Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Imagine yourself on the bustling streets of the Big Apple, heading to see a Broadway show!
Enter our 2014 Spotlights Awards drawing, and you could be the lucky winner of a three-night stay at the exclusive Hilton Club in
! New York City
This year’s drawing for the 2014 Spotlight Awards features three fantastic prizes. All proceeds from the drawing support the classes, scholarships and outreach programs of the Patel Conservatory at the
The Patel Conservatory awards more than $250,000 in scholarships and financial aid each year.
You can help by entering our drawing. If every Conservatory student purchases just one ticket, the drawing will raise more than $10,000. Help us reach our goal by purchasing your tickets today!
Grand Prize will be a three-night stay in a two-bedroom suite at the exclusive Hilton Club AND four orchestra tickets to a Broadway show, generously donated by Florida Health Care News/Dr. Barry Levine and Gina d’Angelo.
The Hilton Club is just a block from the
Museum of Modern Art, a few blocks south of Central Park, and a
10-minute walk to Times Square and the Theater District.
The hotel and Broadway package is valued at more than $4,000.*
Second Prize will be a Westinghouse 46” Flat screen HDTV, valued at $1,000, donated by Florida Health Care News/Dr. Barry Levine and Gina d’Angelo.
Third Prize will be a 16GB Apple iPad Air, valued at $499, Donated by Drs. Kiran C. and Pallavi K. Patel.
The drawing will take place at the Spotlight Awards, which will be Tues., May 20, 2014.
The suggested donation is $10 per entry. Get your tickets before May 15, and score three entries for $20. From May 15 through May 20, 2014, entries will be three for $25.
All students are encouraged to support their Conservatory by selling drawing tickets to family and friends.
This is an easy way to show your support! Stop by our registrar’s office in the Chairmen’s library for your tickets today!
*New York Experience must be completed no later than Sept. 1, 2015. Prize includes three consecutive nights in a privately-owned two-bedroom suite at the Hilton Club
, and four
orchestra level seats to a Broadway show selected by the donor and the winner.
Dates of the stay and show are subject to availability. Winner must provide a
minimum of 120 days notice for booking the stay. Blackout dates for Hilton Club
are Nov. 21, 2014 through Jan. 4, 2015, and Mar. 29, 2015 through April 5,
2015. Airfare not included. New York
THE DAVID A. STRAZ, JR. CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS IS A 501(C)(3) NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATION AND ALL GIFTS MADE TO THE STRAZ CENTER ARE TAX-DEDUCTIBLE TO THE EXTENT PROVIDED BY LAW. 100% OF CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED ARE RETAINED BY THIS ORGANIZATION. A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE 1-800-435-7352 WITHIN THE STATE. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE. REGISTRATION NUMBER SC-02449.
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Congratulations to Next Generation Ballet dancer Ethan Fuller who won the silver award at the recent YoungArts Week in Miami.
Fuller, 15, was among 650 young artists chosen out of approximately 11,000 applicants, as a 2014 YoungArts Winner by the National YoungArts Foundation.
YoungArts winners were recognized for their outstanding work and accomplishments in one of 10 disciplines across the literary, performing, visual and design arts fields.
Fuller has been training with Next Generation Ballet (NGB) at the Straz Center full-time since 2012. Prior to that, he performed for nearly two years as Billy in the national tour of Billy Elliot the Musical.
"The coaching staff at the Patel Conservatory help you get to a professional level," said Fuller.
Fuller lives in Melbourne, Fla., and commutes every week to Tampa to train with us.
“There are such great teachers here, and such a great facility and program,” he said.
As a YoungArts Finalist, Fuller got to participate in the YoungArts’ regional program in Miami, where finalists worked with master teachers and mentors in their field and showcased their work through performances, film screenings, an art exhibition and writers’ readings.
Fuller received the silver award, which won him $5,000.
Come see Fuller along with the rest of our talented Next Generation Ballet dancers in Sleeping Beauty in May.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Ever since she was a toddler, Ashlyn Lopez has shown a natural love for performing.
“When she was three, she memorized all the songs of the Disney princess soundtrack. She sang and acted them out,” said Ashlyn’s mom Tobi Porter.
|Ashlyn Lopez, right, with Lindsey Davis|
In addition to performing in the upcoming production of Joust! A Mighty Medieval Musical at the Patel Conservatory, Ashlyn will soon be making her television debut on the popular CW series The Vampire Diaries.
Ashlyn scored a guest role as a young version of the character Nadia in an upcoming episode, due to air March 6.
Ashlyn started theater classes at the Patel Conservatory when she was four years old.
“I like coming to the Conservatory because I learn lots of things, like how to act and dance and sing. It also helps me meet more friends,” said Ashlyn.
Now, at age 9, she’s in her fourth Patel Conservatory Theater production. She plays Merlin in the light-hearted Joust!, a musical take on The Sword in the Stone, performed for kids by second through fourth graders.
She says her experience with PCT productions and classes has helped her in auditions for professional roles.
She recently auditioned in New York City for the role of Matilda for the Broadway production of Matilda the Musical.
“It was like being at the Conservatory because when you audition for plays...I had to get up and sing in front of judges,” said Ashlyn.
“It was very much like how Patel does their casting for their shows,” said Porter. “[Ashlyn] didn’t seem to be phased at all.”
Porter credits the Patel Conservatory for giving Ashlyn the opportunity to do what she enjoys, and get pre-professional experience in the process.
“She knows the concept of stage left and stage right, and it’s all been fun for her. She gets to do something she loves to do,” said Porter.
As Merlin, Ashlyn enjoys dressing up and becoming a totally different character.
“I like that he has a beard...and that I have to dye my hair white,” she said.
Come see Ashlyn in Joust! A Mighty Medieval Musical, which runs Thur., Feb. 27 through Mar. 8 in TECO Theater.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Would you like to work in the film and television industry?
The Patel Conservatory at the Straz Center is hosting a two-day workshop with Ellen Jacoby, one of the most in-demand casting directors in the Florida film and television industry.
If you work, or aspire to work, in the film business, this is the workshop that can jumpstart your career.
Get one-on-one time with the Miami-based casting director who has cast such feature films as Ace Ventura, True Lies and There’s Something About Mary, and television shows such as Burn Notice, Miami Vice and CSI: Miami.
The workshop will cover important aspects of on-camera work. You’ll learn how to maneuver through the film business, dissect copy for auditions, and develop reliable on-camera acting techniques. Jacoby also will offer valuable recommendations on what your next step should be.
On-Camera Acting Workshop with Casting Director Ellen Jacoby
Sat., Mar. 22 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sun., Mar. 23 from 12 to 4 p.m.
at the Patel Conservatory,
located at the Straz Center in downtown Tampa
$135 for Saturday only
$200 for both Saturday and Sunday
Space is limited and pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, call 813.222.1002.
Sunday, February 23, 2014
|Patel Conservatory student plays for renowned pianist Jon Batiste and|
jazz band Stay Human
Jazz artists Jon Batiste and the Stay Human band recently gave a master class to students from Blake High School’s and Patel Conservatory’s music programs.
Prior to their performance at the Straz Center, in their Jazz Is: Now! class, the group shared tips on how to become a professional musician and how to bring themselves to every performance.
“No one can be a better you,” said one of the band members.
Batiste invited students to play the piano, and gave feedback on their performances.
“It was one of the most incredible things I’ve ever experienced,” said Conservatory student and pianist Parker Wilkson in an interview with the Tampa Bay Times. “It was really cool to get that close in such an intimate setting with such an incredible musician.”
The Patel Conservatory’s outreach program provides the opportunity for master classes and other arts education experiences like this for our students and our community partners.
The class ended with a jam session with Conservatory jazz and saxophone instructor Matt Weihmuller and Blake students, including Stay Human’s signature version of Miley Cyrus’s Wrecking Ball.
Check out the vocals from the Blake student who joins in on this You Tube video!
Thanks to Jon Batiste and his band members for sharing their experience and wisdom.
To support the Conservatory’s outreach and arts education efforts, please click here.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
The 2014 Spotlight Awards supports our arts education programs at the Straz Center’s Patel Conservatory, including our outreach program, which serves more than 30 community partners throughout the Tampa Bay community.
One of the things the Conservatory provides for our community partners is tickets to shows or dress rehearsals when they’re available. The goal is to give these opportunities to students who would otherwise be unable to attend shows at the Straz.
The following is a letter we received from one of our community partners,
“Jane attended The Nutcracker along with a group of 21 students that I hosted through the generosity of your educational program. I cannot put into words the effect the Nutcracker opportunity had on Jane. I watched her as I did the other youth and she did not take her eyes off the stage. She was AWE-STRUCK.
Jane is 16 and this is the first time she has been to a performance at the theatre. She lives in poverty at a trailer park... She lost her father six months ago to lung cancer. Jane also has been bullied and struggles with feeling like she doesn't belong.
The Straz Center opportunity was an eye opener for her. It was a magical afternoon for Jane and I can tell you, she was meant to join our group on Saturday...She took a lot of photos of the water fountain near the valet, pictures with Santa, etc.
...the opportunity the Straz provided, I felt you and your colleagues should know the impact it had on a child that lives in a depressed environment.
Continue your hard work and know that it is making a difference.”
- Nikki Inda, Program Coordinator, Moffitt Healthy Kidz
Making a Difference
You can help make a difference by reserving your seats now for the 2014 Spotlight Awards through sponsorship!
When you support this fundraising event, your contributions make a difference for students like Jane and thousands more!
Sponsorship starts at $1,000 and includes reserved seating for the show and dinner. Share a sponsorship with another family, or ask your company to get involved.
If you have questions about how you can help support the arts education programs at the Straz Center's Patel Conservatory, please contact Beth Miller at 813-222-1002 or email@example.com.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
The Patel Conservatory’s 2014 Spotlight Awards is guaranteed to be a fabulous evening. This fundraising event will showcase highlights of our 2013/2014 season, followed by dinner and dancing for the entire family.
This year, the event will also include an expanded silent auction. Guests will have the opportunity to bid on fantastic items like jewelry, electronics, autographed memorabilia from visiting artists like Adam Carrolla, tickets to local attractions and more!
|Get tickets to see Winter the Dophin at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium|
and more great items at the 2014 Spotlight Awards silent auction.
You can help make it a huge success by donating items for our auction.
The more we have, the more we sell! And the Patel Conservatory at the Straz Center will receive 100% of the proceeds.
Do you have season tickets to the Bucs or Lightning? Do you know someone who sells Pampered Chef, Silpada, etc.?
Think outside the box! Unique experiences like a hot air balloon ride, fishing excursion or box seats to a concert or sporting event are great contributions!
Other ideas include a weekend at a beach condo or mountain cabin, gift baskets from boutiques or kid friendly businesses, golf packages, autographed sports memorabilia, and gift certificates to local movie theaters, miniature golf, etc. (All items must be new.)
Donations may be dropped off at the registration desk in the Patel Conservatory’s Chairmen’s Library. Please include the auction donation form with each donation. (And please make sure donors keep a copy for their own records.)
For questions or more information, or to volunteer for our auction committee, please contact auction chair Brandy Gold at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 813.222.1002.
Thank you for your generosity and support.