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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 9, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas HeraldZeitung g Wednesday April g 5A i t u n g Arts Entertainment Interest in arts increasing Pardon me if I sound excited especially since I almost tripped literally over the good news You see there is this stack of newspapers in my hallway that has a tendency to reach awesome heights because theres an article in there I want to At any rate a slick magazine section managed to ooze onto the floor and to get my attention as my feet went in several directions at the same time It was worth it Especially since no bones were Worth it because there in the article Id originally turned to and then tucked away for future reading was the best news Id seen about the arts in a long time WERE GAINING MOMENTUM Most people have a belief system many have causes intended to make things better for the majority of society Then there are those whose beliefs and causes are wrapped into one bundle of unflagging effort A healthy number of people involved in Elizabeth Elliott the arts have that wedded focus And though results have seemed to be discouraging for many years there is obviously a fresh breeze blowing across our land The article provided very interesting results of a national survey conducted by the Roper Center in Storrs Conn It seems the center was commissioned by Americas first a million structure built by The Freedom Forum a non profit foundation The unique Newseum is located in Arlington and is broadly dedicated to informing the public about the First Amendment which guarantees a free press and to presenting information about the news from ancient times to the I hear you Youre saying OK Elizabeth cut to the chase Whats the exciting news The Roper Survey asking a variety of questions about peoples views complaints and desires regarding the news media arrived at some fascinating percentages And the one that matters most to me is the fact that 67 percent of those questioned wanted to know more about the arts By itself that number might not be impressive but when one discovers that only 63 percent expressed an interest in sports the arts have reason to rejoice One short decade ago involvement and general support of the arts had waned from the alltime high of the Camelot days to well under 50 percent And now THEYRE GETTING THE MESSAGE Despite certain governmental factions determined to eradicate the National Endowment for the Arts while Pentagon warehouses are bursting with the billion worth of obsolete military equipment people meaning you and me are hearing and seeing and feeling the value of the arts in our everyday lives Secretary of Education Reilly is no longer like a voice crying in the wilderness school districts all across the nation are implementing arts oriented foundations for their academic studies Also more and more churches are creating chancel dramas to communicate their faiths And corporate as well as hometown businesses are supporting the arts as a valuable draw for their own commodities But most importantly individual citizens are getting the message the arts the results of the search for truth and beauty soften us yet strengthen us move us empathetically toward one another and help us understand the language of the Universe Elizabeth Elliott is an arts advocate writing for the Herald Zeitung on the arts and First recital Participants in the first recital of the Chitdbloom Guitar Program of New Braunfels held at the New Braunfels Art League Gallery on March 15 were from left top Brian Skiles Austin Hannasch Rick Wood Erick Newberry and Eric Cortez middle Carolyn Upton Mary Jo Roberts Justin Hemmick Brittny Wheeler bottom Brandon Johnson Mason Hemmlck Cody Lell and Gus Schubert Chiidbloom Guitar a nationwide program was brought to New Braunfels in January by Rick Wood The comprehensive musical education program for children ages 512 is the largest program of its kind in the nation Grease9 auditions slated for Monday Circle Arts Theatre is holding its corporate breath hoping to receive a license to produce GREASE this summer but also moving ahead as if it was already a fact Auditions will be held this Monday We cant wait until the powers thatbe complete the process begun some time ago to determine if the White Chicks Maude Cathy Clark left tries to hold onto her suitcase as Hannah Mae Joy Llndsey does her best to prevent her neighbor from running after an errant husband In this scene from A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around The comedy continues this weekend at Circle Arts Theatre with a matinee at 3 this Sunday Tickets are available at ChnanThings For reservations cail 6093092 from 3 to 7 Monday through Saturday Photo submitted restricted rights are available to said Elizabeth Elliott executive director It has to do with the itinerary of the national touring company of the show But by the time we receive the goahead it might be too late to gather a cast so were going to proceed and hope for the The musical is a spirited look backward at the high school class of 59 with all its gumchewing hot rodloving teenagers singing and dancing their way through the rock n roll era Roles exist for a few adults ages 25 to 45 and at least seven girls and seven boys age 14 to 19 Auditions will begin at and all those planning to tryout must bring their own sheet music for any song they wish to sing The song need not be from the show itself An accompanist will be provided GREASE will run weekends from July 3 through August 2 Submitted by Circle Arts Theatre The New Braunfels Community Chorale gathers to sing for the residents of Eden Heights in February The Chorale will present a concert at 4 Sunday at First United Methodist Church Choral conceit set for Sunday The New Braunfels Community Chorale will present its spring concert at 4 Sunday at the First United Methodist Church This group of singers was organized in 1979 as the New Braunfels Heritage Chorale and entertained many audiences through the years The group has grown to 60 members and enjoys singing a variety of music The chorale has sung this year for the Dinner With The Arts and the Music Study Club Jo Ann Lemmon will accompany and Pat Prichard will direct the chorale in this concert of Broadway Tunes including medleys from Show On Broadway and Les Also selections from Andrew Lloyd Webbers Phantom of the Evita and Jesus Christ Superstar will be presented The chorale will be showcasing some of our local young singers as soloists in this concert Let the chorale treat you to some of your favorite music this Sunday Tickets may be purchased from any member ChinanThings Johnson or at the door Adult tickets are and tickets are Submitted by the Community Birthday Bash on tap at Childrens Museum The Childrens Museum in New Braunfels is throwing itself a birthday party on Thursday and it wants everybody to come Almost a year after the big move to the New Braunfels Factory Stores the museum is better than ever and ready to celebrate 11 years of run and adventure for the kids in the tri county area Weve always made our members a top priority which is why they all received invitations to the Birthday Bash museum board president David King said We couldnt have made it this far without But this years Birthday Bash will go even further As a part of a plan to broaden its appeal the museum is kicking off its first Membership Campaign at the party which will be from 5 to 9 at Gruene Hall Admission is per person with coupons for one free admission per family available at the museum The Birthday Bash will feature bargainpriced foods like hot dogs nachos and drinks as well as free birthday cake a live band and games for the kids Were encouraging our current members to bring their friends to the Birthday Bash and then a free test drive of the King said We want everybody to see that the Childrens Museum is a place to have fun and learn at the same The Membership Campaign is being led by New Braunfels attorney Gary Steel and his family and it will reach out to children and families in Comal Hays Guadalupe and northeast Bexar counties It is aimed at new members but current members are welcome to renew their memberships during the twomonth drive as well Membership benefits include unlimited museum visits for the family discounts on birthday parties and at the museum store and special events It also includes a subscription to the monthly newsletter the Handprint Another highlight of the Birthday Bash will be the Kids at Play House Building Contest Miniature structures of all kinds will be judged by a celebrity panel and available for sale in a silent auction The Kids at Play contest is co sponsored by CASA of Central Texas which also will kick off its Casas for CASA raffle at the Birthday Bash The playhouses will be available for inspection at Gruene Hall Submitted by the Childrens Museum in New Taos artist headlines childrens show A childrens art show and a demonstration by a noted Taos artist and two workshops are the April highlights of the New Braunfels Art League The fifthgraders of Carl Schurz Elementary School will display Picasso faces April 14 to 26 at the Art League Gallery 239 W San Antonio St One hundred works of art will be exhibited in the side gallery I fully expect that this will become an annual even with the fifthgraders It will be a great transition for them to go to the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio after they have seen their own work hanging in the New Braunfels Art League said Christina Rhrholm art education specialist who is coordinating the event Ron Rencher of Taos will paint a still life in oil at the April 15 meeting of the Art League He has been in numerous invitational art shows and had one man shows at North Rim Lodge at the Grand Canyon and at the Las Vegas Art Museum The winner of a number of top awards in shows Renchers paintings are in many collections including Kansas State University University of Kansas Zion Natural History Museum Association in Zion National Park Utah the Las Vegas Art Museum and in Japan He will hold a workshop in Houston next week The 7 meeting Tuesday is open to the public Carlene Reeves Rencher his wife will hold a twoday workshop in oil April 14 to 15 at the gallery A garden scene and a still life with roses are the planned subjects This will be her third workshop here Its just great to have a mate who understands you no one understands an artist like another artist Its a real said Ron Rencher Kay Milam of McQueeney will lead a monoprinting workshop Saturday April 12 at the gallery She was the recent demonstrator for the Ait League For more information call the gallery at 6298022 or Milam at Information and supply lists for both workshops are at the gallery which is open Monday through Saturday from 10 to 5 Submitted by the New Braunfels Art League
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