Valencia offers more than just classes, you know. Every year, Valencia College stages a wide variety of arts programs, from theater to film to visual arts and dance productions.
This fall, for instance, theater lovers will be lining up to see Valencia’s production of “The Drowsy Chaperone,” a comedy that critics have called a delicious and wildly comic spoof of musical comedies and their desperately loyal fans.
In June, check out “The Laramie Project,” a documentary-styled play that examines the 1998 beating and murder of Matthew Shepard, an openly gay college student who was killed because of his sexual identity. Critics say the creator has used the power of theater to force audiences “to face the unsettling questions about the potential for violence in even the most ordinary corners of the American landscape.”
If theater’s not your thing, there are plenty of other arts events at Valencia. Starting Aug. 19, the East Campus will be home to “Graphic by Design,” an exhibition showcasing exceptional work created by Orlando-area graphic and advertising art professionals. Dance lovers can kick off the arts season with Valencia’s Choreographers Showcase in November. And in December, music lovers can take in the Winter Choral Concert, the Fall Symphonic/Jazz Band Concert and the Fall Opera Workshop.
To learn about Valencia College’s 2011-2012 arts events — and buy tickets to the events — check out the college’s new arts website at
There, you can purchase tickets for individual events or buy a season ticket package. That’s good news for arts patrons because, in the past, tickets to Valencia arts events were available only at the box office, by phone or through Red Chair Project website. Using Valencia’s new arts website, you can receive priority seating and get your choice of show dates and times.
Have questions? Call the box office at 407-582-2900.