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Feb 4-7 THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE In this musical comedy, six young people in the throes of puberty, overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves, learn that winning isn’t everything and that losing doesn’t necessarily make you a loser. This hilarious tale of overachievers’ angst chronicles the experience of six adolescent outsiders vying for the spelling bee championship of a lifetime.
Feb 28 EXTRAVAGANZA The annual show of talent from the Jacksonville’s dedicated arts school. Directed by Mr. Ace Martin. 7:30pm at the Times Union Center. Tickets available through www.ticketmaster.com
March 23 VIOLET Book and Lyrics by Brian Crawley, Music by Jeanine Tesori and Terrence McNally. Douglas Anderson’s fall performance of Violet was adjudicated and awarded the distinguished honor to perform at the Florida State Thespian Festival in Tampa. Violet features a score of show-stopping anthems ranging from American-roots to folk to gospel. Directed by Dr. Lee Beger, Associate Director Mr. Kevin Covert, Vocal Director Cathy Giddens and Conductor Ted Shistle – Douglas Anderson’s Main Stage Theatre. Performance starts at 7:30pm. Tickets $20. Proceeds to help offset the expense of taking the show to the Florida State Thespian Festival.
April 15-25 METAMORPHOSIS First published in 1915, Metamorphosis has been cited as one of the seminal works of fiction of the 20th century and is studied in colleges and universities across the Western world. The story begins with a traveling salesman, Gregor Samsa, waking to find himself transformed into a large, monstrous, insect-like creature. Now converted into play form, David Farr and GÍsli Örn Gardarsson explore the irony of Gregor’s plight which becomes even more eloquently clear. It is not only a play of a man fallen victim to a cruel fate, but also of the pettiness and stupidity of those who should feel the deepest compassion for him.
May 9 MUSICAL THEATRE SHOWCASE Directed by Mr. Kevin Covert – Douglas Anderson’s Main Stage Theatre.