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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 24, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas Final weekend off The Dining Room Haraorayrtlwad around a dta oriented old woman M thaw brt MM wfves took on hi thia aeana from The Dining having Its final parlbrmanoea IMs waak end at Ctrcie Arts Theatre Tha unique human comedy features from left Stephen Schaewr Data Wratchford Cathy dark Oarin Sims Carol BIssett EHaan Cola and Robin Williams Tfckata ara available at CMnanTMngs For reservations call 6093092 through Saturday 3 to 7 only Concert features harmony sounds The Hill Country for merly known as the South Texas New Braunfels own chapter of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quar tet Singing in America SPEB is proud to announce their upcoming show our the Har mony The theme for this years show is Grandpas Attic The show will be held on Sunday April at Jackson Auditorium at Texas Lutheran College in Seguin Tickets are on sale now for senior citizens general admission advance and at the door They are available at the Senior Citizens Center Comal Flower Shop the Chamber of Commerce here in town and the chamber in Seguin They area also available from any Hill Coun try Choms barbershopper Featured in our show will be the Texas Jubilee a quar tet from the San Antonio area and an upandcoming hew quartet heading for big things down the from San Marco and New Braunfels The Hill Country Chorus meets every Tuesday night at the First Baptist Church Choir Room cor ner of Cross and Santa Clara streets in New Braunfels We Would like to invite any male singers to visit with us in harmony and good fellowship You do not have to be an accom plished singer nor do you have to audi tion Wed just like to have you come by and visit with us Were in the middle of National Community Theatre Week This column should have been prepared for last Wednesday to give you a whole week to contemplate and enjoy die blessings of community theatre Because of course you have plenty of free time to do both Did you recognize that tongueincheek But were not too proud those of us who labor in that field We happily accept any portion of enthusiasm and attention you send our way Thats so much gravy added to the joy of doing what we love As I said you should have been reading about mis last week but how does that expression go lately to have a wealth of late days and short But back to business First of all you need to know this column is nor about Cir cle Arts Theatre Rather it is about the nonprofit theatres that are scat tered like good seed across our nation Its about the efforts of over a million vol unteers who breathe vitality into their com T h o Art of the Matter munity theatres And did you know statis tics from the National Endowment for the Arts prove it to be the most attended and active art form in the country Many Modes Same Siren Call There are probably as many theatre atmospheres as there are theatres each one having its own special personality created by the family that fills its space There are theatres that lure actors with the fantasy of becoming a There are the Elizabeth Elliott atres built on a pseudointellectual founda tion caring more about avantgarde inter pretations than the playwrights true intent There are theatres like ours that are couched in reality the reality of downto earth people who happen to love what the atre can be and do No matter the atmosphere though the same siren call pulls us all to work in this lets pretend world Its the desire to be connected Which of course all forms of art When you build stories and characters and feelings onstage you expose part of your soul and you wait expectantly to have what youve offered be accepted Some times the wait is scary But almost always worth it A Rose by Any Other Name Theatre is therapy occupation mind expansion for some their for others almost a It doesnt matter what we call it if its done to the best of every ones ability it will smell as Ive seen a little old lady on the verge of suicide come alive on the stage and live many good years afterward before she went to entertain in Heaven Ive seen coldness warmed anger pacified immaturity made wiser selfimportance humbled and lack of confidence metamorphosed into strength The funny part is theatre is built by a million small tasks that anyone can do Then we decorate the job with actors Do yourself a favor Visit as many theatres in Central Texas as you can Good things are waiting out there Of course dont forget to come back Elizabeth Elliott is a guest columnist writing on the arts and Presidents Proclamation to everyone ceCtfrating ftfationaf Community lUeatre sponsored 6y of Community Ifieatre tyanf complexity of us our understanding of fo human art of tneatn Brings creativity to cnirGvts and emicnesourcuftumfneritaae HcnaOenges us to our Boundaries and nwi humanity Community tneatre groups can 6e especially proud of tndt to advance our nations cultural legacy fostering the spirit of collaboration and encouraging fresh talent beat theatrical productions improve tne quality of uje of meir communities and snare the joys of creative expression witAmiuums oj Americans across our nation I commend tne thousands of vofwteers in Americas community tfaatns whose artistry enthusiasm and generosity of spirit fyep the magic of the stage alive for ad of us Best vMesfor a mmoraife celebration New Braunfels Art League Mags Gufdberg of Wautoma one of two winter Texan members of the New Braunfels Art League participated in a recent watercolor workshop taught by Angle Banta Brown The spring wildflower work shop was headquartered at Slumber Falls Camp and included location and studio work Attendees came from Piano Richardson Seguin San Antonio Houston and New Braunfels Via DunnHair of San Antonio second from left recently taught an oil painting workshop at the New Braunfels Art League Gallery Taking part in the class were left to right Flo Sandffur of Gonzales Lynda Hughes and Britta Herzog both of Austin Other participants came from San Antonio Seguin Gonzales San Marcos and New Braunfels Floral Expressions at NBAL gallery Bluebonnets roses irises hibis cus and flowers of all types are in now through April 30 The New Braunfels Art League bloom at the Flonu Expressions Gallery 239 W San Antonio is open art show in the side gallery at the Mondays through Saturdays from 10 New Braunfels Ait League Gallery to 5 called 10yearold Marina Corona who sat in the big black inner tube which rested on a swatch of blue canvas in a corner of The Childrens Museum in New Braunfels echoed her sister Natalie balancing in the canoe and swinging her fishing pole toward the camera said their mom Susanna Garza raising a net full of stuffed cloth fish and waving to the TV camera Garza a Spanish language instructor with the TI IN educational television network and the girls were saying goodbye to an audience of third and fourth graders who take a Spanish class via television CMNB was the setting for the taping of Lesson 95 Spanish II which will air in midMay to 155 schools in 40 states The Spanish lessons are produced by TIIN a branch of Westcott Communications of Dallas in partnership with Educational Service Center Region 20 headquartered in San Antonio According to Dr Sylvia Castro instructional coor dinator for Region 20 the purpose of the course is to teach Spanish as real language for real The lessons emphasize communication languagein context and concrete experiences rather than learning words in isolation and focusing on grammar It is very important to make learning Garza said We play games sing songs and explore inter estihg Lesson 95 was appropriately titled A Visit to a Like other lessons the scenes in the 25 minute program change every few minutes to main tain student interest Taping the scenes in various locations inside the museum however consumed most of the five hours and required a few adjust ments as visitors wandered on and off the set One scene set in the McKenna Childrens Hos pitable had Marina pretending to be doctor while Natalie complained of a headache stomach ache and feeling very very ill In another inside the Grandmas Attic school room Marina took the role of teacher while Garza pretending to be her student fell asleep at her desk At River Guadalupe Wet and Wild Garza traced Instructor Susanna Garza uses the Childrens Museum wild animal wall as a part of Spanish les son for television classrooms In 40 states the route of the river on the wall map and let the girls put together the giant wooden floor map At CMNBs wild animal wall Garza asked her television students to guess the names of animals while she touched the fur and described each animal in Spanish In Texas Garza introduced CMNBs please touch philosophy and challenged her students to name dif ferent kinds of museums and to find out which muse um in which country housed the famous Mona Lisa In the course of the lesson Garza wove Spanish instruction among concepts of geography science reading and health We intentionally reinforce aca demic subjects In one lesson we may count or make ture really any topic is We want mem to be able to use Spanish every day in whatever they are doing I want them to begin to think in Spanish not only to think in English and translate Garza and the film crew moved from exhibit to exhibit setting lights and planning camera angles with practiced ease Marina and Natalie who were allowed out of their regular school day to help film the segment took advantage of the location changes to explore the museum exhibits Marina convinced the crew to tape a scene in the ambulance her favorite exhibit I get a lot of letters from said Garza and I think they will like this lesson They might want to write and find out more about the museum or perhaps they will want to visit a museum I hope so We want them to realize how many interesting places there are in the world and how many different kinds of Entertainment reflection of downhome creativity Wednesday in the literary festival at TLC to showcase area talent Texas Lutheran College will hold its first annual Literary Festival and Coffee House to showcase local talent on Saturday April 27 The festival planned from 8 to 10 in the colleges Alumni Student Center is being held in celebration of Nation al Poetry Month April Members of Texas Lutherans student body and faculty as well as participants from Seguin and sur rounding communities will perform their own writ ten works at the festival The festival is open to all who wish to pate in keeping with the aim to move the enjoyment of literature into a public forum One pf the gww of National Poetry month is to demonstrate that the writing and reading pf literature have significant appeal and importance As an insti tute of higher learning Texas Lutheran College not only supports and encourages literary exploration in the classroom but also outside of said Dr Dean Rader assistant professor of English and com munication studies at Texas Lutheran and organizer of the event The origins of literature especially poetry are grounded in the oral tradition the recitation of songs myths and poems were important public events The festival will prove a valuable opportunity for students faculty and members of the ty to connect through the medium of the spoken added Rader The festival will feature two hours of reading formed by students faculty staff and members of the surrounding communities Participants are encouraged to read their own poet ry fiction drama or essays or also do performance pieces collaborative work develop musical accom paniment to readings or simply read the work of a writer they admire Each participant will be allowed up to five min utes to read and will need a spot as quickly as pos sible The Student Center wijl serve various coffees and other foods will be available The event is free and open to the public Those interested in participating in the festival may contact Rader at 210 3726077
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