Ring Theatre, Arsht Center Partner on ‘Girls vs. Boys: A Rock Musical’

(November 06, 2012) — The University of Miami Department of Theatre Arts and The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County are partnering once again to present a new rock musical, GIRLS VS. BOYS. Playing November 1 - 18, 2012 in the intimate Carnival Studio Theater (Ziff Ballet Opera House), GIRLS VS. BOYS is a captivating, dramatic story about the struggles of teen life set to a rocking, soul-bearing score.

“We are thrilled to continue our collaboration with the Arsht Center, which is now in its second season,” says Henry Fonte, Producing Artistic Director of The Jerry Herman Ring Theatre and Chairman of the Department of Theatre Arts at UM.  “It serves as a professional learning experience that offers the theater majors at the University an opportunity to work with seasoned artists in creating a professional production; our talented student actors have been cast as the teens in GIRLS VS. BOYS.”

GIRLS VS. BOYS is a relatable story of adolescence following 14 hot-blooded teenage students as they jumpstart their senior year in high school. In search of happiness and acceptance, Casey (Nick Ley), Sam (Samantha Drucker), Krueger (Luke Hamilton), Kate (Shannon Draper), George (Kyle Axman) and Lane (Rachel Lipman) navigate a gritty party world of alcohol, drugs and sex beginning at a house party the night before the first day of school. Drama at the party quickly skyrockets into a fierce musical in which its characters battle multiple insecurities, love triangles and unexpected betrayals.

GIRLS VS. BOYS is directed by JV Mercanti (who teaches Acting and Directing at UM’s Department of Theatre Arts). The musical boasts original music and orchestrations by Kevin O'Donnell and Nathan Allen, with additional arrangements and musical direction by Greg Brown of UM’s Department of Theatre Arts.

GIRLS VS. BOYS is produced by Fonte and Scott Shiller, Executive Vice President of the Adrienne Arsht Center. The musical’s creative team also features other members of the UM Department of Theatre Arts faculty including choreography by Christine Kellogg; costume design by Michiko K. Skinner; set design by K. April Soroko; and fight choreography by Lee Soroko.

GIRLS VS. BOYSwas first developed at the American Music Theatre Project, Northwestern University Theatre and Interpretation Center, July 2009. GIRLS VS. BOYSwas further developed by the UM Department of Theatre Arts and the  Adrienne Arsht Center in a two-week workshop, prior to this production, with the writers in residence, the UM students and the creative/production team., . GIRLS VS. BOYS was originally developed and produced by The House Theatre of Chicago. This production is part of “Taking Flight: The Year of the Humanities and the Arts at the University of Miami.”


About the University of Miami’s Taking Flight: The Year of the Humanities and the Arts

Encompassing fields from history to poetry, philosophy to theatre, the humanities and the arts provide essential tools for critical analysis, societal enrichment, and the pursuit of meaning and purpose in our lives. The University of Miami celebrates scholarship, research, community engagement, and creative expression in these vital disciplines with “Taking Flight: The Year of the Humanities and the Arts at the University of Miami.” Continuing through the 2012-2013 academic year, this sweeping initiative will feature high-profile special events including presentations by renowned authors and scholars, and performances by guest artists. “Taking Flight” will also highlight existing programs and activities throughout the University, representing all of UM’s academic units on all three of its campuses.

About the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County is one of the world’s leading performing arts organizations and venues. Made possible by Miami-Dade County’s largest ever public/private-sector partnership, the Center is home to the Florida Grand Opera, Miami City Ballet and New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy. Visit www.arshtcenter.org for more information.

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County is made possible by the public support of the Miami-Dade County Mayor and the Board of County Commissioners, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Tourist Development Council and the City of Miami Omni Community Redevelopment Agency, as well as the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.The Adrienne Arsht Center also receives generous support from local, state and national foundations, as well as private contributions to the Adrienne Arsht Center Foundation through corporate and individual giving, Visionary Society membership and the Encore Circle major gifts programs.

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