NSAL of Florida Announces 2023 Scholarships and Competitions Drama Takes Stage as NSAL National Competition

National Society of Arts and Letters (NSAL) of Florida, based in Boca Raton, recently announced their 2023 scholarships and competitions. Applications are now available for outstanding young artists in Florida in the disciplines of music, voice, drama, and visual arts. Every year, the national NSAL organization selects one discipline as the key competition. In 2023, drama will take centerstage, and the local winner will advance to compete in Kentucky for a $15,000 top prize. For applications and deadlines please visit www.nsalflorida.org.

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Written by Marvin Glassman

Since he first wore a pair of round eyeglasses at age 13, Rick Schuler’s family and friends told him about his strong physical resemblance to singer/songwriter John Denver. Denver became famous for his best selling hit songs such as “Rocky Mountain High’, “Sunshine On My Shoulder”, “Annie’s Song”, among others.

Within three years after donning the Denver-like eyeglasses, Schuler discovered that he not only loved to sing and play the guitar, but that his tenor voice was the perfect match to Denver. 

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (November 21, 2022) – Tri-Rail, South Florida’s premier commuter rail system, invites talented kids ages 5 to 17 to audition for “South Florida’s Kids Got Talent,” a singing competition held as part of Tri-Rail’s “Rail Fun Day.” Young singers from Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties are encouraged to audition for the chance to compete in the judged event. Auditions will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 10, at Galleria Fort Lauderdale (2414 East Sunrise Boulevard).

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Carbonell Awards Announces Winners in First Live Ceremony Since 2019

The 45th Annual Carbonell Awards Announces Winners in First Live Ceremony Since 2019 

From 20 Categories, Miami New Drama Wins Seven Awards, Four to Area Stage, and Slow Burn Theatre Nets Three 

Nine Theater & Arts Legends Honored with Special Awards

(South Florida – November 2022) Gary Schweikhart, board president of the Carbonell Awards, South Florida’s Theatre & Arts Honors, today announced that the 45th annual awards—the first live ceremony since 2019—attracted nearly 500 theater activists and enthusiasts.

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Dance Now’s Contemporary “Nutcracker” & Italy’s Opus Ballet December 10

What includes a taste of Italy’s vibrant dance scene and a new, contemporary spin on the classic ballet The Nutcracker? That would be Dance NOW! Miami’s Program I, on Saturday, December 10, when this leading Florida ensemble world premieres their new piece Clara and share the stage with Compagnia Opus Ballet, direct from Florence for their U.S. debut. Taking place at the Miami Theater Center in Miami Shores, the evening will be an unusual – and racy – season performance.

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What the Constitution Means to Me – Heidi Schreck’s Boundary – Breaking Play Coming December 1-18

Miami, FL – October 29, 2022 – City Theatre (@citytheatremia) and the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County (@arshtcenter) proudly present the Southeastern Premiere of Heidi Schreck’s WHAT THE CONSTITUTION MEANS TO ME, a buoyant and provocative examination by one woman of her civil rights and wrongs. A New York Times critic’s pick, a Tony Award nominee, and Pulitzer Prize finalist when it premiered in 2019, South Florida audiences will enjoy City Theatre’s production of the award-winning Broadway hit, WHAT THE CONSTITUTION MEANS TO ME directed by Margaret M. Ledford and presented as part of the Arsht Center’s Theater Up Close series.

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Fourth Annual Forward Motion Physically Integrated Dance Festival and Conference is Ready to Dazzle, Inform Audiences in Miami Oct. 27-29

Acclaimed Miami-based dance pioneer, Karen Peterson, and her mixed-ability KPD Dancers are back in South Florida this week to highlight their Fourth Annual Forward Motion Dance Festival and Conference of Physically Integrated Dance (FM4). 

The shows will feature the KPD ensemble and another troupe, Full Radius Dance. Both groups focus on the work of disabled and non-disabled performers, joining together on stage to craft unusual and entertaining pieces.

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Miami Based Writer and Director Paul Louis Produces Film About Adolescent Depression and Teen Suicide

From award winning South Florida Actor/Writer/Director, Paul Louis, comes the film, “Army Men”.  The dramatic short film is based on a true story about Louis’ childhood friendship, which ended in tragedy. “Army Men” tells the story of a middle aged Miami based artist who returns to the tough battlefield of his childhood neighborhood in Queens, NY, only to be haunted by the memories of his late best friend. 

Louis says it’s a story of friendship, loss and regret, and hopes to bring awareness of mental illness, especially in children. 

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Twenty-Eight Silver Palm Awards Presented to Actors and Troupes at Annual Gala Held Monday at The Addison in Boca Raton

A rainy deluge outside didn’t dampen spirits inside The Addison restaurant in Boca Raton the night of Monday, Oct. 17, site of the annual Silver Palm Awards gala honoring actors, directors, set designers and performance troupes for excellence at stages in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties.

The gala – which served as a major post-COVID get-together last year for the awards that were first presented in 2008 – drew a full-house crowd to the famed Boca dining location, despite the weather that messed with travel and forced valets to break out large umbrellas to escort patrons to and from their cars.

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