Everyone’s looking forward to a hot summer here in the Hill Country, and none more than the Kathleen C. Cailloux City Center for the Performing Arts, where they’re planning for a sizzling summer.
Outstanding events fill the calendar from May to September at the Cailloux City Center in Kerrville, with something for everyone to enjoy.
The summer kicks off with a Memorial Weekend concert that’s become a Hill Country tradition; the “Memorial Memories” concert by the celebrated Sentimental Journey Orchestra on Sunday, May 26 at 3 p.m.
The SJO’s annual celebration of “music for the greatest generation and beyond” is full of popular and patriotic songs from the golden age of the Big Bands – Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller, Harry James to name a few. With special guests the Memphis Belles and living historian Bruce Hoff, the concert will honor all branches of the armed forces and pay tribute to the 75th anniversary of the landing at Normandy Beach.
Playhouse 2000 will open the third production in their 2019 Season on June 13. The modern comedy “Women In Jeopardy” features a fantastic cast and hilariously edgy script that will liven up the VK Garage Theater for three weekends. Tickets are just $22, general admission.
Television, film, and stage superstar John Schneider is also a talented and successful Country Music singer. The actor who created the role of “Bo Duke” on “The Dukes of Hazzard” had many top-10 Country hits, including “I’ve Been Around Enough to Know,” “You’re the Last Thing I Needed Tonight,” and “Country Girls,” all of which had major radio play.
John will bring those hits and more to “An Evening With John Schneider” on Saturday, June 22 at 7:30 p.m. The night will include a fascinating collection of stories about stars he’s worked with through the years, offering a chance to get to know John in a more personal way. Tickets are just $20 to $35, making it the perfect night out in June.
The following weekend, Branson star and multiple-award-winning artist Shoji Tabuchi will present the full show that rivals major events in New York and Las Vegas, but maintains the perfect atmosphere for the whole family.
The Shoji Tabuchi Show will be in the Cailloux Theater on Saturday, June 29 at 7:30 pm. Tickets range from $41 to $51.
Yellow Lab Productions will offer their latest production in the VK Garage Theater on July 11, 12 and 13 at 7:30 p.m. each night. With a reputation for creating the most up-to-date theater available in the Hill Country, Yellow Lab shows are a bargain at just $15 general admission.
The Dynamic Learning Center will partner with the Dietert Center and NASA to present “A Tribute to Apollo 11,” on Thursday, July 11 at 6 p.m. The evening celebrates 50 years since the most spectacular achievement in the history of space-flight, the first human footsteps on the Moon.
NASA pioneers Gerry Griffin, Jack Lousma and Tom Moser, all of whom were personally involved in the flight heard round the world, will be just part of a star-studded panel of experts who will share first-hand accounts of the journey that led to this achievement.
Attendance at “A Tribute to Apollo 11” is free, but registration is required. Tickets are available through the Dietert Center by phone at (830) 792-4044 or online at www.clubed. net. Registration is also available in person, or through the Cailloux City Center Box Office.
Another free event is offered on July 24, when Trinity Baptist Church presents a concert by the nationally famous vocal ensemble “The Centurymen” on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. From one of America’s largest and most decorated men’s choruses, this concert offers an evening of inspiration for the whole family. Though free, tickets are required, and can be requested at the church or at the Cailloux box office after June 15.
The P2K Youth Theater’s annual Summer Musical Theater Camp will present the results of six weeks of study in a fully-realized production of “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr.” on July 26-27 at 7:30 p.m., and July 28 at 2:30 p.m. in the Cailloux Theater.
These talented kids offer a family-friendly experience that you can enjoy for just $20 for adults, $10 for children.
Playhouse 2000’s Summer Comedy, the fourth production of Season 2019, is the uproarious “Southern Fried Funeral.” When Dewey Frye dies suddenly, his family is left to pick up the pieces – if they don’t kill each other first.
“Southern Fried Funeral” will be seen in the VK Garage Theater Aug. 9 through 25, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays, Aug. 18 and 25 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $22 general admission.
Direct from Chicago, Lisa Rock (of national touring show “Close to You: the Music of the Carpenters”) and Melissa Minyard (of Broadway’s original production of “Les Misérables”) and their four-piece band will bring your favorite ‘80s hits back to life. “80’s Night Out” will play the Cailloux on Saturday, Aug. 17 at 7:30.
With tickets priced at just $15 to $25, it’s the perfect time to crimp your hair, put on those stirrup pants and shoulder pads, and dance and sing along to favorites like Irene Cara’s “Flashdance (What a Feeling),” Pat Benatar’s “Love is a Battlefield,” Whitney Houston’s “How Will I Know” and many more.
They’ll wrap up the Sizzling Summer with an appearance by Country Music star Mark Wills, who’ll sing his number one hits “Jacob’s Ladder,” “Wish You Were Here” and many more on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m.
Sponsored by Michael & Delayne Sigerman and Kelly & Kathy Leonard, this concert by one of the newest members of the Grand Ole Opry has great seats available from just $25 to $50.
Tickets for all of these concerts can be reserved now by calling the Cailloux City Center Box Office at 896-9393, or by finding them online at www.CaillouxTheater.com. Note that online convenience fees will apply to internet orders.