City of Jacksonville


La Caroline: A New Rock Opera

June 15, 2012 - June 15, 2012 Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
Show starts at 8 p.m.
Nathan H. Wilson Center for the Arts
11901 Beach Boulevard
Jacksonville, Florida 32246
Join us for a “Bon Voyage” CD release and preview presentation of the new rock opera “La Caroline” before the crew heads to France for two special performances.
Admission free, donations welcome (suggested amount: $10)

“La Caroline” is a new rock opera, which accounts the founding of a French settlement at Ft. Caroline in Northeast Florida. It chronicles the lives of explorer René de Laudonnière, Timucua Chief Saturiwa and others who were part of this extraordinary period of history. As the 450th anniversary of this intersection of cultures approaches, spectators will learn more about the Timucua people and European settlers through a blend of contemporary original music composition and dance.
A cast and crew of Florida State College at Jacksonville students and alumni, as well as UNF students, will perform the preview performance of staged excerpts in front of a hometown audience before taking the performance to Nantes, France. Attendees will also be able to buy an original cast CD. Money collected will be used to fund the incredible journey.
In July, the group will spend 10 days in Jacksonville’s Sister City. Nantes is a port city approximately 350 miles southwest of Paris. It twinned with Jacksonville in 1984. During their visit, the cast will perform in one open-air venue and in the Salle Paul Fort Theater.
Florida State College at Jacksonville’s Student Life is supporting several of the students in their adventure of a lifetime. The Jacksonville Sister Cities Association and l’Alliance Francaise de Jacksonville also provided funding for the project.
Thomas Janson
Besanya Santiago
Eva Matthews
Frank Humphrey
Taylor Boice
Adam Bonomo
Steven Pedigo
Ashley Charles
Edwin Rivera
Lindy Whitfield
Drue Williams
Ricardo Lastrapes
Jeremy Moore
Kristen Carlson
Angie McGill
Kelsey Clifford 
Book and lyrics by Jennifer Chase
Music by John Citrone
Music directed by Robin Stine
Directed and choreographed by Roxanna Lewis
Produced by Florida State College at Jacksonville in partnership with The University of North Florida and aJENNda productions.