The Temple’s theater was used by the Arts Commission as a venue to get public input for a project that is putting together a long-range plan of action for the City of Santa Fe. About 60 people participated in the several activities that garnered information on how people felt about the cultural aspects of Santa Fe. Testimonials were given by people from the group. A dance group performed flamenco to the entertainment of everyone present. The event had special meaning to those in attendance as they experienced the theater, some for the first time.
Several scenes for a student film project were filmed in the Temple on the evening of March 24. The 15 students ran the operation in the same manner as the major studios with actors, directors, lights, and words like “rolling, action, cut, that’s a rap.” The creative skills of this group of students were impressive. When finished, they will provide a copy of their film so we can show it in the theater.
The New Mexico School for the Arts presented three abridged musicals…three timeless stories. Cinderella, by Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein, a fairy-tale known and loved by everyone, followed by two musicals by Adam Guettal, Richard Roger’s grandson: The Light in the Piazza, a unique Italian romance set in the 1950s; and Floyd Collins, a 1920’s true story of a Kentucky family’s devotion to saving a courageous cave explorer. The two performances were well attended.
The Harvard Glee Club, founded in 1858, is a men’s chorus that tours annually. This year they visited the Scottish Rite Temple in Santa Fe during its spring tour of the southwestern United States. If you hear the Glee Club today, you will hear a repertory spanning several centuries from the masses of Renaissance composers to modern compositions by contemporary composers. You will also hear songs from different folk traditions, such as Irish folk melodies and spirituals, among others. HGC’s repertoire was not always so diverse. The group was founded in 1858 to sing college songs and glees, ‘part’ songs from the 18th and 19th centuries, often sung in gentlemen’s clubs. In total, HGC has gone on 107 tours, visiting four continents and dozens of countries.