The Woodlawn Theatre has debuted a production that brought with it many challenges. The show is "Tarzan," and as you’d expect, the set is crucial.
"We have a really beautiful, green, luscious jungle built right onto the stage, with two running waterfalls," said Greg Hinojosa, who is the show's director. It follows closely the Disney movie of the same name: Family shipwrecks on African coast, baby raised by apes.
"Catch Me If You Can" was a hit movie a few years back and was then turned into a Broadway musical. Now it’s found its way to the Woodlawn Theater.
The Woodlawn Theater’s Greg Hinojosa, who directs the production, said the central character of the show is a lying, conniving, thieving person who spent “millions of dollars in forged checks, and managed to pass himself off as a doctor, a lawyer and a jet pilot, all before the age of 21.”
They’re called The Classic Theatre, and the name of the five-year-old San Antonio theater company isn’t by accident.
"We concentrate on classic dramatic literature, and that means is we usually do old classics and one modern classic a year," said Co-Artistic Director Diane Malone. "I’m just doing pure Shakespeare and the audiences are loving it."
Why is something written hundreds of years ago -- like Shakespeare -- still relevant today?
A cult classic, "The Rocky Horror Show" fits right in with the new ethos brought by the Woodlawn Theater's new owners and brings loyal members of the audience back for multiple turns.
The Woodlawn directors feel fortunate to have three stars from the TV show "RuPaul’s Drag Race" leading the cast. Alaska, from season 5 of the show, said in most shows audience-delivered comedy would not be allowed, but is it welcomed in Rocky Horror.
"They know what lines are coming up, so they can scream at you," Alaska said.
Two of Halloween’s cinematic traditional favorites take the stage -- together in a sense -- at Fredericksburg Road’s Deco District Woodlawn Theater.
“Right now we have a family friendly production of Mel Brooks' 'Young Frankenstein' and it plays on Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday afternoons at three,” said Artistic Director Greg Hinojosa
And then things take a turn towards the Frankenstinian with the crowd-favorite "Rocky Horror Picture Show."
As part of the Bexar County Family Justice Center's annual fundraiser, the Woodlawn Theater is donating all proceeds from it's latest show, Neil Simon's "Chapter 2," to help victims of domestic violence.
The Woodlawn presents top shows for a variety of audiences, but the owners also have a vision of being a community resource for non-profit organizations.