Seminole State arts season features Shakespeare, jazz and holiday favorites

Wednesday, October 19, 2022
Written by: Kimberly Allen

The curtain has opened on the fall arts season at Seminole State College of Florida with a full program of theater, music and art offerings from the Center for Fine and Performing Arts still to come. With Shakespeare, jazz, holiday favorites and more on the menu, there’s a little something for everyone to enjoy this season.


Theatre students perform in "Witches of Shakespeare" in 2021.
The Center for Fine and Performing Arts' production of "Witches of Shakespeare" is presented in partnership with Lake Mary Museum.

'Witches of Shakespeare'

Just in time for Halloween, the Center for Fine and Performing Arts will resurrect “Witches of Shakespeare,” a conglomeration of Shakespeare’s spookiest characters including witches, villains and spirits, for two weekends Oct. 21-23 and 28-30 at Lake Mary Museum. The Oct. 21 and 28 performances will start at 7:30 p.m., with the remaining performances starting at 2 p.m. For reservations, contact the museum at 407.585.1481 or A $5 donation is recommended.

'I & You'

The center will present the first show in its new Le Petit Théâtre in building B on Seminole State’s Sanford/Lake Mary Campus Nov. 11-13 and 18-20. Lauren Gunderson’s “I & You” will come to life in the transformed space, which once held the College’s dance classes. Focused on classmates Anthony and Caroline and a poetry project that brings them together, the show is an ode to youth, life, love and the strange beauty of human connectedness. The Nov. 13 and 20 performances begin at 2 p.m., with all other performances beginning at 7:30 p.m. For reservations, contact the Center for Fine and Performing Arts box office at 407.708.2506.

Theater productions are free and open to the public. Guests are encouraged to check the Center for Fine and Performing Arts Facebook before each event begins, as any updates will be posted there.


Jazz flautist Nestor Torres
Seminole State will host jazz flautist Nestor Torres for two events.

Jazz Notes

The Seminole State Music Department will host Jazz Night with special guest Nestor Torres, jazz flautist, Latin Grammy award winner and multi-Grammy nominee, Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m. at The Ritz Theater at Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center in Sanford. The concert also will feature students from the College’s music programs, which include SeminoleSound, Jazz Combo and Jazz Ambassadors. The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required to reserve a seat.

Seminole State will host Torres again as part of the College’s Speaker Series Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. in building C on the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus. He will present the topic, “Flutist or flautist? Artist or content provider? Finding my way to the middle way: An autobiographical account through story-telling, spoken word and music, of how a Puerto Rican Artist found his way to self-acceptance and sense of purpose.” Seating for the free Speaker Series event is first come, first served. Seminole State’s Speaker Series is co-sponsored by Addition Financial.

Music students at their recital in Spring 2022
Music students at Seminole State will showcase their talent during the Music Student Recital Nov. 8.

Musical Delights and Holiday Cheer

The music will continue with the Fall Choral Concert, featuring the Concert Choral, SeminoleSound and the SSC Community Choir, Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m. at Seminole State’s Heathrow Campus. A Music Student Recital where students will give solo performances on various instruments will follow Nov. 8 at 6:30 p.m. on the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus.

The Seminole State Music Department will provide a festive conclusion to its fall season with the annual favorite Messiah Sing-Along, hosted by the SSC Community Choir, Nov. 15, and the Holiday Gala Concert, featuring a selection of seasonal songs, Nov. 29. Both concerts are bound to put guests in the holiday spirit. While all music events are free and open to the public, a donation for Toys for Tots is recommended for admission to the Holiday Gala Concert.  


Student art on display in the Fine Arts Gallery at Seminole State College
The Fine Arts Gallery hosts an annual Student Art Exhibit. Now the work of former art students is part of a silent auction to support scholarships.

Gallery Exhibits

Seminole State’s Fine Arts Gallery will have works from the College’s permanent art collection on exhibit Oct. 20-May 15 at Sanford City Hall. The exhibit will be open during City Hall hours, Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Marina Burgner, Seminole State alumna and College lab assistant will have a solo exhibit, Florida Phoenix, at Gallery CERO in Longwood, in partnership with the Center for the Fine and Performing Arts Nov. 17-Dec. 8. With her strong interest in native Florida wildlife, Burgner’s work often depicts animals in their habitat and struggle for survival. The Gallery CERO hours are Wednesday through Sunday, noon - 7 p.m.

Silent Auction Supporting Scholarships

The Fine Arts Gallery is also gathering support for art student scholarships through the Silent Auction Art Sale underway now through Nov. 30. The silent auction features ceramics, drawings, paintings and photography – all works from the College’s former art students. The items are available for viewing and bidding Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., in the gallery (building J, room 109) on the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus. To learn more, contact Lori Wolff, office supervisor in the Center for Fine and Performing Arts, at 407.708.2039 or

For more about Seminole State’s fall arts season, visit

About the Center for Fine and Performing Arts

Seminole State’s Center for Fine and Performing Arts offers programs in art, music and theater as well as a wide variety of concerts, theatre productions, gallery exhibits and other cultural events. For more information about the Center, including calendars of all upcoming cultural events at Seminole State, visit and follow them on Facebook.