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Art

WILLIAMSON COUNTY ART GUILD GALLERY

Through October 7

Williamson County Art Guild members are displaying their art at The Legacy through October 7. Artists include: Lowana Carter, Diana Einwich, Susan Holland, Christian Nielsen, Wes Odell, Anca Thomas, Mary-Ellen Thomas, Steven Thomas, Evie Walberg and Kerry Whitfill. Patti Wojtowecz organized and curated this exhibit. The Legacy is located at 4907 Williams Drive.

 

com~ple~ment n. EXHIBIT OPENING

August 27

A new exhibit is coming to the Art Center on August 27; “com~ple~ment n. Something that completes, makes up a whole, or brings to perfection.” The intent of “com~ple~ment n.” is to present a series of parity between works. Each project has an individual format and intent. However, over time works crossover and connect via elemental qualities such as line, hue, value and pattern. The Art Center is located at 816 South Main Street. Call 512-930-2583 for more information.

 

OWNER’S CHOICE SHOW 

September 1 – November 20

The Owner’s Choice Show at Tiemann Art Gallery has been personally curated by Carrie Tiemann, owner, to highlight some of her favorite works in the gallery. Opening reception is September 4, 5 p.m. Free admission, live music, complimentary beverages, and a chance to meet the artists. Closing reception is Saturday, November 20, 5 p.m. This exhibit features “Ballanda” by Monica Puryear, “Moment of Descent” by Laura Sturtz, “Bowl of Cherries” by Sonia Borgialli, “Hakka Window” by Gloria Sanchez Hart, “San Juan Bautista” by Richard Kirk, “Purple Garden” by Gaylon Stagner, “Old Settlers’ Chevy” by Jennifer Zardavets, “Balcones Canyonlands” by Karen Pittman, “Storm Clouds” by Karen Beuck, and “Look Through…Hear Their Voices” by Daryl Howard. Tiemann Art Gallery is located at 1706 North Mays Street, Round Rock.

 

JOSH KIGHT PAINTING RECEPTION

September 3, 7 p.m. 

Josh Kight’s “Quarantine” painting series depicting figures in varying forms of behavior during the Covid-19 pandemic are on display at the Estrada Garcia Gallery. A reception is scheduled for 7-9 p.m., September 3, at 823 South Austin Avenue. The outside venue will include wine, snacks and music. Contact estradagarciagallery@gmail.com for more information.

 

VISUAL ARTS CLUB SHOW

September 12, 2 p.m.

Sun City Visual Arts Club Show opens September 12, and remains at the Activity Center, 1 Texas Drive, Sun City through October 30. The reception will be from 2-5 p.m. September 12 and includes demonstrations and refreshments plus approximately 130 works of art, many for sale at affordable prices.

 

AUTUMN ART SCROLL

October 21, 4 p.m.

The inaugural Georgetown Autumn Art Stroll in downtown Georgetown is 4-8 p.m., October 21 at Grace Plaza. The City of Georgetown Arts and Culture Program is offering this opportunity to local artists, art clubs and arts businesses to share and sell their art pieces. Several artists may submit their work for one booth space as a group or shared exhibition. To submit an application for booth space during the juried Autumn Art Stroll, visit arts.georgetown.org. The deadline for artist booth application is August 31. Contact Amanda Still at 512-930-8471 or Amanda.Still@Georgetown.org.

 

Music

FAITH IN ACTION MUSICAL

September 30, 7 p.m.

Local nonprofit Faith In Action is hosting a musical celebration on September 30 at the First Baptist Church of Georgetown. The concert begins at 7 p.m. and will celebrate 20 years of serving seniors in the Williamson County area. Admission is free, and the event is family friendly. www.faithinactiongt.com

 

The Marvelous Wonderettes

Blanka Torres, left, as Suzy, Jennifer Tucker, second from left, as Missy, Doris Gilbert, second from right, as Betty Jean, and Cara Bernstein, right, as Cindy Lou, are shown in a photo from the August 19 dress rehearsal of "The Marvelous Wonderettes," playing on the Palace's Springer Memorial Stage through September 12. Photo by Andy Sharp

 

Palace Theatre now Presenting The Marvelous Wonderettes


Blanka Torres

Blanka Torres, as Suzy. Photo by Andy Sharp

Play Time
by Linda Dwyer

 

The Marvelous Wonderettes opened on the Springer Stage at the Palace Theatre Friday. The Off-Broadway hit takes place at the Springfield High School prom where Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, Missy, and Suzy entertain their classmates with classic ’50s and ’60s hits.


The musical comedy was written and created by Roger Bean. The show started in 1999 as one-act written for the intimate black box space at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater. The show grew into two-acts and opened in Los Angeles and New York. 


Act one introduces the four-part harmony of the Wonderettes in the year 1958. The generic gymnasium of Springfield High could be anywhere you imagine it to be. Act two reunites the Wonderettes a decade later for a ten-year reunion. The four friends have grown up, changes have taken place in their lives and their singing has matured. 


The Palace production is directed by Cliff Butler, who is also the musical director. He has impressive theater experience and is well known to the Palace community. His casting of four very different women created added interest to the character development. 


This is Kendra Christel's first time as choreographer at the Palace. Each Wonderette takes turns being lead singer with her sidekicks doing coordinated backup dance. The choreography included laugh out loud moments when stage harmony deteriorates into teen girl squabbling. 


Cara Bernstein plays boyfriend stealer, Cindy Lou. Bernstein hails from New York and this is her first production in Central Texas. Bernstein’s portrayal clearly shows Cindy Lou’s evolution over the ten year span. Bernstein sings Son of a Preacher Man with a nice mix of soul and low soft notes.


Overachiever Missy is played by Jennifer Tucker. The head of the Prom Decorations Committee has a secret crush that brings a surprise character onto the stage. Tucker’s natural comedic skills were a highlight of the play. 

Girl power solidarity emotes when Missy sings a rousing rendition of fan favorite, “You Don’t Own Me” to her special someone.


Class clown Betty Jean is played by Doris Gilbert. Betty Jean is funny and frustrated throughout the play and Gilbert portrays both emotions easily. 

Gilbert sings “Lipstick on Your Collar” and we feel the irony of her situation with boyfriend Johnny. 


Suzy, everyone's gal pal, is played by Bianka Torres. Suzy is easy going and fun. Her character becomes more developed in the second act and Torres plays that transition nicely. Torres shows Suzy is no shrinking violet when she sings an intensely soulful “Rescue Me.” 


Lorri Boyd is the swing understudy for all four roles and is scheduled in one performance. Boyd's willingness to learn four roles is a remarkable “yes” to “the show must go on” show biz rally.


The nostalgic musical takes a bit of time to find its groove, but it’s worth the wait. As we get to know the feisty females through their intertwining stories we are cheering them on. There is also an appreciation for the four actresses who rallied together, like their characters, to make this a marvelous show. The harmony of the four voices was strong and solos showcased each singer's unique vocals. 


Hit songs by artists such as Aretha Franklin, Neil Sedaka, Connie Francis and Dusty Springfield provided fun memories. Opening night had a nice mix of ages and energy bounced from stage to zealous audience and back again. The Marvelous Wonderettes is unabashedly fun entertainment for all. 


The Marvelous Wonderettes is at the Palace Springer Stage August 20 through September 12.

 

dwyer@wilcosun.com


Happenings

CRAFTING WITH COCKTAILS

August 27, 6:30 p.m.

Prepare for the upcoming school year with self-care pampering and crafting. Drop into the museum anytime between 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Friday, August 27 to make self-care crafts while sipping a delicious cocktail. Tickets are $20 for non-museum members and $15 for museum members and include one drink, crafting supplies, and light snacks. Tickets can be purchased by calling 512-943-1670 or at www.williamsonmuseum.org

 

SNAKE AND REPTILE DISCOVERY

August 28, 9 a.m.

This program at Garey Park, 6450 Ranch to Market Road, provides kids aged 4-13 with a safe environment to learn about and interact with snakes, with the help of an experienced professional. Through education and experience, children will learn all about snake identification and what to do when a snake is seen. Indigenous snakes will be presented including the four venomous species found in Central Texas. Visit Garey Park’s programs at parks.georgetown.org. 

 

RETIRED TEACHERS 50TH ANNIVERSARY

September 10, 10 a.m. 

The Williamson County Retired Teachers Association will celebrate 50 years serving the Williamson County community with an event at the Taylor Events Center on September 10. The event will start at 10 a.m. and includes a ribbon cutting ceremony at noon, followed by a catered lunch. Tim Lee, an executive with the Texas Retired Teachers Association, will be a guest speaker. www.wcrta.org

What’s going on in the library?

Through September 15: Texas Society of Sculptors 13th Annual Summer Show

August 25-September 26: Central Texas Pastel Society: Symphony of Images exhibit, second floor Bridge and Hall galleries

September 2-23: Susan Hoppenworth: Works and Words from a 9/11 First Responder, display cases, second floor Bridge

September 6: Library closed for Labor Day

September 7, noon: Tuesday Talks with Britin and Ann (virtual event)

September 10, 4-6 p.m.: Susan Hoppenworth presentation and reception, second floor Hewlett Room

For more information about these and other library events, visit library.georgetown.org/events-calendar or call 512-930-3551.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Theater

THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES

Through September 12

This smash off-Broadway hit takes you to the 1958 Springfield High School prom, where we meet Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, Missy, and Suzy: four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts. Held on the Springer Main Stage at the Palace Theatre, 810 South Austin Avenue.

 

G.H.O.S.T. UNIT  

September 1, 8 p.m.

The Sarofim School of Fine Arts will host a one night live event of original theater at the Alma Thomas Fine Arts Center. Venture into the unknown with DIY ghost hunters, Charlotte, Alfonzo, and Gayev from G.H.O.S.T. Unit as they hold a live paranormal investigation of a haunted orchard for their Kickstarter supporters. This is an original devised production that can be attended virtually or in person. 

 

American La Ronde

September 24–26

The Sarofim School of Fine Arts presents the play by Steven Dietz at the Jesse H. and Mary Gibbs Jones Theater. In this daring American adaptation of Arthur Schnitzler’s Reigen, a single silver bracelet weaves its way through the most sincere and staggering moments among a chain of complicated love affairs.