The Falcon Theatre
The SEED Falcon Theatre is designed for the promotion and development of the creative and performing arts. Scholar-artists receive instruction and coaching from a resident faculty of artist-educators and are exposed to the various forms of performing (theatre, music, dance), fine and visual art forms through education, production, competition, and entertainment.
All students are encouraged to audition regardless of their ability or experiences; this is because The SEED Falcon Theatre is designed to promote and develop the skill set of scholars and/or nurture their skills in the creative and performing arts in a welcoming and familial environment. Scholar-artists, as we call them, that may be reluctant to commit to Falcon Theatre are encouraged and informed that everyone receives instruction and coaching from a resident faculty of artist-educators, regardless of their ability or years of experience to help them fine tune and hone their artistic abilities.
Fall 2018 Musical: Once on This Island
On behalf of the cast, crew, and production staff I would like to thank everyone that supported, coached, cheered on, encouraged, attended, volunteered, or donated to the production of Once On This Island. Without you, all that our scholar-artists accomplished on and offstage would not be possible. I attribute much of their success to the enthusiasm, dedication, and combined effort of our school community working together, ignoring what many consider the limits of what can be achieved by our scholars.
As we now prepare for adjudication/competition on an international level in Atlanta and Sacramento, I ask that you continue to be a CHAMPION for our scholar-artists.
Dr. LaMar Bagley
Here are a few images from our fall production.
Once on This Island is a one-act musical with a book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and music by Stephen Flaherty. Based on the 1985 novel My Love, My Love; or, The Peasant Girl by Rosa Guy, it is set in the French Antilles archipelago in the Caribbean Sea.
Ti Moune, a peasant girl, rescues a wealthy boy from the other side of the island, Daniel, with whom she falls in love. Unbeknownst to Ti Moune, the pompous gods who preside over the island make a bet with one another over which is stronger, love or death, the stakes being Ti Moune’s life. When she pursues Daniel, who has returned to his people, Ti Moune is shunned because of her lowly status. Her determination and capacity to love, though, is not enough to win Daniel’s heart, and Ti Moune pays the ultimate price; but the gods turn Ti Moune into a tree that grows so strong and so tall, it breaks the wall that separates the societies and ultimately unites them.
Dr. LaMar Bagley, Ed.D., Arts Integration Specialist
Dr. LaMar Bagley has been working in theatre and performing arts for over 28 years as an actor, producer, director, arts educator, and arts administrator; 14 of those years being with The SEED community. His work in arts education and musical theatre has been nationally recognized by Music Theater International and iTheatrics when he was awarded 2018 Freddie G Fellowship; an honor bestowed upon America’s top arts educators. He currently sits on the Alumni Board of Temple University School of Theater, Film, and Media Arts and is a four-time Fellow for the Harvard Graduate School of Education - Arts in Education – Continuing the Conversation Institute. Dr. Bagley has served as vice chairman of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Education Committee of African Continuum Theatre Company in Washington, D.C. Prior to coming to Washington, D.C., Dr. Bagley worked in Philadelphia, PA as a professional producer/director, arts educator and academic teacher. While in Philadelphia, Dr. Bagley served as the executive director of The U.R.B.A.N. Entertainment Group, LLC, the producing artistic director of The U.R.B.A.N. Theatre Project, and the artistic consultant for The Black Heritage Theatre Festival at Temple University.
Past Theatre Productions
Once on This Island
Disney’s Alaadin, Jr.
Bring It On - The Musical
Disney’s The Lion King, Jr.
Little Shop of Horrors