Posted: Wednesday, March 2, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 7:54 pm, Tue Mar 1, 2011.
SEGUIN – For years, the Texas Theatre has sat unused.
But starting this month, the local treasure – which sits just north of downtown – will once again be a place to enjoy performing arts.
Conservation Society President Marty Keil said March is jam-packed with grand re-opening events after the building’s recent renovations.
For the entire month, the pieces created by Seguin sculptor Marika Bordes and her students will be displayed in the building, Keil said.
“Their work will be on display starting this weekend,” she said. “On March 19, Marika Bordes and her students will do readings about their sculptures along with poetry and prose.”
Seguin High School students will be the first group to take center stage on March 10.
Under the direction of the school’s drama instructor Sheila Lucas, the troupe will perform the first act from “The Apple Tree: The Diary of Adam and Eve.”
“It is a musical based off the book by Mark Twain,” Lucas said. “It is the story of the beginning when they meet each other, meet the animals and meet the snake.”
The second act for the event will be a showcase of talent from the drama department, Lucas said.
“Some members of the troupe will perform contest pieces and the seniors will have a showcase,” she said. “This is something we wanted to do for the community.”
Lucas admitted the students may not realize what it means to be the first to return to the theater’s stage.
“I think they will soon learn what it means to be part of history,” she said.
The performance is free and open to the public. It starts at 7 p.m.
A classic country tribute band will get the audience hopping with songs from Ray Price, Connie Smith, Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash and Pasty Cline.
“On Sunday, March 20 we will have the Almost Patsy Cline Band,” Keil said.
With some help from Lucas, the Conservation Society applied for a grant to bring the group in, Keil said.
“When we developed the Grand Opening Committee, we had representation from everywhere,” she said. “Sheila helped us to apply for a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts to be able to bring the Almost Patsy Cline Band here.”
Tickets to see The Almost Patsy Cline Band are $10 and available at Gift and Gourmet, the Seguin Chamber of Commerce or online at www.ticketstothecity.com .
The band will take the stage at 5 p.m.
Teatro De Artes will host the Big Squeeze Accordion Contest at the Texas Theatre on March 25 from 8-10 p.m.
Texas Lutheran University will also get the chance to showcase some of their talents on the newly reopened stage, Keil said.
“We will have the TLU’s Ana Maria Gonzalez’s Mexican indigenous dance class performing on March 26 at 7 p.m.,” she said. “On Monday, March 28 we will have TLU’s Jazz Band at 7:30 p.m.”
The local landmark will open its doors three times this weekend for sneak peeks of the renovations, said Texas Theater Task Force chairman Steve Tschoepe.
“Saturday night, we are having a premier donor dinner where we are going to introduce the large donors to the almost-completed theater,” he said. “They will get the first grand introduction to the remodeling. On Sunday, we are having a reception for other donors from 2-4 p.m. and they will get to see the theater.”
The public will also get the opportunity to view the transformation from 4-6 p.m. on Sunday, Tschoepe added.
“It’s phenomenal to get to see the work every day and watch it change,” he said.
When visitors come by the theater, they will notice some projects that have not been completed, Tschoepe said.
“You can see out front, the work that has been done,” he said. “Then when you get to the auditorium you can see where some things are not finished yet. We still need some donations to complete the renovation. We still need seat sponsors for chairs and window coverings and there is some stuff with the dressing rooms that still need some work, as well.”
Tschoepe gave praise to the company charged with remodeling the theater.
“It’s gorgeous and beautiful. The Koehler Company and their sub-contractors have done a wonderful job,” he said.
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