Cornyation - Fiesta San Antonio
There is much pomp and circumstance that goes on as part of Fiesta San Antonio, with the selection of and unveiling of a royal court of beauties dressed in extravagant gowns, and culminating the Coronation ceremony. Cornyation pokes fun at all that hoo-ha by offering plenty of hah-hahs.
2009 Dates: Tuesday, April 21-Thursday, April 23
Time: 9 p.m. Tuesday, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday
Location: Charlene McCombs Empire Theater, 226 N. St. Mary's St.
In brief: Fiesta's most irreverent event
Tickets: Tickets are required and range from $15 to $25. Call (210-226-3333) or visit (226 E. Houston Street) the Majestic/Empire Theater box office; or call Ticketmaster, (210) 224-9600, after March 30.
More Info: Visit the Cornyation Website or call (210) 733-0201.
How is Cornyation different from Coronation?
The Coronation of the Queen of the Order of the Alamo is a serious affair with the San Antonio Symphony playing, as beauty queens in spangled dresses take their bows. Cornyation is nothing like that.
Started in 1964 as part of NIOSA, and revived in 1982 as a separate event after it fell out of favor with NIOSA organizers, Cornyation is a satirical look at whatever San Antonians have been talking about in the past year. Local, statewide, and national news events are spoofed and even skewered by a group of volunteer performers.
Can I walk up and buy tickets the day of the show?
Very unlikely. Though the cast performs five shows over three days, the Empire's got a limited number of tickets, and the show has become increasingly popular.
Is Corynation kid-friendly?
Well, let's put it this way: The Cornyation Web site advertises it as "the raunchiest ... event of Fiesta."
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