SAPD Issues Thousands of Tickets for Homelessness

SAPD Issues Thousands of Tickets for Homelessness

News: Data and records obtained by the Current show that between January 1, 2013, and early October of this year the San Antonio... By Alexa Garcia-Ditta and Elaine Wolff 10/22/2014
6 Sinfully Good Grilled Cheese Sandwiches in SA

6 Sinfully Good Grilled Cheese Sandwiches in SA

Food & Drink: Cheesy Jane’s. Multiple locations, If the name is any indicator, this San Antonio staple doesn’t mess around when it comes to... By Tommie Ethington 10/22/2014
Alamo Ice House Brings Hill Country to Downtown

Alamo Ice House Brings Hill Country to Downtown

Food & Drink: There was a special kind of draw at Alamo Ice House on a recent Tuesday evening. A handful of weeks after opening its... By Jessica Elizarraras 10/22/2014
A Closer Look: The ins and outs of a few important races

A Closer Look: The ins and outs of a few important races

News: For more than a year now gubernatorial candidates Wendy Davis and Greg Abbott have dominated airwaves and secured way... By Mark Reagan 10/22/2014
‘Walking the Camino’ Explores a Treacherous Trek Through Spain

‘Walking the Camino’ Explores a Treacherous Trek Through Spain

Screens: In the Middle Ages, pilgrims walked the 500-mile El Camino de Santiago de Compostela as a pilgrimage to the tomb of Apostle St. James. It was an... By Stephen James Ross 10/22/2014

Search hundreds of restaurants in our database.

Search hundreds of clubs in our database.

Follow us on Instagram @sacurrent

Print Email

Arts & Culture

Las Casas competition awards college-bound performers

Photo: Courtesy photo, License: N/A

Courtesy photo

Madison Tinder, first place winner in vocal solo, 2011

Kaye Lenox, former San Antonio Public Library Foundation executive director, admits she was dubious the first time a friend asked her to see the finals of the Las Casas Performing Arts Scholarship Competition at the Charline McCombs Empire Theatre.

About 100 students from 35 different high schools throughout South and Central Texas entered the competition this year, vying for scholarships ranging from $1000 to $5,000 in four performing arts categories: vocal solo, acting solo, acting duet, and dance solo.

“I thought, ‘oh, no, it’s going to be like a Parks and Recreation talent show,’” Lenox, now Chief Executive Officer of the Las Casas Foundation, says. “But the kids just blew me away. They put on a very professional show. We have a lot of young talent in this part of Texas that needs nurturing and that’s just what Las Casas wants to do with this competition. We don’t ask the students to major in the performing arts, but we want them to go to college.”

Twenty-four finalists are set to compete for $85,000 in scholarship money May 19 at the Empire. Since 2009, the competition has awarded more than $300,000 in scholarships and is celebrating its fifth anniversary by offering a grand prize totaling $15,000.

Grace Phipps, a 2010 Las Casas winner whose credits now include the movie Fright Night, ABC Family’s The Nine Lives of Chole King, and CW’s The Vampire Diaries, is one of the judges, along with Greater Tuna co-creator Joe Sears, Broadway actor Seth Fisher, David Green of the Dr. Carol Channing and Harry Kullijian Foundation for the Arts, and choreographer Robin Lewis.

Studies show that students who are involved in the fine arts tend to do better in other academic subjects, Lenox claims.

“Mainly, we hope to build the students’ confidence,” Lenox says. “The confidence to perform during the competition, the confidence to tackle their college auditions, and the confidence to excel at performing arts or any field they choose.”

Las Casas, the nonprofit foundation that restored the downtown Majestic and Empire theaters, is putting more emphasis on its support of arts education and local performing arts organizations now that the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, the new home of the San Antonio Symphony, is under construction, Lenox says.

“When the symphony moves, it’s going to free up a lot of nights at the Majestic,” Lenox notes. “Since the theaters are restored and well taken care of, Las Casas can focus more on supporting the performing arts and arts education. We’re hoping to work more with local groups on presenting shows at both downtown theaters. We’ve already started talking to the Children’s Fine Arts Series, and we’re open to proposals from other performing arts groups.”


Las Casas Performing Arts Scholarship Competition

6pm Sun, May 19
Charline McCombs Empire Theatre
224 E Houston
(800) 745-3000

Recently in Arts & Culture
  • SA Design Maven D’Ette Cole and the Topography of Junk D’Ette Cole has been an artist, interior designer, antiques dealer and even a pie. Simply put, she notices everything, and has built her career on... | 10/22/2014
  • Failure Is Not an Option: George Lopez returns to SA It is evident comedian George Lopez is still a little sensitive about the on-again, off-again relationship he’s had with television. Whatever the... | 10/22/2014
  • Free Will Astrology ARIES (March 21-April 19): The driest place on the planet is the Atacama Desert in northern Chile. It gets about a half-inch of rain per year. And yet in 2011, archaeologists discovered that it’s also home to a site containing the fossilized skeletons of nu | 10/22/2014
We welcome user discussion on our site, under the following guidelines:

To comment you must first create a profile and sign-in with a verified DISQUS account or social network ID. Sign up here.

Comments in violation of the rules will be denied, and repeat violators will be banned. Please help police the community by flagging offensive comments for our moderators to review. By posting a comment, you agree to our full terms and conditions. Click here to read terms and conditions.
comments powered by Disqus