March 1, 2008

Volume 4 Issue 3




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Upcoming Events this Month...


The World of Mr. Imagination
Crealdé School of Art


East Coast
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
The Little Theatre of New Smyrna Beach

Gulf Coast
The Highwaymen
The Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art

Miami & the Keys
Roy Lichtenstein Monumental Sculptures
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

North Central
Phillips Center

Jay Shoots Portrait Works
Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach


Celtic Woman
Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center



La Boheme
: Okaloosa-Walton College’s Mattie Kelly Center for the Fine and Performing Arts


Agnes of God
Palm Beach Dramaworks

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Carbonell Committee Recognizes Mosaic Theatre with a Dozen Nominations!
Plantation - Mosaic Theatre just received 12 Carbonell Award Nominations, the most for any one season in the theater's history. The ceremony will be held at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts on April 7.

  • Best Play: Glengarry Glen Ross

  • Best Play: Talk Radio

  • Best Director: Richard Jay Simon, Glengarry Glen Ross

  • Best Director: Richard Jay Simon, Talk Radio

  • Best Ensemble: Glengarry Glen Ross

  • Best Actor in a Play: John Felix, Guest Artist

  • Best Actor in a Play: Paul Tei, Talk Radio

  • Best Supporting Actor: Paul Tei, Glengarry Glen Ross

  • Best Actress in a Play: Pilar Uribe, 9 Parts of Desire

  • Best Scenic Design: Sean McClelland, Talk Radio

  • Best Scenic Design: Sean McClelland, Guest Artist

  • Best Sound Design: Matt Corey, Talk Radio

New Sculptures Chosen for Eighth Annual Florida Outdoor Sculpture Competition
LAKELAND, FL. - Polk Museum of Art and the City of Winter Haven are pleased to announce the selection of ten new sculptures for display in the Central Park area of Winter Haven. Sculptures selected include a bird stalking a snake, a tower made of human figures, a man with a guitar, a stone female figure, and several beautiful abstract pieces.

The selected artists and sculptures to be displayed are:

  • Carl Billingsley (Ayden, NC), Prism Arc I, Painted steel, 4' x 5' x 9'

  • Mark Dickson (Tallahassee, FL), Man with a Guitar, Welded plate steel, painted, 7'h x 4'w x 2'd

  • Mark Yale Harris (Santa Fe, NM), Recoil, Bronze edition of 8, 46" x 33" x 42"

  • Dennis J. Howland (Tallahassee, FL), Steppin Out (To the Moon, Alice!), Cast recycled
    aluminum and acrylic, 11'3" x 8'6" x 9'6"

  • Hanna Jubran (Grimelsand, NC), Sounds of the Elements, Stainless Steel, 17'h x 8'w x 30"d

  • Albert Kriston (Winter Haven, FL), Reach, Bronze, 9'6" x 32"w x 36"d

  • Rob Lorenson (Middleboro, MA), Red Lion, Painted aluminum, 96" x 108" x 50"

  • Doug Makemson (Nicholson, GA), Blind Date, Stainless steel, copper, 6'h x 8'w x 7'l and
    2'h x 2'w x 4'l

  • Phillip T. Smith (Columbia, MD), Minotaur, Soapstone, steel, 4.5' x 2' x 1'

  • Glenn Zweygardt (Alfred Station, NY), Bi Polar Hydra, Marble, cast bronze, cast glass,
    105"h x 42"w x 16"d

The sculptures will be installed in early March and will remain on display until February of next year. A full color catalogue will be produced to accompany the exhibition.


March 1 - An Historic Day for the Orlando Philharmonic!
Orlando - Saturday, March 1, 2008 marks an historic day for the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra with several major events on the agenda. The Orlando Philharmonic is proud to be the host of the first annual conference for the newly-formed League of Florida Orchestras, held on Saturday, March 1. Over 30 orchestras from around the state will be in attendance. As part of this, Jesse Rosen, the new President of the League of AMERICAN Orchestras (formerly American Symphony Orchestra League), will attend the conference during the day, and will speak from the stage on Saturday night at the Philharmonic’s concert, Rockwell Rhapsody.


Florida Studio Theatre Operations Change
The 2007 - 2008 Season is Operating under a LORT D Contract

Sarasota - Florida Studio Theatre opened its 2007 - 2008 Season with the Award-winning musical Altar Boyz on October 10th and for the first time operated under a LORT D contract. The contract applies to both the Keating Mainstage and Gompertz Stage III performances. The Stage III Season recently opened its Season with In the Belly of the Beast. Previous productions operated under a SPT (Small Professional Theatre) contract. Florida Studio Theatre is now operating under an agreement between The League of Resident Theatres and Actor's Equity Association. LORT is an organization of professional non-profit theatres which helps to promote the general welfare of resident theatres by acting on behalf of its members in labor relations and before government agencies. The Actors' Equity Association is the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States.


Art and Culture Center of Hollywood Promotes Marla Hofer to Business Manager
Hollywood– The Art and Culture Center of Hollywood has promoted Marla Hofer to business manager. Formerly, Hofer was the Center’s finance coordinator for more than three years. Hofer, who has a B.A. degree from Columbia College in Chicago, is working on earning her master’s degree in Arts, Entertainment and Media Management from that university. Prior to relocating to Florida, the Illinois native worked for seven years as a certified brainwave biofeedback technician and held a real estate license. When she is not working at the Center or on her master’s thesis, she is writing a thriller about a black ops organization. A classically trained opera singer, she has toured Greece and Italy.


Art and Culture Center of Hollywood Names Jeffrey H. Lynn Assistant to the Executive Director
Hollywood– The Art and Culture Center of Hollywood has named Jeffrey H. Lynn assistant to Center Executive Director Joy Satterlee. In his new position, Lynn will be responsible for managing the office, overseeing front desk personnel, assisting the executive director and director of philanthropy in revenue generating endeavors, and performing other tasks and projects as needed.
Lynn, who has a B.S. degree in public relations from University of Florida, was formerly the front desk guest services assistant for Doubletree Guest Suites in Boca Raton, where he was this year’s “Caught Employee of the Summer.” Prior to Doubletree, he was the team leader of guest services for Target in Fort Lauderdale. Among his career highlights are managing the coordination of preview screenings of 100 films in 30 days at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival; receiving Florida International University’s (FIU) Service Employee of the Month in July 2002; being the 1996 winner of the ShoWest National Film Promotion Award; and staging and executing the largest charity theater opening in American Mulit-Cinema Inc. (AMC) history, raising $175,000 for 24 charities.


Two Orlando Opera Studio Artists Strike Chord at
Metropolitan Opera Regional Competition in Atlanta
Orlando - Twelve young singers from Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Florida took part in the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions on Saturday, January 26, at Spivey Hall on campus at Clayton State University outside of Atlanta. Of the twelve Southeast Regional Finalists, two were current Orlando Opera Studio Artists. After advancing from the Florida District competition, held January 19 in Winter Park, the John and Audrey Ruggieri Orlando Opera Studio baritone Nimrod Weisbrod and the Chuck & Lynn Steinmetz Orlando Opera Studio mezzo-soprano Sarah Limper went on to receive honors in the Atlanta competition. This year's winners were announced by Dr. John C. LaForge, Southeast Regional Auditions Director (also Coordinator of Music for Fulton County Schools and a member of the Spivey Hall Education Committee):

  • The Atlanta Opera Guild Encouragement Award ($300): mezzo-soprano Sarah Limper, age 26, Florida

  • The Peg Gary Encouragement Award ($300): mezzo-soprano Kaitlyn Costello, age 22, Georgia

  • Third Place Winner ($400 Metropolian Opera National Council Award; $600 Southeast Regional Fund Award): baritone Nimrod Weisbrod, age 27, Florida

  • This year there are two First Place Winners, each of which will receive $4000 and will travel to New York to sing at The Met National Audition Semi-finals on Sunday, February 17. The two First Place Winners are soprano Carolina Castells, age 25, of Florida and tenor Rene Barbera, age 23, of North Carolina

The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens to Announce Groundbreaking Commencement on New Edward W. Lane, Jr. Building
Jacksonville - The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens will announce the groundbreaking commencement for the planned restoration of the new Edward W. Lane, Jr. Building (former Woman’s Club of Jacksonville), with a major leadership announcement from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation. Purchased by the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens in February 2005, restoration on the building serves to preserve and protect this landmark, while providing additional civic space for lectures, community-based programs and events, as well as generate revenue through facility rental.

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