Seguin- An Arts Destination

Inaugural ArtsFest will feature performances, exhibits and more

Posted: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 7:12 pm, Tue Mar 15, 2011.

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Two children’s dramatic groups will be able to showcase their talents on local stages.

First, Navarro will be taking their show on the road, just a couple of miles to downtown Seguin, where they will perform “The Small World of Millie McIvor” at the Palace Theater.

Navarro High School’s drama troupe will be taking center stage during the first Seguin ArtsFest on Friday, March 25 at 7 p.m., said director and instructor Laura Haygood.

The play, written by Ronald Burke, is a little different than the group’s last one-act show, Haygood said.

“The show is full of zany humor. We were just ready to do something light-hearted and funny,” she said. “The show is a comic farce set in a dress shop in the year 1900.”

The story is about a young man and his friend who decide to skip work, the trouble that ensues and their adventure, said senior Connor Dillion.

“My character is Jonathan Crooker, he is about 25 years old and works in a box factory,” he said. “My pants get ripped and we rush into a shop unknowingly that it is a women’s dress shop.”

The chance to perform the play in a location other than the high school has the kids pumped up, Haygood said.

“They are all pretty excited about the change in venue to an older theater,” she said. “We are also excited to be a part of the first ever ArtsFest.”

On Saturday, March 26 at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in the fellowship hall, the Seguin Performing Arts Company will be presenting their version of a Brothers Grimm classic.

“This is a spoof on ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ with dwarves, elves and a scared wolf,” said director Sandy Mitchell. “This is one of those plays where everything that can go wrong does.”

Mitchell said not only will the audience enjoy the play, they will be able to participate.

“We wanted something short and fun that can be repeated several times and has audience participation,” she said. “I think everyone will enjoy it.”

The show will be presented multiple times during the day starting at 10 a.m., Mitchell said.

At 2 p.m. the SPAC will change things up a little with a youth talent show, Mitchell added.

Those who wish to participate can sign up the day of the event prior to the show, or they can call Mitchell at 830-305-0578.

“We welcome any youth performance, whether it be juggling, singing, playing an instrument – anything,” she said. “It will be a fun day for the whole family.”

Both of these productions are just the tip of the iceberg for the Seguin Commission on the Arts’ first ArtFest – an event to showcase all of the area’s artists.

“More than 20 performances of dance, music and theater, six art exhibits of painting, sculpture, film and photography and five hands-on participation events for children and adults are packed into a single weekend in 14 locations in downtown and around Seguin from Friday, Mar. 25 to Sunday, Mar. 27,” said Seguin Commission on the Arts chairman John Masterson.

The weekend of March 25-27, a number of events will be going on in and around the downtown area – a majority of them for free.

The festival will feature ongoing exhibits for artists at three locations. Marika Bordes’ and her students’ sculptures will be displayed at the Texas Theatre, while Robert Gardner’s photography is being featured at the Heritage Museum. At the Plaza Hotel in the lobby, Carrie Davenport and Myra Knapp will have some of their paintings on display.

The Texas Theatre will be the host of a few performances. On Friday at 6 p.m. Teatro Conjunto will host “The Big Squeeze” accordion competition and on Saturday the TLU Folklorico Dancers will take the stage presenting traditional dances of Mexico at 7 p.m. Tickets for the TLU’s show are $6.

The Palace Theater on Saturday will show films from area independent film makers from 10-5.

At 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, the Texas A&M Women’s Chorus will take stage at the former movie house.

On Sunday at 5:30 p.m. the Blues and Country Western Band will be playing a benefit concert at the Palace for the Christian Cupboard admittance is $10 or a food donation.

The Harleys will be playing “Rock For The Arts” benefit at Austin Street Live at 7:30 p.m. and monetary donations of any amount are encouraged.

Chiro Java will be hosting a poetry hour with Jill Frisbie, Anna Killingsworth, Pat Hoppe and more at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

Central Park will be a hoping place on Saturday. Between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. will be Trade Days and Artists in the Park with member of the Seguin Oakwood Art League and Seguin Commission on the Arts.

Learn how to make a tapestry quilt with Bordes and the Seguin Sculptors Guild from 9-11:30 a.m. and then learn how to sculpt with Bordes from 1-3:30 p.m.

Between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. musical guest and performers will dominate the gazebo every hour, including Porous, Shaakir, Navarro Jazz Band, a performance by Vickie Purdy, Los Soul Brothers, Collage No. 7 by Sandy and Maryah Bennett and The Avalos Family playing Mariachi music.

All of the park events are free.

Children will have more advantages to get their hands into the art scene with group painting at the park from 9-11:45, an ART SLAM at noon in St. Andrew’s Fellowship Hall and Chills and Thrill Poetry for Kids at the Seguin Public Library from 10-11 a.m.

© Copyright 2011, Seguin Gazette Enterprise, Seguin, TX.


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