FloArts presents The Musical Theatre Project: “Broadway Inside Out”
Students from the Florida School of the Arts (FloArts) are putting a twist on songs they will perform during their Musical Theatre Project: “Broadway Inside Out.” This limited-seating cabaret style show, which includes a variety of musical theater numbers consisting of solos, duets, trios and group numbers, will be held at FloArts, located on the Palatka campus of St. Johns River State College. Show times are 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 24 through Saturday, October 26, with matinees at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, October 27. Tickets are $5. Reservations are required by calling (386) 312-4300 and will be held up to 15 minutes before the show starts.
“The Musical Theatre Project seeks to put the emphasis on the core vocal, dance and acting work that is at the heart of musical theatre with enough enhancement from scenery, props, lights and costumes to give the audience a flavor of the full production,” said music professor and project director Stephanie Masterson. “Each year, the project provides our students with additional opportunities to perform from the wide range of repertoire that constitutes the American musical theatre.”
About this year’s show, Masterson said that “even though the audience will hear their favorite musical theater songs, they just won't be presented like they would be in the original productions. The idea of the show is to present the songs with a new twist. For instance, if the song was originally for a man, a woman would be singing it, and we are twisting the story to fit our own ideas and set of circumstances,” Masterson explained. “The students have been working through improvisation to create the story for each song setup,” Masterson continued. “For instance, the song ‘Agony’ from ‘Into The Woods’ is normally sung by two princes about their given princesses. Our twist is that two valley girls from the ‘80s have boy troubles and then sing the song about their woes. It's been hard work, but fun.”
The cast includes Neal Baker, Chad Boyd, Courtney Burnett, Liam Carroll, Hannah Johnson, Malik Johnson, Rebekah Herzkovitz, Carly Mignella, Elijah Richardson-Grant and Caitlin Sweeney. Understudies are Miguel Algerin and Maria Masters. Over 25 songs will be performed by the cast, including “Masquerade” (Phantom of the Opera) by Andrew Lloyd Webber; “Someone to Watch Over Me” (Crazy for You) by George Gershwin; “I Know the Truth” (Aida) by Elton John; “You’ll be Back” (Hamilton) by Lin-Manuel Miranda; “We Go Together” (Grease) by Warren Casey; and “I’m Not Afraid of Anything” (Songs for a New World) by Jason Robert Brown.
The production team includes Scenic Designer Tim Castell; Lighting Designer Victoria Sanders; Costume Designers Tiffany Jordan and Emily Schafer; Stage Manager M.J. McBride; Assistant Stage Manager Brandy Ramos; Costume Shop Manager Jordan; Assistant Director Anastasia Costas; Production Assistant Viktoria Fancsali; Sound Engineer Andrew Stevens; Prop Artisans: Nicole Barnes and Marcus Roberts; Light Board Operator Barnes; Sound Board Operator Ramos; Scenic Construction Crew: Barnes, Carroll, Fancsali, Allison Gelis, Dante Jones Soto, Peyton Kalaczynski and Marcus Roberts; Dressers: Fermin Llosa and Melissa Moore; Costume Construction Crew: Kati Blankenship, Emma Cash, Madeline Gamel, Austin Kelley, Llosa, Marissa Mendez, Moore, Nicholas Ramsey and Vincent Ward; and House Manager Emma Gazdecki.
The FloArts chapter of Delta Psi Omega (a national theatre honor society) will collect non-perishable, nutritious foods at each performance. Donations will assist the Feed the Need of Putnam County program. Suggested food items are ones that can be easily prepared by young children. A donation box will be located in the lobby for the duration of the production.
Florida School of the Arts is part of the academic and administrative structure of SJR State and awards two-year associate degrees. 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 www.floarts.org.
Florida School of the Arts students are putting their own twist on songs they will perform during The Musical Theatre Project: “Broadway Inside Out” Thursday, October 24 through Sunday, October 27. This cabaret style evening includes a variety of musical theater numbers consisting of solos, duets, trios and group numbers.
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