The School of the Arts in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters offers a fine summer of entertainment with the 2007 Festival Repertory Theatre. This year, the series includes the
action-packed comedy “Noises Off” by Michael Frayn; the musical comedy “Bye, Bye Birdie” by Michael Stewart, Charles Strouse and Lee Adams; and a musical revue titled “American Songbook: Irving Berlin.”
“Spirit of America: The Concert,” featuring the music of composers George Handel, Samuel Barber, Charles Ives, George Gershwin, Scott Joplin and George Cohan, will be presented by the Klezmer Company Orchestra—the professional ensemble-in-residence at FAU Libraries—on Sunday, July 1, at 3 p.m., at the Carole and Barry Kaye Performing Arts Auditorium, in the Student Union, on the Boca Raton campus.
The concert will include a who's who of composers, from 18th century Handel to 20th century Gershwin. Special guest soloist Elena Correia, a versatile Portuguese-American soprano trained at The Juilliard School, will sing Barber’s “Knoxville Summer 1915” to celebrate the 60th anniversary of this work’s premiere.
The contributions of Benjamin Franklin, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, a great inventor and a notable musician, will be celebrated during the program. Kenneth Keaton (pictured above with Klezmer Company Orchestra Conductor Aaron Kula), associate dean and professor of music for the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, will join the concert in full colonial attire as the program’s emcee, bringing Franklin’s wit and wisdom to the stage.
For tickets or additional information on the concert, call 800-564-9539 or visit www.fauevents.com. Ticket prices are $15, $20, with $25 premiere seating. Group discounts are available.
The series opens on Saturday, June 16, and closes on Sunday, July 29; performances will take place in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters on the Boca Raton campus, with two bonus shows of the musical revue in the Maltz Auditorium on the Jupiter campus.
“Noises Off” is a classic door-slamming farce about the on-stage and behind-the-scenes misfortunes of a repertory theatre company's production of “Nothing On.” The play will be directed by Jean-Louis Baldet. In “Bye, Bye Birdie,” teen idol and Elvis-like singer Conrad Birdie is drafted and Kim Macafee from Sweet Apple, Ohio is chosen to be the fan to kiss him farewell on the "The Ed Sullivan Show." The director for this production is Tim Dial, with choreography by Clarence Brooks.
FAU’s summer repertory theatre is performed by Equity actors along with graduate students in the department of theatre. Festival Rep 2007 is presented by Madelyn Savarick, the FAU University Club, the Palm Beach County Cultural Council and Palm Beach County. For more information, call 561.297.2977.