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Texas Pecos Trail Region

Participant in the Texas Historical Commission's
Texas Heritage Trails Program

Live Performance


Actors on outdoor stage in front of an audience with canyon in background
Texas Legacies historical drama, Palo Duro Canyon

A LITTLE SONG, A LITTLE DANCE, AND A LOT OF MAGIC

Much like the rest of art, once theatrics shed their exclusively religious function, whether it was early Native American ceremonies or dramas sponsored by the Spanish missionaries, things started to get interesting. Stimulated by the European stage tradition, Texas embraced the theater and all of its permutations throughout the 19th century. Houston received its first theater in 1838, an arrival that preceded the building of Houston’s first church. Theater became a great source of entertainment across the early Texas frontier and featured serious drama, musical concerts and bawdy performances that frequently matched the rowdy nature of the audience – mainly frontiersmen. Meanwhile, the Texas Gulf Coast was the place to be for professional theater where busy ports easily drew touring talent from farther east like New Orleans. Vaudeville often dominated the earliest days of Texas’ theaters with spectacles like performances by Harry Houdini. But Texas would end up producing its own auteurs as well, talents like Margo Jones – the creator of the American regional theater movement, and playwrights Preston Jones, Horton Foote, and the modern satirists Joe Sears and Jaston Williams with their wildly funny Greater Tuna. Today, Texas audiences enjoy the best that the nation has to offer in theatrical venues like the Lyric Stage, a uniquely Texas musical theater company dedicated to the development and preservation of the American musical, the Houston Grand Opera, and San Antonio’s restored Majestic Theater where local and traveling productions hit the stage every season. So take your seat. The curtain is always rising in Texas’ theaters.

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Upcoming Events

  • One night of fun, live music, food and drinks!!!

    July 27, 2019 (All day) to July 28, 2019 (All day)

    Downtown Pecos Depot
    100 E DOT Stafford
    Pecos  Texas  79772
    United States

    One night of live music (Featuring) Groupo Duelo, and performances by Bri Bagwell and Matt Castillo. There will be a variety of food vendors, and activities for the kids.

  • 2nd Annual Goat Roper’s Gala in Ozona, TX

    October 19, 2019 (All day)

    Crockett County Fair Park Convention Center
    1303 Ave. AA
    Ozona  Texas  76943
    United States

    You’re invited to the 2nd Annual Goat Roper’s Gala at the Crockett County Fair Park Convention Center on October 19, 2019. Horseless Goat Roping, followed by a dinner and a dance.