My former employer Florida SouthWestern State College has a thriving Arts Department. As the spring semester draws to a close, several theater and music performances are scheduled in April.
Stuart Brown directs his theater students in Almost, Maine by John Cariani. The show opened last night and runs through April 9. Matinees are scheduled today and April 9 at 2 p.m. Evening performances are tonight and April 7, 8, and 9 at 8 p.m. at the Black Box Theatre, Building L, Room 119B on the Lee County campus next to B. B. Mann Performing Arts Hall.
The play is set in a fictional town in Maine. Eleven short scenes explore love and loss. It premiered in 2004 at the Portland Stage Company where it broke box office records. An off-Broadway production followed.
Controversy struck when a high school production in North Carolina was cancelled in 2014 because one of the scenes featured a same sex couple. The playwright was quoted as saying the scene was about love and had no mention of sex. Eventually, a Kickstarter campaign raised $6,000 to enable the play to be produced off-campus.
Tickets are available at www.brownpapertickets.com.
Not to be outdone, the music department has three concerts in April. The concert band performs on April 5; the concert symphony orchestra and chorus on April 12; and the concert jazz ensemble on April 19. All three concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. at B.B. Mann. Admission is free. Doors open at 7 p.m.
For more information about any of these events, call (239) 489-9332.