Get ready for “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike”!

Vanya and Sonia’s quiet, and monotonous country life is hilariously upended when their glamorous and self-absorbed movie star sister Masha arrives for the weekend with her brawny boy toy Spike in tow. Masha announces that she plans to sell the family home, a shock to Vanya and Sonia. The plot is further complicated by Cassandra, the soothsayer/housekeeper spewing gloomy prophesies; Nina, a lovely and innocent aspiring actress visiting next door; and a costume party that adds a touch of Disney to weekend. A 2013 Tony Award-winning Broadway sensation, this rollicking and touching new comedy provides an evening of entertainment that is “deliriously funny.” (New York Times)

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Starring David Boughter as “Vanya”, Brenda Bailey as “Sonia”, Julie Boughter as “Masha”, Austin Bailey as “Spike”, DeeOnda Ahadi as “Cassandra”, and Andrea Wright as “Nina”.

Tickets available now at Laguna Madre Art Gallery (in Port Isabel’s Lighthouse Square), Paragraphs Bookstore (on South Padre Island), and online at Eventbrite.

El Paseo Arts Foundation Announces 11th Season of Events

El Paseo Arts kicks off its eleventh season of arts events on August 19th, 20th and 21st with Christopher Durang’s hilarious, 2013 Tony Award winning comedy Vanya and Sonia and Marsha and SpikeThe New York Times called this rollicking and touching new comedy “deliriously funny.”  It’s a show that has already achieved the status of a modern classic.

On September 24th, Louie’s Backyard hosts our second annual comedy club night.  Back by popular demand, Dennis Reagan headlines the event that also features new comic John Felts.   Audiences last year loved our musical visit to Armadillo Acres, so November 17th and 18th, we return there as The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical takes the stage at the SPI convention center.  This companion to the original Great American Trailer Park Musical is just as much of a good time-— and comes complete with a trailer-park twelve days of Christmas, the ghosts of past, present and future, and of course, keg -nog.

January 7th, 8th, and 9th, 2016, we start the New Year with Neil Simon’s elegant farce Rumors.  The hilarious events of the evening provide the fodder for great characters doing what Neil Simon does best – making the mundane insane.  Then the Camille Playhouse brings their production of Driving Miss Daisy for a special Island performance on February 4th.  In a series of absorbing scenes spanning twenty-five years, the Miss Daisy and her driver Hoke grow ever closer to each other,  You won’t want to miss this warm and charming production.

“Shamrocks and Harp” is an Irish variety show with a fabulous harpist, some of the talented musicians from the San Antonio Branch of Comhaltus, World Championship dancers, a word champion story teller, and a ballad singer doing favorite Irish songs like “Danny Boy” and “When Irish Eyes are Smiling”.  The Isla Grand Beach Resort play host to “Shamrocks” on February 12th and 13th, 2016.

El Paseo returns to the Isla Grand on February 23rd and 24th with Sam Spade and the Case of the Malted Falcon. this season’s hilarious  mystery spoof with a chance for audience members to guess the identity of the murderer and win prizes.  Then, April  2nd at the Convention Center, we enjoy  a touch of classical music with a concert by the duo of pianist Shoko Nakamura Kinsella and saxophonist Dr. Cynthia Cripps.  Finally, we wrap up the season with a mystery farce at the Convention Center on April 23rd, 24th and 25th – The Bold, the Young, and the Murdered!  As a parody of maudlin soap operas, the entire play can be summed up pithily as “so bad it’s good– and it’s oh so funny!

You won’t want to miss a single one of the eleventh season events.  Individual tickets for each event are $30 per person and $25 for members, but you can save money by purchasing a season ticket for all nine events.  Season tickets will be available for purchase at Paragraphs Book Store, beginning August 1st.  Season Tickets  for non-members are $240 dollars and only $200 for El Paseo members.

El Paseo Arts will host its Third Annual Foreign Film Festival at the Island Cinema beginning the first Tuesday in January and continuing every other week through the first week in March. Once again, the films will be award-winning productions from around the world.  Tickets for the Film Festival are $10 per person.

Follow us at www.elpaseoarts.org or facebook.com /ElPaseoArtsTX for information on our events, auditions, educational programs, membership, sponsorship, and opportunities to volunteer.

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Beware of turbulence!

Buckle your seat belts for a turbulent flight of hysterical laughter with El Paseo Arts Foundation’s Production of Boeing! Boeing!

“It’s deliciously, deliriously innocent. Pure pleasure!” – The New York Times

Fasten your seat belt for a non-stop ride as El Paseo Arts Foundation presents its final Showcase Production, the French farce Boeing! Boeing! on April 1st and 2nd at the South Padre Island Convention Center. The show was the winner of the 2008 Tony for Best Revival of a Play, a smash hit in London and one of the most produced French plays in the world. It’s a show that will take actors and audiences alike up, up and away as El Paseo wraps up an incredible 10th season of arts events!

Boeing Boeing logoIt’s the swinging 60’s and Bernard, a successful architect living in Paris, juggles three fiancées – an American, an Italian and a German – each a beautiful airline hostess with frequent layovers in Paris. Following a carefully timed schedule based on airline itineraries, and with the help of his disapproving housekeeper, Bernard keeps one up, one down, and one pending, and each woman unaware of the others’ existence. However, Bernard’s perfect life gets bumpy when his naïve, home-town friend Robert comes to stay, and a faster new jet coupled with some unexpected bad weather cause schedule changes that throw off all of his careful planning. Soon all three stewardesses are in town simultaneously; timid Robert is forgetting which lies to tell to whom; and catastrophe looms. All this combines to create an evening of hilarious turbulence that is deliciously and deliriously innocent in its quaint swinging sixties style.

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El Paseo Arts to Hold Auditions for Boeing! Boeing! On February 18th and 19th

Fasten your seat belt for a non-stop ride as El Paseo Arts Foundation will hold auditions at Paragraphs Bookstore on Wednesday and Thursday, February 18th and 19th, at 7:00 p.m., for the April 1st and 2nd production of Boeing! Boeing! – winner of the 2008 Tony for Best Revival of a Play. It’s a show that will take actors and audiences alike up, up and away! Continue reading

Irish Players coming to South Padre Island

It’s an early celebration of St. Patrick’s Day and all things joyfully Irish when the San Antonio Comhaltas Session Players perform at the Isla Grand Beach Resort on Friday and Saturday nights, February 20 – 21, 2015. Light refreshments and a cash bar will open the event at 6:30 p.m. and the concert will begin at 7:30 p.m.

The Comhaltas Session Players is one of the more than 400 international chapters of the Comhaltas Ceoltóirí (meaning “Society of the Musicians of Ireland”) which is the primary Irish organization dedicated to the promotion of the music, song, dance and the language of Ireland. The San Antonio Chapter was founded in 2011 and its members have earned praise as amazingly accomplished musicians of traditional Irish music. They have twice toured Ireland and played for the Irish President, Michael D. Higgins. A local pub owner and musician in Dingle, Ireland was quoted in the local newspaper praising the San Antonio Group as, “a class apart in terms of their precision and execution. They bring back the way sessions used to be played in pubs.” Continue reading

El Paseo Arts Foundation pays tribute to the Big Band Era

In the United States, during the twentieth century, each succeeding generation embraced its own immensely popular, rhythmically strong and rebellious musical forms. Each of these musical forms has left a permanent mark on American popular music, especially the sound of the Big Bands – led by musical icons such as Count Basie, Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Tommy Dorsey and Benny Goodman. It was a positive and optimistic music that provided the jazzy, upbeat soundtrack during one of the most difficult periods of American History. When the Jazz Age ended and the country was shocked back to reality by the Great Depression and World War II, the new beat for Americans was found in the music of the Big Bands. This was the music that accompanied more than sixteen million members of the “Greatest Generation” as they marched off to war, the music that lifted spirits on the home front, the music that welcomed our soldiers home, and the music that eased people’s worries during the post-war recession. Continue reading