Theatre Department Newsletter November, 2017
By Tivonah Andrade-Reed & Megan Williams
This year the Flagler College Department of Theatre Arts is switching things up a tad - the musical will be in the fall! The department is proud to announce that it will be performing “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas” with music by Irving Berlin and book by David Ives and Paul Blake. White Christmas will be directed by Kip Taisey, the Musical Theatre director at Flagler, and choreographed by local choreographer Kim Ball.
As a result of lost time and resources due to Hurricane Irma, the performance will now be presented as a staged concert production. “Audiences will still be able to enjoy the magic of Berlin’s music conveyed through this classic story based on the movie White Christmas by Berlin,” Professor Taisey said. “It’s a feel-good, family Christmas musical that we hope will be a huge community event.”
The story of White Christmas revolves around two men who have just come home from the Army, who then meet two sisters on their way to Vermont to perform for the guests of an inn. The two gents tag along and find themselves involved with helping - to their surprise - the general of their army’s platoon during World War II. The show will feature a live band with costuming by Elaina Wahl-Temple and a concert-style set designed by Paul Denayer. Ball’s choreography will highlight large tap dance routines and the production will be fun for the whole family.
Do not miss this fantastic show in the Lewis Auditorium from Nov. 15-19!
“Irving Berlin’s White Christmas” will be performed at Flagler College’s Lewis Auditorium, Nov. 15-17 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 18-19 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased here starting mid-October. Flagler’s student organization ASTEP (Artists Striving to End Poverty), in conjunction with the college’s Office of College Relations, will be using the production as a vehicle for a toy drive to support children of families severely impacted by Hurricane Irma. The toy drive will be organized here through Amazon.com.
Stay tuned for our next edition to hit your inboxes where we will give you a behind-the-scenes peek at the process of “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas,” our upcoming spring season, and a special interview by none other than Professor Emeritus… THE Phyllis Gibbs!
Featured Professor: Leah Page
By Kelly Kraft
Leah Page is a recent addition to the Flagler College Theatre Arts faculty. In addition to teaching and directing at Flagler, Page is also a Teaching Artist at the Limelight Theatre KidzfACTory and Apex Theatre Studio. At Flagler, she directed the Children’s Theatre production of "Love You Forever… And More Munsch" in the 2017 Spring Semester. This short play toured to some local elementary schools, bringing beloved children’s stories to life with the help of student actors. In 2016 she directed "Tilly the Trickster" at the Limelight Theatre in downtown St. Augustine, and this summer Page directed The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at the Limelight. Between directing Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) and musicals about adults playing kids, Page demonstrates her penchant for bringing teaching and theatre together. Along with teaching traditional theatre methods, she is passionate about devised theatre (utilizing actors collaborative efforts to create a theatre piece), and applied theatre (using theatre in real world contexts to spread information, and create dialogue around social issues). She utilizes these theatre techniques in both the classroom setting and in rehearsal processes for her shows, and it pays off. Ensemble casts and characters thrive under the Flagler instructor’s direction to make anything she works on a success. As she continues to share her passion and knowledge at Flagler, whatever she undertakes next will no doubt leave a positive impact on her students. Page was recently welcomed full-time to the Flagler faculty in the position of Visiting Lecturer, a new rank elevating former adjunct instructors to full-time teaching/advising responsibilities. We are lucky to have her in our department.
Help Us Grow!
If you are interested in supporting the growth of Musical Theatre in department, please contact Jeffrey Davitt, assistant director of Development in the Office of Institutional Advancement at JDavitt@flagler.edu.
Alpha Psi Omega
By Mykala Bazzell
Alpha Psi Omega is a national collegiate theatre honor society dedicated to the recognition of excellence and community service through theatre. The Flagler College chapter hosts multiple events throughout the year, for the benefit of the college’s Theatre Arts Department and to fundraise for Broadway Cares Equity Fights Aids, an organization dedicated to funding the research to end AIDS. This fall we will host our second annual screening of Rocky Horror Picture Show, which last year raised over $1,000 in donations for the cause.
By Justine Dexter
On Nov. 30, 2017, the Theatre Arts Department will present a series of short, student-directed pieces ranging from one-act plays to a musical song cycle representing the senior capstone projects for the fall semester. Senior Theatre Arts majors are required to take a semester long Senior Conservatory class where they combine their four years of education in all areas of production to produce their own show as a requirement for graduation. Seniors involved this semester are Austin Satinsky, Kelsee Russler, Brian Matthews, and Nicole Payne. Per the requirement, students select their production material, hold auditions, cast, direct, design the costumes and makeup, work with lights, sound, set, and execute all marketing needs. In years past, the combined productions revolved around a theme chosen by the seniors. The 2017 spring semester conservatories, for example, were titled “For Your Eyes Only” in which all of the productions shared a theme of secrecy. Each conservatory project brings a unique style to the stage, and it is also another opportunity for Flagler students to support the arts and fellow classmates involved in the productions.
By Hannah Pierce
The Chamber Choir, which made its debut in the winter of 2016 with an impressive concert in the Rotunda, has expanded into three choirs. The first level, Chorale, is non-audition and includes students from all majors and backgrounds, with no previous experience necessary. Watch a clip from our spring concert here, featuring soloists Ian Doherty and Miranda Holland. Two select ensembles will be joining the ranks: Madrigal Choir and Vocal Jazz. Madrigal Choir will sing more advanced and traditional choral arrangements. Vocal Jazz is a group of only 15 students, and will sing arrangements featuring tight harmonies and a unique vocal style. Students are enthusiastic about the growth and are returning to the choir each semester. New students are inquiring and joining regularly. Come catch all three choirs at our winter concert Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. in the Ponce Rotunda!