ness from matrimony to corset the pennypinching Horace Van dergelder whos eager for an arranged marriage with Mrs Molloy his two downtrodden clerks Cornelius and Barnaby who crave adventure in the big city the lovely widow Irene Mol loy who runs a millinery shop with the help of her zany employee Minnie Fay and Mr Vandergelders niece Ermengarde who wants to marry a poor artist named Ambrose Interested persons should be pre pared to sing bringing their own sheet music An accompanist will be provided If unable to attend the auditions as scheduled other arrangements to try out may be made by calling 6254824   

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