For the past 31 years, the Children's Fine Arts Series-under the direction of its creator and sole director Kathleen Miller-has brought premier performing arts programs by acclaimed national and international touring companies to the young children of San Antonio and south Texas. It has long been a dream to Miller to expand her series to include an international puppet festival for children.
Today is Friday the 13th, a great day to set up an appointment with the doctor. Dr. Jekyll will be seeing patients at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts Feb. 17-19. One of the stars of “Jekyll and Hyde,” the musical by Frank Wildhorn and Leslie Bricusse, is Eryn LeCroy, a former San Antonio resident. She plays the role of Emma Carew, Dr. Jekyll’s fiancée, and has been seeing the doctor since this traveling production started last fall. I caught up with her on phone while she was in New Jersey for an interview with the Rivard Report.
SAN ANTONIO – On a fateful anniversary, Tuesday was really the night the music lived. “Buddy — The Buddy Holly Story” arrived Tuesday at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts on the 56th anniversary of the deaths of pioneering rock ‘n’ rollers Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson in a small plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa on Feb. 3, 1959. The one-night-only gig attracted a crowd just shy of 1,600, continuing the Tobin’s successful run and mix of shows. As jukebox musicals go, “Buddy” was straight-ahead and fast-paced. Its producers were wise not to pump up the drama on this well-known (to rock ‘n’ roll lovers) story and instead let the innocent and universal appeal of Holly’s youthful, still fresh, songs carry the show. A creatively sleek stage set also moved the action along.
Fifty-six years ago this Tuesday night, February 3, Buddy Holly’s plane crashed. He perished, and some say the music died along with him. Local Holly fans should know there’s a significant event here that night in San Antonio. The very music-filled "Buddy Holly Story" is coming to the Tobin Center, and Todd Meredith plays Buddy. “It’ll be really cool to do it on the Anniversary there" he said.
2014 was an exceptional year for classical music in San Antonio, if only for the Sept. 4 opening of the $203 million Tobin Center for the Performing Arts after years of construction at the downtown site of the former Municipal Auditorium. The Tobin Center is the home to 10 performing arts groups, the largest being the San Antonio Symphony, Highlights were....