Rising Stars, a professionally staged, energy packed, one-of-a-kind performance, presents the extraordinary talent of high school and college students from New World School of the Arts, Florida’s premier arts institution. The showcase begins at the New World Gallery with a juried visual arts exhibition featuring impressive student artworks. The show, as diverse as the school population, includes painting,drawing, design, sculpture, digital media and installations. The evening continues just a few blocks away at the historic Olympia Theater with a pre-performance VIP Reception to welcome guests to this artistic landmark. Following the reception, the performance showcases excerpts from works performed by the high school and the college students during theschool year.
Rising Stars Visual Arts Exhibition
Thursday, March 17, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
NEW WORLD GALLERY
25 NE 2nd Street, Miami, FL
Exhibition is Free and open to the public
Rising Stars Pre-Performance VIP Reception
Thursday, March 17, 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm
174 E. Flagler Street, downtown Miami
Rising Stars Performing Arts Showcase
Thursday, March 17, 7:30 pm
174 E. Flagler Street, downtown Miami
Tickets: $20 - $50 – Performance tickets: OLYMPIA THEATER or nwsa.mdc.edu
Among the works to be presented by the NWSA Theater division is the iconic scene ‘Stella’ from A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams, one of the great architects of the American theatre. The theater division will also delight the audience with a lively gospel number from the musical The Children of Eden, a simple story about family; and more specifically, about fathers and children with Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz book by John Caird. From the Tony Award winning musical Evita, by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Lyrics by Tim Rice, Rising Stars will feature Eva Peron’s “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” exhorting the people of Argentina not to mourn her. The Dance division will offer excerpts from Mass and Kindapalooza, among other works. Performed by selected NWSA College dancers, the beautiful and lyrical dance Mass, choreographed by NWSA alumnus Robert Battle - now Artistic Director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater company - was set on the NWSA dancers byAiley dancer Elisa Clark (formerly a dancer in Mr. Battle’s company, Battleworks) to an evocative percussion score by contemporary composer, John Mackie. Kindapalooza, choreographed by Tina Santos, will highlight the talent of the High School dancers in an exuberant fun-filled choreography that reprises a prior work, Jazzapalooza, with new choreography and an outstanding cast. The Music division’s program will be just as exciting. The NWSA choir, under the direction of Dr. Alan Denning, will perform Dan Forrest’s luscious work entitled You Are the Music while the NWSA Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Brent Mounger, will highlight John Mackey’s Wine-Dark Sea, based on the historical novel in the Aubrey-Maturin Series by British author Patrick O’Brian. Also on the program will be the famed NWSA Jazz Ensemble, directed by Jim Gasior and the NWSA Symphony Orchestra under the baton of maestro Alfred Gershfeld, performing Gioachino Rossini’s Overture to The Barber of Seville.
NWSA Rising Stars Alumnus Award: The NWSA 2015 Rising Stars Alumnus Award will be presented to actress Katie Finneran. 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 this prestigious recognition recognizes the alum’s artistic achievements, as well as her growth and development as an artist. Born in Chicago Illinois and raised in Miami, Florida, Katie Finneran graduated from New World School of the Arts in 1989. Since entering the professional world of theater, Katie has amassed a significantly varied list of credits, which have made her a household name in the industry. She received a Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Award for “Promises, Promises” and “Noises Off” for her portrayal of Brooke Ashton. On Broadway Finneran is recognized for her roles in “On Borrowed Time”, “Two Shakespearean Actors”, “My Favorite Year”, “In the Summer House”, “The Heiress”, “Proposals”, “The Iceman Cometh”, “Mauritius”, “Cabaret” and “Annie.” Her off-Broadway credits are just as impressive for her roles in “Love, Loss and What I Wore”, "Arms and the Man", "Edith Stein", "Bosoms and Neglect", "You Never Can Tell", "A Fair Country" and Encore's "Lil' Abner". On television she was cast in “Sex and the City”, “I Hate My Teenage Daughter”, “Oz”, “Wonderfalls”, “Frasier”, “The Michael J. Fox Show”, “Bloodline” while her starring roles in film include “Night of the Living Dead”, “You’ve Got Mail”, “Liberty Heights”, “Miss Congeniality 2”, “Bewitched”, “Broken Bridges”.
About NWSA: New World School of the Arts was conceived in 1984 when the Florida State Legislature established 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. New World School of the Arts offers the high school diploma the AA college degree as well as a four-year BFA or BM degrees and it boasts alumni on Broadway, Grammy winners, dancers in companies like Alvin Ailey, and regarded visual artists exhibiting internationally including ArtBasel.
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.