Category Archives: theater

The Marvelous Wonderettes at the Cameo Theatre

“The Marvelous Wonderettes” opens at the 1958 Springfield High School prom where we meet the Wonderettes, four high school girls with boy problems.  In Act Two we return to the high school gym for the girls’ 10th year reunion.  The show uses popular songs from the 50s and 60s to cleverly tell each of the girls’ stories.  I laughed and cried along with the girls.

The show is currently playing at the Cameo Theatre in St. Paul Square just east of downtown San Antonio.  “The Marvelous Wonderettes” is a Jonathan Pennington Studios Production.  I highly recommend that you go see “The Marvelous Wonderettes” before it closes October 21th.

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St. Paul’s Square

When I first moved to San Antonio in 1987 I worked for a city development agency located in St. Paul’s Square.  Now 20+ years later I’m back, living nearby.  The area is much quieter now that the trains no longer blow their horns as they pass through.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House/Prime Bar

The historical district seems to be on the verge of becoming a popular destination for tourists and locals.  Hopefully the influx of UTSA football fans beginning this Saturday will increase the visibility of the area.

Sunset Depot (built 1902)

Entertainment options in St. Paul Square includes shows at the Cameo Theatre and live music at Sunset Station. Restaurants in the district include Ruth’s Chris Steak House and Aldaco’s Sunset Station. Prime Bar and Alibis’ Sports & Spirits provide drink specials and outside patios.  VIA’s yellow trolley line and the Hop On Hop Off tour bus make regular trips from downtown to St. Paul Square.  Amtrak passenger trains depart from the station located between Sunset Station and the Alamodome.

Texas Born Musicians Mural

It would be great to have more restaurants open in St. Paul Square.  I would love to patronize a small pizza place or a homey bookstore/cafe in the neighborhood.

Cameo Theatre

“High Hair and Jalapenos” at the Cameo Theatre

Hairdressers

A sold-out crowd was on hand Saturday night at the Cameo Theatre for the hilarious comedy show“High Hair & Jalapenos.”  The two-hour show features six talented singers/actors performing 27 musical comedy sketches poking fun at all things Texan.  The show will be at the Cameo through September 11. 

'Muy Caliente"

I attended the show with a group of 30 people.  We started with an enjoyable  dinner at the Spaghetti Warehouse Restaurant, a few blocks from the Cameo.  The restaurant staff was very organized and served us salad, bread, entrees and drinks in plenty of time to get to the show.    

The Cameo Theatre is located in St. Paul Square a few blocks east of downtown.  (The small theater is located next to the Best Western hotel.)   The theater provided good sound quality and great views of the performance. 

"It Won't Play"

Before the show the “High Hair” Director Phillip George announced that he is looking for a permanent hall downtown to perform the show on a regular basis.  My husband and I talked to the Wig Design man(Ron Hammett) a few days before the show (he happened to be standing behind the theater brushing a wig as we walked the dog) and he said the show was based on “Beach Blanket Babylon” in San Francisco.  I just saw BBB on a recent trip to San Francisco and thoroughly enjoyed the giant headpieces and elaborate costumes.  Hopefully “High Hair” can become the “Beach Blanket” of San Antonio. 

Thanks to Donna Williams for the pictures from the show. 

Cameo Theatre

Cirque de la Symphonie

Model posing in the lobby before the show

Cirque de la Symphonie delighted the full house last Saturday at the Majestic Theatre. The people around me continually gasped in amazement at the feats of strength and agility displayed by the seven Cirque performers.  

The San Antonio Symphony performed classical and pop numbers that synced perfectly with the acrobatic performances.  Selections included “Harry’s Wondrous  World” from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone which was paired with Shana Lord performing acrobatics on a long scarf that was connected to the top of the stage. 

Model posing in the lobby

The comedian in the Cirque group, Vladimir Tsarkov (Red Harlequin),  performed several times — juggling, miming and performing a magic trick on Conducter Ken-David Masur.  Conductor Masur was also very funny and worked well with the Cirque performers. 

A highlight of the show was Alexander Streltsov, an aerialist, flying over the symphony’s heads as they played Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries.”  The show closed with two Polish strongmen, Jarek and Darek, performing to Bach’s “Toccata and Fugue in D minor.”  The two men are former Polish national hand-balancing champions and their performance was an amazing show of strength and agility. 

Before the show and during intermission models dressed in interesting outfits posed in the lobbies.   

Majestic Theatre interior

Program

San Antonio Opera

I recently subscribed to the San Antonio Symphony pops concert series and received two free vouchers for the San Antonio Opera’s double-header “Pagliacci” and “Suor Angelica.”  

In my previous opera experiences years ago I  had trouble following the plot and I assumed this would be the case again.  To my surprise the English subtitles were shown on a screen above the stage.  Being a visual person that feature enabled me to enjoy the show immensely and become an opera fan.  

The first tragedy, “Suor Angelica,” started slowly but ended in dramatic fashion.  The opera was a good warm-up for “Pagliacci,” a very dramatic story with some comedy but ending in tragedy.  Both operas were enhanced by beautiful costumes, sets and wonderful music. 

Due to the renovation of Municipal Auditorium the San Antonio Opera will move to the Lila Cockrell Theatre for the next performance – “The Marriage of Figaro” – in February.  I look forward to watching another opera in a different venue.   The auditorium is not very audience-friendly.  The chairs were uncomfortable and many of the seats do not even face the stage.  At intermission the restroom lines were very long (at least for the women) and the refreshment area was cramped.  The acoustics did not do justice to the excellent performers.   I look forward to seeing the results of the auditorium’s renovation.   

Auditorium Exterior

Auditorium lobby

Auditorium interior

Urban 15 Holiday Laser Show

(Update: The 2010 holiday laser show will be shown on December 9th at 7 pm; December 10th at 7 pm; and December 11th at 2 pm and 7 pm.   Tickets can be purchased ahead of time on Ticketleap.)
Urban 15’s
Holiday Laser Show enthralled both children and adults Friday night.  The show started with a variety of holiday songs including “Feliz Navidad” and “Jingle Bells.”  Following the holiday music were three artistic pieces combining lights with instrumental music.  The first piece had an outer space quality with the audience bathed in light slivers.  The second song was “Taps” featuring laserist Tim Walsh playing saxophone with laser accompaniment.  Mr. Walsh said that the final piece had won an international award at a laser light festival held in Mexico in April.  

The show was offered in Urban 15’s comfortable theater located at 2500 S. Presa near IH-37.  Urban 15’s friendly staff greeted us outside the door.  Tim Walsh and George Cisneros created and narrated the show.  The show lasted about 75 minutes. 

The holiday laser show will be shown twice more on Saturday, December 12, at 2 pm and 7 pm.  The show is very reasonably priced for families.  Children under 12 years are $3 and students, military, seniors and artists are $4.  My pictures don’t really capture the experience of the lasers and music surrounding you but I hope they will give you an idea of what to expect.  

 

Exterior of Urban 15 building

 

High Hair & Jalapenos

Matt Goodson as Big Ed

I went to see “High Hair & Jalapenos” at the Josephine Theater Saturday night mainly to see our church music director Matt Goodson performing.  My husband, our daughter, her friend and I enjoyed the hilarious show immensely. 

The production consists of 26 musical skits that poke fun at Texas institutions including hair, Wurstfest, mechanical bulls, mariachi singers, Governor Perry and bilingual-ness.  Drinks and snacks are served and allowed in the theater.  Five people – two females and three males – make up the talented cast. 

After the show we went to Good Time Charlie’s restaurant for a late-night snack.  The teenagers in our party scarfed down platters piled high with chicken fried steak and sides. 

Theater stage

Program cover