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UTSA Lyric Theatre presents 'Das Barbecu' musical comedy set in Texas

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(Oct. 1, 2013) -- The UTSA Department of Music Lyric Theatre will present the musical comedy "Das Barbecü" at 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 11 in the Buena Vista Theater (1.326) at the UTSA Downtown Campus. Additional performances will be 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 18, and 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 13 and Sunday, Oct. 20.

The musical comedy features a variety of music ranging from Broadway jazz to twangy country-and-western Texas swing. Five actors will portray more than 30 characters in the wild, comedic Texas fable.

The plot revolves around three generations of feuding families, mismatched lovers who meet on the day of their shotgun double wedding, a magic ring of power, Wild West lariat tricks, a synchronized swimming revue, a song and dance tribute to the joys of guacamole, and the "sweetest two-step ever to slide across a stage."

Cast members include UTSA voice students Sami Serrano, Rachel Pierce, Alexa Nichols, Blaine Cowen and Kyle Lantry. The ensemble is rounded out by students Zach Mendoza, Elise Miller and Jaclyn Rivera.

The musical comedy is directed by William McCrary, UTSA associate professor of music, and choreographed by Michelle Pietri, UTSA music lecturer.

An opening-night reception will be at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 11 before the show and feature the bluegrass band Down for the Count in the Bill Miller Plaza at the UTSA Downtown Campus.

>> General admission is $15 and $10 for students, military and seniors age 55+ with ID. Groups of 10 or more can purchase tickets for $8. For advance tickets for opening night, visit the UTSA Department of Music website.

>> Learn more about other UTSA Department of Music performances or purchase tickets at the UTSA Department of Music website.



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CITE Venture Competition & Exposition

The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
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UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert

This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
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