Arts in the Family: A Family of Artists Just Trying to Make a Living in the Wilds of Texas


Thursday, November 7, 2013

Snow Queen Tidbit

The San Antonio Metropolitan Ballet is producing "The Snow Queen" again and it opens tomorrow evening. Pammy will play a part in the show and I did a little bit of emergency surgery on the sled. Nothing major. The repairs were brief and the patient is doing fine!

The Snow Queen runs from Friday, November 8 to Sunday, November 10 at the Jo Long Theatre.

Doc Edwards at Collins Garden Elementary School

 A very nice email comment about a Doc Edwards show I did earlier this week:

"Thank you sooooooooooooooooooooo much for coming today! The presentation was AWESOME!! the kids really enjoyed it! They wanted to know if we could take a field trip to the aquifer!! I didn't get a chance to say goodbye because I got called for a meeting but I wanted to thank you and let you know that we really appreciated you coming!! THANK YOU!"- Collins Garden Elementary School Teacher

Thank you. It makes me feel good.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

1993 RBBBC Clown College Graduation Show Memories

Jan and I having the best time in "The Fish Gutting Gag".

I was in several gags for the graduation show presented to Mr. Kenneth Feld and family way back in 1993. When I think back to this, the infamous "Fish Gutting Gag" conceived by the gag director Jay Stewart, I remember that the gag mayhem, which included an octopus attaching itself to my face, ended with my head being dunked into the fish.

 Inside the fish, we'd placed a bucket full of green, sloshy, frothy soap made to look even more disgusting by the addition of mop hair strands to simulate fish guts. At the end of the dunking and flailing, all of my clown makeup (which at the time took me 15 minutes to apply) was gone: wiped clean from my kisser at the end of the three minutes that the gag ran. 

Afterward, I hurried backstage to my dressing area to quickly re-apply my makeup. It was a race to get it finished and then get into my next gag costume before I had to go out again. I think I had six minutes from the time I left the floor to the cue for my entrance. 

One evening, as I was about to reapply my makeup, the lights went out! And for what seemed like an eternity, the lights remained off as I as quickly panicked. Then just a quickly as they went off, the lights magically came on again. The "Fish Gutting Gag". It was crazy AND fun.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Staff Car

For the last month, my wife has been in the middle of rehearsals directing "Staff Car", a reader's theatre presentation of a collection of short stories by Karl Am Rhein, a Green Berets Captain during the Viet Nam War. The stories relate his family's experiences in the military from World War I to present day. 

This is the third time in the last ten years we've produced the show. The first time was at Our Lady of the Lake here in San Antonio, then at the Salado Silver Spur Theater in Salado, Texas and now in Seguin.

It's a one man show performed by Griffen Darklighter of Seguin and will be presented at the Aumont Hotel in Seguin,Texas. It opens this Friday and we hope you can join us.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Slapstick Theatre- Saturday Night Live: The Judy Miller Show

Arriba Arte Facebook Page

We've got a Facebook page set up for all the fun work we do as Arriba Arte Studios. The link for it is below. We're also in the process of setting up the webpage as well. Stay tuned for more updates on our webpage!

Strolling Entertainment

My little "backstage" corner away from the public eye at yesterday's gig at Dell Diamond in Round Rock, Texas. 8 hours of strolling entertainment consisting of marionette puppetry, magic, clowning  and balloons for a special event there that had a huge crowd in attendance. 

Doc Ed Wants to Visit Your School!

Doc Edwards (Alberto Ramirez Jr.) at Carvajal Early Childhood Education Center last month.

The year is slowly wrapping up but there's still plenty of time to book your next "free" Doc Ed show. Shows are available for pre-k to 5th grade students for your school, public library or educational event! Along with the with every show, free educational materials are provided for the students.

Just call the Edwards Aquifer Authority at 222-2204 to schedule a fun, entertaining, educational Doc Ed show. See you soon!

Sunday Morning Matinee- CBS This Morning: At Home with Jim Henson (1989)

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