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Laredo Morning Times

Friday, July 14, 2000

Friday, July 14, 2000

Laredo Morning Times

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`Qué Loco' comedian at Guapo's

Galavision's "Que Loco" show comedian Efrain "Happy" Guerrero will be at Guapo's Sport Café July 14 and 15. Efrain Guerrero, better known as Happy, is a Texan, born in San Benito and has lived in Corpus Christi most of his life. Happy has been an international award-winning entertainer for over 20 years. He is an active member of Clowns of America International, for which he is regularly invited to lecture and judge competitions at conventions all over the United States. Happy has won eight first place awards in international clown competition, and this earned him a nomination to the Clown Hall of Fame in Ohio. Happy is also a member of Texas Magicians Association, and has won numerous awards in comedy and night club magic. He is also a member of International Brotherhood of Magicians. He has written articles for Calliope, a magazine for clowns, instructing and sharing his many innovations and ideas, and has been on the cover of the same impersonations of stars such as Willie Nelson, Julio Iglesias, Luis Miguel, Juan Gabriel and others. Happy has lectured to thousands of elementary, middle and high schools throughout the country. His diversity allows him to give motivational presentations, drug awareness seminars and self-esteem lectures to groups ranging from golfers to the aging, children to educators, and salespeople to politicians. Happy entertains at family parties, business and school functions and promotes his own "standing room only" concerts. This spring, Happy hit the national television market as host of a Galavision EFRAIN GUERRERO

`Aladdin and His Wonderful, Magical Lamp' performances slated

Laredo Little Theatre presents "Aladdin and His Wonderful Magical Lamp," by Tim Kelly. Performance dates are July 21, 22, 23, 28, 29 and 30. The Women's City Club is underwriting "Aladdin and His Wonderful, Magical Lamp." The play is directed by Maria Eugenia Lopez. Hop on a flying carpet to visit and sing in the exciting city of Shammar in Old Arabia! Meet the adventurous Aladdin and his mischievous monkey, Alakazam. Aladdin's mother and sister are at wit's end trying to get Aladdin to settle down. It is not easy, especially with merchants and neighbors complaining about Aladdin's tricks. One day Aladdin meets the beautiful Princess Jasmine and vows he will marry her. The evil magician, Jammal, and his wicked sister, Halima, however, visit Aladdin. They know that only a boy named Aladdin can enter the mysterious cave which houses a strange lamp containing a genie who will grant Jammal all the power he craves. Tricking Jammal, Aladdin claims the magic lamp for himself and with its power, wins the princess and impresses the Sultan by building a beautiful palace. But Jammal is not through with his evil ways! He regains possession of the lamp, kidnaps Jasmine and magically transports Aladdin's new palace to the shores of Morocco! Aladdin, in his attempt to save Jasmine, must face Chop-Chop, the executioner and, of course, regains possession of the lamp. Cheer the finale when Aladdin and Jasmine are reunited and Jammal is transformed into a new person. You will meet not one, but three, genies -- the whining Ali "Bubba" and his umbrella, the fire-breathing dragon and the haughty sultan's wife. Aladdin's cast includes Maria Eugenia Lopez, director; Jessica Kent, assistant director; Michele Seldan, assistant to director; Danny Dixon, musical director; Triana Collazo, costume designer; Dianne E. Ramirez, Nelda Cortinas and Guillermo J. Lopez, assistant costume designers; Diane Ramirez, Guillermo J. Lopez and Jose Maria Guevara, set designers; Guillermo J. Lopez, lighting design; Jose Maria Guevara, stage manager; Rosie Chavez, props mistress; Rafael Orduña, Jammal; Jennifer Lopez, Halima; Joy Hill, Genie of the Ring; Claudia Molina, Sheherazade; Karissa Garza, Neela; Jessica Kent, mother; Chelsea Chavez, merchant woman; Maria Gallegos, neighbor; Andrew Garza, Alakazam; Robert Orduña, Aladdin; Juan Manuel Senties, Chop-Chop; Vanna Vasquez, Princess Jasmine; Kelsey Gutierrez, Zara; Cristina De Llano, Sheba; Valerie Cortinas, Queen Sultana; Andrew Villarreal, Sultan; Roy Vasquez, Ali Bubba; Alexandria Ortiz, Dragon; Amanda Cena, Genie of the Jewels; Kassie Garza, Genie of the Lamp; Cassandra Flores, Fortune Teller; and Jackie Ortiz, Alexia Quintero, Christina Ramirez, Ariel Rodriguez, Marcus Rodriguez, Ashley Marie Salinas, Natalie Ann Salinas, merchants. The Laredo Little Theatre is located at 4802 Thomas Ave. (at the corner of East Calton Rd. and Thomas Ave.) For more information, call 7231342.

Alexander sets summer band program

Alexander High School will hold its Summer Band Program throughout the month of July and the first day in August. There are several activities planned for band students and members of the color guard. These programs are open to any Alexander High School student in band or color guard. The Alexander Band will hold a music rehearsal on the July 18. On 27, 28 and 31 of July, the school will hold several minicamps. At these mini-camps, students learn marching fundamentals, pep rally songs, and show music for half-time shows. On Saturday, July 29, the school will hold a color guard camp from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. On August 1, Alexander High School will host a Summer Band Day event from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Alexander High School Band Director Roger Duran said students can look forward to a day filled with marching, playing and recreational activities. "It`ll be a full day of craziness and fun," Duran said. "These events also prepare students for the upcoming marching season. It gives us a head start on the school year." The band members at Alexander will also go on a field trip on July 23. 46 students will go to San Antonio to watch the Drum Corps International. At this event, professional drum and bugle corps from around the world show off their talents. For more information on any of these activities, Roger Duran can be reached at Alexander High School, 718-9053.

Times staff photos by J. MICHAEL SHORT

Aladdin Lamp

A cast of young actors prepares to perform "Aladdin and His Wonderful Magical Lamp" at the Laredo Little Theatre, 4802 Thomas, on July 21, 22, 23, 28, 29 and 30.

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Merengue rhythm

Wilfrido Vargas, second from right, and his band, from left, Luis Alberto Vargas, Resendo Trillidad and Autralina Vargas performed at the Latin Gold club, 802 Juarez, this past Saturday. Wilfrido Vargas, known as "El Rey Del Merengue," played music native to his home of the Dominican Republic. Merengue music is well known for its dance rhythm. The Latin Gold club will present comedian Teo Gonzalez on July 21 and 22. magazine. He has written a comedians and clown short handbook called Punny Stuff. For four years, Happy had his own phone laugh-line. He has written and co-produced his first CD, "Happy Live Disconnected" and is having a fantastic response. Happy's second CD, "El Pachuco Dude" has also recently been released. Happy has been delighting audiences of all ages for many years with his comedy and magic. He combines his musical talent in his comedy show with his singing and production, "Que Loco," a comedy show of America's funniest Hispanic stand-up comics. His show is aired in every major city in America. "Que Loco" is also aired in Puerto Rico, Mexico, and South America. Happy can be heard daily on Tejano Radio KSAB 99.9 on the dial, Corpus Christi's top Tejano radio station. Happy's daily radio show has become so popular that he is currently working on syndicating his morning show with other major Hispanic markets in the country.

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