Major Barbara takes the stage at Louise O. Gerrits Theater

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Actors on stage in the production of Major Barbara.Miami – George Bernard Shaw welcomes spring at New World School of the Arts with his masterpiece production, Major Barbara, presented by more than a dozen college theater students. Directed by guest artist and former faculty member of NWSA, Andrew Noble, the popular play wittily explores the privileged world of the British upper class, familiar to audiences of Downtown Abbey, against a background of social deprivation.

Play premieres at 7:00 PM on April 7 - Louise O. Gerrits Theater. Other scheduled presentations are on April 8 and 9; 7:30 PM and on Sunday, April 10; 2:00 PM. Louise O. Gerrits is located at 25 NE 2nd Street, downtown Miami. General admission is $12. Students and seniors pay $5.

Written and premiered in 1905 by the Royal Court Theatre in London, Major Barbara didn't see its North America debut until ten years later, in 1915. Since then, the play has enjoyed just a handful of revivals, with a Tony award and other award nominations. The play centers on the formidable Lady Britomart Undershaft, who in order to keep up appearances, must find dowries for her two daughters and an inheritance for her son. Theplot thickens with her quest to introduce her three children to their estranged father - her ex husband - a millionaire munitions manufacturer. Tensions rise as the elder daughter, Barbara Undershaft, a Salvation Army Major, contestswith her father the "relationship between money, power and moral purpose", decrying his belief that "there are two things necessary for salvation...money and gunpowder."

“Colorful characters, exciting situations, brilliant story telling and cut diamond dialogue abound in this landmark play that “remains strikingly relevant today, when recent history has repeatedly highlighted the power of the arms industry in shaping government policy, and globalization has accentuated the political and ethical issues of social welfare and international capital,” explains director Noble

About the NWSA Theater program: 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 onstage 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. It is an educational partnership of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and the University of Florida. 

Information about the NWSA Theater program is available by calling 305-237-3541 or visiting http://nwsa.mdc.edu.