WCC Presents: The Picture of Dorian Gray!

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WCC Presents: The Picture of Dorian Gray!

The Wilde Coward Company of New Smyrna Beach is in full swing for their next production, The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde and adapted by John Osborne.  This classic story by Wilde is the tale of an enchanted painting belonging to the young Dorian Gray.  It grants him immortality but with a steep cost.  Typically seen as a thriller, especially in its 1945 film version, the implications of Dorian’s dark deeds go even further than mere thrills and chills.

                “It’s a morality tale,” says director, Rachel Yadanza, “It shows the downfall of an obsession with youth and beauty.”  For this universal theme, WCC has chosen to pull the play out of its standard 19th century time period and play it more modern day.

                For the upgrade, a little of the language has been changed and some roles have been gender-swapped.  Rockie Kobrin, local community theatre veteran, has taken the role of “Aunt Georgina Fermor,” head of the family rather than the original “Lord Fermor.”  And she’s just as formidable.

                Many of the parts are the same as an audience would expect, with the show being carried by Clinton McChesney, Deland, as Lordy Henry; Adam Robert, Deland, as Basil Hallward; and of course Javad Osivand, Daytona Beach, as the titular Dorian Gray.  This is the first show for Osivand in several years.

                “It’s been quite an undertaking,” says Osivand, “Dorian is complex and twisted and weird.  I like the challenge.”  The melodrama of the show is not lost either, especially personified in Dorian’s tragic love, Sybil Vane, played by Nicole Mericle, Deltona.

                “She’s young and impressionable,” says Mericle, “Very sweet, but kind of not aware what she’s gotten herself into.”

                WCC is excited to present the incredible story of The Picture of Dorian Gray.  To find out if love conquers all or if Dorian succumbs to his flawed sense of self, see it at the Shoestring Theatre in Lake Helen, FL on December 11, 12, and 13.  Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30pm, and the Sunday matinee is at 2:30pm.  Tickets are $15 adults, $12 students and can be purchased at the door or online at www.wildecoward.com/tickets.  For more information, please feel free to contact the WCC at wildecoward@gmail.com or 386-227-7444

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Winter Day Camp!

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Winter Day Camp!

We're excited to announce our next set of day camps at the Wilde Coward Company Studio.  Much like our summer camps, these will have an emphasis on art, theatre, and film with a few surprises thrown in as well.  We'll be holding the camps Mon-Wed on the two weeks most county schools are closed, from 9am-4pm with early arrival available.  Children must bring their own lunches but all other supplies will be provided for by WCC.  Each week is $150 per student, or $250 for both weeks (sibling discounts available as well).  Geared toward children ages 5-13, we're ready to host some brilliant activities and have a terrific time!

Space is limited, sign up today!  wildecoward@gmail.com or 386-227-7444

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Wilde Painting: November Rain!

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Wilde Painting: November Rain!

We've announced our November paint night and it's going to be lovely.  The November Rain painting is simple but evocative with it's shades of gray and romance.  It's a beautiful piece for any room or as a gift. 

As always our Wilde Painting nights are BYOB.  You bring your favorite beverage and we provide everything else.  No expert painting levels needed: these events are perfect for everyone.  Join us on November 14th at 6PM at our beautiful studio in Venetian Bay for Wilde Painting: November Rain!

Only $35 per person, and tickets must be purchased in advance.  View the full photo by going to our tickets page (clicking here)

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AUDITIONS: The Picture of Dorian Gray

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AUDITIONS: The Picture of Dorian Gray

WCC is happy to announce our audition dates for our next production.  The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde is a classic thriller with a timeless theme of the dangers of vanity.  We will be producing this show at the Shoestring Theatre in Lake Helen, FL on Dec 11, 12, 13.  For auditions we need a variety of characters.  It is technically a cast of 11, but we may be double casting and feel free to audition for EVERYTHING.  Each character may be considered a male or female role at this point, including Dorian!  There are a variety of ages needed as well.

DATE OF AUDITION: October 12 & 13
WHEN: 7pm both nights
WHERE: WCC Studio, 424 Luna Bella Ln, Suite 120, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168

***No monologues are necessary, unless you wish to prepare one.  Be prepared for cold readings and please bring a headshot/resume.  

ALL ROLES ARE UNPAID

A rehearsal schedule will be available for review at time of audition.  For any questions or concerns, please contact us at wildecoward@gmail.com or 386-227-7444

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Master Class - Haley Singleton - Oct 9th!

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Master Class - Haley Singleton - Oct 9th!

We're excited to host a Master Class with Ms. Haley Singleton.  Ms. Singleton has taught and choreographed all over Central Florida for a variety of companies.  She is an award-winning choreographer and all around AMAZING teacher. 

WCC has always been delighted to have her contributions in many of our past shows.  She will be holding a master class at the WCC studio on October 9th for Contemporary 5:30-6:30pm and Tap 6:30-7:30pm.  Attend each hour for $15 or both for $20!

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TWO Outstanding Paint Nights for October!

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TWO Outstanding Paint Nights for October!

That's right!  We're holding TWO Wilde Painting Nights in October!  

Oct 10th @ 6pm - This one is strictly for kids!  We're going to decorate pumpkins!  We have several different designs and we'll be painting pumpkins.  This is also a no-cutting event so the pumpkins will last all the way to Halloween and be charmingly decorative anywhere in/outside of the house!  Only $35 per student

SEE A PHOTO ON OUR TICKETS PAGE

Oct 17th @ 6pm - We're holding our monthly BYOB Wilde Painting night on the 17th and this painting is beautiful!  A festive spooky night to get into the Halloween spirit.  Remember: our Wilde Painting nights are for artists of all skill levels, even if you've never picked up a brush.  Only $35 per student.  We bring all the supplies, you bring your favorite libation.

SEE A PHOTO ON OUR TICKETS PAGE

For tickets for either of these events: wildecoward.com/tickets

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MS Eviction Benefit Show!

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MS Eviction Benefit Show!

A friend of WCC is suffering from MS and we wanted to help the only way we know how: by performing!  Here's her story:

My name is Kristina Cates and I am a 33 year-old mother of two who now lives in Jonesboro, Georgia, but my roots are in Central Florida. I went to Galaxy Middle School and Pine Ridge High School (Go Panthers) before attending Seminole Community College, my grandparents still live in Orange City, and I will be bringing my family back to live in Seminole County next summer. It is my home. 

A fundraising event is happening in my honor on October 3rd in New Smyrna and I was hoping you could help me get the word out.  I was diagnosed with Relapsing Remitting Multiple Sclerosis in 2005, at the end of my second year of college. It has been a ten year roller coaster with disability striking at random, sometimes taking the ability to walk and causing painful spasms, crippling vertigo and loss of fine motor skills. With medication my seizures are mostly controlled, however I am swiftly running out of options: the disease modifying drugs just aren’t controlling my relapses anymore.  

Some talented and generous friends of mine in Volusia County are doing something very special this fall: They are holding a benefit in my honor in order to help me raise money for a procedure that has had a lot of promise for people with my disease course. The process, Hematopoietic Stem Cell Treatment, is grueling but has had an incredible success rate for those who have gone through it: most patients (87%, per a Swedish study published last year in the Journal of Neurology ) go on to live relapse free without having to rely on support medication.  Even with insurance, however, the treatment is very expensive. Added to this is the cost of staying in Chicago during the 8-week period required, air fare and other related expenses, making it a financial impossibility for my family. 

The Wilde Coward Company of New Smyrna is holding a "MS Eviction Benefit Show" on Saturday, October 3rd at 7:00 pm. It will be a variety show featuring Broadway dance, theatre and musical standards. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at ww.wildecoward.com/tickets or (386) 227-7444.

Join us as we celebrate this amazing woman!
https://www.gofundme.com/mseviction

 

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WCC Presents: The Last Five Years

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WCC Presents: The Last Five Years

Our 2015-2016 season is off to a breathtaking start!  The Last Five Years is a contemporary musical recently leaving Broadway.  It's a fascinating story presented in a unique way.  The characters, Cathy and Jamie, are reliving their relationship, but Cathy is going through the story backwards in tandem with Jamie who is moving through it in a traditional linear mode.  This incredible 2 person musical shows the making and breaking of an intense 5 year relationship.  Wilde Coward Company is excited to take on this challenging show, our first ever musical.  

And we've added another element to shake it up even more: Shown through two opposite journeys, and with TWO incredible casts, each show is guaranteed to delight you. 

Each performance will focus on two outstanding actors, but we have FOUR unbelievable performers.  Each weekend of shows will feature a different couple, and on each Thursday, they'll swap again to present a brand new couple.  

This Jason Robert Brown musical is beautiful, poignant, tragic, funny, and many more facets of the human condition. Join us for Cathy and Jamie's Last 5 Years!

Tickets can be purchased here: http://www.wildecoward.com/store/

Directed by Suzanne Pieri 
Starring: Tiffany Demps, Aladdin Demps, Cameron Hentz, and Sara Humbert (a different cast each weekend!)
***Some adult themes and language

Shows: Aug 14, 15, 21 & 22 - 7PM, 16 & 23 - 2PM
Thursdays - Aug 13 & 20 the casts swap once again for a BOGO evening of fun!
$15 adults, $12 students

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Arnold Desmarais: Painter Extraordinaire

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Arnold Desmarais: Painter Extraordinaire

This summer we are offering a 7 week course with the terrific Arnold Desmarais.  He's a landscape painter who has shown in multiple galleries all over the country.  And he's coming to teach painting for the Wilde Coward Company!  His class will be held Tuesday nights from 7-9PM beginning June 9th.  The cost for all 7 weeks is $154.

This class is geared toward beginners.  If you've never picked up a brush or perhaps want to hone some of those fundamental skills, this is for you.  

ONLY ENTHUSIASTIC ARTISTS WITH A THIRST FOR FUN NEED APPLY!

Arnold invites artists of all levels and mediums to explore their craft through the eyes of realism.  It will focus on such basics as drawing and perspective, what constitutes an impactful composition and materials as well as more in-depth fundamentals as color recession, temperature and light necessary for creating paintings that are convincingly real and meaningful.

Please come with enthusiasm and plenty of questions so that we can make the class as fun and fruitful for all!

And here's a little bio about our instructor....

ARNOLD DESMARAIS
B. 1952

“My paintings are visual stories that speak to the viewer in quiet and comforting ways of a simpler time that touches deep and private emotions. The challenge of true art is to help the viewer to seamlessly transcend the technical skill and travel to the private and personal places in their mind and heart.”

Arnold Desmarais was born into a New England family of artists in 1952. As a young child, he was formally introduced to art at the Rhode Island School of Design where he flourished as a prodigy. Later as a young man, he continued with painting and illustration while simultaneously earning his degrees from Bryant University. 

  Arnold’s career afforded him the opportunity to combine his love of art with his business skills in the fashion industry. This world not only gave him a platform to create for such prestigious clients as Anne Klein, Liz Claiborne, Bill Blass, Donna Karen and more but also the opportunity to travel the museums of the world to experience first-hand the work of the great masters. Among his clients for design are the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Louvre of Paris. It is in 1990 that Arnold sold his successful commercial business to devote his life to his love of fine art painting and although he is considered self-taught he attributes his personal growth to the workshops he has taken with the artists he most admires; Joseph McGurl, Donald Demers, Jim Wilcox and others.  

His love of the sea and antique boats comes from a life time spent by the sea. Born on an island, and spending a large portion of his life living in coastal New England afforded him the opportunity hone his skills and created an understanding of  coastal scenes and the honoring the vessels of by gone errors. He taught at the Cape Cod Artist Association as well as the Cape Museum of Art and sponsored many Plein-Air trips to Europe.  Many of Arnold’s works have been exhibited in museums and national shows. Arnold now travels the Eastern Seaboard from his home in Florida to Maine painting the coastal image that defines his art.

 

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Summer Classes 2015

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Summer Classes 2015

Outside of our exciting summer camp, we're having a special summer schedule of classes.  These will span 3 weeks in June and 4 weeks in July, so will be treated more as a workshop style classes rather than purely educational.  To see the new schedule and decide which classes you'd like to take, visit our schedule page here.

The breakdown of the new classes are as so:
Dance
Our dance classes are broken down by age instead of skill level for the summer.  We have a variety of courses featuring hip hop, jazz, lyrical/contemporary, tap, and ballet.  These will be working on specific techniques, skills and combinations, readying our students for the Fall semester and recital/competition season.

Theatre
We are going to be doing a Summer Kids Show.  This will require students to take 2 2-hour classes a week to get all the rehearsing that will be needed to bring a production to life.  If you feel your student can only commit to one 2 hour session a week, then they may still join, but will be considered for a smaller role in the show.  Improv Games will still be held on Fridays at 4:30PM, and a Kids Theatre course will be available on Saturdays at 10AM.

Fine Art
Our very own Ryan Miller will be doing art classes geared to two different age groups 6-10 & 11-16.  They will work with a different medium every week: drawing, sculpting, paper masks, etc.  They will also be assisting with prop building and set design for the Summer Kids Show.  We will have one adult painting class with the incredible Arnold Desmarais.  Arnold is a visiting artist who specializes in acrylics, but his class will work with any painting style you'd like to explore (watercolor, oil, etc.) and will focus primarily on landscapes.  To learn more about Arnold, visit his webpage by clicking here.  This is a terrific introductory class for anyone who would like to try painting.  Ages 16+

Yoga, Zumba, Etc.
Our adult recreational classes will continue as normal with yoga on Tues @ 6PM and Sat @ 11AM.  Adult Hip Hop will be available on Mondays at 6:00PM and Zumba will continue on the last Friday of every month at 6:30PM.

***For enrollment and pricing, please feel free to contact us at wildecoward@gmail.com or 386-227-7444.  And be sure to check out the calendar for classes and times!

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WCC: Theatre Season 2015-2016

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WCC: Theatre Season 2015-2016

We are extremely pleased to announce our upcoming theatre season!  For the first time EVER, we are showcasing three shows this season.  Thanks to the new studio, we are now more flexible with our rehearsals and performance spaces.  This is a super exciting development and we're ecstatic to share it with you!

Without further adieu...

- The Last Five Years by Jason Robert Brown (Auditions June 8 & 10, performances August  14-16, 21-23, 28-30)
- The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, adapted by John Osborne (Dates TBA, Fall/Winter of 2015) - We're modernizing this horror/thriller and it will be AWESOME.  Also, it's our first Oscar Wilde production, and we could not be more excited to bring our namesake's work to life!
- Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling (Dates TBA, Spring of 2016) - It's time to do this perennial favorite and we've got a lot of lovely ladies (and possibly gentlemen; we're equal opportunity at WCC) in mind.

This is the official audition notice for The Last Five Years!  We're doing something fun with this contemporary, dramedy musical.  This is traditionally a 2 person show, but we'd like to doublecast and do inter-twining couples for a different show every night.  You'll fall in love each time!  Director Suzanne Pieri will be taking the helm for the inaugural black box WCC show.

Needed:
- Males 20-35 yrs, tenors, please be prepared with 16-32 bars of music.  Songs of the show are welcome, but not mandatory.  Be prepared to do cold readings of text outside of the script.
- Females 20-35 yrs, mezzo-soprano, please be prepared with 16-32 bars of music.  Songs of the show are welcome, but not mandatory.  Be prepared to do cold readings of text outside of the script.
*** We currently do not have an accompanist for auditions.  Please bring your music on your phone (we can plug you into our sound system), or a CD that will run on our studio laptop.  If we do get an accompanist, we will notify through Facebook.

For any questions or concerns, please let us know at wildecoward@gmail.com or 386-227-7444

See you at the show!!

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Razzle Dazzle: An All-Dance Review of Chicago!

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Razzle Dazzle: An All-Dance Review of Chicago!

Our next dance production is Razzle Dazzle: An All-dance Review of the famous Broadway classic, Chicago!  This high energy, high style show is sure to be an instant WCC favorite.  We'll be performing 3 shows at Stetson's Second Stage in Deland,  600 N. Woodland Blvd on May 22nd at 7PM and May 23rd at 2PM & 7PM.  This is a show not to be missed!  $12 for students, $15 for adults.  Reserve your tickets online in our store, by clicking here.  See you at the show!

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