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Tuesday, March 29, 2016.  The cast of “Sweet Emmaline” meet for the first time and the process of bringing “The Musical Journey of Debbie McDade” to life begins! 


Introductions are made –- Sarah Sanders (Mama Blue) as Debbie McDade, Soranda Louis as Amanda and Curtis Tucker as the voice-over artist

meet the Technical Director, Tom Mangan, and A Classic Theatre VP, Anne Kraft. Director/Playwright Deborah Dickey passes out the scripts.   


The energy in the room is high and as always, there is a tinge of nerves giving an electric edge to everyone as instructions are given and the initial “read-through” begins! (A first rehearsal is devoted to reading the script aloud, just sitting at a table to get a feel for the material.)


After the first page it is obvious that magic is happening!  Sarah and Soranda make a strong connection to each other.  And although standing only 4’11” tall, Sarah has an enormous, bright personality and makes a dynamic personal connection with the role of “Debbie.”


The nerves now settle into the enjoyment of hearing “Debbie’s” story… discovering the music, the names and the facts of another time that make up “The Musical Journey of Debbie McDade.”


And so begins our journey….


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The Show is CAST!

March 27, 2016.

We are thrilled to let you know that Director/Playwright Deborah B. Dickey has completed casting of “Sweet Emmaline: The Musical Journey of Debbie McDade”!


Cast in the title role is the beautiful, talented jazz stylist MAMA BLUE

(Sarah Sanders) – the Sultry Sister of Soul.


She is a graduate of the Douglas Anderson School of the Arts and is widely known along the First Coast for her personal warmth and classy style.


Also cast is Soranda Louis who will appear in the role of Amanda, the curious and bright young woman who joins “Debbie” on her journey and finds her own inspiration along the way.  Soranda currently studies Theatre at Flagler College. And we delighted to welcome Curtis Tucker, First Coast Opera’s Artistic Director, who will lend his special talents as a voice over artist to the production.


Next step….let the rehearsals begin!

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The original story of St. Augustine jazz singer, Debby McDade.


Mama Blue in the role of Debby McDade


Soranda Lewis as "the Young Girl" in Sweet Emmaline


First rehearsal...'the read-through'


Director Deborah Dickey and accompanist Barbara Mattingly at auditions

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On stage at last!

March 2016

Auditions for "Sweet Emmaline"

Monday, March 7 - 6:30-9:30pm  - By appointment only

St. Augustine School of the Performing Arts

214 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine

Call (904) 315-1122 to schedule audition time

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