The Magik Theatre has been a part of downtown San Antonio since 1994, serving over 2.5 million visitors in the past 25 years.
Below are major accomplishments in the theatre’s history.
“There’s never going to be a theater audience unless you educate young people. That’s how the Magik was born.”
– Richard Rosen, Founder of The Magik Theatre
1994 – Richard Rosen gathers a group of six actors and forms The Magik Theatre.
1994 – THE JUNGLE BOOK is the first production of The Magik Theatre, a professional repertory company for young audiences and their families.
July 1995 – The Magik Theatre hires full time staff of professional actors for 1995-1996 season.
January 1996 – Original musical production THE PHANTOM OF THE ALAMO, by Richard Rosen, opens.
May 1996 – Summer Camp opens to teach children dramatic arts.
October 1996 – The Magik Theatre wins 9 Globe awards at Alamo Theatre Arts Council Gala: best production, best direction, best musical direction, best new play, best actor and best actress among others.
February 1997 – City of San Antonio begins negotiations to lease Beethoven Hall to the Magik Children’s Theatre.
May 1997 – The Magik Theatre receives grant from The San Antonio Area Foundation and San Antonio City Council approves lease for Beethoven Hall.
July 1997 – SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE closes Commerce St. location.
August 1997 – The Magik Theatre moves to Beethoven Hall.
September 1997 – Renovations on Beethoven Hall are completed and TREASURE ISLAND, a new adaptation by Richard Rosen, opens The Magik Theatre at Beethoven Hall. San Antonio Mayor Howard Peak declares September 21, 1997 Magik Children’s Theatre Day in San Antonio.
June 1998 – Summer camp is named Camp Showbiz.
1999 – Tickets to Literacy begins providing ticket subsidies for low income schools.
2005 – Magik on the Road begins touring.
2007 – Reach one million patrons served.
2009 – First National Tour.
2011 – The Magik Theatre lights the neon sign on South Alamo St.
2013 – Reach two million patrons served.
September 2013 – The Magik Theatre celebrates its 20th Anniversary with a visit from San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro.
July 2014 – Frank Villani joins The Magik Theatre as Chief Executive Officer.
March 2015 – The Magik Theatre expands with the opening the Magik Performing Arts Center, a northside education center. District 8 Councilman Ron Nirenberg opens the building with The Magik Theatre staff.
July 2016 – The Magik Theatre founder Richard Rosen retires and passes the artistic direction of The Magik Theatre to Frances Limoncelli.
May 2017 – The theatre’s first annual gala, A Night of Magik, is a celebration of Magik’s past, present and future.