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LOCAL SINGERS AND ACTORS TO ROCK THE CENTER
February 24, 2010, 9:20 pm
Filed under: Education

South Florida actors and singers headed for the The Peacock Foundation Education Center at the Adrienne Arsht Center  the week of February 16th  to  audition for the  Learning Through the Arts’s Rock Odyssey, a new rock musical retelling of Homer’s epic The Odyssey.  Close to 100 people brought their sheet music and smiling faces to sing a few bars for the audition panel, hopeful they would receive an invitation to come back  to read for specific parts in the new production, including the roles of Odysseus, his wife Penelope, and various gods and warriors.  A total of 18 men and 16 women were called back to try out for the cast of  10. Final casting will be announced shortly and rehearsals begin in March.  

In partnership with Miami-Dade County Public Schools, the Adrienne Arsht Center’s Learning Through the Arts program will bring every child in the public school system to see three live performing arts events over the course of their public school education. Beginning this year with 5th graders, 25,000 students will come to the Center throughout two weeks in April—at no cost to the students or their school –to experience the  fully staged Rock Odyssey.  This high-quality, age-appropriate professional production is supplemented by curriculum materials and lesson plans provided for teachers to use pre- and post-show in the classroom. 

Rock Odyssey represents the heart and soul of the Adrienne Arsht Center’s institutional mission by engaging our community through the performing arts,” said John Richard, President and CEO of the Adrienne Arsht Center. “This unique program will give our community’s youth, many of whom have never set foot in the Center, an opportunity to experience the power of the performing arts first-hand. As we prepare to embark on our 5th year serving South Florida, we look forward to expanding our community outreach and educational programs through increased private sector support.”

Adrienne Arsht Center’s arts education programs are made possible by the public support of the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council.

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