Published On: Fri, May 30th, 2014

‘The Winter’s Tale’ and ‘Hairspray’ highlight Patel Conservatory summer schedule

The Patel Conservatory at the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts offers summer camps and programs for children, teens and adults in music, theater and dance. Camps range from one to five weeks, with intensive training to prepare students in all disciplines of all abilities.

Students will perform the following shows for the public:

Junior Intensive Showcase, June 20, Ferguson Hall, Fri. 4:30 p.m. Dancers from the Patel Conservatory Youth Ballet’s Junior Intensive program will perform. Regularly pricked tickets are $5.

Vocal Arts: Junior Show Choir Concert Disney Magic, June 27, Shimberg Playhouse, Fri. 4 and 7 p.m. Singers in grades five through eight will perform in this culmination of a two-week vocal arts camp in which students train with instructors and learn to sing as part of a choir or ensemble. Vocal Arts campers also learn to become well-rounded performers, using singing, acting and dancing skills. Regularly priced tickets are $5.

hairspray logoHairspray, June 27-29, TECO Theater, Fri. 7 p.m., Sat. and Sun. 2 p.m. and 7p.m. Winner of eight Tony ® Awards including Best Musical, Hairspray is a family-friendly musical piled bouffant high with laughter, romance and delightfully tuneful songs. It’s 1962 Baltimore, and the lovable plus-size teen Tracy Turnblad has only one desire — to dance on the popular Corny Collins Show. When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star. She must use her newfound power to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin, and integrate a TV network, all without denting her ‘do! Regularly priced tickets are $15.

The Winter’s Tale, July 11-12, TECO Theater, Fri. and Sat. 7 p.m. Written toward the end of William Shakespeare’s theatrical career, The Winter’s Tale (1609-1611) is a story of loss and redemption. In a fit of wild and unfounded jealousy, Leontes, the King of Sicily, convinces himself that his pregnant wife is carrying his best friend’s love child. Leontes’s jealousy turns to tyranny as the king proceeds to destroy his entire family and a lifelong friendship. Sixteen long years pass, and we witness one of the most astonishing endings in English literature. Regularly priced tickets are $15.

Showstoppers, July 17-19, Jaeb Theater, Thurs. and Fri. 7 p.m. Sat at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Back by popular demand students perform songs from popular Broadway musicals and movies. Last year, the show was a sell-out. Regularly priced tickets are $15.

Disney’s The Jungle Book, Kids- July 25-26, TECO Theater, Fri. 7 p.m., Sat. 2 and 7 p.m. The jungle is jumpin’ with jazz in Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids. Specially adapted from the classic film, this musical includes favorite Disney tunes like “The Bare Necessities,” and “I Wan’na Be Like You” as well as favorite characters including Mowgli, Baloo, and King Louie. Regularly priced tickets are $15.

Next Generation Ballet’s Summer Fantasy2014, July 25, Ferguson Hall, Fri. 7 p.m. More than 200 pre-professional ballet students from around the globe will perform in suites from the ballets Don Quixote and Coppelia. These dancers were chosen from a pool of over 1,000 applicants nationwide to come to Tampa to train and perform. Leading the ensemble will be guest principal dancers from Boston Ballet Jeffrey and Lia Cirio. These siblings have recently been featured in Point Magazine. Rounding out the program will be cutting-edge contemporary work. Regularly priced tickets are $15.

Vocal Arts: Senior Show Choir and Chamber Music Concert, Aug. 1, TECO Theater, Fri. 7 p.m. Students in grade nine through college train with instructors in a show choir setting to perform music with a “French Connection.” Songs from shows like Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera will be performed, as well as music by classical French composers. Students will showcase their solo and ensemble singing, as well as dancing and acting skills, all with a French flair. Regularly priced tickets are $5.

All in the Timing, Aug. 2, TECO Theater, Sat. 2 and 7 p.m. A packed evening of short plays by David Ives featuring familiar titles: Words, Words, Words; Variations on the Death of Trotsky; Sure Thing and a handful of others. FREE.

Vocal Arts: Patel-A-Cappella Showcase, Aug. 9, TECO Theater, Sat. 1 p.m. Regularly priced tickets are $5. Fans of A-Capella don’t want to miss this exciting showcase where students show off their vocal skills in beat-boxing, instrumental, pop and musical theater stylings.

Thoroughly Modern Millie, JR., Aug. 7-8, Ferguson Theater, Thurs. and Fri. 7 p.m., Sat. 2 and 7 p.m. In New York City in 1922, young Millie Dillmount has just moved to the big city in search of a new life for herself. Filled with fun flappers, dashing leading men and a dragon-lady of a villainess audiences will love to hate, Thoroughly Modern Millie, JR. is a perfectly-constructed evening of madcap merriment. Regularly priced tickets are $15.

Rock School Blowout, Aug. 9, TECO Theater, Sat 1 p.m. Rock School students from newly-formed bands will jam out on classic and modern rock and roll songs they’ve learned in class. Regularly priced tickets are $5.

Evening of Dance, Aug. 9, Jaeb Theater, Sat. 7 p.m. Dancers in the Open Dance Program will shine in this mixed movement concert starring students from tap, jazz, ballet, contemporary, Flamenco and hip-hop show team. Regularly priced tickets are $15.

Registration and more information are available by calling 813.222.1002 and at www.patelconservatory.org. The non-profit Straz Center is committed to arts education as an essential part of its mission, and the fully accredited Patel Conservatory makes it all happen. Each year, the lives of more than 50,000 students are enriched in classrooms, on stages and through outreach programs. The Patel Conservatory offers classes in dance, music and theater for students of all experience levels. Tickets may be purchased by calling 813.229.STAR (7827) or 800.955.1045 outside Tampa Bay, in person at the Straz Center Ticket Office or online at www.strazcenter.org.


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