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Visual & Performing Artists and events in the news October 22-31, 2023


This is who and what’s creating news in Southwest Florida’s visual and performing arts community this week:


1     ACTORS


Alexandra Adams makes Ghostbird debut in ‘No Single Body to Follow Me’

Alexandra Adams makes her Ghostbird Theatre Company debut in James Brock’s No Single Body to Follow Me, which plays November 9, 10 & 11 in the home studio of local textile designer, filmmaker and visual artist Mariapia Malerba. The FGCU senior theatre major’s was just seen as Veronica in Heathers the Musical for TheatreZone/FGCU. Her other stage credits include Horatio in Hamlet, Martha in The Secret Garden and Spiker in James and the Giant Peach. Read the rest of this Spotlight here.



Aubrey Barnhouse portrays Regina George for Melody Lane in ‘Mean Girls’

Aubrey Barnhouse plays the part of Regina George in Mean Girls High School Edition for Melody Lane Theatre. Past roles include Cosette in Melody Lane Theatre’s production of Les Miserables, Katherine Plumber in Newsies for Belle Theatre, Jasmine in Aladdin Jr., Jack’s Mom in Into The Woods, Morticia in Addams Family Jr. and the Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods Jr.



Tatum Bates making Ghostbird stage debut in ‘No Single Body for Me to Follow’

Tatum Baylee Bates is an aspiring film and theater actor. A theater major at Florida Gulf Coast University now in her third year, Tatum is poised to make her Ghostbird Theatre Company stage debut in Jim Brock’s No Single Body for Me to Follow. Tatum’s stage credits include Thorton Wilder’s Our Town for the Centers for the Performing Arts Bonita Springs Community Players, Hamlet in FGCU TheatreLab’s Hamlet, Katherine Stockmann in FGCU TheatreLab’s Enemy of the People, Livvy in Mountain Mamas in Florida Repertory Theatre’s Play Lab, Player #7 in The Wolves and Linda in Evil Dead: The Musical in Lab Theater Education’s summer intensive camp and Dr. Knef in Radium Girls. Read the rest of Tatum’s profile here.



Gerrie Benzing is Mother Superior in ‘Drinking Habits’ at Belle Theatre

A local stage and film actor, director, musical theatre instructor and the founder and creative director of, Gerrie Benzing plays Mother Superior in Drinking Habits for The Belle Theatre. Gerrie’s credits include Gertrude in Save Hamlet (for Lab Theater), Raven in Trouble (at the Vista View Mobile Home Estates) for Florida Rep, Brooke in Other Desert Cities for The Studio Players and Florence Ungar The Odd Couple: Female Version (Belle Theatre, 2022). Read Gerrie’s extensive theatrical credits here.



Lemec Bernard plays Sterling Johnson in August Wilson’s Radio Golf’

Lemec Bernard plays the part of Sterling Johnson in August Wilson’s Radio Golf. He has previously appeared in the roles of attorney Henry Brown in David Mamet’s Race at Lab Theater, multiple roles in Confusions (which consisted of three one-act plays, The Still Alarm by George S. Kauffman and Alan Ayckbourn’s Between Mouthfuls and A Talk in the Park), Hedley’s bestie Mister in August Wilson’s King Hedley II,  and Tom in Engagement Rules. Read the rest of Lemec’s theatrical credits here.



Gregg Birr in the role of Kiril in ‘Superior Donuts’

Gregg Birr appears in the role of Kiril in Tracy Lett’s Superior Donuts. Gregg’s previous credits include Bill in Hollywood Arms for Arts Center Theatre, Beer for Breakfast for The Studio Players, the delivery man in Neil Simon’s Barefoot in the Park (which he also stage managed), The Same Time Next Year, An Evening of Ten-Minute Plays, Emotional Baggage and High Noon in Boom and How They Talk in South Boston. Birr is a familiar face on Marco Island. He had been a frequent participant in the Marco Players Reader’s Theater, including roles in Words, Words, Words, Silver Alert, What the Dickens, Buford and Leroy, Biff and Blanche, The Story of a Very Good Catch, and Matterhorn and the Wedding Story.



Joey Bostic reprises the role of Frank-N-Furter in ‘Rocky Horror’ for Fort Myers Theatre

Joey Bostic reprises the role of Frank-N-Furter in Rocky Horror for Fort Myers Theatre. He previously played the part for Fort Myers Theatre in 2022 and for New Phoenix Theatre in 2019. Bostic’s previous credits include Mary Sunshine in Chicago for Gypsy Playhouse, work in the ensemble of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street for Lab Theater, Benny in Rent at Fort Myers Theatre, and virgin-turned-vampire Madeleine Astarte in Charles Busch’s Vampire Lesbians of Sodom for the Alliance for the ArtsGo here to read the rest of Bostic’s theatrical credits.



Allison Ceralde goes phantom in ‘Rocky Horror Show’

Allison Ceralde is one of the phantoms at Dr. Frank-N-Furter’s castle in Fort Myers Theatre’s production of The Rocky Horror Show. Among Allison’s prior stage credits are work in the ensemble of Beauty and the Beast at Fort Myers Theatre, Sophie in Mamma Mia!, Shulie in Schoolhouse Rock Live and Sally Perks in Puffs.



Tijuanna Clemons is Mame Wilks in ‘Radio Golf”

Tijuanna Clemons appears in the role of Mame Wilks in Theatre Conspiracy at the Alliance for the Arts’ production of August Wilson’s Radio Golf. This is Tijuanna’s fourth August Wilson play, her other roles being Ruby in King Hedley II, Bertha Holly in Joe Turner’s Come and Gone and Louise in Seven Guitars, all for Theatre Conspiracy at the Alliance for the Arts. Read the rest of Tijuanna’s theatrical credits here.



Ryan Porter Craig is Father Chenille in ‘Drinking Habits’ at Belle Theatre

Ryan Porter Craig appears as Father Chenille in Drinking Habits at Belle Theatre. Previous credits include the Wolf and Prince Charming Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods (at new Phoenix Theatre), the voice of Audrey II for Belle Theatre in Little Shop of Horrors, multiple roles for Gulf Coast Symphony in their holiday revue, Snowbird Follies and the dual roles of Dr. Henry Jekyll and Edward Hyde in New Phoenix Theatre’s production of Jekyll & Hyde the Musical.



Mike Dinko is Arthur Przybyszewski in Tracy Letts’ ‘Superior Donuts’

Mike Dinko plays the part of down-and-out donut shop owner Arthur Przysyszewski in The Studio Players production of Tracy Letts’ dramedy Superior Donuts. Among Mike other stage credits are the roles of Roy in Lab Theater/LabTV’s hybrid production of Nancy Stetson’s Rest Stops of America, Customers 1 and 8 in Lab Theater’s production of Zalman Velvel’s D.M.V., a guardian angel in Boberg’s Timer and a buddy in Junk in the Trunk in Lab’s inaugural Festival of Tens  and one of the Castilian brothers in The Odd Couple, Female Version. You will find more on Mikes theatrical credits here.



Chloe Elliott-Chan appears for Ghostbird in Brock’s ‘No Single Body for Me to Follow’

Chloe Elliott-Chan appears for Ghostbird Theatre Company in Jim Brock’s poem-play No Single Body for Me to Follow. A theatre major at Florida Gulf Coast University, Chloe has performed in a number of productions in FGCU’s TheatreLab, including Hamlet, An Enemy of the People, Antigone and On Baile’s Strand. Chloe is also an alumni of FSW’s theatre department, which she credits as being the foundation of her theatre education. There she participated in their productions of This Random World, She Kills Monsters and Sonnets for an Old Century, among others. At Lab Theater, Chloe has played Bernadette in Lab’s summer spoof Save Hamlet and Madam de Tourvel in Les Liaisons Dangereuses.



Jorja Evans plays Taylor Wedell for Melody Lane Theatre in ‘Mean Girls’

Jorja Evans appears in the role of Taylor Wedell in Mean Girls High School Edition for Melody Lane Theatre. Her previous credits include Les Miserables in Melody Lane Theatre’s 2023 encore production, one of Jesus’ modern-day disciples in Godspell for Fort Myers Theatre, Amy March in Little Women, Miss Honey in Matilda, Jr., Mrs. McKee in The Great Gatsby, Margot Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank and Ursula in Fort Myers Theatre’s summer show The Little Mermaid Jr. (2020).



Emily Feichthaler plays Caitlyn Caussin in ‘Mean Girls High School Edition’

Emily Feichthaler plays Caitlyn Caussin and a French teacher for Melody Lane Theatre in Mean Girls High School Edition. Her stage credits include work in the ensemble of Footloose for Cultural Park Theatre, Heather Duke (Green Heather) in The Belle Theatre’s production of Heathers the Musical Teen Edition (2023); Vicki/Maggie/Judy in A Chorus Line Teen Edition for Melody Lane Theatre (2023), Little Eponine in Les Miserables for Melody Lane Theatre (2021), Footloose for Fort Myers Theatre (2021), Matilda in Matilda the Musical JR. for Creative Theater Workshop and Eva in Bring It On for The Belle Theatre. Read the rest of Emily’s extensive credits here.



Marilyn Hilbert is Lady Boyle in ‘Superior Donuts’

Marilyn Hilbert plays the part of Lady Boyle for The Studio Players in Tracy Lett’s Superior Donuts. Marilyn’s prior stage credits include Doris in Ivan Menchell’s The Cemetery Club, Laugh, Cry, Pee, Repeat! for The Marco Players, the role of retired lawyer, Greenwich Village activist and art gallery proprietor Gladys Green in The Studio Players’ production of The Waverly Gallery, Over the River, Sonja in the Marco Players’ production of Tango at 2:30, Ethyl in On Golden Pond, Daisy in Driving Miss DaisyRose’s Dilemma, Take Five, Plaza Suite, The Last Romance, Sunset Park and Love Loss and What I Wore. There’s more. Read here.



Mark King appears as a phantom in ‘Rocky Horror’

Mark King appears for Fort Myers Theatre as one of the phantoms in The Rocky Horror Show. Mark has previously appeared as Guildenstern for Lab Theater in its summer spoof, Save Hamlet, Amos Hart in Chicago for Gypsy Playhouse (in which he was anything but cellophane), in the ensemble of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street for Lab Theater, various roles (Sholes, Harry, Bird) in Lab Theater’s 2022 summer spoof of the 1963 Alfred Hitchcock horror film The Birds, as Major Domo in Dangerous Liaisons, as Trekkie Monster in Avenue Q and comedian Eddie McCuen in The Musical Comedy Murders of the 1940s.



Terry Lavy narrates ‘The Rocky Horror Show’ 

Terry Lavy reprises the role of the Narrator in Fort Myers Theatre’s production of The Rocky Horror Show (having previously played the part in 2022). Terry’s recent stage credits include Mayor Shinn in The Music Man Musical (2023) for Fort Myers Theatre, the Ghost and Hamlet’s father in Save Hamlet at Lab Theater (2023), Cogsworth in Beauty and the Beast for Fort Myers Theatre (2023), the detective and Hunyak’s defense attorney and the prosecutor in Chicago for Gypsy Playhouse (2023). View Terry’s stage credits here.



Emma Luke-Said inhabits persona of Magenta in Fort Myers Theatre’s ‘Rocky Horror’

Emma Luke-Said inhabits the persona of Magenta in Rocky Horror at Fort Myers Theatre. Emma’s prior stage credits include Princess Badroulbadour for The Belle Theatre in Disenchanted the Musical, Mrs. Beauregarde for Fort Myers Theatre in Willy Wonka, work in the ensemble of Beauty and the Beast for Fort Myers Theatre, Go-to-Hell Kitty and work in the ensemble of Chicago for Gypsy Playhouse, and work in the ensemble of both Rent and Rocky Horror at Fort Myers Theatre, where she also played the part of Sister Berta in The Sound of Music.



Allison Lund is Riff Raff in Fort Myers Theatre’s ‘Rocky Horror’

Allison Lund appears for Fort Myers Theatre in the role of Riff Raff in The Rocky Horror Show. Allison’s previous credits include Bernadette in POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass Are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive for Lab Theater, June in Chicago for Gypsy Playhouse, Magenta for Fort Myers Theatre in The Rocky Horror Show, both Stage Manager and Ensemble member in Rent, Clairee Belcher in Steel Magnolias and Jordan Baker in The Great Gatsby.



Cicero McCarter plays Old Joe Barlow in August Wilson’s ‘Radio Golf’ 

Cicero McCarter appears in August Wilson’s Radio Golf in the role of Elder Joseph (“Old Joe”) Barlow. An August Wilson veteran, he was previously seen in the role of Wining Boy in Theatre Conspiracy’s production of August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson, Canewell (a/k/a Stool Pigeon) in King Hedley II, Bynum Walker in Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Hedley in Seven Guitars and Slow Drag in Ma Rainey’s Black BottomThe rest of Cicero’s stage and film credits are here.



Ariana Milian goes phantom for Fort Myers Theatre in ‘Rocky Horror’

Ariana Milian reprises the role of one of the phantoms in Fort Myers Theatre’s production of The Rocky Horror Show (which she played in 2022). Ariana’s previous stage credits include Mrs. Gloop for Fort Myers Theatre in Willy Wonka, Francesca for Lab Theater in the world premiere of Save Hamlet and work in the ensemble of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street at the Laboratory Theater of Florida.



Todd Miller plays Officer James for Studio Players in Tracy Letts’ ‘Superior Donuts’

Todd Miller currently appears in the role of Officer James in The Studio Players’ production of the Tracy Letts’ dramedy Superior Donuts. He was last seen at The Studio Players in the role of Mitchell in Murder at the Howard Johnson’s. Todd’s local credits include a father whose daughter has been radicalized by ISIS in Faceless for Theatre Conspiracy at the Alliance for the Arts and Jimbo in Fairview at the Laboratory Theater of Florida, a role that Miller’s Southwest Florida theater debut and return to the live theater after a 13-year hiatus. Go here to see Todd’s extensive television and film credits.



Lilikoi Porter plays Janet Weiss in Fort Myers Theatre’s ‘Rocky Horror Show’

Lilikoi Porter assumes the role of the shy, demure and virginal Janet Weiss for Fort Myers Theatre in The Rocky Horror Show. But as Frank-N-Furter reveals, Janet has an itch to scratch. “I need assistance. Toucha toucha toucha touch me. I want to be dirty. Thrill me, chill me, fulfill me. Creature of the night.” Lilikoi’s prior stage credits include the rabbit in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, Sister Margaretta in Sound of Music at Fort Myers Theatre along with Meg in Little Women and the Lady of the Lake in Spamalot back home in North Carolina.



Georgia Rainero plays Karen Smith in ‘Mean Girls’ at Melody Lane Theatre

Georgia Rainero plays the part of Karen Smith for Melody Lane Theatre in Mean Girls High School Version. Georgia’s prior stage credits include Judy in A Chorus Line (Melody Lane Theatre), work in the ensemble of Les Miserables (Melody Lane Theatre in both 2023 and 2021), Elmer in Newsies (The Belle Theatre) and one of the Venus-A-Go-Go-Girls in Rock of Ages (Melody Lane Theatre).



Jake Raterman plays Damian Hubbard in ‘Mean Girls’

Jake Raterman plays the part of Damian Hubbard in Mean Girls High School Edition for Melody Lane Theatre. Prior stage credits include the title role in Fort Myers Theatre’s production of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Mr. Holgate in Bulletproof Backpack at the Center for Performing Arts Bonita and Hovstad in An Enemy of the People at Florida Gulf Coast University. Read the rest of Raterman’s stage credits here.



Tom Rex appears as Russian entrepreneur Max Tarasov in ‘Superior Donuts’

Tom Rex plays the role of brusque Russian entrepreneur Max Tarasov in The Studio Players’ production of the Tracy Letts’ dramedy Superior Donuts. Rex was also seen with The Studio Players in Nuts, Don’t Talk to the Actors, and as Schultz in Annie Baker’s Circle Mirror Transformation. Tom also performs virtually in short films and locally with The Naples Players, where he not only trained extensively, but worked backstage on multiple TNP productions. Go here to see what TV shows and feature films he’s also been in.



Donna Richman is Sister Augusta in ‘Drinking Habits’ at Belle Theatre

After acting for many years in New York, Donna Richman made her Florida debut at New Phoenix Theatre in the role of Norma in Deborah Laufer’s The Last Schwartz. She next appears in the role of Sister Augusta in Drinking Habits at The Belle Theatre. Favorite past roles include Katherine in Welcome Home (Billboard Players), Renee in After-Play (Theatre Box), Karen in Plaza Suite (Herricks Players), Molly in The Front Page (Hofstra/USA), Claudia in Nuts and Felicity in The Shadow Box (Thursday Night Theatre).



Brittany Ringsdore reprises role of Columbia in ‘Rocky Horror’

Brittany Ringsdore reprises the role of Columbia when Rocky Horror returns to Fort Myers Theatre. Brittany’s prior credits include Queen Belle in Disney’s Descendants: The Musical, Matilda in All Shook Up, Ursula in Little Mermaid, Dragon in Shrek and Sour Kangaroo in Seussical. Brittany also spends time on Tik Tok @brittanyringsdore cosplaying popular characters such as Harley Quinn, Christine Daae, Mary Jane Watson and Belle.



Cassie Sampson is Sister Mary Catherine in ‘Drinking Habits’ at Belle Theatre

Cassie Sampson plays Sister Mary Catherine in Drinking Habits for Fort Myers Theatre. Prior credits include Sleeping Beauty for The Belle Theatre in Disenchanted the Musical, the Witch in Into the Woods for New Phoenix Theatre, Ronnette in Little Shop of Horrors, Cinderella’s stepmother in Into the Woods for Belle Theatre, and work in the ensemble of Jekyll & Hyde the Musical and Queen Gynecia in Heed over Heels the Musical for New Phoenix Theatre.  Go here to view all of Cassie’s theatrical credits.



Alicia Schwartz is Officer Randi in ‘Superior Donuts’

Alicia Schwartz appears in the role of Officer Randi in The Studio Players’ production of the Tracy Letts’ dramedy Superior Donuts. Alicia last performed for The Studio Players as Estella in Clark Gable Slept Here. She previously played Kate Dillon in Good People for The Marco Players and was understudy for Where is Vera Stark at The Naples Players.



Kira Sonin-Dworkin reprises role of Dr. Scott in ‘Rocky Horror’

Kira Michelle Sonin-Dworkin reprises the role of Dr. Scott in Fort Myers Theatre’s production of The Rocky Horror Show (which she also played in 2022). Kira was last seen as Grandma Georgina in Willy Wonka at Fort Myers Theatre. Other favorite roles include Maurice in Disney’s Descendants, Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, Rizzo in Grease, Nikki in Sweet Charity, and The X Girlfriend and The Bride in Mario and Mary’s Wacky Italian Wedding live dinner theatre show.



Stacy Stauffer goes undercover as Sally in ‘Drinking Habits’ at Belle Theatre

Stacy Stauffer is a talented character actor who lives and performs in Fort Myers. She appears in the role of Sally for The Belle Theatre in Drinking Habits. Her previous stage credits include the President’s press secretary for Lab Theater in POTUS, Or Behind Every Great Dumbass Are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive and Cinderella’s stepmother in Into the Woods at New Phoenix Theatre. You will find all of Stacy’s credits here.



Kagan Vann reprises the role of Rocky in ‘Rocky Horror’

Kagan Vann reprises the role of Rocky when The Rocky Horror Shows returns to Fort Myers Theatre. Besides Rocky in 2022, Kagan’s other credits include the role of Lumiere for Fort Myers Theater in Beauty and the Beast, Ferdinand in Lab Theater’s production of The Tempest (which marked his Lab Theater debut), deranged King Charlemagne in Pippin, Jafar in Aladdin and Shrek in Shrek the Musical.



Tracy Weaver is Sister Philamena in ‘Drinking Habits’ at Belle Theatre

Originally from Pennsylvania, Tracy Weaver has performed at many community theater venues in Pennsylvania and Florida. Tracy next appears as Sister Philamena in Drinking Habits at The Belle Theatre. The actor/singer’s stage credits include Madame, Ella’s cruel and demeaning stepmother in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella at The Belle Theatre and Rosemonde in Dangerous Liaisons. Go here for the rest of Tracy’s stage credits.





Dana Alvarez co-directs ‘Mean Girls’ for Melody Lane Theatre

Dana Alvarez has been the Theatre Director of the Melody Lane Theatre Department since 2017. Dana has directed more than 35 major musicals, including three Disney pilot productions. Her most recent directorial projects include Les MiserablesCatsNewsies the Musical, School of RockThe 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Peter Pan. She is currently co-directing Mean Girls High School Edition. Dana holds a B.A. in Elementary Education from FGCU as well as certification in Drama, Grades 6-12. Read the rest of Dana’s extensive theatrical credits here.



Amber Angeloro co-directs ‘Mean Girls’ for Melody Lane Theatre

Amber Angeloro is currently co-directing Mean Girls High School Edition for Melody Lane Theatre. On the directing side, Amber has directed dozens of major musical productions, including three Disney pilot productions. Some of her Amber’s favorite roles as a performer include Fagin in Oliver! and the Fairy Godmother in CinderellaGo here for more about Amber’s theatrical and other accomplishments.



Sonya McCarter directs August Wilson’s ‘Radio Golf’ for Theatre Conspiracy

Sonya McCarter is an actor, director and instructor. She is directing Radio Golf for Theatre Conspiracy at the Alliance. Sonya’s other directing credits include Pass Over for Lab Theater, Dorothy Marcic’s SISTAS: the MusicalFairviewThe Color Purple, Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, August Wilson’s The Piano LessonKing Hedley IISeven Guitars, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Lydia Diamond’s The Bluest Eye and George C. Wolff’s The Colored Museum. You will find the rest of Sonya’s theatrical credits here.





Alliance exhibit ‘Moving Roots’ explores Mariapia Malerba’s quest for creative purpose

On view in the main gallery of the Alliance for the Arts is the latest large-scale exhibition by textile designer, filmmaker and visual artist Mariapia Malerba. Titled Moving Roots, this gallery wrap takes viewers on a journey inward, immersing them in the artist’s spiritual quest for purpose.

On the gallery’s main wall is a painting of a woman gazing at a skull’s visage. She contemplates not her own mortality, but the loss of creativity and the prospect of her death as an artist. “There was a moment after going through boredom that I was afraid I couldn’t paint anymore,” said Mariapia. “Because you lose yourself to the point where you don’t even know if you’re an artist anymore, which is one of the most scariest thing that every person can experience, but in particular, people that deal with a certain type of creativity on a daily basis,” she said.

Listen to or read the full story on WGCU.



Clyde Butcher exhibition at Arts Bonita

On view at both the Center for the Arts and the Center for the Performing Arts Bonita Springs through December 29 is AMERICA’S EVERGLADES: Through the Lens of Clyde Butcher.  This remarkable collaboration underscores the commitment of Clyde Butcher, Arts Bonita and local non-profit Captain for Clean Water to environmental conservation and preserving Florida’s precious water resources.

Clyde Butcher’s evocative photography captures the serene majesty of the Everglades, making it the perfect backdrop to shed light on the urgent need for water conservation efforts in Florida. Arts Bonita is proud to support this vital cause and hopes that the exhibition will not only inspire artistic appreciation, but also serve as a catalyst for environmental awareness and action. Through this collaboration, the voices of Clyde Butcher, Arts Bonita, and Captains for Clean Water unite in a harmonious call to preserve and safeguard the natural wonders that make Florida unique.

Arts Bonita and Captains for Clean Water have organized two special events on Wednesday, October 25, 2023: A VIP Champagne Reception (by invitation only) from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. and a public reception and book signing from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

The VIP Champagne Reception is an exclusive invitation-only event, and it will offer a unique opportunity for select guests to engage with Clyde Butcher himself and gain insights into his artistic process. Later in the day, the public reception and book signing will allow art enthusiasts and the general public to meet the acclaimed photographer and have copies of his books personally signed.

Clyde Butcher is widely recognized for his extraordinary photography and has been aptly described as “the next Ansel Adams” by Popular Photography magazine. Not only is he an immensely talented artist, but he is also a devoted humanitarian, tirelessly working for the betterment of his community. His role as a respected conservationist has seen him use his art to bring crucial environmental issues to the forefront of public consciousness—facts that make this collaboration with Captains for Clean Water a perfect union!

Arts Bonita is committed to enriching the lives of the community by providing artistic expression, education, and appreciation opportunities. With two locations dedicated to the visual and performing arts (26100 Old 41 Road and 10150 Bonita Beach Road), visitors enjoy year-round programming including live concerts, theatre, comedy, film, lectures, and classes for artists of all ages and levels. Plus, Arts Bonita offers 3 art festivals in Downtown Bonita Springs each year in January, February, and March.



DAAS exhibiting macrame art of Macramedelrey in November & December

During the months of November and December, DAAS CO-OP Art Gallery & Gifts will exhibit the macrame art of social media star Reiniery Mariani, A.K.A. Macramedelrey.

Macrame is the art of creating handmade items through a process of decorative knots in a pattern. Macramedelrey learned the technique at a very young age from his Italian grandmother. Together, they’d make all sorts of macramé creations, from table runners to curtains.

“I instantly felt a connection with this art form, and it became a hobby that I really love and enjoy doing to this day,” says Mariani, who decided to follow his heart and turn his passion into a business that enables him to share his artwork with the world.

“I decided to call myself Macramedelrey [Macrame del Rey] for the simple fact that my nickname is Rey and I make macrame art,” the artist humorously adds. In fact, his fans affectionately refer to him as Macrame King, as his name, Rey, means king in Spanish and in recognition that he wears a macrame crown on his head in his social media posts.

During the COVID pandemic, Mariani found himself home and unemployed. It was then that he decided to spend time working on his art and posting on social media platforms. Little by little, he amassed a tremendous following and started receiving requests from customers all over the world. His popularity grew so much that he decided to open an online shop.

Some of his most popular items are plant hangers, curtains and flags. He uses a variety of knots to execute his masterpieces. The collection presented at DAAS Gallery consists of multiple styles and decorative-yet-functional pieces. Most importantly, the exhibition is another example of DAAS’ out-of-the-box approach – introducing new and exciting art forms to our Southwest Florida community.

There will be two opening receptions for this exhibition. The first will take place on Friday, November 3, and the other on Friday, December 1. Both will run from 6:00 to 9:30 p.m. in conjunction with the monthly Fort Myers Art Walk events. The artist will be present during the events for a meet & greet.

A macrame workshop with Macramedelrey will also soon be announced by DAAS CO-OP. The information will be available at and the gallery’s social media pages.

The exhibition will be on display through December 31st, 2023.

DAAS CO-OP Art Gallery & Gifts is located at 1815 Fowler Street in the Butterfly Estates complex in Fort Myers, FL. The gallery’s business hours are Thursday to Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. More information about the venue and/or how to become a member can be found at or by calling 239-590-8645.





‘The 39 Steps’ at Arts Center Theatre pairs Matt Flynn and Sharon Isern

On stage in the Arts Center Theatre in Marco Island through November 12 is The 39 Steps, a thrilling production that boasts a stellar local cast featuring the dynamic duo of Matt Flynn and Sharon Isern, with remarkable support from Melissa Hennig and Olivia Rodriguez.

Seasoned local theater veteran Matt Flynn assumes the role of Hanney. Matt has graced local stages in various productions with The Studio Players and Theatre Conspiracy at the Alliance for the Arts in Fort Myers. However, what makes this production of The 39 Steps even more special is that it marks Matt’s sixth onstage pairing with his beautiful fiancée, Sharon Isern. As Matt humorously puts it, “You gotta love show business!”

The rest of this advance is here.



Tim Smith ‘Drinking Habits’ farce at Belle Theatre closes November 2-5

Tim Smith’s farce, Drinking Habits, at Belle Theatre closes with a weekend of performances November 2-5. The story follows two nuns at the Sisters of Perpetual Sewing who have been secretly making wine to keep the convent’s doors open. But two reporters who are former fiancees are hot on their trail. They go undercover as a nun and priest, but their presence, combined with the addition of a new nun, spurs paranoia throughout the convent that spies have been sent from Rome to shut them down. Wine and secrets are inevitably spilled as everyone tries to preserve the convent and reconnect with lost loves. Go here for play dates, times and ticket information.



2-actor farce ‘Popcorn Falls’ in Off Broadway Palm through November 18

Popcorn Falls is playing in the Off Broadway Palm Theatre now through November 18. Written by James Hindman, Popcorn Falls is a mile-a-minute two-man show that proves art can save the world.

Popcorn Falls is a sleepy American town that is forced into bankruptcy when their only claim to fame, their namesake waterfall, dries up. Their only hope is a grant to open a theater and put on a play!

Just two actors play over twenty roles in this farce that BroadwayWorld called “laugh-out-loud comedic genius.”

Paul Bernier directs a cast that includes Jenny Smith and Michael Weaver.

Smith has appeared at the Off-Broadway Palm in Funny Money, Caught in the Net, Farce of Nature, Doublewide, Texas and Always a Bridesmaid. Other theatres in which Jen has performed include The Schoolhouse Theatre, Theatre Conspiracy, St. Louis Actors’ Studio and Fort Peck Summer Theatre.

Weaver has appeared at the Off Broadway Palm Theatre in Over the River …, Social Security, Farce of Nature, Greater Tuna, Unnecessary Farce, and many others. He toured over 2 years in the International Company of the Wizard of Oz, playing the lower 48, China, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. His film work includes the cult classic horror movie, Tiki.

The Off Broadway Palm is an intimate theatre, located off of the main lobby at Broadway Palm. Performances are Tuesday through Sunday evenings with selected matinees. Ticket prices range from $55 to $70 with discounts available for groups of 20 or more. Tickets are now on sale and can be reserved by calling (239) 278-4422, visiting or in person at 1380 Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers.



Fort Myers Theatre adds to ‘Rocky Horror’ mystique with four midnight shows

On stage October 20 through the 28th at Fort Myers Theatre is The Rocky Horror Show. Whether you’re a Rocky Horror virgin or a veteran who’s seen the movie 20 or more times, watching a live performance of this cult classic with an audience filled with Rocky Horror zealots, many dressed specifically for the occasion is unmatched. Read the rest of this advance here.

Go here for play dates, times and a cast list.



As Frank-N-Furter, Joey Bostic leads ‘Rocky Horror’ audiences into catacomb of chaos

For the third time since 2019, Joey Bostic will tackle the role of Frank-N-Furter in “The Rocky Horror Show.” This time it’s for Fort Myers Theatre. You can listen to this story on WGCU here or just continue reading.

“If you want to have fun, this is the show for you,” Bostic promises.

“As soon as we step out onto the stage for “Science Fiction Double Feature” and you hear those first notes belted out by Emma Luke-Said, who beautifully does it,” he said. “All the way up to when you start hearing your favorites, like “Sweet Transvestite” and “The Time Warp,” it’s just evolved so much into a catacomb of chaos and fun that I think you just can’t help but enjoy yourself.”

Science fiction (ooh-ooh-ooh) double feature
Doctor X (ooh-ooh-ooh) will build a creature
See androids fighting (ooh-ooh-ooh) Brad and Janet
Anne Francis stars in (ooh-ooh-ooh) Forbidden Planet
At the late night, double feature, picture show.

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Ghostbird producing Jim Brock poem-play ‘No Single Bode for Me to Follow’

Ghostbird Theatre Company kicks off its eleventh year with its production of Fort Myers playwright James Brock’s original new play No Single Body for Me to Follow on November 9, 10 & 11 at the home studio of local artist Mariapia Malerba. Brock wrote the play as a set of bittersweet sketches using the British novelist Virginia Woolf and her siblings as characters, at least at the start.

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Melody Lane Theatre brings ‘Mean Girls’ to the Cultural Park stage

Melody Lane Theatre’s production of Mean Girls High School Version takes to the Cultural Park stage beginning October 26th. Directed by Dana Alvarez and Amber Angeloro with choreography by Sami Doherty, Mean Girls feature Adriana Farrugia in the role of Cady Heron and Aubrey Barnhouse in the role of Plastics leader Regina George, Kai’a McCann as Gretchen Wieners (who will do anything for Regina) and Georgia Rainero as Karen Smith, “one of the dumbest people you will ever meet.” This promises to be a spirited show. Go here for play dates, times and a full cast list.



Melody Lane’s ‘Mean Girls’ boasts great singing, modern score, Tina Fey’s dialogue

Melody Lane Theatre in Cape Coral is producing a limited run of Tina Fey’s Mean Girls this weekend only. Featuring a youthful cast of tomorrow’s stars, the musical features tremendous vocals, a modern score, timely message and Tina Fey’s distinctive dialogue. Most know Fey through her character, Liz Lemon, on 30 Rock. But before 30 Rock, Fey served for nine season as head writer and a cast member on Saturday Night Live. It was during her SNL tenure that Fey wrote the screenplay for Mean Girls, which she would later star in and adapt into a Broadway musical. Described as a cross between Heathers and Hairspray, the Broadway production was nominated for a staggering 12 Tony Awards. Listen on WGCU for the reasons you’ll want to catch Melody Lane’s production of the musical.



Radio Golf plays at the Alliance for the Arts October 26-29

Theatre Conspiracy at the Alliance for the Arts’ production of August Wilson’s last play, Radio Golf, has a final weekend of performances, October 26-29, Radio Golf is also the last of the ten plays comprising Wilson’s Century Cycle. Wilson died several months after Radio Golf‘s premiere in 2005 from cancer at the age of 60.

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Art Southwest Florida’s review of ‘Superior Donuts’

In North Naples, The Studio Players is performing an interesting two-act dramedy that comes from the mind of Pulitzer-Prize-winning playwright Tracy Letts (August-Osage Country). While the play is clearly a commentary on the power of friendship, community and second chances, at its core Superior Donuts is an affectionate examination of the magic that can transpire when people from different generations, demographics, races and ethnicities make the effort to get to know and understand each other.

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