The musical Parade takes center stage this month

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Parade play press release photo.The New World School of the Arts college music theater students take to the stage this month with the Broadway musical PARADE, book by Alfred Uhry with music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown. Under the direction of NWSA faculty member Sam Osheroff, the play will highlight the artistic talent of the College sophomore, junior and senior music theater students. “The themes of Parade are particularly resonant in our current American political climate. Racial and cultural prejudice, scapegoating of "outsiders" and economic resentment fomented by unscrupulous politicians and exacerbated by the press are as depressingly relevant today as they were in 1913,” explained Osheroff.

Opening night for PARADE is on Friday, February 14; 7:30 PM at Louise O. Gerrits Theater. 25 NE 2nd Street, 8th Floor, downtown Miami.
Follow-up shows are on February 15, 21 and 22 at 7:30 PM and Sundays, February 16 and 23 at 2:00 PM.
Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for students and seniors. Information at 305-237-3541.
Tickets may be purchased online sat http://nwsa.mdc.edu.

Parade follows the real-life events surrounding the trial of Leo Frank. In 1913 in Atlanta, Georgia, a young girl is found murdered. Georgians, already angered by what they see as the injustices perpetrated upon them by the North during the Civil War, target Leo, a Jew from Brooklyn. With only the flimsiest of circumstantial evidence Leo is found guilty and sentenced to death. His wife Lucille works tirelessly to clear his name and reverse the conviction. As the play progresses Leo and Lucille find a depth of understanding and affection heretofore missing from their marriage. The play deals with issues of race, resentment, prejudice and injustice.

Alfred Uhry is a Southern Jewish playwright most famous for "Driving Miss Daisy". He grew up in Atlanta and is related to the owner of the factory in which the real-life Leo Frank was employed. Jason Robert Brown is an acclaimed Broadway composer/librettist whose many credits include The Last Five Years and The Bridges of Madison County.

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 305-237-3541, by visiting http://nwsa.mdc.edu/ or by calling the main office at 305-237-3135.