TOPS IN ARTS 2012: North county cultural scene year in review

Published: Friday, December 28, 2012 at 05:27 PM.

Restoring the school’s drama classes with the new school year led to November’s production of the stage version of Frank Capra’s slice of Americana, “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

 That was good news for the nearly 100 students eager to learn stagecraft and have performance opportunities.

For several, it’s the first step to studying theatre arts in college.

FOTA launches performing arts series

A night with Gulf Coast classical pianist, orchestra conductor, author and music instructor Dr. David Ott launched a series of performances in Warriors Hall by Friends of the Arts, the evolution of a committee formed to acquire and maintain a piano for the hall.

A highlight was a night of swing, big band and jazz music performed by the DownBeat Jazz Orchestra. In addition to tunes belted by vocalists Gina Walker and Sandra Daggs, the audience was treated to a demonstration of “juking,” a free-form urban dance style.

The Friends of the Arts meets monthly at the Crestview Public Library.

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