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Entertainment

Whitney Morse,
Artistic Director
Q. What do you do as artistic director?
A. My biggest responsibility is to curate the
seasons at both The Sharon and the Studio. I
read a lot of plays. I see a lot of theater, dance,
comedy, concerts, and I watch a lot of sizzle
reels. I try to balance what I think our audience
would like to see with new things they might
not know they like yet. I work alongside our
booking coordinator to determine who we can
bring in and what makes the most financial
sense. I also oversee marketing, programs,
customer service and many other aspects of
public relations for both spaces. It's a big job
and it seems to be constantly changing. I think
that's why I like it.
Q. What are some highlights or favorite
shows you've worked on at The Sharon
or elsewhere in The Villages?
A. The opening night of "Next to Normal" at
The Studio. I am not sure if I have ever been
so proud in my life. The Studio was my project,
and to open it up to a sold-out run and have
the crowds love it was the most rewarding
experience I have had to date.

Whitney
Morse

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Kenneth Constant

Kenneth Constant,
Technical Director
Q. What do you do as technical director?
A. I oversee and assist the rest of the production staff in the
completion of all of the technical requirements for any given
production. This includes scenery, rigging, lighting, audio, visual,
wardrobe, props and backstage hospitality. I create schedules,
secure labor, approve rentals and purchases, and I am the point
of contact for any touring show's technical needs, both before
they arrive at The Sharon - sometimes up to six months in
advance - and while they're here. Everyone on The Sharon's
production staff has a specific area of expertise and is generally
more knowledgeable in their specific field than I am, so my job is
to organize them and myself to make sure everything runs as
smoothly as possible.
Q. What are some highlights or favorite shows you've
worked on at The Sharon or elsewhere in The Villages?
A. Every show is unique, so it's hard to peg a particular favorite.
It's a delight when artists like Willie Nelson, Tony Bennett, Styx,
the Beach Boys or Kansas are in the building. It's a privilege to
be able to see some of the most amazing dance troupes - both
modern and classical - as well as world-renowned orchestras
come through town. It's a challenge to bring Broadway tours like
"Annie," "Mamma Mia," "Beauty and the Beast," "Once," "Kinky
Boots" or "Cabaret" through the venue. I try to view every show
we do as a highlight in some way.



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