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Arts In the round 

News and notes from the San Antonio theater scene

It’s “Holiday Entertainment” time again. Which, of course, still primarily means “Christmas.” If you like more traditional holiday fare, the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center is once again presenting Octavio SolisLa Posada Magica, directed by Marisela Barrera. This is the third production of the Guadalupe’s Target Teatro Comunitario Family Series, through which families can experience culturally and historically significant Chicano/Latino stories.

The play, which features live music and video sequences, introduces us to bereaved 13-year-old Gracie, who spites God by refusing to celebrate Christmas. She joins a Posada, a procession that re-enacts Mary and Joseph’s search for a room at an inn, and she plans to disrupt it, but something else happens. The cast features Lisa Suarez, Maria Elena Salcedo, and Nicole Mauricio as Gracie. La Posada Magica runs December 1-4, with morning, afternoon, and evening performances. Call 351-7787 for more information.

For something Christmas-y but less traditional, check out David SedarisThe Santaland Diaries at The Church Bistro and Theatre. You want to see this because, a) it is THAT David Sedaris, the National Public Radio humorist, and THAT piece about his experiences as a Christmas elf at Macy’s Department Store, b) it marks the return of live theater to the stage of the Church (formerly the Alamo Street Restaurant and Theatre) and, c) trust me, you want to see the restoration and remodeling work by new owner and King William resident Dr. Paul Boskind, and d) Dylan Collins, usually found onstage at the Magik Theatre, stars.

The Santaland Diaries runs through December 31, and offers dinner-and-show ($35) and show-only ($20) options. Call 271-7791 for reservations and information.

Finally, if you’d rather be on the “entertaining” end of all this holiday entertainment, Acting Coach Emma Mozeley, of Studio 5 Photography & Acting Studios, is offering a new round of adult classes beginning January 3, and running through February 7. Originally from New South Wales, Australia, Emma works with agents and casting directors throughout Texas, and has extensive commercial and independent film experience. Her next class focuses on commercials, cold readings, and audition skills, and runs 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays, at 1802 NE Loop 410. The cost is $150 per session, and class size is limited. Call 403-0338 or check out her website at actingisfun.com for more information. Maybe next year you can be giving, not just receiving.

Laurie Dietrich


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