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NWSA REUNION NEWS AND ALUMNI UPDATES / FEBRUARY 2009 / NWSA-ALUMNI.COM
Reunion Plans Are Underway Never has the phrase, “Time flies,” carried more meaning than when you are considering your 20th High School Reunion. But alas, 20 years have passed and it’s high time we all get together and catch-up over a weekend. Here are some details for our Reunion Weekend.
SAVE-THE-DATE The Reunion is set for Friday, October 16th through Sunday, October 18th, 2009.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16 Check into the hotel at your leisure anytime then it’s back-to-school night at NWSA. Everyone is invited to a TGIF party in the evening on the 4th floor patio, followed by a special performance of “West Side Story” by the current students at NWSA.
Reunion Location Is Set! It’s official – the reunion will take place at the gorgeous Miami Beach Resort & Spa (formerly the Doral). Although we flirted with other locations, the breathtaking ocean views from the MBR&S’s 15th floor ballroom easily won us over,
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17 Stop by the Reunion Lounge play some Rock Band together, sing some karaoke, or just reminisce and catch up. In the evening, summon your inner rock star and party all night at the Reunion Gala, in the hotel ballroom. Dinner, entertainment, embarrassing photos of old and maybe a few videos are all planned for the evening.
and we’re thrilled that it’ll be the home base for our big event. Discounted hotel rooms will be available – not only at the MBR&S but also at other hotels in various price ranges. We’ll have all the details available in next month’s AlumNews.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18 A family BBQ on the beach is in the works for Sunday afternoon. So plan to bring the kids, your spouse or continued on page 2
Donna Bishop, Jamie Johnson, Renee Bushell, Barbara Cruzata and Tamara Sirota on the elevator at NWSA as it breaks down.
Treva Burke, April Hinkle and Melissa Brown dance up a storm at a TGIF party.
significant other, the family dog, whomever and spend the last few hours of the weekend on the beach.
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NWSA will stage the epic musical Titanic February 13-22 at the Louise O’Gerrits Theater in Miami, FL. Tickets at $12 and can be purchased online at mdc.edu/nwsa
Our Reunion Weekend will be here before you know it and there is lots to be done between now and October. If you are interested in being on the Reunion Committee, please email David Schwartz .
HELP US FIND MISSING ALUMNI We are always looking for missing alumni. Please go to www.NWSAAlumni.com. If you're not yet listed as "found", please e-mail in your contact info ASAP. Even if you've already sent in your contact info, please help us track down all the Pigeons who are still missing.
ENTERTAINMENT AT THE REUNION We also need entertainment for Saturday night. And why should we pay for it when, you know, we all graduated from a performing arts school! if you’re in a band or are a solo artist, and you’d like to belt out a song or two at the big event, let us know.
TEACH A MASTER’S CLASS? NWSA is interested in having alumni teach master’s classes or do Q&A’s on
Four NWSA students were named finalists for the prestigious NFAA Award. Chosen from a pool of 8,000, the students are from the Dance, Theater and Visual Arts divisions.
Friday. If you are willing to teach, please send your topic to Amy Langer-Schwartz.
SEND IN YOUR VIDEOS! Emmy Award-winning video editor PEPE SERVENTI (’88) has volunteered to edit together some very cool video montages. So, if you’ve got any old videotape from
back in the NWSA days, please send it in! Contact Amy for specs and delivery details. Thank for everyone’s assistance and we look forward to seeing you all in October. The NWSA Reunion Committee
ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: SHOSHANA ZISK music company, which she developed with fellow NWSA grad Shannon (Mulcahy) DiNota. Shoshana's recent music industry experience includes Interim COO for In Ticketing, and Attorney/Manager for George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic. During the 1990's, Shoshana worked at BMG, Motown, and Island Records.
Shoshana (Samole) Zisk is an entertainmentlawyer, business owner, and musician. She co-produces the SanFran MusicTech Summit conference series in San Francisco. She is also the CEO of Kiddie Village, an award winning children's video &
She graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor Degree in Classical Piano Performance and Juris Doctorate cum laude. She frequently practices Bikram Yoga, is married to hi-tech entrepreneur Brian Zisk, and has a 6 year old daughter named Rachel.
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About Ticket Prices & The Economy Film Festival). We’re extremely grateful to Randall, and urge everyone to check out his work at your local multiplex and/or DVD retailer.
Official Reunion Website: www.NWSA-Alumni.com Reunion Co-Chairs AMY LANGER SCHWARTZ (’89) – email@example.com SHOSHANA (SAMOLE) ZISK (’89) – firstname.lastname@example.org DAVID B. SCHWARTZ (’89) – email@example.com
If you’re in a position to make a financial donation, large or small, please let us know. We’d be happy to chat with you about providing you some type of advertising or promotional opportunities in exchange for your support. It goes without saying that these are incredibly challenging times. We know that you all want to be wise and cautious in your expenditures right now. So, the challenge we’re faced with here at Reunion HQ is this: how do we put together the type of amazing reunion we all deserve and desire, while still making it affordable enough for everyone to attend? Rest assured that we’re doing our best to rise to that challenge. We’re working hard to keep the Reunion ticket prices as low as humanly possible, while still delivering a spectacular and unforgettable event. But our own efforts can only go so far, and we need your support. Today, we’re elated to announce that one of our fellow alums, RANDALL EMMETT (’89), has pledged a very generous donation towards the Reunion. This tremendous gift will allow us to reduce ticket prices for everyone. Randall produced the recent feature film “Righteous Kill” (starring Pacino and De Niro), and is currently producing “Bad Lieutenant” (starring Nic Cage and Eva Mendes). In addition to his company Emmett/Furla Films, Randall has just launched a new film production company with recording artist Fifty Cent (which was announced at this year’s Sundance
IT’S HARD BUT CASTING COUCH STAFF MEMBERS GET IT UP We at the Casting Couch are extremely proud to have gotten the words “hard”, “staff”, “member” and “get it up” all into the same headline. We’re also proud to announce that we’ll be getting all of the old Couch issues up online,
If you’re able to donate (or provide discounts on) goods or services you think might be relevant, that would help. If you have parents, siblings, or other friends or family members you think might want to volunteer to staff the event, let us know. All of these things help lower our bottom line, reduce costs, and thereby reduce ticket prices. If you’d be interested in sharing a hotel room, or live in S. Fla. and would be willing to host a visiting alum during the Reunion weekend, please reach out to your friends and make the offer. Or, just let us know and we’ll try to hook it up for you. We hate having to ask for your assistance. It feels kinda lame and cheezy. In a perfect world, as we did in ’99, we’d just throw the event and have you all show up and party. But, at this point, it ain’t a perfect world, and the bottom line is that we should all do what we can to help ensure that everyone who wants to attend will be able to attend.
Planning & Promotion - Committee Chair TAMARA (SIROTA) CASTELLANO (’88) – firstname.lastname@example.org Missing Alumni Search - Committee Chair BANAI FELDSTEIN (?) Graphic Design - Committee Chair RORY MYERS (’88) – email@example.com Silent Auction - Committee Chair TODD ERIC “THE KING OF NEW WORLD” ROSEN (’88) – firstname.lastname@example.org
ALUMNI NEWS & CALE
We would love to prom ote past alumni news. If you are performing somewhere, let us kn ow include it in upcoming and we’ll issues. Here are a few we know of now: • •
The Pacino / DeNiro film “Righteous Kill”, produced by Ran dall Emmett (’89), is now available on DV D. The band “Blowfly”, featuring Tom Bowker (’89), has per formances scheduled in Florida, Texas, Ohio and California over the nex t few months. For tour dates and details , visit blowflymusic.com. Andrea Burns ('89) currently starring in The Tony Award Win ning Musical "In The Heights" in New York.
Thanks for all of your help and please contact us if you are interested in sponsorship opportunities.
to be available for your reading pleasure at www.NWSA-Alumni.com. First up, we’ll be posting the incredible 10 Year Reunion issue, published in 1999, arguably the biggest and funniest Couch issue ever (excluding only those issues which may have been larger and/or funnier). From there, we’ll be posting the rest of the library, little-by-little, as we approach the big event in October. It’s an extremely difficult
and time-consuming process, as each issue must been painstakingly restored by expert archivists, and digitized to capture even the most minute details of the original texts. We’re proud to present the original Couch issues in this pristine format, making it available to present and future Pigeons across the globe. Keep checking the site for news and updates!