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Carrollwood Cultural Center beckons would-be performers

The $8-million Carrollwood Cultural Center opened in March. Four new performing arts programs start this month.

CARRIE PRATT | Times (2007)

The $8-million Carrollwood Cultural Center opened in March. Four new performing arts programs start this month.


If you can sing, dance, act or play an instrument, the Carrollwood Cultural Center has an opportunity for you.

The nonprofit, taxpayer-supported center is starting four new performing arts programs this month:

• An adult concert band.

• A chorus.

• A theater company primarily for children 8 to 14.

• A ballet company for dancers 12 and older.

The programs make their debut as center administrators work to draw more people to the $8-million facility, which is trying to become self-sufficient.

"We only opened in March. This is something we've been planning and … fall was a good time to start up a new group," said Helen Michaelson, the center's director of educational outreach.

The concert band and choral group will start meeting from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at the center, 4537 Lowell Road.

Both are free, though organizers hope participants will sign up for a center membership. The cultural center has 550 members who pay reduced rates for concerts and classes at the center. Annual memberships cost $50 for individuals and $95 for families.

Michaelson will direct the concert band; center artistic director Mary Ann Scialdo will direct the chorus. Though primarily for adults, both groups will accept high school members. They hope to hold a joint performance in December.

Auditions for the youth theater and ballet companies are scheduled for Sept. 26.

Prospective actors for the musical theater company should come from 3 to 6 p.m. ready to perform a short monologue (under two minutes) and sing at least 16 measures of a song.

The material does not need to be elaborate, said Scialdo, who will direct the theater group along with Vicki Cuccia. Reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and singing part of any well-known song would be sufficient.

Ballet auditions are scheduled for 6:30 p.m., and dancers should be able to perform on an intermediate level or better.

The director is Teil Rey, and the company's performance plans will depend on how good the group turns out to be, organizers say.

Although aimed at youth, both the theater and ballet companies are open to adults, too. Both are free, but, unlike the concert band and chorus, there are some required classes that go along with belonging to the theater and ballet companies, and there is a charge for those.

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To learn more

Call (813) 269-1310 or e-mail:

• about the adult concert band and chorus

• about the theater company

• about the ballet company

For information about the center, visit

Carrollwood Cultural Center beckons would-be performers 09/11/08 [Last modified: Thursday, September 11, 2008 4:30am]
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