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Actors, artists, filmmakers and events in the news November 22-30, 2019

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These are the actors, artists, filmmakers and events who are in the news in Southwest Florida this week:

 

Sheldon Fine Art returns to the beach with hyperrealist paintings of F. Pedrosa (11-30-19)

As winter weather blankets most of the northern states, Naples’ Sheldon Fine Art is hosting an exhibition that takes viewers Back to the Beach. Among the artists being featured is hyperrealist Fernando Saenz Pedrosa.

Pedrosa’s skill as a hyperrealist is unmatched. Like an architect, he builds a scene from the foundations of drawing, adding color to bring his forms to life without revealing the painter’s brush-stroke. Pedrosa employs his painterly skills to portray human expression and emotion in the most natural way. Like a photograph, the viewer is able to capture a glimpse of a moment as if the world was standing still. Pedrosa is gifted in creating detail. His studies in the effects of light give his viewers the ability to capture the most vital hours of the day.

While the focus is always on the expression of mood and emotion, Pedrosa varies the backdrop behind the figures he paints. In addition to tranquil beach scenes, he includes mountain streams, vineyards and ancient architecture. But among his most interesting and engaging scenes is a series depicting a lone woman waiting at the station for an incoming passenger train.

Born in Palencia, Spain, Pedrosa actually started out intending to become an architect. But after attending the prestigious Architectural School of Madrid from 1965-1970, he became so captivated by the art of painting that he decided to dedicate his career and life to it.

Sheldon Fine Art is located at 460 5th Avenue South in Naples. For more information, please call 239-649-6255.

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Hot Works has two shows in Miami bookending Art Basel (11-30-19)

Hot Works new Miami Fine Art Shows take place December 7 & 8 at Haulover Park/Bill Brid Marina and December 14 & 15 at Regatta Park in Coconut Grove. These boutique-style quality juried fine art and fine craft feature hand-picked artists who are present at the art show. The venues and dates are intended to compliment Art Basel. Hot Works is known locally by art collectors and connoisseurs for both the Estero Fine Art Show (in January at JetBlue Park) and the Naples Fine Art Show (in March).

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TGIM returns to Davis Art Center on December 2 (11-30-19)

The Fort Myers Film Festival returns on December 2 to the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center’s grand atrium.

New to the term? Well, the acronym stands for “Thank God for Indie Monday,” and symbolizes the anticipation and excitement that area indie film lovers feel as the first Monday of the month draws near each season. That’s when hosts Eric Raddatz and Melissa DeHaven screen a number of the indie short and short short films that have been submitted for inclusion in the Fort Myers Film Festival.

While there will be celebrity judges on hand to start the discussion after each screening, Eric and Melissa want to hear from you. What was your take on the film? What worked or didn’t, what did you like or hate, and should the film be included in the film festival?

Go here for the balance of this advance.

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Focus on December TGIM celebrity judge Rachel Burttram (11-30-19)

Rachel Burttram will be on hand as a celebrity judge at December’s TGIM screenings. While Southwest Florida theater-goers know Burttram from performances spanning a period of sixteen years as a Florida Repertory Theatre ensemble member, her name has popped up recently for being cast to play Betty Lavonne Grissom in National Geographic’s upcoming series The Right Stuff, which tells the story of U.S. fighter pilots recruited to test experimental aircraft and later become the first Mercury astronauts.

Go here for the rest of this story.

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Focus on December TGIM celebrity judge Stephanie Davis (11-30-19)

Stephanie Davis will be one of the celebrity judges at December’s TGIM screenings. Known by many as the Downtown Diva, Stephanie is social commentator and event photographer at Florida Weekly, where her column, “The Diva Diaries,” can be found along with her society photos. (Both are also available online at www.floridaweekly.com.) She established, developed and perfected her Downtown Diva persona while at the Fort Myers News-Press, where she kept her finger on the pulse of the Fort Myers social scene since her column debuted in 2000.

You will find the rest of this post here.

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Lab featuring actor Wayne Morton in December 9 ‘Public Access Series’ (11-30-19)

The Laboratory Theater of Florida will be hosting professional movie and television actor Wayne Morton at its next “Public Access Series,” which is moderated by Randall Kenneth Jones.

The Public Access Series is an Actor’s Studio-style Q&A discussion event featuring people of note in our area that can offer tips and stories from their careers in entertainment, with great humor and insight. Wayne Morton is a professional comedian and actor who has been seen on MASH, Dukes of Hazzard, Mork and Mindy, Happy Days, Private Benjamin, and Newhart, as well as being the Meineke muffler spokesman. He’s been seen in various musicals on Broadway, Las Vegas, and in Naples, Fl. He worked extensively with Jack Benny and many other incredible actors. He will share his interesting life with its twists and turns and time spent with some of the great names in entertainment over the past 40 years.

The Public Access Series with Wayne Morton will be on Monday, December 9 at 7:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $12.00 for members of the theater and $20.00 for non-members, and is included in the season pass. Group rates and membership packages are available upon request. Tickets are available to purchase on Brownpapertickets.com or by calling the box office at 239-218-0481. For additional savings, guests may purchase a 2019-2020 Season Pass.

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Cultural Park conducting open casting calls for ‘Urinetown’ (11-29-19)

Cultural Park Theater has announced open auditions for the musical comedy Urinetown, which will be performed on stage February 28 through March 8 at the Cultural Park Theater, 528 Cultural Park Blvd. in Cape Coral, Florida. The casting call takes place from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, December 7 & 8, and is open to anyone 16 years of age or older.

Touchingly honest, Urinetown provides a fresh perspective on one of America’s greatest art forms. The musical is an hilarious musical satire of the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, municipal politics and musical theater itself.

You can access the remainder of this announcement here.

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‘Urinetown’ audition Q&As (11-29-19)

Cultural Park Theater has announced open auditions for the musical comedy Urinetown, which will be performed on stage February 28 through March 8 at the Cultural Park Theater, 528 Cultural Park Blvd. in Cape Coral, Florida. The casting is 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, December 7 & 8, and is open to anyone 16 years of age or older.

In advance of the casting call, the theater has prepared some Q&As. They’re reproduced here, along with one of ARTSWFL’s own:

Q1: What’s the show about?

A: Don’t let the title put you off. By the end of this show performers and audiences alike will be laughing so hard they’ll … fall off their chairs. Urinetown is, in fact, a satire of almost every musical you can think of. Some say that Urinetown is the most irreverent show you’ll ever seen and that’s probably why it’s such a big hit with high school students. The story takes place in a time of desperation and desolation. A massive water shortage (caused by a twenty year drought) means that private toilets have been outlawed and the public now have to pay “for the privilege to pee.” These public amenities, as they’re known, are run by the evil Urine Good Company (or UGC) headed up by the villainous Caldwell B. Cladwell. If citizens refuse to pay the fee, they’re sent to the infamous Urinetown.

Go here for the rest of the Q&As.

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‘Rauschenberg 40’ exhibition coming to a close (11-28-19)

Florida SouthWestern State College’s celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery is coming to a close. It is on view only until December 14.

This celebratory show is drawn from several prominent local collections and includes a number of never-previously-exhibited original paintings from the Gluts, Urban Bourbon, Anagrams (A Pun) and Waterworks series.

Beginning chronologically with the portfolio edition of “XXXIV Drawings for Dante’s Inferno” (1965) that was illustrated on his first extended visit to the Sunshine State’s Gulf Coast, Rauschenberg often joked that he had “gone through Hell to move to Florida.” Widely-acknowledged as one of the most important artists of the 20th Century, Rauschenberg is credited with pioneering the transition from European modernism to American pop art and has been the subject of recent retrospectives at the Tate Modern in London, Museum of Modern Art in New York and the San Francisco MoMA. However, this is the first exhibition to exclusively survey works produced by the artist while living and working in Southwest Florida and to feature seldom or never-before-seen works that have remained in the community that he so proudly called home.

As RAUSCHENBERG 40: The Fortieth Anniversary of the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery at FSW makes evident and Bob Rauschenberg often repeated: “Fort Myers is as small as your mind is. It can be just as large as the world is.”

When (then Edison State College) established an art gallery on its Lee campus in 1979, the school named it The Gallery of Fine Art. Over the ensuing decades, the Gallery worked closely with Rauschenberg to present world premiere exhibitions of his work, including multiple installations of the ¼ Mile or Two Furlong Piece. To commemorate its long-standing association and friendship with the artist, the College decided on June 4, 2004 to rename the gallery. The school originally proposed naming the space the Robert Rauschenberg Gallery, but the artist insisted on naming it the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery to better convey the intimate, informal relationship he maintained with both our local Southwest Florida community and FSW.

Gallery Hours are Monday – Friday from 10:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. For additional information, please call 239-489-9313 or visit www.RauschenbergGallery.com.

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Jansen Austrian exhibition on view in Vienna’s Galerie Amart through January 25, 2020 (11-28-19)

A solo show of 29 works by local artist Marcus Jansen is on view in Vienna’s Galerie Amart through January 25, 2020.

The Galerie Amart show is the latest in a series of international exhibitions which includes solo exhibitions at the La Triennale di Milano Museum (Milan, Italy), the Spandau Citadel (Berlin, Germany), and inclusions at the 12th annual International Biennial Print and Drawing competition at the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts. His work is also included in the permanent collections of the University of Michigan Museum of Art, the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, New Britain Museum of American Art, The Perm Museum of Contemporary Art, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Housatonic Museum of Art, and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C.

Two time Documenta Kassel curator, Prof. Dr. Manfred Schneckenburger calls Jansen “One of the most important American Painters of his Generation.”

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Time running out to see Gardner, Obrien and Nazario at DAAS (11-27-19)

Time is running out to see the Gardner, Obrien and Nazario exhibition at DAAS CO-OP, which is showcasing the work of these three local artists during the month of November. 

Jay Gardner is a professional tattoo artist, illustrator and designer who incorporates dynamic facial expressions as well as unique objects to help sink his characters deeper into their own fantastical worlds. His photo-realistic works are full of fantasy and vibrancy, not to mention strikingly beautiful.

“My love for visual art and drawing began at a very early age when I became fascinated with the idea of capturing reality on paper,” Gardner divulges. “From my very first cave scribbles on my bedroom walls as a child, to pieces I work on today, I have always loved creating details and forms that convince the eye of depth and realness. That simple obsession led to a world of design and art theory. Since then my style is one that is moving and shifting swiftly as I learn and explore new possibilities. In no simple terms can I begin to explain what I represent as a fine artist. I just create art that I love.” –

The other two artists are Colin Obrien and John Nazario. Their works complement each other in a cohesive and mesmerizing display.

DAAS CO-OP is located at 1815 Fowler Street, inside the Butterfly Estates of Fort Myers. Hours of operation are Tuesday to Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and first Sundays of the month from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

For more information, event details and directions visit daascoop.com or call 239-590-8645.

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DAAS ‘Small Format Exhibit’ opens December 6 (11-27-19)

For the past several months, DAAS CO-OP Art Gallery & Gifts has been inviting artists from all over Southwest Florida to submit up to three artworks for their invitational Small Format exhibition. An opening reception is scheduled for Friday, December 6 from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. The reception party coincides with Fort Myers Art Walk.

Part of the appeal of a small works exhibition is the affordability of the pieces, which have a limit of twelve inches on any side. This format uniquely enables locally acclaimed artists to produce miniature examples of their genres, technique and mastery. In addition, December is the perfect month for gift-giving, and what better gift than art?

The display consists on a multitude of colorful, expressive and exquisite works in different mediums, ranging from canvas to sculpture and more. The participating artists are competing for a People’s Choice award. Guests will be given the opportunity to vote for their favorite piece and at the same time, enter to win a signed print by founding artist David Acevedo.

Current DAAS members are participating in this event as well, adding to the already beautiful inventory, which characterizes the gallery’s monthly exhibitions. The gallery is also restocked with amazing holiday inspired art and gifts, perfect for the occasion. Gift wrapping is available, size permitting.

DAAS CO-OP is located at 1815 Fowler Street, inside the Butterfly Estates of Fort Myers. Hours of operation are Tuesday to Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and first Sundays of the month from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. For more information, event details and directions visit daascoop.com or call 239-590-8645.

The exhibition will be on display through December 27, 2019.

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‘WaterWorks’ on view at Naples Art Association through January 5 (11-27-19)

WaterWorks: Artistic Celebration of Our Most Vital Resource is on view now through January 5, 2020 at the Naples Art Association. This exhibition has anything and everything to do with water: boating, fishing, shells, beaches and more. See the exceptional ways artists represent water in various types of media from paintings to pottery, glass, fiber art and more!

The opening reception is coextensive with that for the 53rd Founders Exhibition, which takes place from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on December 5.

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53rd Founders Juried Awards Exhibition opens December 6 (11-27-19)

The 53rd Founders Juried Awards Exhibition opens December 6 in the Naples Art Association’s ground floor galleries. It will include 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional artwork by artists residing in the United States and run through January 9, 2020.

The show is being judged by FGCU Gallery Director John Loscuito, American University Professor R.W. Lovejoy and Associate Professor and Lourdes University Art Department Chair Erin Palmer Szavuly. (See below.)

$3,500 in cash awards will be presented to artists during a reception the evening Thursday, December 5, broken down as follows:

  • $1,000 Best of Show
  • $800 First Place
  • $600 Second Place
  • $400 Juror’s Choice Award
  • $200 Award of Merit (2 awards)
  • $100 Honorable Mention (3 awards)

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Spotlight on 53rd Founders Exhibition juror John Loscuito (11-27-19)

John Loscuito will be one of three jurors to judge the Naples Art Association’s 53rd Founders Juried Awards Exhibition. Loscuito is the Florida Gulf Coast University Art Gallery Director, overseeing both the Wasmer Art Gallery in the Arts Complex and the ArtLab in the Library. He also teaches Professional Practices, preparing students for a career after graduation.

Loscuito earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting and Drawing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a Master of Business Administration from Marquette University in Milwaukee. During his six years at FGCU he has curated over eighteen exhibitions featuring nationally recognized artists that explore a broad range of themes and materials.

Prior to coming to FGCU he taught a variety of studio courses at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. He was the Registrar at the Haggerty Museum of Art for seven years as well as an independent curator and producer of art events. He currently serves as an Executive Committee Member on the United Arts Council of Collier County’s Board of Directors.

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Spotlight on NAA 53rd Founders Exhibition juror R.W. Lovejoy (11-27-19)

American University Professor R.W. Lovejoy will be one of three jurors to judge the Naples Art Association’s 53rd Founders Juried Awards Exhibition. At American University, Professor Lovejoy teaches courses on graphic design history. He has a Master of Arts degree in art history from the University of South Florida and a PhD in History from the University of Manchester, Manchester, UK. He is a founding member of the History of Illustration project and a contributing author to the first textbook on the History of Illustration (2018), for which he wrote chapters on European eighteenth- and nineteenth-century print culture, the prints of José Guadalupe Posada, pulp magazine illustration, the art of alternative periodicals and newspapers, rock posters and underground comix. Dr. Lovejoy has also taught the history of illustration, sequential art, and the history of political art and persuasive imagery for Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida.

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Spotlight on NAA 53rd Founders Exhibition juror Erin Palmer Szavuly (11-27-19)

Erin Palmer Szavuly will be one of three jurors to judge the Naples Art Association’s 53rd Founders Juried Awards Exhibition. Szavuly is Associate Professor and Chair of the Art Department at Lourdes University in Sylvania, Ohio. She studied at Bowling Green State University and received a Master of Fine Arts degree in Drawing and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting and Drawing. She has been on the faculty at Lourdes University since 1990.

In addition to teaching painting and drawing, she coordinates the annual Sr. Jane Mary Sorosiak Lecture Series, involving presentations on topics in the arts. “The Sights and Sounds of Judaism” with composer Dr. Samuel Adler and art historian Ruthy Behare Light was the 2019 series topic. Past presentations have included “Censorship in the Arts” with Dr. Brian Kennedy, “Cover Stories” with Thomas Allen, “Digital Photography in the Commercial Market” with Eric Eggly, “Painter and Muralist: Hubert Massey” and “Portrait of an Artist” with Leslie Adams, and “Celebration of Food, Ceramic Objects and Thoughtful Dialog” with Jeni Hansen Gard.

Erin Palmer Szavuly is on the community boards of the Toledo Area Cultural Leaders and The Toledo Federation of Art Societies (past President). She is a past President of the Medici Circle Advisory Council at Bowling Green State University and is a member of the Athena Art Society, the Toledo areas oldest women’s invitational art organization. She curates exhibitions at the Canticle Center Gallery at Lourdes University and has more than 15 year’s gallery experience working with the former Spectrum Gallery at Toledo Botanical Gardens and the Lourdes Gallery Loft.

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Naples Art has issued a call to artists for ‘Let Freedom Ring’ (11-27-19)

From ancient times to the present, women throughout the world have participated in the visual arts in diverse and stimulating ways as creators and innovators, patrons and collectors or significant contributors. Let FREEDOM Ring! will shine a bright light on the contributions of women in the visual arts. The exhibition will show April 3-23, 2020 in the Frederick O. Watson Gallery, and the deadline for applying is 5:00 p.m. on February 6.

You will find the full prospectus here.

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Naples Art looking for participants in ‘Little Things’ exhibition (11-27-19)

Each year, Naples Art holds a small works show. Called Little Things: An Exhibition Celebrating Small Works, the show celebrates works of art 60 inches and below.

Miniature art has been made for thousands of years. In many of the world’s civilizations there was a fascination with creating in small scale. Ancient Greeks adorned their walls with small murals while coins and rings often bore engraved portraits. In Persia, the shahs maintained the best artists of the day to paint the court and illustrate copies of the Koran and other great books, both religious and secular.

Monks in the Middle Ages embellished manuscripts with delicate illuminations and bordered them with a red lead pigment called ‘minium’ from which the word ‘miniature’ later evolved.

The Elizabethan era was noted for its exquisite miniature portraits on vellum and later, ivory and evokes memories of names such as Holbein, Hilliard, Oliver and others. Many Dutch and Flemish artists painted small-scale works in order to do focused studies on specific painting techniques and subjects. Frans Hals’ striking 6 ½” by 5” Portrait of Samuel Ampzing, for example, was used as a study for a noted reproductive print. Often, Dutch and Flemish painters created small self-portraits that they could use as “calling cards” with potential patrons.

Among some of the most famous and valuable small scales paintings from this period are two by Rembrandt (Self-Portrait at 26 and Portrait of Old Man with Beard), two by Vermeer (Girl in Red Hat and Young Woman Seated at a Virginal) and Anthony van Dyck (Portrait of Nicholas Rockox).

Miniature art fell out of vogue with the advent of photography early in the 20th century more than a hundred years ago. But it has experienced a resurgence in the past twenty years among artists, collectors, curators and art museums around the globe.

The White House, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Astolat Dollhouse Castle and museums around the world have collections of miniature paintings, drawings, original prints and etchings, and sculpture. Perhaps the most intriguing miniature exhibition of renowned American artists sits today on the lunar surface. Fifty years ago this past November 19, astronauts Alan L. Bean and Richard F. Gordon left behind a ceramic wafer

Southwest Florida has seen numerous exhibitions of miniature artworks, including ELEVEN: The John Erickson Museum of Art Retrospective at the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery in 2014 (featuring galleries only slightly larger than a shoebox conceived in the tradition of Marcel Duchamp’s Boite en Valise) and the upcoming small scale art show at DAAS CO-OP Gallery in Fort Myers’ Gardner Park.

To participate in Naples Art’s Little Things exhibition, deliver one exhibit-ready artwork on January 6, 2020 between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. The exhibition will be on display January 14 – February 16, 2020 in Gallery 104.

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Naples Art will be ‘Daydream’ing in April and May (11-27-19)

Daydreams: Fantastical Wanderings of the Brain will be exhibited by Naples Art in Gallery 104 between April 7 and May 26, 2020. The possibilities are endless when artists use daydreams as their inspiration. Mind wandering, fantasy and spontaneous thoughts all lend themselves to some very creative artwork. If you’d like to participate in this show, then please deliver one exhibit-ready artwork on March 30, 2020 between 12 noon and 4:00 p.m.

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‘Night in Shangri-Ooh-La-La’ wins Critic’s Choice and Audience Fav awards (11-26-19)

On November 23, Lab Theater hosted its 8th Annual 24-Hour Playwriting Contest. For the only the second time over that span, a single entry received both Critic’s Choice and Audience Favorite honors. That distinction went to Aricka Shuck for A Night in Shangri-Ooh-La-La.

After heavily attended and critically acclaimed productions of Hedwig and the Angry Inch and The Legend of Georgia McBride, it only made sense for The Lab to make burlesque the theme for this year’s playwriting project. And as in Georgia McBride, A Night in Shangri-Ooh-La-La takes place backstage in the performers’ dressing room, where the club owner/manager and a veteran drag performer are getting to know a young girl who wants to become part of the show.

Go here for the rest of this story.

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Lab’s 24-Hour Playwriting theme paid tribute to burlesque this year (11-26-19)

Although Aricka Shuck’s A Night in Shangri-Ooh-La-La took Critic’s Choice and Audience Favorite honors at this year’s Lab Theater 24-Hour Playwriting Project, every playwright who entered the competition was truly a winner.

Besides Shuck, the event’s other three playwrights each produced fun and interesting 17-20 minute comedies that embraced this year’s overarching theme: burlesque.

Candice Sanzari wrote Bare All, which featured a Ukranian spy pretending to be a corn-fed, middle west, apple-pie wholesome, All-American girl who’s actually infiltrating a struggling theater that’s performing burlesque without the proper certifications.

Go here for all the details.

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Kickin’ it with Elijah Grant about Pippin, Gen Z and his future in theater (11-25-19)

Pippin closed at the Alliance for the Arts on November 24. The ambitious musical had an enthusiastic and energetic cast of 30 that included Yuliana Garcia as The Leading Player, Kagan Vann in the role of Charlemagne, Giselle Meyer as his duplicitous wife Fastrada, Dylan Sneddon as her incestuous son, Lewis and Madeline Ritter as widowed mother Catherine.

Elijah Grant reprised the title role.

Now a sophomore, Elijah traces his love of theater all the way back to second grade.

“I went to Gulf Elementary and they had this program where if you got straight “A”s, you got to see the musical as your reward. It was the first one I’d ever seen, and I knew I had to try out for the show the following year when I got into third grade.”

The show Elijah saw that day was Annie and as luck would have it, one of the young actors who inspired Elijah was none other than Yuliana Garcia, who was in the fourth grade. Not only did Elijah not know Yuliana (K-2 was in one building and Grades 3-5 were in another), he did not know she was in Annie that day until both sat down with me to talk about their roles in Pippin.

Gulf Elementary performed Willy Wonka Jr. Elijah got a part as an oompa loompa.

Go here for the rest of this story.

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Florida Rep bringing ‘Alabaster’ to the ArtStage Studio (11-25-19)

Alabaster by Audrey Cefaly (photo 2) opens December 20 in Florida Rep’s ArtStage Studio Theatre. The opening part of a 10-theatre National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere. Chosen from Florida Rep’s 2018 PlayLab Festival of New Works, this darkly comic Southern drama about love, art and the power of women won the David Calicchio Emerging American Playwright Prize.

“Florida Rep’s is committed to developing new works and nurturing playwrights,” said Artistic Director Greg Longenhagen, “and Audrey Cefaly’s new play is one of the most exciting new works to cross my desk in a while. This play is both hopeful and heartbreaking and features some of your favorite Florida Rep ensemble members. We are honored to give this play its first of ten Rolling World Premiere productions and to welcome the playwright into the creative process. Alabaster is not a play to miss this season.”

Only June and her pet goat Weezy live to tell the tale when a tornado sweeps through town leaving a wake of death and destruction. In the aftermath of the storm, a prominent photographer visits to take pictures of the reclusive folk artist’s scars. Both are forced to reconcile the pain of loss and recovery. This all-female drama explores the meaning and purpose of art and the struggle of the lost and tortured souls that seek to create it.

“National New Play Network is delighted to be supporting this play through a record-breaking ten Rolling World Premiere productions in the 12 months following the opening in Fort Myers,” said Nan Barnett, who is the National New Play Network Executive Director. “Florida Rep led the creation of this partnership, and their advocacy for the play and playwright will be celebrated not only in Fort Myers and the other nine cities but also during the many other productions that we are sure will follow.”

Alabaster features ensemble members Rachel Burttram and Sara Morsey alongside Dana Brooke and Carolyn Messina, both making their Florida Rep debuts.

Burttram returns to the ArtStage after her recent work filming The Right Stuff for National Geographic which airs in early 2020. Her recent Florida Rep credits include Steel Magnolias, Hay Fever, and Disgraced, as well as the PlayLab reading of Alabaster in 2018.

Sara Morsey returns after recent appearances in Steel Magnolias and Shear Madness. A folk artist herself, Morsey will create over sixty pieces of original outsider art for the production. They’ll be on display at the Arts for ACT Gallery across the hall from the ArtStage Studio during January.

Alabama native Carolyn Messina makes her Florida Rep debut on the production but has a long history working with the playwright in many capacities. She’s appeared in Cefaly’s works before Alabaster, and as a dramaturg she has collaborated with Cefaly on multiple projects, including Alabaster.

Dana Brooke is a New York actress making her Florida Rep debut in the production, and is a Company Member at B Street Theatre in Sacramento, where she appeared in the National New Play Network Showcase reading of the play in 2018.

Florida Rep ensemble member and Associate Artistic Director Jason Parrish directs.

Alabaster features an expert creative team, including ensemble set designer Richard Crowell (Fences), costume designer Charlene Gross (Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical), lighting and projections designer Rob Siler (Damascus), sound designer Katie Lowe (Damascus), and stage manager Ruth Kramer (Florida Rep debut).

Alabaster by Audrey Cefaly is generously sponsored by Emily Eason and media sponsor, Florida Weekly.

Alabaster plays in the ArtStage Studio Theatre to January 26, 2020 with discounted previews Dec. 17-19. Performances are Tuesday-Thursday at 7:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8:00 p.m. and Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2:00 p.m.

Tickets start at $55/$49 for regular performances and $35/$29 for previews. Tickets are available online at www.FloridaRep.org and through the box office at 239-332-4488. Box office hours are Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Again this season, Florida Rep’s parking lot will open 2 hours before each performance and offers guests FREE PARKING across the street from the Arcade Theatre.

N.B.: Alabaster contains strong language and brief nudity.

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‘Confessions of a Cuban Artist: Ciro Quintana’ features imaginative and colorful collages (11-24-19)

Step into a world like no other – where real and surreal blend into imaginative and colorful collages that both parody and realistically combine comic strips, art history, pulp art, scenes from old movies and icons from pop culture. It’s Confessions of a Cuban Artist: Ciro Quintana, and it is on display at the Alliance for the Arts through November 30.

The Alliance invites the public to its closing reception on November 30 at 10 a.m. Join Ciro Quintana in the gallery for a conversational tour of his artwork.

Complimentary coffee and pastries will be provided.

Born in Havana and a resident of Miami, Ciro Quintana is considered one of the most iconic Cuban artists of the ‘80s generation, which is often referred to as the Cuban Renaissance or New Cuban Art. He has had solo and group exhibitions in Cuba, the United States, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Peru, Venezuela, Switzerland, France, Germany and Russia and his work is part of major collections including the National Museum of Fine Art in Havana, Pori Taiden Museum in Finland, Lowe Art Museum in Miami, Museum of Modern Art in Santo Domingo, the Nina Menocal Collection in Mexico and at the Ludwig Forum for International Art in Germany.

Michele DiRocco will exhibit in the Alliance member gallery. As an abstract fluid artist, she works mainly on canvas with acrylic and resin.

Receptions are open to the public and do not require tickets or reservations. While gallery admission is free, a $5 suggested donation keeps Alliance programming affordable and accessible.

For more information about this exhibit, visit ArtInLee.org/Confessions or call 239-939-2787.

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Ciro Quintana provides insight into the art of making art about art and life (11-24-19)

For is solo show in the main gallery of the Alliance for the Arts, Confessions of a Cuban Artist, Ciro Quintana wants viewers to know how he evolved his system for “into which I could fit everything with a language apt to express what I wanted to say while including the viewer in the whole process.

“This might sound like a statement by any artist, but in my case it becomes quite a specific statement,” says Quintana in his Artist Statement for the show.

“My images use the comic strip, that art history, pulp art, scenes from old movies, icons from pop culture, parody and use of traditional realistic representations which in some cases are just an instrument to blind and trap the viewer into the narrative language of the painting. At the same time, my works are sophisticated visual collages as capricious frames extended from the most disparate films.”

Quintana emphasizes that his artistic production – paintings on canvas, drawings, collages and installations – are designed as hypnosis by images in which reality becomes an unreachable fiction forever controlled by images. “Art is a pretext for the spectacular (re)production of effects, images, and signs.”

In other words, Ciro Quintana and the Leading Player from Pippin share a commonality of purpose and approach.

And this underscores the thought and deliberation that the Alliance brings to bear in its programming pairings.

For the past five years, Quintana has been at work on his Chronicles of a Cuban Artist series, one of the most prolific in his investigation and creation as a visual artist.

“With this series, I try to guide the viewer behind the stage, showing the swings of contemporary Cuban art as a diasporic entity,” Quintana expounds in his Artist Statement for the show.

“For this I use the most dissimilar symbols: Greco-Latin mythology, Renaissance painting, Flemish, Baroque, Pop Art, American comics, and well-rooted icons in Cuban culture such as the bear, caiman, flamingo, wolf, snake, deer and the image of the Republic summarized in the Phrygian cap, among many others. My paintings in this period emphasize the effect of theatricality (representation, artifice, parody and unreality) to the point of incorporating the proscenium and draperies as an essential part of the scenario where the action takes place.”

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Youth artwork being sought for Martin Luther King, Jr. Youth Art Exhibition (11-24-19)

The Alliance for the Arts is partnering with the Dunbar Festival Committee and The Black History Society to sponsor a youth art show celebrating the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It is open to Lee County students in grades K through 12 and will be displayed on January 20, 2020 at Centennial Park, 2000 W First St, Fort Myers, FL 33901.

Students must select one of three themes that characterize Dr. King’s life and work: love, peace or unity. All entries must be submitted by Wednesday, December 18, 2019. Students must complete the entry form and drop it off along with their artwork to Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd, Ft. Myers 33919 (open Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.) or Lee County Black History Society, 1936 Henderson Ave, Ft. Myers 33916 (open Wednesday- Friday 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.). Prizes will be given for each division (K through 6 grade and 7 through 12 grade), including $100 for first place, $75 for second place and $50 for third place.

This exhibit is sponsored by Attorney Joe North, North Law Firm, P.A.

For more information or to download the submissions form, visit ArtInLee.org/MLKContest or call 239-939-2787.

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Alliance’s ‘Off the Wall’ holiday exhibit runs December 6 through 28 (11-24-19)

Each year, the Alliance for the Arts invites 100 members to submit two original 2D or 3D artworks for exhibition in the gallery beginning with the onset of the holiday shopping season. Called Off the Wall, this non-traditional art show features works in all mediums priced at $200 or less. All sales are “cash and carry,” meaning purchasers will get to take the piece with them when they buy it, rather than waiting until the end of the exhibit.

Make supporting local arts tops on your list this year by giving a gift that gives back. Make plans to do your Christmas shopping at the Alliance for the Arts this year. Betcha there’s 100 member-artists who would be delighted to have their art under your tree.

This year’s show runs from December 6 through December 28. The opening reception is scheduled for 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Friday, December 6. For more information, please visit www.artinlee.org or telephone 239-939-2787.

 

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Alliance accepting submissions for 34th Annual All Florida Juried Exhibit (11-24-19)

The Alliance’s annual All Florida Juried Exhibition features pieces created by artists working in a wide variety of media from all over the 65,000 square miles that make up Florida. The juried entries come together for an award-winning and exciting exhibition representing today’s contemporary Florida artists. The Alliance is accepting submissions online now through Monday, January 27, 2020. The show will exhibit March 6-28, with an opening reception from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Friday, March 6. A conversational walk and talk through the gallery with the artists and juror will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 7. Please visit ArtinLee.org for a prospectus or telephone 239-939-2787 for more information.

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Gallery 221 Director and Hillsborough Public Art Administrator to judge 2020 All Florida Show (11-24-19)

The Alliance for the Arts 34th Annual All Florida Juried Exhibition runs March 6 through 27, 2020, and Amanda Poss has been tapped to serve as juror for the show. Poss currently holds the position of Gallery Director at Gallery221@Hillsborough Community College Dale Mabry campus, where she also manages the Public Art Program, Grounds4Art@HCC, and oversees a growing Permanent Art Collection. She is the former Gallery Director at Blake High School, where she organized and curated exhibits from 2015–2017. Poss also has also held positions at the Scarfone/Hartley Gallery at the University of Tampa as a Gallery Assistant, Adjunct Professor at the University of Tampa, and Adjunct Professor at Hillsborough Community College.

Amanda received her MA in Art History from the University of South Florida in 2015 specializing in Modern and Contemporary Art, and a BA from the University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, Indiana in 2011.

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Bonita Springs Invitational today and tomorrow (11-23-19)

The Bonita Springs Invitational Art Festival will be held today and tomorrow at the Promenade at Bonita Springs. Visitors to this Boulderbrook Productions boutique art show will stroll the pathways and sidewalks of the Promenade where dozens of artists from near and far will line the walkways displaying a variety of artworks. With some of the finest retail stores, unique boutiques, high-end salons, and delectable restaurants, The Promenade at Bonita Bay attracts both locals in Southwest Florida and visitors from around the world. This open-air shopping center is a shopping, dining, and entertainment destination!

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Sanibel Masters Art Festival is November 29 & 30 (11-23-19)

The Sanibel Masters Art Festival has been a Sanibel Island Thanksgiving weekend tradition for 24 years. It showcases paintings in oil, acrylic and watercolor, drawings and pastels, 2D and 3D mixed media and collages, photography and digital art, woodworking, sculpture, ceramics, glass, handmade Tiffany Style Lamps, fiber art, and jewelry produced by 100 artists and artisans from around the country. The festival is held on the grounds of The Sanibel Community House on Periwinkle Drive, Sanibel’s main street. The Sanibel Community House has been an island fixture since 1927 and touts itself as The Gathering Place on Sanibel Island. But Boulderbrook Productions has a little twist in store for festival-goers. This one takes place on Friday and Saturday, November 29 & 30 so both the artists and the art lovers still have Sunday to enjoy the island, the weather and their purchases and sales.

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Naples Art accepting applications for Naples Downtown Art Show through December 8 (11-23-18)

Crowd Shot 01 (4)The Naples Art Association is currently accepting applications for inclusion in its three outstanding outdoor art festivals, The Naples New Year’s Art Show, Naples National Art Festival and The Naples Downtown Art Show.

The 31st Annual Downtown Naples Festival of the Arts is one of the last major art festivals of the winter season and a favorite festival for artists, art enthusiasts and collectors. This festival was rated #34 by Sunshine Artist’s Magazine 2018 ARTIST 200 Best Shows in America.

If you would like to exhibit in this show, here’s what you will need to know:

  • Dates: Saturday and Sunday, March 21-224, 2020
  • Festival Hours: Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Location: 5th Avenue South, Downtown Naples
  • Accept 250 artists max
  • Application fee: $35
  • Booth fee: $450 for 10×10
  • Cancellation refund policy: Full refund: 02/07/20; 50% refund: 02/21/20 (subject to $25 processing fee)
  • Set up specifics: 4 a.m., early morning set up only;
  • On street set up in quads: No electrical
  • Application deadline: 12/08/19
  • Jury Process begins: 12/13/19
  • Status Notification: 12/27/19
  • Booth Fee Due: 01/18/20
  • Artist Info Emailed: 02/26/20
  • Wait List Acceptance: 01/18/20
  • Application available online at http://www.zapplication.org/ beginning June 1, 2018

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Alliance Youth Theatre’s production of ‘Pippin’ closes Sunday with 2:00 p.m. matinee (11-22-19)

The Alliance Youth Theatre’s production of Stephen Schwartz’s iconic and unforgettable musical masterpiece Pippin resumes tonight with a 7:30 p.m. performance. After 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. shows on Saturday, the production closes with a 2:00 p.m. matinee on Sunday.

There’s magic to do when a prince learns the true meaning of glory, love and war. Pippin is a hip, tongue-in-check fairy tale that captivates diverse audiences. With an infectiously unforgettable score from four-time Grammy winner, three-time Oscar winner and musical theatre giant, Pippin is the story of one young man’s journey to be extraordinary.

Yuliana Garcia (Esmeralda in Hunchback of Notre Dame, Ms. Andrew in Mary Poppin) is brilliant in the role of the Leading Player, Giselle Meyer (Lady of the Lake in Monty Python’s Spamalot the Musical, Legally Blond Jr., Xanadu, Peter Pan Jr. and Heathers the Musical) is superb beyond measure as scheming stepmom Fastrada and Elijah Grant shines in the title role.

Tickets are $10 presale, $20 adults or $15 students/seniors. And reserved seating is now available!

Purchase online today or call 239-939-2787.

PG-13: Parental discretion is advised.

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Pippin’s Yuliana Garcia has lots more stories to tell and magic to do just for you (11-22-19)

Yuliana Garcia is beyond excited to be playing the Leading Player in Pippin for the Alliance Youth Theatre. But as the soft-spoken senior describes her character, it becomes abundantly clear that she’s inside The Leading Player’s head.

“When I started, I loved singing and I loved dancing but didn’t really know why,” she says quietly, nestled in the corner of an orange couch in the main gallery at the Alliance for the Arts, still dressed in the red top coat and Steampunk hat she dons for the finale. “Over time, it’s dawned on me that what I really love is the storytelling – giving a voice to the characters.”

Yuli started theater when she was all of eight years old.

“When I was in 3rd grade, they handed out these little audition notices for the first musical my school was planning to do. I remember thinking ‘You should do this. You have to do this.’”

And she did.

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While daunting, Lauren Perry up to the challenge of choreographing ‘Pippin’ (11-22-19)

Pippin resumes in the Foulds Theatre at the Alliance for the Arts for its final weekend on Friday night. The iconic 1972 play was originally directed and choreographed by the legendary Bob Fosse. It’s a choreographer’s dream – and nightmare – to follow in his hallowed footsteps, but AYT Choreographer Lauren Barnhart Perry not only accepted the challenge, she’s made the dark musical her own.

“It’s certainly a daunting task to choreograph a show like Pippin,” Perry concedes. “It’s so iconic.”

Which means that audiences come to a performance with preconceptions about what they expect to see on stage.

“Every time I’ve seen a production of [Pippin], the choreography has been pretty much identical. But I really wanted to break the stereotype. There’s a risk to that, of course. If you don’t do exactly what people expect, it better be pretty darn good or people will think you’re just not competent, not capable of replicating the original Fosse choreography.”

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Spotlight on resourceful ‘Pippin’ costume designer Lauren Perry (11-22-19)

On stage this weekend for a final four shows is the Alliance Youth Theatre’s production of Pippin.

The 1972 Stephen Schwartz/Roger O. Hirson musical is esteemed for its music and movement, but AYT’s production is also a feast for the eyes because of the unique costumes that are worn by the Players and the other characters who appear in the show’s highly evocative play-within-a-play.

Alliance Youth Theatre’s Lauren Barnhart Perry was responsible for costuming Pippin. It’s a passion she’s been indulging since the age of 14, when she began creating the costumes for the shows her father produced at the middle school in which he taught.

“I just love costumes … and any excuse for being in costume or creating costumes,” Lauren effused from her perch on the orange couch in the Alliance’s main gallery on Monday evening.

In pursuing her avocation, Perry joins a tradition that traces its origins to the ancient Greek playwright Aeschylus, who created costumes in the 5th century B.C. for actors to wear when performing his tragedies. In the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, scenery and costumes became increasingly important elements of stage plays. A desire for greater accuracy in costume design began to take hold between 1770 and 1870 due to a dramatic increase in the number of stage performances and because audiences were now more familiar with the clothing worn by people from cultures around the globe.

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The Alliance Youth Theatre will produce Children of Eden JR. December 6-8 (11-22-19)

Adam, Eve, Noah and the “Father” who created them deal with the headstrong, cataclysmic actions of their respective children. As generations pass, faith and loyalty are tested, but the bonds of family and love remain strong. Based on the story of Genesis, the age-old conflict of parents and children takes the stage in a new adaptation of Stephen Schwartz’s epic and heartfelt musical.

Performances will be December 6 & 7 at 7:30 p.m. and December 7 & 8 at 2:00 p.m.

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Theatre Conspiracy’s 20th Annual New Play Contest is December 14 (11-22-19)

Theatre Conspiracy at the Alliance for the Arts will hold its 2st Annual New Play Contest on Saturday, December 14. The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with a reception in the gallery with food, wine and drink. At 7:30, Theatre Conspiracy will conduct readings from its top three finalists. Following the last reading, the audience chooses the winner. That play will receive the Janet & Bruce Bunch New Play Contest Award and be produced during the company’s 2019-2020 season.

The New Play Contest provides opportunity for audiences to get involved with the production process itself, rather than the end result. The last three winners were Engagement Rules by Rick Orloff, Repossessed by Greg Lam, and Noli Timeri by Jared Michael Delaney.

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‘Mountaintop’ two-person drama set in Lorraine Hotel night before Dr. King’s assassination (11-22-19)

Theatre Conspiracy at the Alliance for the Arts is bringing The Mountaintop to the Foulds Theatre boards January 16-26. Written by Katori Hall and directed by Rick Sebastian, The Mountaintop is a two-person drama about the last day of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The entire play is set in the Lorraine Hotel room, the evening before his assassination. King is alone, trying to create yet another powerful speech. When he orders a cup of coffee from room service, a mysterious woman arrives, bringing much more than a late-night beverage. What follows is a reflective, often funny, often touching conversation in which Dr. King examines his achievements, his failures and his unfinished dreams.

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He was Frederick Douglass, now Derek Lively will portray Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in ‘Mountaintop’ (11-22-19)

Since relocating to Fort Myers from New York City in 2015, Lively has starred as Walter Lee Younger in Theatre Conspiracy at the Alliance’s production of Lorraine Hanberry’s A Raisin in the Sun following a strong performance as Canewell in August Wilson’s Seven Guitars. But perhaps his most memorable role was that of Frederick Douglass in The Agitators. Now he will portray Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in The Mountaintop, a loving, touching humorous portrayal of the man behind the legend.

For more on Derek’s staged credits, go here. And to learn more about Derek’s process and intentionality, read Derek’s May, 2018 interview.

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Sonya McCarter to play Camae opposite Derek Lively in Katori Hall’s ‘Mountaintop’ (11-22-19)

 

Sonya McCarter is an actor, director, an instructor in the Alliance for the Arts’ CHANGE (Communities Harnessing the Arts to Nurture and Grow Equity) program, and the Alliance’s Community Engagement Coordinator. Her acting credits include the part of Corryn Fell in Gideon’s Knot, Ntozake Shange’s choreopoem For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf, appearances in two episodes of the television show Burn Notice and the film The Florida Project. And in her next role, she’ll play Camae opposite Derek Lively in Katori Hall’s The Mountaintop.

For more on Sonya’s theatrical credits, read here.

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Broadway Palm presenting McCleary-written and directed ‘Sounds of Music’ (11-22-19)

Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre is presenting Sounds of Christmas now through December 25, 2019. This special show was written, directed and choreographed by Broadway Palm’s own Amy Marie McCleary.

Sounds of Christmas is a joyous musical revue that is centered around Poindexter the elf and his last-minute shuffle to create a musical playlist for Santa’s Christmas Eve flight. The production embraces holiday music and memories in a holly jolly celebration that highlights what makes the holidays truly meaningful. You’ll hear classics along with more contemporary songs you know and love including Santa Claus Is Coming to Town, Little Drummer Boy, All I Want For Christmas Is You, Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree, Run Run Rudolph and more.

And this holiday extravaganza wouldn’t be complete without a visit from the big guy himself…Santa Claus! This fun-filled celebration is perfect for all ages and will remind you why this is the most wonderful time of the year!

“I was inspired by my own Christmas traditions with my family and friends,” says McCleary. “So many of our Christmas memories are colored by the music of the season and I wanted to highlight all those special tunes in unique ways.”

The cast is comprised of many making their Broadway Palm debut along with audience favorites including newlyweds Troy Bruchwalski and Katherine Walker Hill, whose love story began right on Broadway Palm’s stage during Irving Berlin’s White Christmas in December 2016.

Performances are Tuesday through Sunday evenings with selected matinees. Tickets are $48 to $73 with children and group prices available. Tickets are now on sale and can be reserved by calling (239) 278-4422, visiting BroadwayPalm.com or in person at 1380 Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers.

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Broadway Palm’s ‘Sounds of Christmas’ stars Katherine Walker Hill (11-22-19)

Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre is presenting Sounds of Christmas now through December 25, 2019. This special show was written, directed and choreographed by Broadway Palm’s own Amy Marie McCleary and stars Troy Bruchwalski and Katherine Walker Hill.

Most Southwest Florida theater lovers know McCleary through her work as Prather Entertainment Group’s resident director/choreographer. In that capacity, she has staged more than 50 productions. Among Amy’s favorite director/choreographer credits are Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. It’s a show that not only worked its magic on the audiences who saw it, but on Troy Bruchwalski and Katherine Walker Hill, who played Bob Wallace and Betty Haynes. Wallace and Haynes fall in love at the end of the story and, presumably, go on to entertain together and live happily ever after.

Bruchwalski and Hill fell in love in real life during White Christmas and went on to marry. Now they are entertaining together. They were in Clue the Musical together and are now playing on-stage husband and wife in Sounds of Christmas.

In addition to White Christmas, Katherine’ extensive stage credits include Janet Van De Graaff in The Drowsy Chaperone (Maples Repertory Theatre, Macon, MO), Glinda in The Wizard of Oz (where her performance was called “refreshing … definitely the performance of the night”), Show Boat (ensemble/understudy at Prather’s Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre), Lettie in Something’s Afoot (Dutch Apple), Evita (ensemble/Broadway Palm), Miss Scarlet in Clue the Musical (at both Broadway Palm and Dutch Apple), Mary Hatch in A Wonderful Life (at both Broadway Palm and Dutch Apple), Estelle Genovese and Molly MacGregor in The Full Monty, and Peggy Jones in The Andrews Brothers in the Off-Broadway Palm.

Kat is a proud Tennessean, a Webster Conservatory graduate and over-the-moon aunt. Besides Mary Bailey in A Wonderful Life, her favorite roles include Kathy Selden in Singin’ in the Rain, Shiela in A Chorus Line, and Elaine in Arsenic & Old Lace.

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Broadway Palm’s ‘Sounds of Christmas’ stars Troy Bruchwalski (11-22-19)

Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre is presenting Sounds of Christmas now through December 25, 2019. This special show was written, directed and choreographed by Broadway Palm’s own Amy Marie McCleary and stars Troy Bruchwalski and Katherine Walker Hill.

Bruchwalski’s credits include Monty Python’s Spamalot National Tour 2018-2019 (Sir Dennis Galahad, The Black Knight, Prince Herbert’s Father), Aldolpho in The Drowsy Chaperone (Maples Repertory Theatre in Macon MO), Gaylor Ravenal in Show Boat (Prather Dutch Apple Theatre), Nigel Rancour in Something’s Afoot (Prather Dutch Apple Theatre), Bob Wallace in Iriving Berlin’s White Christmas (Dutch Apple & Broadway Palm), the Phantom in Yeston & Kopit’s Phantom (Dutch Apple & Broadway Palm).

Other roles include Father in Ragtime’s national tour, King Arthur/Sir Lionel in the national tour of Camelot, Freddy-Eynsford Hill in My Fair Lady, Javert in Les Miserables, Vice Principal Douglas Panch in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Gaston in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, and Shrek in Shrek: The Musical. He has also appeared in The World Goes Round (for Interplayers Theatre Company), The Last Romance (for The Old Creamery Theatre Company), A Chorus Line (for Thingimajig Theatre Company), Anyone Can Whistle (Lakeland Civic Theatre), Tecumseh! (for Scioto Society) and Magic Flute (for Talespinners Children’s Theatre).

Troy holds a Bachelor of Music in Opera from the Cleveland Institute of Music and is currently pursuing his NASM Personal Training certification. He plays piano, guitar, tuba and trumpet, and is versed in tango, waltz and beginner tap.

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Spotlight on ‘Sounds of Christmas’ writer, director and choreographer Amy Marie McCleary (11-22-19)

Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre is presenting Sounds of Christmas now through December 25, 2019. This special show was written, directed and choreographed by Broadway Palm’s own Amy Marie McCleary.

“I was inspired by my own Christmas traditions with my family and friends,” says McCleary about the show. “So many of our Christmas memories are colored by the music of the season and I wanted to highlight all those special tunes in unique ways.”

Amy Marie McCleary is a multi-faceted musical theater artist who works as an actor, director and choreographer in local and regional theater. Most Southwest Florida theater lovers know McCleary more through her work as Prather Entertainment Group’s resident director/choreographer. In that capacity, she has staged more than 50 productions. Among Amy’s favorite director/choreographer credits are Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. So it’s not surprising that she’d be inspired to write and produce a Christmas show of her own.

Amy’s overall body of work is as prestigious as it prodigious. Go here to see Amy full theatrical profile.

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‘Christmas Carol Live Radio Play’ in Off Broadway Palm through Christmas Day (11-22-19)

The Off Broadway Palm Theatre presents A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play playing now through December 25, 2019. The Charles Dickens classic comes alive on stage, but with a twist! The story of Ebenezer Scrooge and his discovery of the true meaning of Christmas is reimagined and told as a 1940s radio broadcast complete with vintage commercials, live sound effects and musical underscoring. The small cast brings dozens of characters to life as three ghosts take Scrooge on a thrilling journey through Christmas past, present and future.

The Off Broadway Palm is an intimate 100-seat theatre, located in the main lobby of Broadway Palm. Performances are Tuesday through Sunday evenings with selected matinees. Ticket prices range from $42 to $62 with discounts available for children and groups of 20 or more. Tickets are now on sale and can be reserved by calling (239) 278-4422, visiting BroadwayPalm.com or in person at 1380 Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers.

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CFABS Youth Players to perform ‘Ghost Tale for Mr. Dickens Jr.’ (11-22-19)

Magic Tree House: A Ghost Tale for Mr. Dickens Jr. will be performed by the CFABS Youth Players in the Hinman Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday through Saturday, December 19 – 21, with a 2:00 p.m. matinuee on Saturday, December 21.

Magic Tree House: A Ghost Tale for Mr. Dickens Jr. is an adaptation of book #44 of Mary Pope Osborne’s award-winning fantasy adventure books from the Magic Tree House book series. The magic tree house whisks Jack and Annie back in time to the foggy streets of Victorian London, where they meet the famous well-off author, Charles Dickens, who has a severe case of writer’s block. Jack and Annie also witness the hardships faced by the poor, and their efforts to help only land them in prison. Mr. Dickens rescues Jack and Annie, and they, in turn, help him escape the sad memories that haunt him. In the process, they inspire Mr. Dickens to write one of the greatest holiday stories of all time.

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Upcoming staged readings auditions at Center for Performing Arts Bonita (11-22-19)

The Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs will be conducting staged readings at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, January 10, 2020. It will conduct auditions for them at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 17 and 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 18. Auditions will be cold readings from scripts as assigned at the audition. Although walk-ins are always welcome, you can request a preferred date and time in advance via email at theaterfilm@artsbonita.org.

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Spectacular Christmas Revue coming to Cultural Park Theatre December 11-15 (11-22-19)

Cultural Park Theatre’s 2019 holiday show is one of its most anticipated productions. Once again this year, the theatre is taking the season’s favorite holiday songs, adding some pop music and sprinkling in a cast of children, adults and Santa Claus. It’s the tried and true recipe for a most “spectacular” Christmas show! It runs December 11 through the 15, so save the dates.

Cultural Park Theatre is located at 528 Cultural Park Blvd., Cape Coral, FL 33990. for more information, please visit http://www.culturalparktheater.com or telephone 239-772-5862.

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Florida Rep extends ‘Always … Patsy Cline” through December 1 (11-22-19)

Due to unprecedented demand for tickets, Florida Rep has extended Always … Patsy Cline to December 1.

Playing to sold-out audiences in the ArtStage Studio Theatre, the heartfelt musical is a celebration of Patsy Cline’s life and music, and features all of her most beloved songs, including “Walkin’ After Midnight,” “I Fall to Pieces,” and the number one Jukebox hit of all time, “Crazy.” Written and originally directed by Ted Swindley, this compelling true story celebrates the most popular female country singer in recording history and is told through the eyes of her biggest fan and unlikely best friend, Louise Seger.

The Rep has already extended the musical’s run by two weeks, but demand has only increased since the shows’ opening in late September.

The response from audiences and critics alike has been overwhelmingly popular. Florida Weekly‘s Nancy Stetson called the production “spectacular,” saying it is “the best production of the jukebox musical I’ve ever seen!” Emily Yorgey of BroadwayWorld raved, saying she “enjoyed every moment!”

“Patsy’s music has struck a chord with Southwest Florida audiences, and we are so happy to be able to add another week to this popular run,” said Florida Rep Artistic Director Greg Longenhagen. “The ArtStage Studio Theatre is transformed, and when you walk in, you’re immersed in Patsy’s world. We’ve assembled a top-notch cast and a world-class band to bring this music to vivid life, so we don’t want anyone to miss this one. Call now while tickets are still available.”

Originally set to close on November 24, the added performances extend the show’s run into the holiday season during Thanksgiving week. The added performances are Tuesday, November 26 at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 27 at 2:00 and 7:00 p.m., Friday, November 29 at 8:00 p.m., Saturday, November 30 at 2:00 and 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 1 at 2:00 p.m. (There are no shows on Thanksgiving.)

Tickets start at $55. For this musical, onstage cafe table seating is available for $75 and includes two drinks per person and table service. Tickets are available online at www.FloridaRep.org and through the box office at 239-332-4488.

Always…Patsy Cline stars Becky Barta as Louise Seger and Bethany Gwen Perkins as Patsy Cline, and both New York actors have a history with the musical. Perkins reprises her role after a recent appearance at The Depot Theatre in Ithaca, New York, and Barta’s appearance at Florida Rep marks her 30th production of the musical as either Louise or Patsy.

Florida Rep Ensemble Member Maureen Heffernan directed the production after recently helming Florida Rep’s The Miracle Worker, Sylvia, and others. Heffernan is joined by Musical Director Alex Shields (Cabaret), Set Designer Tim Billman (Too Marvelous for Words), Costume Designer Kristina Tollefson (Florida Rep Debut), Lighting Designer Anne Carncross (Florida Rep debut), Sound Designer Katie Lowe (Million Dollar Quartet) and ensemble Stage Manager Amy Massari (Native Gardens).

The band features Alex Shields (musical director/piano), Matthew Koller (drums), Roger Rettig (pedal steel), and David Sonneborn (bass).

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Lab’s 24-Hour Playwriting Project is November 23 (11-22-19)

The Laboratory Theater 24-Hour Playwriting Project is back! It happens November 23rd.

A perennial favorite, the premise is simple – take four playwrights, lock them the theater overnight to create a show that will be performed on stage the very next evening. They are given a series of items, costumes, sounds, and lines that must be included, all before learning the overarching theme of the play. Following a sleepless night of writing, they meet their directors after breakfast for some edits and then their scripts are whisked away to be printed. At lunch, they meet the actors who will be performing their work. A few hours later, the curtain rises. The winner is determined by both the audience and a panel of professional judges.

Go here for the rest of this announcement.

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Spotlight on Lab 2019 24-Hour playwright Candice Sanzari (11-22-19)

The Laboratory Theater 24-Hour Playwriting Project is under way. The playwrights have been told this year’s theme, chosen their wardrobes and props, and been given the lines and sound cues they must incorporate into their 15-20 minute one act plays. One of the 2019 fantastic foursome of playwrights, Candice Sanzari is a talented young writer whose genres include prose, poetry and scripts. An emerging playwright, her previous works include Dead Weight, Trash Talk and Other Damages, and Thanksgiving is for Nutters. She wrote the latter work during last year’s 24-Hour Playwriting Project, where it deservedly won the Critics’ Choice Award.

Go here for more.

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Spotlight on Lab 2019 24-Hour playwright Aricka Shuck (11-22-19)

The Laboratory Theater 24-Hour Playwriting Project is under way. The playwrights have been told this year’s theme, chosen their wardrobes and props, and been given the lines and sound cues they must incorporate into their 15-20 minute one act plays. One of the 2019 fearsome foursome playwrights, Aricka Shuck is a local actor and aspiring playwright. She participated in The Lab’s 24-Hour Playwriting Project in 2015, penning a one-act play titled INNdiffernet in a mere matter of hours.

Go here for the rest of Aricka’s theatrical resume.

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Spotlight on Lab’s 2019 24-Hour playwright Darlyne Franklin (11-22-19)

The Laboratory Theater 24-Hour Playwriting Project is under way. The playwrights have been told this year’s theme, chosen their wardrobes and props, and been given the lines and sound cues they must incorporate into their 15-20 minute one act plays. One of the 2019 fantastic foursome of playwrights, Darlyne Franklin participated in last year’s Playwriting Challenge. When asked about this year’s competition, Darlyne said, “I love the challenge of writing a short play with prompts and limits and in 24 hours seeing it come to life on the stage.”

Go here for the balance of Darlyne’s impressive credentials.

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Spotlight on Lab 2019 24-Hour playwright Kayleigh O’Connell (11-22-19)

The Laboratory Theater 24-Hour Playwriting Project is under way. The playwrights have been told this year’s theme, chosen their wardrobes and props, and been given the lines and sound cues they must incorporate into their 15-20 minute one act plays. One of the 2019 fab four playwrights, Kayleigh O’Connell has been working in theater for twenty years. Over that span, she had done everything from performing, stage management, set design and playwriting.

“Storytelling is the thread that connects us with our past, ourselves and most vitally with each other,” notes Kayleigh. “It is the first language we shared before mathematics and science. It is so crucial to honor the oral tradition and theater has allowed me to be a part of that legacy. The 24 Hour Playwriting Project presents a fascinating challenge as well as a truly communal experience with my fellow playwrights. Having been on the other side of this process as an actor, I truly value the collaboration and look forward to forging the work with my director and actors.”

Go here for Kayleigh’s full profile.

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Improv returns to The Lab November 30 with Scared Scriptless Comedy Lab (11-22-19)

After back-to-back-to-back sold-out performances, Scared Scriptless Comedy Lab returns to The Laboratory Theater of Florida on November 30 for a night of hilarious antics, musical comedy, and on-the-spot jokes. Every facet of the uproarious improvised show is based on audience suggestions. With years of performance experience, Scared Scriptless Comedy Lab delivers a side-splitting, one-of-a-kind show every time.

Scared Scriptless is composed of Leigh Shein, Nick Hernandez, Kea McElfresh, Bill Owens, Andrew Florance and Steve Cobb. And joining the troupe for this performance is Tim Soszko, who comes from Chicago’s Second City and Improv Olympics.

Scared Scriptless offers a unique mixture of both short- and long-form improv, creating an entertaining evening of family-friendly laughter that is fast-paced, musical, and completely improvised. While no two shows are the same, they are always packed with hysterically funny songs, sketches, and jokes created instantaneously based on your suggestions. For the more adventurous, there are occasional opportunities to join the cast on stage.

Individual tickets for the 7:00 p.m. performance on Friday, November 30 are $15 per person and are available at www.LaboratoryTheaterFlorida.com or by calling (239)218-0481. The theater is located in the River District of Fort Myers at 1634 Woodford Ave., Fort Myers, FL 33901.

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Spotlight on Scared Scriptless Comedy Lab tech Leigh Shein (11-22-19)

Chicagoan, Leigh Shein took his first improv class with Second City in 1979 and has since studied and worked all over the world. He was a founding member of Bay Area Improv Theater and currently directs and hosts Harry’s Senior Moment. In addition to Scared Scriptless Comedy Lab, Leigh is also a member of Gene Pool Party, an improv group of dads and their daughters. He teaches improv to all ages including kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

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Spotlight on Scared Scriptless Comedy Lab tech Nick Hernandez (11-22-19)

Nick Hernandez has been doing improv for 4 years. He has been in many productions in various theaters. He is currently in college studying to be a sound engineer for theater and artist performances. He is glad to now be a part of this improv group.

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Spotlight on Scared Scriptless Comedy Lab tech Kea ‘Mac’ McElfresh (11-22-19)

Kea “Mac” McElfresh has been with Scared Scriptless Comedy Lab for nearly two years. As a Miami Improv Member of “Impromedy”, she was glad to finally find an improv family in Fort Myers. Mac is currently teaching theatre at Estero High School and serves the community as District VI Jr. Thespian Chair. She brings a wealth of knowledge and crazy characters to the stage.

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Spotlight on Scared Scriptless Comedy Lab tech Bill Owens (11-22-19)

Bill Owens has the privilege of performing with fellow cast members, Steve Cobb, Leigh Shein and Kea McElfresh in the local improv troupes Scared Scriptless Comedy Lab and Gene Pool Party. He was also a member of Harry’s Senior Moment and Dueling Swords. Bill’s passion for improvisation began only three years ago when his determined kids persuaded him to get out of his comfort zone and take an improv class. When not making a fool of himself on the improv stage, Bill practices law as a business and real estate attorney.

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Spotlight on Scared Scriptless Comedy Lab tech Andrew Florance (11-22-19)

Andrew Florance was born in Tucson, AZ in the back of the O.K. Corral. After escaping from his crib for the 6th time he started traveling with a comedy troupe of babies. They traveled through Georgia, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Ohio, before ending up in Florida. When he grew too old for the Crying Laughing baby troupe he traveled the U.S. and Europe to perfect his comedic skills in the corporate world, making jokes at the office level until he found Scared Scriptless Comedy Lab. He’s been performing with Scared Scriptless Comedy Lab happily ever after.

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Spotlight on Scared Scriptless Comedy Lab tech Steve Cobb (11-22-19)

Steve Cobb has been professionally doing improv for over 6 years. Steve currently is the creative director, show runner and cast member for the following improv groups: Scared Scriptless Comedy Lab, Gene Pool Party Improv (dads and their daughters), and Musical Swords Improv. Gene Pool Party Improv has performed locally in Southwest Florida, at the 2017 Palm Beach Improv Festival, the 2018 Palm Beach Improv Festival, and at the 2018 Miami Improv Festival, among several recognized national and international troupes. Musical Swords Improv debuted in the 2018 Palm Beach Improv Festival.

Steve coaches and trains the youth improv troupe Foot Milk Experience Improv. He is the former coach and director of Mission Improvable Youth Improv, and New and Improv’d Youth Improv.

Steve has hosted improv shows throughout the state of Florida, including at the Naples Players Sugden Theatre and the Bonita Springs Center for the Arts. Steve has taught workshops throughout the state, including at the 2018 Palm Beach Improv Festival and for the FGCU Improv Club. He has worked extensively with the FGCU Improv Club. Steve was a judge in Sarasota for the Regional College Improv Tournament in 2017. Steve has performed with many local and national improvisors all around the state, including with “Stacked- All Female Musical Revue” in Sarasota, Florida, as part of an instructor show at the Palm Beach Improv Festival, and with other troupes throughout the state as a guest featured player.

Steve is also a stage actor. His credits include Moon Over Buffalo for the CFABS Players.

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 More on ‘Scared Scriptless’ guest Tim Soszko (11-22-19)

Tim Soszko is joining Scared Scriptless for its 7:00 p.m. improve show at Lab Theater on November 30. He comes from Chicago’s Second City and Improv Olympics.

In Chicago, Tim Soszko performs with a musical improv group called The Deltones, as well as a news-based improv show called The Breakdown. He has taught all sorts of classes with Second City, IO Chicago, The Revival, The Actors Training Center, Columbia College, Loyola University, and The Kemper Foundation. He is also a voiceover artist, emcee, auctioneer, and a producer of the Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival.

Tim has been all over North America and Europe, speaking, teaching, and performing. Many people find Tim funny. His wife and children do not.

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Florida premiere of ‘Let Nothing You Dismay’ opens at Lab Theater on December 6 (11-22-19)

The Florida premiere of Let Nothing You Dismay opens December 6 at The Laboratory Theater of Florida.

Set during Christmas in a hospital waiting room, this fast-paced comedy focuses on a couple about to adopt their first child… and then the entire extended family decides to make a surprise visit.

Eight talented comedic actors portray 22 different roles. The play features Amanda Collins, David Cooley, Danielle Channell, Scott Davis, Kristen Wilson, Todd Lyman, Holly Zammerilla and Ken Johnson.

Go here for the rest of this advance.

And go here for play dates, times and ticket info.

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Spotlight on ‘Nothing You Dismay’ actor Danielle Channell (11-22-19)

Talented comedic actor Danielle Channell is part of the Let Nothing You Dismay cast. Past credits include Sheri Steinberg-Johnes in Mitch Albom’s And the Winner Is …., producer Julia Budder in It’s Only a Play, Broadway producer Elsa Von Grossenkneuten in The Musical Comedy Murders of the 1940s and the beautiful, charming and talented Meg McGrath in Beth Henley’s Southern Gothic tragi-comedy, Crimes of the Heart.

Go here for Danielle’s full profile.

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Spotlight on ‘Nothing You Dismay’ actor Todd Lyman (11-22-19)

Todd Lyman is part of the cast of Let Nothing You Dismay. Todd’s credits credits include Thomas Putnam in The Crucible, multiple roles (Customers 3, 6 and 9) in Lab Theater’s production of Zalman Velvel’s farce D.M.V., Teddy in Mitch Albom’s And the Winner Is …, theater critic Ira Drew in Terrence McNally’s It’s Only a Play (which marked Todd’s Lab Theater debut), Bud Frump in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Enoch Snow in Carousel, Hysterium in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Ivan in Anton Chekhov’s The Marriage Proposal.

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Spotlight on ‘Nothing You Dismay’ actor Kenneth Bradley Johnson (11-22-19)

Ken Johnson is part of the Let Nothing You Dismay cast. Born in Puerto Rico one month before the Cuban missile crisis, Ken Johnson got his start in community theater performing with his dad at the tender age of 8. He attended the John Houseman’s Conservatory of Acting program at the University of Southern California and went on to a wild career in acting that was denoted by four national tours, two European tours, and more than 3,000 hours performing in the lead in Me and My Girl, 14 productions of West Side Story and 9 productions of The Will Rogers Follies.

Go here for Ken’s full profile.

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‘Inspecting Carol’ opening at New Phoenix on December 6 (11-22-19)

Inspecting Carol opens at New Phoenix Theatre on December 6. What’s it about? Well, think A Christmas Carol meets The Government Inspector meets Noises Off.

To be more precise, Inspecting Carol is a behind-the-scenes farce about a financially-strapped third-rate theater company struggling to put on its annual production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. The costumes reek and don’t fit. And the self-absorbed actor playing Scrooge is trying to rewrite the play. (The audacity!) But worst of all, the company is on the verge of collapse. The company only managed to secure half their expected subscribers and is dangerously close to losing its NEA funding.

You’ll find the rest of this advance here.

And go here for ‘Inspecting Carol’s play dates, times and ticket info.

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Spotlight on ‘Inspecting Carol’ director Joey Bostic (11-22-19)

Inspecting Carol opens at New Phoenix Theatre on December 6. Making his directorial debut is Joey Bostic, whose portrayal of Dr. Frank-N-Furter for New Phoenix in The Rocky Horror Show is still a hot topic of discussion among local theater goers. “I did student directing a Creative Theatre Workshop [a community based non-profit organization that encourages and promotes an interest in the theatrical arts by providing workshops and producing full-length musical productions in order to educate, entertain, and enrich the community], but there I was working alongside Michelle Hamstra.” But he’s more than equipped to take the reins on this show.

Go here to view all of his stage credits.

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Spotlight on ‘Inspecting Carol’ actor Sam Bostic (11-22-19)

Sam Bostic will be playing the role of Walter E. Parsons in New Phoenix Theatre’s production of Daniel Sullivan’s Inspecting Carol. Some of Sam’s acting credits include Riff Raff in New Phoenix Theatre’s production of Richard O’Brien’s Rocky Horror Show, Joe Hargity in the world premiere of Zalman Velvel’s D.M.V. (Lab Theater), Lenny in Neil Simon’s Rumors (New Phoenix Theatre), Pippin in Pippin, Lucas in The Addams Family, Elegba in In the Red and Brown Water, Naychem in In Flight: The Story of Sabine Van Dam (for Gulfshore Playhouse) and Adam in Miss Nelson is Missing. Go here for Sam’s full profile.

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Spotlight on ‘Inspecting Carol’ actor Carolyn England (11-22-19)

Carolyn England will appear in the role of Dorothy Tree Hapgood in New Phoenix Theatre’s production of Daniel Sullivan’s Inspecting Carol. Carolyn’s previous stage credits include Rose in Engagement Rules and Lucy Stickler ( the long-suffering wife of a septuagenarian with a roving eye) in Murderers (both for Theatre Conspiracy at the Alliance for the Arts) and Ivan Menchell’s The Cemetery Club and Jack Neary’s The Porch (both for Cape Coral Cultural Park).

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Spotlight on ‘Inspecting Carol’ actor Cindi Heimberg (11-22-19)

Cindi Heimberg will be playing the part of Artistic Director Zorah Bloch in New Phoenix Theatre’s production of Daniel Sullivan’s Inspecting Carol. Previous credits include Marvin’s Room (nursing home administrator), Lavonda Dupree in Del Shores black comedy Sordid Lives, the neighbor in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane: A Parody of the Horror, Play On!, Deathtrap (where she played zany psychic Helga ten Dorp), Rumors, Barefoot in the Park, Men are Dogs, Musical Comedy Murders of the 1940s, and Last of the Red-Hot Lovers.

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Spotlight on ‘Inspecting Carol’ actor John D. Strealy (11-22-19)

John D. Strealy will be playing the part of Wayne Wellacre in New Phoenix Theatre’s production of Daniel Sullivan’s Inspecting Carol. He was last seen on the New Phoenix stage in the part of Ernie Cusack in Neil Simon’s Rumors. An aspiring young actor, John’s credits include klepto-director Sir Frank Finger in It’s Only a Play, Jason Shelburne in Body & Sold and Malvolio in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, in which he had a break-out performance as the pompous, pedantic and overbearingly pretentious steward, who becomes the butt of a cruel practical joke

You can access his entire profile here.

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TNP’s ‘She Loves Me’ perfect Christmas love story (11-22-19)

She Loves Me is coming to Blackburn Hall at The Naples Players beginning November 27. Winner of multiple Tony Awards, Drama Desk Awards, Laurence Olivier Awards and Critics Circle Awards, this is the perfect performance to usher in the Holiday Season.

Regarded by many as “The Perfect Christmas Love Story,” this heartfelt tale follows Amalia and Georg, two feuding clerks in a European parfumerie during the 1930s who secretly find solace in their anonymous romantic pen pals, little knowing that their respective correspondents are actually each other!

With a melodic and witty score by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick (Fiddler on the Roof) and a wonderful book by Joe Masteroff (Cabaret), She Loves Me is based on a play by Miklos Laszlo that also became the basis of the classic film The Shop Around the Corner and more recently You’ve Got Mail.

The show reunites Naples Players’ resident Sound Designer Bradley Van Houten and Broadway Sound Designer Joshua D. Reid, who’ve previously worked together in theaters across New York and even at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Nominated for three Tony awards for his work as an Associate Sound Designer, Reid is a great addition to The Naples Players family.

This dynamic duo have completely re-tuned and re-defined the theater’s sound system. “Vocals have gotten lost in the space in the past and we’ve restructured the way the show is being mixed, even how the vocals are being managed through the sound system,” adds Van Houten. “Audiences should be excited by this new change.”

The show runs through December 22. Showtimes are Wednesdays & Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. There will be a Sennsory-Friendly Performance at 7:30 p.m. on December 17.

Tickets are $35 to subscribers, $45 individual. Call 239.263.7990 or visit NaplesPlayers.org to reserve your seats.

 

 

 

 

 

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