SFCC hosts 'Stars Night Out' benefit


Santa Fe Community College's dance department will perform as part of Friday's "Stars Night Out" at the Phillips Center.

Special to The Sun
Published: Thursday, January 17, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 16, 2008 at 12:00 a.m.

Whatever your passion - dance, music, theater, art - "Stars Night Out," a benefit performance for the Fine Arts Program at Santa Fe Community College, is planning to indulge any and all entertainment needs.

Facts

"Stars Night Out"

What: Santa Fe Community College Fine Arts Department presents fundraising performance of theater, music and dance.

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Tickets: $25, $50 VIP (392-2787)

For the first time in SFCC's history, students and faculty will combine live music, vocal performances, dance and dramatic monologues into one "best of the best" revue-style show.

"Stars Night Out" will take center stage at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.

"We're reconstructing the tried-and-true works from the fall," says Alora Haynes, director of the college's dance department. "If you missed any of Santa Fe's productions last year, it's your chance to see a sampling of everything."

From high-energy West African drumming and dancing to Shakespearean monologues, the event will mix the most celebrated elements of each department into one main event.

All proceeds will benefit the college's arts enhancement fund: a budget dedicated to expanding and improving student resources and facilities.

"It's a time to celebrate how we've grown and look to the future," says SFCC theater instructor Terry Klenk.

As general enrollment numbers at SFCC continue to rise, the dance, theater, art and music programs have also added hundreds of students.

"We have more students, more faculty, more talent, but our budget hasn't grown with us," Haynes says. "We're doing more with less, just like everybody else."

The fine-arts program hopes to raise at least $20,000, Haynes says.

"We're looking forward to new facilities, new instruments, new uniforms," says sophomore theater major Brittany Jacobson. "By enhancing our resources we'll enhance what we can produce."

During the show, students in the theatre program will recreate select scenes and monologues from audience favorites like "The Odd Couple" and "To Kill a Mockingbird."

From the dance department, assistant professor Kristin O'Neal will offer "Thread," a modern piece first featured in the most recent Florida Dance Association On Tour Showcase.

The Santa Fe Jazz Ensemble, Chamber Consort and select student soloists will represent the Sante Fe music program with modern and traditional performances. After the show, audience members will have the opportunity to admire an exhibit of student art work in the Phillips Center's Black Box Theatre.

"We want to feed people a little and leave them wanting more,"Jacobson says. "We have so much to offer."

Vanessa Garcia can be reached at 352-338-3166 or vanessa.garcia@gvillesun.com.

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