February 1, 2008

Volume 4 Issue 2




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Upcoming Events this Month...


Crazy For You
IceHouse Theatre


East Coast
DeLand Theatre Festival
Sands Theater Center

Gulf Coast
A Blessing To One Another: Pope John Paul II & The Jewish People
Florida Holocaust Museum

Miami & the Keys
2nd Annual Sobay Festival of the Arts
Deering Estate

North Central
The Worlds of Fingerman
Phillips Center Black Box Theatre

A Kiowa’s Odyssey: A Sketchbook from Ft. Marion
The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens


‘Full & Spare’- Ceramics in the 21st Century


Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre

European Cabaret
FST’s Goldstein Cabaret

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Secretary of State Announces Florida Main Street Community of the Month
TALLAHASSEE - Secretary of State Kurt S. Browning announced today that Kissimmee Main Street has been designated the Florida Main Street Community of the Month for January 2008. Communities are selected based on their participation in the Florida Main Street Program. Kissimmee Main Street was designated a Florida Main Street Community in 1997. This marks the second time in less than a year that Kissimmee has earned the Community of the Month distinction, evidence of the community’s commitment to the Main Street approach. Selection is determined by a system of accumulated points based on community participation in statewide and national conferences and training, hosting of Florida Main Street events, and consistent delivery of quarterly and annual reports to the Florida Main Street coordinator.

MIAMI - Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County welcomes Magalie Austin to the Performing Arts Center Trust Board of Directors. Austin has been appointed to the Trust Board by Miami-Dade County Commissioner Audrey Edmonson. Austin is currently assistant dean of career planning and placement at the Florida International University College of Law.

Puccini’s Turandot Boasts Largest Performing
Forces Ever By Orlando Opera Company
Conductor, Maestro Anton Coppola of Famed Coppola Family, Performed at 1927 U.S. Premier of the Puccini Masterpiece
ORLANDO. – Orlando Opera Company is working to launch an April production of Puccini’s Turandot, boasting the largest number of performing forces ever used by the half-century-old company. “The thrilling use of large dramatic voices combine with the huge number of choral forces, supernumeraries, and orchestra to provide the biggest spectacle Orlando Opera Company has ever produced,” stated OOC’s President and CEO Jim Ireland. Orlando Opera Company’s Turandot boasts 10 singers in lead roles, a 72-member chorus, a 16-member children’s chorus, 54 Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra musicians, 1 conductor, and 50 supernumeraries—not to mention another 79 working behind-the-scenes on stage management and direction, wardrobe, wigs/makeup, stage hands, and production-related administration. In total, 203 performers will be seen or heard and an impressive 282 (plus) individuals will have worked to bring the Puccini masterpiece to life at Orlando’s Bob Carr Auditorium.


Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida travels to Europe
Miami - Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida, under the artistic direction of Russian Choreographer Vladimir Issaev, will begin an international tour at the Poznan Opera House in Poland, also called The Teatr Wielki on March of this year. The company will perform Vladimir Issaev’s “Suite of Waltzes” with music of Venezuelan composer Teresa Carreño. The piece, of a neo-classical style, was made by Issaev for 6 female dancers and expresses different emotions: Melancholy, Joy, Sadness, Hope, Love, and Loneliness. This piece is a trademark of the company and audiences always enjoy the beauty and plasticity of the entire ensemble.


BROADWAY BABIES A Smashing Success on January 21, 2008 Fundraiser Organized by Friends of Caldwell Volunteers Raised The Roof
Boca Raton– Fourteen musical theater pros and their professional piano accompanist performed for an audience primed for an evening of fantastic Broadway musical entertainment at Caldwell Theatre Company’s Third Annual Broadway Babies Fundraiser. The musical review of Broadway standards included gems by Steven Sondheim, Irving Berlin and Rodgers and Hart, just to name a few of musical theater’s greatest songwriters represented.

Bach Festival Society Receives Grant from the Community Foundation of Central Florida
Winter Park - The Bach Festival Society of Winter Park is pleased to announce it has received a grant from the Winter Park Community Foundation funds of the Community Foundation of Central Florida in support of its "Strengthening the Future" initiative. This initiative is designed to strengthen the Society's ability to attain the highest level of financial stability, audience development, and customer service. "This grant from the Community Foundation of Central Florida will allow the Society to maintain significantly better communication with its donors, volunteers, and patrons through the purchase equipment, software, and related training. We are very grateful to the support of the Community Foundation of Central Florida." said Elizabeth Gwinn, Executive Director.


Valencia Announces Winner of Playwright Competition
Orlando - The Valencia Character Company is proud to announce Michelle Roensfarb, from Plantation, Florida, as the winner of its 17th annual Original Play Competition among Florida playwrights. Ms. Rosenfarb's winning script, The Gates of Choice, will be appear as a fully-staged production from March 18-22, 2008 at the Black Box Theater on Valencia Community College's East Campus. The drama is set in an Orthodox Jewish district in Israel, where a young woman tests the boundaries of her family, her community and her religion in a timely and compelling coming-of-age story.


CORAL GABLES - Twenty years ago a small theatre company was born in a Kendall strip mall. Actors’ Playhouse Productions was the fulfillment of a life-long dream for co-founders Dr. Lawrence E. Stein and wife Barbara S. Stein, who wanted to create a theatre in South Dade to fill the void of cultural activities. Since these humble beginnings on Kendall Drive, Actors’ Playhouse has grown into the largest regional award-winning professional theatre in South Florida, one of 22 Miami-Dade County Cultural Institutions, and the managing agent of the historic Miracle Theatre in Coral Gables.


Kravis Center Establishes Helen K. Persson Endowment Society
West Palm Beach - The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts has announced the establishment of the Helen K. Persson Endowment Society, recognizing members whose financial contributions to the permanent endowment will keep the center operating for generations to come. Kravis Center Chairman William A. Meyer made the announcement during the Kravis Center’s 2007-2008 annual Gala Benefit on Jan. 16. The Kravis Center has established the Helen K. Persson Endowment Society to recognize the generosity and vision of donors who help ensure the future of the Kravis Center through their gifts to the permanent endowment.


Miami - National business leader and philanthropist, Adrienne Arsht, will bring Miami’s performing arts center financial security with a $30 million donation. The gift was announced today by Sherwood (Woody) Weiser, Foundation Chairman Emeritus. In recognition of the gift, the former Carnival Center for the Performing Arts will be renamed the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County. Carnival Corporation graciously agreed to relinquish the naming rights in favor of this new major donation.


Mosaic Announces Inaugural Spirit Award Recipients for 2008!
Mosaic Theatre is proud to announce the winners of its first annual SPIRIT AWARD to be presented at the "Black and White Ball" on March 8th. This prestigious award recognizes extraordinary souls who help drive the mission of the Mosaic Theatre and cultural arts in Broward County forward. Our winners have demonstrated excellence in the areas of leadership, creativity, commitment and passion for the arts. This year we are thrilled to bestow the inaugural SPIRIT AWARDS upon William Laurie, Founder of American Heritage School, and Mary Becht, Director of Broward County Cultural Division.

TALLAHASSEE - Leo McCarthy, program director of the EMMA Concert Association, lauded the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra for its "seamless shower of beautiful sound" after The TSO performed two holiday concerts at Flagler College Auditorium in St. Augustine. The TSO performances were scheduled in a flurry of calls and paper "snow" after the Jacksonville Symphony Association canceled its contract during a musician lockout over union negotiations.

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