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Academia Hernando presents “The Lure and Magic of Movie Musicals”

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The golden days of Hollywood will be celebrated at the next Academia Hernando presentation at 10 am on Friday, September 29, 2023, when Beth Davey will present “The Lure and Magic of Movie Musicals” at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 2301 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill.

Academia Hernando is a not-for-profit lifelong learning organization providing quality instruction and learning experiences for adult students throughout Hernando County and beyond. Their goal is to inform, educate, and inspire adult learners through a series of weekly lectures on a wide variety of topics.

“This class is set during the Golden Age of Hollywood, when movie musicals reigned during the 1930s, 40s and 50s,” reads an event notice. “This class will explore the rise and immense popularity of these films as we remember iconic dancers such as Fred Astaire, Rita Hayworth, Gene Kelly, Eleanor Powell, and others. Come enjoy this riveting retrospective of movies.”

Beth Davey has been an OLLI (The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) instructor in Asheville and Tampa for the past eight years. Her love of movie musicals has inspired classes that explore this film genre through its development, its composers, and its dancers. A native of Philadelphia, Beth has also taught classes on the city’s museums. She is a retired writer and marketing communications professional.

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“‘The Lure and Magic of Movie Musicals’ will take us back to the Golden Age of Hollywood with its unforgettable music and iconic dancers,” said Davey. “This presentation will weave together film history and stellar dancers such as Eleanor Powell, Fred Astaire, Rita Hayworth, Gene Kelly, and others. Nostalgic film clips will bring back the magic of this bygone movie era.”

Sharon Printz, a board member of Academia Hernando, looks forward to welcoming this popular presenter to the Academia stage. “I am so looking forward to this excellent look back at those old movie musicals that we all love,” she said. “As told to us by a gifted speaker and educator well known in this area.”

The third presentation in Academia Hernando’s Fall 2023 series, “The Lure and Magic of Movie Musicals,” features a brilliant range of topics presented by the subject matter experts who are most knowledgeable about them.

Academia Hernando presentations begin promptly at 10 a.m. and last two hours with a 15-minute intermission. To register for the entire lecture series in addition to a Nov. 10 mystery bus trip, print the registration form found at https://www.academiahernando.org/fall-series and mail with your check for $80 payable to Academia Hernando Inc. to Bev Nuzzi at 15027 Middle Fairway Drive Brooksville, FL 34609.

Attendees can also bring a check to an Academia Hernando presentation; walk-in admissions are available for $15 per presentation. Visit https://www.academiahernando.org/ for more information, or call (352) 345-8345.

2023 Academia Hernando schedule:

September 15: “Pirates of the Florida Coast”
Presented by Robert Jacob

September 22: “Dr. Ackley’s Family: An Emigrant’s Story”
Presented by Dr. Rodney Ackley

September 29: “Dancin’ Dames of Hollywood”
Presented by Beth Davey

October 6: “Infectious Diseases That Changed World History”
Presented by Dr. Linda Harris-Young

October 13: “Selling the United States Constitution: The Struggle for Ratification”
Presented by Dr. Ruth Kelly

October 20: “A History of Horror Films”
Presented by Rick Kistner

October 27: “Flying Tigers in WWII”
Presented by Kun Shi

November 3: “Celebrate the Holidays in Florida”
Presented by Cathy Salustri

Megan Hussey
Megan Hussey
Megan Hussey is a features journalist and author who is the winner of Florida Press Association honors and a certificate of appreciation from LINCS (Family Support Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention Task Force) and Sunrise Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Center for her newspaper coverage of these issues. She graduated cum laude from Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., with a journalism major and English/sociology minor, and previously wrote for publications that include the Pasco editions of The Tampa Tribune and Tampa Bay Times. A native of Indiana, she lives in Florida.
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