In the five years that TNM has been active, we have accomplished a great deal – and all of it with the assistance of members of the community, the leadership of several individuals and the partnership which TNM has developed with NHCC.
In its short existence, TNM has been involved in numerous educational outreach projects. As we review TNM’s past four years of Theatre, we begin with where we recently left off…
In July of 2008, TNM sponsored free master classes aimed at the development of singers and actors in order to continue the tradition found in Spain’s Zarzuela (Spanish operetta) tradition in New Mexico. Not to be overlooked is José Apodaca’s Children Singing in Spanish. This program is part of our Summer master series to conclude on January 18, 2009, with a wonderful and educational look at Spanish music. It is, of course, an evening not to be missed. This will take place at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in the Bank of America Theatre. Call NCHH at 505-724-4771 for more information. Leave your name, message and telephone number where you can be reached.
Maestro Pablo Zinger, Master Teacher of the adult portion of outreach gave untiring energy to his teaching on a one-toone student ratio. From July 7 – 20, 2008, Mr. Zinger with 14 adult students worked intensely for two complete weeks, he coached vocal technique, musicality, dynamics and Spanish diction for four hours per night. This instruction was “FREE OF CHARGE*” to those who participated. These lessons are valued at about $4,200 for the two week session for 14 students. A formal recital was staged for TNM by Salomé Martínez Lutz, Artistic Director of TNM . The students in pleasant formal wear presented the First Annual Master Class in “Singing in Spanish.” Our intent here being the preservation of the Spanish language in vocal art genres. The presenters believe that this training is much needed to accomplish the goals and mission of TNM.*Made possible through grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and The City of Albuquerque Urban Enhancement Trust Fund
An Acting Summer Master Class was also offered in July of 2008 and led by Mr. Marcos Martínez, originally from New Mexico and now living in California. Mr. Martinez is a master teacher of the acting Japanese method called “Suzuki Method.” It is a powerful and power building technique which Mr. Martínez studied in Japan. This class was also made possible through a grant from the Albuquerque Urban Enhancement Trust Fund.
Teatro Nuevo México will continue to produce full scale Zarzuelas as part of our seasion through 2010 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center through a grant from Patty Disney which is named after her for her sponsorship in this five year program. Several students who studied with Maestro Zinger summer of 2008 will be performing in our next zarzuela, "La Verbena de la Paloma." Our mission was to familiarize the community with this beautiful music in the hope of preserving it. TNM wants to continue providing opportunities for young Hispanics to perform in professionally produced Zarzuelas at the NHCC. SUMMER PROGRAMMING “FREE OF CHARGE.” For more information, please call TNM at 266-2656 and leave a message.
Our school outreach has included performances during the 2004-2008 seasons which opens the theatre to students from the Albuquerque and surrounding areas. Much theatre has been seen at no charge to the schools during these years. Productions such as Luisa Fernanda, La del Manojo de Rosas, 2006 Zarzuela Cabaret, La Tabernera del Puerto – including a “ship at sea in a hurricane,” El Barbero de Sevilla, La Corte de Faraon, The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit, which we produced traveled to nearby New Mexico towns where for a week, audiences were able to laugh as the comedy unveiled the gift which TNM and NHCC were bringing.
In 2004 TNM created Noche de Cuentos lead by Ms. Zuniga at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. This event was a once a month bilingual storytelling and literacy night, which included a book exchange program and audience participation. 2004 began with El Jardin by much respected playwright and profession of theatre, Dr. Carlos Morton, whose works about the American Chicano bring light to the roots and beginnings of Latino theatre. Salomé Martínez Lutz directed the much acclaimed chicano play which received great reviews and played to sold out houses!
During our first season in 2003, former Board Member Miguel Martínez and then Board Member, Sabina Zúñiga- Varela presented workshops at YDI (Youth Development, Inc.) on stage combat and improvisational techniques for adolescents. This accompanied our debut performance of Sueño by Jose Rivera at the KIMO and the National Hispanic Cultural Center. We also provided discounted tickets to community centers and large groups.