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First look at emerging talent

Rising Stars 09 Miami's New World School of the Arts has sent an array of talent out into the world -- actors, dancers, singers, musicians, artists, playwrights -- and even as those grads are becoming famous and winning awards in their chosen fields, New World's high school and college divisions are training the next generation of artists.

New World showcases all that talent each spring in its Rising Starsperformance at Miami's Gusman Center for the Performing Arts, 174 E. Flagler St.  This year's event kicks off at 7 p.m. March 27 with a number from the theater division's production of the musical Titanic. Also part of the show are four dance pieces, including Robert Battle's The Hunt; music division ensemble performances including the Opera Theater Ensemble singing the Act II sextet from Lucia di Lammermoor and the jazz ensemble performing Don Ellis' Indian Lady;and excerpts from the theater division's productions of Clare Booth Luce's The Women and the musical Thoroughly Modern Millie.

Jencarlos_014_OKThe Alumnus of the Year award, presented during the show, goes to a 20-year-old actor-singer who graduated from New World's high school program in 2006.  Jencarlos Canela, who played Pepito in the world premiere of Miami Libre at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts last summer, already has a thriving career as a telenovela star and teen idol.

Also part of the Rising Starsevent are a free exhibition in the New World Gallery, 25 NE Second St., at 5 p.m. and a post-show benefit reception at 9 p.m. at the Bank of America Tower's 11th floor Sky Lobby Terrace, 100 SE Second St. 

Tickets to the performance range from $20 to $50.  Benefit tickets, which include the performance, are $250.  For information, call 305-237-3852 or visit the school's web site

Switching shows

The Davie-based Promethean Theatre has just announced a May production change.  Artistic director Deborah Sherman says that, due to a key actor's unavailability, the theater won't present David Lindsay-Abaire's Kimberly Akimbo.  Instead, Promethean is moving up next season's  planned production of David Mamet's Speed-the-Plow, the scathing show about movie business sharks that recently closed on Broadway.  The show will run May 15-31 at the Mailman Hollywood Theatre at Nova Southeastern University, 3301 College Ave. in Davie.  For information, phone 786-317-7580 or visit the Promethean web site.