TITANIC, an epic musical voyage
Staged by NWSA theater students
Staged by NWSA theater students
MIAMI— An astonishing addition to New World School of the Arts’ music theater repertoire, Titanic, the most tragic maiden voyage in history, will be staged by the theater students of the famed arts conservatory. Directed by NWSA theater faculty member James S. Randolph, the musical, with music and lyrics by Maury Yeston and book by Peter Stone, will showcase a cast of 37 college and six high school students, accompanied by college and high school students from the music division playing in the orchestra. The six-day performances will be on Friday and Saturday, February 13, 14, 20 and 21 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, February 15 and 22 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.
“The circumstances surrounding the Royal Mail Steamer Titanic, was a world market event”, states Randolph, “Laws, rules, regulations and cultures around the world were forever changed. Titanic is a timeless story that shows the effect of Man vs. Nature, Man vs. Himself and finally Man vs. God. It’s the story of capitalism, pride and the race for discovery mixed with the commercial values of commerce and trade which compels western civilization to reach beyond its means.” While surveying the set and playing space on stage, which is the final stages of completion, Randolph comments “exposing our students to a play of this magnitude gives them the opportunity to tell one of the greatest stories of the 20th century.”
The story of this unfortunate journey unfolds in two acts through timeless melodies that present the audience with the dreams and aspirations of its crew and passengers. With such numbers as "To Be a Captain" which explores the innermost feelings of Murdoch as he contemplates his role as commander of the Titanic, and "The Proposal" an enthralling display of romantic lyrics filled with hopes for a new life, the audience will be captivated by the very story that claimed the lives of 1500 people. The Broadway musical opened in April 1997 and ran for more than 800 performances, winning numerous accolades including five Tony Awards, including Best Orchestration and Best Musical.
James S. Randolph has been a professor at NWSA since 1990 where he teaches Acting, Directing and Voice. He has been part of a team who trained Metro-Dade County police officers for undercover police work to stop the citywide assault on tourists and the elderly. He has given seminars in presentation and deportment to law students at the University of Florida. With a B.F.A degree from the University of Miami and an M.F.A degree from the University of Florida, both degrees in Theater with an emphasis on Acting and Directing, Randolph also draws knowledge form an vast array of seminars and conferences in theatre including the International Conference on Arts and Humanities annually held in Hawaii. Other teaching positions include The University of Miami, where he trained professional actors as a consultant for the Theatre League of South Florida and the Acting Studio, and was also an Associate Professor of Theatre at Barry University. As an actor over the past 34 years James has appeared in over 100 plays, commercials, television shows and feature films and is a member of Actors Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. In 1997 he won the Carbonell Award for Best Supporting Actor for his work in the dual roles of Mr. Lies/Belize in Tony Kushner's epic play, Angels in America, and was also recognized by the New Times as Best Actor in a Comedy for his work as a finicky feline in the inaugural season for City Theatre's series of short plays, Summer Shorts. He has directed over 50 plays and musicals. Some of his directorial credits include Porgy & Bess for the Florida Arts Celebration; I have before me a remarkable document by a Young Lady from Rwanda, At New Theatre and several seasons directing for City Theatre’s Summer Shorts.
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 it 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: Estudiantes de teatro musical del programa de college de NWSA: Jameson Hammond, Jehane Serralles, Nicholas Duckardt. Photo por Maria M. Flores.
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