MIAMI – Directed by NWSA faculty member Matthew Buffalo, the NWSA high school music theater students prepare to present this year's musical, Sweet Charity, a play that explores the turbulent love life of Charity Hope Valentine, a hopelessly romantic but comically unfortunate dance hall hostess in New York City. "Sweet Charity is a story about the human desire to be loved and to share love," said Buffalo. "It's right there in the first lines of the musical, The Adventures of Charity. The story of a girl who wanted to be loved. But is it that simple? I looked closely at each character and thought about this theme of love. Something that stuck out to me was the intense hopes and aspirations of each of the characters. Aspirations to live the life that each person chooses, not the life that they are born into or that they are bound to is a common thread for each character."
With a book by Neil Simon, music by Cy Coleman and lyrics by Dorothy Fields, Sweet Charity opened on Broadway at the Palace Theatre in 1966, starring Gwen Verdon as Charity Hope Valentine and John McMartin as Oscar Lindquist. The musical was directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse and ran for 608 performances, was nominated for nine Tony Awards and won for best choreography. A 1969 movie version was also produced starring Shirley MacLaine and John McMartin.
Opening performance Friday December 1, 7:30 PM. Additional presentations: December 2, 8, 9 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, December 3 and 10 at 2:00 PM. Louise O. Gerrits Theater. 25 NE 2nd Street, 8th floor, Miami. General admission is $15; Students and seniors $10. Tickets available at http://nwsa.mdc.edu/ For more information please call 305-237-3541.
Matthew Buffalo (Director) is a faculty member of the NWSA Theater Department. He has spent over 15 years performing across the country; from the national tours of Fosse and Spirit of the Dance, to dancing with the New York Baroque Dance Company, as well as roles at the Utah Shakespearean Festival. Some of his favorite roles include: The Drowsy Chaperone (Man in Chair), Driving Miss Daisy (Boolie), Forever Plaid (Smudge), Lend Me a Tenor (Max), Pump Boys and Dinettes (Jim), Fiddler on the Roof (Rabbi), An Ideal Husband (Lord Goring), Seussical (Cat), Twelfth Night (Sir Andrew Aguecheek). In addition to his love of performing, Matthew equally enjoys sharing his experience through directing, choreographing and teaching theatre. He holds an M.F.A. (Acting) from Indiana University, a B.A. (Marketing) from Ouachita Baptist University, and is a Certified Movement Analyst in Laban Movement Analysis. Matthew is a proud member of AEA.
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 its rigorous 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 is a progressive journey toward the ownership of a personal technique 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 the main office at 305-235-3135.
Photo by Patrice Bailey. NWSA high school students Alex Segarra and Brooke Rosenbluth.
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