By Julie Catalano :: Photography courtesy of Boerne Performing Arts, Tobin Center and Majestic Theatre
There’s something for everyone in a dazzling 2016-2017 season
Fall isn’t just a time for back to school. As summer winds down, San Antonio and Boerne gear up to present a brilliant array of theatrical riches to eager audiences. Below is just a sampling of the hundreds of offerings from area performing arts organizations. They’ve planned their calendars — now it’s time to plan yours!
Boerne Performing Arts
Just five years old, Boerne Performing Arts (BPA) was founded in 2011 by a local group whose mission statement remains “bringing the world of performing arts to Boerne by presenting concerts that feature internationally acclaimed artists, educating through student outreach programs and enriching the quality of life in the community.” Since then, more than 12,000 students have experienced world-class performing artists in the Arts FOR KIDS programs, as well as the Hill Country community.
Vocalosity, February 14. Taking a cappela to a whole new level, this high-energy production transforms today’s biggest hits using musical arrangements from Gregorian chant to barbershop quartet.
Russian Seasons Dance Company, February 27. An exhilarating trip through international folk dances, from the Hopak of Ukraine to the Gypsy music of Eastern Europe to the Spanish Flamenco and Argentinean tango.
Taj Express, April 7. Bollywood rules in a high energy celebration of film, joyful dance and thrilling music that takes audiences on a live cinematic journey through modern Indian culture and society.
Boerne Community Theatre
Established in 1991, Boerne Community Theatre (BCT) continues to grow in size and stature throughout the Hill Country. In addition to a solid annual season of popular plays, the organization is also notable for outreach programs such as BCT Singers, BCT Players and the BCT Teen Troupe for ages 13-19.
• The 39 Steps, by Patrick Barlow, September 9-24.
• Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, October 7-16.
• Murder Weapon, by Brian Clemens, November 4-19.
• ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, by Ken Ludwig, December 2-17.
• Gargoyles and Scarecrow Sins, by Rick Hamby, February 3-18.
• Pied-A-Terre, by John Anastasi, March 10-18 (part of BCT’s Theatre on the Edge adult-oriented productions).
• Panache, by Don Gordon, May 5-20.
• Don’t Cry for Me, Margaret Mitchell, by V. Cate and Duke Ernsberger, July 14-29.
Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
Now entering its third season, the $203 million state-of-the-art facility with its gorgeous design, incomparable acoustics and top-flight entertainment have put San Antonio firmly on the performing arts map, including year-round concert, comedy and other theatrical acts in addition to their immensely popular annual series:
BMW of San Antonio Signature Series. The Other Mozart, November 17-19; Elf the Musical, December 9; Mamma Mia! The Farewell Tour, January 29; Into the Woods, February 23; Hedwig and the Angry Inch, April 8-9; and Greater Tuna, April 13.
The Dance Series. Parsons Dance, September 15; Pilobolus: Shadowland, January 18; Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, March 28; and MOMIX: Opus Cactus, April 19.
The Edge Series. Edgy, contemporary, adults-only fare: My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish and I’m in Therapy, September 23-24; The Male Intellect: An Oxymoron?, January 19-21; Disenchanted!, February 24-26; and Julie Madly Deeply, May 18-20.
Did you know that the Tobin Center has ten San Antonio resident companies under their umbrella? These local groups represent some of the best in music, theatre, dance and drama, and they all call the Tobin home. Visit their websites to see their 2016-17 seasons at the Tobin:
• San Antonio Symphony, www.sasymphony.org
• Ballet San Antonio, www.balletsanantonio.org
• OPERA San Antonio, www.operasa.org
• Youth Orchestras of San Antonio, www.yosa.org
• Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio, www.chamberorchestrasa.org
• Children’s Fine Arts Series, www.childrensfineartseries.org
• SOLI Chamber Ensemble, www.solichamberensemble.com
• AtticRep, www.atticrep.org
• San Antonio Chamber Choir, www.sachamberchoir.org
• The Children’s Chorus of San Antonio, www.childrenschorussa.org
One of the Alamo City’s most beloved theaters — and a National Historic Landmark — the Majestic is truly a one-of-a-kind masterpiece and as much a part of the show as what’s onstage. With “floating clouds” and twinkling “stars” overhead, the oldest atmospheric theater in San Antonio provides the perfect backdrop for the glittering musicals of the North Park Lexus Broadway in San Antonio series: The Sound of Music, September 13-18; Cabaret, October 25-30; Jersey Boys, December 6-11; The Illusionists, January 10-15; Rent, March 3-5; Beautiful, the Carole King Musical, March 14-19; Finding Neverland, May 2-7; Matilda the Musical, June 6-11.
Around the corner from the Majestic (they even share a common backstage wall with behind-the-scenes access to each theatre), this former vaudeville house and later motion picture theater closed its doors in 1978 after a sad decline. Redeveloped and restored in a $5 million renovation, it reopened in 1998 and currently presents concerts, comedy, children’s theatre and more in an intimate venue. Season highlights: Sons of Serendip, Songs in the Key of Wonder: 50 Years of Stevie Wonder, November 17; Mnozil Brass, April 8; Che Malumbo, April 20.
Cordillera Ranch Member Relations has planned a special Jersey Boys evening for members on Tuesday, December 6, 2016. Enjoy dinner at The Club, transportation to the show and tickets on the main floor of the Majestic Theatre to see Jersey Boys. Only 50 tickets are available. To reserve your seat, contact Brianna Botine at email@example.com or 830.336.9000.