We won't do this twice. Too expensive for a middle school dance studio performance. The performance was OK for an amateur volunteer performance with a couple exceptions. The guys out perform the girls. The was little motivation to put on a show. Of course, I can only tell you about half of it. We couldn't justify staying after intermission. Those people that were enjoying the show seemed like they had a few too many drinks before the show.
I am from El Paso and moved away about 21 years ago. My children and I still say we are going home when we come back to visit. We talk to my 6 yr old grandaughter about how wonderful it was to live here and she loves to come and visit with the family doing all the wonderful things we did with family. The night was beautiful and to see her eyes sparkle with every light that turned on or the live horses and their riders was priceless. She recognized the missions and danced to every performance. Our group of ten varied in age from 6 to 84 yrs. Some of us were from Richardson, TX, Houston and El Paso. All I can say is thank you for a great story and wonderful production. Thanks to everyone involved because you made it an incredible night for all of us, especially my Delilah. She was so excited with the ending 4th of July performance that she turned and yelled, I am an American Girl!!! Then when the lights shined VIVA El Paso she would yell over and over to he great grandma and say, Abuelita mira VIVA El Paso, she would run and hug us because she was so enthused with the whole show. How can anyone say it is not great, I am sorry for them because they missed the beauty of that night. The mountain has a splender that makes it worth while just sitting there. Congradulations to everyone that helps with the production and thank you for the magical night, especially for Delilah.
I am sure if you are going to call you self a dancer then you must have some pride in the way you look. Getting paid or not, Dancers should look, act and eat like dancers. Easy on the intake dancers especially if someone has to lift you.
I went to see "Viva El Paso" after 10 yrs and it was entertaining. The Indian Lady you could not hear her very well. They might want to check their speaker system. I took relatives from California and they were enlighted by the rich history we have here in this beautiful city. Honestly some of the female dancers need to get in a diet I felt sorry for the guys that had to carry them on their shoulders. Over all it was "good".
I went to go see the show because a couple of my friends were in it. I was reading the other revies as for the props and the customes and everything in general the company as a very little buget to work with. The performs stated the most the got paid in a month was 120 dollars, so you could only imagine how much for a sound system and everything else. I feel that the community needs to support more. Performers only have no more than two months to put that show together practicing in rain and in the middle of the night. Overall it is not broadway yes, but its a good show for what they got, the best show in El Paso. Good Job guys!!!!!!!!!!!
My family and I had heard from many of our friends that we should see Viva El Paso. We got there early and had a great parking spot. I reserved tickets in advance and we got to our seats and watched the pre-show. Now, I've been to a real Broadway show on Broadway, and I wasn't expecting a Broadway show, but I was expecting to see something that looked professionally done. The dance troupe on stage during the pre-show was supposed to have won 2nd place in some competition. There were about 3 decent dancers out of a troupe of 12 or so. The rest were out of sync, making half-efforts and then there was an overweight dancer grinding on the stage. Not something I wanted to show my family. Then after that disaster, they played some music (including the opening theme from Titanic which should have been an omen right there). The Viva El Paso opening number was spectacular, but it quickly went downhill from there. Several of the dancers looked as if they didn't want to be there, the singers were horrible (one sounded like the sound an engine makes when you turn the key in your car after it's already on). The dialog might have been good under different circumstances, but the way it was delivered by the performers was just corny. My family unanimously voted to leave during the intermission, and we saw several other people following in our footsteps. I have seen better performances given in elementary schools, and I didn't have to pay $20/ticket to see those. Also, I was sitting in the first ten rows. The sound system almost made me permanently deaf. I kept hearing a ringing for the first two hours after we left.
Also, if you go, and I hope you won't because it is a waste of money, don't bother taking your camera. They say no recording or flash photography is allowed, so I turned off my flash. However, my autofocus lamp comes on automatically. Now this light does not flash and is about as bright as a red keychain LED (except this is amber, so it's not even as bright as the red) with about the same range. They told me to stop taking pictures because of my "flash" (like I said, it's very dim, especially from the row I was sitting in).
Finally, there's the food. Ticketmaster sells a $20 dinner plate (with drinks and dessert, I believe) and you can buy the plate for $10 at the place. I did not buy the plate, but several people around me did, and it was very small, and looked similar to something I got at Rudy's for about $6.50 (except my portions were much bigger). Dodged a bullet on that one.
In summary, the story is good, nothing else gets above a C-. When you can honestly say that you've seen better performances given by elementary school students, there's just something wrong.
I am a native El Pasoan, and have always been proud of where I've come from, this show, I think, is a reminder to the locals to be proud of their roots and cultural origins. Anyone with negative feedback on the show has to remember that anyone involved in the company doesn't get paid much, but they are there because they love what they do, and want to share it with the people of El Paso.
I think that they do an amazing job with the resources they have, and though it may not be much, this show can turn into something monumental that EVERYONE in El Paso can be proud of to go see. With so little events like this around, locals should really cherish the company and what it's doing. Support the show and the company so they can make the leaps and bounds necessary to make a great show extraordinary!
I am from El Paso and have seen Viva El Paso
since the very first. I love it, but I think
it is time for an upgrade.Keep the basic story just come up with a few new numbers and change some of the story line. A lot of
native El Pasoans would like to see the show
again and again but they say it's the same show,
so they after many years do not return.They return only to take visitors and out of town
family and friends.It would be nice to treat
El Paso to a new edition of Viva El Paso!
Fellow El Pasoan and a huge fan of
"VIVA EL PASO"
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