Center Stage

UCF Celebrates the Arts held its third annual weeklong showcase in April, allowing students to take their creative work from the classroom to center stage at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Orlando.
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Located in downtown Orlando, the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts brings international, national and local artists to its stages. And from April 7 through 14, it served as the home of UCF Celebrates the Arts.
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For the first time, theater students performed this year’s spring musical, Oklahoma!, at the venue’s 2,700-seat Walt Disney Theater. Directed by musical theatre coordinator Earl D. Weaver, the production featured a cast of 50 performers and dancers and more than 70 orchestra members on one stage.
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Kyle Laing ’17 and sophomore Madeline Regier performed the lead roles of Curly McLain and Laurey Williams.
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Theatre UCF displayed some of the undergarments used in past productions. Each piece alters not only what actors wear but how they carry themselves. 
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Associate Director of Bands Tremon Kizer conducted the wind ensemble and symphonic band concert, held in the Walt Disney Theater.
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Students perform during the wind ensemble and symphonic band concert, held in the Walt Disney Theater.
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Students from the School of Visual Art and Design posed as part of the tableaux vivants, French for living pictures, that recreate famous paintings such Grant Wood’s “American Gothic.”
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In this tableaux vivant, students recreated Edgar Degas’ “Ballet Dancers in the Wings.” 
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The Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy held an interactive installation demonstrating the technical and creative aspects of game development, during which visitors could check out virtual reality games.