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College Production:
Talley's Folly

Broadway Series:
Original Stars of American Bandstand

School Show:
Four Score and Seven Years Ago

Special Event:
NWFSC Film Club: Loving Vincent

Art Gallery:
America: The Dream of an Artist's Life featuring Emil Holzhauer

School Show:
Charlotte's Web

Artist Series:

School Show:
Nugget & Fang

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Mattie Kelly Arts Center - Holiday Events

Mattie Kelly Arts Center


NWFSC Jazz Band
NWFSC Jazz Band

11/3/2011 - The Mattie Kelly Arts Center and the Fine and Performing Arts programs at Northwest Florida State College will offer a spectacular line-up of free and ticketed events from November through the end of the year to keep you and your family entertained throughout the holiday season. Tickets are also on sale now for all the center's 2012 national touring Broadway and Artist Series shows for holiday gift giving. Tickets may be purchased in-person, by phone or by web from the center's Box Office, Monday to Friday from 10:00 am to 4:00 p.m. now to December 16. Phone and in-person sales are closed from November 23 to 25 and December 16 to January 2. The center's online box office is open 24/7 and web sales are open over the holiday break at The Mattie Kelly Arts Center is located on the eastern edge of the Niceville campus of Northwest Florida State College at 100 College Boulevard. The center is just minutes from Interstate 10 or the mid-Bay Bridge, and is easily accessible to patrons from surrounding communities. For information, contact the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Box office at 850-729-6000 or toll free 1-888-838-ARTS (2787).

Now to December 2, 2011, Art Exhibits Holzhauer and McIlroy Galleries. The two art galleries at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center will feature free art exhibitions now through December 2. The galleries are open Monday-Friday, 10:00 am to 4:00 p.m. and prior to most events scheduled in the center's mainstage theater. Appointments for classes or groups are available. On display in the Holzhauer Gallery is artist Joelle Dietrick who explores another side of the domestic sphere in her ongoing "Sherwin Series." Dietrick will create a site-specific installation for the Holzhauer Gallery as part of a larger exhibition that addresses how the collapse of the housing market has shaken Americans' sense of home. In the McIllroy Gallery the large-scale works of Lou Haney will be on display. This artist explores issues of color, texture, and pop culture through the medium of painting in her exhibition, "lou with a view." Haney exaggerates and transforms traditional household items by enlarging them on canvas with her bold, saturated color palette.

November 28 and December 5, 7 & 14, 2011 – Schola Cantorum. The college's Schola Cantorum vocal group will perform a series of free concerts in local area churches. Donations for the NWFSC music program will be accepted. Performances are November 28 at 7:00 pm at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in Niceville; December 5 at 7:00 pm at First Presbyterian Church in Crestview; December 7 at 7:00 pm at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Shalimar; and December 14 at 7:00 pm at St. Simon's on the Sound Episcopal Church in Fort Walton Beach. The NWFSC Schola Cantorum (School of Singing) is comprised of a diverse group of talented vocalists from across the region who perform music from across the ages. Much of the music is unaccompanied by instruments. The group is directed by NWFSC emeritus music professor John Leatherwood.

November 29, 2011 - My Fair Lady – Broadway Series National Touring Show. My Fair Lady is the first national touring Broadway show of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center's 2011-2012 season and appears at 7:30 p.m. in the mainstage theater. Tickets are $45 each with group and season discounts available. It's no accident My Fair Lady once held the record of longest running theatrical production in history! Following the story of the hit London production and the popular film version starring Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison-- that won eight Academy Awards-- the touring production which appears at the college's arts venue will feature all the classic Lerner and Loewe music including "Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?" "The Rain in Spain," "I Could Have Danced All Night," "Get Me to the Church on Time" and more.

December 1, 2011 - NWFSC Jazz Ensemble Concert. The Jazz Ensemble of Northwest Florida State College presents a free concert December 1, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. in the mainstage theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center. The concert will include a great line-up of jazz favorites and is free of charge, with no ticket required. The popular, talented group is comprised of NWFSC students and is led by Fred Domulot and Tom Latenser.

December 2, 3 & 4, 2011 - Bully: An Adventure with Teddy Roosevelt – NWFSC College Show. An amusing portrait of one of America's most charming political roughriders, Bully: An Adventure with Teddy Roosevelt will be presented in the Sprint Theater at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville on December 2 and 3 at 7:30 pm and on Sunday, December 4 at 2:00 pm. Written by Jerome Alden, Bully explores Roosevelt's belief in carrying a "big stick" to enforce peace worldwide, his desire to balance the inequalities facing all citizens, and his struggle to build a powerful, yet benevolent, world superpower. Roosevelt, portrayed by local theater veteran Bruce Collier of DeFuniak Springs, will take the stage to share his thoughts and feelings on issues facing twentieth century America – much of which remains relevant today. Tickets are $15 adult and $10 youth ages 18 and younger. Current NWFSC students may request one free ticket per student ID in person from the Box Office.

December 4, 2011- Holiday Delights – NWFSC Madrigals/Belle Voci Concert & Dessert Reception. The Northwest Florida State College Madrigals, a select 18-voice mixed ensemble of scholarship vocalists under the direction of Allison Everitt, and Belle Voci, a select women's ensemble under the direction of Lois Van Dam, will perform a variety of a capella and accompanied holiday music to delight the senses. Following the performance, a tasty array of gourmet cookies and coffee will delight the palate. The concert begins at 3:00 p.m. in the Tyler Recital Hall at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center. Tickets are $15 each.

December 9, 2011 3:00 p.m. - Honors Recital. Northwest Florida State College scholarship students will perform their semester recital in the Tyler Recital Hall in the music wing of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at the Niceville campus at 3:00 p.m. The recital is free of charge and open to the public, but seating is limited. A variety of talented instrumental and vocal performances will be featured.

December 9, 2011 – Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra (NFSO) Concert - Holiday Pops! The Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, the region's premiere professional orchestra since 1987, presents its popular Holiday Pops concert on December 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the mainstage theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center. The stellar Northwest Florida Symphony Chorale, a new vocal group under the direction of Lois Van Dam, and guest soloists join the orchestra in a holiday celebration of the season's most beloved music sure to ring in the holidays in festive style for one and all! Tickets are $22.50 each for adults, $16 for Active Duty Military and for youth ages 18 and younger. NWFSC students may receive one free ticket per student ID.

December 10 & 11, 2011 - Northwest Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra and Junior Orchestra Winter Concerts. The Junior Orchestra of Northwest Florida State College and the college sponsored Northwest Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra (NFSYO) will present concerts on December 10 and 11. Both concerts are free and open to the public, however donations to support the youth program are welcomed. The Junior Orchestra, an ensemble of young string students in grades 4 to 8 who play violin, viola, cello or string bass, perform in concert Saturday, December 10 at 11:00 am in Tyler Recital Hall, located in the Music Wing of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center complex. The NFSYO performs in the mainstage theater Sunday, December 11 at 3:00 p.m. The NFSYO is a full orchestra comprised of more than 50 talented musicians in grades 4 to12 from Okaloosa, Walton and Santa Rosa Counties. Both groups are conducted by Liz Aylor.