For Mark Richter, opera is more about impact than scale. He founded Opera Piccola of San Antonio to artistically prove that point, making it the company's mission to create accessible productions with a smaller scope. His dedication to intimate performances is right in the name—"piccola" is the Italian word for "small." Today, that less grandiose approach has become the opera's greatest asset: it allows directors and performers to take more risks on stage, and gives audiences a different, up-close perspective on an often misunderstood art form. To further that accessibility, all productions are staged in the opera's original language, with English super-titles for those not fluent in the dialect of dramatics.
Check out the amazing schedule at Ballet Conservatory of South Texas for a list of the best shows San Antonio offers.
Next time you're in the neighborhood, this theater should be at the top of your list with their amazing restaurant.
Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Austin may not be New York City or even Houston, but for a casual town known primarily for its nightclub music scene, it has one of the most renowned opera companies anywhere in America. Many credit the success of the Austin Lyric Opera to maestro Richard Buckley, an internationally acclaimed conductor who was wooed to Austin’s opera company a decade ago and continues to draw some of the biggest talent in the singing world. Austin Lyric Opera puts on lush, fully realized interpretations of classics from Verdi, Mozart and Puccini, as well as a slew of more modern operas. The company also hosts a range of education and community programs, providing a rich blend of high art and accessibility in the city of Austin.
When all you need is a night of sobs or laughs, Universal City's Marylou's School of Dance is there with theater for you.
Marylou's School of Dance features dance classes that will make anyone great on their feet.
Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
The experienced instructors at Amy’s All Star Dance Studio do more than just share the secrets of their rug-cutting skills; they also deliver a healthy jolt of confidence to the dancers with whom they work. The change in attitude—along with newfound fitness—comes about naturally when students of all ages and levels master the graceful flourishes of ballet and acrobatics or quick clacks of tap at weekly dance classes. The studio also houses guitar, piano, violin, and voice lessons, training the next generation of accompanists for dance recitals or Bollywood-themed bank robberies.
The spectacular theater at San Antonio's
Woodlawn Theatre will leave you begging for more.
When you're out and about in the area, you'll love that this theater has a restaurant to take care of any last minute hunger.
No need to splurge on a baby sitter — tots will be right at home at this theater.
Check out the cinematic offerings from Woodlawn Theatre in their open-air screening space.
For an eclectic twist on traditional dining, live music is often featured at Woodlawn Theatre as well.
The theater can get tied up on the weekends, so allow yourself time to wait for a table.
Drivers will be happy to know that Woodlawn Theatre is located near many street and lot parking options.