Where to Catch Your Favorite Stars this Summer

New and classic shows and movies available in June

Many of your favorite shows are airing season finales, and soon many will start searching for ways to fill the entertainment void this summer. With a plan in mind, you won’t have to wait for the next big blockbuster to hit theaters or stay glued to reruns on TV to spend some quality time watching your favorite stars.

Some of the biggest names in entertainment can be found on streaming services like Netflix, and one of the best parts is there is no offseason. Everything is available on-demand, so you can watch on your schedule without disrupting your summer fun.

The classics are in full force this month, including some on-ice action that celebrates the United States Men’s National Ice Hockey Team’s classic 1980 Olympic victory with Kurt Russell in Miracle; searching the globe for lost treasure hidden by the United States’ forefathers with Nicholas Cage and Jon Voight in National Treasure; or even King George VI, played by Colin Firth, overcoming his struggles with a stutter to deliver one of the most iconic addresses in history in the award-winning film The King’s Speech.

These are just a sample of the titles you can find that are new to Netflix this June. New shows and movies are added to the service every day, so whether you’re into comedy, suspense, drama or anything in-between, you can find those genres and more on your smartphone, tablet or TV. Sign-up is easy; simply visit Netflix.com, choose a plan and provide payment information and your zip code.

Here’s a look at other shows and movies coming this month:

Explained: Season 1

This docuseries spotlights a wide range of topical and timely issues that impact lives on a daily basis, such as the gender wage gap, geopolitical politics, the rise of cryptocurrency and why diets fail. (Episodes available June 6, 13, 20 and 27)

The Staircase

This documentary series offers an inside look at the high-profile murder case of author Michael Peterson, accused of killing his wife in 2001. (Available June 6)

The Ranch: Part 5

Being a pro athlete didn’t pan out for Colt (Ashton Kutcher). Now he’s helping his dad (Sam Elliott) and brother keep the ranch afloat while figuring out how he fits into the family. (Available June 15)

Set It Up

In this romantic comedy, two overworked and underpaid assistants concoct a plan to get their insufferable bosses off their backs by setting them up with each other. (Available June 22)

Star Wars: Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

Rey develops her newly discovered abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker, who is unsettled by the strength of her powers. Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares for battle with the First Order. (Available June 26) (Family Features)

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Nunu Roca Hopes to Inspire and Help Others to Achieve Their Goals!

Photography courtesy of Jim Lee.

Nunu Roca was born and raised in a small coastal town in the Pacific of Costa Rica, where she developed a passion for the performing arts from an early age. She moved to Los Angeles in 2016, and after graduating from the ‘Acting for Film and Television’ career at the New York Film Academy she began working professionally as an actress, in theater, film and television. She has worked with renowned artists such as Eugenio Derbez, for the Cinemark promo for Overboard, Camila Cabello, for the music video of the song Havana, Maluma; and the television network Oxygen Network and Telemundo.

Nunu also speaks Catalan, since her father is from Barcelona, Italian, Spanish, and English, and hopes to be able to participate in projects of all these cultures.

Nunu grew up on a farm in Costa Rica and used to pick oysters and shells on the beach for her grandmother to prepare rice with seafood. However, she attended an American school that gave her the opportunity to learn English and introduced her to the world of theater, which became her great passion after participating in a production of ‘La Casa de Bernarda Alba’ by Federico Garcia Lorca.

But this actress does not wait for the projects to come to her, so she also wrote, produced and acted in her short film ‘No Se Puede Armar’ accepted at 5 film festivals, which gave her a nomination as best actress.

Her goal is to continue growing as an actress and professional, representing her country and the Hispanic American community and she hopes to inspire and help others to achieve their goals!

We had the pleasure of chatting with this inspirational young woman and are thrilled to share the highlights of our engaging conversation.

InFluential Magazine:  As an actress, what have you accomplished? 

Nunu Roca:  My most recent film Incomplete has received significant festival acclaim and international recognition, it was officially selected for the Barcelona Planet Film Festival and also granted me a “Best Actress” award from the New York Film Awards. I pursue work in both English and Spanish media, and have had the opportunity to collaborate with influential figures such as Eugenio Derbez, Maluma, and Camila Cabello.

InFluential:  Why you are passionate about your work.

Nunu:  I am very passionate about my craft. First of all, for me, acting is a constant journey of self-discovery and self-awareness, and it is also an opportunity to give life to so many untold stories amongst us. I love that through my roles I have the privilege of living all the realities that I, Nunu, am not. I enjoy being in front of the camera, I consider myself a role model and I have had such a blessed life, it’s my turn to give back and hopefully present that privilege to others.

InFluential:  Did you always know you wanted to be an actress?  

Nunu:  I was not always sure I wanted to be in this industry. Honestly, I was very confused growing up. Since I was a little girl I knew I loved performing! I did theater in school and I also loved to pretend I was a singer at a huge concert packed with people (of course my voice proved otherwise haha) At the same time I was also very studious and meticulous so I always thought I was supposed to study a more health-like or administrative career… I decided to follow my passion and stick to the arts, and like any other industry, it has its ups and downs, but I am so happy to be doing what I love, I can see myself here for a very very long time!

InFluential:  What is your biggest motivation? 

Nunu:  It is the people: their passion for their stories, their support of your own work, their trust in you with their characters, and the encouragement of your followers.

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InFluential:  Any advice for other people pursuing a career as an actor? 

Nunu:  My advice would be to definitely study, and be specific with your goals! Do you want to be a stunt actor? Or television, or voice-over… etc. Really think about what it is you want to achieve and inform yourself about the training, schools, universities, work-shops etc, and work towards that. Also, it’s important to always be kind, because you never know who will remember you and be willing to lend you a helping hand when you need it the most.

InFluential:  Who inspires you?  

Nunu:  Today, I would say that my top three idols are:

First, my father. He is the figure of hard work and perseverance in my life, he has proved that no matter how great a set-back, you can always get up! He is a constant reminder of determination, gratitude, and prestige.

Second, Spanish actor Mario Casas. At such a young age, he has an incredible career. His impressive range as an actor, his transformations for each role, his dedication to the craft have really set him apart and his work inspires me! He’s a part of films with heart-felt stories and is constantly working on set! I can’t wait to see more of his work. Did I also mention he’s incredibly good-looking!

Third, Jessica Alba. I think she has really set herself apart as a professional, she began as an actress and is now a successful entrepreneur with her own industry. She is a smart, influential, charming woman who I really look up to!

InFluential:  What was the hardest part about your career?  

Nunu:  The hardest part are the scams, and economical complications I have had to go through in order to really open my eyes and become aware of the downs of this industry… I won’t go into much detail but unfortunately sometimes the best way to learn is to live unfavorable experiences, however you also become stronger and wiser and as long as I am healthy and well, I will keep moving forward despite of the difficulties. 

InFluential:  What projects do you have

Nunu:  The next year is full of surprises! I am very excited and welcoming all the projects to come. As of now you will be able to follow me as the character Eva for a series called F.E.A.R.S. to be released towards the end of the year on a VOD platform to be yet announced. The show is about four young women who have been banished from hell for doing good deeds. Forced to hide from Satan, they now attempt to navigate life in the real world!

Also, my film Incomplete is in its festival run, we have been selected in various film festivals up until now, however are still expecting confirmation and approval from others, and we are hoping to attend the Hollyshorts Film Festival in August this year.

On another note, I am working on the script for a feature to be filmed in Costa Rica, details have yet to be disclosed but keep up with me on social media for more information along the way!

InFluential:  What else do you do in your life? 

Nunu:  Besides acting I also work on writing and producing! More things I love include surfing, being outdoors, cooking and traveling! Follow me on social media to keep up with my work and adventures!

InFluential:  What’s your Social media? 

Instagram: @rocanuria

FB/Twitter: @nunuroca

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Enjoy a Fabulous Staycation at InterContinental Stephen F. Austin Hotel

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Governor’s Dining Area

As you’re gearing up for Memorial Day, we want to share a Summer Savings Package, perfect for a staycation at Austin’s own InterContinental Stephen F. Austin Hotel this weekend.

The package includes a two-night stay in a Deluxe King Room with an organized tour of Austin and credits to enjoy local dining destinations including Roaring Fork and Moonshine as well as sips and snacks at the hotel’s own Terrace Bar.

Located on the second floor of the hotel, The Terrace Bar provides breathtaking views of the Capitol building and bustling Congress Avenue while offering authentic Texas bites such as brisket quesadillas, bacon wrapped quail and tortilla crusted gulf shrimp. Guests can also enjoy a world-class selection of wines by the glass, cordials, craft beers, premium cigars, and handcrafted cocktails.

Summer Savings at InterContinental Stephen F. Austin Hotel - $915

To book: Please call Sales/Catering Coordinator 512-721-4230

  • 2 night stay in a King Deluxe Room (Fri/Sat or Sat/Sun)
  • $60 credit for Cocktails at our Stephen F Bar
  • $150 credit for Dinner at Roaring Fork
  • $75 credit for breakfast at Moonshine
  • One breakfast for two in the Club Lounge
  • Organized tour of Austin
  • Package valued at $1,143 | A 20% savings

 

Black Panther Star Visits FMU

An auditorium filled with broadcast and television students from Florida Memorial University learned interview techniques from Papa Keith, DJ at iHeart Radio. He’s a master at interviewing actors like Winston Duke, star of The Avengers.

Professor Motley's Class with Winston Duke

Professor Motley’s Class with Winston Duke

Amongst several other areas of study, Florida Memorial University (FMU) is proud its innovative Film and Television department. Professor Russel Motley coordinated an inventive event on FMUs campus, teaching students the basics of entertainment reporting. Several months ago Motley hosted a similar event for the blockbuster Black Panther with actress Letitia Wright, the actress who plays T’Challa’s scientist sister.

When Winston Duke’s entourage arrived on FMUs campus on April 18th, it included several promotional delegates, a make-up artist, and a Disney representative. Mr. Duke played M’Baku, who was born and raised in the Jabari Village within the fictional nation of Wakanda, in Black Panther. Winston Duke, the actor, who is about 6’ 3”, actually hails from TrinidadTobago.

Among the audience were members of the FMU Caribbean Club, who were thrilled to meet a movie star from their hometown. Winston attended Yale School of Drama with fellow Black Panther co-star, Lupita Nyong’o. They use to talk as students of working together one day on a Marvel movie. Mr. Duke expressed how grateful he was to reach so many audiences through the Marvel Series.

Winston Duke stars in his next movie, The Avengers. It’s a Marvel and Disney collaboration and tells the story where Iron Man, the Hulk and the rest of the Avengers unite to battle their most powerful enemy yet, the evil Thanos. FMU Professor Russel Motley goes the extra mile to coordinate state-of-the-art events for his students. “Events like the Q&A with Avenger’s star Winston Duke are teaching tools in my journalism class. My students are usually filming and interviewing people at these events, which gives them a more realistic experience of what it’s like working under pressure in the TV industry.”

The only HBCU in South Florida, Florida Memorial University, is quickly becoming more popular and Hollywood recognizes it. After Beyonce’s nod to HBCUs at Coachella, and the rise of Black Marvel movies, HBCUs have always had the ear of the athletic elite, are now also peaking the interest of the entertainment world. 

5 Reasons to Start Streaming

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Best new TV shows and movies to watch now

It seems that friends, neighbors and family members are always asking each other what they’re watching for entertainment. While network TV provides tried-and-true favorites and DVR seems to solve scheduling woes, there are other solutions to help you catch up on the latest movies and shows.

With streaming services like Netflix, accessing new films and series can be even easier. There is no need to check the schedule to see when something is on or clear out the DVR to make space to record a show that will be on while you are out. Whether it’s your friends talking about a cooking show over coffee or your kids telling you about their latest show obsession, watching TV shows and films provides a way to connect with those around you. If you find yourself interested in discovering something new or different from what you find on regular TV, here are five reasons to give an option like Netflix a try:

1. Find the Stars You Love. Whether you’re looking to enjoy a classic performance or try something new, the likes of Rita Moreno, Lily Tomlin, Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman, Martin Sheen and Jeff Bridges are all making new shows and films only available on Netflix.

2. Like DVR but Easier. Rather than wait for the latest episode of your favorite show to air or set up the DVR to record it, streaming allows you to watch shows and movies at a time that works best for you. You can typically stream using smart TVs, laptops, tablets and mobile phones, making it easier to catch your favorite shows at home or on-the-go.

3. No More Channel Surfing; Everything is On Demand. With new shows and movies nearly every day, there is seemingly always something interesting to watch. Whether you are looking to re-watch a classic, like Scarface, or find new favorites, all the episodes are on-demand and available at once.

4. New Takes on Genres You Love. If you love cooking but have seen enough generic shows with a chef standing in a commercial kitchen, streaming can provide new takes on classic genres with a new type of food show: Chef’s Table. This kind of innovation within a genre doesn’t stop at cooking. Try a new take on talk shows with Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee or the ever-popular home renovation genre with The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes.

5. Sign-Up is Simple. All you have to do is go online to Netflix.com, choose a plan and provide payment information and your zip code. You may also be eligible for a subscription as part of some existing cable packages, and if that is the case, you may not need any additional equipment to access it.

Find more information about countless shows and movies, sign up for a one-month free trial and set up your account at Netflix.com.

TV shows and movies on Netflix in April

Netflix is adding new shows and movies to the service every day. Whether you’re into comedy, suspense, drama or anything in-between, you can find those genres and more on Netflix.com. Here’s some old favorites as well as new content available to watch this month:

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My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman

Recognizable figures from around the globe, such as President Barack Obama, George Clooney and Malala Yousafzai, join television legend David Letterman for monthly in-depth interviews and curiosity-fueled excursions.

Family

Lost in Space: Season 1

This remake of a 1960s sci-fi series depicts a family struggling for survival in outer space. After crash-landing on an alien planet, the Robinsons fight against all odds to survive and escape while surrounded by hidden dangers.

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Godless

A dark and gritty Western set in New Mexico in the 1880s, this series stars Jeff Daniels as Frank Griffin, a ruthless outlaw terrorizing the West in search of a former member of his gang, Roy Goode (Jack O’Connell), who’s found a new life in a quiet town populated only by women.

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Bobby Kennedy for President

This docuseries examines the “Bobby Phenomenon” of the 1960s and the continuing influence of the man many see as the greatest loss of a turbulent era.

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Come Sunday

Based on true events, globally renowned pastor Carlton Pearson risks everything when he questions church doctrine and is branded a modern-day heretic.

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Troy: Fall of a City: Season 1

Searching for the woman promised to him by Aphrodite, herdsman Paris learns his true identity and falls for Helen of Sparta, igniting the Trojan War. (Family Features)

Effortless Spring Entertaining

Spring brings plenty of reasons to celebrate, from holidays to weddings to baby showers. Even a just-because al fresco brunch is a great way to share time with family and friends while taking advantage of a beautiful day.

Make hosting your next spring gathering a breeze with these entertaining tips for organizing an effortless event:

Set the stage for a beautiful table. Dress up the table with a dainty lace tablecloth for a sweet, traditional spring look. If your approach is more modern, try using a simple runner in a complementary color. Then turn your attention to the style of the rest of the table. Special touches like flowers, place cards and linens with napkin ring holders can add a touch of elegance in an instant.

Blend function with style. Appearance aside, each table provides an essential function to your event. Incorporate details like salt and pepper shakers and condiment dishes within easy reach. When it comes to the tableware, you can add a touch of functional style with Chinet Cut Crystal plates, cups, cutlery and wineglasses. As a fully coordinated line of disposable tableware, the products match nearly any decor, allowing you to create the perfect tablespace. Remember to carefully consider each aspect of your menu to ensure the proper tableware is provided.

Work ahead to ease the weight. One failsafe way to cut stress and ensure you get to actually enjoy the party: plan ahead. Do as much food prep as you can the day before and set up tables and other decorations ahead of time. Finish your housework well before the event date so all that’s left is quick touch-ups. Remember details like serving spoons and other tableware; setting these out the night before can trim precious minutes when guests are on their way, and using disposable options can help save time during cleanup.

Borrow inspiration from nature.  The vivid greens and vibrant hues of fresh flowers during spring can help provide a fresh, inviting look. Depending on your seating arrangements, it may be appropriate to use a single large vase or a series of smaller vessels scattered around the room. Using basic, clear glass, or an option like Chinet Cut Crystal wineglasses as vases for smaller buds, lets the focus stay on the flowers, but you can also bring your theme to the table with vases in coordinated colors, textures and styles. If you’ll serve from a buffet or offer a dessert table, try adding a bouquet to that table, as well.

Add a signature touch. Make it easy for guests to leave your event with a lasting impression. Individually wrapped desserts or other small edible favors are always a hit. Or simply offer small bud vases and invite guests to take a piece of the party decor home.

Find more ideas for easy entertaining this spring at MyChinet.com. (Family Features)

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A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder is a Hilariously Instructive Spectacle

Written By Scott Rigtrup, Contributing Writer for InFluential Magazine

Lexus Broadway in Austin’s presentation of the 2014 Tony Award for Best Musical “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” is a hilariously instructive spectacle of just how absolutely ungentleman-like an impoverished Englishman can become, given the proper motivation!

National Touring Company. Colleen McLaughlin as Sibella Hallward and Blake Price as Monty Navarro in a scene from “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder.” Photo credit: Jeremy Daniel.

National Touring Company. Colleen McLaughlin as Sibella Hallward and Blake Price as Monty Navarro in a scene from “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder.” Photo credit: Jeremy Daniel.

Set in the early 1900’s, our protagonist, Montague “Monty” Navarro receives an unannounced visitor at his shabby flat on the night of his mother’s funeral and quite unexpectedly learns of a secret that his mother had kept from him all his life. Monty isn’t just the son of a lowly washerwoman, he’s a member of the aristocratic D’Ysquith family and ninth in line to inherit the earldom of Highhurst!

National Touring Company. (L-R) James Taylor Odom as Henry D’Ysquith, Kristen Kane and Blake Price as Monty Navarro in a scene from “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder.” Photo credit: Jeremy Daniel.

National Touring Company. (L-R) James Taylor Odom as Henry D’Ysquith, Kristen Kane and Blake Price as Monty Navarro in a scene from “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder.” Photo credit: Jeremy Daniel.

Emboldened by this new revelation, Monty races to share the incredible news with the love of his life, Miss Sibella Hallward, who has historically refused to marry him because of his poverty. As encouraging as Monty’s news is to Sibella, she dubiously remarks that eight people would have to die in order for him to become earl and the most whimsical and musically lyrical plots and acts of murder ensue!

 National Touring Company. Colleen McLaughlin as Sibella Hallward and Blake Price as Monty Navarro in a scene from “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder.” Photo credit: Jeremy Daniel.

National Touring Company. Colleen McLaughlin as Sibella Hallward and Blake Price as Monty Navarro in a scene from “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder.” Photo credit: Jeremy Daniel.

The spectacular music, hysterical lyrics, dynamic singing and soaring harmonies bound energetically throughout the performances as we’re introduced to all eight of the D’Ysquith family heirs to earldom including Asquith D’Ysquith, Jr., Lord Adalbert D’Ysquith, Reverend Lord Ezekial D’Ysquith, Lord Asquith D’Ysquith, Sr., Henry D’Ysquith, Lady Hyacinth D’Ysquith, Major Lord Bartholomew D’Ysquith, and Lady Salome D’Ysquith Pumphrey. Needless to say, the ultimate comical demise of each these hysterically unconventional family members leaves you bearing down in feeble attempts to stifle the fact that you’re laughing about their murders and cheering Monty on to his next unwitting target. Don’t be surprised if you’ve never laughed so uncomfortably hard in your life!

National Touring Company. James Taylor Odom as Lord Adalbert D’Ysquith in a scene from "A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder." Photo credit: Jeremy Daniel.

National Touring Company. James Taylor Odom as Lord Adalbert D’Ysquith in a scene from “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder.” Photo credit: Jeremy Daniel.

Drama and hysteria continue to run amuck as Monty comes to a successful end of his murderous antics and Miss Phoebe D’Ysquith, a fellow distant family member not in the line of succession shows a strong affinity for Monty. A love triangle forms as both Miss Phoebe and Miss Sibella realize they both fancy Monty’s initiative and rapid ascent to earldom, and while naturally pitted against each other, find themselves defending Monty’s innocence as Scotland Yard authorities erroneously charge Monty for the murder of Lord Adalbert. Just when you think your tummy will get a rest from laughter Monty is miraculously found innocent and a tenth heir to earldom, Chauncey D’Ysquith is discovered with his own sinister plans to be earl.

You’ll smile from ear to ear as the plot unceasingly thickens with the drop of the final curtain and the murderous attempts between Monty and Chauncey are left to your imagination as a euphoric exhaustion washes over you and you sigh, “Wow, that was insane!”.

Lexus Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder
WHEN: March 20 – 25, 2018
Tuesday – Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sunday at 1 p.m. & 7 p.m.
WHERE: Bass Concert Hall | 2350 Robert Dedman Drive | Austin, TX 78712
TICKETS: Start at $30.Tickets are available at BroadwayinAustin.com, texasperformingarts.org, the Bass Concert Hall ticket office, all Texas Box Office Outlets, by phone at (512) 477-6060. For groups of 10 or more, call (877) 275-3804 or email Austin.groups@broadwayacrossamerica.com

Celebrate St. Patty’s Day with These Green Inspired Cupcakes!

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Are you hosting a St. Patty’s event? Yummy Cupcakes is the perfect treat for the parties! This gourmet cupcake company puts a new twist to a classic recipes with unique flavors such as their green velvet cupcake, Lucky Charms inspired cupcake filled with marshmallow cream and a delicious Lime Meringue.

Yummy Cupcakes has received raving reviews from many prestigious publications such as Every Day with Rachael Raye, O, VOGUE, Martha Stewart, the Food Network and more!

#TWISTITGREEN

Yummy Cupcakes is one of the original cupcakeries, starting in March 2004, and one of the very few who remain a cupcake only business.  Yummy Cupcakes makes cupcakes in fun new shapes and delightfully unexpected flavors. The company is the originator of the cupcake in a jar, it also creates cupcakes on sticks and cupcake push pops, Cupcakie Pies, cupcake biscotti and cupcake parfaits. How’s that for out of the box thinking? Its flavors include Green Tea and Honey, Peach Cobbler and Peanut Butter and Jelly to name of few of Yummy Cupcake’s 400 proprietary flavors. They do make Chocolate too!

  • All ingredients are real, wholesome, and top-quality
  • All recipes are created by Executive Chef Tiffini Soforenko
  • 400 proprietary gourmet cupcake recipes including Vegan, Gluten-less and Sugar-free
  • Crafted from scratch every day by our professional Pastry Chefs.
  • San Diego voted Yummy Cupcakes Best Cupcakes in 2017

School of ROCK The Musical is Going to Rock You

Written by Scott Rigtrup, Contributing Writer for InFluential Magazine

Lexus Broadway in Austin brought the proverbial house down again this Wednesday night with the opening of the musical “School of Rock”!  Warning, if you have a knack for the mundane, this performance will knock it clean out of you.  All the better, if the word, “rebellion” rolls easily off your tongue, then race for the ticket line, because the spirit of Rock and Roll will never be so hysterically thrown in your lap!

Rob Colletti and Phoenix Schuman in the School of Rock Tour. © Matthew Murphy

Rob Colletti and Phoenix Schuman in the School of Rock Tour. © Matthew Murphy

The high energy pace of the whole show rolls right over the top of you from the get go with the standard announcement about audience conduct.  Just when silencing your cell phone is mentioned, the screeching vocals of Dewey and the Heavy Metal playing of his big hair band thrusting out of their Marshall amps physically sets you back in your seat.  Sadly we quickly learn that Dewey, in all his zeal, has no idea that his fellow band members have decided to kick him out of the band and replace him with a stronger recruit in preparation for the upcoming and much anticipated annual Battle of The Bands contest.

The cast of the School of Rock Tour. © Matthew Murphy.

The cast of the School of Rock Tour. © Matthew Murphy.

Things go from bad to worse when Dewey’s crash pad is jeopardized when his friend’s wife demands that Dewey start paying rent or get out after years of mooching off his generous friends.  Desperation grows and in a flash of deviant genius, Dewey gets the hair brained idea to impersonate his friend as a substitute teacher at the prestigious Horace Green private school to make some quick cash for rent.

The cast of the School of Rock Tour. © Matthew Murphy

The cast of the School of Rock Tour. © Matthew Murphy

Quite unavoidably, Dewey bumbles and fumbles his way in to the teaching gig and  squarely sets himself in the cross hairs of the school principal and fellow faculty members with his uncouth behavior and slovenly  appearance which only heightens the fact that Dewey has absolutely no earthly idea of how he’s going to pull of acting like a teacher, let alone trying to act like a grown adult.  Yet amongst all the classroom follies, Dewey makes the most unexpected discovery when one day his students start pulling out instruments for music class and he realizes that these kids can ROCK!!!!

Rob Colletti and Lexie Dorsett Sharp in the School of Rock Tour. © Matthew Murphy

Rob Colletti and Lexie Dorsett Sharp in the School of Rock Tour. © Matthew Murphy

Now at last, class is truly in session for Dewey and he’s headed for stardom with his new dream band that he enthusiastically names “School of Rock”!  And folks, just in case you’re wondering, all of the cast memebers on stage are really playing their own instruments and these kids are insanely talented!

Tensions grow as we learn of the individual student’s home lives and the intense pressures placed upon them by their parents to achieve scholastically.  All the while the Battle of The Bands contest is fast approaching and it almost seems like Dewey’s delusions of grandeur may actually come true!

Emotions erupt when the parents and the principal find out about Dewey’s plans to enter his young band in the contest and in a blink of the eye, Dewey’s Rock and Roll world unravels before him when they pull the proverbial plug on his plans.  Beleaguered, Dewey makes his way back to his soon to be lost crash pad, beat down and hopeless of ever achieving Rock greatness.

Theo Mitchell-Penner in the School of Rock Tour. © Matthew Murphy

Theo Mitchell-Penner in the School of Rock Tour. © Matthew Murphy

Thankfully, his student’s rebel determination pulls Dewey from his emotional abyss and on to the contest stage of the Battle of The Bands to learn yet another unexpected life lesson and redemption reigns when Dewey is offered a new full-time position at Horace Green teaching music and almost magically joy returns to Dewey’s Rock and Roll world!

“School of Rock” is the most energetic and enthusiastic stage performance that I have ever seen!  When the elderly audience members are dancing their way out of the auditorium after the performance as much as, if not more than the teenagers, you know that you have been a part of Rock and Roll history!

Lexus Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts

School of Rock  – The Musical

February 13 – 18, 2018

Tuesday – Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sunday at 1 p.m. & 7 p.m.

Bass Concert Hall | 2350 Robert Dedman Drive | Austin, TX 78712

Start at $30.Tickets are available at BroadwayinAustin.com, texasperformingarts.org, the Bass Concert Hall ticket office, all Texas Box Office Outlets, by phone at (512) 477-6060.  For groups of 10 or more, call (877) 275-3804 or email Austin.groups@broadwayacrossamerica.com

Cirque Italia is Thrilled to Present Their Newest and Greatest Creation – Aquatic Spectacular. You Don’t Want to Miss Its Debut in Robstown, Texas!

What comes to mind when you hear the phrase “Aquatic Spectacular”? Water, entertainment, excitement……?  You can expect all these things and so much more from the brand new themed Cirque Italia production with its perfectly fitting new title. After six years of enhancements, a rigorous casting selection, and countless performances nationwide, this newest form of Cirque Italia’s innovative and unique “traveling circus” spectacular production is set to be its finest to date.

Aquatic Spectacular came to life all thanks to its imaginative creator Manuel Rebecchi, along with invaluable direction and production management by Chanté DeMoustes. Cirque Italia’s brand-new theme show is an artistic blend of human abilities, technology and the element of water. This one-of-a-kind production combines water fountains, jet-skis, pirates, and more in a fun filled atmosphere all ages are sure to enjoy.

Performers from all over the world have been brought together under the enchanted spiral of the white and blue big top. The merging of their astonishing skills with the poetic element of water has led to the creation of a truly unforgettable experience. Cirque Italia has managed to create a beautifully unique theatrical production by combining the gracefulness of the human body with the calming fluidity of water, along with bursts of power and excitement as well.

Aquatic Spectacular offers two hours of high-end entertainment. Beautiful aerialists dazzle and shimmer on a chandelier high above the ground, but they aren’t the only ones that will draw your eyes toward the sky. You can expect to see contortion in a bubble, a Venetian aerial duo, and even someone hula hooping while in the air. Don’t worry about getting your eyes checked, you aren’t seeing double; there are TWO lasermen. Duo jugglers, duo roller-skaters, the always breathtaking wheel of death………the list goes on and on. It is even possible for a pre-historic dinosaur to make an appearance. Let your imagination wander, because anything is possible in this new whimsical production.

One might be concerned that such a spectacular entertainment opportunity is out of his/her price range, but Cirque Italia is committed to bringing a Las Vegas quality production to your hometown at an affordable price. They also feature many special offers and promotions.

Cirque Italia continues to contribute to the modernization of the performing arts and the circus industry by abiding by a strict animal free policy.

For more information visit www.cirqueitalia.com and make sure to check all our social media accounts.

When: February 22-25

Where: 1213 Terry Shamsie Blvd., Robstown, TX 78380

At: Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds

Near: Baseball Stadium in parking lot 

Under the grand, swirling White and Blue tent! 

  • February 22 Thursday: 7:30 pm
  • February 23 Friday: 7:30 pm
  • February 24 Saturday: 2:30 pm, 5:30 pm, & 8:30 pm
  • February 25 Sunday: 2:30 pm, 5:30 pm, & 8:30 pm 

Box office hours:

The box office opens on-site on Tuesday, the week of the show.

Non-show days: 10 am – 6 pm

On show days: 10 am – 9 pm

You can purchase tickets through our website (cirqueitalia.com/tickets) or by phone: (941) 704-8572. We also respond to text message.

Non vediamo l’ora di vedervi allo spettacolo! Let Your Imagination Wander…and come DIVE into the Magical world of CIRQUE ITALIA.