OVERDONE & UNDERDONE - A Broadway Cabaret
PREMIERES: Friday, November 20; 7 PM
Directed by NWSA theater faculty Matthew Buffalo with music direction by Jeff Hess, the New World School of the Arts high school music theater students will offer a virtual compilation of 46 music theater songs that will run the gamut of this genre, during this year's first theater performance Overdone & Underdone - A Broadway Cabaret.
"In the theater world, we hear these terms (Overdone & Underdone) for songs and musicals that are performed more often than others or sadly not performed much at all," explained Buffalo. "Why not celebrate the under-performed songs as well as celebrate the music theater songs that we have come to know as our favorites? And that is what we have done. Of course, there are thousands of songs to choose from. However, music director Jeff Hess and I decided on 46 songs that spoke to the times we live in as well as specific circumstances that speak to our students."
Overdone & Underdone, comprised of a variety of solos, duets and trios performed by 33 high school juniors and seniors will be livestreamed on the NWSA YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChDOMrN5mkqlJ2eU-lfYcKQ
THE JEALOUS HUSBAND AND OTHER BITS OF FUN AND FROTH
PREMIERES: Sunday, December 6; 7 PM
Directed by NWSA theater faculty member James Randolph, this performance by the New World School of the Arts college junior theater students is a mini festival of one-act plays by one of the greatest playwrights of all time: Molière. Not only will the audience see characters in his plays but will also see Molière himself as he prepares his very demanding and opinionated company of actors to perform for King Louis XIV. These pieces capture the grace, beauty, wit, flair, humor and indomitable spirit of Molière's life and times.
Infidelity, greed, passion, lust for life, lust for others, the pursuit of fame and money in the mise en scene (the arrangement of scenery and stage properties) of these works reveal a light series of romps, combining farce, commedia dell’arte and high comedy, that show the timelessness of his writing and the flawed but funny human condition. See these shows and you’ll see your friends, family and even yourself and you’ll laugh about it.
The one-act plays to be performed include:
· The Jealous Husband
· Two Precious Maidens Ridiculed
· The Imaginary Cuckhold
· Rehearsal at Versailles
The Jealous Husband and Other Bits of Fun and Froth will be live-streamed on the NWSA YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChDOMrN5mkqlJ2eU-lfYcKQ
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.