Harrison School for the Arts – Musical Revue “Side by Side by Sondheim”

Lakeland Florida’s Harrsion School for the Arts is proud to present their musical revue of “Side by Side by Sondheim”

The Musical Theatre Department will showcase “Side By Side By Sondheim,” a dazzling revue from one of Broadway’s most gifted living composers.  The New York Times called Stephen Sondheim “the greatest, perhaps best-known artist in the American musical theatre.”  Audiences will remember why with “Side By Side By Sondheim”

Ah….Spring is the air and music is in my ear as I listen to some musical favorites, such as songs from “West Side Story” in the background while I’m writing this article for the upcoming performance of Harrison School for the Arts showcasing songs by this celebrated composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim.  Listening to his lyrics and music is great, but what a better way seeing his celebrated songs live on stage as “Side By Side By Sondheim” on the Harrison Main Stage from April 17 to 19 at Harrison School for the Arts Theater located at 750 Lakeland Hollingsworth Drive, Lakeland Florida 33801

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PHOTO CAPTION: Caitlin Knowles, Mark Bacon, Amie Heinrich, Siobhan Gale, Zachary Richardson, and Brooke Adams (l to r) prepare for their performance in “Side By Side By Sondheim,” at Harrison School for the Arts, from April 17 to 19. (Photo by William Kimble.)

“For the students, understanding Sondheim’s challenging songs takes deep understanding,” states Director Joe Sniegocki.  “In their youth, they have not experienced marriage, abandonment, or outliving one’s peers.  Our singers approach each song as a pivotal moment in life.”

“Sondheim’s musical language best captures the mood of complicated characters,” adds Musical Director Chad Brady.  “Singers and listeners alike can relate to these tense moments expressed through his intuitive music and lyrics.”

Here are some of the selections you’ll hear in this brilliant musical revue celebrating the songs of Broadway’s by Stephen Sondheim.  Hear witty, romantic, perceptive songs drawn from “West Side Story,” “Gypsy,” “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” “Company,” “Follies,” “A Little Night Music” and more.

The ensemble includes:  Seniors – Brooke Adams, Roxanne Hartfield, Amie Heinrich, Caitlin Knowles, Dereck Seay, Erin Wall, and Lindsey Wildman; Juniors – Mark Bacon, Siobhan Gale, Van Den Hutchinson, Sara Machinia, Haley Miller, Zachary Richardson, Travis Sheppard, and Jonathan Thomas; and Sophomore – Keith Young.

The production crew includes: Stage Manager – Logan Pounders, Assistant Stage Manager – Audrey Hartfield, Assistant Director – Crystal Broedel, Assistant to the Music Director – Taryn Jones, with Costumes by Cecilia Ingram and Lighting Design by Brian Macke.

Tickets for the performances are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and students. Tickets are available for purchase online at www.harrisonarts.com and will include a nominal merchant fee. Remember to bring your e-ticket to the event. Tickets are available at the door one hour prior to performance.

The Harrison Box Office will be open at 6:00 p.m. the evening of the performances. (863) 499-2939.

Mark your calendar for these upcoming performances of The Harrison Fine Arts Series for 2008/09:

  • Chamber Music Concert @ Jenkins Recital Hall, Florida Southern College, Apr. 14.
  • Reflections on the Ground, Visual Arts Exhibit & Reception, Mitchell Gallery, Apr. 17 – June 4.
  • Side by Side by Sondheim, Apr. 17 – Apr. 19.
  • Spring Dance Concert, May 1 & 2.
  • Spring Orchestra Concert, May 14.
  • Spring Music Concert, May 21.

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