Summer is right around the corner for Jacksonville students, and that means sun, fun, and…summer camp! If you're looking for a week-long adventure for your children this summer, you'll want to consider Shortstack Theatre Company's Acting and Musical Theatre Camp offerings, hosted by The 5 & Dime in Jacksonville's urban core. (more...)
Local theatre, The 5 & Dime, is announcing a new summer camp program in partnership with Shortstack Theatre Company. Shortstack is the passion project of recent graduates from Jacksonville's Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. These students, who are currently pursuing fine arts degrees at colleges around the country, have returned home for the summer to share their love of theatre with the next generation of rising stars. (more...)
With tear stained cheeks, the 2017 graduating Musical Theatre class at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts took their final bows in the DuBow Theatre last Thursday night at the Spring Musical Theatre Showcase, directed by David Loudermilk. In his first year at Douglas Anderson, Loudermilk directed a phenomenal performance of PARADE in the fall, which was met with high acclaim and appreciation, and set the tone for a diverse and compassionate season. (more...)
There was an energy buzzing throughout the black box theatre at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts last Wednesday night. A thoroughly packed house, full of family, friends, and students awaited the final theatre projects of the graduating class of 2017. The evening was stuffed with two movement pieces, 12 monologues, five duet scenes, and four ensemble scenes, and I experienced so many emotions. (more...)
'Whattya wanna do?'
'I dunno, what do YOU wanna do?'
'I dunno, what do YOU-'
Stop the madness, y'all. Jacksonville is the smallest big town I've ever seen, and although there is so much to do, it can be overwhelming trying to narrow it down. The Vital 5 is here to help you decide. This weekly feature breaks down my top 5 theatrical picks for the upcoming week. Share this to help your friends, and we can then all avoid the frustration of having to choose (well, kind of - you're on your own for dinner plans!) (more...)
A.R. Gurney's THE DINING ROOM, a play in two acts, presents the audience with a series of vignettes with nearly 60 characters, all played by only 7 actors. Covering decades of family life for North Eastern "WASPS"s (white Anglo-Saxon Protestants), this disappearing upper middle class is poked fun at in moments, revered in others, and delectably exposed in Douglas Anderson School of the Arts' production of this Pulitzer nominated piece. (more...)
The search is over! Following a nationwide man-hunt, casting for the highly-anticipated production, MAGIC MIKE LIVE LAS VEGAS is now finalized. Inspired by the ever-popular Magic Mike film franchise and conceived by the film's star Channing Tatum, MAGIC MIKE LIVE LAS VEGAS will feature 13 of the hottest and most talented males from around the country. Preview performances for the sizzling production will begin on Thursday, March 30 at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino inside of the mythic Club Domina. The show will celebrate its official opening night on Friday, April 21. (more...)
Under normal circumstances, it wouldn't be a bad problem to have. During rehearsals for the Douglas Anderson School of the Arts' production of the Jason Robert Brown and Alfred Uhry musical PARADE, director and Theatre Department Co-Chair David Loudermilk realized his student cast would need some hard lessons on embodying the intense negative feelings of prejudice. 'I think it's an interesting balance,' Loudermilk comments. 'With this generation being so open and accepting and understanding of things - especially here at DA - it's hard for the kids to go to the 'other side' of it. They're struggling with getting angry. They just don't know how.' (more...)
THT's education program is celebrating its 5th year of success with a musical tribute to lyricist Johnny Mercer called He Wrote That Too, a reference to the extraordinary amount of famous songs Mercer wrote. THT's students, teachers and friends will present an evening of songs you didn't know you know today and tomorrow, November 13 & 14 at 7pm. (more...)
Two brand-new plays by local playwrights will hit the stage for the first time at Middlebury's Town Hall Theater on Friday and Saturday, November 20-21 at 7:30. Directed by Douglas Anderson, they're part of THT's on-going commitment to cultivating new writers and new work. (more...)
THT's education program is celebrating its 5th year of success with a musical tribute to lyricist Johnny Mercer called He Wrote That Too, a reference to the extraordinary amount of famous songs Mercer wrote. THT's students, teachers and friends will present an evening of songs you didn't know you know Friday and Saturday November 13 & 14 at 7pm. Johnny is the writer behind smash hits 'Moon River', 'That Old Black Magic' 'You Must've Been a Beautiful Baby', 'Hooray for Hollywood' and many, many more. Mercer has won 4 Academy Awards, was the founder of Capitol Records, and wrote the lyrics to over 1,000 songs. (more...)
She's at the end of the relationship, devastated by the break-up of her marriage. He appears five years earlier, at the start of the relationship, certain that he's finally found the woman of his dreams. In the hit musical, The Last Five Years, her songs travel back through time to that first meeting, while he travels forward in time to the bitter break-up -- a brilliant structure that lays bare the joys and frustrations of a modern relationship. (more...)