Jan092014

Message from the President- MAMMA MIA!

Published by Rich at 12:29 PM under

Mamma Mia has everything you would expect in a big Broadway musical – great songs, colorful costumes and lots of dance moves.  It also has a few things you might not expect - like an unmarried mother in the lead role, catchy ABBA tunes that make up the entire score and a plot twist that you probably won’t see coming.  Throw in a precocious daughter, three possible dads, two old friends and a Greek island, and you’ve got yourself a heck of a show.  This show has been a non-stop hit on Broadway, a major motion picture and has graced the Fox stage multiple times, but our audiences just can’t get enough and for good reason.  This is a show that will make you laugh out loud, maybe tear up a time or two and in the end, leave you dancing in the aisles.  The only bad news is that you may find yourself unable to get these songs out of your head for the next day or two.  Remember – you’ve been warned! 

 


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Jan052014

WEST SIDE STORY at the Fox Theatre cancelled for Sunday, January 5.

Published by Admin at 9:01 AM under

Due to the extreme weather conditions, today's performance of WEST SIDE STORY at the Fox Theatre has been cancelled.

All credit card purchases will be automatically refunded.

Cash purchases will be refunded at the Fox Box Office beginning Monday, January 6 during regular box office hours:  Monday- Friday 10am to 6pm and Saturday 10pm to 2pm.


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Jan022014

Studying Romeo and Juliet & West Side Story at Preclarus Mastery Academy

Published by Admin at 2:32 PM under Fabulous Fox Theatre | Fox Broadway

We are thrilled to feature the following guest post from Lora Wissmann, 7th and 8th grade Language Arts Teacher at Preclarus Mastery Academy in Grand Center. Lora's students have been exploring the similarities and differences between Romeo and Juliet and West Side Story. Lora shared her thoughts as the unit was coming to a close at the end of December 2013. To celebrate their hard work, some of the students will have the opportunity to attend West Side Story at the Fox Theatre. 

For the past 8 weeks, the students in room 200 at Preclarus Mastery Academy have been digging deep into Romeo and Juliet and West Side Story.  The classroom has been split down the middle, with half of the students on one side and the other half on the other.  One half began with reading Romeo and Juliet, the other half reading West Side Story

A “cast list” was posted, and the students competed daily for points.  Points were earned through participation in whole class and small group discussions, as well as the completion of each night’s assignment.  Four weeks in and the students switched texts.  Their conversations never ceased to impress me.  Topics regularly included foreshadowing, irony, and the parallels between the two texts.  The West Side Story students often found themselves in tough conversations about the controversies of the text, as well as the moral decisions being made by the characters, and how their own morals lined up (or didn’t) with those of the characters. 

For the past three days, the students have been completing the final assessment.  It included identifying parallels, character counterparts, differences between those counterparts, change in character, treatment of Puerto Ricans and what that says about America during the time period, causes of tragedy in both texts, the ineffectiveness of authority figures, the danger of society being bystanders, the lessons we’re being taught, and the faithfulness of the film versions, or lack thereof, to the texts.   Not to mention, some pretty tough vocabulary! Three days, and not an ounce of pushback. 

They have been working incredibly hard, knowing that what they are doing, is not being done by many peers their age.  Today, at our classroom holiday party, I was able to give a very special present to the top 6 performing students: tickets to see West Side Story at the Fox!  One student cried, and said he couldn’t ask for anything more for Christmas.  The other students cheered for and celebrated with the winning students.  The unit has been most enjoyable for all of us.  We have learned so much and grown as a class.  We have debated and laughed, sung, danced, and acted. It will certainly be a tough unit to follow. :)

Lora Wissmann

7th and 8th grade Language Arts Teacher

 Preclarus Mastery Academy

Dream Big :)

 

West Side Story returns to the Fox Theatre Friday, January 3-5.


Dec232013

Happy Holidays from the Fox!

Published by Emilee at 10:47 AM under Fabulous Fox Theatre

We're getting in the holiday spirit with the help of some of the artists making their way to the Fox. Enjoy a special greeting from Jersey Boys, and performances from David Garrett, Charlie Wilson and Celtic Woman

Happy Holidays to you from all of us at the Fox Theatre!


Dec112013

Message from the President- WEST SIDE STORY

Published by Rich at 12:53 PM under Message from the President

Although the musical West Side Story was first performed more than 50 years ago in New York, it remains one of the most popular Broadway shows of all time.  If fact, it is one of the most preformed musicals by regional theatres and schools throughout the U.S.  Maybe that’s because we are still dealing with the social issues that were showcased up front and center on this show. Or maybe a story about two people’s love for each other that refuses to recognize any barriers is a story that just never gets old.  Whatever the reason, I am glad that we were able to present it to you here in all of its glory.  Inspired by William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”, this musical later spawned a 1961 movie of the same name starring Natalie Wood and Rita Moreno.  The recent Broadway revival proved to be a huge hit with Fox audiences in 2012 and we are thrilled to bring it back for an encore engagement. With its thought provoking theme, memorable score and expertly choreographed dance and fight scenes, West Side Story is a show that will stay with you long after you leave the theatre.


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