Friday, June 29, 2012

The 7th Annual High School Summer Musical Theatre Experience Presents PETER PAN

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The Nathan H. Wilson Center for the Arts and The Artist Series are proud to present the High School Summer Musical Theatre Experience, which provides the opportunity for local area high school students to work hands-on with some of the highest recognized local and regional theatre professionals at the Wilson Center for the Arts.  This year, participants will perform Peter Pan from July 27th – August 5th for six performances only at the Wilson Center for the Arts on Florida State College at Jacksonville’s South Campus (11901 Beach Blvd). 

Peter Pan, like its namesake, is a tale which never ages.  Children and adults alike have all fallen under the spell of Neverland, a place where children can fly and exciting adventures happen every day.  The ever-popular characters are still there - Peter Pan, Wendy, John, Michael, the dastardly Captain Hook and his sidekick Smee, Tiger Lily, the Lost Boys, pirates, Indians, Tinkerbell, Nana the family dog and, of course, that scary crocodile.

This year, several students will have the opportunity to soar to new heights thanks to the expertise of Zealous Flying Effects (ZFX).  Watch this video to see what we have in store for you this summer at the Wilson Center!

Peter Pan, published by Samuel French, is now one of the most popular shows in their catalogue and has garnered its fair share of Tony awards to prove it.  The musical version of Peter Pan was adapted from the play by Sir James M. Barrie.  Lyrics are written by Carolyn Leigh, Music by Mark “Moose” Chaplin, additional music by Jule Styne and additional lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green.
"A delightful entertainment. . . . The young in heart of all ages will love it.''—N. Y. Daily Mirror

The performance schedule for Peter Pan is:
Friday, July 27th at 8:00PM
Saturday, July 28th at 8:00PM
Thursday, August 2nd at 7:30PM
Friday, August 3rd at 8:00PM
Saturday, August 4th at 8:00PM
Sunday, August 5th at 2:00PM

Tickets for Peter Pan cost:
$25 for Reserved Seating
$20 for children 12 and under, seniors (60+), and Military (with valid ID)
$15 for Florida State College at Jacksonville students and employees (with valid ID)

For tickets to Peter Pan, call the Wilson Center for the Arts Box Office at (904) 646-2222 or The Artist Series Box Office at (904) 632-3373.  Tickets can also be purchased online at  Discounts are available for groups of 10+ by calling (904) 632-3228 or emailing

To order tickets to Peter Pan by phone with Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover, call:
                                                                                                                                                                The Wilson Center for the Arts Box Office:                   The Artist Series Box Office:
(904) 646-2222                                                                  (904) 632-3373
                                                                                                                                                               Hours: Mon–Thurs (10AM-4PM), Fri* (10AM-2PM)         Hours: Mon–Fri (10AM-5PM)
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Tickets are also available online with Instant Seat Selection by visiting

Monday, June 18, 2012

Shawn 'Jay-Z' Carter, Will & Jada Pinkett Smith, And Questlove Bring FELA! The Musical Back To Broadway + FELA! Announces Partnership With Tupac Foundation

Producers Shawn 'JAY Z' Carter, Will & Jada Pinkett Smith, Ruth & Stephen Hendel, Ahmir 'Questlove' Thompson and The National Theatre of Great Britain today announced the return of the critically acclaimed, award-winning production of Fela!, currently on a multi-city world tour, for a limited run of 32 performances ONLY at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre (302 West 45th Street) from July 9 - August 4. Get tickets here. The world renowned Antibalas and other members of the NYC Afrobeat community, under the direction of Aaron Johnson, again perform Kuti's rousing music live onstage. Recipient of three 2010 Tony Awards (Best Choreography, Best Costumes, Best Sound Design), Fela!, features the music and lyrics of Fela Kuti as conceived by director and choreographer Bill T. Jones.

As Michelle Obama, Kanye West, Kofi Annan, Madonna, Prince, and many more celebrities take to the theatre to profess their love of Fela Kuti's Afrobeat message, Knitting Factory Records continues to release rare recordings and special editions of Kuti's work, in addition to new albums by his sons Seun Kuti, Femi Kuti, and his cousins the marvelous Lijadu Sisters. Over the past 2 years, Knitting Factory Records has reissued the entire Fela Kuti catalogue digitally and on CD, and has released one vinyl boxset, curated by ?uestlove of The Roots. This year, a second vinyl boxset will be released in addition to a number of rare and live recordings. Knitting Factory Records is also in the process of reissuing monumental recordings by Kuti's cousins, The Lijadu Sisters, which have been unavailable for almost three decades. Fans can purchase these releases and more the Knitting Factory Records website.

FELA! is proud to announce a partnership with the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation. Founded in 1997, originally as the Shakur Family Foundation by Afeni Shakur, mother of Tupac. Since its inception TASF has offered performing arts camps, essay competitions, youth book clubs, visual arts workshops, community development projects, and scholarships to students pursuing undergraduate degrees. Recently Joakim Noah of the Chicago Bulls compared Fela to Tupac, saying "For my generation, there hasn't been anyone since Tupac who spoke up with a real powerful, impactful message. And to me, Fela is the real pioneer of that." Upon attending a birthday party for President Obama, Joakim brought him a group of Fela Kuti CD's to which Obama responded, "Now I'm 45 years old, do you think I don't know who Fela is?" 

Critics around the world have been effusive in their praise for Fela!. Upon the show's original opening on Broadway in 2009, the kinetic energy pulsing from the music and dancing of Fela! prompted Ben Brantley of The New York Times to say "There should be dancing in the streets." The London critics were no less enthusiastic, with the Evening Standard honoring the production with four stars and proclaiming it "a bold new direction for musical theater!" Back in the U.S., Peter Marks of The Washington Post described it as "electroshock therapy for the soul," and Charles McNulty added in The Los Angeles Times that Fela! was "the most exuberant musical I've seen. The fusion of Fela's sound is rapturously celebrated with a pinwheel parade of pelvises." Boston's influential entertainment reporter, Joyce Kulhawik, demanded that her readers see the show calling it "one of the most exhilarating and enlightening evenings I've ever spent in a theater!" And, as the Don Aucoin exclaimed in the Boston Globe, "Don't miss the electrifying, explosive and sensational Fela!," making its triumphant return to Broadway for a limited 32-performances, as part of its current world tour, from July 9 - August 4.

Fela! returns to Broadway for 32 performances ONLY beginning Monday, July 9 at 7pm and playing through August 4 at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre, 302 West 45h Street at 8th Avenue. Tickets can be purchased online at, by phone (212) 239-6200 or in-person at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre, 302 West 45th Street at 8th Avenue (beginning June 18).

REWIND opening Friday, June 22, 7pm

Rewind: An Illustrative Look at Jacksonville's History

Florida Mining Gallery is pleased to present Rewind, an exhibition of new work by 14 talented Jacksonville designers, with an opening reception on Friday, June 22, 2012. The exhibit, curated by Karen Kurycki and Varick Rosete, is a cross-practice investigation of Jacksonville’s history. It is also an exploration into the ways that information, skills, ideas, and materials encountered in the design world can become a source of influence and creation in an artistic practice.

        The artists are:
                             Mike Barnhart                Kendrick Kidd             Kenny Salvador
                             Patrick Carter                Karen Kurycki             Caroline Zwicker
                             Clay Doran                    Russel Quadros
                             Katy Garrison                Levi Ratliff
                             Ashley Hazen Floyd      Caitlin Robinson
                             Josh Hoye                     Varick Rosete

Come for the art and stay for a glass of beer or wine and a delicious snack  from local favorite, On the Fly food truck!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

In this third Muppet film, Kermit and his friends graduate from college and go to New York to try to make it on Broadway.

Saturday, June 16 @ 7:00 pm
In this third Muppet film, Kermit and his friends graduate from
college and go to New York to try to make it on Broadway.
Will they succeed? Join us to find out!

Directed by Frank Oz

Rated G • 1984 • 94min

Cost: $7.00 | FREE for Center Members
Museum exhibits open at 6:30pm

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Join today to enjoy free admission to ALL movies in our Film Series!

For reservations or to purchase a Membership
call 404-873-3391.

Up Next in our Film Series:
E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial
Saturday, July 7 @ 7:00pm

A young boy finds and befriends a stranded extra-terrestrial and races to reunite him with his family.Don't miss this timeless classic!
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Rated PG • 1982 • 115min

Cost: $7 | FREE for Members

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Friday, June 1, 2012

Weekly Art Highlight

We will be highlighting a few of the available pieces from the current show SUGGESTIVISM NYC every week, starting with these three: 
All the artwork can be viewed on our website: