Theatre Department Announces 2018-2019 Season

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(August 20, 2018) Jacksonville, FL – Douglas Anderson School of the Arts Theatre Department announces its shows for the upcoming school year. Douglas Anderson School of the Arts (DASOTA) is located at 2445 San Diego Road, Jacksonville, FL 32207. Tickets for all shows can be purchased a few weeks prior to each show through the DASOTA Theatre Boosters website or at the DASOTA Theatre Box Office one hour before show begins if tickets are still available. For more information about the theatre season, visit the DASOTA Theatre Boosters website at Director, cast and crew available for interviews and performances upon request.

All performances and show times are listed below.

East of the Sun and West of the Moon
Based on the original story of the same name by
Peter Christian Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Engebretsen Moe
October 11-13 (Thursday, Friday and Saturday) AND
October 17-20 (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday)
7:30pm all shows
Blackbox Theatre
Directed by Michael Higgins (In collaboration with Strangemen Theatre Company)

East of the Sun and West of the Moon is a Norwegian fairy tale that tells the tale of a poor girl who must make a perilous journey to break the spell placed upon her beloved, a prince who has been transformed into a polar bear. To bring this story to life, Strangemen Theatre Company has been brought to Douglas Anderson as an Artist in Residence. The Company will be working with the students to create an original take of the story complete with puppets, masks and movement. It will be a unique opportunity for students and audiences to experience this “devised” piece of theatre.

My Fair Lady
Based on George Bernard Shaw’s play Pygmalion
November 14-16 (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday) at 7:30pm
November 18 (Sunday) at 2:00pm
Dubow Theatre
Directed by Joseph Kemper

Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady is that rare musical by which all others are measured. When it opened on Broadway, it collected six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, while the film version took home eight Oscars, including Best Picture. The tale of a cockney flower girl transformed into an elegant society lady features one of musical theatre’s greatest scores, including: “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?,” “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “On the Street Where You Live,” and “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face.”

Brighton Beach Memoirs
Written by Neil Simon
January 31-February 2 (Thursday, Friday and Saturday) AND
February 6-9 (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday)
7:30pm all shows
Blackbox Theatre
Directed by Simone Aden-Reid

Brighton Beach Memoirs by Neil Simon first premiered in 1983. Simon’s semi-autobiographical play introduces 15-year-old alter ego Eugene Morris Jerome, an aspiring writer, and his progression into adulthood. Set in the working-class Brooklyn neighborhood (Brighton Beach) in the late 1930s, on the cusp of WWII, it is the play’s treatment of a family struggling to stay together that is at the heart of the play. Although it is a comedy, what really drives the play are the virtues and failings of the very real characters onstage.

Black Comedy
“A Farce in the Dark”
Written by Peter Shaffer
April 10-13 (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday)
7:30pm all shows
Dubow Theatre
Directed by Joe Kemper

In Peter Shaffer’s 1965 farce Black Comedy, struggling sculptor Brindsley and his fiancee, Carol, are having a lavish party with the hopes of gaining the approval of Carol’s bombastic father and to sell Brin’s avant-garde pieces to a millionaire art dealer. Without permission, they have “borrowed” the furniture and effects of their fussy out-of-town neighbor to make their own flat more presentable. Just before the guests arrive, the main fuse blows, plunging the flat into darkness. What follows is a frantic romp with unexpected visitors, mistaken identities, and surprises lurking in every dark corner! Only we, the audience, can see the action that ensues in the dark. As you might expect, the results are chaotic, disastrous and very, very funny.

Issue Based Theatre Showcase
April 24-26 (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday)
7:30pm all shows
Blackbox Theatre
Directed by Bonnie Harrison
“Changing Our World One Issue at A Time” features the work of our Arts Innovation Award winning Issue Based Theatre class. Students from multiple arts areas have created original pieces that reflect their ideas, thoughts, beliefs, and personal experiences about the critical issues facing our community and our world. Join DASOTA on April 24, 25, and 26, to see young people using their gifts and talents to give voice to the topics about which they are passionate.

Theatre Showcase
May 17-18 (Friday for grades 9-11, Saturday for grade 12)
7:30pm all shows
Dubow Theatre
Directed by Bonnie Harrison and Dearing Thoburn

Douglas Anderson School of the Arts is proud to present its annual Theatre Showcase “Doing What We Love, Loving What We Do.” The first evening, May 17, will celebrate the work of our underclassman in Performance Theatre, Musical Theatre and Technical Theatre. The second evening, May 18, is dedicated to our seniors who will take their final bow on the Dubow stage before setting off to continue their studies at universities all over the country. There is something for everyone– from monologues to large group musical numbers and a pre-show digital presentation of the work of our Technical Theatre students.

About Us
Douglas Anderson School of the Arts Theatre Department mirrors the school’s mission statement of becoming one of the foremost public arts high school theatre departments in the country. We strive to provide an environment in which our students develop a passion for the art form that is based on an understanding and appreciation of theatre and its impact on the audience. For more information, visit



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