Theater & Dance Issue

Theater & Dance Issue 2023
Gablestage - 2023-24 Season
The Enduring Appeal of Live Theater

The Enduring Appeal of Live Theater

By: John Alois

There's electricity in the air as the lights dim. A hush falls over the audience as the music begins to play and the curtain lifts. You sit back in your seat, and the stage in front of you becomes a different world.

There is something undeniably magical about live theater.

Live theater is a risk taken on by both the audience and performers. It's a mutual understanding that there will be emotions unfolding in real time, that there might be mistakes, and that when the curtain goes up, there's no going back. No pause or rewind buttons, no subtitles, and if something goes wrong, it cannot be corrected in a post-production studio.

This risk-taking gives a greater intensity and emotional depth to the performers and the audience. The performers must be fully committed and present, and the audience must be willing to be fully engaged and open to the experience.

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NWSA Selects New Dean of Theater

By Maggie Sheck

New World School of the Arts, located on the Wolfson campus of Miami Dade College, is a top-tier performing arts center and conservatory in South Florida. The program offers cutting-edge, immersive classes in four major fields of study–Dance, Music, Theater, and Visual Arts. Incredible professors, as well as visiting world-renowned faculty and famous artists, educate students ranging from 9th graders to undergrad seniors in college. NWSA works in conjunction with Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College, and the University of Florida. Scholars can receive high school diplomas, Associate's degrees, and Bachelor's degrees accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance, Music, Theater, and Art & Design.

The diverse and culturally aware curriculum stays current, with ever- developing global trends, making it a prestigious school for young aspiring artists. The school offers many opportunities ranging from exchange programs to internships to participating in distinctive cultivated events specific to the region. The program holds a professionally executed and excellent showcase each spring season called Rising Stars.

South Florida Theatre League
10 Reasons Why You Should Start Dancing Today

10 Reasons Why You Should Start Dancing Today

By: Annie Sparks

Dancing is a great way to express yourself, get fit, and have fun. It can be done alone or with friends, and it’s a great way to relieve stress. Here are 10 reasons why you should start dancing today:

1. Dancing is a great form of exercise. Not only does it help you stay in shape, but it also helps improve your coordination and balance.

2. Dancing can help reduce stress and anxiety. Moving your body to the rhythm of music can help clear your mind and relax your body.

3. Taking a dance class is a great way to make new friends and socialize with others who share the same interests as you do.

What I Want for You, Dear Audience, as the Curtain Rises

What I Want for You, Dear Audience, as the Curtain Rises

By: Andie Arthur

Dear Audience,

This probably isn’t the article you’re expecting in the theatre issue of Culture Owl from the Executive Director of the South Florida Theatre League. The article where I tell you about what has happened over the intermission of the COVID-19 pandemic and what shows I’m excited about seeing as audiences return to in person programing. I tried writing that article and I failed.

Because the theatre industry has used our time of creating work digitally like a butterfly within a cocoon and we’re transforming. And now that you are coming back to see in-person shows, I want to share with you what I want for you, as an audience member as a result of this transformation.

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