Bernstein’s MASS: A Theatre Piece for Singers, Players, and Dancers

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UCF Celebrates the Arts 2018 opens with a tip of the hat to one of classical music’s most iconic artists: Leonard Bernstein. Leonard Bernstein at 100, a two-year global celebration of the life and career of the 20th century cultural giant with more than 2,000 events on six continents, kicked off in the fall of 2017 and UCF is pleased to be able to honor this musical composer, conductor, and educator. 

Mass: A Theatre Piece for Singers, Players, and Dancers is an enormous and ambitious piece, with more than 200 musicians, vocalists, and dancers on stage. Written for the inauguration of the Kennedy Center in 1971, the controversial piece gave voice to an anti-war youth culture that was seeking truth and transparency from its government. Though Mass challenges divine authority, exposing its contradictions and questioning religion’s relevance to contemporary life, it ultimately serves as a reaffirmation of faith and hope for universal peace.

The eclecticism of Mass‘s music reflects the multifaceted nature of Bernstein’s career, with blues, rock, gospel, folk, Broadway, and jazz idioms appearing side by side with 12-tone serialism, symphonic marches, solemn hymns, Middle Eastern dances, orchestral meditations, and lush chorales, all united in a single dramatic event with recurring musical motifs. Bernstein uses the uninhibitedly tonal rock ‘n’ roll of the Street Chorus to challenge the dogmatic, atonal music of the Church; ultimately, the musical argument is resolved with a glorious, tonal chorale (“Almighty Father”) sung by the entire company.

Join the UCF Symphony Orchestra, UCF Choirs, Theatre UCF singers and dancers, and School of Performing Arts alumni at this “Massive” centenary event!

Tickets for UCF Celebrates the Arts will be available starting March 1. For a complete schedule, ticket reservations and other information, visit the festival’s website at www.arts.ucf.edu.

Bernstein’s MASS: A Theatre Piece for Singers, Players, and Dancers

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UCF Celebrates the Arts 2018 opens with a tip of the hat to one of classical music’s most iconic artists: Leonard Bernstein. Leonard Bernstein at 100, a two-year global celebration of the life and career of the 20th century cultural giant with more than 2,000 events on six continents, kicked off in the fall of 2017 and UCF is pleased to be able to honor this musical composer, conductor, and educator. 

Mass: A Theatre Piece for Singers, Players, and Dancers is an enormous and ambitious piece, with more than 200 musicians, vocalists, and dancers on stage. Written for the inauguration of the Kennedy Center in 1971, the controversial piece gave voice to an anti-war youth culture that was seeking truth and transparency from its government. Though Mass challenges divine authority, exposing its contradictions and questioning religion’s relevance to contemporary life, it ultimately serves as a reaffirmation of faith and hope for universal peace.

The eclecticism of Mass‘s music reflects the multifaceted nature of Bernstein’s career, with blues, rock, gospel, folk, Broadway, and jazz idioms appearing side by side with 12-tone serialism, symphonic marches, solemn hymns, Middle Eastern dances, orchestral meditations, and lush chorales, all united in a single dramatic event with recurring musical motifs. Bernstein uses the uninhibitedly tonal rock ‘n’ roll of the Street Chorus to challenge the dogmatic, atonal music of the Church; ultimately, the musical argument is resolved with a glorious, tonal chorale (“Almighty Father”) sung by the entire company.

Join the UCF Symphony Orchestra, UCF Choirs, Theatre UCF singers and dancers, and School of Performing Arts alumni at this “Massive” centenary event!

Tickets for UCF Celebrates the Arts will be available starting March 1. For a complete schedule, ticket reservations and other information, visit the festival’s website at www.arts.ucf.edu.

THE BIGOT PLAY

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THE BIGOT Play-

What happens when Jim the biggest Bigot in the country needs an African American lesbian to save his life…

THE BIGOT It’s a story that tackles the most important issue of our time; it’s intense, provocative and sensitive all at once. Most importantly, it provides a much-needed spirit of hope: That even the most cynical among us can find common ground.

An amazing story about Jim an equal opportunity bigot, Jim is intolerant on the basis of religion, politics, sexual orientation, gender and ethnicity – he hates them all and is happy to let them know it. That he hasn’t yet converted his adult liberal son, Seth, to be like him is a source of never-ending frustration. Well, almost as annoying as the two lesbians living next door- An African American Aysha and Paula.
But “The Bigot” is about to get the shock of his life, and so are you.
When things don’t go Jim’s way and his life starts to crumble in front of his (and our) eyes, something happens that changes not only his life forever, it changes everybody around him.

THE BIGOT PLAY

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THE BIGOT Play-

What happens when Jim the biggest Bigot in the country needs an African American lesbian to save his life…

THE BIGOT It’s a story that tackles the most important issue of our time; it’s intense, provocative and sensitive all at once. Most importantly, it provides a much-needed spirit of hope: That even the most cynical among us can find common ground.

An amazing story about Jim an equal opportunity bigot, Jim is intolerant on the basis of religion, politics, sexual orientation, gender and ethnicity – he hates them all and is happy to let them know it. That he hasn’t yet converted his adult liberal son, Seth, to be like him is a source of never-ending frustration. Well, almost as annoying as the two lesbians living next door- An African American Aysha and Paula.
But “The Bigot” is about to get the shock of his life, and so are you.
When things don’t go Jim’s way and his life starts to crumble in front of his (and our) eyes, something happens that changes not only his life forever, it changes everybody around him.

THE BIGOT PLAY

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THE BIGOT Play-

What happens when Jim the biggest Bigot in the country needs an African American lesbian to save his life…

THE BIGOT It’s a story that tackles the most important issue of our time; it’s intense, provocative and sensitive all at once. Most importantly, it provides a much-needed spirit of hope: That even the most cynical among us can find common ground.

An amazing story about Jim an equal opportunity bigot, Jim is intolerant on the basis of religion, politics, sexual orientation, gender and ethnicity – he hates them all and is happy to let them know it. That he hasn’t yet converted his adult liberal son, Seth, to be like him is a source of never-ending frustration. Well, almost as annoying as the two lesbians living next door- An African American Aysha and Paula.
But “The Bigot” is about to get the shock of his life, and so are you.
When things don’t go Jim’s way and his life starts to crumble in front of his (and our) eyes, something happens that changes not only his life forever, it changes everybody around him.

Petunia and Chicken

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Animal Engine Presents “Petunia and Chicken” at Orlando Fringe.

From the creators of last year’s hit DARLINGS comes a 2 person epic prairie love story inspired by the works of Midwest author Willa Cather.
Petunia, an indomitable immigrant girl determined to tame the wild land around her, meets Chicken, a right smart boy with dreams of great adventures. As the joys of their youth give way to the harsh realities of adulthood, they struggle to stay together. Sprawling fields of wheat, bustling train stations, rain-soaked kisses, wind-blown hair, and the rest of Petunia and Chicken’s world are brought to life with imagination, movement, and song.
Created and performed by Animal Engine Theatre Company Co-Artistic Directors Carrie Brown and Karim Muasher, with direction from frequent collaborator Melinda Jean Ferraraccio.
All performances in Yellow Venue (Goldman Theater at the Orlando Shakespeare Center)

Masterwork at TiFf

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A painter struggles with her identity and ability to express herself as years pass and she becomes a wife and mother. Masterwork by Karissa Barber follows the artist from her Bohemian studio apartment to white picket fence. Is it possible to regain something she sacrificed for the life she chose?

 

Tampa International Fringe Festival May 11-14th, 2017  will be the world premiere of Masterwork and audiences can expect a riveting argument, playful dialogue, charming romance, and a little tragedy; the broad range of theatre in this two-person 60 minute production.

 

Karissa Barber is an Orlando and Tampa award-winning actress writing and producing her first play, Masterwork for the Tampa International Fringe Festival. Thirteen years married to her college sweetheart and four kids later, this Lakelander has sought to capture the familiar struggle of balancing passion with personal life through this original piece.

 

Winning Theatre Tampa Bay‘s award for “Outstanding Featured Actress” in October, Barber is elated to return to the Tampa theatre scene with this poignant, raw, honest piece. Joining Barber in this two person show is Lakeland-based morning radio show host, Christopher Roden playing the painter’s husband.

 

Masterwork features artwork from painter Michael J. Citak and original music from Benjamin Arnold with lyrics by Jeffrey Peacock. Directed by newcomer Drew Arnold and stage management by Gail Vann. Technical direction by Dutch Salaz and costume design by Chrissy Plunkett.

 

Masterwork plays at the Silver Meteor Gallery on:

Thursday, May 11th at 9:10 pm

Saturday, May 13 at 5:05 pm

Sunday, May 14 at 3:50 pm

 

Silver Meteor Gallery is located at: 2213 E 6th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605

Tickets are $11 and can be ordered in advance at http://tampafringe.org/tiff/masterwork/

 

To learn more about Karissa Barber visit  www.karissabarber.com or follow her on Instagram @theactingmom. To contact Barber email karissaannbarber@gmail.com.

Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo

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Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo

Public On-Sale: 2 p.m., Friday, June 10, 2016
Dr. Phillips Center Members get Pre-Sale Access.

Show date: Friday, February 17, 2017
Show times: 7 p.m.
Tickets start at $17.50
Walt Disney Theater

Get ready for the ultimate playdate – 65 million years in the making – as Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live guides your family on a breathtaking tour through pre-historic Australia. You’ll observe, meet and interact with an eye-popping collection of amazingly life-like dinosaurs and other creatures presented in a theatrical performance that will thrill and entertain kids while stimulating their imaginations in ways that will forever connect them to their world. Brought to life by a team of skilled performers and puppeteers, and designed with the help of professional paleontologists, Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live’s puppets are so extraordinarily realistic, you may feel the urge to run and hide – but don’t! You won’t want to miss a minute of this fun, unique, entertaining and educational live show created by Erth Visual & Physical of Sydney, Australia.

A Christmas Carol

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Sun, Dec 18 at 2 and 7pm

The Nebraska Theatre Caravan, the professional touring wing of the Omaha Community Playhouse, returns to Clearwater with its delightful stage production of Charles Dickens’ holiday classic A Christmas Carol, playing at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Sunday, December 18, 2016 at 2 and 7 pm.

This fully staged musical version of Charles Dickens’ classic tale has become a Yuletide tradition. The story was adapted for the stage by Charles Jones, former executive director of the Omaha Community Playhouse in Omaha, Nebraska. The Caravan has been touring this adaptation of A Christmas Carol since 1979. It is one of the most widely viewed productions of the Dickens tale in the nation, annually performing for over 100,000 people in over 60 cities across the country.

A cherished tradition, this is the longest-running touring production of A Christmas Carol features a spirited ensemble of 23 performers who bring Dickens’ fable of redemption to life on a magical set created by noted designer James Othuse. A full array of timeless carols such as God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Away In a Manger and Here We Come A-Wassailing are interwoven within this beloved Dickens classic, Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Future guide Scrooge on a journey of redemption as he discovers the spirit of Christmas and a new life filled with joy and love.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

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THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME, winner of five 2015 Tony Awards® including BEST PLAY, is coming to Tampa!

Hailed as “One of the most fully immersive works ever to wallop Broadway” by The New York Times, this “dazzling” (Associated Press) adaptation is the Tony Award®-winning new play by Simon Stephens, adapted from Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel and directed by Tony winner Marianne Elliott.

Fifteen-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain; he is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor’s dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever.

The Thursday, Nov. 10, performance will be sign language interpreted.

Stay tuned for on-sale information!

Kim Richey

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Longtime rambler on the plains of Americana music, Kim Richey straddles the roads of country and pop with a simple strumming guitar style for her straightforward songs about life. Pam Tillis and Trisha Yearwood borrowed Richey songs for their albums, and Yearwood provided harmonies for Thorn in My Heart, Richey’s latest, critically-acclaimed album which also included members of Wilco and My Morning Jacket.

Steven Tyler

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Following the success of his critically-acclaimed sold-out Lincoln Center concert event on May 2, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Icon Steven Tyler is bringing STEVEN TYLER…OUT ON A LIMB across the country for a limited-run 19-city North American solo tour, which includes the only Florida stop at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Monday, August 29 at 8 pm.

STEVEN TYLER…OUT ON A LIMB brings the legendary frontman to a series of intimate venues for a once-in-a-lifetime evening with rock royalty. Backed by his Nashville-based band, Loving Mary, the GRAMMY® Award-winning Tyler gets up-close-and-personal like never before as he shares his real-life heartaches, trials and tribulations from his piano upbringing to worldwide fame and life with his band. In a time-traveling musical journey that spans his career, the industry Icon does not hold back as he recounts in-depth stories of his life from his musical ancestors in Calabria, Italy all the way to Route 440 and Nashville’s country music. Directed by award-winning director, Brett Ratner, the intimate concert performance STEVEN TYLER…OUT ON A LIMB first premiered at Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall as a benefit for Tyler’s philanthropic initiative, Janie’s Fund.