New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 15, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
Wednesday, March 15, 1995
ArtsEntertainmentGram to be featured ■IM at MUH. Tuesday
Mary Beth Gibson, a New Braunfels Art League member from Garland, will paint a portrait in pastel at the Art League meeting Tuesday, March 21 at 7:00 p.m. at the gallery 239 W. San Antonio Street.Klaus Muller to be guest at folk dance workshop
From staff reports
Sarah Elizabeth's debut creates the most challenging role yet!
You’ve read about Tom Henderson in this column before, I know. And I promise not to do it again for a long time...after today. But this is a choice event— one that doesn’t happen every day, or week, or year even. We’ve all seen Tom’s versatility
on-stage, creating more Elliott diversified characters than anyone else: a corporate executive, a Roman flesh peddler, a court prosecutor, a retarded mute, a Supreme Court judge, a banker, a jester, a knight, an apostle...you name it, he’s done it.
But at 43, he’s taken on his most awesome role ever, one that’s due for a very long nm. And it’s all because of Sarah Elizabeth. You see, she and the Supreme Artist had a talk, in which she made it very plain that, if she
were going to take a spin in this old world, she preferred to start off with Tom and Cheryl Henderson as parents. It must have sounded like a good idea, because that’s what happened, Friday March IO, at 8:07 p.m.
Weighing in at 9 healthy pounds, plus 3 more ounces, and measuring a model’s length of 20 inches, the newest world citizen made her debut.Now it begins...
The role of a lifetime! And all the others Tom’s done will seem like Easy Street compared to this one. Father. Papa. Pop. Daddy. The names Sarah learns to call him won’t begin to cover all the characters he’ll be to her. Like...Protector, keeping her safe from as many uncalled-for ills of the world as possible. Or...Teacher, helping her gain whatever wisdom she needs to live on this planet. He’ll be a Playmate, too, when she first learns to throw her spoon from the high chair, and plays the game of “Daddy, fetch!”
He’ll be her “practice” Boyfriend, with whom she learns how to flirt. Later, he’ll be the Watchdog, when she starts to flirt with others. Later still, the Counselor will guide her through tough decisions in relationships, lifestyles, career moves, etc. And for most of Sarah’s growing up years, he’ll also be a Chauffeur, a Confidante, and a Disciplinarian.
He’ll be the Stoic as his heart breaks a little when she wears her first long prom dress, going out with some apple-cheeked boy. It will break the rest of the way when he gives her to the “Man of My Dreams” someday. His heart will mend when Sarah places another little girl in his arms, and he’ll remember a special Friday in March of ‘95.Welcome, Sarah
Any baby that’s waited this long to join the two who will help her earn her “life lessons,” deserves a warm welcome. Here’s mine:
Blessed Baby, this is Life you see Through a fuzzy gaze Rainbows and whippoorwills,
Roses and gingerbread,
And all the million miracles God put upon this earth For you to wonder at.
This is Life—all for you!
Life, this is a newborn A novice to your Great Adventure.
Pink and white.
Soft and small,
And all the overwhelming sweetness God alone can bring to His Creation.
This is a newborn—
Open your arms!
—Elizabeth Elliott (Elizabeth Elliott is a guest columnist for the Herald-Zeitung, writing on the arts and humanities.)
Mr. Klaus Muller, a native of the town of Gladenbach in the German state of Hessen, will be guest instructor at Lehrgang VI. The annual workshop on German folk dance and culture is sponsored by Klaus Mutter the German
Folk Dance Association of Texas. The 1995 event will be hosted by the New Braunfels German Folkdancers and held here the weekend of March 25 and 26.
Mr. Muller began dancing at the age of ten in a group led by his parents in Gladenbach. By the age of 16 he was leading his own group. He passed ail of the training courses required by his state association for a dance instructor and group leader. In addition to teaching and leading the group in his hometown, he trains other dance groups throughout the state of Hessen. Dozens of folk dancers, including several performing groups, will gather in New Braunfels to learn dances from Mr. Muller. Classes will be held throughout the day on Saturday and on Sunday morning. This will be his first teaching experience in the United States.
The town of Gladenbach is located in the forested hills of the northern part of Hessen, a little north of Braunfels. The Gladenbach group was founded in 1963 and has become the heart of the cultural life of the community. The ensemble of over 160 persons of all ages includes dancers, singers, musicians, etc They cultivate dances and music from many German speaking regions, with special attention to those native to their own area The ♦group strives lo preserve the traditional t Protestant folk wear of the Marburg area. Their costumes reflect the nchness and pride of the area. Much value is put on preserving the local dialect and traditions of Hessen. They sponsor and participate in numerous festivals and have traveled throughout Germany and many other countnes.
Special guests at the New Braunfels event will include officers and representa-^tives of the ‘North American Federation of German Folk Dance Groups, North-American Sector of the Deutsche Gescllschaft fur VolksUnz.” Participants are coming .from as far away as Connecticut, Colorado, Indiana, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Kansas, etc.
Dancers will take a break from classes for a “Tanzfest" or Dance Fest on Saturday evening in honor of the founding of New Braunfels 150 years ago They will don their colorful folkdance costumes and dance to the music of the Seven Dutchmen Orchestra At various times throughout the evening, performing groups will exhibit special “honor dances” dedicated to the early pioneers from Germany who settled our area
A limited number of tickets are available to the community for the Dance Fest. They may be purchased at Chollett k Fashions, C hina-n-Things, and Johnson Furniture or by phoning 606-0844. AH those attending will be invited to join in a Grand March and a KanonwaUscr. The evening will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Eagles Hall with a parade of flags and costumes, followed by the national anthems of the U.S. and Germany. Attendees arc encouraged, but not required, to wear German or pioneer costumes in honor of the Sesquicentennial
’Beyond Tile Storm'
Stretch Williams is back, driving his rythym & blues harder than ever in his newly-released album
By MARK LYON
Stretch Williams is back.
After spending more than six months in the recording studios. Williams, a hard-driving rythyrr & blues musician, is ready to take his works to the stage.
He’ll get that chance Fnday night at Frctheit Country Store (two miles north of Hwy. 46 on FM HOI) beginning at 8:30 p.m. as he debuts his newly-completed album "Beyond the Storm."
According to Williams, "Beyond the Storm" represents the culmination of a lifelong dream.
"It’s my iiie’s dream to record with some of the my idols and produce an album I have no reservations about releasing to the public," Williams said. "In fact omc of the people in the business have looked at it and said there arc too many hit singles on it and that it should be spread out over the next two to three years."
Williams* music includes some lofty names, consisting of Tommy Shannon. D.J.
Fontana, New Braunfels-native Gilbert Gonzales, Sam Chacon, Stretch Williams Keith Ferguson.
Doc Sully, Kevin Taylor, Larry Eisenberg and the Texans Dames.
His five-piece touring band includes Gonzales, Al Gilhauscn, Eisenberg, and Rob Mahoney.
Williams describes the album's music as "Texas style, hard-dnving rythym & blues with a style mix that is unique to his alone, but with a closer listen are detections of Stevie Ray Vaughn and Albert Collins. However, the content is original" Peers in the business have embraced Williams’ new cuts, and have warned that it might be the
it’s my life’s dream to record with some of my idols...’
_- Stretch Williams
material which throws him over the top.
"I think so," said Williams, on whether this could be the album that makes his name prominant across the country. "At first, I was just happy to get it out. I could have rested easy just to sell it to my mom. But die responses from those in the industry have been positive. They're talking me into believing that this is something that could throw us over the hump."
"Beyond The Storm" has 12 songs, IO of which are Williams’ originals. He’s hoping to sell some 50,000 copies or more in its first year. All of which will be debut to the public for the first time at Freiheit Fnday night. His first album, a demo, had six songs and sold more than 2,000 copies.
Circle Arts gathers ‘Orphans’ for play
By ELIZABETH ELLIOTT
Special to the Herald-Zeitung
The call went out for the “loan” of children, and when 19 sets of parents decided it was a good deal. Circle Arts Theatre had gathered enough “orphans” for its upcoming hentage play. Inspired by the more fictionalized children's storybook by Frances Alexander, “Orphans on the Guadalupe” is the result of detailed research into the early days of the Ervcndbcrg Lane orphanage by Roberta Elliott, playwnght and codirector of the stage version.
The story of the play involves 19 orphans whose parents died at sea or on the long overland journey to reach the new settlement of New Braunfels They were taken in by the town’s first pastor, Reverend Louis Ervcndbcrg and his wife.
Portraying the composite character of Enc Bauer, who dreams of “owning land in this new country,” is Patnck Pope, last seen as one of the boys who was “Lost in Yonkers.”
The other orphan roles are filled by Kimberly Traill, Randy Foerster, Robin Williams, Edward Coles, Melissa Yeaman, Eric Burton, Amber Anderson, David Reeves, Bethany Schwarz, Matthew Sabo, Alexandra Stanley, Austin Smith, Laurel Green, Susanna Green, Rachel Roberts and Jessica Pantermuchl. Playing the Ervendbcrgs’ own daughters are Shealyn Holton and Kon Athas.
Re-creating his role as Rev. Louis Ervendberg will be veteran actor W.T. Henderson, last seen as the shady
Uncle Louie in “Lost in Yonkers." Fresh from her part in “Rumors,” Cathy Clark will do the honors as Mrs. Ervendberg. Playing one of his favonte characters, Mr. Hoon, will be Lewis Sarkozi. Bill Spears will portray the historical figure of Hen Lindheimer, and Bnan On will play the romantic role of Mans von Specht, the dashing German soldier who married the oldest orphan, Lizcttc Schmidt Wrapping up all the grand mothers of that day into one, Bobbye Streightoflf is cast as Oma Glick. Taylor Lee and Tony Ramirez will play Indians, White Shadow and Eagle Feather, and Rebecca Childs will do the part of Catherine Kneg, a neighbor girl infatuated with Enc.
Most of the incidents in the two-year chronology of this hentage drama were denved from accounts by actual descendants of the orphans. Said Elliott, “Though the fabric of this bit of history is held together with threads of artistic license, the essential facts arc true, and filled with the spirit of the founding settlers. That’s all the reality anyone should need.”
Tickets for the show, which opens Apnl 13, will be available at China-n-Things beginning March 20. Reservations for contnbutors and season pass holders will begin March 25, and for the general public a week later. They can be made by calling 609-3092, Monday through Saturday, 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m. only.
A benefit performance will be given on Thursday, Apnl 20, for the child advocacy group, CASA of Central Texas
Music in art
Dwaina Johnson paints a grouping of musicians during the Youth Art Beat while Patty Yznaga-King watches at the New Braunfels Art League building. Johnson is a gallery chairman for the NBAL gallery located at 239 W. San Antonio St.
Ella May Breckenridge and Laurice Bremer arrange their paintings at the New Braunfels Art League gallery, 239 W.
San Antonio St. Their paintings are featured this month. Breckenridge has watercolor paintings of abstracts, landscapes, portraits and seascapes. Bremer has oil and watercolor paintings of still lites, landscapes, florals and birde. Next month, SesquicentenniaF-themed pointings will ba featured throughout the gallery.