Theater teacher Jay Jaski headed home for the holidays, returning to his alma mater Florida State University to direct their production of A Christmas Carol.
“Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is an unapologetic piece of redemptive prose that depicts in vivid color the responsibility that we all share: to help others live their best life,” Jaski said. “As Jacob Marley, Scrooge’s companion in life and savior in death, might put it: the only business that truly matters is humanity. If nothing else, we hope that this ghost story of Christmas inspires each and every one of us to leave the theater bursting with the joy and charity of the season, boldly determined to go out and make a lasting difference in our own community.”
Jaski’s FSU career began at age 12 when he played Friedrich in The Sound of Music. He went on to receive a degree in musical theater performance from FSU in 1997 and in 2004, Jaski returned to produce An Evening with Maltby & Shire. Throughout his career, Jaski has participated in multiple Broadway productions – including Sondheim’s Children and Art, 9 to 5 as directed by Joe Mantello, Take Flight featuring Sutton Foster and Maury Yeston’s Death Takes a Holiday – and directed Tony-nominated artists including Judy Kaye, Brian d’Arcy James, Norm Lewis and Marin Mazzie. While lending his considerable directorial talent to the production of A Christmas Carol, Jaski will also be joining acting classes in American Realism, Shakespeare, Musical Theater and Movement at FSU.
“Peddie's support of this unique opportunity for professional development at my alma mater, a theater school ranked in the top 10 in the country by Playbill, has been nothing short of enlightening and invigorating,” wrote Jaski. “I look forward to returning to Peddie in the new year, armed with new techniques and inspiration for the special students that make our school what it is.”