New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 24, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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EntertainmentArts & EntertainmentA reflection of down-home creativity.Every Wednesday in the Herald-Zeitung\We’re in the middle of National Community Theatre Week!
'Warmgreetings to everyone celeBratug National Communis Theatre ‘Week, sponsored by the American Association of Community Theatre.
The performity arts are a celebration of 6ft, opening the door to the beauty and complexity of the xwrid around us. 'Deepening our understanding of the human experience, the art of theatre buys creativity to our Betes and enriches our culturalheritage. It challenges us to explore our Boundaries and appreciate our diversity, wale rorforcirg those Bonds thatjoin usin our common humanity.
Community theatre groups can Be especially proud cf their wortI to advance our nation’s cultural legacy, fostering me spirit of collaboration and encouraging fresh talent, toad theatrical productions improve the quality of life cftheir communities andshare thejoys ofcreative expression aith millions of Americans across our nation.
I commend the thousands cf volunteers in America's community theatres whose artistry, enthusiasm, and generosity of spirit keep the magic of the stage alive for all of us. Best wishes for a memorable celebration.
literary festival at TIC 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 IO p.m. in the college’s Alumni Student Center, is being held in celebration of National Poetry Month (Aptil 1996).
Members of Texas Lutheran’s student body and faculty, as well as participants from Seguin and surrounding communities, will perform their own written works at the festival.
The festival is open to all who wish to participate, in keeping with the aim to move the enjoyment of literature into a public forum.
’’One of the goals of National Poetry month is to demonstrate that the writing and reading of literature
have significant appeal and importance. As an institute of higher learning, Texas Lutheran College not only supports and encourages literary exploration in the classroom but also outside of it,’’ said Dr. Dean Rader, assistant professor of English and communication 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 community to connect through the medium of the spoken word," added Rader.
The festival will feature two hours of reading per
formed by students, faculty, staff and members of the surrounding communities.
Participants are encouraged to read their own poetry, fiction, drama or essays or also do performance pieces, collaborative work, develop musical accompaniment to readings, or simply read the work of a writer they admire.
Each participant will be allowed up to five minutes to read and will need a spot as quickly as possible.
The Student Center will 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) 372-6077.
Final weekend of “The Dining Room”
Her sons gathered around a disoriented old woman, aa their Ini-Mad wives look on, In this acana from Tbs Dining Room," having lls final performances Ibis weekend at Circle Arts Theatre. The comedy features, Schaefer, Dale
Cola Tickets are avafiabia at China-o-Things. For reservations, cal 609-3092 through Saturday, 3 to 7 pm.
This column should have been prepared for last Wednesday, to give you a whole week to contemplate and enjoy the blessings of community theatre. Because, of course, you have plenty of free time to do both. (Did you recognize that tongue-in-cheek?) But we’re not too proud, those of us who labor in drat field. We happily accept any portion of enthusiasm and attention you send our way. That’s so much gravy added to die joy of doing what we love.
As I mid, you should have been reading about this last week, but — how does that expression go? — lately I seem to have a wealth of "late days and short dollars.”
But back to business. First of all, you need to know this column is not about Circle Arts Theatre. Rather, it is about the 7,000-plus non-profit theatres that are scattered (like good seed) across our nation. It’s about the efforts of over a million volunteers who breathe vitality into their com-
atres built on a pseudo-intellectual foundation, caring more about avant-garde interpretations than the playwright’s true intent There are theatres, like ours, that are couched in reality, the reality of down-to-earth people who happen to love what theatre can be and do.
No matter the atmosphere though, the same siren call pulls us all to work in this “let’s pretend” world. It’s the desire to be connected. (Which, of course, all forms of art manifest.)
When you build stories and characters and feelings onstage, you expose part of your soul, and you wait expectantly to have what you’ve offered be accepted. Sometimes the wait is scary. But almost always worth it!
A Rose by Any Other Name
Theatre is therapy, occupation, mind-expansion, for some their “bliss,” for others, almost a “religion.” It doesn’t matter what we call it, if it’s done to the best of everyone’s ability, it will “smell as sweet”
I’ve seen a little old lady, on die verge of suicide, come alive on the stage and live many good years afterward, before she went to entertain in Heaven. I’ve seen coldness warmed, anger pacified, immaturity made wiser, self-importance 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, don’t forget to come back “home.”
(Elizabeth Elliott is a guest columnist, writing on the arts and humanities.)
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munity theatres. And did you know, statistics 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 Elliott “atmospheres” as there are theatres, each one having its own special personality created by foe “family” that fills its space.
There are theatres that lure actors with the fantasy of becoming a “star.” There are foe-
Mags Guldberg of Wautoma, WI*,, on# of two winter Texan members of the New Braunfels Art League, participated in a recent watercolor workshop taught by Angle Banta Brown. The spring wikiflower workshop leas headquartered at Slumber Falls Camp and Included location and studio work. Attendees came from Plano, Richardson, Seguin,
San Antonio, Houston and New Braunfels.
Via Dunn-Harr of San Antonio (second from left) recently taught an oil painting workshop at tbs New Braunfels Art League Gallery. Taking port In the does ware (left to right) Flo Sandifur of Gonzales, Lynda Hughes and Brttta Herzog, both of Austin. Other participants came from Son Antonio, Seguin, Gonzales, San Marcos and New Braunfels.
“Floral Expressions” at NBAL gallery
Bluebonnets, roses, irises, hibis- now through April 30. cus and flowers of all types are in The New Braunfels Ait League bloom at the “Florei Expressions” Gallery, 239 W. San Antonio, is open art show in the side gallery at the Mondays through Saturdays from IO New Braunfels Ait League Gallery a.m. to 5 p.m.
“Adios,” called 10-year-old Marina Corona, who sat in the big black inner tube which rested on a swatch of blue canvas in a comer of The Children’s Museum in New Braunfels. (CMNB).
“Adios,” echoed her sister Natalie balancing in the canoe and swinging her fishing pole toward the camera.
“Adios,” said their mom, Susanna Garza, raising a net full of stuffed cloth fish and waving to foe TV camera.
Garza, a Spanish language instructor with foe Tl-IN educational television network, and the girls were saying good-bye 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 ll, which will air in mid-May to 155 schools in 40 states.
The Spanish lessons are produced by TI-IN 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 coordinator for Region 20, the purpose of the course is to teach Spanish as “real language for real purposes.” The lessons emphasize communication, language-in-context and concrete experiences rather than learning words in isolation and focusing on grammar.
“It is very important to make learning fun,” Garza said. “We play games, sing songs and explore interesting places.”
Lesson 95 was appropriately titled “A Visit to a Museum.” Like other lessons, the scenes in the 25-minute program change eveiy few minutes to maintain student interest. Taping the scenes in various locations inside the museum, however, consumed most of the five hours and required a few adjustments as visitors wandered on and off the set.
One scene, set in the “McKenna Children’s Hospitable” had Marina pretending to be doctor while Natalie complained of a headache, stomach ache and feeling very, very ill.
In another, inside the “Grandma’s Attic” school room, Marina took foe 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 Children's Museum wild animal wall aa a part of Spanish lesson for television classrooms In 40 states.
foe route of the river on foe wall map and let the girls put together the giant wooden floor map. At CMNB’s wild animal wall Garza asked her television students to guess foe names of animals while she touched the fur and described each animal in Spanish. In “Texas” Garza introduced CMNB’s “please touch” philosophy and challenged her students to name different kinds of museums and to find out which museum 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 academic subjects. In one lesson we may count or make graphs, in another we may learn abote a particular culture — really any topic is possible.”
“We want them 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 words.”
Garza and foe 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 students,” 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 foe world, and how many different kinds of people.”
The “Hill Country Chorus,” formerly known as the “South Texas Sound,” New Braunfels’ own chapter of foe Society for foe Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America Inc., (SPEB-SQSA), is proud to announce their upcoming show (our 22nd), the “Harmony Revue.” The theme for this year’s show is Grandpa’s Attic.
The show will be held on Sunday, April 28,4 pm at Jackson Auditorium at Texas Lutheran College in Seguin. Tickets are on sale now for $5 - senior citizens, $6 - general admission (advance) and $7 at foe door. They are available at foe Senior Citizens Center, Comal Flower Shop, the Chamber of Commerce here in town and foe chamber in Seguin. They area
also available from any “Hill Country Chorus” barbershopper.
Featured in our show will be the ‘Texas Jubilee” a “note”-worfoy quartet from the San Antonio area, and “Sterling,” an up-and-coming new quartet heading for “big things down foe road,” from San Marco and New Braunfels.
The Hill Country Chorus meets every Tuesday night, 7:30 p.m. at foe First Baptist Church Choir Room, corner 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 accomplished singer, nor do you have to audition. We’d just like to have you come by and visit with us.