Fine and Performing Arts Video Debuts

Just in time for the opening of a new Music and Theatre Building, a video featuring fine and performing arts programs at Manatee Community College (MCC) has debuted on the MCC Web site.

The fast-paced video program showcases fine and performing arts faculty and students as they demonstrate that MCC offers the area's best opportunity for students to compete, exhibit, perform and learn from seasoned professionals.

MCC's expansive arts courses include music, theatre, art history, sculpture, ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, graphic arts and film-making.

The video opens and ends with the MCC Jazz Combo, conducted by Marc Mannino, rehearsing "St. Thomas" on stage at Neel Performing Arts Center. The music program sequence includes voice and instrument lessons with instructors Melodie Dickerson and Rex Willis, student choir performances and musical theatre productions.

The theatre arts segment depicts Assistant Professor Ken Erickson and students reading a script and moves on to scenes of staged productions. MCC theatre students can get on stage quickly or work backstage assembling sets or trying their hand at directing.

A career in television or film can start with MCC's multimedia and film program, as demonstrated by Professor Del Jacobs and a crew of students shown producing and directing a video. MCC's program was ranked among the nation's top 25 two-year film schools by MovieMaker Magazine.

In video vignettes, Assistant Professor Drew Webster and students demonstrate both conventional techniques and modern digital photography skills in a state-of-the-art darkroom, photography studio and new classrooms.

Visual arts are represented by Art Gallery Manager Joe Loccisano instructing students in drawing the human figure based on a model. Sculpture and ceramics techniques are demonstrated by Professor Ted Camp and students working in clay, stone and alternative materials.

In new multimedia labs, Graphics and Digital Media Professor Sherri Hill and Assistant Professor Sue Wyar teach students the range of graphic design from design concepts to computer graphics software.

Scenes from Professor Priscilla M. "Pam" Stewart's class represent arts education at MCC, depicted in part by a pictorial journey through time starting with prehistoric art up to modern art.

The arts showcase Web video was produced by MCC's public affairs and marketing department.

The new 19,500 square-foot Music and Theatre Building that opened at MCC Bradenton in time for Fall 2008 classes provides much-needed space to accommodate growing interest in music and theatre classes.

The music program is enjoying a music rehearsal room with 14 more student stations, improved acoustics, movable risers and additional practice rooms, classrooms and labs.

Theatre faculty and students have a new 118-seat studio theatre, an overhead catwalk system for stage lighting, dressing rooms with restrooms and showers, a new ticket office, scene shop and prop storage area.  

MCC's Fine and Performing Arts Department also is celebrating the one-year anniversary of the Art and Design Building that houses the department's programs other than music and theatre.

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