New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 3, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
6 A ■ Heraid-Zeitung ■ Wednesday, May 3,1995Arts & Entertainment
THE ART OF THE MATTER
Schedule of Events
SATURDAY, MAY 6 Conservation Society:
10 a.m.-11 a.m.: Barron Schlameus and Polka Band
11 a.m.-Noon: Hill Country Celli Band
Noon-12:30 p.m.: Dr. Gene Howard—John Wayne Impersonator 12:30 p.m.-1 p.m.: Kindertanzen
I p.m.-1:30 p.m.: Dr. Gene Howard—John Wayne Impersonator
1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.: New Braunfels Village Brass Band
2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.: Der Klein Steins
3:30 p.m.-4 p.m.: New Braunfels German Folkdancers
4 p.m.-5 p.m.: New Braunfels Village Brass Band
5 p.m.-5:30 p.m.: Dr. Gene Howard—John Wayne Inpersonator
5:30 p.m.-6 p.m.: Die Cloggin Meisters and the Hill Country Line Dancers
Museum of Texas Handmade Furniture
II a.m.-11:30 a.m.: Carl Schurz Maypole Dancers 11:30 a.m.-Noon: Barron Schlameus and Polka Band Noon-1 p.m.: Harmonic Gemischter Chor
1 p.m.-1:30 p.m.: Kinderchor 1:30 p.m.-2 p.m.: Kinderchor Alumni
2 p.m.-3 p.m.: Hill Country Celli Band
3 p.m.-4 p.m.: Comal County Community Band
4 p.m.-5 p.m.: Hill Country Celli Band
SUNDAY, MAY 7 Conservation Society:
11 a.m.-11:30 a.m.: Barron Schlameus and Polka Band
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Hill Country Celli Band 12:30 p.m.-1 p.m.: Community Chorale
1 p.m.-2 p.m.: Oma and the Oompahs
2 p.m.-2:30 p.m.: South Texas Sound 2:30 p.m.-3 p.m.: Ballet Folklorica
3 p.m.-4 p.m.: Hill Country Celli Band
4 p.m.-5 p.m.: Ed Kadlecek and the Village Band
Museum of Texas Handmade Furniture:
11 a.m.-11:30 arn.: Jim Johnson, Organ Grinder 11:30 a.rn.-12:30 p.m.: Mariachi Cardenas 12:30 pjn.-1 p.m.: Barron Schlameus and Polka Band 1 p.m.-1:30 pm.: South Texas Sound 1:30 pm.-2:30 p.m.: Hill Country Celli Band 2:30 pm.-3:00 p.m.: Dan McCoy
3 p.m.-4 pm.: Oma and the Oompahs
4 p.m.-4:30 pm.,: Ballet Folklorica
Circle Arts Theatre going big time by planning musical “Hello Dolly”Catch the blues
Catch The Solid Senders at Freiheit Country Store this Saturday (May 6). This four-piece traditional blues band will get you moving. They are supporting a new CD “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright”, and they’re just coming back from an overseas tour. Doors open Saturday at 8 p.m. For more information or for directions, call 625-9400 or 620-6953.
Circle Arts Theatre is going to “bite the bullet” and produce the spectacular, big-scale musical, "Hello, Dolly!” this summer.
“It’s a scary project, but we’ve discovered such good talent over the past year that I think we can pull it off,” said executive director Elizabeth Elliott, “especially if we hold auditions early enough.”
Those auditions are set for Wednesday, May IO, beginning at 7.30 p.m., in the theatre, located in Landa Park.
Featured roles exist for six women, ages 20 to 50, and seven men, ages 20 to 60.
There’s a need for a versatile chorus as well, playing townspeople, waiters, customers, etc.
“In other words, the chorus is made
ifs a scary project, but wa’va discovered such good talent over the past year that I think we can pull it off, especially if we hold auditions early.’— Elizabeth Elliott
up of all those talented performers, who dress up the stage and add so much to the picture, the sound, and the energy,” said Elliott.
The story of the show is based on Thornton Wilder’s play, “The Matchmaker,” adapted for the stage by Michael Stewart, with music and lyrics by Jerry Herman.
The characters involved are: Dolly
Levi, “who has her hand in every business from matrimony to corset repairs”; the penny-pinching Horace Van-dergelder, who’s eager for an arranged marriage with Mrs. Molloy; his two downtrodden clerks, Cornelius and Barnaby, who crave adventure in the big city; the lovely widow Irene Molloy, who runs a millinery shop with the help of her zany employee Minnie Fay; and Mr. Vandergelder’s niece, Ermengarde, who wants to marry a poor artist named Ambrose.
Interested persons should be prepared to sing, bringing their own sheet music.
An accompanist will be provided.
lf unable to attend the auditions as scheduled, other arrangements to try out may be made by calling 625-4824.
year’s Young Artist Competition in voice will be featured next as they each perform two classical
selections, u i-
of Nacogdoches is the winner in the undergraduate competition. Lara B. Harris of Austin is the winner in the graduate competition.
After intermission, the program will include selections from “The Phantom of the Opera.” McAlester will return to perform “Joey, Joey, Joey” and Hams will sing “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes.”
The program will close with the playing of the “1812 Overture" and “Stars and Stripes.” The Canyon High School Band, under the direction of George Arnold, will join the orchestra for these two selections.
McAlester, a lyric baritone, is a student at Stephen F. Austin State University where he is a senior. McAlester, 22, has studied for three and half years with Dr. Hic Berry. He has appeared in five operas with Stephen F. Austin Opera.
Harris, a mezzo soprano, is a student at Southwest Texas State University where she is a first-year graduate student. Harris, 24, has studied for five years with Julie Pruett and one year with Leonore Scrgi.
She has performed the alto solo part in Handel’s “Messiah” and has performed roles in three operas.
Tickets for the concert are $9 for adults, $8 for senior citizens and college students, and S3 for students through high school age. They are available at Accents and the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce. They will also be available at the door.
For more information, call 629-0336.
“Fiesta Mexicans" features area talent
Mid-Texas Symphony holding Pops Concert
The Mid-Texas Symphony will pay tribute to the city of New Braunfels on its 150th birthday when it presents its annual Pops Concert on Sunday, May 7, at 4 p.m. in the New Braunfels Civic Center.
Maestro Akira Endo has selected a wide range of music for the concert, which is being sponsored by Dennis and Chad Penny McAlester
the staff of Rhoad s Interiors.
The program will open with marches in a salute to the armed forces and “Bugler’s Holiday.”
The winners of this
Some people, especially teachers, just have a way with kids
Folkfest entertainment covers wide range of cultural tastes
John Wayne impersonator Dr. Gene Howard headlines this year’s entertainment. Using Wayne’s personna, Howard brings to life the traditional values as he delivers poems from his album, “What Made Amenca Great "
“Folkfest will have two stages with constant entertainment going on,” Heitkamp said. The fare on those two stages reflects the multicultural face of New Braunfels. From Manachi Cardenas to German Folkdancers to Polka bands — something to suit just about everyone’s taste. The Hill Country Celli Band, a new group last year, has returned*.”It proved to be a popular group, with Irish, Celtic-type music,” Meek said.
Children get a special kind of entertainment — they get to live the past. Kids of all ages can watch a variety of craft demonstrations. “It’s a really youth-oriented activity,” Keitkamp said.
Seeing skills like quilting, lace making, chair caning and wine making bring New Braunfels history before our eyes and within our grasp.
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Wursthallc dances to a Mexican beat with New Braunfels’ 23rd Cinco de Mayo celebration, “Fiesta Mexicana”, Friday and Saturday May 12 and 13. New Braunfels residents can savor Mexican food, hear Tcjano and Mexican music, see the Queen Coronation and much, much more.
Sponsored by the Comal Independent Men’s Association, the festivities support a truly worthy cause, the CIMA scholarship fund. “We try to give something back, a little entertainment for the money we’re donating,” CIMA President Armando J. Hernandez said.
Fiesta Mexicana draws regional talent and beyond. Super group M AZZ headlines on Friday May 12. Grupo Rodeo also performs Friday from 7:30 p.m. to midnight. Rene Zapata y Grupo Presidente and Oscar G. y Sol play Saturday from 7:30 until 12:30.
Organizers have an eye for future stars when they book Fiesta’s music. Tejano sensation Selena played for New Braunfels’ Fiesta a few times, Hernandez said. “We try to get the bands before they hit it big,” he said.
Fiesta programs include photos of the event’s artist. Getting musicians to autograph the pictures has become a Fiesta tradition. The programs become valuable keepsakes when the artists move on to fame and fortune.
Local favorites enrich Fiesta’s entertainment
Mazz will be performing at the Cinco de Mayo celebration May 12.
offering. Pura Vida will perform, along with at least two Mariachi bands, including Rosie y los Muchachos and Ecos de America. Fiesta would not be complete without performances by the Compania de Danza Folklorica.
Fajita lovers will want to arrive by noon Sat
urday when the Fajita cook-off begins. Last year first place was taken by a New Braunfels native now living in Dallas, Hernandez said. “We hope to bring the title home this year,” he said. Herb Skoog will judge the fajitas, along with other local celebrities.
Saturday’s celebration peaks with the Queen Coronation. Young women from local high schools compete for the crown and die scholarship that goes with it. Each is beautiful and wears a gorgeous evening gown.
This is not a “beauty contest,” though, Hernandez said. The girls work hard to earn points by selling dance tickets; ads, and generating money to help the scholarship hind. They hold car washes, sell tacos, raffle Spurs tickets to earn points, he said. “They’re working to further their own education,’’ Hernandez said.
Admission to Fiesta Mexicana is free. CIMA earns scholarships from dance tickets and concessions sold at the event.
“The more money we make the more scholarships we give out,” organizer Domingo Vela Jr. said.
The money CIMA makes from Fiesta Mexicana goes much further than giving scholarships alone. The organization sponsors delegates to Boys State and Girls State.
Once a pre-school for disadvantaged kids was in desperate need of books. “We took that on as a project,” Hernandez said. Sometimes CIMA is able to give IO scholarships to the three area high schools, he said.
CIMA is a faithful participant in such events as Wurstfest and the Comal County Fair. “CIMA is an all volunteer organization,” Hernandez said. “We like to emphasize service to the local community.”
Life’s funny, isn’t it. Fact is, sometimes it’s a laugh out loud! More often, though, it’s a wry, wistful smile provoked by the ironies of fate or circumstance. We have every indication and belief that we’re prepared to do or be what we desire.
We see others with those goodies, others, not nearly as capable. Often, it takes a whole lifetime to understand why.
But sometimes, the things we wish for or want to be are found in the world of make-believe called theatre. Cathy Clark recently lived her "wannabe” there, when she played mother to TWENTY youngsters! (Not that Cathy wants THAT many of her own!...one or two would do nicely, thank you.)
But never have the “Orphans on the Guadalupe” had a more believable “Mama”! And the “mothering” didn’t stop onstage. The backstage crew were grateful for her adept assistance in
them critique themselves! (Hmmm, I wonder if that would work with adults.)
The Other Cathy-Dwellers
You’ll find them onstage, happily, quite often.
The wonderful characters who have lived inside her, who’ve been given breath and substance because of her: a Scottish maid, a fairy tale princess, Auntie Marne’s comical secretary, Agnes Gooch, a pioneer woman, Daddy Waibuck’s faithful Grace, the brilliant comedic role of the British actress in “Noises Off,” the definitive Sister Amnesia in “Nunsense,” and so many more!
If they get the Heraid-Zeitung in heaven, there’s probably some person, waiting to be bom, thinking, “Wow, she’d make a really great Mom!”
Amen. So be it!
(Elizabeth Elliott is a guest columnist for the Heraid-Zeitung, writing on the arts and humanities.)
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Williamsburg, New Braunfels style
that’s what Conservation Plaza becomes Saturday and Sunday for Folkfest 95.
Folkfest is an extravaganza of learning through fun. From music to fixxl to dancing to hands-on participation, guests don’t just look at history — they Dr. Gene jump right into it. Howard
Folk fest’s purpose is to present and conserve culture of the community through history, Director Dennis Heitkamp said. Throughout the weekend New Braunfels’ heritage will be portrayed through a huge variety of entertainments. “There are so many different things, it’s unbelievable,” Entertainment Chair Michael Meek said.
meant to be (occupation-wise) what we are. I suspect there are plumbers who wish they were poets, but they’re smart enough to know there’s more money in elbow joints than iambic pentameter.
Cathy Clark was meant to be a teacher.
She teaches music at Mountain Valley Elementary, where 777 students come under her tuneful guidance at least twice a week! A few years ago, Cathy established the 6th grade choir, an extracurricular project that’s received high marks wherever this special group of singers has been invited to perform. Bravo!
Fantasy Factory Cohort
As if she can’t get enough of kids, Cathy teaches basic theatre skills at Circle Arts’ school of drama for chil
dren, The Fantasy Factory. Rob Elliott, associate artistic director and school supervisor, says she’s learned so much from her teaching buddy, not in theatre, but in “communicating with children, and directing their energies.” Nailed down for specifics, Rob says she (Cathy) sees immediately when little ones get bored and attention starts to drift.
With a few simple techniques, she gets the class to focus again on the task at hand. She also acknowledges the smallest gains made, not with overblown praise, but with an encouraging, “That was better.” The kids get the message: It’s not as good as they want it yet, but it’s going to be.
And perhaps the wisest bit of teaching happens when Cathy asks older students leading questions which make
"small person management.” Even the best kids in the world (and we had ‘em!) can be a challenge when it comes to harnessing their energy. However, as most teachers do, Cathy has had plenty of experience doing just that.
Meant To Be Let’s face it. Not all of us were