‘Lombardi’ on stage at the Brauntex with stimulating rallies and benefits for the group | Community alert

Just in time for the climax of the professional football season, the Brauntex Theater offers a unique opportunity for residents to catch a play about a legendary football coach while supporting musicians from the local high school orchestra.

Groups from New Braunfels High School, New Braunfels Christian Academy and Canyon High School will perform a cheer rally ahead of performances of the play “Lombardi” from February 4-6.

Group boosters will receive $4 per ticket sold, and they will have the opportunity to hold a silent auction and sell branded merchandise in the lobby.

Local manager Paul Padilla of En Vivo! Theatrical is producing the play written by Eric Simonson based on the book “When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi” by Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Maraniss.

The production follows Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi for a week during the 1965 NFL season as he leads his team to the championship.

The production is part of a new series at Brauntex called “Off-Broadway at The Brauntex”.

New Braunfels trial attorney Matt Kyle will play the legendary football manager.

He said he was thrilled to embark on this nostalgic journey, channeling his talents from past experiences on stage as one of his heroes in Lombardi. Kyle spoke to the Herald-Zeitung about preparing to play the role of the larger-than-life coach.

“I played a lot of football over my years, and whether you played or were a fan, he was a fascinating figure,” Kyle said. “I read the book that hides behind the room. I watched a lot of videos. I watched player meetings that talked about him. I’ve seen him speak at conventions and coaching practices. There aren’t enough of them, but I’ve even seen home movies of his post-game parties that took place at his house. I watched him map the games and talked to his players. Some of his speeches that are part of the play, you can hear him speak (in online videos). It is the gift of technology.

Growing up in New Braunfels, Matt was involved with the Circle Arts Theater youth troupe and often starred in major productions. He is most proud of having played the role of Frankie twice in the Circle Arts musical production “Forever Plaid”.

“He was a great coach, but he had a volatile personality,” Kyle said. “And I think that’s part of the game. Part of his greatness is his obsessive winning personality.

New Braunfels High School alumnus Lara Wright will play Lombardi’s wife, Marie, and NBHS Group Deputy Director J Flores will play Michael, the reporter.

The Brauntex Theater is located at 290 W. San Antonio St. in New Braunfels. Parking is $5 and street parking is free.

The schedule of performances is as follows:

February 4 – benefits the New Braunfels High School Band Booster Club.

Doors open at 6 p.m., cheering rally at 6:30 p.m., game starts at 7:30 p.m.

February 5 – benefits the New Braunfels Christian Academy Band.

Doors open at 6 p.m., cheering rally at 6:30 p.m., game starts at 7:30 p.m.

February 6 – benefits the Canyon High School Band Booster Club.

Doors open at 12:30 p.m., cheering rally at 1 p.m., start of the game at 2 p.m.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit brauntex.org.

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