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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 10, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas                                8A g HeraldZeitung n Wednesday December 10 1997 raid i t u Arts 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 Dec 21 at First Protestant Church Tickets are available at ChinaNThings Johnson F7urniture and at the door for adults S3 each child for groups with more than 20 children lor information call 6256420 A Christmas Carol The Theatre Department at Southwest Texas Slate University will present a readers theatre production of the Dickens classic A Christmas at 7 Dec 19 in the main theater of the Speech and Drama Building The performance will feature Larry llovis lecturer in stage and filmacting class and Dennis professor of theater and director of the actortraining program They will be joined by Nancy CritchlleldJones of the Department of Speech Communication Her theater credits include work at the Dallas Theatre Center The text presented for he performance will be the same one that Dickens used when he performed public readings of A Christmas The performance is one hour in length This is our holiday gift to the 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 Admission for the event will be a canned or dried food item or a cash donation for the San Marcos Area Food Bank For information call 5 12 2452147 Ballet Austins The Nutcracker Ballet Austin will perform The Nutcracker at Bass Concert Hall University of Texas Performing Arts Center at on Friday and Saturday and Dec 19 to 23 Matinee performances will be 2 Sunday Dec 20ami 21 Tickets are S13 S30 and They are available at any Albertsons and other Slar outlets or by calling Star Tickets at Pholo submitted Handpainted items from Nahula Solola and Guatamala will be featured at the San Antonio Museum of Arts Bazar Sabado from 10 to 4 Saturday at the museum Bazar Sabado The San Antonio Museum of Art will present its Sabado to be held from from 10 to 4 Saturday The Sabado will feature traditional Mexican blankets colorful wall hangings stylish iuatemalan jackets handstitched wallets purses and more Prices will range from and the outdoor market is an ideal place for children and adults to do their holiday shopping The museums collections will be open and free to anyone bringing in a receipt from a purchase at the market The museum is at 200 W Junes in San Antonio For information call SIOO Poetry Contest The National Library of Ioetry has announced that in will be awarded this year in the North American Open Ioetry Contest Poets from the New Braunfels area particularly beginners are welcome to try to win their share of our 250 The deadline for the contest is Dec 31 The contest is open to everyone and entry is free Any poet whether previously published or not can be a staled Howard Fly contest director Poets from the New Braunfels area have successfully competed in past Fvery poem entered also have a chance to be published in a deluxe hardbound anthology To enter send one original poem any subject and any style to The National Library of Poetry Suite I944 I Poetry Owings Mills Md 21117 or go to The poem should be no more than 20 lines and the poets name and address should appear on top ot the page Fntries must be postmarked or sent via the Internet by Dec 31 A new contest opens Jan 1 The National Library ol Poetry founded in 19S2 is the largest poetry in the world Let Caroling on the Plaza take you away9 Have you run out of steam yet There are two more whole weeks left before Christmas thats 14 days were talking about Can you make it Are the cards off in the mail I lave the presents all been bought let alone wrapped Cookies made House cleaned Tree up Decorations hung Office parties planned Fcsttage events attended Food contributions delivered Extra church services scheduled Whoa Stop the world you want to get off Sad isnt it when the most joyous time of the year becomes the most stressful In fact stressful understatement Frazzled nerves like raw meat in a butcher comes closer to the reality unless youre just a kid with a good connection to Santa Claus I have a suggestion I know where you can find one happy funfilled uplifting hour to make you forget all the trimmings of the holiday all the rush and work that have nothing to do with the true essence of Christmas Take a singing break Yes you heard right Join all the other stressedout folks wholl 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 Its going to happen next Thursday Dec 18 starting at ft Of course youll probably want to get there a little bit before the magic moment because a wonderful brass quartet will begin the celebration Yes I said Can you think of a better Elizabeth Elliott word to describe the good fellowship youll 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 dont think so Celebrations the name of the game Who else will be there They tell me the mayor will greet us along with the soontobe retired county judge And besides those two good people well hear a group from the Community Chorale sing a special number and our friend Al Barlow will turn the corners of our mouths up up with one of his inimitable renditions Sounding good isnt it But most importantly your neighbors will be there and better yet strangers who will smile at you as if theyd known you a long time Mayb because during this special hour of mailing a joyful noise together we zero in on the simple yet awesome truth that were all connected We dont have to do anything to impress anyone just be there and recognize each others humanity A few other details Were going to take our lead in caroling from Patricia Pritchard Shes 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 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 downtown plaza fellowship relaxation celebration Elizabeth Elliott is an arts advocate writing for the HeraldZeitung on the arts and Circle Arts honors its luminaries Photo submitted Joy Lindsey garners a Spotlight Trophy for her fundraising efforts at Circle Arts Theatres annual awards dinner It happened this past Saturday Circle Arts held its ninth annual Christmas lift the awards celebration hosted by the theatres board of directors As well as thanking its upper contributors for making the theaters work possible the main purpose of the event is to give recognition to the volunteers whose efforts are realized backstage or offstage They never get the applause that actors enjoy because their contributions are sewing costumes or painting sets or running lights or house said executive director Elizabeth Yet they cheerfully turn out a mountain of work not only because they know its necessary but also because they realize theyre respected for their capabilities In fact any actor at Circle Arts will tell you that the order of business here is to revere the A few years ago the staff came up with the acronym 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 who go round doing a variety of tasks some of which dont fit Elliott said Guests at Christmas Girt were treated to a buffet of round foods in keeping with the evenings theme The World Is A followed by award presentations and an exclusive show coordinated and staged by Joy Lindsey Chairman of the event was Cindy Myers who decorated the theater in mauve and gold ribbons and balls greenery and lights lights Performing in the show were members of the advanced class of The Fantasy Factory the theaters touring youth company The Inner Circle and adult actors Bob 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 theaters Christmas Gift awards ceremony Saturday Photo submitted Circle Arts Theatres behindthescenes 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 Flliott Accompaniment was provided by Barbara I loude Receiving Spotlight trophies were Vera Shaw for her many years of handling all production ticket sales for the theater Wilbur Gray for his printing of tickets over the years Cindy Myers Bobbie Landrum Tracy Hungate and Randy 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 inkind contributions to enable us to The highest accolade of the awards celebration the annual Standing Ovation trophy was presented to Paul Padilla not for a single years achievement but for a body of his young lifes work for sharing not only time and talent but elbow grease and love In all more than 40 volunteers received Christmas ornaments engraved with to remind them every time they hang it on their trees how important they are to Elliott said Provided by Circle Arts Theatre 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 2249600 or online at or Christmas Serenade What Symphony Pops area high school choruses San Antonio Brass Alamo City Mens Chorale David Mairs conducting When 8 Friday and Saturday 2 Sunday Where Majestic Theatre 226 E Houston St Handels 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 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 Malis Christopher Wilkins conducting When 8 31 Where Camberley Gunter Hotel Big Band Five What Symphony Pops Byron Stripling on trumpet and vocals David Mairs conducting When 8 Jan 2 and 3 Jan 4 Where Majestic Theatre 226 E Houston St MidTX performs Sunday Symphony plays Christmas music in Seguin The MidTexas Symphony celebrates the Christmas holiday season on Sunday with its presentation of the third in a series of six concerts for the 20th 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 MidTexas Symphony Chorus and orchestra in a performance of holiday favorites Corellis 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 concert The Encore concert is sponsored by Norwest Banks of Seguin and New Braunfels Tickets for Sundays performance are for seniors 62 and older for other adults for college students and for students through high school Tickets are available at the door prior 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 sponsored by the Childrens Museum in New Braunfels The opera is being performed by the Houston Grand Opera touring company at Jan 20 at the New Braunfels Civic Center Provided by the MidTexas Symphony Deck the walls with NB AL art Its time to deck the halls and walls The New Braunfels Art League has several events scheduled to help prepare for the Christmas season Hundreds of people came through the gallery which was a Wassail Stop during last weeks Wassailfest A Deck the Halls and Walls sale of art works 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 raffled off to benefit the building fund The second item is a pouty timeout 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 John Moler will exhibit photographs taken during his threemonth 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 6254510 for information   

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