May to July 2015 Arts Center Events!

Mattie Kelly Arts Center

 


5/1/2015 - MATTIE KELLY ARTS CENTER EVENTS – MAY THROUGH JULY, 2015 IN MAINSTAGE & SPRINT THEATER. BOTH FREE & TICKETED EVENTS OFFERED!

NWF State Summer Musical Theatre Workshop for Youth - Enroll April 28 to June 8

The Northwest Florida State College Fine & Performing Arts Division will offer its popular Summer Musical Theatre Workshop (formerly known as Camp Glee) for youth ages 13 to 21 from June 8 to July 2. Enrollment in the workshop is accepted April 28 through the first day of class on a space available basis. Enroll in person at all seven NWF State College locations or by web.

Now in its 18th year, the program provides youth the opportunity to train with college faculty in acting, voice, makeup, dance and staging and to perform at the state-of-the-art facilities of the college's Mattie Kelly Arts Center. No prior experience is necessary.

The culmination of the workshop is the production of a mini summer musical. This year’s production will be the comedy Legally Blonde, Jr. which will be presented Thursday, July 2 for two free performances at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. in the Sprint Theater at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at the college's Niceville campus, 100 College Blvd. The performances of Legally Blonde, Jr. on July 2 are open to the public and free of charge.

The four-credit Musical Theatre Workshop runs Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:20 pm on the Niceville campus and is taught by Allison Everitt, NWF State College voice professor; Uli Dunbar, NWF State dance professor, as well as Christa Whittaker, drama instructor at Fort Walton Beach High School and an adjunct NWF State professor.

Students should enroll in THE2820 (94786) and DAA1580 (94767). Regular tuition fees apply or Dual Enrollment status/credit may be available for qualified high school age students. For more information on Musical Theatre Workshop call the NWF State College Humanities, Fine & Performing Arts Division at (850) 729-5382.

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OKLAHOMA! - SUMMER MUSICAL TICKETS NOW ON SALE - Show Dates: July 15 to 18, 2015

OKLAHOMA!, one of the most popular musicals in Broadway history, will be presented July 15 – 18 as the 2015 summer musical production of the Humanities, Fine & Performing Arts Division of Northwest Florida State College. The show will appear in the 1,650 seat mainstage theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center on the college’s Niceville campus and will feature original set and costume design along with a cast of talented regional actors.

Tickets for OKLAHOMA! are now on sale through the center’s Box Office, by phone web or in-person. Call (850) 729-6000 Monday to Friday from 10:00 am to 4:00 p.m. or purchase online through the center’s website. Tickets are $25 adult and $20 for youth age 18 and younger. As the college's summer musicals are always very popular and often sell out, early advance purchase is strongly recommended for best selection of night and seating.

As the first musical written by the legendary team of composer Richard Rodgers and librettist Oscar Hammerstein II, OKLAHOMA! was a box-office smash and ran for an unprecedented 2,212 performances on Broadway, later enjoying award-winning revivals, national tours, foreign productions and an Academy Award-winning 1955 film adaptation. Rodgers and Hammerstein won a special Pulitzer Prize for OKLAHOMA! in 1944.

The musical is based on Lynn Riggs' 1931 play, Green Grow the Lilacs. Set in the Oklahoma Territory outside the town of Claremore in 1906, it tells the story of cowboy Curly McLain and his romance with farm girl Laurey Williams. A secondary romance concerns cowboy Will Parker and his flirtatious fiancée, Ado Annie.

The Mattie Kelly Fine & Performing Arts Center is located at 100 College Boulevard, East and is a non-profit entity of Northwest Florida State College. A portion of all ticket sales support NWF State College scholarships.

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THE CALLING CHRISTIAN DANCE COMPANY – May 14

An "I AM" dance concert will be presented Thursday, May 14 at 6:30 pm by The Calling Christian Dance Company in the mainstage theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville. The performance tells biblical stories through the powerful imagery of dance. Tickets for this guest event are $15 adult, $5 for youth age 10 and under and free for ages 4 and younger. Reserve tickets by emailing The Calling at tickets@thecallingchristiandancecompany.org or purchase at the door. Taking their name from 2 Timothy 1:8-9, The Calling is a contemporary Christian dance company and ministry dedicated to spreading the gospel and message of Christ through the powerful imagery of dance. The company uses dance to communicate the love, grace, and redemption found in Christ. Website: http://thecallingchristiandancecompany.org/

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NEW ART EXHIBITS AT GALLERIES MAY 26 to JULY 18 - "Of Empires: Russian & Soviet Art" and "Raina Benoit - The Tree Army"

Two new art exhibitions will be on display at the Mattie Kelly Fine & Performing Arts Center Galleries at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville from May 26 to July 18. Both exhibitions are free of charge and open to the public.

The “Of Empires: Russian and Soviet Art” will be on display in the Mattie Kelly Arts Center’s McIlroy Gallery and features paintings, sculptures, and fine craft from the Imperial Russia and the Soviet Union. The exhibition, on loan from the collection of Jim Rabourn of Fort Walton Beach, will showcase paintings by such Russian masters as Sergei Gerasimov and luxury home goods from the House of Fabergé and Kasli Ironworks, among others. Objects from this impressive collection tell a story of a changing political landscape in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and other cultural centers of the east.

The Holzhauer Gallery will feature “Raina Benoit: The Tree Army - A Special Installation” by artist Raina Benoit who will create a site-specific installation that will explore what it means to live and work in the Florida Panhandle, and to interact with the both the natural world and the constructed tourist environment.

Benoit works in painting, drawing, fibers, sculpture, photography (still and video), and sound to create 360-degree environments that immerse the viewer in a total art experience. Original writing is often a component of her work, as well. Of her recent works and themes, Benoit notes, “Living in various southern coastal towns, the tourism that keeps them alive, and the nature that is carved; bulldozed, and sculpted to make these towns possible was the impetus to the last seven years of research. This body of work is an exploration of the nature that surrounds man’s developments and the battle between these two worlds. Largely influenced by animism, mysticism, anthropomorphism, news headlines, and trash, this body of work collages narratives found from within the environment and the remnants left behind by humans, at the border between the familiar and the estranged.”

The two exhibitions are open during regular Gallery hours, Monday to Friday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and 90 minutes prior to most events in the mainstage theater at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center, including prior to the July 15 to 18 performances of the college’s summer musical Oklahoma!

Contact the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries at (850) 729-6044 or email: ArtGalleries@nwfsc.edu for information or to schedule group tours.

The Mattie Kelly Arts Center is a $30 million fine and performing arts complex located on the Niceville campus of Northwest Florida State College at 100 College Boulevard E. and is minutes from Destin and Fort Walton Beach via the Mid-Bay Bridge and Mid Bay Connector Road or Highways 285 or 85 North. The McIlroy and Holzhauer Galleries are located in the art wing of the arts complex.

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LEGALLY BLONDE, Jr., July 2 in Sprint Theater

The Northwest Florida State College Summer Musical Theatre Workshop presents a production of the comedy Legally Blonde, Jr. on Thursday, July 2 for two free performances at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm in the Sprint Theater at the Mattie Kelly Fine and Performing Arts Center at the college's Niceville campus, 100 College Blvd.

The summer term Musical Theatre Workshop program at NWF State College annually produces a mini summer musical as the culmination of an intensive workshop for students in 8th grade through college age. The popular workshop provides training by college faculty in acting, voice, makeup, dance and staging. Now in its 18th year, the program allows youth the opportunity to train and perform at the state-of-the-art facilities of the college's fine & performing arts complex.

The two performances of Legally Blonde, Jr. on July 2 are open to the public and free of charge. Open seating is on a first come basis.

The Summer Musical Theatre Workshop is taught by Allison Everitt, NWFSC voice professor; Uli Dunbar, NWFSC dance professor, as well as Christa Whittaker, drama instructor at Fort Walton Beach High School and adjunct NWFSC professor. For information, contact the college's Humanities, Fine & Performing Arts Division at (850) 729-5382.

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70’s TRIBUTE BAND LAVA LAMP -Concert Under the Stars, New Date! July 9

Do you know where your leisure suit is? You'd better find it - quick! LavaLamp, the preeminent 1970's tribute band in the Southeast, is coming to Niceville on Thursday, July 9. Join the Niceville-Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce and Northwest Florida State College for a night of family fun, entertainment and great local food with a concert under the stars, as LavaLamp performs at the college's 3,000 capacity amphitheater in Niceville at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center.

The LavaLamp (www.lavalampband.com) concert is 7:00 to 9:00 pm July 9 and attendees are encouraged to wear their favorite 70’s outfit to participate in a costume contest during intermission! Waste Management of the Gulf Coast is the Signature Sponsor for the LavaLamp concert. The event is the second concert the Niceville-Valparaiso Chamber has partnered with the college to offer the community, and it’s sure to be a great event for all ages.

Tickets are $10 each for adults and $5 for youth age 12 and younger and are available for purchase at the Chamber office, through the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Box Office, or at-the-gate the night of the concert beginning at 6:00 pm. The Box Office is open Monday to Friday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm for phone or in-person sales at (850) 729-6000

One 20 A Modern Bistro along with other Chamber member restaurants will be on-hand selling food throughout the concert (cash only). Concert-goers are welcome to bring picnics, lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the concert from the lawn. Fixed seating in the amphitheater is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Pets are not allowed.

“We are excited to build on the success of last year’s concert,” said Chamber President & CEO Tricia Brunson. “We have a beautiful amphitheater that our residents should enjoy more often and this concert gives them the opportunity to do so!” The Seventies were a gold mine for music lovers, and LavaLamp grew up on the tunes of this decade. The band blends an entertaining mix of Seventies soul, funk, disco, and AM Gold hits into a frenzy of on-stage excitement. Dressed in polyester, bell-bottoms, leisure suits, afros - well, you get the picture - the guys look the part from the minute the show begins. On-stage lavalamps help to set the mood, and the music comes to life and instantly takes you back to the funkiest time in music history. These cats will put the "Yes" in polyester, and you're sure to be dancin' in the grass (at the amphitheater) at this family-friendly concert. For more information – contact the Chamber at 678-2323 or events@nicevillechamber.com or see the events section of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center website.

The amphitheater is located on the grounds of the Mattie Kelly Fine & Performing Arts Center on the Niceville campus of NWF State College at 100 College Boulevard. The outdoor venue is adjacent to the main parking lot of the arts complex and next to the Arts Center's Art Galleries and Marie Snow Greene Visual Arts building. LavaLamp - All Seventies.. All the Time!

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OKLAHOMA! - NWF STATE SUMMER MUSICAL - July 15 to 18, 2015

Oklahoma!, one of the most popular musicals in Broadway history, will be presented July 15 – 18 as the 2015 summer musical production of the Humanities, Fine & Performing Arts Division of Northwest Florida State College. The show will appear in the 1,650 seat mainstage theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center on the college’s Niceville campus and will feature original set and costume design along with a cast of talented regional actors.

Tickets for Oklahoma! are available through the center’s Box Office, by phone web or in-person. Call (850) 729-6000 Monday to Friday from 10:00 am to 4:00 p.m. or purchase online through the center’s website. Tickets are $25 adult and $20 for youth age 18 and younger. If available, tickets will also be available at the door from 6:00 to 7:30 pm each night of the production. NWFSC students may request one free ticket per ID, space permitting, starting June 1. Student ticket requests must be made in person at the Box Office.

As the first musical written by the legendary team of composer Richard Rodgers and librettist Oscar Hammerstein II, Oklahoma! was a box-office smash and ran for an unprecedented 2,212 performances on Broadway, later enjoying award-winning revivals, national tours, foreign productions and an Academy Award-winning 1955 film adaptation. Rodgers and Hammerstein won a special Pulitzer Prize for Oklahoma! in 1944.

The musical is based on Lynn Riggs' 1931 play, Green Grow the Lilacs. Set in the Oklahoma Territory outside the town of Claremore in 1906, it tells the story of cowboy Curly McLain and his romance with farm girl Laurey Williams. A secondary romance concerns cowboy Will Parker and his flirtatious fiancée, Ado Annie.