For the last six years, the Last Casas Foundation has been busy doling out college money in talent contests. This year it's taken one step further.
“We’ve given out $500,000 in college scholarship money to graduating seniors in San Antonio and the surrounding area," said Kevin Parman, the president of Las Casas. It all started with a 135 applications.
“And we get that number down to 24 finalists,” said Parman.
And those finalists really have to perform to earn their scholarship money, as Parman explained.
You may not have heard of the dance form called “stepping,” but don't feel bad. I didn't! Here's a description:
"A lot of people describe it as highly energetic and powerful movement. And rhythmic chants often accompany the steps as well. It’s really celebrated all around the world, but a lot of Americans don’t know about," said C. Bryan Williams about the foot-pounding, knee slapping moves that he helped bring to the fore in the group he’s created, Step Afrika.
Classic Theatre is living up to its name by tackling another classic: "Private Lives," one of Broadway’s most revived and popular of plays. Classic as it is, it’s got an odd plot line.
"Elliot and Amanda have been married before, and they divorced," said Anna Gangai, who plays Amanda.
“Five years later they are each married to two different types of people," Gangai said. "And they are on their honeymoon night in adjoining rooms, unbeknownst to them, in the south of France. Comedy ensues, I’ll put it that way.”
A new production is relying on some not-so-new actors. As someone who is gray-haired myself, I can call those actors not-so-new. Although many of them are new to acting itself. The program is called Golden Theater.
Christina Casella, the education outreach director at The Playhouse, said the program is basically theater classes for senior citizens.
Ballet San Antonio has been taking their dancers out of the halls for public performances recently. I caught up with Ballet San Antonio's President Courtney Barker to find out where they’re headed next, which is downtown’s newly-renovated Travis Park.
“It looks incredible, they did a beautiful job,” she said about Travis Park.
I asked Barker where the dancing itself will take place.
You may have seen "Wicked" at the Majestic recently, but did you know that several of the orchestra members are San Antonians? Peter Rubins is one of them and plays French horn with the San Antonio Symphony, but this month he’s one of nine local players also playing with the orchestra for their production of "Wicked."
"There are a lot of moving parts in a production of this size," Rubins said.
I asked him if "Wicked" was particularly challenging music.