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The Classic Theatre
Classic Theatre of San Antonio opens up its seventh season with a production of George Bernard Shaw's Arms and the Man. Worlds collide with delicious results when two opposing soldiers vie for the heart of an idealistic young girl. Director Stacey Connelly captures Shaw's signature wit and charm in this classic, romantic comedy which illuminates the resulting humor of heroic ideals turned on their head. George Bernard Shaw's Arms and the Man takes place at the close of the Serbo-Bulgarian war in 1885, where Raina (Margaret Tonra), a young Bulgarian woman, totally idolizes her fiancee Sergius Saranoff (Nathan Thurman), one of the heroes of the war. As the Serbian army retreats, a voluntary Swiss soldier, Bluntschli (Tyler Keyes) seeks shelter by climbing through Raina's bedroom window and begging for her to hide him. Bluntschli's gentle nature and unique ammunition (chocolates in lieu of bullets) contrasts sharply with Raina's romantic notions of war and heroism, yet she finds herself attracted to him, and helps him escape. Shortly thereafter, Sergius returns from the war and Raina begins to find his attitude more pompous and irritating. Her thoughts return again and again to her "chocolate cream soldier," and when Bluntschli reappears, she finds herself torn between her romantic ideals and the surprise of real love. Arms and the Man premiered on April 21, 1894 at the Avenue Theatre in London. This play was Shaw's first of many commercial triumphs. Arms reached Broadway only five months later and eventually inspired an enormously popular operetta, The Chocolate Soldier. With other such classics as Pygmalion, Major Barbara, and Saint Joan, George Bernard Shaw remains one of the most celebrated playwrights in literature, known for his incisive wit and intelligent comedies. An ardent socialist, Shaw lived to examine social issues in all his plays, transforming the frothy and sentimental melodrama of the late 1800s. In addition to Tonra, Keyes and Thurman, the cast features Allan S. Ross, Kathy Couser, Elizabeth Ann Cave, Robert J. Ferrelli, and Joseph Urick. The production also features Costume Design by Jodi Karjala, Scenic Design by Abigail Entsminger, Lighting Design by Greg Starbird, and Sound Design by Rick Malone. Performances of Arms and the Man are scheduled Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at 8:00pm and Sunday afternoons at 3:00pm beginning August 22 and continuing through September 7, with an Educator's Preview Night on Thursday, August 21. Classic Theatre of San Antonio is located at 1924 Fredericksburg Rd, next door to the Woodlawn Theatre. Ticket prices range from $10-$25. For the Educator's Night, contact our Director of Education, Christie Beckham, at To purchase tickets or for more information, call the Box Office at 210-589-8450, or visit us online at Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are accepted.
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The Woodlawn Theatre
This electrifying musical will have you rocking and rolling in your seat! Featuring nearly 40 of the greatest songs ever recorded, including the hits On Broadway, Hound Dog, Jailhouse Rock, Stand By Me, Spanish Harlem, Love Potion #9, Yakety Yak, and I'm a Woman, this Grammy-winning and Tony-nominated musical powerhouse was the longest-running musical revue in Broadway history. Get ready for an incredible night out that will leave you singing along for the rest of the year!
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Cameo Theatre
Married Alive! is a new musical that celebrates marital bliss and blisters. The show focuses on two couples, Erin and Paul, a pair of wide-eyed newlyweds, and Ron and Diane, a more experienced pair of "oldyweds." From wedding day to empty nest and everything in between, it's a zany new musical that affectionately applauds and pokes fun at marriage. Ever wonder why it's called an "Institution"…?
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The Magik Theatre
Based on the Oscar® winning DreamWorks film, this hilarious story of everyone's favorite ogre comes to life on the Magik stage. Full of all-new songs, dancing and breathtaking scenery, SHREK THE MUSICAL is part romance, part twisted fairy tale and all irreverent fun for everyone!
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Overtime Theater
Wonderland. Oz. Places from our childhoods and imaginations where there is always a story to be told. When the evil forces of The Red Queen and The Wicked Witch join their powers to destroy Alice and Dorothy once and for all, the heroines find themselves flung from far from home and into each others world. Lost and hunted Alice and Dorothy must find their ways home, make a few new friends along the way and stop the evil Villainesses before all worlds are destroyed. Heads will roll and the road home is never as simple as it seems. This original, fantasy serial will unfold in 8 weekly episodes.
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