By: Bailey Myers
January 26th, 2014
Tallahassee FL- Florida A and M University's Essential Theater welcomed some jazz music this evening all in hopes of raising funds for the program.
While the crowd clapped and danced to the sound of some jazz clarinet, they raised funds to start a scholarship program for the next generation of theater artists. Will pulled aside Professor Ronald Davis and he told us tonight was all about getting people getting involved.
Ronald O. Davis, FAMU's former theater director, explained, "We have to recruit talent just like everybody else- and the competition is fierce. And we have students out there who are tremendously talented but they do not have the means for coming to school and we bring them to school here and we educate them and they leave with a degree."
This was the first year the program held their scholarship jazz music concert but they are hoping to have more events in the future.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Some of the finest theater training in the nation takes place at Florida A&M University’s (FAMU) Essential Theatre, where high production standards are combined with academic excellence.
As a firm supporter and believer in the Essential Theatre’s central role in producing the next generation of theater artists, Ronald O. Davis, Ph.D., former theater director and professor emeritus, is working to raise $100,000 to endow a scholarship for the program.
“Many of the students that provide entertainment for us are struggling financially to stay in school and I want to do something about that,” Davis said. “I am equally interested in helping the FAMU theater program be in a position to recruit talented students who may choose to go elsewhere because another program can afford to offer a larger scholarship.”
For these reasons, Davis has set out to produce a scholarship fundraiser that will feature two performances of “Jazz Interpretations” by the Michael Jefry Stevens Trio featuring Brian “Breeze” Cayolle.
“Jazz Interpretations,” which will also include cameo appearances from Essential Theatre students and alumni, will take place Saturday, Jan. 25 and Sunday, Jan. 26 at 4 p.m. at the Charles Winter Wood Theatre/Edmonds Stage.
“You’re going to get a great concert,” said Davis, “but perhaps the greatest benefit you will receive is knowing you are helping to ensure that through scholarship offers, talented theatre students are able to choose Florida A&M University to get a first- rate education.”
Tickets are $50 for admission to the concert. A $100 ticket purchase provides access to the performance and a Mardi Gras themed reception at 3 p.m. in the FAMU Meek – Eaton Black Archives. The reception will be followed by a New Orleans-style promenade into the theater just before the concert.
To purchase tickets on campus, visit the Essential Theatre box office, located in the lobby of Tucker Hall. The box office opens Jan. 24 from noon until 5:30 p.m., and 90 minutes prior to each performance.
To purchase tickets online or to make a donation to the theater program, visit the FAMU Foundation website at https://secure.qgiv.com/for/famu/event/48138.
For more information, contact (850) 561-2425 or visit: www.famu.edu/essentialtheatre .