San Antonio’s Ricardo Chavira, best known for his role as “Carlos” on the hit TV program Desperate Housewives, wraps up a special summer gig this week as host of TPR’s weekly broadcasts of the San Antonio Symphony on KPAC 88.3 FM and KTXI 90.1 FM (you can hear the program Saturday night at 7 p.m.). “It’s one of the things I’m most proud of,” he says with a smile. But it isn’t the only thing that’s been keeping him busy.

True, I never basked in the glow of the high school stage. But I have fond memories of working behind the scenes, as stage crew. Dressed in black, I rushed the bed onstage for Tevye's dream sequence in Fiddler on the Roof.

I've also spoken with many people who weren't involved in theater at all but can still — for some reason — remember the shows their schools performed.

There's just something about the high school stage.

From Texas Standard.

Texas has a state bird, a state flower — even a state insect. What most Texans don’t know, however, is that the state also has an official play, and this year marks its 50th anniversary. And, though millions around the world have seen the musical, many Texans have yet to experience it.

It happens six nights a week for three months every summer. Crowds gather at an outdoor amphitheater at Palo Duro Canyon State Park outside of Amarillo, as they have for the past 50 years. They come to see a musical they won’t see anywhere else.

It’s called ‘Texas.’ It’s kind of like the more-famous ‘Oklahoma,’ except it’s about, well, Texas.

Siggi Ragnar

The latest Playhouse production isn’t a Broadway song-andn-dance type of show. I spoke to one of its stars to get an idea of what to expect.

"The theme is drug abuse and people in recovery. It’s about family, obviously dysfunctional family…really dysfunctional family."

 Gypsy Pantoja describes the setting for Water By The Spoonful. "My character Odessa, who is the mother recovering from crack addiction, and has basically estranged herself completely from her family, especially her son."

 I noted that that’s got to be a kind of tough part to play.

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