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.
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.
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.
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: