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Volume 2, Issue 1 January 2017





A Word From


Volume 2, Issue 1 | January 2017



Private Lives

Cocktail Hour: The Show

The Villages Philharmonic Orchestra Classical Show Well Strung

Ukraine Orchestra Johnny Mathis Up, Up & Away: A Musical Tale

The Five Irish Tenors Kenny Rogers

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

What Break? I have had many people ask me why I am not performing in our second show of The Studio Theatre's™ first season and my first response is, “because I need a break.” While that may be true I have come to realize that I don’t actually get one. I closed Next To Normal on December 17th and then dove head first into the celebrating the holidays with my family. And now as I type this I am staring down the first month of a brand new year and I am completely booked. The biggest thing on my calendar as of right now is focusing on the Artistic Direction of The Sharon. In just a few days I will depart this lovely climate to spend a frigid week in New York City with our Operations Manager, Jason and Booking Coordinator, Elizabeth at a conference called APAP or The Association of Performing Arts Presenters. At this conference, we will meet with agents and talent to solidify what we want to bring into The Sharon, roughly 12 to 18 months from now, in our third season. It is sure to be a hectic, but a very productive trip. While I am focused on that during the day, in the evenings I often drop in to Private Lives rehearsals to check on their progress, but mostly to carry out my main duty on this production: Vocal Coach. Private Lives is a British play that takes place in Paris and so every character must speak in a spot-on British dialect. It is my job to ensure that every actor’s dialect is absolutely perfect so that the audience forgets completely that our cast is entirely American. Then, just three days after that production opens, I start rehearsals for The Last Five Years. So, as you can see, my “break” will likely have to wait until the summer.

Hollywood's Greatest Gameshows with Bob Eubanks The Doo Wop Project


The Staff Spotlight

The Last 5 Years follows the characters of Jamie (an upcoming novelist) and his girlfriend/fiancé/wife, Cathy (a struggling actress). This powerful and intimate musical explores the journey of a New York couple in their twenties who succeed, struggle and succumb to the challenges and charms of married life. Utilizing a divergent plot structure, this two character musical simultaneously demonstrates a budding romance and a dissolving marriage.

The Sharon Schedule Backstage at The Sharon The Sharon Performing Arts Academy

Preview: FEB 20th-23rd | Opening: FEB 24th | Closing: MAR 19th

Tickets On Sale Now! $30 Performances The Studio Theatre Tierra del Sol 806 San Marino Drive, The Villages, FL 32159 | (352) 751-7799


Pr ivate Lives By

Noel Cowar d Marriage: A place where romance and catastrophe become one!

Opening: JAN 20th 3

Closing: FEB 12th

Noël Coward's Private Lives Noël Coward’s 1931 masterpiece is one of the most revered comedies in the canon of theatre. Set against the backdrop of glitzy and glamourous 1920s Paris, this hysterical and heartwarming love story examines the comedy and calamity of love and marriage. See the play praised by The New York Times as, “Gorgeous, dazzling and fantastically funny.” Private Lives is now sold out, however, you still may be able to see it! Just arrive at 6 pm for the show you want and add your name to the wait list. You are then free to wait in the bar until 5 minutes before curtain. If we have open seats, you will have an opportunity to purchase them.

The Studio Theatre Tierra del Sol 806 San Marino Drive, The Villages, FL 32159 | (352) 751-7799


JANUARY 22ND • 7PM • $20-$42



What is Cocktail Hour? Cocktail Hour reinvents the glamour and excitement of classic entertainment, launching the Mai Tai, Martini, Manhattan and more off the menu and onto the stage. This pop-infused production combines the magnetism of Hollywood's Golden Age with a sleek 21st-century sensibility, capturing the timeless American spirit in a series of sparkling vignettes. It’s high-style fun for all ages to enjoy. “Witty and fantastic.” - The New York Times






Program "Sputnik"



"Mai Tai"

"Brandy Alexander"

"Shirley Temple"


"Roy Rogers"



"Rum Runner"



JANUARY 10TH & 11TH • 7PM • $21-$39

The Villages Philharmonic Orchestra is back at The Sharon for the 2016/2017 season! This professional orchestra will present musical masterpieces to our local community that will enlighten and entertain. Their purpose is to nourish the hearts, minds and souls of families with the glorious gift of music while inspiring the next generation to pursue this same noble tradition.

2017 Season Schedule 1/10/2017


Classical Concert

Wednesday 1/11/2017


Classical Concert




American Music




American Music




Classical Concert

Wednesday 3/15/2017


Classical Concert




Opera Celebration

Wednesday 4/5/2017


Opera Celebration


Classical Concert Program LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN

Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92 I. Poco sustenuto – Vivace II. Allegretto. III. Presto – Assai meno presto IV. Allegro con brio VIOLIN CONCERTO, in D Major, Op. 61 I. Allegro ma non troppo, D Major, 4-4; II. Larghetto, G Major, 4-4 III. Rondo, D Major, 6-8.

Series prices available at box office windows or call 352-750-5411



Pasquale Valerio is the creator, nurturer, mentor

and guiding light for The Villages Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorale. Pasquale was born in Naples, Italy and began his music studies at the age of 9. He began studying Trumpet Performance at The N. Piccinni Conservatory of Music graduating in 1985. His studies were not limited to trumpet but included Applied Complementary Piano Studies, Harmony, and Lectures from Maestro Filippo Venire, who was his guide and mentor from 1976 to 1989. His adult musical career began during his national service as a member of the Carabinieri (Italian Military Police). Fortunately for his musical development most of this was with the Band. After his discharge he began playing trumpet at the Naples Opera House and he began studying conducting. Pasquale Valerio served as an apprentice under Sir Antonio Pappano for 6 years. Pasquale followed him all around the world from 2006-2011 and learned directly from the Conductor of the Royal Opera House in London. To that end, Pasquale believed fully in the magic of education through music, and that children are never too young to start discovering the power of harmony. In 1996, Pasquale relocated to the United States continuing his conducting studies with J. Whitney and Gßnter Schmidt. In 2004, he became the Founder and Music Director of The Villages Philharmonic Orchestra where he continues to serve today. Maestro Valerio was also the founder of Lake Sumter Chamber Orchestra as well as co-founder and conductor of The Florida Lake Symphony from 2005-2006. Pasquale has been regularly invited as guest conductor at the Orchestra Filarmonica 900’, Teatro Regio, and the Viotti International Music Festival.


JANUARY 23RD • 7PM • $15-$40


The Singing String Quartet The New York Times recently called Well-Strung "A talented quartet of men who sing and play instruments brilliantly fuses pop and classical music from Madonna to Beethoven." Well-Strung, featuring Edmund Bagnell (first violin), Christopher Marchant (second violin), Daniel Shevlin (cello) and Trevor Wadleigh (viola), is a string quartet with a modern twist. The group plays universally recognized classical pieces while singing pop music hits from the likes of Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Kelly Clarkson, and other pop stars for a uniquely engaging experience. Conceived by Mark Cortale and Christopher Marchant, the foursome has quickly gained international attention. In September they were invited to perform at the Vatican in Rome and at a gala for President Obama . The group has received critical acclaim at New York’s prestigious Feinstein's/54 Below and well beyond, from the House of Blues in New Orleans to the Leicester Square Theatre in London. They have performed recently at the NYC TrevorLIVE Gala, as well as appearances and performances on The Today Show and Watch What Happens Live . They have also performed with artists such as Kristin Chenoweth, Neil Patrick Harris, Audra McDonald and Deborah Voigt.

Their first music video entitled Mozart Meets Kelly Clarkson initially caught the eye of the national press. BBC Radio host Jo Good called Well-Strung “absolutely amazing” after their onair performance and interview for her show.


Volodymyr Sirenko, Artistic Director & Chief Conductor Theodore Kuchar, Principal Guest Conductor Formed by the Council of Ministers of Ukraine in November of 1918, the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine is considered to be one of the finest symphony orchestras in Eastern Europe. The NSOU was entrusted with the premier performances of the works of the following composers: Sergei Prokofiev, Dmitri Shostakovich, Aram Khatchaturian, Boris Lyatoshynsky, Valentyn Silvestrov, Myroslav Skoryk, and Evgen Stankovych. The Orchestra has gained international recognition over a remarkably short period of time. After an appearance in Moscow, Dmitri Shostakovich commented: “This orchestra has as distinguished a group of performers as one would be likely to find anywhere. The ensemble of the orchestra is of the highest level. In addition, the various soloists and instrumental groups within the Orchestra play exceptionally and complement each other beautifully – as would the greatest of the world’s symphony orchestras.” “... A program rich with energy and unusually adventurous placed the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine in a highly favourable light when it gave its only Sydney concert during its Australian tour on Friday. This is an orchestra with many virtues. Its strings can conjure up a vibrant songfulness; the woodwinds have a fruity, penetrating ripeness; the brass could endanger the walls of Jericho; the percussion might wake the dead...” ~The Sydney Morning Herald

JANUARY 25TH • 7 PM • $35-$70

Ukraine Orchestra


JANUARY 12TH • 7PM • $75-$225

T he Voice of Romance Tour Johnny Mathis' accomplishments are numerous and varied. He holds many records and has set many precedents in the music industry. See, hear and experience a living legend!

Johnny Mathis is joined by Special Guest Gary Deer Mule: Gary Mule Deer’s comedy and music have set him apart as one-of-a-kind. He has performed on every major concert stage in the country and made over 350 television appearances, including many on both The Tonight Show and David Letterman. He was one of six comedians, along with Jay Leno, to star on the first HBO Comedy Special, was the comedy host of Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert for four years on NBC, and a series regular on Make Me Laugh. He is currently featured on the DVDs “Jeff Foxworthy’s Comedy Classics” and “The World’s Greatest Stand-up Comedy Collection”. For five decades, Gary has entertained regularly in Las Vegas, Reno, Lake Tahoe, and Atlantic City, and shared the stage with a long list of music legends. Gary appears regularly on the Grand Ole Opry, and has performed at Carnegie Hall. He has also been part of the Johnny Mathis show as Special Guest since 1994 in major theatres across the country. In addition to his well-known comedy, he is a talented singer and musician, and has been performing the music of Johnny Cash and classic country in his show for five decades. The great popularity of Gary’s comedy and music cuts across all ages and demographics. “This is the funniest man in America.” - Clint Eastwood “You’re the greatest, the funniest.…always were.” - Steve Martin “If I had to go to just one comedian for a guaranteed laugh, it would be Gary Mule Deer.” - Jeff Foxworthy


Up,Up Away

Starring Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr.

A Colorful Musical Full of Soul Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr., are the voices, Original Stars and lead singers of the legendary group, The 5th Dimension, before leaving the Group in 1975. McCoo and Davis launched Champagne and Pop Soul Classics, including "Up, Up and Away," "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In," "Worst That Could Happen," "Stoned Soul Picnic," "Sweet Blindness," "Wedding Bell Blues," and "One Less Bell to Answer." After leaving The 5th Dimension, Marilyn and Billy recorded "You Don't Have to be a Star (to Be in My Show)," a chart topping number 1 record, won them their own Grammy Award and a television series on CBS. They are named by Billboard, "The First Couple of Pop and Soul." Billy, devoted his efforts to a successful gospel music career and Marilyn performed in television's "Solid Gold." The couple enjoys tremendous success through the years as recording artists, performers and authors. They have received a total of 7 Grammy Awards, earned 15 gold and 3 platinum records. 

JANUARY 13TH • 7 PM • $25-$150

A Musical Fable

We invite you to enjoy "Up, Up and Away" starring Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. for a journey and musical celebration of their own iconic music, which includes a loving tribute to The Beatles.



The Five Irish Tenors Tenors from the Emerald Isle Starring: David Martin, Morgan Crowley, Ciarán Kelly, Alan Leech and George Hutton Featuring: Pianist/Composer/Arranger Danny Forde and Pianist Feargal Murray. Following in the footsteps of the great Irish Tenor John McCormack, in a sensational program, “The Five Irish Tenors” fuses Irish wit and boisterous charm, with lyricism, dramatic flair and operatic style to bring you a unique Irish tenor concert experience. Featuring both famously beloved Irish song and opera arias in combinations of tenor solos, duets, trios, quartets, quintets and tutti, this distinctive program includes, among others, W.B Yeats's "Down by the Sally Gardens," Verdi's "O Mio Rimorso" from La Traviata, Cherubini Bixio's "Mamma, The Rose of Tralee," Cesar Frank's "Paris Angelicus," Mozart's "Il Mio Tesoro," "She Moves Through the Fair," "Will You Go Lassie Go," and the glorious "Danny Boy," performed by Ireland’s most legendary tenors. This concert project is the first tour ever in North America of Ireland’s most popular ensemble, and has been specially recreated from the major cities in Ireland for the United States and Canada. The Five Irish Tenors are: David Martin: Lyric Bel Canto Irish Tenor | Morgan Crowley: Spinto Irish Tenor Ciarán Kelly: Mozart Irish Tenor | George Hutton: Traditional Irish Tenor Alan Leech: Buffo Irish Tenor Pianist/Composer/Arranger Feargull Murray Pianist Danny Forde

Grammy Award-winning country superstar and music icon Kenny Rogers has enjoyed great success during his storied career of nearly six decades. The enduring Country Music Hall of Fame member and pop superstar has endeared music lovers around the globe with his amazing songs, heartfelt performances, distinctive voice, gift for storytelling and universal appeal, and in 2016, Rogers is embarking on what will be his final world tour with a show that will celebrate his musical legacy: The Gambler’s Last Deal. Remaining a popular entertainer around the world, Rogers, who was once voted the “Favorite Singer of All-Time” in a joint poll by readers of both USA Today and People, still loves touring and recording new music. Even so, Rogers came to a conclusion that family is more important than touring at this stage in his career, once he’s played the final date of his last world tour. “I’ve been so lucky to have enjoyed such a long career and to have such amazing support from my fans and all who have helped me along the way, but there comes a time when I need to focus on spending time with my family. My life is about my wife and my 11-year-old twin boys right now. There are a lot of things I want to do together with them to create some special memories. I don’t have a bucket list of my own…I have a bucket list of things I want to do with them.”

JANUARY 20TH • 7 PM • $35-$200

A Legend in Concert



JANUARY 29TH • 5PM & 8PM • $20-$65

Anyone who's ever dreamed of being part of a game show will have a chance to be a contestant in January, when every participant will win and one person might take home $100,000. "Hollywood's Greatest Game Shows," an interactive show that combines the best game shows of all time while welcoming 40 audience members on stage per show. The show will blend elements of "The Newlywed Game," "Card Sharks," "The Gong Show," "Name That Tune," "Love Connection" and "Family Feud." Every audience member will have a chance to be a contestant, every contestant will take something home, and there will be a shot at a $100,000 grand prize. At each of the four shows, one lucky contestant will drive away with a brand new golf cart! As an added bonus, legendary "The Newlywed Game" host Bob Eubanks will run the show.

Eubanks is one of only three individuals to promote The Beatles Concerts, all three years they toured in America. He also produced some of the biggest concerts ever which included The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and Bob Dylan just to name a few. He was one of the top TV producers, having produced network and syndicated game shows and variety TV. He hosted some of television’s most successful daytime programs, such as The Newlywed Game and Card Sharks. He is the only game show personality to host the same format with original programming for five decades. TV Guide named him one of the top five game show hosts of all time. He’s won 8 Emmy’s, including a lifetime achievement award and became the last person to receive a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame in the twentieth century. Currently Bob Eubanks, host of The Newlywed Game, is a highly demanded keynote speaker to corporate America. Speaking to such companies as Southwest Airlines, John Hancock Insurance, & Wells Fargo Bank just to name a few. Eubanks shares his unique business philosophy to corporate America; which has made him one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the entertainment industry. Each year Bob can be seen all over the world hosting The Emmy Award winning coverage of The Tournament of Roses New Year's Day Parade for Tribune Broadcasting and The Hallmark Channel. His ratings usually are double the other channels combined. Eubanks has produced television shows for all four of the major networks and for the syndicated market. Producer credits include: The Toni Tennille Show, Buddy Hackett's You Bet Your Life, All Star Secrets, The Guinness Game, Infatuation. His motion picture producer credits: Payback. In 1964, 1965 & 1966 Eubanks produced The Beatles concerts at the Hollywood Bowl and Dodger Stadium. This was the beginning of a 20-year concert promotion career that made him one of the largest concert promoters in America.




P O W O t c O e j o D r P An Interview with Dominic Scaglione Jr.

What is your favorite song to perform with the group? I love to sing Valerie with the guys because its usually at the end of the show when we have the audience in the palm of our hands and we are rocking out! We also get to introduce our incredible band. Its the closest thing to a party for us during the show.

Can you tell us about playing the role of Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys on Broadway? Frankie was one of the most challenging things that I have ever done so far in this human experience. It brought me to the highest of highs and the lowest of lows and I have grown as a man and actor because of what that role put me though. I never gave up trying to refine the performance and it kept fulfilling me and taking from me right up until I was done. I played him longer than most guys at a little over 8 years so it was getting to a point that he was so inside me so even now I’m still shedding his energy. It was my opera and I'll always thank Frankie for what he did to me.

Who were some of your musical influences? Luciano Pavarotti, Maxwell, Michael Jackson, Jonsi, Placido Domingo, Natalie Merchant, Billie Holiday are just some of the artists that have inspired me. I love big voices and I love troubled and tragic people. They tend to be the most interesting to listen to.

"When we created the group we couldn’t come up with a name so at our first showcase they announced us as ‘’The untitled Doo Wop Project.” We thought it sounded cool and so DWP was born!" - Dominic Scaglione Jr.

"As a kid my parents would always immerse us in whatever music that they could. I loved opera and wanted to be an opera singer growing up!" - Dominic Scaglione Jr.

Can you tell us how the group got together and a little of your group’s history? I was playing the role of Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys and other founding member Dominic Noli was playing Tommy Devito and we were on the same floor at the August Wilson Theatre. I would mention to him a lot that we should start a group. We both had a deep connection to this style of music so we said let's get the best guys we know and just see where it goes. The roster of guys has changed and evolved and now we have set a solid core group of guys (Dominic Scaglione Jr, Dominic Nolfi, Charl Brown, Dwayne Cooper, Russell Fischer, Sonny Paladino) with our pick of subs that we love to sing and travel with to pick up the slack if any one of us can’t make a show.

What was the idea behind forming the group? We really didnt anticipate the group becoming as big as it has. The first idea was to just get together and sing and see what happens. It became so much fun that we then said “Hey, we might be able too make some money too’

What is the most challenging song to do as a group and why? We love a good challenge so the harder the song the better. It is always a bit of a challenge to create a DWP song because we like to have every guy take a chance on the lead verses. This creates a more intricate arrangement with everyone coming in and out of harmony to lead. Luckily, our Musical Director Sonny Paladino guides us and gives us unbelievable arrangements to learn.

What can the audience expect of your performance? When we get a chance to talk with our audience members we always hear them talk about our high level of energy that we bring to the show. We want to keep the essence and feel of this music alive and bring a youthful feel and respect to it and our audience. We want to transport them back to a [sic] more simpler time and bring them into the now and show how the early music inspired the music that we hear today.

What’s next for the group? We are going to keep booking gigs across the country and eventually the world and get the message of love, togetherness and racial harmony of The Doo Wop Project out there! We have just created a Symphony show with a 60 piece orchestra behind us that we debuted in Indianapolis, Indiana which was a huge success as well. It has added a level of class and showed us that this group is limitless.



Weston Corey

Associate Lighting Designer What got you started in Theatre? I can 100% credit my mother to my start in theatre. I have always been a mechanical minded person and hands on learner, and my mother knew that about me. My church, back in Virginia, does a large scale Broadway style Christmas production every year and she volunteered me to work on the tech team backstage at the age of 13. I did a few days in the shop with the carpenters and then found myself working with the lighting team, and that was it. My passion for design and theater grew from there and I would continue working in theatre through high school and then continued on to get a BFA in Lighting Design from Virginia Commonwealth University in the Spring of 2016.

What is your role for The Studio Theatre™? Between The Sharon® and The Studio Theatre™ I play several roles, some of which are continually in development as we discover new things about The Studio Theatre and how it operates. For The Sharon, my role is the Assistant Lighting Director. I am second to Dan Hopper and essentially help complete all tasks relating to lighting in The Sharon. This ranges from tying shows into our building’s power, focusing lights, and designing some shows (depending on what kind of crew they travel with), as well as maintaining the repertory light plot we have in place. In The Studio Theatre, my main role is the Master Electrician. My job essentially is to turn a paper drafting into reality. Our Lighting Designer sends me a drafting of where every light is to be placed for a particular show (it changes for every show we do) and I am in charge of installing each lighting fixture, and ensuring that is has the power and data that it needs to operate correctly. I am also in charge of making sure that we have the correct color and accessories for each lighting fixture, as specified by the designer. Recently, my role has shifted into more of an Associate Lighting Designer, where not only do I handle the roles of the Master Electrician, but I also help draft, program, take notes and offer design input before and during the tech process. Also, I will be the Lighting Designer for the last show of The Studio Theatre Season: Proof. On occasion, we have performances at The Sharon and technical rehearsals at The Studio Theatre at the same time. My job then is to be the Lighting Head at The Sharon, while Dan is designing at The Studio and preparing for that show to open.

What has been your favorite moment or favorite experience so far at The Studio Theatre™? I can’t say there is a specific moment that has been my favorite, but one of my favorite things about working at The Sharon and The Studio Theatre is the team of people I get to work with, everyone here is top notch, and that makes my job fun, exciting, and often challenging as we try to push the limits of what is possible in each venue.

What is the play/musical you hope to see The Studio Theatre™ do? This is a question I never have an answer to. However, my favorite thing about theater is that it ranges from happy and fun musicals, to plays that really challenge the way you think and push you to be a better person. So far the season selections at The Studio Theatre have done a great job of capturing a large spectrum of that, but many times I find myself favoring shows that challenge morals and keep me thinking about the message for days after the performance. Theater is a great way to see other people’s perspective on life that you would not normally get to see!

Dan Hopper (left) and Weston Corey (right)



Up,Up Away A Musical Fable Starring Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr.

January 13th - 7pm - $25-$150 $150 Includes a Meet & Greet


FINAL WORLD TOUR Jan 20th • 7pm $35-$200





The Singing String Quartet

JAN 23RD 7PM $15-$40

JAN 22ND•7 PM•$20-$42

Yoga at The Sharon® On Wednesday, December 14th, we had a special visit at The Sharon®! Sean Walters is a Yoga and Vegan lifestyle instructor, based out of San Diego, California, who is always looking for new ways to share the benefits of health and wellness for the mind, body, and soul. He has been studying yoga for more than ten years and says that his “work is a continuous journey and every day is a new adventure.” This was his first time visiting Florida’s Friendliest Hometown® and we thought it would be a great idea to start with an early morning yoga class for The Sharon & The Studio staff and friends. The class took place in the main lobby of The Sharon, with yoga enthusiasts of all ages, mats in hand, and bodies ready to stretch. Everyone enjoyed the class thoroughly, and we were even able to practice the final tree pose for the photo (pictured above).


Yoga at The Sharon with California Yoga Guru, Sean Walters.


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