Spectacular "Rising Stars Showcase" celebrates NWSA Silver Anniversary

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Spectacular “Rising Stars Showcase” celebrates NWSA Silver Anniversary

Miami—The pinnacle of New World School of the Arts 25th anniversary celebration will be the acclaimed Rising Stars Showcase, a professional exhibition and  NWSA dance students performingperformance, showcases the remarkable talent of high school and college students from New World School of the Arts, Florida’s premier arts institution. This Broadway-style extravaganza is an energy-packed, one-of-a-kind performance that will undoubtedly captivate the audience withexhilarating works of art, and enthralling dance, music, and theater.
Showcase Details
Rising Stars Visual Arts Exhibition Showcase: Friday, March 23; 5:00 PM
New World Gallery, 25 NE 2nd Street, downtown Miami - Opening reception and show are FREE

Rising Stars Performing Arts Showcase:  Friday, March 23; 7:30 PM
Gusman Center for the Performing Arts, 174 East Flagler Street, downtown Miami
Assigned seating: $50, $40, $30, $20. Tickets at nwsa.mdc.edu

Rising Stars 25th Anniversary Party:  Friday, March 23; 9:30 PM
New World Dance Theater, 25 NE 2ndStreet, 8th floor, downtown Miami
Tickets: $150 - $250 [includes VIP reception,performance, and donation to NWSA]
VIP tickets at 305-237-3753 

The Program: Sponsored by Bank of America, The Rising Stars performing arts showcase will highlight the talents of its high school and college students in both the performing and visual arts. The three-part celebration launches with an artexhibition focused on the theme black and white. The artwork, specifically curated for Rising Stars, includes creations by both high school and college students. 
The New World Gallery show is followed by a performance of dance, music and theater at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts.
The performing arts lineup includes excerpts from the musicals Spring Awakening by Steven Sater, and Jeffrey Lane’s Dirty Rotten Scoundrels presented by the Theater division. The NWSA dancers will delight the audience with Jazzapaloosa, peformed by a troupe of 11 dancers as well as a special presentation of Martha Graham’s Prelude to Action. An excerpt of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and Symphonic Dance No. 3 Fiesta by Clifton Williams will round off the Rising Stars performance. 
The evening celebration will continue with a 25th Anniversary Party at the New World Dance Theater immediately following the performance. Guests will have an opportunity to mingle and continue the merriment during the 25thAnniversary Party to recognize the artistic and academic achievements of NWSA students, alumni, administration and staff during the more than two decades the school has existed. 
NWSA Rising Stars Alumnus Award: The NWSA Rising Stars Alumnus Award is presented each year to a high school or college graduate from New World School of the Arts, who is successfully contributing to his or her art form. In selecting candidates for this prestigious recognition, the NWSA administration and deans of the fourarts strands convene and evaluate each nominee’s artistic achievements, as well as their growth and development as artists. One alumnus is then selected torepresent one of the divisions. Tarell Alvin McCraney, distinguished international playwright and NWSA 1999 alum, will take center stage as he comes back to his alma mater to receive this honor from the hands of his former dean, Patrice Bailey.
About Tarell McCraney: McCraney attended New World School of the Arts High School receiving the exemplary artist award and the Dean's Award in Theater. He holds a BFA in acting from DePaul University and is a May 2007 graduate of the Yale School of Drama's playwriting program, headed by Richard Nelson, where he received the Cole Porter Playwriting Award upon graduation. He is the RoyalShakespeare Company's international writer in residence, the 2009 Hodder Fellow at Princeton University, and the recipient of the 2007 Paula Vogel Playwriting Award and the 2007 Whiting Award. He is currently under commission at Manhattan Theatre Club and Berkeley Repertory Theatre and is a member of New Dramatists and Teo Castellanos/D-Projects in Miami. In April 2010, McCraney became the43rd member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Ensemble
About NWSA: Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, New World School of the Arts was conceived in 1984 when the Florida State Legislatureestablished the institution to provide artistically talented high school and college students the means to achieve both an academic education and artistic training. In September 1986, NWSA opened its doors to students in grades ten through twelve and in 1987 admitted the first class of college BFA students. NWSA’s audition-based programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance, Music, Theater and Art & Design. NWSA offers the high school diploma the AA college degree as well as a four-year BFA or BM degrees.
New World School of the Arts was created by the Florida Legislature as a center of excellence in the performing and visual arts. It is an educational partnership of Miami-Dade County Public Schools,Miami Dade College and the University of Florida. 
Photo:     NWSA College dancers Ricardo Dume, Rivkins Christopher, Johan Rivera in Jazzapaloosa

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