Getting involved with the arts at NSU

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With the beginning of the school year upon us yet again, the hunt for ways to be involved on campus begins. The Department of Performing and Visual Arts’ (PVA) auditions are among the many back-to-school activities. The auditions for the 2017-18 performance season range from theatre to dance to music, as well as submissions for visual art.

Theatre

The theatre department at NSU boasts multiple shows every year, and any person with a SharkCard is eligible to audition. Auditions for the musical “Man of La Mancha” take place on Thursday, Aug. 24 from 4 to 7 p.m. with callbacks on the following day from 5 to 7 p.m. Actors are asked to prepare 16 bars of music and provide the sheet music to a song that demonstrates their vocal abilities. Any questions about this audition can be emailed to Bill Adams at wadams@nova.edu.

PVA will also offer opportunities to audition for “A Dog’s House,” “Improv Jam: A Night of Comedy presented by Stage2 Productions,” “House of Blue Leaves,” “Broadway Bash” and “The Mayfly: A 24hr Theatre Project presented by Stage2 Productions.” Specifics about these auditions and information regarding the dates will be released as they approach.

Dance

Although dance does not have as many performance opportunities as theatre, the possibilities are still there. Auditions for “DanceWorks,” NSU’s annual dance showcase, are on Saturday, Aug. 26 from 1 to 3 p.m. For audition requirements and more information, email Elana Lanczi at lanczi@nova.edu.

The dance program also offers workshops for Dance Awareness Day which is on Oct. 25 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., as well as the “Student Choreography Showcase” on April 27 and 28 at 7:30 p.m. Audition information will be announced for the “Student Choreography Showcase” as the date draws near.

Music

For those who are musicians at heart, the PVA’s Music Concert will take place on Jan. 23 at 7:30 p.m., and information for it will be released as the date approaches. Students wishing to be involved in a full band are able to do so with Ensemble I (MUSC 3301), also known as the Mako Band. The band performs with PVA shows such as “Improv Jam” and “Broadway Bash,” among other events.

Have you always wanted to learn an instrument or brush up on existing knowledge of one? Never fear, the PVA offers various music lessons in voice, piano, drums and more. Email Alyiece Moretto-Watkins at moretto@nova.edu or Bill Adams at wadams@nova.edu to make sure students are eligible and lessons are available, as some instruments require the student to be a major or minor in music.

Visual Art

If your inner artist demands attention, then explore the visual arts at NSU or at the NSU Art Museum in Fort Lauderdale. All NSU students receive free memberships. Additionally, Gallery 217 on the second floor of the University Center and the Adolfo and Marisela Cotilla Gallery on the second floor of the Alvin Sherman Library house multiple exhibits throughout the year. Moreover, students that have taken at least one ARTS prefix class during the academic year are eligible to submit their work to the annual “Juried Art Exhibition,” which judges student works and offers prizes.

Even though NSU boasts its well-deserved status as an excellent research campus, students do not have to worry about their performing and visual art dreams being halted while studying here.

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