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On June 14, the Price Center rededicated the stage in the 1910 Room the Ron and Marie Jager Theatre. Past and present members of the Greater San Marcos Area Seniors Association, friends, family and the cast of the just wrapped up local production of “The Sound of Music” were a part of the dedication. Photo courtesy of the Price Center

Theatre dedicated to Jager legacy

A group of nearly 100, including past and present Greater San Marcos Area Seniors Association (GSMASA) board members, friends, family and the cast of the just wrapped up local production of “The Sound of Music” gathered in the Price Center’s 1910 Room to dedicate the new Ron and Marie Jager Theatre on Thursday, June 14.

Abbey postulant Maria (Lila Griffith) sings the iconic song “The Sound of Music” as she stands on a mountainside during the dress rehearsal for “The Sound of Music” presented by Lee Coleé Studios and The Black Diamond Cabaret Theater in The Price Center’s newly dedicated Ron and Marie Jager Theater. Daily Record photos by Denise Cathey

The GSMASA Board chose the occasion of the kick-off of the local, children’s summer musical theater production to officially dedicate the space due in large part to Ron and Marie Jager's mutual love of theater, which created a unique bond between the dynamic couple that spanned more than six decades. Together and separately they produced, directed, wrote, performed in and provided opportunities for others to celebrate the creative art of theater.

The cast and crew gather backstage in a circle as they clap and cheer to pump themselves up before the start of the dress rehearsal performance.

As the driving force behind several festivals, celebrations, plays, concerts and stage productions – including an original production titled "Falderal" – the Jager's contribution to the San Marcos community is unparalleled. Thanks to their joint commitment and talents, Summer in the Park, Sights & Sounds of Christmas, the San Marcos Performing Arts Association, Grains of Sand Creative Arts Association and ultimately, the Greater San Marcos Area Seniors Association and its Price Center exist today.

Guests enjoyed a pre-ceremony reception that included wine, cheese and sweet treats in the Tea Room from 5:30 – 6 p.m. and then moved to the 1910 Room where GSMASA Board president Dale Kelley welcomed the crowd before making a few remarks, and then signaling for the unveiling of the new tribute.

The nuns in Nonnberg Abbey sing the “Preludium” at the opening of Act I. 

Following a few remarks from Marie Jager, who was present with her daughter Dea Perez, guests were then treated to a five-song medley from “The Sound of Music” by the 30-member cast of local children.

You can see the new tribute to the Jager’s legacy at the Price Center. For more information about the GSMASA or the Price Center, stop by 222 W. San Antonio St.in downtown between Monday through Friday, 9-5 p.m., call 512-392-2900 or visit their website.

New governess Maria (Lila Griffith) gets to know the Von Trapp children in their home on her first day as a governess.

Maria (Lila Griffith)  watches as Captain Von Trapp (Jeremy Laue) demonstrates how his children each respond to a specific whistle melody. 

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