Jefferson Performing Arts Center
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West Side Story

Book by Arthur Laurents

Music by Leonard Bernstein

Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Based on a conception of Jerome Robbins

Based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet

 

 

Direction and Choreography by Kenneth Beck

Musical Direction by Dr. Donna Clavijo

Featuring the JPAS Symphony Orchestra

conducted by Maestro Dennis G. Assaf

 

Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is transported to modern-day New York City, as two young idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs, the “American” Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks. Their struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence and prejudice is one of the most innovative, heart-wrenching and relevant musical dramas of our time.

 

September 23 – October 2, 2016
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM
Sundays at 2:00 PM

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Funny Girl

Book by Isobel Lennart, Jule Styne, and Bob Merrill

Music and Lyrics by Bob Merrill and Jule Styne

 

Directed by Butch Caire

Choreography by Lori Flanders

Musical Direction by Dr. Donna Clavijo

Featuring the JPAS Symphony Orchestra

conducted by Maestro Dennis G. Assaf

 

The greatest star, the ultimate people person…. the story of beloved comedienne Fanny Brice begins with her irrepressible youth in New York’s Lower East Side, where the stage-struck teenager clowns her way through burlesque and vaudeville, with dreams of making it big. despite the discouragement of her friends and neighbors, who tell her that she isn’t pretty enough for the stage.  After meeting Nick Arnstein, a handsome and charismatic gambling man with a gentle side, Fanny immediately falls in love. And with her big break in the Ziegfeld Follies on the horizon, the stardom she has always longed for is within her grasp.  Her only problem… the elusive Nick Arnstein, ignorant of her affection, is always leaving town on some “business” venture.  A triumphant story of starry success and a bittersweet story of love, Jule Styne and Bob Merrill’s Funny Girl is a musical theatre classic which celebrates the exuberant and elegant flavor of Broadway in the 1910s and 20s and the comic genius of Fanny Brice. Featuring such beloved songs as “People”, “Don’t Rain on My Parade”, and “Sadie, Sadie.”

 

November 4 – 13, 2016 

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM 

Sundays at 2:00 PM

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The Nutcracker

by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Direction and Choreography by Diane Carney

Featuring the JPAS Symphony Orchestra

conducted by Maestro Dennis G. Assaf

 

Named Best Ballet Presentation of 2015 at the Big Easy Classical Arts Awards, don’t miss the annual presentation of the Holiday Classic, The Nutcracker.

 

December 17 & 18, 2016

Saturday at 7:30 PM 

Sunday at 2:00 PM

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Tarzan

Book by David Henry Hwang

Music and Lyrics by Phil Collins

Adapted from the story Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs

Based on the Disney Film Tarzan

 

Directed and Choreographed by Kenneth Beck

Musical Direction by Dr. Donna Clavijo

Aerial Choreography by Bobby Hedglin-Taylor

Stage Manager Shawn Jackson

Costume Design by Emily Billington

JPAS Broadway Pit Orchestra conducted by Maestro Dennis G. Assaf

 

Washed up on the shores of West Africa, an infant boy is taken in and raised by gorillas who name him Tarzan. Apart from striving for acceptance from his ape father, Tarzan’s life is mostly monkey business until a human expedition treks into his tribe’s territory and he encounters creatures like himself for the first time. Tarzan struggles to navigate a jungle, thick with emotion as he discovers his animal upbringing clashing with his human instincts.

 

March 17 – 26, 2016

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM 

Sundays at 2:00 PM

Teatro Wego!

Breaking Up is Hard to Do

Book by Erik Jackson and Ben H. Winters

Music by Neil Sedaka

Lyrics by Neil Sedaka, Howard Greenfield, and Philip Cody

 

Directed by Butch Caire

Musical Direction by Karl Harrod

 

Set at a Catskills resort in 1960, this is the sweetly comic story of Lois and Marge, two friends from Brooklyn in search of good times and romance over one wild Labor Day weekend. The score showcases 18 Neil Sedaka classics, including “Where the Boys Are”, “Sweet Sixteen”, “Calendar Girl”, “Love Will Keep Us Together”, and of course, the chart-topping title song.

 

September 9 – 18, 2016

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM

Sundays at 2:00 PM

*Thursday, September 15 at 7:30 PM

The Ultimate Christmas Show (Abridged)

by Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor

 

Directed by Robert Facio

 

Starring:

Robert Facio, Bob Murrell, and Kris Shaw

as the “Three Wise Guys”

 

Special Guest:

Benny Grunch! (Dec. 2, 4, 8, 10, 11)

 

Welcome to the Annual Holiday Variety Show and Christmas Pageant at St. Everybody’s Non-Denominational Universalist Church, where all faiths are welcome because we’ll believe anything. But there’s a problem: none of the acts scheduled to perform have arrived, so three members are pressed into service to perform the entire Variety Show and Christmas Pageant by themselves. An irreverent yet heartwarming trip through the holidays, THE ULTIMATE CHRISTMAS SHOW (ABRIDGED) is festive, funny, physical fun as these Three Wise Guys send up and celebrate our favorite holiday traditions.

*Some Adult Content

 

December 2 – 11

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM

Sundays at 2:00 PM

*Thursday, December 8 at 7:30 PM

Don't forget about our Youth Productions this Season!