The screams of hundreds of fans filled the H-E-B Performance Hall at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts as preteens, teens and sometimes bewildered parents and babysitters turned out for the San Antonio stop of YouTube stars Dan and Phil’s “The Amazing Tour in Not on Fire” on Thursday. The stage was as colorful as the two hosts, dominated by a giant TV/microwave covered with cutouts of emojis, video game characters and over-the-top animals.
In the 21st century age of hyper-pop culture and grandiose experiences in the entertainment industry, it’s not all about bright lights and flashy photo ops. The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts will cater to the tastes of artistic introverts and extroverts with its performance palette for the 2016-2017 season.
School field trips don’t usually do much for Brackenridge High School junior Serena Torres, but the backstage tour that her theater tech class took of the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts on Monday was different. “I actually got excited over this one,” Torres said. The 17-year-old took the 90-minute tour with 12 of her classmates and teacher Cheryl Hanson. Technical Director Sean Jenkins met the group in the lobby, where they asked about the kinds of lights that are in the ceiling.
Eighties music is back in San Antonio, and nothing reflects it more than the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts’ recent spate of ’80s concert announcements: Culture Club, Duran Duran and New Edition. Next week, ’80s star John Waite (“Missing You”) plays a storytellers-style show at the Carlos Alvarez Studio Theater at the Tobin Center on May 22.
Arts consultant Bruce Marks, whose long careers include stints dancing with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet and American Ballet Theatre and heading Ballet West and the Boston Ballet, sees a lot of potential in Ballet San Antonio. “Usually, it’s a good ballet company in search of a theater; now we’ve got a theater in search of a great ballet company,” Marks said. “And we’re going to fill that void.” Marks, who has advised dance companies around the world, spent part of last week meeting with the company’s leadership to offer advice on how to grow the company.
The 2016-17 season of the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts’ three subscription series — Signature, Dance and Edge — holds the first touring production of “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” since the musical went to Broadway as well as the return of longtime favorites. Aaron Zimmerman, vice president of programming and marketing for the Tobin Center, said he is particularly pleased with the lineup for the dance series, not only because it features four world-class contemporary companies but because there will be an educational component with each performance. In addition, on Sept.
Ballet San Antonio will take the stage for their final performance of the 2015-2016 season on Sunday at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. Ballet Alive is a program presenting five diverse works showcasing the Company’s versatility. Two of the pieces are new works by Artistic Director Willy Shives. On opening night, attendance was disappointingly light. I am always puzzled by this phenomenon. There are enough contemporary ballet fans to fill the house but Ballet San Antonio often finds itself playing to a less than half full hall.
Ballet San Antonio is wrapping up its 2015-16 season with “Ballet Alive!” The sparkling showcase of contemporary ballet, which opened Friday at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, is the first program chosen and shaped by new artistic director Willy Shives, and it bodes well for the future.
With its new Generation Next Education Initiative, the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts is expanding their educational reach, a key component of its mission. The initiative brings students to the Tobin for special programming, takes artists out into schools for face-to-face engagement, and will soon be working on a transformational curriculum to be implemented with North East Independent School District.Education initiatives have always been part of the Tobin’s master plan.
With the disco craze a thing of the past and only one of the Bee Gees still living (Barry Gibb), SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER takes the audience back to a time when disco ruled and dancing was the best thing to do on a Saturday night. The current touring production of SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER came to San Antonio's Tobin Center for one performance last night. The show had a great mix of performers whose authentic costumes from the late 70's made the story come to life. Matthew Baker seamlessly fit the role of Tony Manero trying to make his way in Brooklyn, New York.
Tobin Center has a growing education program, Generation Next. It includes master classes, open rehearsals, weekday matinees for school groups, Q&As and other events providing a look behind the scenes. Education has been a component in the Tobin Center’s programming from the get-go, said Kendall Purpura, vice president of development and education. “From the very early days, it was part of the vision and an important part of the mission of the organization,” Purpura said. More than 50,000 students attended children’s shows and matinees in the Tobin Center’s first year.