FloArts presents “The Man Who Killed Time”
by Penny Powell
Stop the clock, relax, play and de-stress!
“The Man Who Killed Time,” a fun, lighthearted fantasy by Arthur Fauquez, is coming to the black box theater at the Florida School of the Arts located at the Palatka campus of St. Johns River State College. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 13 to Saturday, June 15 and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 16. Admission is free. Seats are limited; reservations are recommended by calling 386-312-4300.
Director Patricia Crotty explained that “this year’s production is a family-friendly folk story about a man who tries to rid his village of clocks so that he has more time to relax and play.” After Ambrosio, played by Malik Johnson, wreaks havoc on his whole village with his mission to destroy all of the clocks, the ultimate lesson learned is that clocks are necessary, but are best needed in balance.
Translated from French by Margaret Leona and Marie-Louise Roelants, the play is set in rural Italy amidst the garden courtyard of a charming Italian restaurant. The frolic atmosphere with Italian folk music and dance gives the feel of “a little Italian restaurant party,” said Crotty.
Student costume designer Marissa Mendez explained that “the FloArts production of ‘The Man Who Killed Time’ is set in the years just before the Second World War, during a simpler time when the town was a well-oiled machine. The silhouettes are ambiguous to the 1920s, with a focus on what a small village in Italy would look like at that time,” she said.
“When I started designing the costumes for the show,” Mendez continued, “I had a colorful and breezy concept in mind that reminded me of summertime. The cast is dressed in lightweight fabrics that are warm and neutral toned with pops of primary and secondary colors. My designs were heavily influenced by textiles such as linens, lightweight cottons and striped shirting. The fabrics helped shape the final look of the costumes for the show,” she said.
Audience members will have the opportunity to participate in parts of this almost two-hour performance that includes a brief intermission. If willing, the audience can wear costume pieces, play hide-and-seek, and even blow bubbles.
While fun and easygoing, Crotty stated that the show “speaks to adults in the modern world really well.” But she hopes that many kids will also attend, “because it’s almost like a puppet show,” she said.
The cast, in order of appearance, includes Malik Johnson as Ambrosio; Noah Mastoridis as Spazzino; Facia Lee as Padrona; Madeline Gamel as Fantesca; Fermín Llosa as Romeo; Dana Cox as Regolo; Emily Skinner as Maria; Hayley Smith as Mother; Vincent Ward as Father; Melanie Rodriguez as Julietta; and Dante Jones Soto as Schoolmaster.
The faculty and student production staff includes Director Crotty; Costume Designer Marissa Mendez; Scene Designer Robert O’Leary; Lighting Designer Chandler Caroccio; Sound Designer Savanna Flathmann; Choreographer Jessica Mayhew-Borrero; Music Director Kandie Smith; Technical Director Mark Stater; Stage Manager M.J. McBride; Costume Shop Manager Tiffany Jordan; Scene Shop Manager and Sound Faculty Supervisor Chandler Caroccio; Assistant Lighting Designer Andrew Stevens; Assistant Stage Manager Meli Moore; Assistant Directors Anastasia Costas and Allyson Futch; Assistant Choreographer/Dance Captain Ashley Leake; Production Assistant and House Manager Kaylee Dowd; Light Board Operator Jacob Dinkel; Sound Board Operator McBride; Electricians and Carpenters: Katrina Babitzke, Neil Baker, Alantae Jackson, Lee, Marcella Marques, Mastoridis, Moore, Alysa Ness, Elijah Richardson-Grant and Andrew Stevens; Stitchers: Danielle Brownfield, Gamel, Marissa Mendez and Vincent Ward; Dressers: Dinkel, Karilyn Jakobs, Leake, Marques and Caitlin Sweeney; Costume Construction Crew: Cox, Dinkel, Jakobs, Leake and Sweeney; Understudies: Miguel Algarin, Costas, Dowd, Futch, Jakobs, Leake, Nick Ramsey, Skinner, and Collin Wallman. House Manager Kaylee Dowd.
Florida School of the Arts is part of the academic and administrative structure of SJR State and awards the two-year associate degree. The School serves the entire state of Florida and is located on the SJR State Palatka campus. For more information, call 386-312-4300 or visit the website at floarts.org.
FloArts students Dana Cox, Malik Johnson and Facia Lee practice for “The Man Who Killed Time.” Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 13 to Saturday, June 15 and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 16. Admission is free.
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