Douglas Anderson Celebrates 25 Years of "Showtime"

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The Douglas Anderson School of the Arts Alumni Association presents SHOWTIME 25, an alumni reunion performance celebrating 25 years of graduates of Douglas Anderson School of the Arts and benefiting the Douglas Anderson School of the Arts Alumni Scholarship Fund. MetroJacksonville recommends this wonderful event and encourages our readers to check out 25 years of the amazing talent that was nurtured and developed at one of the city's first magnet schools within the urban core!

Friday, August 19 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Douglas Anderson Theatre
2445 San Diego Road
Jacksonville, FL

Tickets are available at for suggested donations of $15 general admission and $10 for students, Douglas Anderson alumni and current/former Douglas Anderson faculty.

Showtime 25 will feature performances by graduates from each of the school’s arts areas – Instrumental and Vocal Music, Dance, Theatre, Creative Writing and Cinematic Arts, as well as installations from graduates of the Visual Arts Department.  The event will represent artists from among the school’s pool of graduates from 1987-2011 and be directed by Lee Hamby (Class of ’93), whose recent projects include Sweeney Todd and Hair at Players by the Sea.

Special recognition will be given to Douglas Anderson’s former Principal, Jane Condon, whose contributions in the field of arts education not only catapulted Douglas Anderson into its position as a nationally recognized arts school, but have significantly impacted the Jacksonville arts community at large.

Tours of the facility, led by current Douglas Anderson students and very recent graduates, will be available preceding the performance. Planning and production of the event, including the performance’s technical crew, is a collaboration between Douglas Anderson alumni and current and former faculty of Douglas Anderson.

The event’s name, Showtime 25, pays homage to the early history of Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, when a monthly student showcase known as Showtime, the equivalent of a high school pep rally, was held in the school’s modest gymnasium, prior to the construction of the school’s current theatre.  The Class of 2011 is the 25th graduating class since the school became an arts magnet in 1985.

An official After Party will be held at Square One in San Marco Square (1974 San Marco Boulevard, Jacksonville, Florida) following the close of the performance, featuring Douglas Anderson graduate Deejay Comic in the upstairs lounge and live music downstairs from The Sweet Low Down, fronted by alumni Adonis Boyd. Entrance into the After Party will be free to those holding a ticket stub from SHOWTIME 25.