Magik Theatre

Arts & Culture
2:28 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Magik Theatre's 'Shrek' And The New Season Preview

Aimee Stead
Magik Theater

The Magik Theatre is looking toward the fall and a whole new season. First though, they’ve got to complete the season they're currently in. To do that they are staging a play with a very green star: "Shrek."

"We are bringing it to life at the Magik Theatre; tons of musical numbers, it’s a huge cast," said Magik’s Aimee Stead. "David Morgan is playing Shrek and Apollo Bradley, one of the Magik’s favorites, is playing Donkey. Lots of fun; it’s going to be a great show.”

The Magik’s focus is bringing theater to young people and their fall titles reflect that.

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Arts & Culture
2:54 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

A Bootmaker Showdown In Magik Theatre's Summer Production

Bootmaker cast dancing.
Tracey Maurer

In case you're not aware of the Magik Theatre, it's that big brick building by South Alamo, next to the old entrance to Hemisfair Park.

“The Magik Theatre is a place that produces live stage versions of children’s books, both classic and contemporary literature," said Marketing Director Aimee Stead. "We love to bring books to life on stage.”

Their new production is called "The Bootmaker and the Elves" and Stead tells us what it's about.

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Arts & Culture
1:40 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Shakespeare In The Park Starts Next Wednesday With 'Hamlet'

Location for Shakespeare in the Park.
David Frank Art Gives

Shakespeare in the Park is coming and I got to speak with a couple of its principal players. After speaking with the one playing Hamlet, I got to thinking how actor enthusiasm for Shakespeare can cause you to look at a classic in a brand new way.

“ 'Hamlet' itself is such a modern play," said Evans Jarnefeldt, who plays the lead role in the Magik Theatre production. “Not only in the relationships, you know, spurned love, unrequited love, meddling parents--”

"So, everyday life is what you're saying," I said.

“Everyday life, absolutely,” he said with a chuckle.

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Arts & Culture
3:49 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

The Magik Theatre Brings Children's Book "Skippyjon Jones" To Life

Cast of Skippyjon Jones
Tracey Maurer

A famous children’s book has been adapted to the local stage. I spoke to the Magik Theatre Artistic Director Dave Morgan, and I had to ask him, "So what the heck is a 'Skippyjon Jones?'"

“'Skippyjon Jones' is a cat that thinks its ears are too big for its head, so he wants to be a Chihuahua. And he loves Chihuahuas," Morgan said.

If you don’t know "Skippyjon Jones," it’s probably because like me, you don’t have young children. The books are wildly popular, and Morgan decided it needed to leap from the pages onto the Magik’s stage.

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Arts & Culture
4:00 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Magik Theatre Presenting 'Jack And The Beanstalk' On Saturday Mornings

The Magik Theatre

The Magik Theatre is bringing children’s classic "Jack and the Beanstalk" to the stage and is shaking things up by changing the location, and the time, of the performance.

"Magik always has a unique sort of take on these great, classic stories," said Director John Stillwaggon, who also plays the lead role of Jack.

"It’s very true to the original story, it has the same spirit as the original, but it has a few sort of new elements to it."

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Arts & Culture
3:59 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

A Magik Night For 'The Best Christmas Pageant Ever'

"The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" at the Magik Theatre runs through December 21.
The Magik Theatre

The Magik Theatre begins its holiday season with a program they’ve done before. It’s called "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever," a kind of morality tale pitting the bad kids against the good kids.

"It’s really a comedy, but eventually you realize it’s a comedy with a heart," said the Magik Theatre's Marketing Director Aimee Stead.

"These children, through this pageant and through this experience, learn a lot about generosity, love, and really seeing the good in other kids," Stead said.

Becky King has the pleasure of playing one of the bad kids from the Herdman family.

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Arts & Culture
3:18 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Magik Theatre Group Gives At-Risk Teens A Place To Grow, Express Themselves

The Magik Theatre

A theater performance on Friday at the Magik Theatre is a little closer to real life drama than those on any other stage in town. That's because some of the young people on stage have been arrested for, as James Apollo Bradley says,  things like "truancy, and possession, vandalism and things of that nature that could lead to more serious crimes down the road."

Bradley has developed a method to get those teens to take the exit before they head on down that road. His idea:

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Downtown Development
3:00 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Centro San Antonio Restructures For Downtown Revitalization Push

Only two people at the Centro San Antonio luncheon said they attended the Diwali Festival of Lights downtown last weekend.
Murali Subramaniam

During a luncheon Monday at the Westin Riverwalk to talk about the new structure of Centro San Antonio, Inc., a startling revelation swept across the crowd of about 200 downtown stakeholders.

"How many of you had the opportunity this weekend to participate in the Diwali Festival downtown?" asked SA2020 CEO Darryl Byrd.

A long pause followed.

"OK, well that's very disappointing and embarrassing," said Byrd. "There are two people over there."

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Arts & Culture
10:23 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Magik Celebrates 20 Years Of Engaging Children In Performing Arts

Magik cast members and 20th anniversary dignitaries.
Magik Theatre

San Antonio's Magik Theatre is celebrating its 20th anniversary season this year and Executive Director Richard Rosen credits the theater's longevity to what the kids get out of it.

"It gives them so much about how to share and how to think together and how to work together," Rosen said.

The Magik creates professional stage productions all year long, performing on the road, in area schools, and in its theater on South Alamo Street.

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