New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 29, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
6 A ■ Herald-Zeitung ■ Wednesday, March 29,1995
HERALD -ZEITUNGArts & Entertainment
OF THE MATTER
Surprise! Working with these kids is a pleasure
Shrieks DO happen!
You can proceed with dread towards working with a large cast,
TWENTY of whom are children, and have the happiest of surprises— the kids are all NICE!
And let’s not pretend I don’t have the right to be incredulous. The press on juveniles these days is not exactly flattering.
But wonder of wonders, every single young person in “ORPHANS ON THE GUADALUPE” is respectful and well-behaved, and has definitely spoiled me for any future encounters with the small-child-kind. I’ll expect ALL of them to be this way from now on!
Maybe That’s Th# Sacral To expect the best of them, I mean. Not to accept anything less than the best they can give. For a minute there, you thought I’d mellowed, didn’t you? Well, I have, in a way, but every kid in “ORPHANS” can tell you I’m demanding, and make no apologies for it And they meet those demands. Maybe not at the first go, but sooner or later...usually sooner. When it turns into “later,” I confess I become a nag. That’s when the kids silently change their usual name for mc (Mrs. E) for the one I inadvertently gave them.
One day, in the course of explaining to them that frequent corrections for the same error left me frustrated, I playfully told them that it turned me into a “grumpy old bear,” and that it didn’t feel good, so would they “please try to fix things by the second or third time at least.” Thanks to the sweetest, most direct little boy I’ve ever met, we now have an ongoing game. I’d told them from day one that being demanding of them didn’t mean that we were annoyed. And naturally, one expects every pearl of wisdom to be remembered, right? Wellll...it seems we remember the most recent bits of information, so when I asked them the other day what Mrs. E was being (and expected to hear “demanding”), darling 6-year-old Austin Smith, eager to give the right answer, brightly asked, “A grumpy old bear?” Needless to say, we all fell on the floor, laughing.
Besides the beautiful little boy above, there are other charmers in the wee world. Preparing the Christmas scene for the first time a few weeks ago, the cast was required to sing “Silent Night” in German. They were a little weak, being too tentative with the foreign words, but one strong, clear voice stood out above the rest. It was a very rich, mature sound, but knowing all the adults on-stage, I didn’t recognize it as belonging to them. I was beginning to think one of the older teenagers had really blossomed vocally while I wasn’t looking. But as they reached the second to last line, that goes a little high on the end note, the owner of the voice felt impellec to crescendo the last words, and I finally found the source of all that vocal power. The tiniest child of all, a porcelain doll of a little girt, by the name of Kon Athas, had drowned out a stage full of actors. She's only 7, but believe me, you’re going to hear from her someday!
And That’s Not All
There are a good deal more stones I coulc tell about the unique delight of producing this boltage play. Maybe I’ll save them for a poem or two, or better yet, tuck them away in my journal to smile at one day years from now, when the grumpy old bear doesn’t have a growl left in her.
(Elizabeth Elliott is a guest columnist for the Herald-Zeitung, writing on the arts and humanities J
Jaguar Jamboree exposes students to other cultures
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Canyon Middle School explodes tomorrow in a multicultural extravaganza. This year’s Jaguar Jamboree PT A fund-raiser features a kaleidoscope of events from a rainbow of cultures throughout die day, said organizer Margie Skolaut.
The highlight of the day is a unique performance by dancer/aitist Rosa Guerrero. She weaves dance, language and more into a “Multicultural Tapestry.” Centered in El Paso, Guerrero has been honored throughout the United States for her contributions as an artist and ambassador of the Mexican-American experience.
Guerrero opens the festivities at I p.m. and the day’s parade of entertainment culminates in her ’Tapestry of Colors.”
Jamboree day will be “Crazy Hair Day” courtesy of The Strand.
JAGUAR JAMBOREE EVENTS INCLUDE:
• Mexican-American booth sponsored by Las Camadres with Mexican games, food, etc.
• Compania de Danza FoBdorica
Malia Mikulenka African-American presenta-
Native American presentation by Institute of Texan Cultures •Kinderchor •Clogging
• Karate demo team Yvonne Tristan and Bret Riley of Westhaven Academy of Karate
The Jaguar Jamboree is Thurs day, March 30 from 2 p.m.-7 p.m. at Canyon Middle School. The
Jamboree will happen rain or shine, Skolaut said. Games for all ages, a raffle, and festive food can be purchased with tickets.
Artist shows his stuff
Doug Prine of Nemo, in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, works on a painting while Sheila Orr and Marie Rawls watch. Robin Lester is working on her painting in the background. Orr is from New Braunfels, and Rawls and Lester are from Gonzales. The New Braunfels Art League will host another Doug Prine Workshop June 15-17. A noted artist of western subjects, Prine is also an actor in historical reenactments,
Nearly 2,400 area schoolchildren will attend the annual children’s concert presented by the Mid-Texas Symphony on Tuesday, April 4 at the New Braunfels Civic Center. Tile free concerts, at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., are part of the Symphony’s community outreach program.
Fourth and fifth graders from Seele and Carl Schurz in the NBISD will attend, along with students from New Braunfels Christian Academy, Sts. Peter & Paul, and Bracken Christian schools. Comal I SD students will be from Bill Brown, Bulverde Elementary, Comal Ele
mentary, Frazier, and Mountain Valley Elementary schools.
The children will hear an abbreviated version of the same conceit scheduled for Sunday, April 2 at Jackson Auditorium in Seguin. It will feature guest conductor Yoichi Udagawa, who will conduct Rossini’s overture to “The Barber of Seville” and two movements of Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 5 in C minor.”
Guest artist will be violinist Heather Zimmerman, who will play Saint-Saens’ “Violin Concerto No. 3 in B minor” with the orchestra.
Now 17, she performed previously with the symphony when she was 12.
A group of docents from the Symphony Guild and Society have visited many of the participating schools to tell the students about the concert and to play excerpts of the music. They are: Meredith Patterson, Dana Scheel, Jean Wilson, Jeannie Mayo, Norma Staats, Arthur and Michaelina Wages, Caroline Weston, and Carol Glanville.
Assisting at the concerts are: Joy Hill, Terry Keith, Norma Staats, Meredith Patterson,
Dana Scheel, Carol Glanville, and Dr. Carl McCauley, Seguin. Eithne Goetz, Vice Presi-dcnt-Education and a violinist with the orchestra, trained the docents, and Bette Spain made arrangements for the school briefings.
The Mid-Texas Symphony has sponsored the free children’s concerts for seven years and will perform the same program for Seguin and Guadalupe County students on Monday, April 3.
Theatre in the Park offers fondly fun
On April 2, the dance slab in Landa Park will be covered with families who have come to greet Sneeches and Zaks and Barbaloots and other fascinating creatures from the mind of Dr. Scuss. Undoubtedly, some of the younger family members will even converse with these colorful characters.
It will happen this coming Sunday, beginning at 3 p.m., when the Circle Arts Theatre, in cooperation with the City Parks and Recreations Department, presents its prestigious youth company, The Inner Circle, in “SEUSS ON THE LOOSE.” The production will mark the theatre’s fifth annual performance in the park, offered free to the public.
“The only cost to the audience is an enthusiastic response," said Roberta Elliott, director of the show. “In exchange, they’ll receive 45 minutes of fun and music from a dedicated troupe of talented young people.”
The company, now in its fifteenth year of existence, has brought theatre to the schools of central Texas, performing for over 80,000 students to date. Members of the company are: Amber Anderson, Randy Foerster, Margaret Green, Sheryl Hall, Jamie Pantermuehl, Patnck Pope, Leslie Scott, Amanda Smith, Justin Watson, Robin Williams, and Melissa Yeaman.
Elliott recommends that people bring their own folding chairs, and come early to get a place as close to the stage area as possible.
Sand submissions for tho Arts A Entertainment page to: Herald-Zeitung Arts 707 Landa St.
Haw Braunfels, TX 78130 Or fax to 625-1224.
For more information, call Interim Managing Editor Roger Croteau in th# newsroom at 625-9144.
Mary Gibson of Coppell, now Dallas, painted a pastel portrait of Mohboob Khan at tho recant Now Braunfels Art League mooting at tho Now Breunfole Art League Gel lory. Gibson ie skilled in all madia and has pictures hanging In the NBAL gallery. One of the more distant NBAL members, she plane to hold a painting workshop In tho near future. Sharon Nauhaua, hospitality chairwoman, prepares punch In tho background.
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