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Arts at the Union series features The Capitol Steps
Posted: 04/16/2008
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The Capitol Steps, a renowned troupe of known for it's political musical parodies and skits, will perform their show at The University of Texas-Pan American's Student Union Theater on Monday, April 21 at 7 p.m.

The group, comprised of many former Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them, has a special brand of satirical humor that will delight Republicans and Democrats alike.

The Capitol Steps
"We feel that students will find their show to be not only fun and entertaining, but because of its political content, they will also find it thought provoking," Edna Zambrano, UTPA Student Union director, said. "For those not interested in politics, the musical talent of these individuals will certainly satisfy students looking for entertainment."

Although not all of the current members of the group are former Capitol Hill staffers, taken together the performers have worked in a total of 18 congressional offices and represent 62 years of collective House and Senate staff experience.

"The Capitol Steps were chosen because of their reputation. They are the premier musical political satire group in the country and we jumped at the opportunity to bring them to South Texas for the first time," Zambrano said. "This is also an election year, and we hope to continue to get our students and the community thinking about the importance of following what happens in Washington and, of course, voting in November."

Since they began, The Capitol Steps have recorded 27 albums, including their latest, "Springtime for Liberals." They've been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC, and PBS, and can be heard four times a year on National Public Radio stations nationwide during their "Politics Takes a Holiday" radio specials.

The Capitol Steps performance is part of the new Arts at the Union series, which was created as a means to bring more cultural, musical and theatrical entertainment to UTPA students and offer them the opportunity to meet with and interact with the artists.

"It is our hope that this series will also bring the community to the UTPA campus to share these experiences alongside our students. The University always has its doors open to the community, and this series will be an extension of that longstanding relationship," Zambrano said. "UTPA students who have an interest in the performing arts will also have the opportunity to meet and interact with these artists."

All events are held at the Student Union Theater and are free and open to the public. Priority seating will be given to UTPA students, staff and faculty with the UTPA ID cards.

For more information about The Capitol Steps visit, www.capsteps.com and to find out more about the event, call the Student Union Office at 956/316-7989.

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