Tag Archives: Nathan H. Wilson Center for the Arts

American La Ronde: A Provocative Dietz Play Staged by FSCJ Dramaworks

American La Ronde: A Provocative Dietz Play Staged by FSCJ Dramaworks

A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW  Florida State College of Jacksonville staged the North Florida premiere of American La Ronde, by noted playwright , during October 31 – November 3, 2019. The script is based on Reigen a much older play by Vienna writer Arthur Schnitzler (1862 – 1931).  The play, written in German in 1890, portrays sexuality in a social context. It was first staged in 1920, and was not well-received by the public. A storm of criticism led to a court case. And although the charge of immorality was dismissed, Schnitzler no longer allowed productions in German-speaking countries. However, the work …

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Joseph A. Strasser

Documentary Honoring a Generous Supporter: The Legacy of Joseph A. Strasser

For , life is a numbers game. The successful financier and philanthropist budgeted many years of his life to building a career in finance and public administration. He’s now the subject of a 13-minute documentary that details and preserves the legacy of an unusual life well-lived. Directed by Ana Paula Habib and Isaac Brown, “The Legacy of Joseph A. Strasser” recounts his story, beginning with his escape from the Holocaust and immigration to the United States as a small child. The film will be screened October 24 at the . The event will honor his life, surviving the hardship of …

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Taste of Sunrise, FSCJ DramaWorks

“The Taste of Sunrise” is a Play from Two Worlds, English and American Sign Language

Florida State College of Jacksonville DramaWorks Review DramaWorks presented playwright Suzan Zeder’s dynamic and intriguing “The Taste of Sunrise” November 8-11 at in Jacksonville. Directed by Professor of Theatre . It was his 49th production as the head of FSCJ’s Theatre Performance at South Campus. As a critic, I have seen most of his work over the years and have always looked forward to his productions, which ran from musicals to comedy, to serious and have been always entertaining and thought-provoking. In “The Taste of Sunrise” he presented a play from two worlds with two languages: English and American Sign …

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'Young Frankenstein' FSCJ Summer Musical

‘Young Frankenstein’ FSCJ Summer Musical Theatre Review

A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW The FSCJ Artist Series and the Nathan H. Wilson Center for the Arts debuted the thirteenth annual High School Summer Musical Theatre Experience (SMTE) on July 20th, 2018 with “,” Mel Brooks’ zany musical, which runs through July 29th. The musical is based Brooks’ 1974 black and white comedy-horror film by the same name. The film became and remains a cult passion; DVDs are available in public libraries and on-line, and it’s screened on television from time to time. Brooks wrote the lyrics and music for all but one of the songs in the adaptation (“Puttin’ …

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The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales

A Dual Critics Florida State College of Jacksonville Fine Arts Dept. Review The presented ’s comedy entitled “” during November 2 – 5, 2017. It was staged at the , at 11901 Beach Boulevard. The play was inspired by a children’s book of the same name by Jon Sciezka and Lane Smith which was published in 1992 and has acquired a wide and devoted audience. This production was directed by , who has been Professor of Theatre and head of FSCJ’s Theatre Performance Program at South Campus for the past twenty-four years. During this time, he has staged a vast …

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SUMMER STAGING: FSCJ’s Summer Musical Theatre Experience Presents WEST SIDE STORY

The Florida State College at Jacksonville High School Summer Musical Theatre Experience is celebrating its 12th anniversary with a presentation of the West Side Story July 21-30 at the . Open to local area high school students, the pairs young thespians with some of the highest recognized local theatre directors, choreographers and musicians for an immersive stage experience. To audition, students must have completed the 7th grade prior to rehearsal. High school graduates may participate if they have just graduated in the current year. This summer, more than 70 student performers and technicians will be directed by in preparation for …

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FSCJ Artist Series presents Capitol Steps Live 2016, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Jacksonville, Florida

Climbing The Political Beanstalk with Elaina Newport of “CAPITOL STEPS”

It was the Senate office Christmas party in 1981 when and her fellow staffers first lampooned their political contemporaries in song. Performing a parody of your workplace in front of the boss who also happens to hold a public office is a bold move. Newport waited for the fallout that never came. “We worked up a few songs and we really thought we’d do it once and be told to stop, get fired or both,” she says. “And we were sort of surprised when someone said ‘hey,we have our party next week. Will you do our party, too?’ No one …

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The Artist Series Celebrates 50 Years of Broadway with a Month of Shows

Fifty years after making its local debut, the has become the primary source for Broadway musicals and plays, concerts, comedy, and dance in the Southeast. Originally developed as a vehicle to make the arts more accessible to students, the FSCJ Artist Series brings quality entertainment to individuals of all ages and all tastes with its unique blend of musical and dramatic presentations. The FSCJ Artist Series complete listing of 2016 shows will feature Broadway, Off Broadway, International Dance, International Opera, Family, and the Concert & Variety Series. Performances will be held at the and the . The New Year begins …

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Follow A Yellow Brick Road – “THE WIZARD OF OZ”

FSCJ HIGH SCHOOL SUMMER MUSICAL REVIEW The 10th Annual FSCJ High School Musical opened on stage at the at 11901 Beach Boulevard in Jacksonville, Florida on July 24, 2015. This year’s selection, which will run through August 2, is “.” You have probably seen one or more versions of what has become one of America’s most popular family musicals, enjoyed by children and adults of all ages. When wrote “The Wonderful World of Oz,” a children’s novel which was first published in 1900, he could not possibly have envisioned its future success as an enduring classic, capturing both the imagination …

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