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Seminole State announces 2017-18 cultural arts season

Students and community members browse the Seminole State Fine Arts Gallery during a 2016 opening reception.

A night of opera music, an art gallery exhibit featuring “Spacescape” imagery from the Hubble Telescope, and a theater production of “The House of Bernarda Alba,” a play featuring a performance entirely in Spanish are among the highlights of the 2017-18 cultural arts season presented by Seminole State College of Florida’s Center for Fine and Performing Arts.


“A Bright Mirror Standing,” featuring works by Brooks Dierdorff’s, opens the new season of the Fine Arts Gallery on Thursday, Aug. 31, at 5 p.m. In the exhibit, Deirdoff explores the perception of the natural world and technology through sculptural photographs, installations and video projection. Throughout the season, the gallery will also present exhibits featuring still-life painting by Jose Pardo, colorful space paintings by Lillian Verkins, and drawings and paintings of imaginative worlds by Nancy Dillen.

The annual Fine Arts Faculty Exhibit in November-December and the Juried Student Art Exhibit in April will give the community an opportunity to explore works by longtime professional artists and to discover new talent. The gallery is in the Center for Fine and Performing Arts (building G) on the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus and is open to the public Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and during music and theater performances.


Tickets for Seminole State's theater season are available for purchase beginning Sept. 11, online or through the Center for Fine and Performing Arts Theatre Box Office (building G) on the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus. The season promises to be diverse, featuring productions like John Cariani’s   “Almost, Maine,” which comprises nine short plays that explore love and loss in a remote, mythical almost-town. “Gotta Dance,” a dance spectacle starring Seminole State dance students, will also be a part of the jam-packed season and will include professional choreographers and performers as well as special guests.

Other highlights of the season include a production of “The House of Bernarda Alba,” which is oftentimes said to be the masterwork of Spain’s greatest poet and playwright Federico Garcia Lorca. The play, which opens Nov. 10, is filled with themes of repression, lust and traditionalism, and will be offered entirely in Spanish at the Nov. 18 performance at 7:30 p.m.

All tickets are free for Seminole State students and faculty. For non-students, the cost is $10 for adults and $8 for seniors, with all performances located in Harriett’s Theatre (G-123) on the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus.


There are 19 opportunities to catch live music at Seminole State this season. This season will highlight Seminole State’s Music Department with a series of recitals featuring woodwinds, percussion, guitar and piano, starring Seminole State students, faculty and guest musicians.

The recital series opens the music season on Oct. 3 at 6:30 p.m. with a performance by Seminole State’s sophomore music students displaying talents through piano, voice and various instruments. 

Concerts are held in the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus Concert Hall (G-118), and are free and open to the public.

Paul Luby, dean of arts and communications at Seminole State, says that with over 60 scheduled events, the cultural arts season at Seminole State promises to be a memorable one.

“Our schedule is full of exciting events,” Luby says. “With events like our ever-popular holiday band and choral concerts, and a fun-filled musical prequel to the Peter Pan legend, ‘Peter and the Starcatcher,’ there is something for everyone at the Center for the 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

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