Special By Kyle Kramm, Main Street and CVB director
(Seguin) -- The historic battle between the "wets" and the "drys" will take center stage at the Texas Theatre on Aug. 12 at 7:30 p.m. with the musical comedy Prohibition. The musical is the latest show produced by Texas Comedies, a theater musical group in Austin that has written and directed six musical comedies about the history of Texas.
This will be there second time for the group to perform outside of Austin, first performing one of their musicals in La Grange last year.
"The Seguin area was settled by many German-Americans, who figure prominently in this show, since it’s all about beer brewers, prohibition and World War I," said John Cecil, Texas Comedies director, on selecting Seguin as a site to perform, "Seguin has been on ‘our radar’ for a while, ever since cast member Megan Ortiz performed at the Texas Theatre a few years ago. Our group is always looking for towns in Texas that have unique theaters and histories."
Prohibition explores the epic struggle that dragged in Temperancers, doughboys, suffragettes and gangsters, and culminated in a notorious era of criminality and vice. Prohibition will have you laughing and still walk away learning a little about Texas history and what life was like in Texas on the eve of prohibition and World War I.
"One of the audience’s favorite moments is a big song and dance number about the wild and outlaw life of the 1920’s if the prohibition law were to pass and have speakeasies start opening," said Cecil. "One of my favorite numbers if the opening number ‘Everybody Out,’ when the Temperancers bust up a saloon."
The talented cast features actors from across the state with a wide range of performances according to Cecil, "Phil Rodriguez has starred in many shows at the Georgetown Palace Theatre and Heath Allyn can often be seen in TV commercials. Megan Ortiz is the lead actor at Austin's Scottish Rite Theater, and Dan Dalbout recently produced a short film in the Cannes Film Festival. Josh Meindertsma, who is coming from Los Angeles, has a hilarious stand-up show called "Letters from Kobe."
The musical is being hosted in Seguin by the Seguin Commission on the Arts with all proceeds from the show going to support future public art projects. General admission tickets are $15 in advance, or $20 at the door.
Reserved seating is also available for $30.00 which includes a seat in the front five rows and a meet-&-greet with the cast of the show at 6:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the Seguin Main Street office at 211 North River Street, the Seguin CVB Office at 116 North Camp Street or online www.prohibitionseguin.eventbrite.com.
"This is a great musical with a talented cast," said Kyle Kramm, Seguin Main Street & CVB Director, "One of the goals of the Seguin Commission on the Arts is to bring in performances from outside of Seguin so that the community has the opportunity to see unique art in all forms.
This musical is the first time for the commission to do this, and it is already thinking about other opportunities to bring to Seguin."