Monday, March 11, 2013
Julian Silva, 9, of Plant City is touring the country in a production of "Les Miserables." The 2010 Novemberfest Idol winner has performed also with the Florida Academy of the Performing Arts at Music Showcase in Brandon.
He's only 9 years old, but singer Julian Silva is already making a national name for himself on stage. The Music Showcase student from Plant City is touring with a musical theater company now performing across the country and in Canada. Silva plays the role of Gavroche in the musical "Les Miserables" with NETworks Presentations. He began rehearsals with the company in February and then hit the stage March 5-10 at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota. The tour will continue into summer, performing in Canada. Silva started singing opera at the age of 5 and began taking singing lessons at Music Showcase in Brandon in 2009. The following year, he played Aladdin in the production of "Aladdin KIDS" with the Florida Academy of the …
Monday, January 28, 2013
Wristbands and a program tribute are ways the Showcase Players from Music Showcase in Brandon are remembering Zachary Douglas McCarthy, the 16-year-old voice student from Bloomingdale who died in a car accident Jan. 2.
"What Would Zachary Do?" That explains the "WWZD" stitched into the black wristbands worn by director Miquel Oquendo and his cast of players at the James McCabe Theater in Valrico this weekend. "Zachary was one of the most sweetest, nicest kids I've ever met in my entire life," Oquendo said, after the final curtain of the Jan. 26 performance of Parade, the current production of the Showcase Players. "He always had a smile on his face and his emotions were honest. I'll miss him forever." McCarthy, 16, died Jan. 2 after losing control of his car near the intersection of Natures Way and Golf Meadow Boulevard in Bloomingdale, near where he lived. He was a student at Bloomingdale High, where he was active in the band, chorus and Ambassadors …
Sunday, January 27, 2013
In residence at Music Showcase in Brandon, the Showcase Players, through the Florida Academy of Performing Arts, is on stage this month and next with "Parade" at the James McCabe Theater in Valrico.
Music educator and director Migue Oquendo calls Parade "one of the best shows that nobody knows about," which is why he has staged the production three times with the Showcase Players, in residence at Music Showcase in Brandon, and now through the Florida Academy of Performing Arts (FAOPA). "The show has great music and the fact that it's based on a true story makes it so much more intriguing," Oquendo said. "It gives a lot of history, in terms of teaching people about racism and intolerance. Sometimes it's important to go back to these roots and see what it was like." The show is on stage at the James McCabe Theater in Valrico, at 506 Fifth St., on Jan. 25-27 and Feb. 1-3 (see times below). As noted in the show's program: "Parade tells …
Miguel Oquendo talked about his role as a music educator and musical theater director after the Jan. 26 performance of "Parade," staged by the Showcase Players from the Florida Academy of Performing Arts, in residence at Music Showcase in Brandon.
For almost a decade, Miguel Oquendo has been staging shows featuring the Greater Brandon area's youth talent, with the Showcase Players, in residence at Music Showcase and now through the Florida Academy of Performing Arts (FAOPA). Why does he do it? "I ask myself that a lot," he said good-naturedly, after the final curtain of the Saturday, Jan. 26 performance of his latest production, Parade, at the James McCabe Theater in Valrico. "Generations of kids have come through this program and it's fun to watch their growth, watch them become young women and young men, and to know that I had something to do with that." He added that he likes to see his musical theater students, along with his voice students, "gain confidence, number one." Also…
Saturday, December 8, 2012
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Saturday, December 8, 2012
CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL The Music Showcase Christmas Festival is taking place Saturday, Dec. 8, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at 402 Oakfield Dr. in Brandon. There will be more than 60 vendors selling their homemade crafts, jewelry, makeup, clothing, food and more. Some of the vendors include Pampered Chef, Mary Kay, Thirty One, Miche Bag, PJ's Crafts World, Zumba, Visalus Sciences, Shaklee and Paparazzi. The event will feature live music inside the auditorium with Music Showcase students and outside on the patio with groups throughout area schools and the community including Riverview High School, Seffner Christian Academy, Leonard's Dance Academy, Dowdell High School and a Zumba demonstration. There also will be a bounce house, crafts, face …
Friday, November 2, 2012
Music Showcase in Brandon through the month of October raised money for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This year's total set a record and is scheduled to be given to cancer fighter Debbie Morey on Nov. 9.
Debbie Morey has more than 2,000 reasons to thank the community for its support in her battle against breast cancer. On Nov. 9, Morey reportedly will receive a check for $2,106 from Music Showcase, which last month raised funds to give to a selected breast cancer survivor. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Music Showcase raised the funds by selling pink ribbons, cookies, cupcakes, and pens. Music Showcase also held a kids fall festival and, later that night, a Halloween party for adults in costume. Debbie Morey was in costume with her husband, Jim, at the party Oct. 20, held after her chemotherapy and days before her scheduled surgery. At the time Music Showcase had raised just under $1,300, which is the total raised last …
Monday, October 15, 2012
Music Showcase in Brandon seeks vendors for its Christmas Festival in December as it prepares for October's Kids Fall Festival and adult costume party, both to benefit the music store and education business's October Breast Cancer Awareness drive.
Music Showcase seeks vendors to showcase their products, crafts and foods at this year's annual Christmas Festival featuring homemade crafts, jewelry, makeup, clothing, food and more. The event is scheduled for Dec. 8, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at Music Showcase in Brandon, at 402 Oakfield Drive. Businesses can participate, too, by offering activities for kids and handing out promotional materials. Featured will be live music inside the Music Showcase theater auditorium, with music by students, and outside on the patio, with performances staged by groups from throughout the Greater Brandon community. Meanwhile, Music Showcase is going pink with a Kids Fall Festival scheduled for Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free, but for a …
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Music Showcase of Brandon hosted the Fifth Annual International Piano Guild Award Ceremony, at which 37 students performed.
Music Showcase of Brandon recently hosted the Fifth Annual International Piano Guild Award Ceremony, at which Lisa Pearce, chairman of the guild, and teachers Jean Hackley, Angela Ellis and Ralph Franza held a recital involving 37 guild piano students. According to a news release on the event, the students were part of a closed juried event in June and part of the awards ceremony Aug. 25. "Students have to memorize and play scales and songs, sometimes as many as 10 each," the report notes. Three students from the central Florida area — Sarah Berrie, Tess Lowke and Sameer Naik — reportedly were standouts at this year's event. ______________ About the International Piano Guild ______________
Monday, September 10, 2012
Music Showcase in Brandon seeks nominations in September of local women undergoing breast cancer treatment. Businesses that can donate services are sought as well. October fundraisers will benefit the selected patient from a Sept. 30 drawing.
Music Showcase in September is seeking nominations of local women with breast cancer undergoing treatment. Then, in October, money raised during the music store and education businesses's breast cancer awareness fundraisers will be given to the woman whose name is selected from among that list of breast cancer patients. The drawing is scheduled to be held Sept. 30.Nomination forms are online. They also are available at Music Showcase, at 402 Oakfield Drive in Brandon. Also sought are Greater Brandon business people willing to donate services for the recipient, such as lawn mainteance and housecleaning. Music Showcase in 2011 donated services and monies totaling more than $1,000 to Shelly Ellis. This year, Music Showcase hopes to raise even…
Friday, May 25, 2012
Moby "Bruiser" Starks has a key role in the Florida Academy of Performing Arts production of "Legally Blonde the Musical!" FAOPA, in residence at Music Showcase in Brandon, is staging the production in May at the Barn Theatre at Winthrop.
It’s a family affair for Josh, Lauren, Connor and Moby “Bruiser” Sparks, who each have a role to play in the Florida Academy of Performing Arts production of “Legally Blonde the Musical!” On stage at the Barn Theatre at Winthrop this month, the production features Connor in a chorus role; his sister, Lauren, in the role as “Margo,” the lead character, Elle’s, best friend; and “Bruiser,” the family pet, in the role as Elle’s dog. As for their younger brother, Josh Starks, his role is backstage, helping to handle the family pet offstage. “It’s busy, busy, busy,” said mom, Rhonda Starks. “We’re in rehearsals every day but it’s been fantastic, meeting a lot of nice people. And the show is coming along so perfectly.” “The show has something …