Saturday, August 22nd was a night of passion and tradition at the Laredo Little Theatre. Illeana Gomez, a native Laredoan, was featured in an annual Flamenco show held at the Laredo Little Theatre. I was curious when my friend invited me go because I was unfamiliar with the tremendous talent. I had heard the name as part of a small group of recognized Flamenco dancers originating from our border community. The opening piece, though, was a treat by local lovers of Flamenco – the Altagracia Azios Garcia Castanet Ensemble, composed of local women who play them for the love of musical art that castanets produce.
All I can say is that it was an extraordinary show – every step was punctuated by another “Bravo!” Dance is not my forte but this show was awesome! A big congratulations to the talented Kayla Lyall, Manuel Gutierrez, Alejandro Pais Iriart, Carlos Menchaca, Jose Cortes and Laredo’s own Illeana Gomez.
That awesomeness was marred only by one little annoyance: the squeaky seats.
The Laredo Little Theater literally is a small-sized theater so no seat is a bad seat to watch whatever magic may be on stage. Personally, I found the seats comfortable and the squeakiness was not too distracting but as part of the renovation, new seats will be installed. What our eyes usually miss, though, is the wear and tear of the years of service the seats have provided. The fun surprise were the gobs of gum accumulated under seats, on the carpet and even walls after seeing decades of theatre goers – gross but a fact of public seating. The interior renovations will be a welcomed brightening to one of the few non-profits bringing quality plays and performances to Laredo audiences. Sponsors ($250 Seat Patron) are still being sought for the new seats and an explanation of what will happen to the ones removed follow in the video: