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Creativity in the Time of Covid–Sept. 19, 2021

“Dye-ing” with Anticipation for Saturday Night Fever!

Mackenzie Lopatinsky concentrates on her design.

Campus is abuzz with excitement as Saturday Night Fever! nears. The season opener, on Sept. 24-25, will feature adored music from the ’70s from the likes of songstress Gloria Gaynor, R&B icon Marvin Gaye, and Swede pop sensation ABBA.

Don’t wait to get your tickets! The curation of these songs is 50 years in the making–don’t delay one second longer! Purchase here.

Students work to create their colorful costumes.

Prepping for a show of this nature takes more than just rehearsing music. Music students stepped outdoors on Friday to tie-dye tee-shirts that will serve as costumes for the show.

Building Appreciation for Architecture

Fragile, elegant, mesmerizing: Sophia Cavaluzzi’s sculpture.

Ms. Janssen’s level 2 3-D art class finished their first project of the year, an investigation of geometric shapes and spontaneous building of distressed organic sculptures. Built primarily out of corrugated cardboard and other paper stocks, the structures test balance and endurance with intricate shapes.

Season’s Musicals Officially Announced!

The VPA Theatre Department has announced musicals for 2021-22!

The winter musical will be the beloved Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice gem “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” The musical comedy is based on “the coat of many colors” story of Joseph from the Bible’s Book of Genesis. Cynthia Ashford will make her VPA directorial debut with “Joseph,” which will run Dec. 9-11 at the Municipal Auditorium. Johnnie Mnich will music direct, Caleb Carrier and Nick Jones are teaming up on technical direction, and Heather Clarke will costume the show.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will run Dec. 11-13 at the Municipal Auditorium.

In May, the department will present the farce “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” Stephen Sondheim’s hilarious 1962 musical. Telling the story of a Roman slave scheming to earn his freedom by setting his master up with the girl next door, the musical has enjoyed great success, including having earned several awards and revivals. The show runs May 6-7 at the Sarasota Opera House. Sunny Smith will direct, marking her first direction of a musical at Booker VPA. Johnnie Mnich will music direct, with technical direction by Caleb Carrier and costumes by Heather Clarke.

The Roman farce runs May 6-7 at The Sarasota Opera House

The musicals round out the Theater season that begins with “Greek Freaks: Student-written Greek Plays” in Oct. 16-17 and features a Shakespeare in the Park presentation of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” March 3-5.

These join a dynamic season of magnificent VPA Music concerts, dazzling VPA Dance showcases, amazing VPA Art exhibits, and a fantastic VPA Film & Animation showcase.

Tickets for the entire VPA season will be available here the week of Sept. 20.

Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow

Preparations for the final move out of the VPA Theatre were made this week. Classes will be offered now in building 8 and building 2 for the duration of the renovation.

Students were recruited to help transport items from the theater to their temporary home in building 8.

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