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A Word From


Volume 2, Issue 7 | July 2017



Frankie Avalon Debby Boone

The Villages Philharmonic Orchestra 2017-18 Season Glenn Miller Orchestra Clint Black

Summer Camp: The Wizard of Oz Songs for a New World Staff Spotlight

Whitney Morse, Artistic Director, The SharonÂŽ L. Morse Performing Arts Center

Yellow Brick Road I was so thrilled at the response to our children’s theatre in residence this summer: Compass Creative Dramatics. They came here all the way from Chicago to help our young people learn about performing on stage. They arrived on a Monday and held auditions for the 75 children who registered for the camp, then handed out roles that very same day. This pair of professional actors worked with the kids for the next four days and on Friday night they did a public performance right here on The Sharon stage. 75 local children put on the production The Wizard of Oz, complete with Dorothy, The Witch, and even The Winkies! It was truly adorable, and the kids did an excellent job. Bringing this kind of education to our local children is very important to me. When I was a kid I longed for this kind of enrichment, and looked for it wherever I could. I am so happy that now I can help bring one more option for performing arts education to our local children by hosting Compass Creative Dramatics here at The Sharon annually.

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Exclusive Interview with the Director, Trevin Cooper! Page 13

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FRANKIE AVALON Back by popular demand! One of America’s most popular entertainers, Frankie Avalon went from 50’s teen idol to a national and international star. Born in Philadelphia, Frankie had his early trumpet playing career end abruptly when a family friend Bob Marcucci heard him sing and signed him to a recording contract. His first song ”De De Dinah” became a smash hit and his recording of “Venus” was one of the biggest selling hits of the era. He had many follow up hits such as “Bobbysocks to Stockings,” “Gingerbread,” “Just Ask Your Heart,” and “A Boy Without A Girl.” He is also credited with having the last number one record of the 50’s with “Why” reaching that status in December 1959. In addition to his popularity as a top recording artist, Frankie became a motion picture star, appearing in over 30 movies, starring with such luminaries as Alan Ladd in “Guns Of Timberland,” and John Wayne in “The Alamo.” Other film credits include ‘Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea,” and the hit musical “Grease.” His biggest popularity in movies came when he starred in the classic Beach movies... “Beach Party,” “Muscle Beach Party,” “Beach Blanket Bingo,” and “Bikini Beach” among others. A highly popular attraction on the concert circuit throughout the world, he has appeared in every major country and his appearance at


the International Festival Of Stars in Romania marked the second time that an entertainer from The United States has performed in that Irion Curtain country since World War II, the other being Louis Armstrong. In addition to his solo performances, in 1985 Frankie began touring with two neighborhood friends Fabian and Bobby Rydell in a show entitled “The Golden Boys.” That show is now in its 25th year of touring, doing over 500 hundred shows. The Golden boys have appeared on many major television specials such as “The American Music Awards,” the closing ceremonies of the “Miss Liberty Special,” (which was seen by over 200 million people) and the ABC Inaugural special, “Command performance: An All-Star Salute To The President.” In 1987, Frankie reunited with his co-star in the original beach movies, Annette in the summer movie hit “Back To The Beach.” Frankie can also be seen regularly on the Home Shopping Network on behalf of his company, Avalon Products. Apart from his busy work schedule, Frankie is an avid golfer and lives in Los Angeles with his wife Kay, who he married in 1963, and their eight children.

Debby Boone

Three time Grammy Award Winner


In 2013, Debby released her 13th studio album, a take on the songs and experience of the Las Vegas of the ’60’s entitled Swing This. The accompanying show, which premiered at New York’s prestigious Carlyle Hotel in March of that year, has memories and stories shared from Debby’s formative years when her father, Pat Boone, was headlining at the Sands and Sahara Hotels.


In 1977, Debby Boone earned instant fame when You Light Up My Life became one of the biggest songs in history, charting #1 on Billboard for 10 straight weeks and selling in excess of four million albums. That year she received the Grammy for Best New Artist and has since received an additional seven Grammy nominations, winning two more. In 2008, the song was ranked #7 in Billboard’s 50th Anniversary All-Time Top-Charting Songs.

"Debby Boone is a joyous blend of delicacy, wit, swinging sophistication, smoky sexiness and unbeatable artistry, often at the same time -- all rolled into one swinging musical package. From papa Pat Boone and mother-in-law Rosemary Clooney she may have inherited a powerhouse musical legend, but onstage in the glow of a center spot, she captivates an audience on her own terms. From the frivolity of These Boots are Made for Walkin’ to the torchy blister of Round Midnight, she offers variety, versatility and class all wrapped up in a brightly colored burst of show business know-how... one of the few headliners today who is keeping great music alive." - Rex Reed

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Pops Concert - Songs List If I Ain't Got You How Am I Supposed To Live Without You Poison and Wine New York New York Empty Chairs and Empty Table Anthem Serenade Their Hearts Full of Spring Seventy Six Trombones The Way You Look Tonight Last Dance It's Now or Never American Medley From This Moment The Star and Stripes Forever The Star - Spangled Banner Our Day Will Come

Featured Guests Autumn Encarnacion Norman Lee Marcella Richardson Sean Stork Christian Cuevas Chris Horn


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AUTUMN ENCARNACION Autumn first learned to sing in church when she was just a little girl. She sang along with the choir and the band every Sunday and has been singing every day since. Autumn now works full time for The Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center as the Artist Liaison backstage and as the Company Manager for The Studio Theatre Tierra Del Sol. grandparents, and even my cousins and other family members have followed into theatre as well. I’ve

NORMAN LEE As a lifelong entertainer, Norman Lee has raised the bar, bringing a faith based presentation to a population striving to find substance in their daily lives. Based out of Central Florida, Norman has toured across the country for many years. His music combines Praise and Worship, Contemporary Christian and Gospel into one spirit filled sound.ems and seeing their faces light up after a great night of theatre.

MARCELLA RICHARDSON Marcella Richardson started her singing career in Northern Michigan, Torch lake area at a family restaurant called Brownwood. She went on to travel with a 10 piece show band that started from Brownwood called TORCH. Eventually she moved to The Villages, Florida in 2004 with her husband Michael. nd even my cousins and other family members have followed into theatre as well. I’ve been performing since I was 5 years old

SEAN STORK Sean Christopher Stork, lyric baritone, has been a regular guest artist with The Villages Philharmonic Orchestra since 2013 and is a featured artist with Florida Opera Theatre in Orlando, First Coast Opera in St. Augustine, and the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra.ave followed into theatre as well. I’ve been performing since I was 5 years old and have never stopped.

CHRISTIAN CUEVAS Christian stopped singing outside of his church and chose to stay at home instead of attending college when his father tragically died from liver cancer. After competing on NBC's The Voice, Christian eventually went back to college because he knew his dad always wanted him to get a degree. He feels like music is the tool that taught him to cope with the loss of his father.

CHRIS HORN His top range soars to ABOVE high E. Exqusite musicality. Just back from performances in Italy, Chris Horn dazzles audiences from around the globe. From Puccini to Bublé, Chris Horn represents the finest in world-class tenor talent.parents, and even my cousins and other family members have followed into theatre as well. I’ve been performing since I was 5 years old and have never stopped.


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Glenn Miller

Orchestra “A band ought to have a

sound all of its own. It ought to have a personality.” – Glenn Miller

The first Glenn Miller Orchestra did not make it at all. It was a total and absolute economic failure. But Glenn knew what he wanted, held to that dedication and relentlessly worked to succeed. He launched his second band – the one that lives on today – in March of 1938. The Glenn Miller Orchestra has been a “hit” ever since. The legendary Glenn Miller was one of the most successful of all dance bandleaders back in the Swing Era of the 1930’s and 40’s. A matchless string of hit records, the constant impact of radio broadcasts and the drawing power at theatres, hotels and dance pavilion, built and sustained the momentum of popularity.. Glenn disbanded his musical organization in 1942 at the height of its popularity to volunteer for the Army. There, he organized and led the famous Glenn Miller Army Air


Force Band. It went to Europe to entertain servicemen performing numerous live and radio shows. On December 15, 1944, Major Miller took off in a single engine plane from Europe to precede his band to France, disappearing over the English Channel, never to be seen again. The army declared him officially dead a year later.Today, the 18 member ensemble continues to play many of the original Miller arrangements both from the civilian band and the AAFB libraries. Additionally, it also plays some more modern selections arranged and performed in the Miller style and sound. Today, the 18 member ensemble continues to play many of the original Miller arrangements both from the civilian band and the AAFB libraries. Additionally, it also plays some more modern selections arranged and performed in the Miller style and sound.

Prolific singer-songwriter Clint Black has long been heralded as one of Country music’s brightest stars. His many talents have helped shape his long career, as Black has transcended genres to become one of the most successful artists in all the music industry. To date, Black has written, recorded and released more than 100 songs, a benchmark in any artist’s career. An astounding one-third of these songs eligible

Black’s continued success can be attributed in part to his deep sense of Country music history, and his humble gratitude in being an important part of it. The 1989 debut of his critically acclaimed fan favorite, the Triple Platinum Killin’ Time, marked a shift in the industry, with a return to the more traditional sounds of the genre. CMT lists this album as one of the 100 Greatest Albums in Country Music.


In addition to his established business ventures and various charity foundation efforts. Black currently serves as Honorary Chair for the IRSF’s “Research to Reality: Funding Progress” campaign, which helps to accelerate treatments and research to find a cure for the developmental disorder.


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for major single release also achieved hit song status at Country radio, while more than 20 million of his albums have been sold worldwide. While it’s well-known that Black is an accomplished singer and guitarist, people may be surprised to learn that he is also proficient on drums and harmonica.

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Our children’s theatre summer camp was a success for a second year in a row! At The Sharon, the students were able to learn, play, and perform alongside two professional actor/educators from Chicago, who stretched their creativity and bravery muscles and instilled trust, responsibility, and teamwork for a full week. At the end of which, the students performed two public performances of The Wizard of Oz right on The Sharon’s stage. This unforgettable one-week experience brought together the excitement of mounting a fully-staged musical production (sets! costumes! props!) with theatre games and activities. We had 75 students participate this year, which was double the size of last year’s camp.


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Special Thanks to the Educators Cathlyn Melvin & David Edward Smith


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Exclusive Interview with the Director, Trevin Cooper What is the storyline to this Song Cycle? Songs From a New World doesn’t have a traditional storyline. A song cycle often examines a topic or an idea through a common theme that will reoccur in the music. Songs, at its heart, is about perseverance, faith and risk. The greatest aspect about a show of this genre is it truly allows for an audience to interpret what this theme, those words, or that idea means to them.

What are your favorites songs/pieces of the musical? I try not to have “favorites.” There are songs in the show that are very near and dear to my heart, but if you start examining your “favorites” particularly before a show even begins rehearsals, then you have the ability to lose


perspective, and not provide justice to the whole piece. The job of a director is to give equal vision and detail to every aspect (or every song) of a play or musical.

What is it about Jason Robert Brown’s work that draws crowds in? As a composer, I think Brown writes from a very personal place. All artists provide something of themselves to their work, but I think Brown goes to those frightening places as a composer. He pushes himself to examine his own perspectives on life, love, hate, risk, fear, etc. The raw emotion is there in his work and an audience, whether consciously or subconsciously, always knows when something is authentic.

There’s really no way to truly express how vital the working relationship is between a director and a musical director. When directing a musical, a director must be responsible for the vision of the show. The performers movement, their relationship to the material is with me at all times. All of these elements must happen, while ALWAYS being true to what the composer has placed on the sheet music. If you are doing a play by Tennessee Williams, you don’t improvise the lines. The same is true of a musical. Gary has an extraordinary skill for helping singers find the material in a way that is brings out their skill, but always stays true to what the composer has written.

What is your Artistic Vision for this? I’m always a bit reluctant to talk about the process of a production. That is a very personal voyage for the director, the musical director and the cast. The one thing I can share is that my goal is always to provide the audience with an entertaining and hopefully thought-provoking evening of theatre.

Director, Trevin Cooper

How closely do you work with the show’s Music Director, Gary Powell, on the show as a whole?

How do you help the singers prepare? I always say there are many different approaches to directing, but there are two things I believe every director must have: leadership and organization. Directors know that 90% of their job is casting, from there it’s my job to help the performers create a solid foundation for the show. A place where they feel secure, but also a place that allows them to make the material new for themselves each and every time they perform it.

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Josh Kimball Assistant House Manager at The Studioâ„¢

What is your role at The Studio™? My role at The Studio is Assistant House Manager. I help our lovely House Manager, Grace Petty, as much as I can and assist our audience as best as I can.

What is your background and what got you started in theatre? My background is in Musical Theatre. I have a BFA in Musical Theatre from Southern Illinois University of Carbondale in 2014. My whole family is in theatre—mom, dad, brother, grandparents, and even my cousins and other family members have gone into theatre as well. I’ve been performing since I was 5 years old and have never stopped.

What's your favorite part of the job? Favorite part of the job is getting to interact with everyone. Solving problems and seeing their faces light up after a great night of theatre.

What has been your favorite experience so far at The Studio? Favorite moment so far was actually a pretty simple one. I crawled under the platforms in The Studio Theatre to retrieve someone's make-up case and they just said so many nice things to thank me. It was just a simple task but meant so much to them.

Since you will be performing in Songs for a New World, what are you doing to prepare? Preparation for Songs for a New World is a long journey. I have to become comfortable with the lyrics and notes and then I can start working on how it will be performed and approached. Also just working on singing stamina and keeping healthy.

You were wonderful in Next to Normal and we can't wait to see you in Songs! I'm pretty excited about performing with some new faces. I think that's always the best part about performing, all the new people you get to meet, and the friendships that get made. Josh Kimball & Emily Chelsea performing in Next

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Kenneth Constant, Gary Powell, Elizabeth Constant & Luke Bezio

Divot Days On May 28th, The Sharon and The Studio Team sponsored The Villages Polo Club’s last match of the season. This was the second year in a row they were able to partner with Polo. They got to celebrate with Ushers and others that collaborate closely with both theatres. The team enjoyed both a 1pm and a 3pm match. Children of The Sharon’s staff threw the first ball at both matches. The team also enjoyed stomping the divots together!

Kathryn Kay Carta walking to the match

Elizabeth Constant, Heather Ard, Erika Nelson, Stephanie Horn, Yasmeen Stogden & Autumn Encarnacion

Constant, Stephanie Horn, Sean Yasmeen Stogden, Kenneth & Elizabeth rnacion stomping divots! Enca mn Autu & ken Graham, Jason Goed

The Villages® Twirlers showing their polo pride




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