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Godspell - Summer Musical Theatre Workshop Performances

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame

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Holiday Pops presented by NFSO

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Arts Center Holiday Events - Free & Ticketed

Mattie Kelly Arts Center


11/26/2013 - Mattie Kelly Arts Center at NWF State College - December Holiday Events -Free & Ticketed

Free Winter Jazz Ensemble Concert, Tuesday, December 3

The Jazz Ensemble of Northwest Florida State College will present a free Winter Concert on Tuesday, December 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the mainstage theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center on the Niceville Campus of Northwest Florida State College featuring a wide selection of seasonal and jazz favorites as well as new works. The concert is free of charge, with no ticket required. The popular, talented group is comprised of NWFSC students and is led by Fred Domulot and Tom Latenser. For information or directions contact the NWFSC Fine Arts Office at (850) 729-5382 or Box Office at (850) 729-6000. The Mattie Kelly Arts Center is located at 100 College Boulevard on the Niceville campus of NWF State College, just minutes from Destin via the Mid-Bay Bridge.

Free NWFSC Honors Recital, December 6, Tyler Recital Hall

The Fine and Performing Arts Division of Northwest Florida State College will hold its Fall Honors Recital at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, December 6 in the Tyler Recital Hall of the music wing at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center on the college’s Niceville campus. The recital is free of charge and open to the public. The Honors Recital is held at the end of each semester to showcase the most successful Northwest Florida State College student vocal and instrumental performances of the term. Recital performers are voted on by NWF State Fine Arts faculty. For information, contact the NWFSC Fine Arts Office at (850) 729-5382.

SOLD OUT -- A Victorian Christmas – Dec. 6 & 7

A festive night of Victorian Christmas traditions will be presented by the NWF State College Madrigal Singers, Belle Voci, and Dance department on December 6 and 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the McIlroy Gallery at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center. This event is SOLD OUT – There is no waiting list. The Madrigal Singers will also appear in Victorian costume, along with Belle Voci and the Northwest Florida Symphony Chorale vocal ensembles, at the “Holiday Pops” Concert of the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra on Friday, December 13. Purchase tickets to the NFSO concert at or call the Box Office at (850) 729-6000.

Free Winter Concerts - Youth Orchestra & Junior Orchestra, Dec. 7 & 8

The Junior Orchestra of Northwest Florida State College and the college sponsored Northwest Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra (NFSYO) will present free winter concerts on December 7 and 8. Both concerts are free and open to the public, with donations to support the youth program are welcomed. The Junior Orchestra, an ensemble of young string students in grades 4 to 8 who play violin, viola, cello or string bass, perform in concert Saturday, December 7 at 11:00 am in Tyler Recital Hall, located in the Music Wing of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center complex on the college’s Niceville campus. The Northwest Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra (NFSYO) performs in the mainstage theater Sunday, December 8 at 3:00 p.m. The NFSYO is a full orchestra comprised of more than 50 talented musicians in grades 4 to12 from Okaloosa, Walton and Santa Rosa Counties. In the second half of the concert the young musicians will be joined by the Emerald Coast Symphonic Pops musical group for additional holiday themed music selections. For information, contact the NWFSC Fine Arts Office at 850-729-5382. Both groups are conducted by Liz Aylor and sponsored by Northwest Florida State College, the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra Guild and individual sponsors.

Holiday Pops Concert – Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, Dec. 13

The Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra will ring in the holiday season in festive style Friday, December 13 at 7:30 p.m. with a Holiday Pops Concert. The concert includes performances of light classics, pops selections and carol sing-a-longs. The Northwest Florida Symphony Chorale and the Belle Voci women's vocal ensemble will join the orchestra for this popular annual event held in the mainstage theater of Mattie Kelly Arts Center on the Niceville campus of Northwest Florida State College.

Tickets are available now by phone or web for $22.50 each for adults or $16 for Active Duty military and youth age 18 and younger. The Box Office is open 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday to Friday for in person and phone sales and re-opens at 6:00 p.m. the night of the concert for any available at-the-door tickets. Purchase tickets online at Current NWFSC students may request one free ticket per student ID in-person from the Box Office.

The December 13 NFSO concert includes performances of works such as Daniel Pinkham’s Christmas Cantata and Leroy Anderson’s A Christmas Festival as well as fun favorites such as Rocket Sleigh, Let it Snow, Sleigh Ride, Fum Fum Fum and March of the Kings and a variety of carols and other works including George Frederic Handel's Hallelujah Chorus

The NFSO is a fully professional orchestra which has performed since 1987. The NFSO is operated under the auspices of Northwest Florida State College. See the symphony website for additional concert information, video and audio selections of the orchestra in concert and program notes at

National Tour of Spencers’ Theatre of Illusion Saturday, December 14 with Special Family Pricing

Spencers: Theatre of Illusion is not your run-of-the-mill magic show; and the Spencers are not your typical magicians. The Spencers carry a lot of equipment in their 65 foot customized truck and trailer, but a rabbit and a top hat are not in the inventory.

Kevin and Cindy Spencer, known professionally as The Spencers, are among the world’s most recognized magical performers. They have mesmerized millions of people with sold out performances in 19 countries on 5 continents and will appear for locally for one-show only on Saturday, December 14 at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville at 7:30 p.m.

“We were thrilled to be able to book this great family-friendly event on a Saturday,” noted Jeanette Shires, Mattie Kelly Arts Center Director, who explained the Spencers last performed in the area about 10 years ago. “When we last had the Spencers, folks loved them – they were a hit with young and old alike!” said Shires.

Seasoned entertainers – the Spencers have a trail of accolades in their wake. They have been named Performing Arts Entertainers of the Year an amazing six times and, in 2009, were bestowed magic’s highest honor, the Merlin Award for International Magicians of the Year joining the ranks of Henning, Copperfield, and Penn & Teller. "Magicians Kevin and Cindy Spencer reach beyond the realm of a magic show and into the world of theatrical spectacle." wrote The Star-Telegram, Fort Worth, TX.

The Spencers’ production is a unique fusion of magic and illusion, humor and mystery, and persona and personality. With a background in clinical psychology, Kevin likes to say, “I was going to help people’s minds but now I just mess with them.”

Their show, Theatre of Illusion, stands in stark contrast to the traditional magic show. Spencer sees it not as a stage full of tricks used to fool people, but as a way to inspire viewers with a sense of wonder. By blending the theatrical elements of a Broadway-style production with the high energy of a rock concert, these artists take their audience on a journey to the brink of impossibility... and back again.

Tickets for Spencers Theatre of Illusion are $25 adults and $20 for youth age 18 and younger. A group discount of $5 off per ticket is available for groups of 10 or more tickets. Adult and youth tickets may be combined to achieve a group of 10 or more for $20 adult and $15 youth tickets group discount tickets. Individual tickets are available by phone or web at (850) 729-6000 or Group rate tickets are only available by phone or in person from the Box Office. Box Office hours are Monday to Friday 10:00 am to 4:00 p.m. and the day of the show from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

In Spencers Theatre of Illusion, audience members don’t simply watch the show, but are also invited to participate in the magic. Using magic much like a storyteller uses words, Spencer fuses this family-friendly production with a gamut of emotions. And with the skills of a master showman, he creates a world where nothing is impossible and anything can happen.

"We call the show THEATRE OF ILLUSION because it is a combination of our love for theatre and our passion for the art of magic. We believe that magic deserves the same respect as other art forms and, when presented in the right way, magic should move an audience intellectually and emotionally in the same way that good dance, music or theatre does," noted Kevin Spencer.

"The show is very audience interactive- you won't just watch, but you'll also have the chance to participate," explained Cindy Spencer – of the duo illusionist team.

Kevin Spencer has committed his life to magic both on stage and off. When he’s not working with his crew to set up a show, Spencer can be found spreading the word about the therapeutic and educational benefits of learning magic for persons with a variety of disabilities. He is widely considered the leading authority on the functional and academic benefits of the art of illusion. Spencer received the Harry Chapin Award for Contributions to Humanity in recognition of his work in healthcare and education.

Magic is no longer merely about baffling the audience by doing something seemingly impossible. We've seen it all before. Magic these days is about spectacle, drama, danger, and personality. Kevin and Cindy Spencer are the masters of this new magic theatre. Entertainers come and go, but few make a lasting impression on their audience or their art. The Spencers are that rare exception! This is one show you won’t want to miss! For more information, visit The Spencers online at

The Mattie Kelly Arts Center is located at 100 College Boulevard, East on the Niceville Campus of Northwest Florida State College.