Douglas Anderson prepares for 38th Annual Extravaganza


Douglas Anderson School of the Arts in Jacksonville will hold its 38th annual Extravaganza that will showcase its talented students.

The show will be held at the Moran Theater in the Jacksonville Center for the Performing Arts Feb. 10 beginning at 7 p.m.

Performances will focus on a wide range of areas that will allow for more than 580 students’ creativity to be on display in fields, such as, theater, music, dance, creative writing and visual art.

These various disciplines performed on one night is one of the things that makes the showcase so unique.

According to Douglas Anderson principal Tina Wilson, Extravaganza is a celebration of the arts that promotes the best the school has to offer. It has always been a special evening in the past and in 38 years it continues to get better and better.

Pre-sale tickets are no longer available, but those interested in attending the event can purchase tickets by going to the

Over the years it has become tradition to hold the Extravaganza at the Jacksonville Center for the Performing Arts, which gives the students an opportunity to perform and display their works in front of a venue that holds a capacity crowd of 2,900.

The majority of students that attend Douglas Anderson dream of one day performing on the biggest of stages and for many the night will be one that they will be able to look back on fondly when they look back one day at how their career in the industry got started.

One of those past performers who has gone off to develop a career of his own is Chase Finn, who graduated in 2009 and specialized in cinematic arts.

Since then he has become a successful professional artist and his work has won several film awards nationally.

As a result of all his accomplishments, he is this year’s “shining star” for the event.

Douglas Anderson’s mission is to strive to be the leading public arts high school in the nation by combining arts and academics to create a top notch atmosphere for learning.

Creative freedom and rigorous discipline are the basis by which the courses offered are taught and in many ways the Extravaganza allows for all the hard students have put in behind the scenes to come to the forefront to share with their fellow community.

The Jacksonville Center for the Performing Arts is located at 300 Water Street in downtown Jacksonville.


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