New World School of the Arts continues its 30th Anniversary celebratory mood with the classic American musical by Michael Stewart, Bye Bye Birdie - with music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Lee Adams. With a cast of close to thirty NWSA High School music theater students, NWSA theater faculty member Matthew Buffalo directs this popular teenage musical inspired by none otherthan the “King of Rock and Roll,” Elvis Presley.
Opening performance – Bye Bye Birdie: Friday, December 2, 7:30 PM. Additional presentations on December 3, 9, 10 at 7:30 PM on Sunday, December 4, 11 at 2:00 PM. Louise O. Gerrits Theater. 25 NE 2nd Street, 8th floor, Miami. General admission is $12; Students and seniors $5. Tickets available at http://nwsa.mdc.edu/
America was rapidly changing in the 1950’s, from an increased number of teenagers due to the baby boom generation, to swift improvements in technology and science. These improvements in technology changed the way America, and in particular America’s teens, experienced the world around them. Moreover, popular music had a way of turning the average teenager into screaming madness and inciting change.
“While the mediums and entertainers may not be exactly the same today, their impact on today’s youth is quite similar,” notes director Buffalo. “We continue to see passionate youth that are eager to loosen the parental ties. They are seeking personal independence through their relationships and by immolating the surrounding pop culture, while parents struggle to face the new reality of their changing families and lives. These parallels, along with catchy songs and energetic dances, have made Bye Bye Birdie a relevant and relatable musical to this day.”
NWSA 30th Anniversary milestone: To celebrate more than three decades serving arts students in the South Florida community, New World School of the Arts will be hosting more than a dozen commemorative concerts and exhibitions featuring distinguished alumni from the high school and the college programs during 2016-2017. A call to action has been sent nationally to high school and college alumni that have roamed the halls of New World School of the Arts since its inception in 1986, to join in this very special and well-anticipated series of concerts and exhibitions, where they will not only showcase their work, but will also have the opportunity to work with faculty and alongside current students of New World School of the Arts, through lectures, critiques and master classes. Our complete season calendar of events is available at: http://nwsa.mdc.edu/images/Flip_Newsletters/calendar_2016_17/
About NWSA: A Florida center of excellence in the visual and performing arts, NWSA provides a comprehensive program of artistic, creative and academic development through a curriculum that reflects the rich multicultural state of Florida. With programs accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art, Dance, Music and Theater, NWSA offers four-year BFA and BM college degrees, as well as the high school diploma. Through itsrigorous curriculum and conservatory-style teaching NWSA empowers its students to become leaders in the arts. 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.
About NWSA’s Theater program: The New World School of the Arts theater program is dedicated to the professional training of talented and committed students interested in pursuing a performing career in theater and music theater, offering students an opportunity to work in a hands-on intensive, physically demanding, artistically challenging and exciting environment. Guided by faculty who are professional actors, directors, playwrights and designers, the curriculum are a progressive journey toward the ownership of a personaltechnique and a comprehensive methodology of working. The faculty guides the student through the discovery and exploration of self, the learning of diverse techniques used in our craft, intensive rehearsal process, and finally the application of this knowledge into dramatic forms and styles in productions. The NWSA College BFA program culminates each year with showcases in Miami and in New York City. Information about the NWSA Theater program is available by calling 305-237-3260, by visiting http://nwsa.mdc.edu/ or by calling themain office at 305-235-3135.
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