APRIL 2016

Florida School of the Arts presents Musical Theatre Vocal Company concert

musical theater students performing
musical theater students performing

The Florida School of the Arts will present one showing of its Musical Theatre Vocal Company concert on Sunday, April 17 at 2:30 p.m. on the School’s main stage located on the Palatka campus of St. Johns River State College. The concert is free to the public.

“This semester’s vocal company selections revolve around a particular theme,” explained FloArts professor Stephanie Masterson, who is providing musical direction for the Vocal Company as well as FloTunes, a second branch of the Vocal Company that offers a more specialized focus on blend and artistry.

“What's interesting about this year’s concert,” said Masterson, “is that the Vocal Company combines the requirements and experiences of performing in a musical theatre choir class with the benefits and production value of a full-blown script.” Written, directed and choreographed by sophomore student Joseph Grosso of Bradenton, “The story line is of two young lovers separated during World War II,” Masterson explained. “During and after the War, their lives veer off into two very different directions, a conservative veteran whose hatred fuels him and a freelance artist who wants nothing more than to promote love. Through song and dance of the different time periods, the two try to find compromise in their relationship.”

The Vocal Company, a required course for all musical theatre majors at FloArts, focuses on the development of the skills necessary to function as a member of a musical theatre ensemble at the professional level, with sight-reading, choral harmonization and choreography. Vocal Company cast members are Steven Austin, Kiersten Bartholomew, Olivia Bleak, Yul Carrion, Savannah Faulkner, Gordia Hayes, Alicia Hill, Dillon Leone, Ed Marin, Crayton McBride, Pascale Molina, Libby Rodriguez, Rosvic Siason, Emma Stimpson, Caitlin Sweeney, Charlie Sykes, Emerson Smith von Wigen and Mark Wildman. These students will perform the songs “I’ll be Seeing You,” by Sammy Fain; “Hair Medley,” by Galt MacDermot; “Fascinating Rhythm,” by George Gershwin; “Andrews Sisters Medley,” by The Andrews Sisters; and “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree,” by Charles Tobias.

FloTunes will perform four a cappella contemporary hits from the past: “Joy to the World,” by Three Dog Night; “When Will I Be Loved?” by Phil Everly; “Where is Love?” by Lionel Bart; and “Hawaii Five-0,” by Morton Stevens. FloTunes cast members are Kevin Beckam, Kassidy Canova, Austin Carroll, Caitlin Charrier, Joseph Grosso, Bella Guzman, Megan Leclair, Brooke Ponitz and Kai Wilson. Students are accepted into FloTunes based on their abilities and potential as elite singer/musicians, which requires strong sight-reading along with musicianship skills in combination with beautiful voices and proficient vocal techniques. Members of FloTunes learn sophisticated a cappella song arrangements that feature intricate harmonies. Since its inception in 2014, FloTunes has made appearances at SJR State graduations and special events and is in frequent demand for community functions.

Florida School of the Arts is part of the academic and administrative structure of SJR State and awards the two-year associate degree. The School serves the entire state of Florida and is located on the SJR State Palatka campus. For more information, call 386-312-4300 or visit the website at


Florida School of the Arts student Joseph Grosso (far right), who wrote, directed and choreographed the Musical Theatre Vocal Company’s concert storyline, rehearses with musical theater students for the upcoming performance set for April 17 at 2:30 p.m. The concert revolves around the theme of two young lovers separated during World War II.

Florida School of the Arts students Pascale Molina, Emma Stimpson and Olivia Bleak rehearse George Gershwin’s “Andrews Sisters Medley,” one of the pieces to be performed during the Musical Theatre Vocal Company concert to be held April 17 at 2:30 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public.