arts & entertainment
Join the Indian River State College (IRSC) Performing Arts program for the 2022–23 season and enjoy a year of outstanding theater, music, and choral experiences presented by IRSC students. Season renewals are underway, subscriptions for the series are available starting on August 15.
This season, IRSC welcomes a new Theatre Manager Althea Christine Wilson. A native of Fort Pierce, Wilson is delighted to return to South Florida as part of IRSC family. “I’m thrilled to join IRSC to support our amazingly talented students as we continue to bring unique, quality live entertainment to the Treasure Coast.”
The six-show McAlpin OnSTAGE! Series costs $60—the best variety and value of shows on the Treasure Coast. Season ticket holders can add additional shows to a series subscription for just $10 each. Individual tickets for McAlpin OnSTAGE! are $15 each. Additionally, many single ticket offerings now offer Sunday matinee performances (2:00 PM). Tickets to all non-series shows are $15. Starting on September 6, individual tickets for all shows go on sale online at irsc.edu, by phone, or at the IRSC box office.
This year, the six-show McAlpin OnSTAGE! series opens with the rollicking comedy, LIFE X 3 by Yasmina Reza (Oct. 27, 28, 29 at 7:00 p.m. and Oct. 29 at 2:00 p.m.). Sonia and Henry just want to get their six-year-old to go to sleep, but an unexpected social call from Henry’s employer throws their entire world—let alone bedtime—into utter chaos.
For the ﬁrst-time, the series features the entire vocal program in one concert in Vocal Extravaganza (Nov. 17, 18, 19 at 7:00 p.m. and Nov. 19 at 2:00 p.m.). This hybrid program presents the IRSC Chorale and the IRSC Company Singers’ Best of Show.
The series rings in the new year with an updated interpretation of Carlo Goldoni’s 18th Century farce The Fan adapted by Alexander Nathan Kanter (Jan. 12, 13, 14 at 7:00 p.m. and Jan. 14 at 2:00 p.m.). The social structure of the Italian village of Rocca Marina turns on its head due to a misplaced hand fan, a misunderstood gift, and several misinterpreted romantic advances. Enjoy this “fan-tastic” Italo-Disco reimagining of Goldoni’s classic 18th-century farce.
Dance returns to McAlpin OnSTAGE! in Let’s Dance!, (Feb. 16, 17, 18 at 7:00 p.m. and Feb. 18 at 2:00 p.m.). The show features original works by our student choreographers as well as performances by our first ever cohort of Ballet Vero Beach Fellowship students.
The season highlight is the spring musical. Enjoy the groundbreaking, Tony Award-winning masterpiece Company (March 9, 10, 11 at 7:00 p.m. and March 11 at 2:00 p.m.), performed in honor of the recently departed musical theatre genius, Stephen Sondheim. Often humorous and always thought-provoking, Sondheim’s ﬁrst “concept musical” features some of his iconic songs like “Being Alive” and “Side by Side.”
The six-show series concludes with Singing Spectacular, (April 13, 14, 15 at 7:00 p.m. and April 15 at 2:00 p.m.). Featuring the IRSC Chorale and the IRSC Company Singers as they present choral masterworks span a variety of musical eras along with both popular and jazz selections from a multitude of styles.
Instrumental music fans will want to join the IRSC instrumental music program in concert with the Port St Lucie Community Band led by Dr. John K. Southall. The following shows will be performed on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the season: A Musical Tribute to the United States Armed Forces!, (Nov. 12, 13 at 2:00 p.m.); A Holiday Kaleidoscope in Concert!, (Dec. 3, 4 at 2:00 p.m.); A Jazz & Pop Phantasmagoria in Concert!, (Feb. 4, 5 at 2:00 p.m.); and Broadway and the Movies Forever!, (April 1, 2 at 2:00 p.m.).
Additional shows not part of the McAlpin OnSTAGE! Series include: The Moors (Sept. 22, 23, 24 at 7:00 p.m. & Sept. 24, 25 at 2:00 p.m.); I Remember it Well: Favorite Broadway duet with Alexander Nathan Kanter and Friends, (Jan. 28, 29 at 2:00 p.m.); and The Council, (May 11, 12, 13 at 7:00 p.m. and May 13, 14 at 2:00 p.m.).
McAlpin OnSTAGE! series shows are performed in the McAlpin Fine Arts Center on the IRSC Massey Campus in Fort Pierce. The venue features 620-seats, a proscenium stage and an orchestra pit. For performances that require a more intimate setting, the Wynne Black box theatre provides 100-seat venue where the audience surrounds the stage.
The IRSC box office is in the McAlpin Fine Arts Center Lobby on the IRSC Massey Campus at 3209 Virginia Avenue in Fort Pierce and is open Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The box office is open one hour before performance time for ticket sales and to pick up “will call” tickets. Call the box office at 1-800-220-9915 to reserve your seats, as shows can sell out quickly.