Holiday 2016: On Location
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Nov. 21, 2016
WHAT'S THE SECRET to running a successful business? It is so important to stay present every day. With the fast-paced patterns of today’s society and ever-evolving technologies, I stress to our agents how important it is to continue to learn. If one reaches a point at which the ego takes over or burnout sets in and progress takes a back seat, things will get stuck. Regardless of what field you are in, I believe in starting with the basics to set and strengthen your foundation. I treat everyone we work with from our contractors, clients, to our inspectors with respect, patience and care.
What’s special about your team? Our group is made up of like-minded individuals that come together just like a family would. The Reyna Group is a family-owned company, and it means everything to us to be able to say that we all wholeheartedly have each other’s back. We as a group are constantly brainstorming and bouncing new ideas around with each other. I have many friends in this business, and I know the synergy we have at The Reyna Group is something very special.
What inspires you as you seek to reach greater heights of success? Whether we are helping a long time investment client or a family buying their first home, it is truly rewarding to play such an integral part in these decisions. It is an honor to have the trust of our clients, new and old. The trust our clients instill in us is, first and foremost, what inspires every agent in our office to continue to strive to improve the hustle.
ONE OF HOUSTON'S most beloved music organizations — Mercury, whose mission is to serve the community by celebrating the power of music, teaching, sharing and performing with passion, intimacy and excellence — raised a quarter-million bucks at its recent annual gala, which had a fun “Carnival of the Animals” theme.
“Amidst décor that evoked a bright and colorful celebration at Rio Carnival, guests dined on a first course of grilled baby romaine with olive oil herb ciabatta and parmesan shavings,” explained a rep for Mercury. “The main course featured herb-roasted airline chicken with truffle risotto, green beans, and carrots, followed by a delightful cinnamon Tres Leches for dessert.”
What happened after dinner may have been even more delicious. Artistic Director Antoine Plante and Mercury musicians played selections from Saints-Saens’ “Carnival of the Animals,” Paganini’s “Carnival of Venice,” and Pink Martini’s rousing samba “Brazil.” The finale showcased Donna Bella Litton on vocals, Carmon Kerl on Trombone, Jesus Pacheco and Charlie Perez on percussion, and samba dancers from Houston’s LD Dance Company, the latter bringing dinner guests to their feet!
Chairs Keith and Julie Little welcomed guest including Kelly and David Rose, Ginny Hart, Robert Navo, Blake Eskew, Martha Eskew, Lori Muratta, Brian Ritter, Christopher Michael Stribling, and Carlos and Luvi Wheelock.
Robert Navo & Ginny Hart
Martin Stuardo & Kyle Nasrallah
Matthew & Jaime Titus
Julie & Keith Little
Kelly & David Rose
Shane & Marissa Gilroy
Elena Lexina & Brian Rishikof
Michelle Furcho & Jonathan de la Garza
Rachel & Barry Lichman
Carlos & Luvi Wheelock
Emily Key & Martin Simoncic
OKAY, THAT COUCH is comfy, and streaming is convenient, but nothing compares to the experience of live, in-the-flesh theater, especially as it is staged and performed at Houston’s Alley Theatre and its resident company of supremely talented actors.
For Alley Theatre Artistic Director Rob Melrose, who just announced the Alley’s 2023-24 season, there’s never been a better time for folks to take a collective break from the screen and get out of the house. “We are missing out on the human interactions that you only get in a theatre with other people,” says Melrose. “Our 2023-24 is designed to welcome people to the theatre.”
With that in mind, the Alley kicks off its 77th season on July 21 with the world premiere of Agatha Christie’s The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, adapted for the stage and directed by Mark Shanahan, featuring members of Alley’s resident company and special guest David Sinaiko as the refined, though somewhat obsessive-compulsive Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot.
Sept. 22 begins the run of José Cruz González’s American Mariachi, which tells the story of two girls growing up in the 1970s who aspire to form a mariachi band and features plenty of live mariachi music.
Little Comedies, a collection of five one-act comedies by Anton Chekov directed by Tony® Award-winning playwright and legendary director Richard Nelson, runs Oct. 6-29. And come November, it’s the return of the audience-favorite, A Christmas Carol, a Victorian-styled production with plenty of special effects and David Rainey reprising his role as Scrooge.
The year 2024 begins with Sharr White’s Pictures From Home, an intimate family portrait that was part of the 2020 Alley All New Festival and is currently a hit running on Broadway.
On Feb. 23, 2024, the Alley’s resident company gets to show off its formidable ensemble and comedic acting chops in Larry Shue’s The Nerd. The World Is Not Silent, written by Don X. Nguyen and directed by Marya Mazor, has its world premiere on March 22, 2024. The play tells the moving story of a son trying to reestablish a relationship with his father who has suffered a hearing loss. On April 12, 2024, the company brings Charlotte Brontë’s groundbreaking novel Jane Eyre to life with a stage adaptation by Elizabeth Williamson. Melissa Molano takes on the role of one of Brontë’s most enduring characters.
Finally, Thornton Wilder’s unfinished, full-length play The Emporium has its world premiere at the Alley on May 10, and the season closes with the world premiere of Ella, a musical by Anna Deavere Smith celebrating the life, legacy, and songs of jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald. “To say Ella had humble beginnings is a profound understatement,” says Smith. “She sang America through some of its most discordant times. She was America’s love song. She was an American miracle.” Ella runs May 31-June 23, 2024.