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Teach Your Children Well: Dr. Lee Beger to retire from DASOTA

BY BRADLEY AKERS June 5th will mark itself as the end of a legacy—a legacy that has resulted from a 30-year tenure of a woman who has remarkably changed the lives of young artists through the devoted and in-depth training of the theatre arts. retires from the Chair of Theatre at , a position she has held since the school’s inception. Beger has led the theatre program through a student body growth from 30 to over 200 pupils and a faculty growth from 2 to 7 teachers. She has directed more than 45 productions at DA, winning statewide awards at …

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Unique, Exciting & Captivating – Jacksonville Dance Theatre in Concert

Jacksonville’s own professional contemporary dance company will present its full length repertory concert, Jacksonville Dance Theatre in Concert, at 7:30 pm Saturday, May 30 at The Episcopal School of Jacksonville. , a 13-member repertory company known for its athletic and innovative work, will present newly developed pieces from artistic director Rebecca R. Levy, resident choreographers and , as well as three commissioned works by nationally acclaimed choreographers. The concert will take place on the at on the campus of . The show runs for approximately 75 minutes with an intermission. The Episcopal School of Jacksonville -The Munnerlyn Center for Worship …

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A Golden Anniversary for Broadway in Jacksonville

The is celebrating its 50 years with an exciting calendar of award-winning blockbusters and family favorites for its 2015-2016 season. The season kicks off with Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! on Dec 1-6. The classic holiday musical will enchant adults and children alike. Audiences will find their hearts growing a few sizes along with the Grinch’s when they experience the magic of the beloved tale on stage, which features the hit songs ‘You’re A Mean One Mr. Grinch’ and ‘Welcome Christmas’ (written by and ), from the original, animated television special. features magnificent sets designed by and costumes …

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Theatre In Schools: Teaching performing arts

Priceless Success In his 30 years teaching Theatre at , has helped cultivate the next generation of talented actors, directors, set designers, playwrights and educators. But no student marked him as deeply as Melissa, a young girl he met during his college teaching internship. Labeled by the state as educationally handicapped, Melissa was able to attend one mainstream class outside of her special education curriculum. Grove wasn’t sure how she had ended up in drama. She was terrified by the notion of standing in front of the class, much less performing. One project involved the adaptation of traditional fairy tales …

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Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts: 2015 Winter/Spring schedule

283 College Drive, Orange Park, 276-6815 www.thcenter.org Feb 6 PARENTS NIGHT OUT Parents Night Out is an “instant audience favorite,” delighting theatre audiences around the country. Karen Morgan, a Southern belle, and Jim Colliton, a Boston Irishman, are both comedy veterans and parents who are married. Through stand-up comedy, improv and hilarious audience participation, Jim and Karen give parents of all ages a chance to laugh at the trials and tribulations of parenthood, marriage, family and everyday life in America. Parents Night Out is clean comedy for grownups.   Feb 22 RUSSIAN NATIONAL BALLET THEATRE: DON QUIXOTE  Based on an …

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Ritz Theatre & Lavilla Museum: 2015 WINTER/SPRING SCHEDULE

829 N. Davis Street, 807-2010, www.ritzjacksonville.com Feb 7 SYL JOHNSON IN CONCERT Born Sylvester Thompson he migrated to his family to Chicago in 1950’s, blues guitarist son and played with blues artists Magic Sam, Billy Boy Arnold and Junior Wells to mention a few.  Billboard R & B charts in 1069 for “Is it Because I’m Black. Feb 15 REIGNITING THE REVOLUTION: THE GIANTS WHOSE SHOULDERS WE STAND UPON A historical journey through the Civil Right’s movement. See excerpts of the first African-American Marines that fought our country to fight for our country winning WWII. Feb 20 REBIRTH BRASS BAND …

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FSCJ Artist Series: 2015 Winter/Spring Schedule

  442-2929 www.artistseriesjax.org Feb 3-8 THE BOOK OF MORMON The nine-time Tony Award-winning Best Musical from the creators of South Park Trey Parker and Matt Stone. Times-Union Center’s Moran Theater Feb10-15 THE CAPITOL STEPS The Washington DC-based comedy troupe that began as a group of Senate Staffers will present a show based on songs from their current album, “How To Succeed in Congress Without Really Lying,” a unique blend of musical and political comedy. Nathan H. Wilson Center for the Arts Feb 21 IN THE MOOD The Mood has a cast of 19 on stage with the hypnotic, sensational String of …

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23rd Annual Community Nutcracker

23rd Annual Community Nutcracker, by Fran Ruchalski

  Every year the Community Nutcracker delights audiences of all ages with this holiday classic. More than 200 children from Northeast Florida audition and perform in the production.  Additionally, The  issues 2,000 free tickets to various Jacksonville agencies and organizations to attend a Community Service Night performance. Residents and clients from area nursing homes and nonprofit agencies are also able to attend the ballet. Friday, Dec 12 8pm;  tickets are $30/$25.50/$19.50 Saturday, Dec. 13 2pm; tickets are $33/$28.50/$22.50 Saturday, Dec. 13 8pm; tickets are $33/$28.50/$22.50 photos by Fran Ruchalski  

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THEATRE: “Dirty Dancing” a movie critics review

Live at the Moran Theater in the Times Union Center for the Performing Arts December 9 – 14, 2014 Grade: A- Directed by:  Adapted for Stage by:  Original Choreography by:   as Frances “Baby” Houseman  as Johnny Castle  as Penny Johnson  as Robbie  as Dr. Jake Houseman “Have the Time of Your life” The timeless love story of Baby and Johnny hits the stage this week at the  at the Times Union Center for Performing Arts.   hit theaters by storm the summer of 1987 and became one of the most beloved romantic movies of all time.   The film and stage adaptation …

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Stage Aurora “God’s Trombones” Review

Stage Aurora opened “God’s Trombones” on December 5, which will be on-stage through December 14, 2014. The production is based on ’s tribute to the powerful African-American preachers of his past. Johnson’s book, published in 1927, contains an introduction, a prayer, and seven short sermons in verse, and stage adaptations depend solely upon the vision of director. Casting could be limited to one person (male, with a strong voice) or expanded. , Stage Aurora’s Founder and Executive Director, has framed the work as an immersive extravaganza, filled with music, song, and dance, with an energetic cast of over forty performers. …

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