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Sins inspire one-acts in Jewel Box Series’ Seven Deadly Shorts

Stephanie Karr and Mark Watts return to the El Paso Community Foundation Jewel Box Series at the Philanthropy Theatre — with something sinfully delicious.

Their Palmore Productions will debut the couple’s new Seven Deadly Shorts at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 8 in the Philanthropy Theatre, which is on the second floor of the Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Center Annex, above the box office.

Seven Deadly Shorts is a series of seven one-act plays, all loosely inspired by the seven deadly sins. The plays involve aliens, yoga, fortune telling, Cracker Jack, baggage, chess, and murder.

Some are humorous. Others are darker in tone. All are suitable for audiences of just about any age.

This is the fourth play from the duo, whose Lacy opened the Jewel Box Series inaugural season in 2014. They also wrote and staged Eleven in 2011 and Boots in 2017, both at El Paso Community College.

One of the Seven Deadly Shorts one-acts was performed at Theatre New Mexico’s 2018 spring conference.

The Jewel Box Series continues with Eden Enterprises’ Classic Campesino, two Luis Valdez one-acts, at 2:30 p.m. April 19 (it replaces the previously announced yo Soy project), and is part of the 2020 Nuevo Siglo de Oro Spanish drama festival.

The Jewel Box Series’ sixth season concludes with the Southwest Songwriter Series — featuring Doug Adamz, Teresa Tudury and Gene Keller — at 2:30 p.m. May 10.

The 191-seat Philanthropy Theatre is located above the Plaza Theatre box office on the second floor of the Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Centre annex.

Tickets are $16 at the Plaza Theatre Box Office (no service charges) and Ticketmaster.com (service charges apply).  The Jewel Box Series is produced in partnership with El Paso Live.

Jewel Box Series returns February 9 with its first ballet: The Straussiana

The music and dance of old Vienna come to life in The Straussiana, the next production in the El Paso Community Foundation Jewel Box Series at the Philanthropy Theatre.

The Straussiana is the first ballet in the Jewel Box Series, now in its sixth season.

Officials share that The Straussiana  is a one-act ballet centered around a young male cadet who dances with several young women to the lively waltzes, polkas, gallops, marches and mazurkas of composer Johann Strauss and his sons, Johann Strauss II and Josef Strauss.

The 13-member cast ranges in age from 3 to 29 years.

The production was created and directed by Rebecca Meza, founder and owner of El Paso’s Ballet in Session Academy. Ballet in Session specializes in the Vaganova method, traditional Russian classical ballet instruction based on the teachings of Marius Petipa.

The studio has staged productions at the Chamizal National Memorial Theater, Loretto Academy and Bel Air High School.

Meza said the Jewel Box Series performance “gives my students an opportunity to learn and perform on a professional stage in a professional setting so that they may advance in their performance training and grow in the logistics of working on the stage and moving on to bigger and better things.”

The 191-seat Philanthropy Theatre is located above the Plaza Theatre box office on the second floor of the Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Centre annex.

The Jewel Box Series is produced in partnership with El Paso Live.   The Straussiana will be performed at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, February 9 in the Philanthropy Theatre, which is on the second floor of the Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Center Annex, above the box office.

Tickets are $16 at the Plaza Theatre Box Office (no service charges) and Ticketmaster.com (service charges apply).

‘Icarus’ celebrates one-year anniversary with Jewel Box return

One year older and one year bolder, Icarus was a Rookie returns to the Philanthropy Theatre as part of the El Paso Community Foundation Jewel Box Series, where it debuted last year.

The new, one-year anniversary version, dubbed Icarus Was a Rookie: Run the Jewel Back, will be performed at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, December 8 in the Philanthropy Theatre, which is on the second floor of the Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Center Annex, above the box office.

The show, created by the Border Theatre and the Rio Grande Writers’ Room, features 30 2-minute plays. The order in which they are performed is chosen by the audience. As part of the one-year anniversary, the normal 30-item menu will be increased. By how much? That’s part of the fun.

Run the Jewel Back will feature audience favorites from the past year’s performances, plus new, original works created by members of the El Paso community. This includes singer-songwriters Javier Martinez and Omar Cuellar, as well as flow artist and Odd-Lab founder Georgina Armendariz.

“I haven’t laughed this much in a while,” reviewer Victoria Molinar wrote last year in El Paso Inc. She described Icarus as “everyone’s favorite 30-play-in-60-minute fiasco … where we shouted random ‘menu items’ to decide the next 2-minute performance; where I ended up being one of the performers because I was ‘randomly’ selected to flap my wings around the stage after each short … where a sick band called The Hot Bachs sang about the finer things in life, like toilet paper… (It’s) been a while since I’ve seen a Border Theatre show, and I’m so glad I didn’t miss tonight’s.”

The Jewel Box Series is produced in partnership with El Paso Live. The 191-seat Philanthropy Theatre is located above the Plaza Theatre box office on the second floor of the Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Centre annex.

Tickets are $16 at the Plaza Theatre Box Office (no service charges) and Ticketmaster.com (service charges apply).

El Paso Community Foundation Jewel Box Series at the Philanthropy Theatre

We Have Each Other

Felix Arenas

January 12, 2020, 2:30 pm

Few things are as important as family. Every family comes with its own struggles. This trio of one-acts by Felix Arenas explores those issues and how we feel safe within that family — because we have each other.

The Straussiana

Ballet in Session Academy

February 9, 2020, 2:30 pm

The music and dance of old Vienna come to life in this original production from Rebecca Meza of Ballet in Session Academy. The one-act classical ballet is set to music by Johann Strauss, Johann Strauss II and Josef Strauss.

Seven Deadly Shorts

Palmore Productions

March 8, 2020, 2:30 pm

What could aliens, yoga, fortune telling, Cracker Jack, baggage, chess and murder possibly have in common?  SIN!  From Mark Watts and Stephanie Karr, the team that opened the first Jewel Box Series in 2014, comes this series of seven 10-minute plays that will take you down that dark path of the Seven Deadly Sins.

yo Soy project

Recording Moving Studios

April 19, 2020, 2:30 pm

Written by Adry Love and directed by Diego Muniz, this bilingual production combines music, video projection, film and visual art. The culmination is a multimedia experience exploring personal and geographic identity. It’s part of the 2020 Nuevo Siglo de Oro Spanish drama festival.

The Southwest Songwriter Series

Doug Adamz, Teresa Tudury and Gene Keller

May 10, 2020, 2:30 pm

These three master “poet-composers” will take listeners on an epic journey using only melodies, poetry, and guitars in this special Mother’s Day concert. Singer and multi-instrumentalist Doug Adamz, an El Paso product recently returned from years in California, has worked with Joan Baez and the Kronos Quartet. Teresa Tudury is a sultry-voiced Bay Area product described as a cross between Bonnie Raitt and Bette Midler. Gene Keller is an El Paso icon, a singer-songwriter-poet who has performed and inspired audiences for more than 40 years.

Singers Jaimielynn Amato, Emily Davis play Jewel Box Series

Two very different singers with a common gift for insightful songwriting join forces in Two Women. Two Voices. Unplugged., the next production in the El Paso Community Foundation Jewel Box Series at the Philanthropy Theatre.

The concert, which features solo sets from singer-songwriters Emily Davis and Jaimielynn Amato, is at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, November 3 in the Philanthropy Theatre, located on the second floor (above the box office) of the Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Centre.

Singer, guitarist and songwriter Emily Davis’ punk-folk has always had an edge. She has built a solid reputation locally and around the country with her fiery performances and soulful solo albums No Real Destination, Dark Matter and The Worst Kind of Curse.

That edge got sharper when she formed Emily Davis and the Murder Police, a rock quartet whose debut album Same Old World was released in 2018.  The group performed at the El Paso Community Foundation’s 2019 Plaza Classic Film Festival, this month’s El Paso Forever benefit with the Cold War Kids, and recently completed a national tour in support of Bad Religion.

Jaimielynn Amato, dubbed “The Songbird of El Paso,” is a versatile voice student (and ace whistler) from the University of Texas at El Paso whose multi-octave soprano can glide effortlessly from glassy to husky in a nanosecond. Her musical range is equally impressive — opera, choral, folk, pop, and jazz.

A fixture at Anson 11 and other establishments, Jaimielynn returns to the Jewel Box Series, where she gave her first concert of original music last season. She also performed at this year’s Plaza Classic Film Festival.

The Jewel Box Series is produced in partnership with El Paso Live. The 191-seat Philanthropy Theatre is located above the Plaza Theatre box office on the second floor of the Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Centre annex.

Tickets are $16 at the Plaza Theatre Box Office (no service charges) and Ticketmaster.com (service charges apply).

Jewel Box Series accepting submissions for 2019-2020 season

Applications are now being accepted for the sixth season of the El Paso Community Foundation Jewel Box Series at the Philanthropy Theatre.

The 2019-2020 season will feature monthly productions by area performing arts groups from October 2019 to May 2020 in the 191-seat Philanthropy Theatre in the Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Centre annex.

The Philanthropy Theatre is located above the Plaza Theatre Box Office on the second floor of the Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Centre annex.

The Philanthropy Theatre stage is 22-feet wide at the proscenium, 12.5-feet deep from the center of its curved apron.  More details are available on the online application form.

The Jewel Box Series was created by the El Paso Community Foundation to showcase local performing arts groups in the charming Philanthropy Theatre.

The series presents diverse, unusual and inventive programs. It is produced in partnership with El Paso Live.

Applications and detailed information are available online.  The deadline for submissions is 11:59 pm. Sunday, July 14, 2019.

Jewel Box Series closes season with “Melusine” belly dance show

The fifth season of the El Paso Community Foundation Jewel Box Series at the Philanthropy Theatre will conclude this Sunday with its first belly dance show.

The mother-daughter duo of Snake Charmer and the Belly Dancer will present Melusine at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 12 in the Philanthropy Theatre, which is on the second floor of the Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Centre.

Melusine is a conceptual piece inspired by the mythic, mermaid-like figure of European folklore. The all-new show features choreographic interpretations of muses, water nymphs, a harpy and Melusine’s mother and sisters.

Melusine features 16 performers (but no snakes) from El Paso, Las Cruces, Alamogordo, Roswell and Anthony, N.M., and a dozen original dances in styles ranging from classic Egyptian to tribal fusion.

Original choreography was created by Snake Charmer and the Belly Dancer and fellow dancers Anala Lahada, Prabvi GuaLoa, Lola, Luna, Nancy Hodgins Hayes, Hypatia Ishtar, Roxanna, Patricia, Ginette Novello, Katrina Doolittle, Linda Sanchez-Azadeh, Stacey Ennis, and Na Imah.

Music will be provided by El Paso-raised, San Francisco-based guitarist and violinist Doug Adamz and Light Rain and drummer Omar Limas of El Paso.

El Paso has a long history with belly dance. Snake Charmer (daughter Senee Barraza) and the Belly Dancer (mother Sonia Flores) have been performing together locally and internationally for 18 years. They produce the annual shows Arabesque and Cat’s Meow, teach classes at their Snake Charmer Studios and conduct workshops. Go to their website to learn more.

The Jewel Box Series was created by the El Paso Community Foundation to showcase local performing arts groups in the charming Philanthropy Theatre. The series presents diverse, unusual and inventive programs. It is produced in partnership with El Paso Live.

The 191-seat Philanthropy Theatre is located above the Plaza Theatre box office on the second floor of the Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Centre annex.

Submissions for the 2019-2020 season will be accepted beginning Monday, May 13 via the website.

Tickets are $16 at the Plaza Theatre box office and online (service charges apply).

‘Songbird’ Jaimielynn Amato headlines next Jewel Box Series show

Classically trained, warm-voiced singer-songwriter Jaimielynn Amato headlines the next installment of the El Paso Community Foundation Jewel Box Series at the Philanthropy Theatre.

Amato’s concert is set for 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 10 in the Philanthropy Theatre on the second floor of the Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Centre. This will be her concert debut.

Her concert, Jaimelynn Amato: The Songbird of El Paso, will be a musical blending of Borderland culture. The intimate songwriter-storyteller performance will celebrate women and equality while drawing heavily from her two albums of original songs, starry skies and fragile ties, and new album, 8 years.

“I’ll share my writing process and what influenced the music and lyrics,” says Jaimielynn, who’ll be accompanied by percussionist Corina Villareal.

Jaimielyn has been singing since she was 3. She is a member of the UTEP Opera and Chorale, and has studied with Eike Gunnarson and Diana Esparza. She has been performing originals and songs from all over the world since 2010 and appears regularly at area venues such as Ardovino’s Desert Crossing and Anson 11.

The Jewel Box Series, now in its fifth season, was created by the El Paso Community Foundation to showcase local performing arts groups in the charming Philanthropy Theatre.  The series presents diverse, unusual and inventive programs. The 2018-2019 season features seven shows by local performing arts groups on the second Sunday of each month, through May 2019.

The Jewel Box Series is produced in partnership with El Paso Live. The 191-seat Philanthropy Theatre is located above the Plaza Theatre box office on the second floor of the Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Centre annex.

Tickets are $16 at the Plaza Theatre box office, online and 800-745-3000 (service charges apply to online and telephone sales).

Jewel Box Series Honors Veterans with Revival of ‘Telling El Paso’

In honor of Veterans Day, the El Paso Community Foundation Jewel Box Series at the Philanthropy Theatre presents Telling El Paso — Our Veterans. Their Stories.

Part of the national Telling Project, Telling El Paso features six local military veterans of wars, from Vietnam to Operation Iraqi Freedom, telling their stories of service — and coming home.

It was written by Dr. Max Rayneard, and directed by Hector Serrano. It was staged last year at the Chamizal National Memorial and the War Eagles Museum, and was broadcast on KCOS, which helped create the local production.

The cast features military veterans, all of whom are returning from last year’s production. They are: Felix Arenas (U.S. Army, U.S. Navy), Wacinque Amistad Kaizen BeMende (U.S.  Marine Corps, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force and reserves, U.S. Army and reserves, National Guard, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary), Sylvia Charf (U.S. Army), Linda Hinchey (U.S. Air Force, Army National Guard), Fortunato S. “Tito” Lechuga (U.S. Marine Corps), and Jeffrey Garret “Animal” Wells (U.S. Army)

The Eden Enterprises production will be performed at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, November 12 in the Philanthropy Theatre on the second floor of the Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Centre Annex (above the box office).

Tickets are $16, on sale at the Plaza Theatre box office, Ticketmaster outlet and online, or via phone at 800-745-3000.

The Jewel Box Series is produced in partnership with El Paso Live, and is supported by the City of El Paso’s Museums and Cultural Affairs Department.

El Paso Community Foundation Jewel Box Series at the Philanthropy Theatre

SCHEDULE

Nocturnal — Contemporary dance group Tumbleweed Collective, which gave us Boheme Noir last season, returns with a program of new choreography inspired by the night that explores themes of hope, dreams, celebration, isolation, romance, heartache, and home.

7 p.m. Saturday, December 9; 2:30 p.m. Sunday, December 10

 

Five Course Love — Las Cruces’ Scaffolding Theatre Company, which gave us the clever adaptation of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast last season, returns with Gregg Coffin’s grown-up, PG-13 mini-musicals. Three actors play 15 characters in five different settings.

7 p.m. Saturday, January 13; 2:30 p.m. Sunday, January 14

 

Amor — The El Paso Society for Musicians of the Future offers another of its thematic programs, just in time for Valentine’s Day. Mezzo-soprano Cherry Duke, guitarist George Salas and violinist Sandra Rivera perform songs and music about love and romance.

2:30 p.m. Sunday, February 11

 

Hellman v. McCarthy — Camilla Carr directs and acts in this new play by Brian Richard Mori. It’s about the legal battle that raged after writer Mary McCarthy accused fellow author Lillian Hellman of lying during an appearance on Dick Cavett’s PBS talk show.

2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 11

 

Soldadera  Josefina Niggli’s 1938 one-act English-language drama, directed by Hector Serrano, explores how women’s roles in the Mexican Revolution helped changed Mexican society. Seven female soldiers capture a spy and must confront their own demons.

2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 15

 

Nouveau Chamber — Saxophonist Daniel Rivera and a seven-piece string ensemble will perform his original chamber works. The pieces are influenced by classical, Latin and film music, and explore travel and human history.

2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 20

 

Jewel Box Series Opens Fourth Season with a Musical Earth Rover

Artist Brack Morrow’s Earth Aural Rover 1 (EAR1) Project is part vehicle, part sculpture, part recording device, part musical instrument, part environmental statement — and all fascinating.

The four-wheeled, remote-controlled EAR1 will help roll out the fourth season of the El Paso Community Foundation Jewel Box Series at the Philanthropy Theatre.

Impact | Programs of Excellence presents Morrow and EAR1 at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, October 8 in the Philanthropy Theatre, located on the second floor of the Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Centre Annex (above the box office).

The October 8 program will feature a short, introductory talk by Morrow, a musical performance on the rover, and a short film about the EAR1’s travels in the region.

Las Cruces resident Morrow, who teaches at El Paso Community College, describes his work as being “at the intersection between art, science, and music.”  Morrow has art degrees from New Mexico State University and the Massachusetts College of Art.

The Jewel Box Series is produced in partnership with El Paso Live, and is supported by the City of El Paso’s Museums and Cultural Affairs Department.

Tickets are $16, on sale at the Plaza Theatre box office, Ticketmaster outlets, online and 800-745-3000. Season tickets $103 (a $25 discount), on sale at the El Paso Community Foundation (333 North Oregon |  915-533-4020) and on the Community Foundation’s Website

El Paso Community Foundation Jewel Box Series at the Philanthropy Theatre  REMAINING SCHEDULE

 

Telling El Paso — Our Veterans. Their Stories. — Six local military veterans from different conflicts tell their stories, in their own words, in this revival of a production staged in 2016 by Eden Enterprises and KCOS TV as part of the national Telling Project.

2:30 p.m. Sunday, November 12

 

Nocturnal — Contemporary dance group Tumbleweed Collective, which gave us Boheme Noir last season, returns with a program of new choreography inspired by the night that explores themes of hope, dreams, celebration, isolation, romance, heartache, and home.

7 p.m. Saturday, December 9; 2:30 p.m. Sunday, December 10

 

Five Course Love — Las Cruces’ Scaffolding Theatre Company, which gave us the clever adaptation of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast last season, returns with Gregg Coffin’s grown-up, PG-13 mini-musicals. Three actors play 15 characters in five different settings.

7 p.m. Saturday, January 13; 2:30 p.m. Sunday, January 14

 

Amor — The El Paso Society for Musicians of the Future offers another of its thematic programs, just in time for Valentine’s Day. Mezzo-soprano Cherry Duke, guitarist George Salas and violinist Sandra Rivera perform songs and music about love and romance.

2:30 p.m. Sunday, February 11

 

Hellman v. McCarthy — Camilla Carr directs and acts in this new play by Brian Richard Mori. It’s about the legal battle that raged after writer Mary McCarthy accused fellow author Lillian Hellman of lying during an appearance on Dick Cavett’s PBS talk show.

2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 11

 

Soldadera  Josefina Niggli’s 1938 one-act English-language drama, directed by Hector Serrano, explores how women’s roles in the Mexican Revolution helped changed Mexican society. Seven female soldiers capture a spy and must confront their own demons.

2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 15

 

Nouveau Chamber — Saxophonist Daniel Rivera and a seven-piece string ensemble will perform his original chamber works. The pieces are influenced by classical, Latin and film music, and explore travel and human history.

2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 20

EPCF’s 2017-2018 Jewel Box Series Offers Varied Mix of Music, Theater, Dance

A musical earth rover, the Mexican Revolution, military veterans’ war stories, a musical afternoon devoted to love, an evening of choreography inspired by the night and more will be part of the fourth annual El Paso Community Foundation Jewel Box Series at the Philanthropy Theatre.

The Jewel Box Series, created by the El Paso Community Foundation to showcase local performing arts groups in the charming Philanthropy Theatre, has carved out a niche presenting diverse, unusual and inventive programs.

The 2017-2018 season, which features eight shows from October through May, will be no different.

It will feature music, theater, multi-media and dance programs by El Paso’s Impact | Programs of Excellence, Tumbleweed Collective, Eden Enterprises, Los Actores, actor-director Camilla Carr, the El Paso Society for Musicians of the Future and composer-musician Daniel Rivera, plus the Scaffolding Theatre Company of Las Cruces.

The Jewel Box Series is produced in partnership with El Paso Live, and is supported by the City of El Paso’s Museums and Cultural Affairs Department.

The 191-seat Philanthropy Theatre is located above the Plaza Theatre box office on the second floor of the Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Centre annex.

Tickets for the 2017-2018 season are $16, on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, September 15 at the Plaza Theatre box office, Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 800-745-3000, and online.

Season tickets for all eight shows are $103 (a 20% discount), on sale at the El Paso Community Foundation, 333 North  Oregon, by phone at 915-533-4020 or online.

EAR1
Tumbleweed Collective (Nocturnal).
Telling El Paso

Jewel Box Series Applications are Due July 28

Applications for the fourth season of the El Paso Community Foundation Jewel Box Series at the Philanthropy Theatre are now being accepted.

In its first three seasons, the Jewel Box Series has hosted programs by a number of area artists and groups, including Tony Award-winning playwright Mark Medoff, actor/playwright Camilla Carr, the Border Theatre, the El Paso Society for Musicians of the Future, Ted Karber Jr., Scaffolding Theatre, Tumbleweed Dance Collective, Los Actores, Eden Enterprises, and Impact|Programs of Excellence.

The Jewel Box Series is designed to foster and showcase community talent in an inspiring atmosphere that is part of the Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Centre.

The El Paso Community Foundation partnered with El Paso Live to help ease the financial burden of producing a show in the sparkling little jewel box we call the Philanthropy Theatre, its name inspired by all who helped build it.

The intimate space seats 191 and is ideal for live theater, dance, music, multi-media and other productions. The proscenium stage is 12.5-feet deep and 22-feet across.

Performances are on the second weekend of each month; and the fourth season will launch in September 2017 and run monthly through May 2018.

The deadline for submissions is July 28, 2017. Submission forms are available at epcf.org/jewelbox

Jewel Box Series Concludes with Ted Karber’s new Comedy ‘Banging the Bell’

The third season of the El Paso Community Foundation Jewel Box Series at the Philanthropy Theatre will go out with a bang this weekend.

EPStageBusiness’ uproarious Banging the Bell: A Texas Comedy in Two Acts concludes the 2016-2017 season with performances at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 20 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 21 in the Philanthropy Theatre on the second floor of the Plaza Annex in the Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Centre.

The play was written and directed by El Paso’s Ted Karber, Jr., whose Precious Heart closed last season’s Jewel Box Series.Banging the Bell, which premiered last year at the Eclipse Theatre in Columbus, Ohio, is about a group of women in Mt. Parnassus, Texas, who plan to be the belles of the town ball. Infidelity, a corpulent corpse and a dimwitted sheriff could change their plans.

Amanda Vasquez, who starred in December’s production of A Barrio Christmas, stars, along with Carol Bernstein, Michael Bernstein, Kathryn Forest, Rafaela Graffos, Valerie Hart, Shaun Nixon, George Spelvin and David Villanueva.

The Jewel Box Series, a showcase for area performing arts groups, is produced in partnership with El Paso Live. The El Paso Community Foundation will accept submissions for the 2017-2018 season in June.

The Jewel Box’s fourth will be announced in August after the El Paso Community Foundation’s Plaza Classic Film Festival, which celebrates its 10th anniversary August 3-13.

Tickets are $16 at the box office, Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com (plus service charges), and 800-745-3000.

Jewel Box Series to Host Fresh Take on Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

Be our guest as the Scaffolding Theatre Company of Las Cruces brings its imaginative take on Disney’s Beauty and the Beast to the El Paso Community Foundation Jewel Box Series at the Philanthropy Theatre.

Performances will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, February 11 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, February 12 in the Philanthropy Theatre on the second floor of the Plaza Annex in the Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Centre.

In this refreshing revision of  the 1991 Disney animated blockbuster, three generations of a family gather in their grandparents’ cluttered home and act out the story of the beautiful Belle and the Beast who falls in love with her.

It includes most of the characters and songs — written by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, with a book by Linda Woolverton — audiences know and love, including Be Our Guest and Beauty and the Beast.

Scaffolding Theatre Company is an affiliate of the New Mexico State University theater department, founded in 2014 by London-trained El Paso actor-director Justin Lucero and NMSU theater arts faculty member Megan McQueen, who are co-directing the show.

Scaffolding garnered national media coverage for its 2015 version of Chicago.

The Jewel Box Series, a showcase for area performing arts groups, is produced in partnership with El Paso Live. Tickets are $16 at the box office, Ticketmaster outlets, and online (additional online charges may apply), 800-745-3000 and 915-534-0609.

 El Paso Community Foundation Jewel Box Series at the Philanthropy Theatre SCHEDULE

Killing Buddha — Deming’s Theatre Dojo offers this award-winning modern take on an ancient North Indian legend about a serial killer seeking atonement from the divine teacher.

Writer-director Algernon D’Ammassa (who is in the Disney’s Beauty and the Beast cast) plays all of the characters, accompanied by nationally known Native American musician Randy Granger on wind, string and percussion. 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 12

Bernabe  Just in time for Earth Day, Eden Enterprises presents this Luis Valdez play about a young man whose love of the earth is rooted in Aztec mythology.

Directed by local theater veteran Hector Serrano, it’s a cry against the exploitation of the planet by modern forces. 7 p.m. Saturday, April 8; 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 9

Banging the Bell: A Texas Comedy in Two Acts — El Paso playwright Ted Karber Jr.’s EPStageBusiness presents this original comedy about a group of women who plan to be the belles of the ball.

Infidelity, a corpulent corpse and dimwitted deputy could change their plans. 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 21

*American Sign Language Interpretation will be provided for selected Sunday performances.

‘As Is’ Highlights Poets, Painters and Friends in third Jewel Box Series Season Opener

The enduring friendship of four women and how their conversations spark their creativity are the focus of As Is … 2 Painters and 2 Poets, the season-opening production of the El Paso Community Foundation Jewel Box Series at the Philanthropy Theatre.

Presented by Impact|Programs of Excellence, As Is … kicks off the third Jewel Box Series season at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, October 9in the Philanthropy Theatre on the second floor of the Plaza Annex in the Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Centre. American Sign Language Interpretation will be provided.

Tickets are $16 at the box office, Ticketmaster outlets, 800-745-3000 and 915-534-0609. Season tickets are $103 for all eight shows in the 2016-2017 season, available by calling 915-533-4020.

Longtime friends and painters Susan Amstater and Connie Dillman will join poets Dorothy Ann Leach and Jacquelyn Stroud Spier in a program of warm conversation, humor, paintings and poetry readings. The program will show how their creativity and friendship intersect.

The program coincides with the release of their third book, As Is, published by the El Paso Community Foundation, which will be for sale at Sunday’s event. Proceeds go to the Women’s Voice Fund, which they established in the Community Foundation to support women and children’s creative projects. “We know the value of art and literature in a community,” Jacquelyn Stroud Spier said.

The El Paso Community Foundation Jewel Box Series at the Philanthropy Theatre, a showcase for area performing arts groups, is produced in partnership with El Paso Live. The remaining shows in the 2016-2017 season are listed below.

El Paso Community Foundation Jewel Box Series at the Philanthropy Theatre Schedule

Boheme NoirTumbleweed Collective Contemporary Dance created this original production, which allows Bohemian spirits to reign, features live music by Daniel Rivera and Carlos Benitez, and a piece set to Astor Piazzolla’s La Historia del Tango: Café 1930. 2:30 p.m. Sunday, November 13

Barrio ChristmasLos Actores presents a bilingual production based loosely on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Set in El Paso, this adaptation by writer-director Drime Lockhart tells the story of a bitter store owner confronted with his past. 7 p.m. Saturday, December 10; 2:30 p.m. Sunday, December 11

Indigo Twilight — The El Paso Society for Musicians of the Future presents this classical-jazz crossover, which will combine instrumental music, voice and poetry for a journey through the mysterious hues and alluring rhythms of the night. 2:30 p.m. Sunday, January 15

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast — The New Mexico State University-affiliated Scaffolding Theatre Company presents this musical valentine, a reimagining of the Disney musical. It centers around a family that re-enacts the play in their grandparents’ home, and features familiar songs, including Be Our Guest7 p.m. Saturday, February 11; 2:30 p.m. Sunday, February 12

Killing Buddha — Deming’s Theatre Dojo offers this award-winning modern take on an ancient North Indian legend about a serial killer seeking atonement from the divine teacher. Writer-director Algernon D’Ammassa plays all of the characters, accompanied by nationally known Native American musician Randy Granger on wind, string and percussion. 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 12

Bernabe  Just in time for Earth Day, Eden Enterprises presents this Luis Valdez play about a young man whose love of the earth is rooted in Aztec mythology. Directed by local theater veteran Hector Serrano, it’s a cry against the exploitation of the planet by modern forces. 7 p.m. Saturday, April 8; 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 9

Banging the Bell: A Texas Comedy in Two Acts — El Paso playwright Ted Karber Jr.’s EPStageBusiness presents this original comedy about a group of women who plan to be the belles of the ball. Infidelity, a corpulent corpse and dimwitted deputy could change their plans. 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 21

*American Sign Language Interpretation will be provided for all Sunday performances.

Jewel Box Series celebrates with Christmas Spectacular

The Jewel Box Series returns to the Philanthropy Theatre this weekend with a special holiday performance.

Christmas Spectacular is about the magic and wonder of Christmas told in a story full of music and dance. A mixture of classic and familiar comfort peppered with modern tales will tickle your funny bone and warm your heart. This is sure to put you in the holiday spirit. Performed by kids of all ages, this extravaganza is written and directed by Tanisha Lewis and co-directed by Mia Carreon.

Christmas Spectacular will be performed at the Philanthropy Theatre on Saturday, December 12 at 7:00PM and Sunday, December 13 at 2:30PM.

The Jewel Box Series, produced in partnership with the El Paso Community Foundation(EPCF), is designed to showcase homegrown talent in one of the city’s most dazzling — and intimate — spaces, the Philanthropy Theatre, part of the Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Centre.

Tickets are on sale now and cost $15.00 plus fees.  They may be purchased at Ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster outlets, charge-by-phone at800-745-3000, and the Plaza Theatre Box Office.

Author: El Paso LIVE!

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