‘Some Enchanted Evening’ Premieres Friday at the Berlinksy Community House!

some-enchanted-eveIn their first musical theatre partnership, the City of Kissimmee and Osceola Arts are proud to announce the opening of the classic Broadway musical “Some Enchanted Evening” at the Berlinsky Community House in Historic Downtown Kissimmee!

“We are so excited to work with the City of Kissimmee to expand the arts beyond our walls and into our community”, said Osceola Arts Executive Director Brandon Arrington. Future programming with this partnership will include music concerts, children’s theatre and Broadway style productions.

Some Enchanted Evening is a musical revue that pays homage to Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein and features more than 30 songs from many musical theatre’s classics of the 20th century, such as Carousel, The King and I, Oklahoma, South Pacific, The Sound of Music and more. Some Enchanted Evening is a celebration of songs that have become a part of our lives. This stunning collection of compositions places six performers in a theatrical setting – first ‘backstage,’ where the songs are sung as personal interplay, and then ‘onstage.’ While offering the performers an opportunity to explore the songs within their own styles and sensibilities, it offers the audience a glorious parade of genuine hits!

This musical masterpiece will take place at the Berlinsky Community House located at 300 East Monument Ave in Historic Downtown Kissimmee directly behind the Monument of States. Show dates are March 6th, 7th, & 8th, with Friday and Saturday shows at 7:30pm and the Sunday show at 2:00pm. Tickets are just $15, and can be purchased at osceolaarts.org or at the box office which will open at the Berlinsky House one hour before each show.

If you have any questions, feel free to call us at 407-846-6257 or visit our website osceolaarts.org. Hope to see you there!

Osceola Businesses Provide Artistic Opportunities to Disadvantaged Youth

By: Michelle Saldivar

DSC05346Here at Osceola Arts, we want to make sure that we reach all age groups. Recently, we were able to partner up with Tupperware Brands and Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida, to launch a new initiative to introduce young people to the arts. Thanks to a sponsorship from Tupperware Brands, Osceola Arts will be providing hundreds of complementary tickets to our productions and events to disadvantaged youth throughout Osceola county. Both Tupperware and we believe that it is of utmost importance to bring the arts to all children, especially those who have not had exposure to it. Our Executive Director Brandon Arrington stated, “It is disheartening to learn how many of these kids have never been in a theater or a museum. Our goal for ????????this program is to bring the Arts to Osceola’s youth, who otherwise would not get that opportunity.” Our mission here at Osceola Arts is to promote, cultivate and foster interest and participation in the arts by providing affordable and accessible programs that encourage artistic expression in the diverse community we serve, thus this project is very dear to us and we are excited to give children a new way to express themselves.

Klimt through Modern Eyes

A Blog Feature on St. Cloud High School Artists

By: Michelle Saldivar

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When you examine the lives of the most famous artists, a common theme that lies in their stories is that they began their craft at a young age. With time, their skills took on a personality of their own, and thus an iconic artist was born. In our own backyard, artists of all kinds are being molded. Our very own St. Cloud high school has students who have begun to explore the gifts that lie at their fingertips.

After only one semester of arriving at St. Cloud high school, art teacher, Joela Lowe, has impacted the lives of young artists there. She has unveiled different artists, styles, and techniques for these students to incorporate in their artistic arsenal and motivated them to push beyond the walls of limitations set for artists. As Lowe says, “In life, you will always find an excuse to not do something”. This was something she was not going to let her students fall victim to.

Lowe’s latest challenge for these students was to take on the late 1800s Austrian artist Gustav Klimt using mixed media, such are acrylic, ink, and digitally produced arrangements. Klimt is famously known as a symbolic painter with a flair for the erotic and the extravagant. His pieces were ornamental and abstract, with what was considered modern for his time. With a century separating Klimt and our young artists, Lowe knew that Klimt’s style was timeless and could inspire her students to create brilliance.

With such a task in hand, I interviewed the students to see what their experience was like. Taking great inspiration from Klimt’s The Kiss, students like 9th grader Elizabeth Perry, Gillian Gomer, and 12th grader Natalie Estrada were able to understand Klimt, even with no previous knowledge of his work. Gomer stated, “Before I started this project, I had never heard of Klimt. When I was shown various pictures of his famous work, I thought it would be really cool to research him more and do my own take on his portrait style”. Estrada shared a similar sentiment.

Joining this ensemble of talented artists is 8th grader, Mackenzie Kauffman. She created a Klimt digital art piece inspired by her favorite book and play, Les Miserable. Elaborating on her work, she told me, “I noticed that Klimt didn’t draw clothes, but rather he [used abstract] shapes. The shape of clothes imply that they are there [and] because of this, I used circle and square patterns in place of clothes”.

Another artist, Julie Sanchez, stated, “What inspired me was how challenging it looked, as well as the use of gold he used in his paintings”. Gold is a staple in Klimt’s work and is a part of what attracts art enthusiasts to his paintings. A few of the artists drew from this aspect of Klimt and incorporated it into their pieces, such as 12th grader Jose Martinez, 11th grader Megan Literal, and 10th grader Morgan Johnston.

As a supporter of young talent, Osceola Arts has invited these 23 St. Cloud students to have their Klimt-inspired art pieces on display until February 15th, with a free reception open to the public on Saturday, February 7th at 1 PM. Feel free to support these young artists yourself and pay their work a visit.

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Klimt Twister: An Art Exhibit

St. Cloud High School Proudly Presents

“Klimt Twister: Taking a Second Look at Klimt Art”

By: Michelle Saldivar

Now on display at Osceola Arts, 23 St. Cloud high school students from grades 9-12 tackle Austrian symbolist painter Gustav Klimt’s (1862 – 1918) distinct artistic style. His work is known to be erotic, primarily focusing on the female body. The high school artwork can be described as mixed media, as some are acrylic, ink, and digitally produced. The exhibit runs from now to February 15th, with a free reception open to the public on Saturday, February 7th at 1 PM.

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