J.P. Taravella Drama Club Presents ‘Babes in Arms’ February 1-2

J.P. Taravella Drama Club Presents 'Babes in Arms' February 1-2

J.P. Taravella High School in Coral Springs. {Photo by Mark Burch}

By Ryan Yousefi

Coral Springs transforms into Off-Broadway with the J.P. Taravella Drama Club presenting a two-night performance of a popular American story.

The J.P. Taravella High School’s Drama Theatre Department is set to present the classic musical ‘Babes in Arms,’ a play based on the book by George Oppenheimer and original work by Rodgers & Hart, on February 1st and 2nd at 7:00 p.m.

The story of ‘Babes in Arms’ is a classic tale of rebellion and creativity, where apprentices stand against their greedy boss to save their beloved theatre. 

“It was a good fit for these students because they are young, there are many featured roles, and it exposes them to classic Rodgers and Hart music,” JPT Drama teacher Lori Sessions tells Coral Springs Talk

According to Sessions, the upcoming production will showcase the students’ hard work, including many sacrifices and long days of perfecting every aspect of the story, “The performers have been rehearsing, and designers have been planning since October,” Sessions says.

“We are most excited about presenting a classic American Musical that is rarely performed—especially by high school students.”

When asked about the cast, Sessions says she invites the community to visit the PlayBill website, which lists the cast, crew, orchestra, supporters, and additional information about the play.

The full PlayBill can be viewed here.

Sessions tells Coral Springs Talk that the importance of ticket sales are essential because “sold ticket income only provides about 50 percent of what it costs to put on a production,” so having community support by attending the show goes a long way in ensuring future plays can be put on, and, hopefully, the next great Hollywood stars can say they once called Coral Springs home. 

Tickets are priced at $15 for adults and $12 for students. Sessions says that the proceeds cover the costs of royalties, costumes, scenery, props, and other expenses ranging from $12,000 to $20,000 for a production. Scan for ticket information, 
J.P. Taravella Drama Club Presents 'Babes in Arms' February 1-2

Reflecting on her 30 years as a drama teacher at JP Taravella, Sessions says that she finds her role incredibly rewarding, “Watching students grow and explore their talents and find their passion or a fun hobby is extremely rewarding.” she said.

“We are educating future theatre performers, designers, technicians as well as future audience members who are pursuing other careers and using the life skills learned in the theatre.”

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Ryan Yousefi

Ryan Yousefi
Ryan Yousefi has lived in Coral Springs for over 30 years. He has worked as a writer for multiple outlets over the years, including the Miami New Times where he has covered sports and culture since 2013. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree in Business Healthcare Management from Western Governors University.

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