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Students ready to rock in France


“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 milessouthwest 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, l’Alliance Francaise de Jacksonville and the University of North Florida also provided funding for the project.



WHAT: Preview performance of “La Caroline,” a rock opera by Florida State College professor, playwright and musician Jennifer Chase

WHEN: June 15, 2012.  Doors open at 7:30; Show starts at 8:00.

WHERE: Nathan H. Wilson Center for the Arts

11901 Beach Boulevard, Jacksonville, Florida, 32246                               

COST: Admission free, donations welcome (suggested amount: $10)

INFO: 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.


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