Jennifer Chase Launches La Caroline, Her New Musical!

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Jennifer Chase has written and composed some of the most sweeping performances about the history of North Florida that have ever been contemplated. Now her newest musical, La Caroline, is about to travel to France for a couple of performances. The musical is about the arrival and lives of the French Huegonots who settled in the area at Fort Caroline, and who were bloodily wiped out by the Spanish. There is a performance of this richly tapestried production, plus a chance to actually see the equally tapestried Ms. Chase at FSCJ's South Campus. Join us after the jump for details.

Jennifer Chase, Jacksonville's most prolific producer of epic historical musicals will be giving a  sneak peek at ‘La Caroline: A New Rock Opera’ before taking the show to France on June 15, 2012.  

If you haven't seen one of Jennifers sweeping musical dramas, then you have no idea what talent, vivacity, passion and sensitivity to detail you are missing.  She creates fabulous spectacles based in North Florida history set to a world conscious music that is as diverse and soulful as the history of the area itself.

The doors will open at 7:30pm; Show starts at 8:00 at the Nathan H. Wilson Center for the Arts, 11901 Beach Boulevard, Jacksonville, Florida, 32246   (FSCJ South Campus)

Admission is free, but donations welcome (in fact the suggested amount is $10)

There will also be a “Bon Voyage” CD release as well as the preview presentation of the new rock opera “La Caroline” before the crew heads to France for two special performances.


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 International Center and aJENNda productions.

About the marvelous Jennifer Chase:

 Jennifer's body of work as a musician and playwright and educator includes four original albums, four theatrical works , television, film and musical recording projects in the U.S. and abroad in France, Spain and Senegal, Africa. As a performing singer/songwriter she's performed in Jacksonville's Florida Theatre, she's opened for such Grammy winners as: The Doobie Brothers, The Rippingtons, and Lisa Loeb.

     In 1996 she founded and spearheaded, j.a.n.e. (Jacksonville Artists' Night of Entertainment), a non-profit local artists' project boasting two concerts, an original CD and $10,000 in proceeds that funded child-care scholarships for single parents pursuing a college education. For this she received the University of North Florida's Women's Leadership Award. In 1998, a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship Award sent her to Senegal, Africa. While there she recorded and performed with some of Senegal's most prolific artists including: Les Freres Guissé and Pape Niang, performing on Goree Island and the Khalil Gueye TV Show, radio shows and night clubs in Dakar. Subsequent trips to Africa gleaned work on her musical Majigeen, which has enjoyed four successful runs on Florida stages and is an officially recognized Florida Heritage Month Event. She performed and wrote original music for, the P.B.S. documentary, In Marjorie's Wake, by writer Bill Belleville. The film is in syndication on PBS stations nationally. She recorded a subsequent album Marjorie's Wake with, and produced by artist Goliath Flores.

     Her B.A. is from the University of North Florida in International Studies and French. She has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of New Orleans. As Professor of English at Florida State College at Jacksonville, she recently founded J.A.C.K. (off Broadway) Jacksonville Artists' Company at Kent, with Handmaid Director, Roxanna Lewis, colleagues, and some incredibly driven students. J.A.C.K is an organization dedicated to development of student, faculty and alumni original works in the Performing Arts. Her dramas include: Majigeen, a musical drama of historical fiction, which explores the life of a 19th century Senegalese teenager, Anta Majigeen Njaay, Handmaid, directed by Roxanna Lewis and funded in part by an FSCJ Learning Communities Grant. Current projects include a new musical La Caroline: The Quelo Nayo story with music by John E. Citrone and an autobiographical fiction film/theater project, Artichoke Soup, with filmmaker Antonio Sarte. Jennifer and legendary musician Longineu Parsons were recently honored with an invitation to the 2011 Rendez Vous de l'Erdre in Nantes, France to perform music from Majigeen. She continues to follow her bliss: to write, teach perform and travel.

article by Stephen Dare