TITANIC, The Musical
3205 Varella Avenue
St. Augustine, FL
p.m. -May 5, at 2:00
A “TITANIC” PRODUCTION DOCKS AT ST. AUGUSTINE HIGH SCHOOL
The story of the RMS Titanic has captivated the public ever since its ill fated maiden voyage in 1912. This year, St. Johns County Center for the Arts at St. Augustine High School, will stage this Tony Award-winning musical which combines the story of this great tragedy with a poignant musical score. Unlike the movie of the same name, the musical's story stays true to that fateful night in April 1912. Titanic, chronicles the factual actions of the ship's crew, as well as a wide array of passengers, including stuffy millionaires, star-struck second class tourists and poor immigrants wishing for a better life in America. The dreams of these individuals are brought to light only to be shattered as they deal with their inevitable fate once the doomed boat strikes an iceberg. Beginning its voyage at the departure point of Southampton, England with plans to sail to New York in six days, RMS (Royal Mail Ship) Titanic struck an iceberg on April 15, 1912 and the ship that was known as unsinkable, sunk one hour from dry land. One thousand, five hundred and fourteen lives were lost. Most were lower class passengers (second and third class) that were excluded from the lifeboats due to the shortage of lifeboats installed on the RMS Titanic.
The musical first debuted on Broadway in 1997. It proved doubters wrong by winning five Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Book, Best Original Score, Best Scenic Design, and Best Orchestration. Written by Peter Stone with music and lyrics by Maury Yeston, the production emphasizes the causes, characters and conditions that led to the ship's tragic sinking.
The cast of 75 draws talented students from the choral and musical theatre departments at St. Augustine High School. Under Jeff Dodd’s ambitious direction, viewers will marvel at the simulation of the ship’s sinking. Curtis Powell is conducting the orchestra made up of students and professionals. Costumes are being rented for a true depiction of the fashions of the era. SJCCA’s performance encourages audiences to take part in the story by receiving a boarding ticket containing the name of an actual passenger and then checking against the survivors list in the lobby at the end of the show. Buckets of iced water are available for the audience to sample the water temperature experienced on the night Titanic sank. Astonishingly, Titanic manages to be grave and entertaining, somber and joyful at the same time. Come take a voyage into the past with this hit musical sensation. The Titanic docks at the St. Augustine High School main-stage on May 2nd, 3rd, and 4th at 7:00pm and a matinee performance on May 5th at 2:00pm. Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for students. Tickets can be purchased at the box office the day of the performance or theatre goers can reserve their seats by calling 547-8530 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.