Florida School of the Arts presents Musical Theatre Vocal Company concert
The Florida School of the Arts will present one showing of its Musical Theatre Vocal Company concert on Sunday, December 4 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 and open to the public.
FloArts professor and concert director Kandie Smith said, "This concert is a visual and aural treat, showcasing a wide variety of musical and dance styles -- from the sweet, traditional harmonies and choreography of ‘Hello Dolly,’ to the bubbly lyrics and tap dancing in ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’ and the street sounds and styles of ‘Rent’,” which includes a six-song medley. “The singing is fantastic, and the student-designed choreography is terrific, thanks to the creativity and hard work of Austin Carroll and Pascale Molina, both sophomores in our musical theatre program,” said Smith.
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. At every stage, the students are pushed to assimilate new material as quickly and accurately as possible and then execute that material at the highest level of which they are capable. Additional professional development support is provided to students who wish to hone their skills as choreographers, assistant musical directors and vocal section leaders. This semester, the Vocal Company was a performance platform for Carroll and Molina.
Carroll, who will earn his Associate in Science degree in Music Theatre Technology in June, has trained and performed at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre for about five years, where he performed in “The Foreigner” and “The Wiz.” Since his arrival at FloArts, Carroll has been taking dance courses in addition to his regular studies as a musical theatre major. Most recently, he portrayed the Mikado in the FloArts production “Hot Mikado,” for which he also served as co-choreographer.
Molina, who will earn her Associate in Science degree in Musical Theatre Technology in June, came to FloArts from the Dominican Republic, where she began her training in dance and performance. While her favorite style of dance is Tap, Molina dabbles in all kinds of movement. She has appeared in numerous productions in both the United States and the Dominican Republic, with some of her favorite productions including “The Addams Family Musical,” “The Pajama Game,” and “Hairspray.”
Vocal Company cast members are Robert Allen, Steven Austin, Julie Barnes, Cameron Bartelt, Kiersten Bartholomew, Olivia Bleak, Mitchel Burns, Yul Carrion, Carroll, Caitlin Charrier, Emely Cuestas, Savannah Faulkner, Melissa Gibbs, Christina Goodin, Jalbelly Guzman, Gordia Hayes, Timothy Lake, Molina, Brooke Ponitz, Libby Rodriguez, Emerson Smith von Wiegen, Carine St. Juste, Emma Stimpson and Mark Anthony Rodriguez Wildman.
Choreography for the Vocal Company’s selections is a combination of original and derivative material. “It is important for our students to experience and perform iconic choreography created by masters, so Mr. Carroll and Ms. Molina have choreographed these medleys in styles as similar to the originals as possible,” Smith explained. “In some cases the movements are the same, while in others they are only similar in style.”
The FloArts production staff includes Libby Rodriguez, American Sign Language consultant; Angel Warren, stage manager; Emily Skinner; assistant stage manager; Braden Harrington, sound design; and Jeno Tate, videographer.
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 floarts.org.
Florida School of the Arts students rehearse for the upcoming Musical Theatre Vocal Company concert set for December 4 at 2:30 p.m. The concert showcases a wide variety of musical and dance styles and is free and open to the public.
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