Nights of Drama and Music at Amphitheatre


High-quality drama, music and art will be featured each night for a entire week when Florida’s First Coast Arts Festival comes to the St. Augustine Amphitheatre May 18th through 24th according to an announcement received by Historic City News.

Jay Humphreys reported that the Festival, presented by the University of Florida’s College of Fine Arts, features nightly theatrical and musical performances as well as the 2009 Juried Student and Alumni Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition.

The dramatic performances include Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen’s romantic masterpiece about five English sisters and their search for husbands; The Complete Works of Shakespeare, abridged, a hilarious romp through 37 of the Bard’s greatest works in only 90 minutes; and Grease, the classic musical tribute to life in an American high school in the 1950’s.

The Festival’s musical performances include A Night at the Opera featuring unforgettable pieces from classic operas and outstanding arias, duets and quarters by legendary composers performed by a 25-voice concert ensemble. In addition, the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra will present an inspiring Americana Pops concert.

The Festival will also feature the 2009 Juried Student and Alumni Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition with award-winning creations inspired by ecology, theology, African religion, human perception, fiber arts, and more.

The Festival schedule::

May 18 8:00 PM – Grease
May 19 8:00 PM – The Complete Works of William Shakespeare abridged
May 20 8:00 PM – Pride and Prejudice
May 21 8:00 PM – A Night at the Opera
May 22 7:00 PM – Pride and Prejudice
9:00 PM – Grease
May 23 7:00 PM – The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra – Americana Pops Concert
9:00 PM – Grease
May 24 5:00 PM – Pride and Prejudice
7:00 PM – The Complete Works of William Shakespeare abridged
9:00 PM – Grease

Tickets are priced at $20-$25 per evening. For complete festival details, go to www.floridasfirstcoastartsfestival.com

Florida’s First Coast Arts Festival is funded in part by a grant from the St. Johns County Tourist Development Council.

Photo credit: Historic City News photographer Kerry McGuire

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