Tuesday, July 8, 2014


SAN ANTONIO, TX   ̶   For the first time, KLRN will air the annual Las Casas Performing Arts Scholarship Competition In this 90-minute program airing on Friday, July 11th at 9pm, and again on Sunday, July 13th at 1:30pm local high school seniors sing, dance and act in the hopes of winning part of the $100,000 in scholarship money provided by the Las Casas Foundation.

The competition was recorded on Sunday, May 18, 2014 at the Charline McCombs Empire Theater in San Antonio.  Finalists competed in four categories—Vocal Solo, Acting Solo, Acting Duet and Dance Solo--- with each judged independently by theater professionals.  New this year was a fifth category called “The Jimmy Awards” where two winners were selected to compete in the prestigious National High School Musical Theatre Awards. This is the first time the San Antonio region has been invited to send students to this national competition named in honor of legendary Broadway producer/theatre owner James M. Nederlander.

“At KLRN, we have a long history of supporting children and the arts, so when the opportunity came along to spotlight the next generation of local artists, we thought it was  a perfect fit with our mission,” said Julie Coan, KLRN Chief Operating Officer.
In addition to the airdates, the program will also be available online at KLRN after the July 11 broadcast.

“Las Casas is thrilled with our KLRN partnership and so excited to share the performances of our talented scholarship winners with the community,” said Kaye Lenox, CEO of the Las Casas Foundation."

KLRN is the Public Television station for South Central Texas and broadcasts to a 30-county radius. The mission of KLRN is to use the power of communications to provide quality programs and services which advance education, culture and community, to enrich the lives of people throughout our community and beyond. 

Funded through Foundation memberships, the generous support of donors, corporations and grants, Las Casas Foundation is dedicated to the development of the performing arts through education and scholarships, as well as the restoration and preservation of historic theatres. The Foundation hosts the annual Las Casas Performing Arts Scholarship Competition and offers a variety of educational initiatives and efforts to nurture and grow the performing arts. Recipient of the 2013 National Arts Star Award from the American Foundation For Arts Education in recognition of Las Casas Foundation’s significant impact on arts education, the Foundation has awarded $385,000 in scholarship funds to deserving students in the field of performing arts since 2009 and plans to award another $100,000 in 2014."