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A Word From


Volume 2, Issue 12 | December 2017



Dance to the Holidays

A Night With Janis Joplin Beatles Bundle

The Sharon Performing Arts Academys The Studio Frankie & Johnny

in the Claír de Lune The Staff Spotlight Backstage at The Sharon The Sharon Performing Arts Academys

Whitney Morse, Artistic Director, The Sharon® L. Morse Performing Arts Center

Honored & Humbled On November 7th I was sitting in my office between shows at The Sharon, scarfing down some dinner while I casually scrolled through Facebook. I came across a post about the BroadwayWorld awards from a friend and I thought to myself “I wonder if The Studio got a couple?” So I clicked the link and started looking through the nominations. I was stunned to learn that we had been nominated a total of 47 times! I was so honored that at first I didn’t really know what to do, then after the shock wore off I headed to The Studio’s Facebook Page to spread the word. I needed to get this amazing news out into the community because the awards are given out based on theatre goers votes. We were nominated in almost every professional category and would be so happy to get your vote if you are so inclined. You can vote here: www. or visit our Facebook Page and the link is there as well. We here at The Studio are so thankful to be nominated, and would be quite honored to receive your votes. Cheers!


Frankie and Johnny

in the Clair de Lune

New Shows Added!

See page 11 for more info.


$30-$86 5PM & 8PM DEC 19TH 3

Raise your glass to a star-studded evening you won't ever forget! Ho, Ho, Ho... the hit dance show is here with Dance To The Holidays! It's the Holiday dance sensation sweeping the country and now Dance To The Holidays! has a special gift for its many fans. Dance To The Holidays is the Holiday spectacular for the whole family, featuring stars from Dancing With The Stars, American Idol, and So You Think You Can Dance. Here are all the live talent-based reality TV shows up close and personal in an unforgettable Spectacular for all Seasons! Directed and choreographed by Jaymz Tuaileva from Dancing With The Stars, Donny and Marie's Las Vegas Christmas Show and So You

Think You Can Dance, Dance To The Holidays will be a new tradition for your family – It's lots of holiday dance cheer in one big beautifully wrapped gift. Heart-stopping dancers are joined by several of your favorite American Idol finalists with their powerhouse hit songs!


Like a comet that burns far too brightly to last, Janis Joplin exploded onto the music scene in 1967 and, almost overnight, became the queen of rock & roll. The unmistakable voice, filled with raw emotion and tinged with Southern Comfort, made her a must-see headliner from Monterey to Woodstock. Now, The Villages is invited to share an evening with the woman and her musical influences in the hit musical A Night With Janis Joplin.

Fueled by such unforgettable songs as "Me and Bobby McGee," "Piece of My Heart," "Mercedes Benz," "Cry Baby" and "Summertime," this sensational show is a musical journey celebrating Joplin and her biggest musical influences —icons like Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Odetta, Nina Simone and Bessie Smith, who inspired one of rock & roll's greatest legends.

$40-$85 JAN 9TH


From Broadway to your Hometown, a night you won’t forget!

"A Night With Janis Joplin will rock your world!" - Los Angeles Times



Broadway’s Big Hit!

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Opening: DEC 21st Closing: JAN 11th


Order Up! Moonlight, music, and meatloaf with a side of desire. Four time Tony Award Winner, Terrance McNally’s Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune tells the story of Frankie, a waitress, and Johnny, a short-order cook, who work together in the same restaurant. Lights up on Frankie and Johnny in the bed of a grimy 1987 New York studio apartment. Frankie is hopeful that Johnny will now put on his clothes and depart, but Johnny, the romantic, has other ideas. Through sometimes touching and sometimes hilarious banter shared over sandwiches and a song the promise of a relationship beyond a "one-night stand" begins to emerge for these two lonely hearts.

WHITNEY MORSE (Frankie) Whitney was last seen at The Studio Theatre in Next To Normal, The Last Five Years, Proof, and Songs for a New World. Her Central Florida Theatre credits include The Secret Garden, 1776 and Big River (Mad Cow Theatre). Chicago: Next To Normal (Skokie Theatre), Other Desert Cities (Citadel Theatre), The Children's Hour (Pride Films and Plays), Spike Heels (Brown Paper Box), Down Rang (Genesis Theatricals), Trafford Tanzi and I Carry Your Heart (Prologue Theatre Company), Accomplice (Jedlicka Performing Arts Center), The Turn of the Screw, Jeeves at Sea, Unnecessary Farce and The Merchant of Venice (First Folio Theater). Whitney is the Artistic Director of The Sharon and The Studio Theatre. MFA Acting Columbia University School of the Arts.

TREVIN COOPER (Johnny) Trevin serves as the Director of Education for the Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center and Resident Director for The Studio Theatre at Tierra Del Sol. Previous directing credits include: Lend Me a Tenor, The Miracle Worker, The 39 Steps, The American Plan, The Last Five Years, Art, Always…Patsy Cline, and 9/11: We Will Forget, voted one of the top 10 plays of the 2012 Orlando Fringe Festival. He holds an M.F.A from The University of Central Florida, an M.A. from The University of Oklahoma, and a B.A. from Rollins College.




What got you interested in working in Theatre?


I've had a love affair with theatre from an early age. As a result, I began acting in high school and community theatre in my hometown of Tampa, FL. Then I attended Rollins College where I pursued a BA in Theatre. One of the first things I had to do at college was choose a work-study program. Originally, I wanted to work in the box office, but that job was already filled. So I chose the costume shop instead and it turned out to be a great decision! Quickly I discovered the passion for costumes. Working in the costume shop all 4 years, I worked on every show during my time at Rollins and even designed and assistant designed a few shows myself. After college, I went on to work in the wardrobe departments at Cirque du Soleil's La Nouba and at Universal Studios Orlando. My other passion is stage management, where I worked as a professional stage manager in Los Angeles and Orlando for the past 10 years.

How did you find out about The Studio and what made you want to work here?

Meghan Kennedy The Studio™ Costume Designer What is your role at The Studio™? I'm a Costume Designer for The Studio. Costume designing requires analyzing the characters in a play. What are their hopes and desires? What drives this person to do what they do? How can the clothes they wear help convey to the audience who the characters are as people? Costume design also requires a lot of research especially if the play takes place in a different time period. It's important that the costumes reflect the fashion and style of the time period of the play. Collaborating with the director is also important. This collaboration ensures that the costumes fit in with the themes and overall vision that the director has for the play. Once the design is approved, then the Costume Designer goes about executing the design by purchasing, renting, or building the costumes (sometimes all three). A good costume design accentuates the character's personalities without distracting the audience.

I met The Studio's Artistic Director, Whitney Morse, at Rollins where we were friends and worked on several shows together. However, it was through The Studio's Production Manager, Danielle Paccione, that I found out about the job opening. It had been several years since I worked in costumes and the idea of returning to the creative side of theatre was very appealing. The fact that I also have had the opportunity to reconnect with Whitney and other old friends and colleagues is an added bonus!

What’s your favorite part of the job? My favorite part of the job is the people! The actors, directors, and design/production team are some of the best people and professionals that I've had the pleasure of working with. They make the job fun!

Anything else you’d like to add? I would like to thank Whitney and Danielle for the opportunity to come play with everyone at The Studio. It's been a great honor and pleasure! I look forward to being a part of the team for years to come!



Whitney Morse with Lilly

Whitney Morse & Jason Goedken with the winners of Citizen's First Bank.

Playing around at Polo On Sunday, November 5th, The Sharon and The Studio Team sponsored The Villages Polo Club’s matches. As done in the past, the team was able to celebrate with Ushers and other business partners that collaborate closely with both theatres. The team was able to see both a 1pm and a 3pm match. They enjoyed the sport, the great company, and stomping the divots together!

Jason Goedken with Francisco Bilbao


Some of The Sharon and The Sudio Crew



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