Who would imagine that more than 100 people would pack the Museum of South Texas History gallery in Edinburg on a 100-degree Sunday to see a children’s play?
Yet “Bird Brains” became one of the unique one-act plays in Valley history June 28.
Pedro Garcia, author and director, considered requests by dozens of people who could not get in and asked for a second performance. But the entire cast, four 12-year-old girls, were exhausted by this unusual comedy with a message.
Future performances can be arranged by e-mailing Garcia at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nearly every civic club and all schools would appreciate this show created by a theater veteran and Screen Actor Guild member living in McAllen. He has worked on more than 100 productions as actor, writer, director, producer and casting director.
The four “Bird Brains” are: Karli Scalise as Clarity the Fairy, attending IDEA in Palmview; Paola Romero as Fernando the Great Kiskadee, attending Harwell Junior High in Edinburg; Rubette Flores as Chispita the Hummingbird, attending IDEA in Palmview; Regina Torres as Wanda the North American Mockingbird, attending St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Edinburg.
Their costumes, including bird masks, are magnificent by any standards. The fights and quarrels between the birds produce a rare effect, something this reviewer for 100-plus stage plays never had witnessed before.
It will be a shame if this play is not repeated for many other audiences. Like the museum where it was made public, this one-act curiosity provides unusual artifacts about the history (this time of birds!) for the unique Lower Rio Grande Valley.
The preview described it accurately as follows: “Bird Brains” is a heart-warming story about living in the Lower Rio Grande Valley and loving it. Produced by a playwright who plans to introduce this to national television via computer animation, it deserves national and Texas recognition.
Most Americans never have visited this “Magic Valley.” “Bird Brains” and its creator should have a chance to see this on national, state-wide TV and stages. It could give more recognition to the Valley than the legions of public relations people who strive, largely in vain, to teach the rest of the USA where the Magic Valley is, and why it is different.
It can be performed for both students and adults. So e-mail Pedro Garcia (see above) and ask where it will be staged next. Maybe he can use your help in marketing and fundraising for a successful and stylish computer animation of this RGV grand play. It is no mere “kids play.” The following credits show what a professional operation it is:
Production Credits: Stage Manager Yvonne Gutierrez, Music and Lyrics Eddie De La Garza and Carlos Gonzalez, Choreography Amanda Sasser, Costume Designer Noemi Alejandro, Juan Cuestas & Jesse Murguia, Back Drop Painting Omar De Leon, Bird Brains Painting Robert Viña, Make-up Zack Hazlett & Parents, and Production Assistant Daniel Roman.
See it, even if you must wait in line. Look for it someday soon at the movies and on TV, when the Valley finally gets a hit film and TV show.