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Did you know...Seminole State's Theatre program offers students design, technical and behind the scenes experience, as well as refining acting skills.
Note: General parking for the Fine Arts Theatre is available in Lot 9. Accessible parking is available in Lot 11, north of the Fine Arts Building. Click here for a map of the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus.
The Glass Menagerie
By Tennessee Williams
Oct. 5, 6, 11, 12 and 13 at 7:30 p.m.
"The Glass Menagerie" is Tennessee Williams’ first commercial hit and most beloved play. It catapulted the one-time factory worker to fame as the preeminent poetical bard of the South and the most innovative American playwright. Set in St. Louis in 1937, this groundbreaking memory play is narrated through the eyes of young Williams himself in the character of Tom Wingfield, an aspiring poet who dreams of escaping his shoe-factory job and the apartment he shares with his cripplingly shy sister, Laura; overbearing mother, Amanda; and the ghost of his father, who deserted them. Left with little means to survive during the Great Depression, Amanda sees Laura and Tom as the last chance for the family’s future and looks to them to restore her fading dreams of an era of debutante balls, gentlemen callers, and Southern gentility. Audiences both laugh and cry while embracing Williams’ literary masterpiece, which explores the glasslike fragility of a family who, while broken in life, still endures in poetical memory.
Book by Joe Masteroff
Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 6, 7 and 8 at 7:30 p.m.
The epic musical "Cabaret" first debuted on Broadway in 1966. Based on Christopher Isherwood’s "Goodbye to Berlin," it was first dramatized for stage in "I Am a Camera." Set in the Kit Kat Klub during the rise of Nazism, "Cabaret" captures the decadence and despair of Germany between the wars, telling the story of Sally Bowles, a 19-year-old jazz singer and her tangled relationship with American writer Cliff Bradshaw. Sally’s struggles to find herself in a dying Berlin are heart-wrenching and riveting. "Cabaret" features an eclectic cast headlined by the flamboyant Emcee and the colorful Kit Kat girls. The setting is a sizzling 1930s jazz club beckoning us to “Come to the Cabaret.”
“'Cabaret' has to be one of the greatest musicals of all time – if not actually THE greatest musical of all time. Not only does it have some stunning songs and fascinating characters, it also has a compelling and highly political story line with a message from history that can’t be ignored.” – Peter Brown, London Theatre Guide – Online
King Hedley II
By August Wilson
Feb. 8, 9, 14, 15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m.
"King Hedley II" is the eighth installment in Seminole State’s August Wilson project. The story is set in the Hill district of Pittsburgh in 1985, where Hedley longs to make a better life for his family and himself by fighting the oppression he faces daily. This story chronicles the ups and downs Hedley experiences in true Wilson fashion, raw and multidimensional characters included.
“What is perhaps Wilson’s greatest achievement here is crafting a play that’s relentlessly downbeat in its tone and yet not a depressing experience. With some virtuoso writing, he does manage to raise this work to a grand level.” – Steve Oxman, Variety
Adapted by Sarah Ruhl
April 5, 6, 11, 12 and 13 at 7:30 p.m.
Sarah Ruhl is a hot new American playwright whose whimsical and poignant writing has gained her critical acclaim and popularity. In "Eurydice," Ruhl retells the myth of Orpheus from the perspective of his wife (Eurydice). The story follows Eurydice in her struggle to choose between her father in Hades and her husband on Earth.
“Ms. Ruhl’s magical play about the joys and trials of living and dying invites the happiest kind of commemoration. Like all fine poems, songs and paintings, it’s a love letter to the world that deserves to be remembered for a good long time.” – Charles Isherwood, The New York Times
Spring into Dance
April 26 and 27 at 8 p.m.
“Creative” and “captivating” are just a few words that describe the modern dance showcase that is featured at Seminole State College each spring. Eric Yow’s choreography embraces many expressive forms and styles of dance. We look forward to the ever-new and experimental shows that he creates for us. This year, the advanced dance classes at Seminole State will join with special guest performers to provide audiences with the thrill and passion that all dance enthusiasts enjoy.
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