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013.014 Season

Curtain Times:
Friday (unless otherwise noted) and Saturday 7:30 p.m. • Sunday 2:00 p.m. matinee

Due to limited seating, please consider buying your tickets online prior to the show.

 

 

Upcoming:

For One Night Only...Monami


Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 7:30p

Created by:  The Repertory and Performance class and Lynn Neuman

Led by:  Lynn Neuman

Tickets:  $7.00 Due to limited seating, please consider buying your tickets online prior to the show.  Please click on "Tickets" listed above in order to be directed to our online ticket service.  The Box Office is located in the Arts Complex and will be open one-hour prior to the start of each performance.  You may pick up your pre-purchased tickets or purchase tickets at our Box Office.

Led by Lynn Neuman, an instructor in the Bower School of Music & the Arts, students in the “Repertory and Performance” class studied scientific models and principles of water flow to create a performance piece called “Monami” that addresses the disappearance of sea grass and other urgent water issues. The title is a Japanese word that means “grass waves”; but it also could be interpreted as French for “my friend,” implying a responsibility to take care of the waterways, Neuman said.

As part of a nationwide project, National Water Dances Day, the class performed “Monami” on April 12 at the downtown Fort Myers water basin at the corner of Hendry Street and Edwards Drive. Groups across the country performed simultaneously to bring attention to the fragility of water systems.

The destruction of sea grass in the Caloosahatchee River has been a hot topic in Southwest Florida, as it affects the ecological balance of the river, other marine life and water quality at local beaches.

“This is a local issue that affects not only the health of the waterways but the quality of life in Fort Myers, and can have significant impact on local tourism,” Neuman said.

Assistant Professor James Douglass of FGCU’s Division of Ecological Studies has documented the disappearance of sea grasses upriver over the last several years. “That’s worrying because the upper part of the estuary is where manatees hang out in wintertime and there should be more food for them there,” he said.

As artistic director and co-founder of Artichoke Dance Company in New York, Neuman has created other performance works focusing on ecological issues and has been leading volunteer coastal cleanup efforts since 2010.

 


Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet


June 12-15, 2014
For Young Audiences (ages 7 and up)

Curtain Times:  Thursday thru Sunday 2:00 p.m. matinees and Friday & Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Adapted by:  Toby Hulse

Directed by:  Tyler Layton

Tickets:  $7.00   Tickets go on sale May 29, 2014.  Due to limited seating, please consider buying your tickets online prior to the show.  Please click on "Tickets" listed above in order to be directed to our online ticket service.  The Box Office is located in the Arts Complex and will open one-hour prior to the start of each performance.  You may pick up your pre-purchased tickets or purchase tickets at our Box Office.

Shakespeare's tragic romance of the Montagues versus the Capulets, with the star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet caught in the middle.  This play begins with Emily, a young contemporary girl who discovers a book of Romeo and Juliet.  As she begins to read, the characters come out of the book to enact the story.  Emily thinks that the tale will end like all of her well-loved Disney movies, but she learns that not all stories have a happy ending.

"Few have come up with (a Shakespeare adaptation) that works better, or even nearly as well as this adaptation by Toby Hulse . . . this production brings much enjoyment to the audience, and provides them with an admirable introduction to a great play."  -- This Is Bristol, UK