Inspiring Theatre Launches New Season with HEMISFAIR Collaboration Event Series
Inspiring Theatre, Magik Theatre, kicks off its new 2023-2024 season with the beautiful story of Carmela Full of Wishes opening at Magik Theatre on October 14th! This heartfelt comedic production highlights the power of hope and the inspiring magik of wishes. And in the spirit of making wishes come true, Magik is thrilled to announce an exciting new collaboration with Hemisfair, just in time for fall! Families won’t want to miss this series of fun-filled, family-friendly events giving theatre goers even more reason to head to Hemisfair make it a Makical day!
Based on the best-selling book, Carmela Full of Wishes, the acclaimed production celebrates family, dreamers, and the unexpected ‘magik’ of hope.
Magik Theatre commences its new season celebrating imagination and big dreams with a production sure to enchant anyone who’s ever sent wishes into the wind by blowing on a dandelion. Based on the celebrated book of the same title by Newbery Medal and Caldecott Honor-winning author Matt de la Peña and illustrator Christian Robinson, Carmela Full of Wishes runs from October 14-22. In the spirit of wishing and dreaming big this season, Magik announces a delightful new collaboration with Hemisfair to include a new series of exciting events and special performances designed to charm young audiences at every turn.
THE MAGIK OF WISHES
On her seventh birthday, Carmela wakes up thrilled to finally be old enough to join her big brother on their family errands. As they visit the local lavanderia, bodega and various neighbors, Carmela stumbles upon a lone dandelion growing in the pavement. Before she can blow away its white fluff, her brother reminds her to make a wish. Full of hopes and dreams, Carmela wishes for a candy machine and a fancy bed for Mamí like the ones at the hotel where she works. But her dandelion is crushed before she can make her biggest wish, for Papí to come back home soon. Can her brother help her to believe in her dreams once again?
“Matt de la Peña’s book tells a beautiful story of a girl who discovers the magic and wonder of her wishes in the real world: in her community, in nature, and in her family,” says director Claudia de Vasco. “Our production keeps the heart of this story alive while also reflecting the culture of the South Texas community in a show that is sure to entertain and inspire.”
BEHIND THE MAGIK
Adapted by Alvaro Saar Rios and directed by Claudia de Vasco, the cast includes several debut performances to include Clarissa Ramos in the title role, with Ernesto Dominguez playing Carmela’s brother and Alberto Ramirez Jr. as Papí, Senor Lopez, and Flower Boy. Crystal M. Bratton returns as Carmela’s mother. Lucian Hernandez and Stormie Brennan bring Christian Robinson’s iconic illustrations to life via set design and costumes. Back by popular demand, aspiring actors and family fans can attend a post-performance meet and greet after every show!
As ever, Magik Theatre offers amazing resources for educators via field trips to the full live performance as well as educator workshops. Can’t make it to the theatre? This season, “Magik on the Road” will bring Carmela Full of Wishes directly to schools and other interested groups. Each production is accompanied by a TEKS-based interactive classroom resource guide filled with enjoyable, accessible activities related to the performance, creating an unforgettable learning experience without ever having to leave the school.
NEW MAGIKAL MOMENTS TO ENJOY THIS SEASON
Magik Story Time at Hemisfair | Tuesday, October 10, 10:00 a.m.
Magik Theatre and Hemisfair announce a new installation of Hemisfair’s weekly Story Time with special guests from Magik Theatre reading from each production’s themed book. The series takes place in Yanaguana Garden each Tuesday before the theatre’s opening weekends with Magik’s Education Manager, Lissette Belmontes kicking off the series as she reads from Carmela Full of Wishes on Tuesday, October 10. And to make little wishes come true, Hemisfair will gift 20 free copies of the book to its first 20 Story Time guests.
Magik Theatre Opening Day Party in the Park | Saturday, October 14, 12:30 pm, show at 2:00 pm
Ideally situated in San Antonio’s iconic Hemisfair, this season Magik Theatre celebrates each opening performance with free themed art activities, festive food and drinks, and complimentary live music just outside the theatre to create the perfect family outing! Patrons won’t want to miss this special event series, kicking off with Carmela Full of Wishes when Hemisfair and Magik host artist Aminah Dece to provide an interactive dandelion craft, tunes by DJ Mayhem, Panderia Jimenez’s SA-famous conchas and hojarascas, and aguas frescas courtesy of Paleteria San Antonio.
Muertos Fest Free Performance of Carmela Full of Wishes | Saturday, October 28, 10 am
During the 11th annual Dia de los Muertos Fest at Hemisfair, festival attendees will have the opportunity to attend a free performance of Carmela Full of Wishes at Magik Theatre on a first-come, first-served basis. No reservation is required. And here’s a Muertos Fest tip! Fest attendees are also welcome to visit the theatre’s fully stocked concession stand to purchase affordable refreshments, no admission ticket required. While there, guests can visit Magik’s ofrenda celebrating the deceased loved ones of the Magik Theatre staff.
Sensory-Friendly Performance | Saturday, October 21, 10 am
Designed with both children and adults on the autism spectrum, and those with sensory sensitivities in mind. Our goal is a relaxed and judgment-free theatre experience where audiences can sing, laugh, and dance.
American Sign Language Interpreted Performance | Saturday, October 21, 2 pm
Robert Cardoza, the San Antonio theatre community’s primary sign language interpreter, will be available during this performance for patrons that require ASL as their primary form of communication.
2023-2024 TICKET OPTIONS
SEASON SUBSCRIPTION PRICING
- Four Show Subscription $66 per person (Savings of 34% off single ticket prices)
- Three Show Subscription $54 per person (Savings of 28% off single ticket prices)
Magik’s new season brings exciting new benefits! Introducing Magik Circle which includes exclusive perks for season subscribers such as discounts on additional single tickets, merchandise and camps and academies. Season ticket holders will also have access to sneak peek performances, special VIP invitations and other surprises throughout the season. No fees to exchange unexpired tickets to another date.
FLEX PASS PRICING
- Ten Flex Passes $175
- 20 Flex Passes $330
A Flex Pass is a package of 10 or 20 tickets that can be used for any production at Magik Theatre. Flex passes can be used any way patrons wish throughout the season. Use them one or two at a time, or all together. No fees to exchange unexpired tickets to another date. Applicable to public performances only.
- $25 for adults
- $20 for children (ages 3-17), Military, Seniors, Educators & Students
- Children under 2 years old are free.
Purchase season subscriptions, flex passes and single tickets online, via phone (210) 227-2751, and in person at Magik Theatre’s Box Office (420 S Alamo, 78205). Box Office hours are Monday-Friday, 9 am – 5 pm.
If a child under 2 uses a seat, even a car or booster seat, the patron must pay for a general admission ticket. Group rates are available for parties of ten or more people. For questions and further inquiries, contact firstname.lastname@example.org