ALL SHOOK UP
SAINT AUGUSTINE – The Flagler College Department of Theatre Arts presents “All Shook Up” in the Flagler College Lewis Auditorium , Granada St. Nov. 7 to 11. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7 to 10; and 2 p.m. Nov. 11 This musical production based on the music of Elvis features Broadway actor Justin Matthew Sargent, whose credits include last fall’s “Jesus Christ Superstar LIVE!” (ensemble, John Legend understudy) on NBC, “Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark” (Peter Parker) and “Rock of Ages” (Drew). He will play the role of Chad, a teenager full of angst in a 1950s world of clashing ideas on race, gender and sexuality.
“This is going to be a unique experience to the typical musical production at Flagler,” said Kip Taisey, assistant professor of musical theatre and director of music. With an otherwise all-student cast, Sargent will work with the student performers of “All Shook Up” through rehearsals as well as the theatre majors at the college in master classes.
One student particularly excited to work and learn from him is Rachel Ihasz, a junior theatre major from Coral Springs, Fla. playing the role of Natalie, opposite Sargent.
“I see it as an opportunity,” she said. “Someone like me playing the lead would have to adapt to someone new in the role – this is how it happens in the real world.”
Ihasz describes the show as “loving life and having fun” and Sargent describes it as “a lot of fun and a great comedy.” Ihasz is quick to point out that although fun, “It does have meaning behind it” as it also touches “On important historical events of the 60s, controversial.”
Those controversial topics will be presented in a lobby display by theatre major students Zakiya Greene and Stacia Ahlers. The display will plot Elvis Presley songs on a timeline with wider contextual information about the Civil Rights Movement in St. Augustine. This is a passion project for the students and will be open to visitation for theatre-goers before and after the show.
This event is the fifth in a string of others scheduled to celebrate with the community the college’s 50th anniversary. Tickets are currently on sale at tickets.flagler.edu for $20 general admission. Tickets may also be purchased directly at the box office beginning Nov. 5, Monday through Friday, 12 – 5 p.m., and one hour prior to curtain. Students (non-Flagler students) with their ID may purchase a discounted $5 ticket. Flagler faculty, staff, their immediate family and students may obtain one free ticket directly at the box office. The box office phone number is 904-826-8600. Tickets may be purchased online at any time at tickets.flagler.edu.
Other events in 2018 include a free children’s book reading by author Harvey E. Oyer III on Dec. 1. For more information about the public events taking place in celebration of the college’s 50th anniversary, please visit www.flagler.edu/flagler50.
DISCUSSION ON STATE POWERS
SAINT AUGUSTINE — Elaine Povich, senior staff writer for Pew Trusts’ Stateline news service, will speak at Flagler College in the Lewis Auditorium Tuesday, Nov. 13 on state powers. Her talk, titled”“The Return of the Federalist: The Power of States in the Obama and Trump Eras,” is part of Flagler College’s Forum on Government and Public Policy series.
At Stateline, a daily reporting news service of Pew Trust, with analysis on trends in state policy, Elaine Povich covers consumer affairs, specifically budget and tax issues. She has previously reported on Capitol Hill for Newsday, United Press International and the Chicago Tribune. She was awarded the Evertett McKinley Dirksen Award for distinguished reporting of Congress.
Previously, Povich was the executive editor on The George Washington University project, “Face the Facts USA” and was the president of the Washington Press Club Foundation.
Povich holds a bachelor’s from Cornell University and a master’s Certificate in Multimedia Journalism from the University of Maryland, where she currently serves as an adjunct lecturer.
She is also the author of three books, her most recent work a biographical account of the late Sen. John McCain. The book spans from his childhood to January 2018 which marked his service as a statesman for 31 years.
For more than 30 years, the Flagler College Forum on Government and Public Policy has invited nationally-recognized journalists and commentators to St. Augustine to discuss issues of importance in regional, state and federal government. All Forums take place in Lewis Auditorium, 14 Granada St., at 7 p.m.
Forums are free and open to the public, but seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are a person with a disability and need reasonable accommodations, please contact Phil Pownall at 904-819-6460. Sign Language Interpreters are available upon request with a minimum of three days’ notice.
Call (904) 826-8617 for more information.
LEE WEAVER PERFORMANCE
SAINT AUGUSTINE – The Flagler College School of Creative Arts and Letters is sponsoring the production of “The Witness” performed by Lee Weaver on Wednesday, Nov. 14 and Thursday, Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the Flagler College Lewis Auditorium.
“The Witness” is the story of racism in 1960s America, specifically in St. Augustine as told by Beauregard Stuart Lee, a 69 year-old St. Augustine native, and self-confessed former racist. “Bo,” having become “awoken,” shares his personal experiences including the beating of UN Ambassador Andrew Young, the incarceration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and various other local events that occurred in St. Augustine at that time.
Weaver is a well-known local actor who has “The Redemption Series,” a series consisting of one-man productions. Each play in the series focuses on a particular issue of social concern.
To continue the conversation of racism and the Civil Rights Movement in St. Augustine during the 1960s, the performance is immediately following the fall musical production of “All Shook Up,” which features dialogue centering on the same topic and includes a student-curated exhibition in the lobby.
This event is free for Flagler College students, faculty and staff. Tickets are $15 per person for the general public. Tickets can be purchased in advance here and will also be available at the door for each of the performances.