Dance

Dirty Dancing

Have the Time of Your Life Event: Dirty Dancing Location: Times-Union Center Moran Theater Dates: Dec 9-14 Contact: www.artistseriesjax.org  is having the time of her life, reprising a role that has cemented itself into the pop culture lexicon. Winton plays the role of Penny in the musical adaptation of , presented by the  Dec 9-14 at the . As a classically trained ballet dancer, Winton says she was eager to let her hair down and have fun in her role as the rough-around-the-edges Penny. “It’s really fun. It’s a party on stage,” she says. “It’s really pretty amazing, because there …

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THEATRE REVIEW: “WHITE CHRISTMAS”

It will be snowing in Jacksonville, Florida through December 24, as the Alhambra Theatre at 12000 Beach Boulevard presents Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas.” The musical debuted in 2004 and is already a classic; a must-see-it on everyone’s holiday calendar. The musical is based on a 1954 film of the same name, and its 1942 predecessor, “Holiday Inn.” Both were musicals with songs written by Berlin and sung by Bing Crosby. The  did “” in 2012, and it was a smash hit, with sold-out performances. The 2014 version, which opened on November 26, has also been a hit at the box …

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THEATRE – “So You Think You Can Dance”

, the 11-time Primetime ® Award-winning show that sparked America’s fascination with dance, is set to captivate audiences again this fall, live on tour and performed on Thursday, November 20 at the . The Season 11 tour lineup includes: , , , , , , , ,  and . Fall’s hottest ticket will feature this season’s most popular routines, as well as original pieces created specifically for the nationwide tour. The Jacksonville audience enjoyed the opportunity to experience the action brought into their living rooms each week on the beloved summer series, with a variety of sizzling, one-of-a-kind dance routines …

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THEATRE REVIEW – “Music Man”

Jacksonville’s newest theatre presented its second show of 2014 during the weekend of November 14 -16 with Meredith Wilson’s affectionate slice of Americana, “The Music Man.” The production was a winning mix of nostalgic laughs, enthusiasm and delightful songs. , with his marvelous vibrato vocals and charmingly arrogant con man attitude is Professor Harold Hill, a traveling salesman who arrives in River City, Iowa in 1912 and persuades the townsfolk that their town is on the road to ruin because the local billiard parlor is installing a new pool table. To divert the youth of the town from this wickedness, …

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So You Think You Can Dance

WHAT: So You Think You Can Dance Tour 2014 WHERE: Times Union Center’s Moran Theater when: Nov 20 at 7:30pm Tickets: $50-$260 info: www.artistseriesjax.org  is dancing her way across the country as as a member of the 2014  nationwide tour. The 20-year-old native placed in the top 10 of Season 11, earning legions of fans and a spot on the 70-city tour. Presented by the , SYTYCD makes its Jacksonville stop Nov 20 at the . The tour features top 10 finalists Belnap, , , , , , , ,  and . The ensemble will perform many of the season’s …

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theatre review: THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE

The  presented “,” a musical comedy, on stage at the  during October 24-26, 2014. This innovative musical has remained popular since it was nominated for six Tony Awards in 2005 and garnered two, for Best Book of a Musical and Best Actor. No doubt it will be a show with a long life, as spelling bee competitions remain so popular that they are featured on ESPN, the sports network. The story is that of a small town spelling bee, featuring a cast of eccentric characters. The setting and story are pure fiction and lots of fun. If you are not …

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Annie The Ageless Orphan

What: Annie When: October 21-26 Where: Times-Union Center’s Moran Theater Info: www.artistseriesjax.org The producers of are redefining the timeless Broadway musical’s roots by bringing the original lyricist  to the helm. This new production will be a classic incarnation of the beloved original, featuring book and score by Tony Award-winners , , and . Annie includes the memorable songs as ‘It’s the Hard Knock Life,’ ‘Easy Street,’ ‘I Don’t Need Anything But You,’ as well as the eternal anthem of optimism, ‘Tomorrow.’ In the title role of Annie is 9-year-old .  will star as . In the role of  is . …

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La Caroline

It was 462 years ago (1562) that  Captain  and a group of French explorers sailed west on the Atlantic Ocean and into the mouth of the St. Johns River. Ribault named this river that runs north the River of May (thus, ), and he and his men met and exchanged gifts with the indigenous Timucua Indian tribes, who had lived here for thousands of years. According to maritime journals, Ribault and the French explorers set a large stone pillar carved toward the top with three fleur-de-lis firmly into the ground by the water’s edge and claimed this beautiful, pristine land …

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Sun, Fun & Summer Camps

Summer camp does not have to be the dreaded rite of passage that it used to be, with endless days of failed archery attempts, mosquito bites, and Popsicle stick crafts. Kids today have more to look forward to than campfire singalongs and burnt marshmallows on a flaming stick. Whether they are active and outdoorsy or dramatic and creative, there are a multitude of summer camp options available that will entertain and educate children of all ages. PAINT SOME SUMMER FUN! [email protected] Nine week-long creative sessions beginning June 9 for ages 4-14 in the museum, as well as the University of …

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Memphis: The Musical – theatre review

“” opened Tuesday night at the  in downtown Jacksonville and will continue through Sunday March 23. For tickets, call (904) 442-2929 or visit artistseriesjax.org.  is like a travel bureau for North Florida theatre-goers. Last month, we took a two-hour trip to England and France during the era of the First World War with “.” This week our trip is to Memphis, Tennessee during the 1950s, where thanks to great music and outstanding singing and dancing, we experience the birth of Rock and Roll. The plot is loosely based on the life and career of , who in the early 1950s …

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