Alumni from the University of Central Florida Theatre Department are presenting a theatrical showcase this week at Shetler Studios in New York City.
The event – Wednesday, Nov. 7, and Friday, Nov. 9 – has been two years in the making and will feature 14 theatre and film professionals with a wide range of style, type and versatility.
The event will be hosted by Ben Hope (BFA Musical Theatre, 2006) and Justin Sargent (BFA Musical Theatre, 2007). Hope and Sargent are currently featured in Broadway productions: Hope is in the Tony Award-winning Once and Sargent has the lead role of Drew in Rock of Ages.
The showcase is directed by Joseph Fletcher (BFA Stage Management), and the music is directed by Westley Todd Holiday (BFA Musical Theatre, 2007). The program features established artists and newcomers to the city, and includes the following UCF alumni:
Comedy cabaret duo Mel and El, Melanie Kinard and Ellie Dvorkin (BFA Acting, 1998), will also make an appearance at the event.
“It is moving to see the varied personalities and talent working in the industry that will perform at this event,” says Christopher Niess, chair and artistic director of the Theatre Department. “We are extremely proud of these artists coming together, and thankful for the legacy they are building for our current students.”
The aim of the showcase is to share the collective network and to support each other.
Darla Olive Talley, director of external relations for the UCF Alumni Association, said the association is proud of the work these alumni are doing. “We love seeing our UCF alumni working together and creating strong networks in their regions,” she said.
The showcase will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Shetler Studios, Penthouse 1, 244 W 54th Street, 12th Floor. The event is open to the public, but reservations are required at UCFShowcase@gmail.com.