NWSA jazzes it up with Thoroughly Modern Millie
MIAMI— Tony Award-winning musical Thoroughly Modern Millie, by Richard Morris and Dick Scanlan will be produced by New World School of the Arts’ music theater program to start the Holiday season. Directed by guest artist Kim St. Leon, Choreographed by guest artist Karin Bejerano with musical direction by Jeff Hess, from the NWSA Theater Division, the production will feature thirty high school music theater students in the cast, accompanied by college and high school students from the music division playing in the orchestra.
The six-day performances, will be on Friday’s and Saturday’s, December 5, 6, 12 and 13 at 7:30 PM and Sunday’s, December 7 and 14 at 2:00 PM. Louise O’ Gerrits Theatre, 25 N.E. 2nd Street downtown Miami. General admission is $12, students and seniors $5. Tickets can be purchased at www.mdc.edu/nwsa.
"Being given the opportunity to play one of the leading roles in the upcoming production of Modern Millie is a wonderful reward after four years of hard work at New World," said Mariana Leon , a Musical Theater senior playing the part of Ms. Flannery. "New World has been an amazing journey and a unique learning experience. Modern Millie is a great showcase of the students' talent and the quality of our teachers."
Thoroughly Modern Millie takes place in New York City in 1922, and tells the story of young Millie Dillmount, who has just moved to the city in search of a new life for herself. The story is about a time in New York when women were entering the workforce and the rules of love and social behavior were changing forever. The musical is based on a popular movie and includes a full score of new songs and great dance numbers. The show played on Broadway in 2002 for 903 performances.
Theater and music theater students at NWSA hone their craft through acting technique, movement and speech classes, focusing on fundamentals of physical and emotional preparation. With performance at its core, training is based on the classical texts and the principles of drama as well as practical incursions into the contemporary and experimental edges of theater. Consequently, alumni are found performing on stage nationally and internationally and their talent and vision are recognized and highly regarded in the industry.
New World School of the Arts was created by the Florida Legislature as a center of excellence in the performing and visual arts, and is an educational partnership of Miami Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and the University of Florida. Through its partnership with the University of Florida NWSA it is able to grant Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Music degrees.
For more information about the theater program at NWSA, call (305) 237-3541 or visit www.mdc.edu/nwsa.
Photo Caption: IMG_4821 – Courtney Arango; IMG_4884 – (boy) Patrick Falcon & (girl) Courtney Arango
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