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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 10, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas 8A □ Herald-Zeitung □ Wednesday, December 10, 1997 Herald Z e i t u n gArts & Entertainment Program Notes ‘Amahl and the Night Visitors' The Texas Bach Choir will bring its presentation of “Amahl and the Night Visitors" to New Braunfels at 4 p m Dec 21 at First Protestant Church. Tickets are available at China-N Things, Johnson Furniture and at the door — $7.50 for adults, $3 each child for groups with more than 20 children. For information, call 625-6420. Let Caroling on the Plaza ‘take you away’ Have you run out of steam yet? There are two more whole weeks left before Christmas that’s 14 days we’re talking about. Can you make it? Are the cards off in the mail? Have the presents all been bought, let alone wrapped? Cookies made? House cleaned? Tree up? Decorations hung? Office parties planned? Festtage events attended? Food contributions delivered.’ Extra church services scheduled? Whoa! Stop the world — you want to get off! Sad, isn’t it, when the most joyous time of the year becomes the most stressful. In fact, “stressful" isiin understatement “Frazzled nerves, like raw meat in a butcher shop," comes closer to the reality, unless you’re just a kid with a good connection to Santa Claus. I have a suggestion I know where you can find one happy, fun-filled, uplifting hour to make you forget all the “trimmings" of the holiday, all the rush and work that have nothing to do w ith the true essence of Christmas. Take a singing break! Yes, you heard right. Join all the other stressed-out folks who’ll gather at the downtown plaza for a relaxing hour of song, when The Greater New Braunfels Arts Council hosts the 16th annual Caroling on the Plaza. It’s going to happen next Thursday, Dec. 18, starting at 6 p.m. Of course, you’ll probably want to get there a little bit before the magic moment, because a wonderful brass quartet will begin the celebration. Yes, I said "celebration." Can you think of a better Elizabeth Elliott word to describe the good fellowship you’ll find there? Is there a better way to say, “Happy Birthday!” to a beautiful little boy? Is there a more joyous meaning to the embrace of brotherhood ... and sisterhood? I don’t think so. Celebration’s the name of the game. Who else will be there? They tell me the mayor will greet us, along with the soon-to-be retired county judge And besides those two good people, we'll hear a group from the Community Chorale sing a special number, and our friend, Al Barlow, will turn the comers of our mouths up up with one of his inimitable renditions. Sounding good, isn’t it? But most importantly, your neighbors will be there, and better yet, strangers who will smile at you as if they’d known you a long time. Mayb,* because, during this special hour of making a joyful noise together, we zero in on the simple yet awesome truth that we’re all connected. We don’t have to do anything to impress anyone, just be there and recognize each other’s humanity. A few other details We’re going to take our lead in caroling from Patricia Pritchard. She’s the talented young lady who directs our fine Community Chorale. And giving us the pitch will be gifted Jane Haas at the piano. Members of the Arts Council will hand out song sheets and candles for us to light when we sing “Silent Night." And the only thing you need to do is to bring a lawn chair for yourself and a flashlight. Now, do you have it straight? Thursday, Dec. 18,6 p.m., downtown plaza, fellowship, relaxation, celebration! (Elizabeth Elliott is an arts advocate, writing for the Herald-Zeitung on the arts and humanities.) Mid-TX performs / Sunday Symphony plays Christmas music in Seguin The Mid-Texas Symphony celebrates the Christmas holiday season on Sunday with its presentation of the third in a series of six concerts for the 2()th anniversary “Encore" season. Everyone is invited to this annual concert as music director Glenn Richter takes the audience through a program sure to please all music lovers. Richter conducts the annual Christmas concert featuring the Mid-Texas Symphony Chorus and orchestra in a performance of holiday favorites. Corelli’s “Concerto Grosso" (Christmas Concerto) and Christmas Carols arranged by Rutter are on the program. Jackson Auditorium on the Texas Lutheran University campus in Seguin serves as the site for the 4 p.m. concert. The “Encore" concert is sponsored by Norwest Banks of Seguin and New Braunfels. Tickets for Sunday’s performance are $8 for seniors 62 and older, $9 for other adults, $8 for college students and $3 for students through high school. Tickets are available at the door pnor to the start of the concert. Tickets also will be available at the holiday concert for the New Braunfels performance of the opera “Hansel and Gretcl," sponsored by the Children’s Museum in New Braunfels. The opera is being performed by the Houston Grand Opera touring company at 10:30 a m. Jan. 20 at the New Braunfels Civic Center. (Provided by the Mid-Texas Symphony) Deck the walls with NBAL art It’s time to deck the halls and walls! The New Braunfels Art League ha* several events scheduled to help prepare for the Christmas season Hundreds of people came through the gallery which was a Wassail Stop during last week’s Wassailfest. A Deck the Halls and Walls sale of art works $50 or less in underway in the side gallery and will continue through Dec 29 A number of paintings are in the Christmas style including Santas and poinsettias. A nativity set including the holy family and the three wise men is one of two items being rallied off to benefit the building fund. The second item is a pouty “time-out” doll. The drawing will be held Dec. 18 after the Caroling on the Plaza, and the winner need not be present. A traveling exhibit of post office murals from around Texas will be on display at the gallery in January (Provided by the New Braunfels Art league) Artist shares photography from his travels in France Local artist/photographer John Moler will exhibit photographs taken during his three-month residency at Giverny, France, from Sunday through January 15. The exhibit, at his New Braunfels studio next to the Prince Solms Inn, is open by appointment. Call 625-4510 for information ‘A Christmas Carol’ The Theatre Department at Southwest Texas State University will present a reader’s theatre production of the Dickens’ classic, “A Christmas C arol," at 7 p m Dec 19 in the main theater of the Speech and Drama Building The performance will feature l arry Hovis, lecturer in stage ami film-acting class, and Dennis Maganza, professor of theater and director of the actor-training program They will be joined by Nancy Critchlield-Jones of the Department of Speech ( ommunication. , Her theater credits include work at the Dallas Theatre Center. Hie text presented for the performance will be the same one that Dickens used when he performed public readings of “A Christmas Carol " The performance is one hour in length “ This is our holiday gift to the community,” Maganza said. “The audience will enjoy a fabulous tale of the true meaning of Christmas, and we will be able to provide assistance to some families in need during the holiday season " Admission for the event will tx* a canned or dried fthh1 item or a cash donation tor the San Marcos Area food Bank For information, call (512) 243-2147 Ballet Austin’s ’The Nutcracker1 Ballet Austin will perform I he Nutcracker at Bass Concert Hall. University of lexas Performing Arts Center, at 7 30 p rn on f riday and Saturday arui I )ec 19 lo 2 3 Matinee performances will be 2 pm Sunday, Dec 20 and 21 I ickets are $13, $21. $23, $30 and $40 I hex .ire available at atis Mbertson’s and other Star outlets or bv calling Star I ickets at (512) 469-SIR AV Photo nut)nutted Hand-painted items from Nahula, Soiola and Guatamala will be featured at the San Antonio Museum of Art s Bazar Sabado from IO a m. to 4 p m Saturday at the museum BazAr Sabado I he San Antonio Museum of \rt will present its Bazar Sabado, to be held from from loam to 4 pm Saturday I he Bazar Sabado will feature traditional Mexican blankets, colorful wall hangings, stvlish ( maternal.!!! jackets, hand sun lied wallets purses and in*ae Prices will range from $ I to $<>00, and the •HJtdoor market is an ideal place tor children and adults to d<> their holiday shopping I he museum s collections will tx* open and tree to anyone bringing iii a receipt from a purchase at the market I he museum is at JOO VV Jones in San Antonio I >>r information. ^ all (210) 07K-XIOO Poetry Contest I he 11 S National I ibrary >*f INx'try has announced that $48,000 iii prizes will be awarded this veal iii the North American (>|x*n l*»x*tr\ ( oiliest |Vx*ts from the New Braunfels area, particularly beginners, are welcome to try to win their share of our 250 prizes I he deadline tor the contest is Dec 31 I he contest is open to everyone, and entry is free "Any p<x-t, whether previously published or not, can be a winner,” stated Howard fly, contest director “l\x*ts from the New Braunfels area have successfully competed in past competitions ” I very poem entered also have a chance lo he published in a deluxe, hardbound anthology I o enter, send one original poem, any subject and any style, to I he National I ibrary of Poetry, Suite 1944, I Poetry Plaza, Owings Mills, Md 2 I I 17 or go to www poetry com I he poem should be no nu)re than 20 lines, and the p*x*t's name and address should appear on top of the page Entries must be postmarked or sent via the Internet by Dec 31 A new contest opens Jan I The National Library of Poetry, founded 'n 1982, is the largest ptnrlry organization in the world San Antonio Symphony rings in the holidays The San Antonio Symphony will fill the holiday season with music with four eclectic concerts Tickets for all performances are available at the symphony box office, (210) 554-1010, the Majestic Theatre Box Office, (210) 226-3333, TicketMaster (210) 224-9600 or on-line at www sasymphony org or www ticketmaster org ‘Christmas Serenade’ What: Symphony Pops, area high school choruses, San Antonio Brass, Alamo City Men s Chorale, David Mairs conducting Whan: 8 p m Friday and Saturday, 2 p m Sunday Where: Majestic Theatre, 226 E Houston St Handel's ‘Messiah’ What:    San Antonio Symphony and Symphony Mastersingers. soprano Cheryl Parrish, mezzo soprano Rose Taylor, tenor John McVeigh, baritone Burr Cochran Phillips and David Mairs conducting When: 8 p m Dec 18 (sing along) and 19 (performance only) Where: Majestic Theatre, 226 E Houston St ‘A Night in Old Vienna’ What:    San    Antonio Symphony, soprano Erie Mills, baritone David Malts, Christopher Wilkins conducting When: 8 p.rn Dec 31 Where: Camberley Gunter Hotel ‘Big Band Five' What: Symphony Pops, Byron Stripling on trumpet and vocals, David Mairs conducting When: 8 pm Jan 2 and 3, 2 p m Jan 4 Where: Majestic Theatre, 226 E. Houston St. Circle Arts honors its luminaries Photo submitted Joy Lindsey garners a Spotlight Trophy for her fund-raising efforts at Circle Arts Theatre s annual awards dinner. It happened this past Saturday Circle Arts held its ninth annual Christmas Gift, the awards celebration hosted by the theatre's board of directors As well as thanking its upper contributors for making the theater’s work possible, the main purpose of the event is tv) give recognition to the volunteers whose efforts arc realized backstage or offstage “ I hey never get the applause that actors enjoy, because their contributions are sewing costumes or painting sets or running lights or house crewing," said executive director Elizabeth Elliott "A et, they cheerfully turn out a mountain of work, not only because they know it s necessary, hut also because they realize they're respected for their capabilities In fact, an> actor at Circle Arts will tell >ou that the order of business here is to revere the techies ” A few years ago, the staff came up with the acronym S I A K that covered all volunteers Stage Techies, Artists and Roundabouts The stage techies are those who construct and operate sets, sound and lights, the artists are the designers of the same, plus costumes and scenic art, and "roundabouts” was a coined word to cover all the volunteers wht> go “round about," doing a variety of tasks, “some of which don’t fit categories,” Elliott said tmesis at Christmas Gift were treated to a buffet of round foods in keeping with the evening’s theme “The World Is A Circle, followed by award presentations and an exclusive show, coordinated and staged by Joy Lindsey Chairman of tire event was Cindy Myers, who decorated the theater in mauve and gold ribbons and balls, greenery and Tights, lights, lights ” Performing in the show were members of the advanced class of The Fantasy Factory, the theater’s touring youth company, I he Inner Circle, and adult actors Boh Landrum, Joy Lindsey, Paul Padilla, Stephen Schaefer Photo submitted Paul Padilla accepts the Circle Arts Theatre Standing Ovation Award from director Roberta Elliott at the theater s “Christmas Gift’’ awards ceremony Saturday. Photo submitted Circle Arts Theatre s behind-the-scenes stars accept Spotlight Trophies for their work taking the play “Greetings'' to district and state competition. From left are Bobbie Landrum, Cindy Myers and Tracy Hungate. Not pictured is Randy Foerster. and Roberta I Ilion. Accompaniment was provided bv Barbara Houdc Receiving Spotlight trophies were Vera Shaw, tor her many years of handling all production ticket sales for the theater; W ilbur (iray for his printing of tickets over the years; L indy Myers. Bobbie Landrum, Tracy Hungate and Kandy Foerster as “the inestimable crew that brought us through the stressful job of taking our production of ‘Greetings'’ to the district and state contest festivals; and to Joy Lindsey for “gathering all the financial and in-kind contributions to enable us to compete ’’ The highest accolade of the awards celebration, the annual Standing Ovation trophy, was presented to Paul Padilla, “not for a single year’s achievement, hut for a body of his young life’s work, for sharing not only time and talent, hut elbow grease and love!” In all, more than 40 volunteers received Christmas ornaments, engraved with S T A R., “to remind them every time they hang it on their trees, how important they arc to us,” Elliott said. (Provided by Circle Arts Theatre) ;

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