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JUNE 2018

FloArts presents mischievous comedy classic “Misalliance”

FloArts students Ashley Leake, Alantae Jackson, and Matias De La Flor rehearse for “Misalliance”
Alantae Jackson and Ashley Leake rehearse for “Misalliance,”
FloArts students Ashley Leake, Alantae Jackson, and Matias De La Flor rehearse for “Misalliance”

“Misalliance,” a mischievous comedy by Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw, is coming to the Florida School of the Arts main stage, located on the Palatka campus of St. Johns River State College. The play will run Thursday, June 14 to Saturday, June 16 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, June 17 at 2:30 p.m. Admission is $5.

First performed in 1910, the play takes place in real time over the course of a single Saturday afternoon in the English countryside outside of London. Set in the conservatory of a large house owned by wealthy industrialist John Tarleton, “Misalliance” ironically examines topics such as relationships between the sexes, politics and socialism, physical fitness and the “life force.” According to Director Kevin Kelly, “Shaw tackles some of his favorite ideas in his unique, contrarian way.”

Subtitled “A Debate in One Sitting,” “The play is anything but a dry, intellectual exercise,” explained Kelly. “With surprises literally dropping out of the sky to spark the amorous curiosity of the entire household, Shaw’s foolish and self-involved characters hilariously abandon their decorum and pride in hopes of having their desires fulfilled.”

To provide a realistic view of life in the conservatory with the Tarletons and their wild array of guests, FloArts Scenic Design Instructor Robert O’Leary said that student lighting designer Brittany Posso has meticulously researched the time period, space and time of day. “Our Kennedy Center Award-winning student (Posso) will be illuminating the show,” O’Leary said with pride.

Because the entire play is set in one location, O’Leary explained that the scenery must appeal to the eye to allow the audience to explore it from the moment they enter the theatre. “The design and tech students have worked diligently to build and light the scenery and bring the many details to the stage that it takes to provide a realistic setting for a show,” he said.

High-end designer fashion and rich textures make up the play’s costume design. Student costume designer Uvenka Jean-Baptiste explained, “After discussing the change in period of the show, I believed that the best way to showcase the luxurious lifestyle of these characters was through high-end designer fashion and rich textures. They express the timeless theme and feeling of the story, while enhancing the romantic feelings between characters. While researching, I came across images of modern clothing that pulled from period fashion styles. This idea allowed me to play a bit more with prints and layered pieces while maintaining the classic look I envisioned. While putting these costumes together, I wanted every character to have elements of color to reflect the spring season of the show and to communicate that dreamy sensibility.”

The cast, in order of appearance, includes Emely Cuestas as Maid One; Emily Skinner as Maid Two; and Gemma Smith as Maid Three; Mitchel Burns as Johnny Tarleton; Alberto Blanco as Bentley Summerhays; Melanie Rodriguez as Mrs. Tarleton; Ashley Leake as Hypatia Tarleton; Noah Peacock as Lord Summerhays; Matias De La Flor as John Tarleton; Alantae Jackson as Joey Percival; Maycee Smith as Lina Szchepanoska and Kevin Figueroa as Gunner.

The production staff includes Stage Manager Alysa Ness; Costume Faculty Supervisor Emily Schafer; Costume Shop Manager Tiffany Jordan; Assistant Director Facia Lee; Assistant Stage Managers Chance Baker and Brandy Ramos; Assistant Lighting Designer and Light Board Operator Andrew Stevens; Sound Engineer O’Leary; Production Assistant and Properties Master Kaylee Dowd; Gymnastics Coach Torie D’Alessandro; Scenic Carpenters, Electricians and Stage Hands: Evan Bowen, Jid Charles, D’Alessandro, Dowd, Jeff Parmenter, Bill S. Peare, Posso, Ramos, Rodriguez, Stevens, Jordan Tucker, Mark Wildman and Billy Williams; Costume Construction and Wardrobe Crew: Emely Cuestas, Jenna Rubiano and Olivia Willis; Understudies Jahleel Christian, Cuestas, Emily Skinner and Gemma Smith.

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




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Florida School of the Arts students Ashley Leake, Alantae Jackson, and Matias De La Flor hilariously explore a variety of timeless life topics, including relationships, as they rehearse for “Misalliance,” a mischievous comedy classic by the great Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw. Show times are Thursday, June 14 to Saturday, June 16 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, June 17 at 2:30 p.m. on the Palatka campus of St. Johns River State College.

Florida School of the Arts students Alantae Jackson and Ashley Leake rehearse for “Misalliance,” a mischievous comedy classic by the great Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw.

Florida School of the Arts students Alantae Jackson, Ashley Leake and Matias De La Flor rehearse for “Misalliance,” which will run on the FloArts main stage Thursday, June 14 to Saturday, June 16 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, June 17 at 2:30 p.m.

 

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