A Showcase of Creativity, Innovation and Collaboration

The fifth annual UCF Celebrates the Arts showcases performers and artists from across the university. Highlights include a Tony Award-winning musical, ensemble and chamber concerts, opera, kid and family events, living art and much more!
About UCF Celebrates the Arts

Schedule of Events

Titanic the Musical

April 5-6 at 7:30 p.m.
Yeston and Stone’s Tony Award-winning musical examines the lives of passengers—first class, middle class and steerage—aboard the famed luxury liner.

Creative City Project’s Immersive Projection Installation

April 6 at 1 p.m. and April 7 at 4:30
Enter a world of immersive art in this large-scale projection on Seneff Plaza. Use the motion of your body to transform the projected environment.

Tableaux Vivants

April 5-6 at 5:30 p.m.
A festival favorite, “Living Art” returns to Dr. Phillips Center! 160+ students recreate famous artworks and model in life-size paintings.

The Last Paving Stone: Theatre for Young Audiences

April 6 at 1:30 p.m.
In this family-friendly performance, everyone is celebrating the covering of the last unpaved ground on the planet. Everyone except Ito, who risks everything to share what only she can hear.

Why Write? Writing & Rhetoric as Dialogic Art

April 6 at 4:30 p.m.
Faculty and students from the UCF Department of Writing and Rhetoric highlight the importance of writing and visual rhetorics to building community and promoting social justice. Contribute to our “Why Write?” board and hear from undergrad and graduate students about their research in writing and literacy.

They All Tell a Story: A Celebration of Narrative Across Media and Genres

April 6 at 8 p.m.
An interactive evening focused on stories, storytelling and narrative in a variety of arts: creative writing, digital media, short film, visual arts and more.

Project Spotlight presents First Miss

April 6 at 8 p.m.
This full-length performance follows Michele and Grant from their “emotionally sweaty” prom dance floor to the dumpster-fire days of their early twenties as they try to figure out why rom-coms make first kisses look so deceptively simple.

Creative Clash

April 7 at 3:30 p.m.

Thriving Through the Arts

April 7
Through drumming, dancing, photography and other collaborative art-making projects, explore the intersectionality between the arts and wellness.

NEA Big Read: Staged Reading

April 7 at 4:30 p.m.
UCF students read scenes inspired by Emily St. John Mandel’s novel Station Eleven.

Collide Contemporary Music Series Concert

April 7 at 5 p.m.
Original music by UCF student, faculty and alumni composers inspired by documentary video, personal journeys and social bonds

NEA Big Read: Author Talk with Emily St. John Mandel

April 7 at 6 p.m.
Discuss Emily St. John Mandel’s audacious, darkly glittering novel Station Eleven with the award-winning author herself. Book signing to follow.

UCF Choral Concert: Building Bridges

April 7 at 7:30 p.m.
UCF choirs return with an eclectic program of music and instruments centered on the theme of building bridges.

The Art of Puerto Rico/El Arte Puertorriqueño

April 8 at 6 p.m.
Learn about the art, artists and architecture of Puerto Rico. Aprenda sobre el arte, los artistas, la arquitectura de Puerto Rico.

UCF Wind Ensemble & Symphonic Band Concert

April 8 at 7:30 p.m.
More than 100 of the finest musicians at UCF perform together in a special concert.

El Wiz: A Workshop Production

April 8 at 8 p.m.
In a Latinx homage to the classic story, El Wiz is a heartwarming musical tale of faith and familia. Expelled from Puerto Rico by the wrath of Hurricane Maria, Dorothy is magically transported to the spectacular land of NYOz!

Playback UCF

April 9 at 7 p.m.
An interactive form of improvisational theatre in which audience members share stories from their lives and watch them “played back” using music and metaphor

UCF Brass Ensembles Concert

April 9 at 8 p.m.
In various ensembles, UCF students present a concert celebrating significant musical works for brass.

A Celebration of Arts, Storytelling and Technology

April 10 at 6 p.m.
One night of exhibitions showcasing work that weaves together arts and technology, featuring interactive displays, demonstrations of digital storytelling and tools for videogaming.

Animation Alumni Career Panel

April 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Alumni artists, animators, graphic designers and interactive producers discuss their careers, and the next big thing and answer questions from the audience.

UCF Percussion Ensembles Concert with The Percussion Collective

April 10 at 7:30 p.m.
This concert features “Seaborne,” a percussive art soundscape and visual celebration of our endangered oceans.

UCF Woodwind Ensembles Concert

April 10 at 8 p.m.
Features original music from different eras and performances by a variety of UCF ensembles

Virtual Reality Experience: The Middle Passage

April 12
Witness, understand and empathize life as a captive African through the middle passage in this powerful virtual reality immersion project.

Genius + Soul: The Flying Horse Big Band plays Ray Charles

April 12 at 7:30 p.m.
UCF’s Flying Horse Big Band plays Ray Charles with special guests Rob Paparozzi, Vance Villastrigo, Kenny Washington, and more.

UCF Opera Presents The Tender Land

April 12 at 8 p.m. and April 14 at 2 p.m.
Set in Kansas in 1930, The Tender Land combines the charms of rural Americana with a tale of innocence lost.

Exodus|Pilgrimage: UCF Honors Lo Nuestro

April 13 at 6 p.m.
In this performance art procession, award-winning interdisciplinary artist Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz examines forced migration due to the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico.

UCF Film Night

April 13 at 7 p.m.
Premiere screenings of film and animated shorts created by UCF students.

Pip Squeak: An Anti-Bullying Magic Show

April 14 at 12:30 p.m.
Using comedy, magic tricks, juggling and costumes, Tony Brent teaches children how to cope with being bullied.

When Pigs Fly: Theatre for the Very Young

April 14 at 1:45 p.m.
Float, glide and soar to this multisensory story experience developed specifically for very young audiences (0-6 years of age) and their grown-ups! Join a pig named Avery and his friends on the farm as they explore what it means to fly through elements of play, discovery, whimsical movement and a few surprises along the way!

National Young Composers Challenge Composium

April 14, 12-5 p.m.
Meet the next generation of composers! Composers ages 13 to 18 are selected to have their original pieces performed and recorded by the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Plan Your Visit

UCF Celebrates the Arts takes place at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Orlando.
How to Celebrate

Collage of photos from previous performances

Show Your Support

UCF Celebrates the Arts is committed to keeping all performances and exhibits free or low cost for the community. And with your help, we can do so every year.
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