It’s the start of another new year and Osceola’s own local arts agency, Osceola Arts, is ready to go — all with a mission to promote and foster interest and participation in the arts by providing affordable and accessible programs and facilities in the community.
The agency’s 2018-19 Theatre Season is in full production, with its upcoming production of “Sister Act” on deck.
Based on the popular 1992 movie, “Sister Act” is the story of a woman hiding out in a convent. While there, she helps her fellow sisters find their voices while rediscovering her own.
The feel-good production of music and dance numbers runs at Osceola Arts March 1-24. The News-Gazette sat down with Osceola Arts and “Sister Act” Director and Choreographer Shana S. Burns, to talk a little bit about her experience and excitement for the arts. (Q&A coming soon!)
Osceola Arts Director of Marketing Bri Stefek also expressed her excitement for this season.
“I have really enjoyed all of the productions I have seen at Osceola Arts. I love that in my role I have the ability to see the entire production process from first rehearsal to closing night,” said Stefek, who has been in her role since Sept. 2016. “What people may not realize is that our actors essentially volunteer for these roles. They are not paid positions. These talented individuals commit to weeks of rehearsals and performances because it is what they love. All of our actors have day jobs and we are so lucky to have such a talented pool of people who love the arts and want to share that love with our community.
Check out some other productions coming up at Osceola Arts this season:
Lafferty’s Wake: April 12-28
Toast the late, great Charlie Lafferty, as he is waked in grand style at the local pub. Join Charlie’s widow, his sweet daughter, bumbling son-in-law, the parish priest, and the savvy innkeeper as they celebrate the life and times of a ramblin’, gamblin’ man.
One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest: June 14-30
The patients at Oregon State Mental Institution are simply trying to make it through the days without angering the stringent Nurse Ratched. In enters dangerously charming ward newcomer Randle McMurphy and conflict ensues leading to a revolt against the staff in this stage adaption of the Ken Kesey novel.
Newsies: July 12 - Aug. 4
This Disney film turned popular musical tells the invigorating tale of a band of young “newsies” and their charismatic leader, Jack Kelly. Inspired by the real-life Newsboys Strike of 1899, this hit is packed with stellar dance numbers, uplifting anthems and a timeless message.
Note: Single tickets for the Theatre Season may be purchased for each show, running at $22 for adults, $19 for seniors (ages 62 and up) and $19 for students. Tickets for events may be purchased online in advance (at any time) or at the box office (open Tuesday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; opens one hour before all shows and events).
Osceola Arts debuted in Osceola County in 1961, as the Footlight Theatre Guild. Its very first productions were held at Osceola High School. Since, the organization has grown to serve as the Local Arts agency for Osceola County.
After many milestones, the organization’s board of directors rebranded it to become Osceola Arts. It now produces more than 150 performing and visual arts events every year, and has become a popular agency within the community.
“I believe our growing programming has really fueled the increase in our popularity,” Stefek said. “Over the past few years, we have added additional classes and workshops in visual arts, music, theatre and dance for all ages. We have also increased the number of annual visual art exhibits in our galleries with unique themes and focuses that highlight the diversity in our community. Additionally, our stage productions have grown to include not only Broadway-style musicals and plays but also concerts, cabarets, and more. The arts are so very important and everyone should be exposed to the arts. We truly want to give our community an outlet to be able to share in the gift of the arts.”
For more information on Osceola Arts, any of its productions, concerts or events, visit OsceolaArts.com or call 407-846-6257.
Osceola Arts is located at 2411 E. U.S. Highway 192 in Kissimmee.