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RT Star’s Big Birthday Party!

RT Star, Riverside Theatre’s Education mascot, will be celebrating his birthday with a big party on Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 10am to 2pm.

This FREE celebration of the performing arts for kids will feature music and theatre presentations, a variety of outdoor games, face painting, hands-on activities, and more! Children can also meet a colorful cast of characters including: Flat Stanley, Pansy the Poodle, Rapunzel, Peter Pan, the Cat in the Hat, among others.

 

Riverside Theatre’s performance apprentices will present Wiley and the Hairy Man on the Anne Morton Stage (AM). A performance by the cast of Willy Wonka Jr. and a showcase by other education students will take place on the Live in The Loop (LITL) outdoor stage.  Food and drink will be available for purchase.

Since 1980, the educational arm of Riverside Theatre has been introducing the performing arts to the children of Indian River County and beyond. With polished productions and intimate storytelling, Riverside seeks to inspire creativity and spark a child’s imagination through classes, camps, and workshops.

The schedule for Saturday, May 6th is as follows:

10am –            DJ Dance Party on the LITL stage

10:45am –        Performance Apprentice showcase on the LITL stage

11am –            Education students on LITL stage

11:30am –        Wiley and the Hairy Man on AM stage

11:30am –        DJ Dance Party on the LITL stage

12:15pm –        Education students on LITL stage

12:45pm –       Willy Wonka Jr. on LITL stage

1pm –              DJ Dance Party on LITL stage

For more information, call the Box Office at 772-231-6990 or go online to www.RiversideTheatre.com.

 

Acclaimed pianist Sergey Belyavskiy returns to The Emerson Center April 21

The phenomenal Russan pianist Sergey Belyavskiy, who astounded local audiences in Spring 2016 with an incredible performance before a full house at The Emerson Center, is coming back on April 21 for an encore performance.
 
“He plays with such tremendous passion and precision, he quickly captures everyone’s hearts,” states Amy Gallo, executive director of The Emerson Center. “His finale last year, Gershwin’s ‘Rhapsody In Blue,’ started a thunderous, standing ovation that lasted for several minutes. We all remember it so well. At that moment, we knew that Sergey would be invited back.”
 
This 23-year old piano star was born into a family of musicians. Belyavskiy began his piano studies at age five, and by the time he was nine, he was accepted to the finest music school in Russia. At eleven, he won his first international competition and at twelve performed his first recital. He finished Central Music School in Moscow State Conservatory under Vera Kameneva in 2011 and is presently studying at Moscow State Conservatory under Professor Elisso Virsaladze. A multi-prize winner of competitions since 2005, Belyavskiy recently won the Grand Prize and became the overall winner of the “eMuse” Online Music Competition in 2015 (Athens, Greece). His concert performances have spanned the international globe to Germany, Italy, France, Austria, Norway, Korea, Hungary, Israel, Poland and others. He has performed as a soloist as well as with internationally acclaimed symphonic orchestras and has recorded three solo CD’s.
 
For his April 21 concert at The Emerson Center, Belyavskiy has promised a reprise performance of “Rhapsody in Blue”. The program begins at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are priced from $25 to $50 and are available from The Emerson Center’s box office at (772) 778-5249 or online at www.TheEmersonCenter.org/tickets.
 
The Emerson Center is handicap accessible and is conveniently located just two miles west of the 17th Street bridge, at 1590 27th Avenue, on the southeast corner of 16th Street and 27th Avenue in Vero Beach in the home of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Vero Beach. 

Michael Oppenheimer presents scientists’ take on climate change at The Emerson Center

Princeton scientist Michael Oppenheimer is coming to Vero Beach’s Emerson Center on Saturday, March 18 to present the scientific perspective on the controversial topic of climate change. Recognizing that the complex issue of global warming has heated up in recent years as the public seeks clarity, Oppenheimer has promised to provide the latest scientific findings that should help make our opinions informed.
 
“While some contend we’re creating a problem where none exists,” states Amy Gallo, executive director of The Emerson Center, “others believe we’re ignoring a calamity that will destroy us. Dr. Oppenheimer’s presentation should help us resolve the questions in our own minds as we seek to better understand this topic.”
 
Oppenheimer is chief scientist for the Environmental Defense Fund and Professor of Geosciences and International Affairs at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School, where he trains a new generation of young scientists. He edits the journal Climate Change these days and is well known for his work with a team of scientists who participated in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.
 
Oppenheimer will present two programs, one at 4:00 p.m. and another at 6:30 p.m. In between these programs, at 5:15 p.m., a backstage reception will be held with the speaker. Tickets are available for both of the programs as well as the reception and can be reserved at www.cspeak.org or by calling 772-778-5249.
 
Oppenheimer’s appearance will be the final event in The Emerson Center’s 2017 Celebrated Speakers Series, a season of “top speakers” addressing “hot topics” in this Vero Beach venue.
 
The Emerson Center is conveniently located at 1590 27th Avenue, just two miles west of the 17th Street bridge, on the southeast corner of 16th Street and 27th Avenue in Vero Beach. For more information, contact the Emerson Center Box Office at 772-778-5249 or visit the website at www.TheEmersonCenter.org.

Emerson Center to host ‘The Weight,’ featuring music of the Grateful Dead, The Band, and The Allman Brothers

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Music aficionados would undoubtedly agree; if you had to name three groups that were most influential in shaping the modern era of American Rock ‘N Roll, it would be, in no particular order, The Grateful Dead, The Band and The Allman Brothers.

Replicating the music of The Band is a tall order, but interpreting the music of The Band is an art. The Weight carries on where The Band left off.

All of the members of The Weight were either actual members in The Band, or directly and deeply connected to the legacy of The Band. The Weight features Jim Weider and Randy Ciarlante from The Band, Brian Mitchell of the Levon Helm Band, Marty Grebb, who wrote and recorded with The Band and worked with Rick Danko, and Richard Manuel and Albert Rogers who played with Levon Helm and Garth Hudson.

Today, The Band’s music continues to mark time in the lives of millions of baby boomers around the world and is now being rediscovered by today’s youth.

Prepare for an unforgettable performance and enjoy timeless hits with songs like “The Weight”, “Up On Cripple Creek”, “Rag Mama Rag”, “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” and so many others. This is the most authentic presentation of The Band that the world is ever going to get. Come and take a load off – at The Emerson Center stage on Thursday, March 2 at 7 p.m. in Vero Beach.

Riverside Children’s Theatre presents Seussical JR.

Riverside Children’s Theatre presents the enchanting musical, Seussical JR. Part of RCT’s 2016-2017 Student Series, Seussical JR. performs two weekends on the Anne Morton Stage –February 17 & 18 and February 24 & 25, 2017 

Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat and all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters spring to life onstage in Seussical JR., a fantastical musical extravaganza from Tony-winners, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty.

Transporting audiences from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus, the Cat in the Hat narrates the story of Horton the Elephant, who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos. Horton must protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, and he must also guard an abandoned egg that’s been left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird.  Although Horton faces ridicule, danger and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him.  Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant!

“We are excited to be working on a favorite show of ours,” say Director Kevin Quillinan.  “This is a new classic with a touching story that is always enjoyed by all ages.”

“Our students have been fantastic with this material, as they always are!  It’s a particularly difficult show, with complicated vocals and a lot of moving parts.  The cast has learned a lot about working as an ensemble, and preserving their energy throughout an extremely energetic show.”

With a talented cast of local young actors, Seussical JR. performs on Friday, February 17 & 24 at 7:30pm and Saturday, February 18 & 25 at 1:30pm & 5:30pm.

The cast includes: Cristal Aparicio, Carrington Brown, Angela DuBois, Skylar Endres,

Thovia Etienne, Emma Fini, Graham Frankenberger, Logan Fraser, Samantha Galego, Daylan Haake, Grace Haller, Remi Heyer, Avi Johnson, Mark Lee, Jessah Jean Moore, Charlotte Nafe,

Alison Niederpruem, Seth Pietsch, Cristina Pines, Caitlyn Powell, Kyra Powell, Emily Rose Olsson, Holly Ottoson, Mackenzie Ross, Chloe Stepanek, Bailey Walker, Sophie Wolfenden, and Peter Wixon.

Seussical JR. performs on the Anne Morton Stage @ Riverside Theatre. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children. Tickets can be purchase by calling 772-231-6990 or online at www.riversidetheatre.com.

Riverside Theatre presents An Evening with Brian d’Arcy James

Riverside Theatre welcomes Broadway star Brian d’Arcy James as part of its annual Supper Club Event. Part of Riverside’s Friends Committee events, An Evening with Brian d’Arcy James takes place on Monday, February 13, 2017 starting at 6pm with cocktails followed by dinner and then the performance by Mr. d’Arcy James. Chair for the event is Rosemary Haverland.

An award-winning theatre, film and television actor, Mr. d’Arcy James was most recently seen on Broadway in the production of Something Rotten. Nominated for a 2015 Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award and Drama League Distinguished Performance Award, Mr. d’Arcy James originated the role of King George III in the sold-out Off-Broadway run of Hamilton at The Public Theatre. In 2016, he starred in the Academy Award-winning Best Picture, Spotlight, with Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, and Rachel McAdams.

Mr. d’Arcy James, originally from Saginaw, MI and a graduate from Northwestern University, has been a regular on Broadway stages since his debut in Blood Brothers in 1993. He has since appeared in the Broadway productions of Carousel, Titanic, Sweet Smell of Success, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Shrek The Musical, Next to Normal, Macbeth, and others.

At Riverside, Mr. d’Arcy James will perform many of his favorite tunes from the world of entertainment. Dinner and performance will take place on the Waxlax Stage.

An Evening with Brian d’Arcy James is sponsored by the Mel and Nancy Goodes Supper Club Endowment. Event Gold sponsors are: Dick and Rosemary Haverland, Ron and Connie McGlynn, and Pat and Carol Welsh.  Libation sponsors are Lorne and Heidi Waxlax. The event will be catered by Elizabeth Kennedy and Company.

Seating is limited. Tickets are $300-$325. For detailed information, contact Annamarie LaBella at 772-410-0470 or Annamarie.labella@riversidetheatre.com.

An Evening with Brian d’Arcy James is a Friends Committee Event. The remarkable Friends Committee has passionately supported Riverside Theatre throughout the years. Their industrious efforts support and supplement the work of the Development Committee by raising significant funds through the organization and implementation of Special Events. Led by Emily Sherwood, this group of dedicated volunteers is an invaluable compliment to the Theatre’s operation.


Lisa Unger Featured at AAUW Book Author Luncheon Saturday 2/18

Reservations are now open for the annual American Association of University Women (AAUW) Book Author Luncheon, February 18th, at the Vero Beach Country Club.  This year, New York Times Best Selling author, Lisa Unger, will be featured.  Her fifteen mystery thriller novels have sold millions of copies and been named “Best of the Year” or top picks by the Today Show, Good Morning America and Entertainment Weekly to name a few.

Last year’s Book Author Luncheon featured the romance and contemporary novels of Debbie Macomber.  This year, Lisa Unger’s main characters are of a different genre, also women, but immersed in the suspense of her unique and inventive writing.  She combines her extensive knowledge of the human psyche with an understanding of trauma and fear to create novels that have earned her the reputation as one of the most skilled practitioners of the psychological thriller around today.  “Psychological suspense of the first order- if you haven’t read Lisa Unger, what are you waiting for?”-  author Harlan Coben.

Aside from the social atmosphere, excellent cuisine and an outstanding choice auction, the Book Author Luncheon gives attendees a literary look into the creative mind of a best-selling author.  Unger recalls, “When I was fifteen, a girl I knew was abducted and murdered.  We lived in a small, supposedly safe town, the kind of place you move to give your kids a happy suburban upbringing.  Then, on a day like any other day, a girl walking home fell victim to a monster.  I never saw the world in the same way again.  The theme of the lost girl runs through almost all of my novels in one way or the other.”

To make reservations for the AAUW Book Author Luncheon at the Vero Beach Country Club on Saturday, Feb 18, 2017, visit:  verobeach-fl.aauw.net or send check for $60 to AAUW P.O. Box 2143, Vero Beach, Fl.  32961.  Proceeds from this fund-raiser provide IRSC scholarships for women.

Riverside Theatre presents An Empty Plate In the Café du Grand Boeuf

Riverside Theatre, led by Producing Artistic Director/CEO Allen D. Cornell and Managing Director/COO Jon R. Moses, present the contemporary comedy An Empty Plate in the Café du Grand Boeuf, which performs on the Waxlax Stage from January 17 – February 5, 2017. An Empty Plate in the Café du Grand Boeuf is sponsored by Riverside Theatre’s Patron Producers Group.

At the world’s greatest restaurant, the Café du Grand Boeuf in Paris, no menu is necessary. Why? “Because we have everything,” says Claude, the headwaiter. Open for only one patron, owner and American millionaire Victor, the staff is always ready to prepare the most sumptuous of meals.  On a hot July night in 1961, Victor arrives from Madrid disheveled and depressed with one simple wish: to die of starvation. The devoted staff, who depend on Victor’s patronage for their livelihood, desperately try all means to change his mind.  When all else fails, Victor is convinced to have his favorite dishes prepared, but the food is to be kept in the kitchen and only empty platters served. Comedy ensues throughout the delectable seven course meal as a feast of words and declarations fill the restaurant.

An Empty Plate in the Café du Grand Boeuf had its premiere at Philadelphia’s Arden Theatre Company in 1994 and has enjoyed numerous productions around the country, in New York City, and abroad.

Playwright Michael Hollinger is also the author of Ghost-Writer, Opus, Tooth and Claw, Red Herring, Incorruptible, and Tiny Island, all of which premiered at Philadelphia’s Arden Theatre Company. His musical A Wonderful Noise (co-authored with Vance Lehmkuhl) has received the Frederick Loewe Award for Musical Theatre, the “In the Spirit of America” Award from the Barbara Barondess MacLean Foundation, and a developmental production at Creede Repertory Theatre. Winner of numerous awards and citations for his new plays, Michael has received fellowships from the Independence Foundation, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Currently, he is an Associate Professor of Theatre at Villanova University.

Riverside’s production of An Empty Plate in the Café du Grand Boeuf will be directed and scenically designed by Riverside CEO Allen D. Cornell and stars Brian Myers Cooper as Claude, Daniel Burns as Antoine, Jim VanValen as Victor, Maria Couch as Mimi, Andrew Sellon as Gaston, and Katherine Puma as Miss Berger.

The design and production crew includes: Richard Crowell (Lighting Designer), Anna Hillbery (Costume Designer), Andrew Stroud (Sound Designer), and Kyle Atkins (Production Stage Manager). Casting was done in New York City by Wojcik / Seay Casting.

An Empty Plate in the Café du Grand Boeuf performs January 17 – February 5, 2017 on the Waxlax Stage at Riverside Theatre. Tickets are $45. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 772-231-6990 or online at http://www.riversidetheatre.com.

Performances are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 7:30pm; Opening Night (the first Tuesday performance), Fridays, and Saturdays at 8pm; with matinees on Wednesdays, select Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm.

Performance Schedule:

January 17, 20, 21, 27, 28, February 3 & 4 @ 8pm

January 18, 21, 22, 25, 26, 28, 29, February 1, 4 & 5 @ 2pm

January 18, 19, 25, 26, 31, February 1 & 2 @ 7:30pm

The Stark Stage season also includes: Private Lives (January 31 – February 19), Mame (March 7 – 26) and Saturday Night Fever (April 11 – 30).

Riverside Theatre presents Noel Coward’s Private Lives

Riverside Theatre, led by Producing Artistic Director/CEO Allen D. Cornell and Managing Director/COO Jon R. Moses, present Noel Coward’s uproarious comedy, Private Lives, which performs on the Stark Stage from January 31 – February 19, 2017. Private Lives is sponsored by Bobbie Olsen and Riverside Theatre’s Patron Producers Group.

One of the most sophisticated, witty, and entertaining plays ever written, Private Lives remains one of Noel Coward’s most successful comedies. Elyot and Amanda, once married and now honeymooning with new spouses at the same hotel, meet on the balconies of their adjacent rooms. As they relive the past, their original spark reignites and they impulsively runaway together to give their relationship another shot, much to the shock of the newlyweds they leave behind. After days of being reunited, Elyot and Amanda again find their fiery romance alternating between passions of love and anger. Will Elyot and Amanda remain together or will they return to their respective new spouses?

Playwright Noel Coward was born in 1899 and made his professional stage debut as Prince Mussel in The Goldfish at the age of 12, leading to many child actor appearances over the next few years. His breakthrough in playwriting was the controversial The Vortex (1924), which featured themes of drugs and adultery and made his name as both actor and playwright in the West End and on Broadway. During the frenzied 1920s and the more sedate 1930s, Coward wrote a string of successful plays, musicals and intimate revues including: Fallen Angels (1925), Hay Fever (1925), Easy Virtue (1926), This Year of Grace (1928), and Bitter Sweet (1929). His professional partnership with childhood friend Gertrude Lawrence, started with Private Lives (1931), and continued with Tonight at 8:30 (1936).

During World War II, he remained a successful playwright, screenwriter and director, as well as entertaining the troops. He even acted as an unofficial spy for the Foreign Office. His plays during these years included the extremely successful Blithe Spirit, This Happy Breed and Present Laughter.  His two wartime screenplays, In Which We Serve, which he co-directed with the young David Lean, and Brief Encounter quickly became classics of British cinema.

In the post-war years, Coward re-invented himself as a cabaret and TV star, selling out a season in 1955 in Las Vegas featuring many of his most popular songs.

In the mid-1950s he settled in Jamaica and Switzerland, and enjoyed a renaissance in the early 1960s. Late in his career he was lauded for his roles in a number of films including: Our Man In Havana (1959) and his role as the iconic Mr. Bridger alongside Michael Caine in The Italian Job (1968).

Writer, actor, director, film producer, painter, songwriter, cabaret artist as well as an author of a novel, verse, essays and autobiographies, he was called by close friends ‘The Master’. His final West End appearance was Song at Twilight in 1966, which he wrote and starred in. He was knighted in 1970 and died peacefully in 1973 in his beloved Jamaica.

 Riverside Theatre’s production of Private Lives will be directed by James Brennan and stars Jason Loughlin as Elyot Chase, Catherine Gowl as Amanda Prynne, Liana Hunt as Sibyl Chase, Spencer Plachy as Victor Prynne, and Andrea Gallo as Louise.

The design and production crew includes: Allen D. Cornell (Scenic Designer), Yael Lubetzky (Lighting Designer), Gail Baldoni (Costume Designer), Craig Beyrooti (Sound Designer), and Rebekah Church (Production Stage Manager). Casting was done in New York City by Wojcik / Seay Casting.

 Private Lives performs January 31 – February 19, 2017 on the Stark Stage at Riverside Theatre. Tickets start at $35. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 772-231-6990 or online at http://www.riversidetheatre.com.

Performances are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 7:30pm; Opening Night (the first Tuesday performance), Fridays, and Saturdays at 8pm; with matinees on Wednesdays, select Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm.

Performance Schedule:

January 31, February 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 & 18 @ 8pm

February 1, 4, 5, 8, 9, 11, 12, 15, 18 & 19 @ 2pm

February 1, 2, 8, 9, 14, 15 & 16 @ 7:30pm

Gen. Michael Hayden brings national debate on intelligence to Emerson Center’s stage

On Saturday, January 14, just six days before America inaugurates a new president, a man who has publicly crossed swords with the incoming chief executive, former intelligence boss Gen. Michael Hayden, will speak at Vero Beach’s Emerson Center as part of CSpeak, the Celebrated Speakers Series.
Hayden, former head of the National Security Agency and the Central Intelligence Agency, has been out-front discussing the potential for a communications breakdown at the highest levels of the government should President-elect Donald Trump and the intelligence community fail to establish a vital and necessary dialogue.
Hayden was among the first Washington veterans to respond to President-elect Donald Trump’s tweets casting doubts about the effectiveness and reliability of America’s intelligence community. In mid-December 2016, Hayden spoke with national media outlets about Trump’s frequent comments, telling Jake Tapper on CNN’s The Lead, “We have the president-elect of the United States publicly condemning the intelligence services on which he will have to rely as president.”
Even as the public controversy rages, Hayden will take time to appear in person on Saturday, January 14 before two audiences at The Emerson Center (4:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.). In addition, he will meet with local citizens at a 5:15 p.m. reception in the venue’s banquet hall. A limited number of tickets are available for all three functions and can be reserved at www.cspeak.org or by calling 772-778-5249.
Hayden’s remarks are expected to reach beyond the current public debate to discuss his stances on controversial strategies for dealing with terrorism, ranging from the effectiveness of torturing prisoners to the need for government monitoring of private cell phones. He is also expected to explain how foreign governments are using advanced technologies to extract revealing information from emails of top American officials and policy makers.
Director of the National Security Agency from 1999 to 2005 and the Central Intelligence Agency from 2006 to 2009, Hayden is the author of Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror. He is a principal at the Chertoff Group and visiting professor at George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government.
The Saturday programs by General Hayden will be the first events in The Emerson Center’s 2017 Celebrated Speakers Series, a four-program season bringing “top speakers” who address “hot topics” to this Vero Beach venue. Future programs include Freakonomics co-author Stephen J. Dubner (Feb. 4), sustainable food advocate and author Michael Pollan (Feb. 25), and internationally-recognized climate change authority Michael Oppenheimer (March 18). Currently single show tickets, discounted season subscriptions, and passes to optional VIP receptions are available online at www.cspeak.org, www.theemersoncenter.org/tickets, or from the box office at 772-778-5249.

Lynn Waddell explores “Fringe Florida” at January 12 Emerson Center

On January 12, author and journalist Lynn Waddell will appear in a free lecture at The Emerson Center’s Florida Humanities Series to explore “Fringe Florida: The Unusual Subcultures of the Sunshine State.” Her presentation, drawn from her 2013 book published by the University of Florida Press, begins at 7:00 p.m.

Waddell contends that many Florida tourists are bypassing the attractions of Miami Beach, Orlando, and Tampa.  Instead, they are spending their time in less familiar locations, seeking to witness odd behaviors and lifestyles that challenge traditional cultural norms.  To make her point, Waddell will go behind the sensational headlines to take our audience inside some of the state’s most eclectic and daring worlds.  She will reveal the colorful people and lifestyles that make Florida truly unique, while discussing how these edgy subcultures came to thrive here.

For this program, free general admission is offered on a first-come-first-served basis.  No ticket is necessary.  Guests are encouraged to arrive early to socialize and claim preferred seating.

The Florida Humanities Series is sponsored by the Florida Humanities Council (www.FloridaHumanities.org) with funds from the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs.  Additional support from Marine Bank and Trust ensures that these important programs remain open to the public and free of charge.  All performances begin at 7:00 p.m.

After this program, two presentations remain on the series’ current Humanities Series schedule.  In an encore appearance, Dr. Michael Francis will address the topic “Before Jamestown: Europeans, Africans and Indians in La Florida, 1513-1607” on March 9.  Concluding the season, Molly Polidoroff and Jocelyn Bezner will explain “Save the Chimps – The Treasure Coast’s Best-Kept Secret” on April 13.

The Emerson Center is handicap accessible and conveniently located at Vero Beach’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 1590 27th Avenue, on the southeast corner of 16th Street and 27th Avenue.  For more information, contact the Emerson Center Box Office at 772-778-5249 or visit the website at www.TheEmersonCenter.org.

Prague Philharmonia to perform Jan. 12

Indian River Symphonic Association copyThe Indian River Symphonic Association announces the opening of its 2017 Season by welcoming the Prague Philharmonia, its distinguished Conductor Emmanuel Villaume and noted Violin Soloist Sarah Chang. This is the Orchestra’s first performance in Vero Beach.

The PKF-Prague Philharmonia came into existence in 1994, financially supported by the City of Prague, and the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic. In 2015, the distinguished French Conductor Emmanuel Villaume was appointed music director, having led numerous symphonic orchestras around the world. Villaume has served as chief conductor of the Slovenian Philharmonic, Quebec Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Julliard Orchestra. Villaume has Guest Conducted the Royal Philharmonic, London; Tokyo Symphony; and the China State Opera during the 2008 Olympic Games. He lives in Paris and Dallas.

The Concert opens with Bedfich Smetana’s The Moldau, followed by Violin Soloist Sarah Chang performing Antonin Dvorak’s Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53. The Prague Philharmonia program concludes with Antonin Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8 in G major,
Op. 88.

Individual Concert Tickets for all 2017 Concerts are available at the Symphonic Association: 772 778-1070 or online at http://www.irsymphonic.org. A few remaining Season Subscription tickets are also available for all seven IRSA Concerts.

Art Club offers free demonstrations

Vero Beach Art Club invites the public to free monthly demonstrations. The Vero Beach Art Club has a monthly meeting the first Thursday of every month. It begins at 6:30pm, for refreshments & social. A brief meeting starts at 7:00pm and is followed by a demonstration. Both the meeting and the demonstration take place at the Vero Beach Museum of Art in the Leonhardt Auditorium. This month the Art Club will present a demonstration by Al Gustave. Mr. Gustave has been designing and creating beautiful works of art for a lifetime. His dedicated carving studio and office in Vero Beach are filled with everything from chairs, shelving, lamps, exquisite bowls, boxes, jewelry and sculpted vases to any kind of woodworking tool an aspiring craftsman might dream of owning or using. Sixty-eight years of training, experience and skill visibly honed into a man’s passion for creating art from often exotic wood foraged, turned and traded with his fellow craftsmen.

Creating with his hands and thinking in three dimensions has been the cornerstone of Al’s passionate career. Growing up in Long Beach, California in the 1940s and 50s, Al has spent a lifetime becoming a ‘Master’ of his craft. “Over the years, through experience, you learn you can make anything with wood as your medium. You know how to use all the tools and you learn all the disciplines of all the various parts of woodworking,” shares Al.

For more information, please call the Vero Beach Art Club at (772) 231-0303, or go to http://www.verobeachartclub.org. or check out Mr. Gustave’s website www.wix.com/algustave/creations.

The meeting and free demonstration will be January 5th. The following Sunday, January 8th, Art in the Park will be held 10am to 4 pm at Humiston Park on Ocean Drive.

Avenue D Choir’s Holiday Concert Scheduled for Emerson Center

As a holiday treat, Fort Pierce’s Avenue D Choir is bringing a special seasonal music program entitled “A Season In Song” to The Emerson Center’s stage in Vero Beach.  This free program is scheduled for Friday, December 9 at 7:00 p.m.

“Many neighbors have come to cherish our holiday performances with the Avenue D Choir,” states Amy Gallo, Executive Director of The Emerson Center.  “Since their debut on our stage in 2014, audiences have grown each year.  We anticipate an even larger turnout for this year’s inspiring and uplifting musical concert.”

In 2004, the Avenue D Choir began as a boys-only ensemble in Fort Pierce.  Since that time, it has welcomed girls as well.  Today, over 200 youth have participated.  Of those who remained involved in the choir, all have graduated from high school.  Due to this success, the choir is acclaimed as a wholesome activity for “at-risk” youngsters.

Beyond the excitement, discipline, and joy of making music together; choir members get help with homework assignments, social skills, personal care tips, and more.  They are coached on making appropriate life choices.  Importantly, by maintaining good grades and staying out of trouble, they earn the privilege to travel and perform.  Among their destinations, the choir has visited Miami; St. Augustine; Chicago; Detroit; Paris, France; and Porretta, Italy.  In addition, in 2011, the choir sang for several inaugural events for Governor Rick Scott.

Under the direction of the dynamic Mary Hendricks, this free presentation is part of the Florida Humanities Series offered by The Emerson Center at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Vero Beach.  After this program, three presentations remain on the series’ current schedule.  On January 12, 2017, Lynn Waddell will speak about “Fringe Florida: The Unusual Subcultures of the Sunshine State.”  In an encore appearance, Michael Francis will address the topic “Before Jamestown: Europeans, Africans and Indians in La Florida, 1513-1607” on March 9, 2017.  Concluding the season, Molly Polidoroff and Jocelyn Bezner will explain “Save the Chimps – The Treasure Coast’s Best-Kept Secret” on April 13, 2017.

The Florida Humanities Series is sponsored by the Florida Humanities Council (www.FloridaHumanities.org) with funds from the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs.  Additional support from Marine Bank and Trust ensures that these important programs remain open to the public and free of charge.  All performances begin at 7:00 p.m.

While the capacity of the Emerson Center exceeds 800 people; free general admission is offered on a first-come-first-served basis for all Humanities programs.  No ticket is necessary.  Guests are encouraged to arrive early to socialize and claim preferred seating.  After this event, complimentary holiday refreshments will be served.

The Emerson Center is handicap accessible and is conveniently located at 1590 27th Avenue, on the SE corner of 16th Street and 27th Avenue in Vero Beach.  For more information, contact the Emerson Center Box Office at 772-778-5249 or visit the website at www.TheEmersonCenter.org.

Art Trail set for Dec. 10

The tour of 10 artists' studios includes (left to right) Sherry Haaland (pastel), Dawn Miller (pastel), Charlotte Dickinson (oil/watercolor), Dawn Mill (acrylic/oil/watercolor), Merana Cadorette (watercolor/acrylics/sculptured ceramics), Joan Earnhart (assemblage/wood), Peggy Thomas (stoneware/Raku pottery), Russell Hahn (postage stamp collage), Betsy Kurzinger (digital illustration/mixed media), George Paxton (sculpture)

The tour of 10 artists’ studios includes (left to right) Sherry Haaland (pastel), Dawn Miller (pastel), Charlotte Dickinson (oil/watercolor), Dawn Mill (acrylic/oil/watercolor), Merana Cadorette (watercolor/acrylics/sculptured ceramics), Joan Earnhart (assemblage/wood), Peggy Thomas (stoneware/Raku pottery), Russell Hahn (postage stamp collage), Betsy Kurzinger (digital illustration/mixed media), George Paxton (sculpture)

Vero Beach Art Club Event Benefits Scholarships & Educational Programs

The Vero Beach Art Club will sponsor the ninth annual Art Trail on December 10th from 10 am to 4 pm.  The event consists of a tour of 10 local artists’ studios with participants given a map to self-drive the area to visit each studio and meet the artist and see their latest work.  Tickets with the tour map are $25 in advance or $30  the day of the event. Tickets are available at the Vero Beach Art Club office in the museum (772-231-0303), at Artist Guild Gallery (772-299-1234), Main Street Vero Beach (772-643-6782), Gallery 14 (772-562-5525) and the Cultural Council Office (772-770-4857). Tickets are also available at each artist’s studio but are limited the day of event.

You can download a brochure on the VB Art Club website where you will find photos of the artists’ works: http://www.verobeachartclub.org/pdf/ArtTrail2016.pdf

Cultural Calendar

ONGOING – ON STAGE

Riverside Theatre “Ring of Fire – The Music of Johnny Cash” through November 13. Visit RiversideTheatre.com  or call the Box Office at  772-231-6990.

EVITA OPENS AT VERO BEACH THEATRE GUILD

weekend-web_cultural-connection-rob-kenna-kaitlin-ruby-derrick-paulThe Vero Beach Theatre Guild, 2020 San Juan Avenue, presents Evita, winner of seven Tony Awards including Best Musical, opening on Thursday, November 10 with performances through Sunday, November 27.   Evita is based on the life of Argentina’s iconic First Lady, Eva Peron.  For tickets, ($28/$30, students under 18 half price) call 562-8300 or visit verobeachtheatreguild.com. 

ONGOING – NEW EXHIBIT

NEW EXHIBIT AT FOYER GALLERY OF ART

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Foyer Gallery of Art located at the Emerson Center/Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Vero Beach presents still life paintings by artist Aksel Sand Pederson.  Visit the Gallery and meet the artist on Thursday, November 10 from 5 to 7 pm  just before the Humanities Series Lecture.  This exhibit is on view through December.  The Foyer Gallery of Art is open Monday through from 10 am to 4 pm and on Sundays from 10 am to 1 pm.

ONGOING- COMMUNITY EVENTS

weekend-military-moms_webphoto-credit-sue-thielkeThe Military Moms Prayer Group’s 11th Annual Holidays for Heroes program is underway to help our troops deployed for the holidays.  Now through December 15, pick up a special Mailing Kit to fill with goodies for our troops.  Each kit contains a flat-rate box, a customs form, an address of a deployed soldier, sailor, airman, or marine, and an idea list of items to send in the package. For a  list of pick up locations, visit militarymomsprayergroup.com.

 

 

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10

The Emerson Center, 1590 27 Avenue in Vero Beach presents Rick Smith, Jr. on Thursday November 10 at 7 pm for a presentation of Patrick Smith’s Florida is a Land Remembered to include insightful video clips and personal anecdotes of his late author father.  Free.  Arrive early to “Meet the Artist”, Askel Pederson, from 5 to 7 pm in the Foyer Gallery at the Emerson Center.

The Center for Spiritual Care presents Nina Dockery, PhD discussing Anger–The Rooster of Spiritual Awakening on Thursday, November 10th from 1 to 3 pm.  Visit CenterForSpiritualCare.org for details or call 772-567-1233.

The Treasure Coast Rock & Gem Society will discuss jewelry making techniques and rock & mineral identification at the meeting on November 10 at 7 pm at St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church, 475 43rd Avenue.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11

The Vero Beach Elks Lodge, 1350 26th Street is having a Veterans Day Tribute on Friday, November 11 with cocktails at 5 pm; Presentation of Colors 5:30 followed by dinner.  Veterans Eat Free.  All others $5/pp.  Music by Johnny Nick.  Reservations: 772-562-8450.

Arts & Culture in St. Lucie County

weekend-bobbybonesSunrise Theatre in Fort Pierce presents ,   Bobby Bones & the Raging Idiots performing musical comedy on Friday, November 11 at 8 pm  Tickets: $28/$53(VIP).  Visit SunriseTheatre.com for details.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY, NOVEMBER  11 & 12

RIVERSIDE THEATRE

–Live in the Loop Outdoor Stage – featuring local musicians, Kindred Kilts (Pub Folk) on Friday and Bobby & The Blissters (Blues) on Saturday from 6 to 9:30 pm.  Free to the public.

–Comedy Zone- Winter Nights –  showcasing comedians Sid Davis and BC Murphy.Tickets $16-$22.

— “Ring of Fire – The Music of Johnny Cash” through November 15. Visit RiversideTheatre.com  or call the Box Office at  772-231-6990.

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 12

The Garden Club of Indian River County, 2526 17th Avenue in Vero Beach is holding its annual Yard, Household and Plant Sale on Saturday, November 12 from 7:30 am to 1 pm.

The Unity Spiritual Center of Vero Beach, 950 43rd Avenue, is holding a Holiday Gift Bazaar, Arts & Crafts on Saturday, November 12 from 9 am to Noon.  Jump start holiday shopping with unique handcrafted items.  Refreshments will be available for sale.

weekend-tumbleweed-photo-jpegSebastian Inlet State Park presents Tumbleweed, a three piece rock and roll band with a slice of electric blues on Saturday, November 12 from 7 to 9 pm.  The concert is free with regular park entry fees.

The Oceanside Business Association presents Sunset Saturday Night on November 12 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm featuring the St. John’s Wood  Free.

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The Laura Riding Jackson Foundation is hosting “Writing a Killer mystery: The Basics” with Author Elaine Viets on Saturday, November 12 from 10 am to 1 pm at the Indian River Shores Community Center, 6001 A1A, Indian River Shores.  To sign up, visit LauraRidingJackson.com

 

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13

The Vero Beach Choral Society in collaboration with the Vero Beach High School Philharmonic Orchestra will be “Going for Baroque” on Sunday, November 13 at 4 pm at Community Church of Vero Beach. The concert will feature Vivaldi’s “Gloria,” along with works by Bach, Handel and more.  Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door, and $5 with a student ID.

The Treasure Coast Chorale will perform it is Holiday Concert on Sunday, November 13th at 7 pm at First Baptist Church, 2206 16th Avenue in Vero Beach.  Included in the concert are traditional carols as well as a medley of songs in swing time by “The Dolls”.  This concert offers free admission, however, the audience will be asked to give a generous offering.

weekend-quintet2The  Rhapsody Wind Quintet, a unique 1920-30’s vaudeville ensemble will perform music of yesteryear, famous circus, vaudeville and Broadway tunes on Sunday,  November 13th at 4 pm at  Our Savior Lutheran Church, 1850 Sixth Avenue in Vero Beach.  Suggested Donation is $10 (Students are  free).

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14

Arts & Culture in Martin County

The Treasure Coast Youth Symphony’s Fall Concert Series features its second concert of the season on November 14 at 7 pm at the Lyric Theatre in Stuart.  The music presentations are Beethoven’s Overture to Egmont Op. 84, Bach’s Air on a G String, Brahms Academic Festival Overture, Op 80, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, Fourth Movement and Bach’s Toccata in Fugue in D Minor  For tickets (Adults $20.00 / Students $10),  Call 772-286-7827.

UPCOMING

Reserve now for the Environmental Learning Center’s 24th Annual Charity Dinner and Golf Tournament, “Golfin’ for the Lagoon”. There will be a dinner and auction on Thursday, November 17, at Bent Pine Golf Club ($100 per person).  The tournament and lunch will be held on Friday, November 18.  The cost is $450 per player and includes pre-tournament dinner and auction, tournament lunch, fun contests, take home gifts, and 19th hole cocktail and awards reception.  Visit DiscoverELC.org. 

McKee Botanical Garden’s new Book Club will hold its first meeting on Thursday, November  17 at 11 am at the McKee Library, 350 US 1 in Vero Beach. Red Tails in Love by Marie Winn will be discussed.  Visit McKeeGarden.org.

weekend-shades-feeling-good-1MusicWorks, Inc. presents Shades of Bublé: A Three-Man Tribute to Michael Bublé on Friday, November 18 at 7 pm at the Emerson Center in Vero Beach.  Shades of Bublé celebrates the outstanding career of Michael Bublé by performing his incredible catalog of music while adding the sensational three-part harmony sound.  Tickets ($25-$95) can be purchased by visiting MusicWorksConcerts.com or by calling 772-778-5249. Arrive early and purchase drinks and appetizers from the new Emerson Center Café. Attendees are asked to bring a non-perishable food item or a monetary donation to this concert for The Hope for Families Center.

Bundle up for ‘Sinfonia Antarctica’

Space Coast Symphony Orchestra concert invokes frozen imagery

Mary Anne Kruger

Mary Anne Kruger

As Florida temperatures grow blissfully cooler, Maestro Aaron T. Collins will lead the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra in a concert inspired by visions of glaciers and giant ice mountains, when they present Sinfonia Antarctica at the Vero Beach High School Performing Arts Center, 1707 16th Street, 32960.  

The evening program on Saturday, November 19 at 7:00 PM will open with Malcolm Arnold’s rollicking Tam o’ Shanter, based on the Robert Burns poem about the exploits of a hard drinker, and guest conducted by Professor Gareth Pritchard of the Central Florida Brass Band.  International soprano, Mary Anne Kruger will then perform Richard Strauss’ powerful Four Last Songs.  Composed in the final year of his life, Strauss’ musical farewell is among history’s most moving compositions, and the culmination of his lifelong love affair with the soprano voice.

The concert continues with Vaughan Williams’ magnificent Seventh Symphony, Sinfonia Antarctica, a by-product of the composer’s film score for Scott of the Antarctic.  One of the most important composers of the 20th century, Williams’ imagination was captured by the heroic failure of Captain Robert Scott to reach the South Pole; his 1952 five-movement symphony reflects Scott’s awe and changing emotions at the frozen polar landscape.  $20 advance tickets are available through the orchestra website at www.SpaceCoastSymphony.org or at Marine Bank & Trust (beachside and mainland branches).  Tickets at the door are $25.  The concert is free for those aged 18 and under or with a student ID.  For more information, call toll free to 855-252-7276 or visit www.SpaceCoastSymphony.org.  

 For Space Coast Symphony Orchestra Conductor and Artistic Director, Aaron T. Collins, Sinfonia Antarctica is an opportunity to work with two respected Central Florida music professionals, in addition to performing a revered masterwork.

“Soprano Mary Anne Kruger has an international reputation and a vast operatic repertoire ,” said Collins.  “We are delighted that she will be joining us to perform the Strauss.  And I’ll be handing my baton over to Professor Pritchard to bring the Robert Burns’ poem to raucous life. Gareth Pritchard is an incredible conductor, composer, arranger and musician. Sinfonia Antarctica is going to be a musical feast for the ears.”

For more information about the Space Coast Symphony 2016-17 season or the Symphony for Everyone discount ticket program, please visit www.SpaceCoastSymphony.org or call toll-free (855) 252-7276.

Ring of Fire glows in the Riverside

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MILT THOMAS

Johnny Cash is an American original and a household name to anyone over the age of 30. His music is household famous as well – “I Walk the Line,” “Daddy Sang Bass,”   “A Boy Named Sue,” and “Folsom Prison Blues” among many others. He wrote and/or recorded over 300 songs and sold over 90 million records. If you like Johnny Cash music, the best way to enjoy a retrospective of his career is to go see Ring of Fire currently at the Riverside Theatre.

This is my kind of musical. It is all music (32 songs) with short vignettes of dialogue about his life. We all know that Cash was a very complex man, an enigma, but that side of him is not the point of this show – it’s all about the music and the atmosphere of old-fashioned country culture around which that music was created.

The central characters – two male and two female – at times resemble Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash in their youth and then more mature. But often they all appear together on stage. The “young Johnny,” played by Benjamin D. Hale, is in character throughout the performance, but the “older Johnny,” (played by Jason Edwards, who also directed the presentation) is more of a composite, as are the female leads, Trenna Barnes and Allison Briner-Dardenne. All are excellent however as singers and performers as they take you through Cash’s early life during the Great Depression, then his musical career from start to stardom.

The real “hook” to this show though is the fact that all musicians perform on stage – and not just as musicians. Brantley Kearns, the fiddle player, also portrays the “grandpa” character and sings; Jeff Lisenby (music director), plays keyboard at the back of the band, but more upfront on the accordion; John Marshall plays “slapping bass” and acts in many scenes (he also did a virtuoso solo right after intermission that had the audience in awe). Sam Sherwood played guitar, mandolin and harmonica, all staples of Appalachian music; and Brent Moyer played guitar and did trumpet solo on the theme song, “Ring of Fire.”

Along with the usual expert craftsmanship we come to expect from Riverside sets, costumes, choreography, staging, lighting and sound, this musical will keep your toes tapping and hands clapping, put a smile on your face and joy in your heart. Thanks, Johnny!

Ring of Fire plays through November 13 with performances at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday; 8:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; 2:00 p.m. matinees on Wednesday and select Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Call 772-231-6990 for more information or visit the Theatre’s website at www.riversidetheatre.com.

Patrick Smith Retrospective Coming to Emerson Center Stage

On November 10, a free program at The Emerson Center promises a special look into the life and works of the legendary author, the late Patrick Smith, a man considered by many to be Florida’s “literary ambassador.”  Smith’s son, California-based producer and videographer Rick Smith Jr., will present this open-admission program starting at 7:00 p.m.

Since the elder Smith’s death in January 2014, his son has assembled an arsenal of video clips and interspersed them with personal anecdotes to build a nostalgic presentation sure to touch the hearts of Floridians. In this presentation, Rick Smith will reveal how this important author shaped the way the world views Florida as well as the way Floridians view the world.

Armed with insights reserved for those who knew Patrick Smith best, Rick Smith will explain how Patrick’s first Florida book, Forever Island, gained international attention, resulted in two trips to the USSR, and earned the first of three Pulitzer Prize nominations.  He will tell how his father worked alongside migrant workers in order to write Angel City, the story of a poor family’s struggles after being ensnared in a migrant camp.  In addition, he will describe the two-years of research required to write A Land Remembered, perhaps Smith’s most recognized book.

This free presentation, entitled “Patrick Smith’s Florida; A Land Remembered,” is part of the Florida Humanities Series presented by The Emerson Center at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Vero Beach.  Including Smith, five acclaimed speakers and performers remain in the series’ current schedule, with presentations relating to Florida history, people, and culture continuing into April 2017. The next program features the Avenue D Choir performing “A Season In Song” on December 9, 2016.  On January 12, 2017, Lynn Waddell will speak about “Fringe Florida: The Unusual Subcultures of the Sunshine State.” In an encore appearance, Michael Francis will address the topic “Before Jamestown: Europeans, Africans and Indians in La Florida, 1513-1607” on March 9, 2017. Concluding the season, Molly Polidoroff and Jocelyn Bezner will explain “Save the Chimps – The Treasure Coast’s Best-Kept Secret” on April 13, 2017.

The Florida Humanities Series is sponsored by the Florida Humanities Council (www.FloridaHumanities.org) with funds from the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs.  Additional support from Marine Bank and Trust ensures that these important programs remain open to the public and free of charge. All performances begin at 7:00 p.m.

While the capacity of the Emerson Center exceeds 800 people; free general admission is offered on a first-come-first-served basis for all Humanities programs.  No ticket is necessary.  Guests are encouraged to arrive early to socialize, enjoy a pre-event wine bar, and claim preferred seating.

The Emerson Center is handicap accessible and is conveniently located at 1590 27th Avenue, on the SE corner of 16th Street and 27th Avenue in Vero Beach. For more information, contact the Emerson Center Box Office at 772-778-5249 or visit the website atwww.TheEmersonCenter.org.

Emerson Center’s FREE Florida Humanities Series Begins October 13

The free Emerson Center’s Florida Humanities Series, in partnership with the Florida Humanities Council, will begin on Thursday, October 13 at 7 p.m.  The inaugural speaker for this new season is Dr. Steven G. Noll speaking on “Florida Transportation History: Planes, Trains, & Automobiles (& Steamboats too!).”

Dr. Noll is a master lecturer in the history department at the University of Florida, where he received his PhD in 1991.  He maintains that Florida’s history as a territory and a state can be told through the changing transportation systems used to move people and goods both to Florida and within Florida. His insightful and often humorous presentation will demonstrate how Florida evolved from a backwoods frontier to one of the most important states in the union.

Noll has written extensively on widely disparate topics; notably Florida history, the environment, and disability history. In 2009, he published the award-winning Ditch of Dreams, about the ill-fated Cross Florida Barge Canal. He is currently working on two books, one on the disability rights movement of the 1970’s and another on Florida environmental policy, especially the politics of removing the Rodman Dam on the Ocklawaha River.

The Florida Humanities Series is presented by The Emerson Center at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Vero Beach. Six acclaimed speakers and performers will appear at the Center through April 2017, with all presentations relating to Florida history, people, and culture. Admission to each event is free and all performances begin at 7 p.m.

Future speakers, their topics, and performance dates include Rick Smith Jr. addressing “Patrick Smith’s Florida Is a Land Remembered” on November 10, 2016; the Avenue D Choir performing “A Season In Song” on December 9, 2016; Lynn Waddell speaking about “Fringe Florida: The Unusual Subcultures of the Sunshine State” on January 12, 2017; Michael Francis in an encore appearance on “Before Jamestown: Europeans, Africans and Indians in La Florida, 1513-1607” on March 9, 2017; and Molly Polidoroff with Jocelyn Bezner explaining “Save the Chimps – The Treasure Coast’s Best-Kept Secret” on April 13, 2017.

This program is sponsored by the Florida Humanities Council (www.FloridaHumanities.org) with funds from the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs. Additional funding is provided by Marine Bank and Trust Company.

While the capacity of the Emerson Center is more than 800, free admission will be offered on a first-come first-served basis.  The Emerson Center is handicap accessible and is conveniently located at 1590 27th Avenue, on the SE corner of 16th Street and 27th Avenue in Vero Beach. For more information, contact the Emerson box office at 772-778-5249 or visit www.TheEmersonCenter.org.

Riverside Theatre Offers Backstage Tours

Riverside Theatre, led by Producing Artistic Director/CEO Allen D. Cornell and Managing Director/COO Jon R. Moses, announce Backstage Tours for everyone interested in seeing how a show is created.

SEE EVERYTHING BEHIND THE RED CURTAIN.                                                                                Get an entertaining, story-filled tour backstage and see the set designs and props up close. Meet some of the talented people that make it all happen. Learn more about how the shows are created and brought to life on stage. Tour the scene and paint shops, wardrobe area, rehearsal hall and dressing rooms. Tours roughly last one hour and are available on select Fridays at 11am and 2pm throughout the year.

Tours are as follows:                                                                                                                                         November 11 @ 11am & 2pm; December 16 @ 11am & 2pm; January 13 @ 11m & 2pm; January 27 @ 11am & 2pm; February 17 @ 11am & 2pm; March 17 @ 11am & 2pm; March 24 @ 11am & 2pm; April 14 @ 11am & 2pm

The cost is $5 per person, but Free for Riverside Theatre Members. Tour capacity is limited. To reserve your spot, call the Riverside Theatre Box Office at 772-231-6990 between 10am and 5pm Monday and Friday.

Riverside Theatre To Hold Local Auditions

Auditions are open to Actors’ Equity Association (AEA) and Non-AEA members. The season includes productions of Chicago, An Empty Plate in the Café du Grand Boeuf, Private Lives, Mame, The Christians and Saturday Night Fever. Auditions for all roles will be held on October 11 and 27 at Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach.

Please schedule an appointment with Kyle Atkins, Company Manager, via email at kylea@riversidetheatre.com or by phone at 772-410-0456.

For the October 11th audition, please prepare two brief contrasting musical theatre songs or monologue. Please bring your headshot/resume and sheet music. An accompanist will be provided. In attendance at the auditions will be Kyle Atkins and Ken Clifton, Music Director. No Dance Call is scheduled.

For the October 27th audition, please prepare two brief contrasting musical theatre songs or monologue. Please bring your headshot/resume and sheet music. An accompanist will be provided. In attendance at the auditions will be Directors Allen D. Cornell, James Brennan, and Richard Stafford. Also in attendance will be Kyle Atkins and Ken Clifton. Please bring clothes to move in. Dance calls will be scheduled during the afternoon.

Chicago, directed and choreographed by Richard Stafford, runs January 3 – 22. Rehearsals begin on December 26, 2016.

An Empty Plate in the Café du Grand Boeuf, directed by Allen D. Cornell, runs January 17 – February 5. Rehearsals begin on December 27, 2016.

Private Lives, directed by James Brennan, runs January 31 – February 19. Rehearsals begin on January 9, 2017.

Mame, directed and choreographed by James Brennan, runs March 7 – 26. Rehearsals begin on February 13, 2017.

The Christians, directed by Allen D. Cornell, runs March 21 – April 9. Rehearsals begin March 2, 2017.

Saturday Night Fever, directed and choreographed by Richard Stafford, is a co-production between Riverside Theatre and the Walnut Theatre in Philadelphia. At Riverside, Saturday Night Fever runs April 11 – 30. At Walnut Street, Saturday Night Fever runs May 16 – July 16. Rehearsals begin at Riverside on March 23, 2017.

For more detailed information on auditions, go to: http://www.riversidetheatre.com/professional-auditions

Riverside Children’s Theatre presents  Roald Dahl’s children’s classic:   The Witches

Riverside C,hildren’s Theatre presents Roald Dahl’s award-winning children’s book, The Witches. Part of RCT’s 2016-2017 Student Series, The Witches performs on Friday, October 14 and Saturday, October 15 on the Anne Morton Stage.

One of Dahl’s lesser known books, The Witches still contains all the delicious dark humor for which he is known. First published in 1983, the story concerns a young boy and his grandmother, who stumble upon a convention of witches while they are on vacation. When the boy hears of their plan to turn all the children of England in to mice, he embarks on an adventure to defeat them.

“This is a great show for our students to tackle because there are many challenges to putting it on,” says Director Kevin Quillinan. “There will be a little puppetry and a lot of stage magic to help tell this story. Plus, the kids will also have the opportunity to play characters out of their comfort zone.”

British novelist Roald Dahl was a short story writer, poet and screenwriter. He has sold over 200 million books, but is probably best known for his children’s stories – James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The BFG, and others.

Born in Wales to Norwegian parents, Dahl served in the Royal Air Force during the World War II becoming a flying ace and intelligence officer. He rose to prominence in the 1940s with works for both children and adults and became one of the world’s best-selling authors.

With a talented cast of local young actors, The Witches performs on Friday, October 14 at 7:30pm and Saturday, October 15 at 1:30pm & 4pm.

The cast includes: David Calahan, Michala Calahan, Caleb Cope, Sophia Marie Cope, Audrey Dowdell, Victoria Dowdell, Angelina DuBois, J. Wyatt Falardeau, Graham Frankenberger, Scarlett Garee, Daylan Haake, Remi Heyer, Harrison Hitt, Julia Lamothe, Jessah Moore, Zane Morrow, Alison Niederpruem, Cristina Pines, Mackenzie Ross, Chloe Stepanek, and Bailey Walker.

Tickets start at $6 and can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 772-231-6990 or online at www.riversidetheatre.com.

Riverside Theatre also presents

Ring Of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash

Riverside Theatre, led by Producing Artistic Director/CEO Allen D. Cornell and Managing Director/COO Jon R. Moses, starts its 43rd season with the celebrated musical featuring the music of American Icon, Johnny Cash, in Ring Of Fire. Sponsored by John & Marilyn McConnell and Riverside Theatre’s Patron Producers’ Group, Ring Of Fire plays the Stark Stage from October 25 through November 13, 2016.

From the songbook of iconic artist Johnny Cash comes this crowd-pleasin’, foot-stompin’ musical celebration that tells a fascinating story of love and faith, struggle and success, rowdiness and redemption, and home and family. With more than three dozen classic Cash hits – “I Walk The Line,” “A Boy Named Sue,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Ring of Fire” and many more – a multi-talented cast, create a unique portrait of an American music legend.  Though never impersonated, Cash’s remarkable story is told in an exhilarating and moving stage production.

Conceived by William Meade and created by Richard Maltby, Jr., Ring Of Fire dramatizes the story of a man who grew up poor in America’s heartland and traveled the world on the strength of his music and talent. Throughout his journey, Johnny Cash finds love, success, faith, misadventure, heartache, redemption, and the love of a good woman.

“This musical is a story. You won’t find a plot or dramatized scenes,” says Maltby. “Although we do not stage Johnny Cash’s life, by the end of the show the audience will feel they have spent the evening in the presence of an extraordinary and real man. These are songs full of love and feeling, wit and understanding, and like all country songs, they tell it like it is.”

Ring Of Fire played Buffalo’s Studio Arena in the fall of 2005 before opening on Broadway at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre in March 2006. The Broadway production starred Jeb Brown, Jarrod Emick, Beth Malone, Cass Morgan, Lari White, Jason Edwards and a versatile group of musicians.

Riverside Theatre’s production is directed by and stars Jason Edwards. “Ring Of Fire is the only theatrical show Johnny Cash gave his approval for and endorsed,” says Mr. Edwards. “The show celebrates the songs he wrote about the everyday man; songs about issues and experiences he dealt with; songs that gave voice to so many overlooked and forgotten people. The show tries to touch on every aspect of Mr. Cash’s life – his youth, his faith, his struggles, and his triumphs. It’s also a story about love.”

The cast also includes: Trenna Barnes, Allison Briner-Dardenne, and Benjamin D. Hale. Musicians on stage include: Jeff Lisenby (Keyboards, Accordion), Brent Moyer (Electric & Acoustic Guitars, Trumpet), Walter Hartman (Drums), Brantley Kearns (Fiddle), John Marshall (Upright Bass), and Sam Sherwood (Electric & Acoustic Guitars, Dobro, Mandolin, Harmonica).

Ring Of Fire performs October 25 – November 13, 2016 on the Stark Stage at Riverside Theatre. Tickets start at $35. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 772-231-6990 or online at http://www.riversidetheatre.com.

Performances are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 7:30pm; Opening Night (the first Tuesday performance), Fridays, and Saturdays at 8pm; with matinees on Wednesdays, select Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm.

Performance Schedule:

October 25, 28, 29, November 4, 5, 11 & 12 @ 8pm                                                                    October 26, 29, 30, November 2, 3, 5, 6, 9, 12 & 13 @ 2pm                                                    October 26, 27, November 2, 3, 8, 9 & 10 @ 7:30pm

Cultural Calendar

ONGOING:

The Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County will be waiving the adoption fees on all cats and kittens from July 23 – August 7.  The  cats are spayed and neutered, microchipped, dewormed and given age-appropriate vaccines prior to adoption. (772) 388-3331.

THURSDAY, FRIDAY & SATURDAY

weekend - image017weekend - image018AERIAL ANTICS YOUTH CIRCUS  THIS WEEKEND – The City of Vero Beach Recreation Department will present ‘Cirque de L’ amour’, the 42nd Annual Aerial Antics Youth Circus on August 4, 5 and 6 at Saint Edward’s School (1895 Saint Edward’s Drive) begiinning at 7 pm.  This years’ LOVE theme will combine gymnastics, dance and circus aerial routines with popular love songs.  The LOVE theme allows for music from every genre over many decades for every age group to enjoy.  The Aerial Antics Youth Circus performers range in age from 3 – 31.  The 3 – 5 year olds are always a crowd favorite and the more experienced performers are breathtaking on the aerial apparatus (silks, Spanish web, trapeze, cloud, hoop, etc.).  The male performers will amaze with their strength and gymnastics ability. Tickets are available at Leisure Square and Riverside Racquet Complex. Tickets are $7 for adults and $6 for children under 12 and seniors.  Please contact the Recreation Department at 567-2144 or visit www.covb.org for more information.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 4

weekend - cROP_summerfest hands on pianoSUMMERFEST  CONCERT ON THURSDAY – Symphony of the Americas presents 25th Anniversary Summerfest Concert 2016. Hosted by the Cultural Council of Indian River County, the concert will be held at 7:30 pm on Thursday, August 4 at Christ by the Sea United Methodist Church.  The Summerfest Chamber Orchestra will feature musicians and soloists who have participated in this Festival over the past 25 years, including from orchestras such as the Arpeggione Chamber Orchestra of Austria, the Mission Chamber Orchestra of Rome, Hungarian Virtuosi, Italy’s I Musici and more, representing more than 10 different countries – performing several styles of classical and popular music for strings, all joined in cultural exchange by principal musicians of the Symphony of the Americas.  Reservations include a post performance reception for the musicians.  For reservations, ($35), visit cultural-council.org/Summerfest.html or call 772-770-4857.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Dogs for Life has been chosen to participate n Mulligan’s 12 Weeks of Summer! Donate to Dogs For Life while eating and having fun!!  10% of the evening’s proceeds will be donated to DFL on the following dates:

Thursday, August 4th from 5-8 pm (Local Hero Night – Come dressed as your favorite local hero – doctor policemen, firefighter, or ?)  and on 

Thursday, August 11th from 5-8pm (Puppy Love Night – Come dressed as your favorite doggy!) Mr. Spongie will come for a visit each night with Balloons and free crafts for the kids! Mulligan’s Beach House Bar & Grill is located at 1025 Beachland Blvd.  For information about Dogs For Life, visit: www.dogsforlifevb.org.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 5

FIRST FRIDAY GALLERY STROLL – Stroll along 14th Avenue from 5 to 8 pm  on Friday, August  5th to view the new exhibits at downtown galleries.  Here’s a preview:

Gallery 14 is exhibiting works by Gallery 14 owner-artists and represented artists, as well as selected works by photographer Greg Hills. 

Main Street Vero Beach presents guest artist Holly Wray displaying her stained glass lamps (at left).  These unique pieces have designs inspired by the lamp base she uses. Many of these lamp bases have been picked up at thrift shops, flea markets and garage sales.

The Artists Guild Gallery features a wide variety of styles and media by gallery artists

Tiger Lily Gallery & Studios features the work of Julia Carter, Cristina Abizaid, Shotsi Lajoie, Travis Blanton, Sharon Sexton and Glenda Taylor.

weekend - Holly W lampFlametree Clay Gallery features an exhibit of all clay works by Resident Artists: Karen Ekonomou, Cosette Kelley, Kim Mayo, Barbara Miro, Richard Pierce, Maria Sparsis, Trudy von Linsowe.  Exhibiting Artists: John Kwasizur, Coco Martin, Janvier Miller, Judi Nickelson, Chris Pierce, Valerie Risher, Ginny Piech Street.

FRIDAY &  SATURDAY  AUGUST 5 & 6

weekend - MOORE IN TIME-2BALLET VERO BEACH PRESENTS CONTEMPORARY DANCE AT RIVERSIDE THEATRE – Ballet Vero Beach presents the Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company on  Friday & Saturday, August 5th & 6th at 8 pm  at Riverside Theatre. Celebrating their 25th Anniversary, Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Company has been hailed by critics and audiences alike as one of the most exciting, captivating dance troupes in the Midwest and has been spotlighted in Dance Magazine as a Critic’s Choice “favorite picks across America”.  Tickets are $10-$75 and are available online at www.balletverobeach.org.  Riverside Childrens Theatre presents a dance performance by students at  2 pm on Saturday, August 6.  Tickets are $10 adults, $5 Children.  Call the Box Office at 772-231-6990.

HOWL AT THE MOON THIS WEEKEND – Riverside Theatre presents  Howl at The Moon Experience,   a high-energy music show on Friday & Saturday, August 5 & 6.  Musicians Ken Gustafson and  Daniel Deal will  perform favorite songs from 80’s rock, 90’s pop, and today’s dance hits on dueling pianos with shows at 7:30 and 9:30 pm.   Free live music featuring The Bobby Owen Band (rock, blues, country) on Friday and Beartoe (rock, blues) on Saturday will play the Live In The Loop Outdoor Stage prior to each performance.  Buy tickets ($16, $18, $20, $22)  by calling the Box Office at 772-231-6990.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 6 – The Education Foundation of Indian River County in partnership with Riverside Theatre will present a FREE, fun-filled family event, RT Star’s Back To School Party, on Saturday, August 6 th from 10am to 2pm at Riverside Theatre.  With hands-on activities, live performances, face painting, a bounce house, and entertaining contests, this community-wide event will also feature back to school information from Administrators and Directors from the School District of Indian River County.

Events: 10:00am – Dance Factory Dance Party

10:50am – Live Entertainment / Student Performances

11:15am – “Pack a Lunch” Contest

11:30am – Live Entertainment / Performance Apprentices

11:55am – “Are You Smarter Than a School Kid?” Contest

12:10pm – Dance Factory Dance Party 

12:55pm – Live Entertainment / Performance Apprentices

1:15pm – “Get Dressed!” Contest

1:30pm – Dance Factory Dance Party 

2:00pm – Riverside Dance Festival performance on the Stark Stage featuring professional dance troupe, Wylliams/Henry Dance Company 

*Schedule subject to change.

 

SUNDAY, AUGUST  7

weekend - NowPlaying_June2016_From Sea to Shining Sea PhotoSEA TO SHINING SEA AT QUILTED GIRAFFE – Theatre-Go-Round Dinner Theatre continues it’s performance of “From Sea to Shining Sea” on Sundays, August 7 and August 21 at the Quilted Giraffe, 500 S. US 1 In Vero Beach.  With rave reviews, this show will take the audience across the U.S. with songs celebrating our cities and states. Doors open for the 3 course gourmet dinner at 4:30 pm with the show at 6. All-inclusive dinner theatre packages are $55 per person.  Call the dinner theatre box office at 772-252-9341.

weekend - lincoln-movie-poster_2Arts & Cultural Events in St. Lucie County – The Sunrise Theatre will screen a free movie on Sunday, August 7  at 3 pm.   The movie on Sunday is Lincoln, Academy Award® Winner Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Fields and David Strathairn.  Tickets are available in person only at the theatre’s box office located at 117 South Second Street, Ft. Pierce, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Monday to Friday and two hours prior to each movie.  Limit 4 tickets per person.  Tickets are subject to availability. Call 772-461-4775.

Howl at The Moon Experience extended due to popular demand!

Due the tremendous success of  Howl at The Moon in the three weekends of performances since the end of June, Riverside Theatre has extended Howl at the Moon Experiences through the end of October.

More than just dueling pianos, Howl at The Moon Experience is a high-energy music show like no other. Sing, dance, and, yes, even howl as the most versatile and talented musicians perform favorite songs from 80’s rock, 90’s pop, and today’s dance hits on dueling pianos. These highly energetic and entertaining shows make for a fun-filled and memorable night!

Every show is different because there is no set agenda or playlist as the audience helps select the songs to create the unique music party experience. These talented musicians can perform just about any song requested.  And, just like Comedy Zone, each Howl at The Moon will showcase different, talented musicians at every Howl weekend.

Howl at The Moon Experiences will alternate with Comedy Zone Experiences to showcase professional entertainment EVERY weekend through October! And, similar to Comedy Zone Experiences, FREE live music featuring local bands will play the Live In The Loop Outdoor Sage prior to each Howl at The Moon. Food will also be available for purchase.

Howl at The Moon Experience will take place on the Waxlax Stage at Riverside Theatre on the following dates:

August 5 & 6, August 19 & 20, September 2 & 3, September 16 & 17, September 30 & October 1, October 14 & 15, and October 28 & 29

Tickets are $16, $18, $20, $22 and can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 772-231-6990 or online at www.riversidetheatre.com

Riverside Theatre, America’s largest professional theatre in a small town, is located at 3250 Riverside Park Drive, Vero Beach, FL 32963.

Summer Shows at Riverside Children’s Theatre

Riverside Children’s Theatre (RCT), the educational arm of Riverside Theatre, will present six shows this summer that will delight and entertain the whole family. The months of June, July and August will feature some of the most talented young actors, singers, and dancers in the area as they perform a classic Disney film on stage, relive popular songs from the 1980’s, and dance with a professional dance company.

“Based on the enormous success of last year’s programming, we are pleased to again present a variety of shows that will challenge and showcase our incredibly talented students,” says Kevin Quillinan, RCT Instructor. “These shows will not only be tremendously captivating, but they will also allow our students to further their creativity, imagination, and love of theatre.”

The shows are:

Disney’s Aladdin JR. and Disney’s Aladdin KIDS

Based on the iconic animated film, with an Academy Award-winning score by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, Disney’s Aladdin JR. and Disney’s Aladdin KIDS is sure to send audiences soaring on a flying carpet ride filled with romance and adventure. When the street urchin, Aladdin, vies for the attention of the beautiful princess, Jasmine, he uses a genie’s magic power to become a prince. Iago, Jafar, the Genie, and more are here in a musical adventure filled with magic, mayhem and the power of love.

The hour-long version of Disney’s Aladdin JR. starring children aged 12 to 18 takes place:           June 17 @ 1:30pm & 7:30pm  June 18 @ 1:30pm & 4pm

A shorter version, Disney’s Aladdin KIDS, starring children aged 7 to 12 takes place:                     June 24 @ 1:30pm & 7:30pm   June 25 @ 1:30pm & 4pm

Tickets to either show are: $12 Adults, $6 children. All performances take place on the Anne Morton Stage @ Riverside Theatre

Totally 80’s Rascals

Be prepared to get totally awesome as Rascals covers the pop songs of the 80’s. From Cyndi Lauper to Michael Jackson, Duran Duran to the Culture Club (and maybe a little Weird Al), kids will drive their DeLorean back in time to relive the classics of the ear!

July 1 @ 4pm & 7pm Tickets: $12 adults, $6 children  Performances take place on the Anne Morton Stage @ Riverside Theatre

13, The Musical

Geek. Poser. Jock. Beauty Queen. Wannabe. These are the labels that can last a lifetime. With an unforgettable rock score from Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown (ParadeThe Last Five YearsBridges Of Madison County), 13 The Musical is a show about fitting in – and standing out!

Evan Goldman is plucked from his fast paced, preteen New York City life and plopped into a sleepy Indiana town following his parents’ divorce. Surrounded by an array of unsophisticated middle school students, he needs to establish his place in the popularity pecking order. While the cast is comprised entirely of teenagers, the stories are ageless, emotions are timeless, and the laughter and memories they provide are priceless.

July 22 @ 7:30pm      July 23 @ 1:30pm & 4pm

Tickets: $12 Adults, $6 children. Performances take place on the Stark Stage @ Riverside Theatre

iRascals KIDS

In iRascals KIDS, young performers aged 8 and up, take the stage and give their all to present current hits from the pop charts.

July 29 @ 4pm & 7pm Tickets: $12 Adults, $6 children Performances take place on the Anne Morton Stage @ Riverside Theatre

Riverside Dance Festival Showcase

The Riverside Dance Festival is a unique experience in intensive, two-week Summer study where accepted students have the opportunity to take daily technique classes with Riverside Children’s Theatre faculty and members of the Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company (WHCDC) from Kansas City, MO. A mixed repertory concert will culminate the festival where students will perform original works and dance alongside WHCDC members.

August 6 @ 2pm. Tickets: $10 Adults, $5 children. Performance takes place on the Stark Stage

For more information on these productions, summer camps, or the fall slate of classes at the Children’s Theatre, call the Box Office at 772-231-6990 or online at www.riversidetheatre.com.

Riverside Theatre announces 2016-2017 season

March 27 - Riverside Theatre.4B

NEWS RELEASE 

Riverside Theatre, led by Producing Artistic Director/CEO Allen D. Cornell and Managing Director/COO Jon R. Moses, is excited to announce its 2016-2017 Season. Building on the success and support the theatre has attained over the last few years, Riverside is proud to present another ambitious season of music, comedy, and drama.

“The 2015-2016 Season was a great success,” says Mr. Cornell. “A Chorus Line, Hello Dolly, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike and Freud’s Last Session achieved many sold out performances. The critical acclaim and tremendous support of our patrons and audiences continue to encourage us to produce the finest professional productions possible.

“Nothing touches the heart, educates the mind and lifts the spirit like a live performance. That is why next season offers seven dynamic productions that will fill our stages – productions that will amaze and delight everyone who experiences Riverside Theatre.”

The season begins in October with a wonderful musical showcasing the songs of Johnny Cash in Ring of Fire. January brings the hit Broadway musical still playing the Great White Way, Chicago followed by Noel Coward’s delightful comedy, Private Lives. The next production on the Stark Stage is the legendary musical Mame and the season concludes with the energetic throwback to the 70’s, Saturday Night Fever. Two distinctive theatre pieces play the Waxlax Stage, An Empty Plate in the Café Grand Boeuf in January and The Christians in March.

Subscriptions are now available for 3, 4 and 5 show packages on the Stark Stage. Waxlax Stage productions can be added to the show packages. For more information on prices and subscription options, call the Box Office at 772-231-6990 or online at http://www.riversidetheatre.com.

The Season

Stark Stage Shows

Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash

Music and Lyrics by Johnny Cash

Created by Richard Maltby, Jr.

Conceived by William Meade

October 25 – November 13, 2016

From the songbook of iconic artist Johnny Cash comes this crowd-pleasin’, foot-stompin’ musical celebration that tells a fascinating story of love and faith, struggle and success, rowdiness and redemption, and home and family. With more than two dozen classic Cash hits – “I Walk The Line,” “A Boy Named Sue,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Ring of Fire” and many more – a multi-talented cast, create a unique portrait of an American music legend. Though never impersonated, Cash’s remarkable story is told in an exhilarating and moving stage production.

Chicago

Music by John Kander

Lyrics by Fred Ebb

Book by Fred Ebb, Bob Fosse

Based on the play, Chicago, by Maurine Dallas Watkins

January 3 – 22, 2017

Winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical, Chicago holds the record for the longest-running revival and the longest running American musical in Broadway history. Set in Prohibition-era Chicago, the show follows chorus girl Roxie Hart and her murder of a faithless lover. She convinces her hapless husband Amos to take the rap, but when he finds out the truth, he turns on her. Convicted and sent to death row, Roxie and Velma Kelly, another “merry murderess, “ vie for the spotlight and the headlines, ultimately joining forces in search of the “American Dream”: fame, fortune and acquittal.

Private Lives

By Noel Coward

January 31 – February 19, 2017

One of the most sophisticated, witty, and entertaining plays ever written, Private Lives remains one of Noel Coward’s most successful comedies. Elyot and Amanda, once married and now honeymooning with new spouses at the same hotel, meet on the balconies of their adjacent rooms. As they relive the past, their original spark reignites and they impulsively runaway together to give their relationship another shot, much to the shock of the newlyweds they leave behind. After days of being reunited, Elyot an Amanda again find their fiery romance alternating between passions of love and anger. Will Elyot and Amanda remain together or will they return to their respective new spouses? A masterpiece of high comedy, Coward’s Private Lives is uproarious and delightful.

 

Mame

Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman

Book by Jerome Lawrence, Robert Edwin Lee

Based on the novel, Auntie Mame, by Patrick Dennis

March 7 – 26, 2017

Mame Dennis is a larger-than-life personality living the high life in the Roaring Twenties in New York City. Patrick, her orphaned 10-year-old nephew, comes to live with her and she introduces him to an eccentric lifestyle and a madcap cast of characters. When the stock market crashes and Mame loses her fortune, she tries, with comically disastrous results, to find a job for the first time in her life, but perseveres with humor and style. Jerry Herman’s delightful score is packed with musical favorites “Bosom Buddies,” “We Need a Little Christmas,” “Open a New Window,” “Mame,” and more. Brimming with optimism and zest, Mame will make you laugh while warming your heart!

Saturday Night Fever

Music & Lyrics by The Bee Gees

Book by Nan Knighton, Arlene Phillips, Paul Nicholas, Robert Stigwood

Based on Nik Cohen’s 1975 New York Magazine article, “Tribal Rites of the New Saturday Night” and

1977 film, Saturday Night Fever

April 11 – 30, 2017

Based on the 1977 blockbuster film, Saturday Night Fever whisks you back to the 1970s, where open shirts, bell-bottoms and disco were all the rage. Tony Manero, a talented street-wise kid from Brooklyn, yearns of escaping his dead-end job and becoming the ‘disco king’ at the local club. He meets a young lady who can help him achieve his dance dreams, but will she accept his advances and help him change his world? Packed with legendary hits from The Bee Gees including: “Stayin’ Alive,” “You Should Be Dancing,” “How Deep Is Your Love” and many more, Saturday Night Fever sizzles with compelling story and explosive dance.

Waxlax Stage Shows

An Empty Plate in the Café du Grand Boeuf

By Michael Hollinger

January 17 – February 5, 2017

At the world’s greatest restaurant, the Café du Grand Boeuf in Paris, no menu is necessary. Why? “Because we have everything,” says Claude, the headwaiter. Open for only one patron, owner and American millionaire Victor, the staff is always ready to prepare the most sumptuous of meals. On a hot July night in 1961, Victor arrives from Madrid disheveled and depressed with one simple wish: to die of starvation. The devoted staff, who depend on Victor’s patronage for their livelihood, desperately try all means to change his mind. When all else fails, Victor is convinced to have his favorite dishes prepared, but the food is to be kept in the kitchen and only empty platters served. Comedy ensues throughout the delectable seven course meal as a feast of words and declarations fill the restaurant.

The Christians

By Lucas Hnath

March 21 – April 9, 2017

Twenty years ago, Pastor Paul’s church was a modest storefront. Now it houses thousands, with a coffee shop in the lobby and a baptismal font as big as a swimming pool. But on the day they celebrate the end of their indebtedness, Pastor Paul is about to share some news his congregation isn’t used to hearing. It is a sermon that will shake the foundation of his congregation’s beliefs. How could one’s convictions change overnight? From one of America’s new, exciting playwrights, comes this mesmerizing play about faith and redemption and its power to unite or divide.

 2016 Laurel Awards from the Cultural Council of Indian River County

The Cultural Council of Indian River County is pleased to announce its 2016 Laurel Award Honorees.  Over the past 20 years, the Cultural Council has promoted the cultural arts through education, collaboration, marketing, programming and advocacy.  During this time the Cultural Council created the Laurel Awards to recognize leadership in the cultural arts.
The four Laurel Awards to be presented this year are:

Richard A. Stark Award for Cultural Leadership awarded to an individual who demonstrates exceptional leadership in promoting the cultural arts, and in providing encouragement, involvement, and motivation to others in support of the cultural arts.

Alma Lee Loy Award for Volunteer Leadership awarded to an outstanding individual who, as a volunteer, demonstrates selfless dedication to the cultural arts, and devoted energy, passion, time and support of a nonprofit cultural organization.

Willie C. Reagan Award for Educational Leadership awarded to an arts educator to honor, recognize, celebrate, and advocate arts education for all whose talent and leadership keeps the arts alive for people of all ages.

John J. Schumann, Jr. Award for Business Leadership awarded to an individual or business who demonstrates outstanding commitment to a nonprofit cultural organization(s) in support of their operations, enabling growth and sustainability.

Honorees are:

Maestro Aaron Collins, Founder & Artistic Director, Space Coast Symphony Orchestra will receive the Richard A. Stark Award for Cultural Leadership.

Dr. Carole Strauss, American Association of University Women, Vero Beach and Vero Beach Theatre Guild will receive the Alma Lee Loy Award for Volunteer Leadership.

Lis Bech,  Sebastian River Middle School, will receive the Willie C. Reagan Award for Educational Leadership.

Treasure & Space Coast Radio, Jim Davis, General Manager will receive the John J. Schumann, Jr. Award for Business Leadership.

The Laurel Awards will be presented to the honorees at the twentieth Laurel Awards Dinner, Wednesday, April 20, 2016, at Riomar Country Club, 2016 Club Lane, Vero Beach.  The reception is at 6:00 pm, dinner at 7:00 pm, followed by the awards program.  Reservation, $175/person, are requested by April 15, 2016.  Call 772-770-4857 for more information.

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