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BOOK - Mexican Serenade

BOOK - Mexican Serenade

In her book, Mexican Serenade: The Story of the Mexican Players and the Padua Hills Theatre (1961), Pauline B. Deuel tells how Bess Adams Garner and Herman Garner were inspired by a dining experience in Italy shortly before the opening of Padua Hills Theatre. She says they “were entertained by strolling musicians who played and sang for them. This dinner program so impressed the Garners that they decided to initiate it at home.”¹

The Garners hired Mexican and Mexican-American youth to serve as waiters and waitresses, and as musicians, singers and dancers in the dining room during the meals. Little did the Garners realize, when they hired their dining room and kitchen staff, that these talented, hard working performers would become the future and legacy of the Padua Hills Theatre.

Paperback: 80 pages
Publisher: Padua Institute; 1st Edition edition (1961)