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NOVEMBER 2017

Florida School of the Arts presents Musical Theatre Vocal Company Concert

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The sounds of the islands will be coming to the Florida School of the Arts main stage on Sunday, December 3 at 2:30 p.m. as the Musical Theatre Vocal Company presents "Island Holiday.” The School is located on the Palatka campus of St. Johns River State College. The concert, which is free and open to the public, allows students in the School’s Musical Theatre program to showcase the skills they have developed over the semester.

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.

Director Michael Sanflippo, who teaches sight singing and music theory, said, “I am pleased to lead these fine singers in Vocal Company.”

In addition to selections that reflect the spirit of the islands, some traditional holiday songs will be sung by the company. One number will include a guitar accompaniment by students Cameron Bartelt and Evan Bowen. Solos will be sung by Alberto Blanco, Ana Costas, Emely Cuestas and Emma Gazdecki.

FloTunes, an eight-voice a cappella ensemble, will join the “Island Holiday” theme with a Hawaiian arrangement of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and two Christmas carols by Alfred Burt. The group will also join the larger ensemble for select numbers.

“A cappella singing in a small ensemble requires each singer to be independent on his or her own while paying careful attention to others so that the ensemble works together as one,” said Voice Instructor Curt Tucker. “It’s a challenge that we particularly enjoy.”

The staging and choreography for a portion of the program are led by students Julie Barnes, Costas, Torie D'Allesandro, Brandon French, Ashley Leake, Angelee Ramos and Hayley Smith. “Several singers are doubling duty with help behind the scenes, including publicity and program design,” Sanflippo said. These students include Kevin Figueroa, Gazdecki, Malik Johnson and Chris Toombs. Emily Skinner serves as the production assistant.

Sanflippo noted his gratitude for the tremendous student assistance that both he and the cast members have received from the concert’s assistant director, Libby Rodriguez. “She is an enormous asset to the group by leading sectional rehearsals, serving as the communication liaison, organizing various aspects behind the scenes, and keeping me informed and organized,” he said.

Vocal Company cast members, in the order of their voice type, include: Sopranos: Barnes, Costas, Cuestas, Gazdecki, Emily Poehlman and Bree Shuman. Altos: D'Alessandro, Sofia Ferraro, Leake, Facia Lee, Ramos and Smith. Tenors: Blanco, Matt Campbell, Figueroa, French, Toombs and Garrett Wlodarczyk. Bass: Bartelt, Bowen, Alantae Jackson, Johnson and Caden Walters.

The FloTunes ensemble includes Robert Allen, Mitchel Burns, Maria Louise Clark, Timothy Lake, Megan Leclair, Noah J. Peacock, Gemma Smith and Carine St. Juste.

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.

PHOTO CAPTIONS:
Florida School of the Arts students Ashley Leake, Facia Lee, Sophia Ferraro and Carine St. Juste (back row) enjoy rehearsing for the Musical Theatre Vocal Company Concert “Island Holiday” set for December 3 at 2:30 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public.

Florida School of the Arts students embrace the spirit of the islands as they rehearse for the Musical Theatre Vocal Company Concert “Island Holiday” set for December 3 at 2:30 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public.
L-R: Noah Peacock, Albert Blanco, Alantae Jackson, Brandon French and Evan Bowen.

Florida School of the Arts students embrace the spirt of the islands as they rehearse for the Musical Theatre Vocal Company Concert “Island Holiday” set for December 3 at 2:30 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public.
L-R: Evan Bowen, Ashley Leake, Kevin Figueroa, Sofia Ferraro and Alberto Blanco.

The Florida School of the Arts’ Musical Theatre Vocal Company enjoy a relaxing break during a rehearsal for the Company’s concert “Island Holiday” set for December 3 at 2:30 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public.

 

 

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