Evening Star Productions presents GUTENBERG! THE MUSICAL! September 15 – October 2

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Evening Star Productions
presents
use_Gutenberg_logoSeptember 15 – October 2

“Who knew that a musical about the life of the inventor of the printing press
could have so many laughs?”
 Jason Zinoman NY Times

August 23, 2016

BOCA RATON, FLORIDA:  Evening Star Productions will leap even farther back into history,  jumping from William Shakespeare (their recent production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream played to appreciative audiences for three weeks in August) to Johannes Gutenberg when they produce Anthony King and Scott Brown’s Gutenberg!  The Musical! which will open on September 15th, and run through October 2nd at Boca Raton’s Sol Theatre.

This uproarious spoof tells the story of two passionate musical theatre writers – desperate and bravely untalented – who perform a backer’s audition for their new musical about the inventor of the printing press. With an unending supply of enthusiasm, the two authors sing all the songs and play all the parts in their crass historical epic.

Gutenberg! The Musical! opened at the Actor’s Playhouse in January 2007; it was nominated for the 2007 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical and the 2007 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical, and its authors were nominated for the 2007 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Book of a Musical.

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Ben Sandomir

Gutenberg’s director, Ben Sandomir, explains the play this way: “Bud and Doug are putting on a backer’s audition for their new musical about the inventor of the printing press, Johannes Gutenberg. Since research materials on Johannes are “scant” they fill in the blanks with “historical fiction”.

“Bud and Doug are played by two local South Florida actors, Robyn Eli Brenner and Alex Weiss,” he continues.   “They also play all 18 characters in the musical, a mighty but fitting task for a play about two artists shooting for the stars. As the director, I’ve spent the last few months trying to figure out how Bud and Doug can transport the audience to the word of their magnum opus on a shoestring budget inside a small black box theatre. I think our audiences will laugh and be entertained and fall in love with these hopeless optimists, as I have.”

Robyn Eli Brenner“As an actor you always want the opportunity to do something like Gutenberg – a two-man, full length musical.” Robyn Eli Brenner says. “And I’m extremely proud and honored to be doing such a funny piece of theatre – one that audiences probably wouldn’t get to see if it weren’t for this production.”

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Alex Weiss

Alex Weiss, who plays Doug, agrees: “I’m so excited to be working with this extremely talented cast and crew on Gutenberg! The Musical!” he says. “With Ben’s direction and unique perspective, I really think we will be bringing something to South Florida that’s never been done before. Plus, I get to play a variety of different characters including a woman named after a font. It’s the little things!”

Weiss has also offered a thought from the enthusiastic perspective of his character, Doug Simon:   “I can’t wait to bring our musical to the people! Bud and I have always wanted to be on Broadway and I truly feel like this is the first and only step that we will need to get there.”

Gutenberg! The Musical! will run from September 15 – October 2 at Sol Theatre in Boca Raton. Tickets are $25 and $10 for students. Group rates are also available. Tickets are on sale now, and can be purchased  by calling 561-447-8829 or on line at www.eveningstarproductions.org.

For more information about Evening Star Productions visit www.eveningstarproductions.org or contact Rosalie Grant at 561-447-8829 /info@eveningstarproductions.com ; For more information about this production, contact Carol Kassie at 561-445-9244 /ckassie@gmail.com.
Gutenberg! The Musical!
September 15 – October 2, 2016
By Anthony King & Scott Brown
Directed by Ben Sandomir
Tickets:  $25 / $10 for students
Performances:
Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8 pm
Sunday at 2 pm
For Tickets:  561-447-8829 / www.eveningstarproductions.org
3333 N. Federal Highway
Boca Raton, FL  33431
www.eveningstarproductions.org
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KWP Productions presents IT HAD TO BE YOU – August 19 – September 4

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KWP Productions
presents
Renee Taylor & Joseph Bologna’s
IHTBY (1)August 19 – September 4

“A cartoon comedy of great dexterity and loving warmth.” – The New York Post

August 12, 2016
WEST PALM BEACH, FL:  KWP Productions will start off their expanded season in their new location with a delightful comedy sure to please audiences of all ages.  It Had To Be You will open at the Bhetty Waldron Theater at Actor’s Rep on August 19th and run through September 4th.

Written by Renee Taylor and Joseph Bologna, It Had To Be You is an absurd, fast-paced comedy about Theda Blau, a zany, eccentric, ex-Hollywood B movie actress and ‘wannabe’ playwright seeking love and/or a writing partner in New York City.  She meets Vito Pignoli, a hugely successful TV commercial director. By holding him hostage in her apartment on a snowy Christmas Eve, she somehow manages to convince him to be her partner both on the page and off.

 Joseph Bologna and Renee Taylor

Joseph Bologna and Renee Taylor

Married in 1965 Taylor and Bologna have enjoyed successful careers separately and as a team.  Their first collaboration, Lovers and Other Strangers (in which Bologna made his professional acting debut) was produced on Broadway in 1968.  The film version, which they co-wrote, was released in 1970, and garnered them an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay.   Since then the couple have continued writing, and both have starred in numerous films, television programs, and on stage.

“[It Had To Be You] was the hardest and most rewarding thing we’ve ever written,” Bologna has said. “It’s a two-character play that takes place in real time. At first we set the play over six months, then one month and then one week. But it never worked until we made it happen in one night. That’s because it made the feelings more intense.”

Helen Buttery will direct KWP’s production, which will star Deborah Lynskey-Lake as Theda Blau, and Lenny Marine as Vito Pignoli.

All performances will take place at the Bhetty Waldron Theater at Actor’s Rep, located at 1009 North Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach, Florida, 33401.

Tickets are available for purchase on line at: http://kwpproductions.com or by calling 561-339-4687.

For more information about KWP Productions, please visit http://kwpproductions.com , or contact Kimberly Rommel-Enright, Managing Director, at kenright@kwpproductions.com /561-339-4687/561-352-5671 or Carol Kassie (ckassie@gmail.com / 561-445-9244).

It Had to Be You
August 19 – September 4, 2016
By Renee Taylor and Joseph Bologna
Directed by Helen Buttery
Tickets: $21
For tickets and information:  561-339-4687 / http://kwpproductions.com
Performance Schedule:
Friday, August 19 – 8 pm
Saturday, August 20 – 2 pm
Saturday, August 20 – 8 pm
Sunday, August 21 – 2 pm
Saturday, August 27 – 2 pm
Saturday August 27 – 8 pm
Sunday, August 28 – 2 pm
Friday, September 2 – 8 pm
Saturday, September 3 – 8 pm
Sunday, September 4 – 2 pm
All Performances to take place at
The Bhetty Waldron Theater at Actor’s Rep,
1009 North Dixie Highway,
West Palm Beach, Florida, 33401
http://kwpproductions.com
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Pigs Do Fly Productions presents INVASION OF PRIVACY – September 8 – 25

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Pigs Do Fly Productions
presents
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September 9 – 25
(Preview performance September 8)

“Larry Parr has a flair for sassy humor and for focusing his story on the main issues.”  Sarasota Herald Tribune

August 10, 2016
WILTON MANORS, FL:  In 1943 Zelma Cason filed a ground-breaking lawsuit against Pulitzer Prize-winning author (The Yearling) Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings.  Cason claimed Rawlings had invaded her ‘right to privacy’ in the author’s recently published book, Cross Creek. The suit – the first of its kind ever filed in Florida –  used ‘the right of privacy defense’.  At that time the state didn’t even recognize the existence of that right.

Pigs Do Fly Productions will present the South Florida premiere of Larry Parr’s award-winning play, Invasion of Privacy – the playwright’s fascinating examination of the events leading up to and including the trial that had the entire country focused on one small Florida town.   The production will run from September 9th through September 25th at The Abyss Stage in Wilton Manors.  There will be a preview performance on September 8th.

Ellen 2Invasion of Privacy is our first foray into a full length play,” says Pigs Do Fly Productions Executive Producer Ellen Wacher.   “This one is awesome – it’s based on a real case and trial in 1940’s Florida.  It has great characters; it’s topical and funny, yet it deals with very serious issues.  And it fits perfectly within Pigs Do Fly’s mission – showing the impact people over 50 can have on all our lives.”

Larry Parr

Larry Parr

“I always loved Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings’ rich and poetic writings about Florida and the Floridians who made their lives from the bounty of the land,” playwright Larry Parr explains.  “I became fascinated by the lawsuit brought against her after the publication of her book, Cross Creek, for Invasion of Privacy – the first of its kind brought against an author.  It played out against the backdrop of early Florida and involved the very people she wrote about, and it involves an issue that is very much in the news yet today – Freedom of Speech versus Right to Privacy.”

The landmark case began when Cason, one of Rawlings’ closest friends took issue with the author’s description of her in Cross Creek as “…an ageless spinster resembling an angry and efficient canary. She manages her orange grove and as much of the village and country as needs management or will submit to it. I cannot decide whether she should have been a man or a mother …”  An additional real-life dramatic element was added to the mix in that Cason was represented by Kate Walton – one of Florida’s first female lawyers – in a time when women were not even allowed to serve on juries in Florida.

Peter J. LoewyInvasion of Privacy will be directed by Peter J. Loewy, whose production of The Rothschilds will open at Stage Door Theatre on September 2nd; his recent production of Stephen Sondheim’s Putting It Together received excellent reviews when it played at Stage Door in May.  He has directed numerous productions in South Florida, as well as at his own Forum Theatre, in Metuchen, New Jersey.

Loewy has selected a talented cast for Invasion of Privacy:  Eight-time Carbonell nominee Missy McArdle will play Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, and Carbonell nominee Kevin Reilley will play her husband, Norton Baskin.  Also cast are Pepper Thompson as Zelma Cason, Todd Caster as lawyer Sigsbee Scruggs, Jules Pisano as lawyer Kate Walton, and Kerry Sensenbach as Judge John Murphree.

Tickets for Invasion of Privacy are $35 and are available on line at www.pigsdoflyproductions.com, or by calling 866-811-4111.  Performances are on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8 pm, and on Sunday at 5 pm. All performances will take place at The Abyss Stage, 2304 N. Dixie Highway, Wilton Manors, FL 33305

For more information about Pigs Do Fly Productions, please visit www.pigsdoflyproductions.com.   For more information about Ellen Wacher, please visit www.ellenwacher.com.  To set up interviews, or for photos, please contact Carol Kassie at carol@carolkassie.com / 561-445-9244.

~*~

Pigs Do Fly Productions
presents
Invasion of Privacy
By Larry Parr
September 9 – September 25 (Preview Performance – September 8)
Tickets: $35
Tickets:  866-811-4111 / www.pigsdoflyproductions.com
Performances:
Thursday, Friday, & Saturday: 8 pm
Sunday: 5 pm
All performances will take place at
The Abyss Stage
2304 N. Dixie Highway, Wilton Manors, FL 33305
www.infinite-abyss.org

Larry Parr (Playwright) Hundreds of regional productions.  Hi-Hat Hattie Kansas City’s Drama Desk Best Musical, Florida Individual Artist Recipient, American Cinema Foundation; My Castle’s Rockin’ Sart ScriptFest, National Black Theatre Festival;Invasion Of Privacy 1999 Gold Coast Players best-play award, Playwrights First Award in Manhattan, Ashland New Play Festival, Theatre Conspiracy’s New Play Competition, Florida Individual Artist Recipient, Dezart Performs Audience Favorite; Sundew Sart Scriptfest; His Eye Is On The Sparrow Florida Individual Artist Recipient, Sarasota County Arts Council’s Fellowship, Dayton Best Overall Production; Shunned Sart’s ScriptFest, Utah Shakespeare Festival, New American Playwrights Project.  2000, 2010 Barbara Anton Playwriting Award.  STAGES ’93, the 1994 Porter Fleming Playwriting Competition, The Arion Award For Music Excellence, Civic Recognition Award, Broome Agency’s Best-Novel Award.  www.larryparr.info

Awards for Invasion of Privacy:
State of Florida Individual Artist’s Fellowship Award
Gold Coast Players Best Play Award
The National Arts Club’s Playwrights First Award in Manhattan
Ashland, Oregon New Play Festival
Theatre Conspiracy New Play Award
Dezart Performs Audience Favorite, Palm Springs, California

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KWP Productions Announces Their 2016 – 2017 Season

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KWP Productions
Announces Their
2016 – 2017 Season
KWP productions logo
Comedies, Dramas, Musicals and Children’s productions will showcase the
versatile company’s talents.

July 27, 2016
PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL:  KWP Productions has an ambitious season planned for 2016 – 2017.  The company will produce 6 ‘adult’ plays and 3 children’s productions at the Bhetty Waldron Theater at Actor’s Rep in West Palm Beach.

“I’m delighted to finally be able to announce our upcoming season,” says the company’s Managing Director, Kimberly Rommel-Enright. “We’re changing it up this year, and going back to basics.  While our mission remains the same – to produce high quality theater for all ages – we are broadening the genre of our productions. We will still have wonderful children’s productions – performed by children.   But in addition, we’ll have more adult comedies, dramas, and musicals, all to be performed in an intimate black box setting.   I’m really looking forward to sharing this new and exciting journey with our audiences.”

The complete list of KWP’s 2016-2017 production schedule, along with dates, times, prices, and other relevant information, can be found below.

All performances will take place at the Bhetty Waldron Theater at Actor’s Rep, located at 1009 North Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach, Florida, 33401.

Tickets are available for purchase on line at: http://kwpproductions.com or by calling  561-339-4687.

For more information about KWP Productions, please visit http://kwpproductions.com, or contact Kimberly Rommel-Enright, Managing Director, at kenright@kwpproductions.com /561-339-4687/561-352-5671 or Carol Kassie (ckassie@gmail.com / 561-445-9244).

About KWP Productions:

KWP Productions is dedicated to inspiring the next generation of performers and theatre goers. “We love working with professional actors and young people to create shows for young and old alike. Through our productions we strive to teach our young actors about the craft of acting as well as the process it takes to create a full scale production. Our auditions are open to the public. For those who come to see our shows we hope to instill a lifelong love of theatre. We endeavor to create a magical experience they will remember for years to come.”

KWP Productions also provides a full range of theatrical classes for children, teens and adults. For more information, call 561-339-4687.

KWP Productions 2016-2017 Production Schedule:

Black Box Series:

It Had to Be YouIt Had to be You
August 19 – September 4, 2016
By Renee Taylor and Joseph Bologna
Directed by Helen Buttery
Tickets: $21
Performance Schedule:
Friday, August 19 – 8 pm
Saturday, August 20 – 2 pm
Saturday, August 20 – 8 pm
Sunday, August 21 – 2 pm
Saturday, August 27 – 2 pm
Saturday August 27 – 8 pm
Sunday, August 28 – 2 pm
Friday, September 2 – 8 pm
Saturday, September 3 – 8 pm
Sunday, September 4 – 2 pm

It Had To Be You is an absurd, fast-paced comedy about Theda Blau, a zany,  eccentric, ex-Hollywood B movie actress and ‘wannabe’ playwright seeking love and/or a writing partner in New York City.  She meets TV producer-director Vito Pignoli when she (unsuccessfully) auditions for one of his commercials.  Vito is charmed by Theda’s offbeat take on life.  After the audition they share a cab, and Vito, the nice guy that he is, helps Theda carry her Christmas packages to her door.  She invite’s Vito in, hoping he will read her latest ‘masterpiece’ and help connect her to a producer.  Vito happily accepts the invitation, but he has other things on his mind.  What happens there, on that fateful snowy Christmas Eve in Theda’s East Village apartment is the basis of this laugh-out-loud madcap comedy.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)Shakespeare KWP
October 14 – 23, 2016
By Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield
Directed by Kimberly Rommel-Enright
In collaboration with Steve Enright
Tickets: $21
Performance Schedule:
Friday, October 14 – 8 p m
Saturday, October 15 – 8 p m
Sunday, October 16 – 8 pm
Wednesday, October 19 – 8 pm
Thursday, October 20 – 8 pm
Saturday, October 22 – 8 pm
Sunday, October 23 – 2 pm

How on earth can three men do the impossible:  act through William Shakespeare’s entire canon – 37 plays – in 97 minutes?  By summarizing the canon through football plays, rap songs, and outrageously condensed comedy, mash-up titles (like Four Weddings and a Transvestite) of course!  The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) hilariously summarizes all of Shakespeare’s plays using reenactments and audience participation.  It is famous for holding the (self-proclaimed) record for the shortest production of Hamlet at 43 seconds.  An extremely popular play that ran in London for nine years and has enjoyed countless productions in various languages throughout the world, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) entertains and teaches audiences facts about Shakespeare while ensuring them a rollicking good time.

Tick Tick… Boom!tick-tick-Boom
By Jonathan Larson
November 4 – 11, 2016
Directed by Kimberly Rommel-Enright
Tickets:  $23
Performance Schedule:
Friday, November 4 –  8 pm
Saturday, November 5 – 8 pm
Tuesday, November 8 – 8 pm
Wednesday, November 9 – 8 pm
Thursday, November 10 – 8 pm
Friday, November 11 – 8 pm

Before Rent, there was Tick, Tick… Boom!  This autobiographical musical by Jonathan Larson, the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning composer.  Tick, Tick… Boom! Is the story of a composer and the sacrifices he made to achieve his big break in theatre. His girlfriend wants to get married and move out of the city; his best friend is making big bucks on Madison Avenue, yet Jon is still waiting tables and trying to write the great American musical.  Set in 1990, this compelling story of personal discovery is presented as a rock musical filled with instantly appealing melodies and a unique blend of musical theater styles.
Containing fourteen songs, ten characters, and three actors, Tick, Tick… Boom takes you on the playwright/composer’s journey that leads to a Broadway blockbuster.

4000 Miles4000miles
By Amy Herzog
February 3 – 12, 2017
Directed by Kimberly Rommel-Enright
Tickets $21
Performance Schedule:
Friday, February 3 – 8pm
Saturday, February 4 – 8pm
Sunday, February 5 –  2pm
Wednesday, February 8 – 8pm
Thursday, February 9 – 8pm
Friday, February 10 – 8pm
Saturday, February 11 – 8pm
Sunday, February 12 –  2pm

Ninety-one-year-old political activist Vera Joseph’s solitary existence is entirely shaken when her grandson, Leo, appears at the door in the middle of the night.  Leo is fresh from a cross-country bike ride, and assures Vera that he won’t stay long.  Leo, however, is in crisis, confused by an on-again, off-again romance, furious with his mother’s incessant meddling, and grieving deeply for his best friend and biking partner, Micah, who is recently deceased. While Leo seeks solace in his grandmother, Vera finds companionship in another person since the loss of her husband, Joe.  A finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Drama, Amy Herzog’s 4000 Miles is a compassionate, intimate, and frequently funny play that examines the love of family we can choose, the family we can’t, and the healing power of trust.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Beespelling-bee
Conceived by Rebecca Feldman;
additional material by Jay Reiss
Music and Lyrics by William Finn
Book by Rachel Sheinkin
March 3 – 12, 2017
Director: TBA
Tickets: $23
Performance Schedule:
Friday, March 3 – 8pm
Saturday, March 4 – 8pm
Sunday, March 5 – 2pm
Tuesday, March 7 – 8pm
Wednesday, March 8 – 8pm
Thursday, March 9 – 8pm
Friday, March 10 – 8pm
Saturday, March 11 – 8pm
Sunday, March 12 – 2pm

An eclectic group of six-graders arrives at The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, each eager to win for very different reasons. Sweet and shy Olive brings only her best friend (the dictionary) with her to the bee; Bold and hyper-allergic speller William Barfee uses his “magic foot” to propel him to greatness; former champion Chip is struggling with his burgeoning puberty; easily distracted Leaf is unconvinced that he’s smart enough to be a challenger; overachiever Marcy is disappointed by her consistent success; and politically aware Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre only wants to impress her gay dads. In hilarious, touching, and catchy songs, each speller reveals his/her hopes, struggles, and passions as they make their way through the competition. With an engaging, tuneful score by William Finn and a sweet, funny book by Rachel Sheinkin, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee causes audiences to fall in love, both with the show itself and its “perspicacious,” “jocular,” and “effervescent” spellers.

Barefoot in the Parkbarefoot_in_the_park_
By Neil Simon
April 7 – 16, 2017
Director: Jim Tyminski
Tickets $21
Performance Schedule:
Friday, April 7 – 8pm
Saturday, April 8 – 8pm
Sunday, April 9 – 2pm
Tuesday, April 11 – 8pm
Wednesday, April 12 – 8pm
Thursday, April 13 – 8pm
Friday, April 14 –  8pm
Saturday, April 15 – 8pm
Sunday, April 16 – 2pm

Corie and Paul are newlyweds, fresh from their honeymoon. Corie is still enthralled by her recent sexual awakening and the adventure that comes with youth and marriage. She wants their passionate romantic life to continue at full speed.  Paul, however, feels it is time to focus on his burgeoning career as an up-and-coming lawyer. When they don’t see eye-to-eye about their apartment, their neighbors, and their sex drive, the new marriage experiences its first patch of rough weather.

Children’s Series

Snow White and the Seven DwarfsSnow White
By Tim Kelly
Music and Lyrics by Bill Francoeur
August 5 – 7, 2016
Director: Sean Gogan
Tickets:  $15
Performance Schedule:
Friday, August 5 – Sold Out
Saturday, August 6 – 1 pm Sold Out
Saturday, August 6 – 6 pm
Saturday, August 7 – Sold Out

All our old friends, plus a few new ones, are here in this marvelous musical adaptation. We’ll meet the captivating Princess Snow White, the prince, the evil queen, and, of course, the seven mischievous dwarfs — Sarge, Gabby, Gloomy Gus, Ticklish, Spritely, Snore, and Slowpoke. There’s also a hilarious palace cat and an enchanted vixen — a fox, you could say! Following the traditional storyline, the fairy tale is brought to life with an eclectic score of toe-tapping tunes.

The Adventures of Tom SawyerThe-Adventure-of-tom-sawyer

Based on the Mark Twain Classic
Adapted by Dave Barton and Matt Bond
December 15-17, 2016
Director: Sean Gogan
Tickets:  $15
Performance Schedule:
Thursday, December 15 – 7pm
Friday, December 16 – 7pm
Saturday, December 17 – 7pm

Enjoy the humor, action and excitement of life in Missouri in the late 1840s. All of Tom Sawyer’s famous adventures are included, climaxing with the life-or-death battle with Injun Joe in the cave.  It’s easy to see why Twain’s ’Life on the Mississippi’ will forever be an American favorite

The Legend of PocahontasLEGENDOFPO-1
By Vera Morris
May 12 – 14, 2017
Director: Sean Gogan
Tickets:  $15
Performance Schedule:
Friday, May 12 – 7 pm
Saturday, May 13 – 7 pm
Sunday, May 14 – 1 pm

Hi-ya-ya-hi-ya. Listen to the tom-tom drums and the message spoken by the “Wordspinner” that opens and closes this charming adventure suitable for all age groups. The name Pocahontas, belonging to the daughter of the powerful Algonquin Chief Powhatan, means “She-Who-Likes-To-Be-Mischievous.” It’s a fitting name, because the princess enjoys playing tricks and games, especially with Wolf, Raven and Squirrel… her playmates in the forest. She also makes friends with the English settlers in the struggling community of Jamestown. They have no food, and sickness has almost wiped them out. Pocahontas would like to help them, but Thundercloud, the medicine man, forbids it. When Captain John Smith, the leader of Jamestown, comes to the Indian village, he is condemned to death. In a thrilling scene, Princess Pocahontas saves his life and finds a way for the Indians and the settlers to live in harmony and friendship. This colorful play features a wonderful cast of characters: Little Running Rabbit, Brave Eagle, Aunt Morning Star, Forest Spirits, Mother Earth and the people of Jamestown. Filled with Native American lore and true to the original legend, it’s an entertaining and fascinating page from our country’s history that glows with excitement and warmth.

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Evening Star Productions & Sol Children Theatre present A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM – August 5 – 21

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Evening Star Productions & Sol Children Theatre
present
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A Midsummer Night’s Dream
August 5 – 21

Two companies combine to create the
Shakespeare Initiative
in a commitment to breathe new life into the greatest plays ever written.

July 7, 2016
BOCA RATON, FL:  Evening Star Productions, whose recent production of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)[revised] received excellent reviews and played to consistently sold out houses will team with Sol Children Theatre and take on The Bard once more when they present William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream from August 5th through August 21st at Sol Theatre in Boca Raton.

Shakespeare’s tale of order and disorder, reality and appearance, and above all – love – is universally acknowledged to be one of his most beloved and enduring works.

The production will be the first to combine the talents and resources of both companies in a new venture, aptly named The Shakespeare Initiative.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be directed by Seth Trucks, whose training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), the British American Drama Academy (BADA), and at the Experimental Theatre Wing at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts will all be brought into play in this production.

Seth Trucks

Seth Trucks

“This will be a reinvention of Shakespeare’s most popular comedy,” explains Trucks, who is extremely excited about the production, as well as the Shakespeare Initiative itself.  “We will be featuring both youth and adult actors, and we have re-imagined the play as a high school story set in the 1980s. We’re using age appropriate actors in all the roles, and we have integrated numerous multi-media elements into the production, which will give the play a cinematic atmosphere.

“Shakespeare has been my great passion for more than two decades, and in that time I have taken part in four different productions of Midsummer,” Trucks continues. Each amazing experience I’ve had with this show has left me with such inspiration it seems to me as if this production has been years in the making.

“This was to be my friend Laura Ruchala’s next show at Sol Theatre before she tragically left us,” he says.  “In one of our last conversations we talked about how much of our love for The Bard was rooted in the freedom of interpretation his writing affords us as theatre artists, so with Evening Star’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream I have embraced this philosophy and created a version of the play suited for this amazing little space, and for the artists who call this space their home. With nods to the films of John Hughes, Pixar, The Peanuts and Fantasia, our re-imagining of this play will be a passionate energetic affair that aims to be as thought provoking for those already familiar with it, as it is clear and palatable for those new to Shakespeare.”

Rosalie Grant

Rosalie Grant

“It’s a natural fit – and a fitting progression,” explains Rosalie Grant, who is the founder and driving force behind both Evening Star and Sol.  She and Trucks are working closely together to ensure the evolution and development of the Shakespeare Initiative continues to stay true to the mission statements of both companies.

“This production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream has been in the works in Seth’s imagination as long as I have known him, and it started becoming an Evening Star dream even before our production of The Comedy of Errors got to opening night!” Grant says.  “Laura Ruchala and I chatted frequently about her visions of various Shakespeare plays that would fit nicely at Sol, and like Seth, the last chat I too had with Laura was about Midsummer being her next directorial project for Evening Star – and she was excitedly dreaming about casting children in the adaptation.  Seth’s version is a tribute to Laura and to his own vivid imagination and astounding creativity, while incorporating the missions of both Evening Star and Sol Children.  I couldn’t be prouder to co-produce with him this re-imagination of inarguably one of the greatest plays ever written.”

A Midsummer Night’s Dream will run from August 5 – 21 at Sol Theatre in Boca Raton. Tickets are $20 and $10 for students. Group rates are also available. Tickets are on sale now, and can be purchased  by calling 561-447-8829 or on line at www.eveningstarproductions.org.

For more information about Evening Star Productions visit www.eveningstarproductions.org  or contact Rosalie Grant at 561-447-8829 /info@eveningstarproductions.com; For more information about this production, contact Carol Kassie at 561-445-9244 /ckassie@gmail.com.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
By William Shakespeare
August 5 – 21
Tickets:  $20/$10 for Students
For Tickets:  561-447-8829 / www.eveningstarproductions.org
Performances:  Friday & Saturday at 8 pm / Sunday at 2 pm
Sol Theatre
3333 North Federal Highway
Boca Raton, FL 33431

Evening Star Productions
Mission Statement:

Evening Star Productions’ mission is to provide practical experience, education, and support for young performers desiring to pursue a career in theatre. Evening Star Productions will offer serious young adult actors, stage managers, and designers the opportunity to push the boundaries of their knowledge and talent in a safe and highly professional environment; enable them to prepare for college, regional, and professional theatre companies; and offer them the opportunity to be critiqued by regional professionals and critics to receive objective evaluations vital to their personal and professional growth.

Sol Children Theatre
Mission Statement:

In many * One …

We strive as individuals to not only become better actors but also better people.  We strive as individuals to unlock the secrets of our characters and their situations and relationships.  We strive as individuals to use our inherent acting tools to the utmost by incorporating learned skills and techniques and life experiences.

We strive as one to put forth only the very best efforts with each and every experience.  We strive to work as one unit, one mind, one body to not only help each other but to believe in each other.  We strive as one to bring to audiences not just a product, not just a play, but an unforgettable experience.

In many * One * We are Sol Children Theatre Troupe

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2016-2017 Theatre & Concert Schedule

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2016 -2017 THEATRE & CONCERT SCHEDULES
for
Pigs Do Fly Productions
Thinking Cap Theatre/The Vanguard Sanctuary for the Arts
Evening Star Productions
Sol Children Theatre
Stage Door Theatre
KWP Productions
B’nai Torah Theatre Series
Danny & Sylvia – The Danny Kaye Story
My Son the Waiter:  A Jewish Tragedy
A Jew Grows in Brooklyn
Baby Boom Baby
The Spanish River Concert Series

Below is a list of productions – plays, musicals, concerts, readings, radio plays, etc. –  that will be presented on various South Florida stages during the 2016-2017 season … and beyond.
I will try to keep this list up to date and make sure any additions, subtractions, and changes in dates or venues are noted as they arise.
As you will see as you scroll down this page, theatre in South Florida is thriving, and audiences will be able to choose from an exciting and eclectic selection of productions, concerts, and presentations in the coming months.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions…
I look forward to seeing you at the Theatre!
Carol

PIGS DO FLY PRODUCTIONS

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By Larry Parr
September 9 – September 25
(Preview Performance – September 8)
Tickets: $35
Tickets:  866-811-4111 / www.pigsdoflyproductions.com
Performances:
Thursday, Friday, & Saturday: 8 pm
Sunday: 5 pm
All performances will take place at
The Abyss Stage
2304 N. Dixie Highway, Wilton Manors, FL 33305
561-447-8829
www.infinite-abyss.org
www.pigsdoflyproductions.com
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Invasion of Privacy
 is based on the lawsuit brought against Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (The Yearling) by her neighbor, Zelma Cason.  Cason contended that Rawlings’ description of ‘her’ character in Rawlings’ book Cross Creek made her out to be a ‘hussy’ and sued the author for invasion of privacy (the courts of the time found libel to be too ambiguous).  It was a cause of action that had never been argued in a Florida court.  “That was a time when a woman lawyer was a novelty in the South, and man’s moonshine was nobody’s business, and an invasion-of-privacy lawsuit was something of a brand-new issue, which eventually became a popular reason for going to court.” Jack Lyons, Theatre & Film

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THINKING CAP THEATRE

ThinkingCap - strokeA Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay
about the Death of Walt Disney
September 9 – 25
By Lucas Hnath
Tickets:  $35 ($37.22 with s/c)
For Tickets: 813-220-1546
www.thinkingaptheatre.com
Performances:
Thursday – Saturday at 8 pm
Sunday at 5 pm
The Vanguard
1501 S. Andrews Avenue
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316
www.vanguardarts.org
www.thinkingcaptheatre.com
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“Tonight, Walt is going to read you a screenplay he wrote. It’s about his last days on earth. It’s about a city he’s going to build that’s going to change the world. And it’s about his brother. It’s about everyone who loves him so much, and it’s about how sad they’re going to be when he’s gone. Right? I mean, how can they live without him? How can anyone live without him?”
A blackly comic inversion of the public Disney persona, in the form of a stylized screenplay being read in an anonymous-looking corporate conference room.

Mud
October 20 –  November 6ThinkingCap - stroke
By Maria Irene Fornes
Tickets:  $35 ($37.22 with s/c)
For Tickets: 813-220-1546
www.thinkingcaptheatre.org
Performances:
Thursday – Saturday at 8 pm
Sunday at 5 pm
The Vanguard
1501 S. Andrews Avenue
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316
www.vanguardarts.org
www.thinkingcaptheatre.org
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In Mud, Maria Irene Fornes has created a stark and uncompromising drama, in which self-improvement is a wistful, far-off goal, and the bleak nature of everyday life is impossible to escape, in the end.
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THE VANGUARD SANCTUARY FOR THE ARTS

vanguard logoMixed Nuts
December 1 – 12
By Various Playwrights.
Tickets:  $35 ($37.22 with s/c)
For Tickets: 813-220-1546
www.vanguardarts.org
Performances:
Thursday – Saturday at 8 pm
Sunday at 5 pm
The Vanguard
1501 S. Andrews Avenue
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316
www.vanguardarts.org
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Mixed Nuts, brand new, seasonable short comedies by some of our regions finest playwrights.

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EVENING STAR PRODUCTIONS

Gutenberg logo 2Gutenberg! The Musical!

September 15 – October 2, 2016
By Anthony King & Scott Brown
Directed by Ben Sandomir
Tickets:  $25 / $10 for students
For Tickets:  561-447-8829 / www.eveningstarproductions.org
3333 N. Federal Highway
Boca Raton, FL  33431
www.eveningstarproductions.org
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In this two-man musical spoof, a pair of aspiring playwrights perform a backers’ audition for their new project – a big, splashy musical about printing press inventor Johann Gutenberg. With an unending supply of enthusiasm, Bud and Doug sing all the songs and play all the parts in their crass historical epic, with the hope that one of the producers in attendance will give them a Broadway contract – fulfilling their ill-advised dreams.

See Rock CitySee Rock City and Other Destinations
January 12 – 29, 2017
Music by Brad Alexander
Book & Lyrics by Adam Mathias
Directed by Geoffrey Short
Tickets:  $25 / $10 for students
For Tickets:  561-447-8829 / www.eveningstarproductions.org
3333 N. Federal Highway
Boca Raton, FL  33431
www.eveningstarproductions.org
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A wanderer believes his destiny is written on rooftops along the North Carolina Interstate. A young man yearns to connect with intelligent life in Roswell, New Mexico. A woman at the Alamo steps out of the shadow of her grandparents’ idealized romance to take a chance on love. Three estranged sisters cruise to Glacier Bay to scatter their father’s ashes. Two high school boys face unexpected fears in the Coney Island Spook House. A terrified bride-to-be ponders taking the leap… over Niagara Falls.
With a book full of humor and humanity, and a score that incorporates pop, rock, folk and more, each story builds on the last to create a vivid travelogue of Americans learning to overcome their fears and expectations in order to connect.

Waiting-for-GodotWaiting for Godot
April 20 – May 7, 2017
By Samuel Beckett
Directed by Rosalie Grant
Tickets:  $25 / $10 students
For Tickets:  561-447-8829 / www.eveningstarproductions.org
3333 N. Federal Highway
Boca Raton, FL  33431
www.eveningstarproductions.org
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In Waiting for Godot, two wandering tramps, Vladimir and Estragon, wait by a lonely tree, to meet up with Mr. Godot, an enigmatic figure in a world where time, place and memory are blurred and meaning is where you find it. The tramps hope that Godot will change their lives for the better. Instead, two eccentric travelers arrive, one man on the end of the other’s rope. The results are both funny and dangerous in this existential masterpiece.

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SOL CHILDREN THEATRE

CC cut outCharles Dickens’ The Christmas Carol
December 2 – 18, 2016
By Charles Dickens/Adapted by Brian Way
Directed by Christopher Mitchell
Tickets:  $15 / $10 juniors (11 and under)
For Tickets:  561-447-8829 / www.solchildren.org
3333 N. Federal Highway
Boca Raton, FL  33431
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This Baker best-seller is a straightforward, faithful, and theatrically stunning adaptation of the Dickens story. It has proven enormously popular in repertory, regional, school and community theatres.

once-on-this-island-junior-colorOnce on This Island, Jr.  
June 9 – 25, 2017
Book and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Music by Stephen Flaherty
Directed by James Skiba
Tickets: $15 / $10 juniors (11 and under)
For Tickets:  561-447-8829 / www.solchildren.org
3333 N. Federal Highway
Boca Raton, FL  33431
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Adapted from the celebrated Broadway musical, with its poignant story of one small girl who finds love in a world of prejudice, and its catchy Caribbean-flavored score, Once on This Island, Jr. is a highly original theatrical adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s popular fairy tale, The Little Mermaid, and the Tony-nominated Broadway musical by the legendary writing team, Ahrens and Flaherty.

Alice cut outAlice in Wonderland
August 11 – 27, 2016
By Lewis Carroll
Adapted and directed by Seth Trucks
Tickets: $15 / $10 juniors (11 and under)
For Tickets:  561-447-8829 / www.solchildren.org
3333 N. Federal Highway
Boca Raton, FL  33431
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Alice will once again fall through a rabbit hole into a fantasy world populated by peculiar anthropomorphic creatures.  This classic fantasy will be adapted especially for Sol’s stage by actor/director/playwright Seth Trucks.

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KWP Productions 2016-2017 Production Schedule:

Black Box Series:

It Had to Be YouIt Had to be You
August 19 – September 4, 2016
By Renee Taylor and Joseph Bologna
Directed by Helen Buttery
Tickets: $21
Performance Schedule:
Friday, August 19 – 8 pm
Saturday, August 20 – 2 pm
Saturday, August 20 – 8 pm
Sunday, August 21 – 2 pm
Saturday, August 27 – 2 pm
Saturday August 27 – 8 pm
Sunday, August 28 – 2 pm
Friday, September 2 – 8 pm
Saturday, September 3 – 8 pm
Sunday, September 4 – 2 pm

It Had To Be You is an absurd, fast-paced comedy about Theda Blau, a zany,  eccentric, ex-Hollywood B movie actress and ‘wannabe’ playwright seeking love and/or a writing partner in New York City.  She meets TV producer-director Vito Pignoli when she (unsuccessfully) auditions for one of his commercials.  Vito is charmed by Theda’s offbeat take on life.  After the audition they share a cab, and Vito, the nice guy that he is, helps Theda carry her Christmas packages to her door.  She invite’s Vito in, hoping he will read her latest ‘masterpiece’ and help connect her to a producer.  Vito happily accepts the invitation, but he has other things on his mind.  What happens there, on that fateful snowy Christmas Eve in Theda’s East Village apartment is the basis of this laugh-out-loud madcap comedy.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)
October 14 – 23, 2016Shakespeare KWP
By Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield
Directed by Kimberly Rommel-Enright
In collaboration with Steve Enright
Tickets: $21
Performance Schedule:
Friday, October 14 – 8 p m
Saturday, October 15 – 8 p m
Sunday, October 16 – 8 pm
Wednesday, October 19 – 8 pm
Thursday, October 20 – 8 pm
Saturday, October 22 – 8 pm
Sunday, October 23 – 2 pm

How on earth can three men do the impossible:  act through William Shakespeare’s entire canon – 37 plays – in 97 minutes?  By summarizing the canon through football plays, rap songs, and outrageously condensed comedy, mash-up titles (like Four Weddings and a Transvestite) of course!  The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) hilariously summarizes all of Shakespeare’s plays using reenactments and audience participation.  It is famous for holding the (self-proclaimed) record for the shortest production of Hamlet at 43 seconds.  An extremely popular play that ran in London for nine years and has enjoyed countless productions in various languages throughout the world, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) entertains and teaches audiences facts about Shakespeare while ensuring them a rollicking good time.

Tick Tick… Boom!
By Jonathan Larsontick-tick-Boom
November 4 – 11, 2016
Directed by Kimberly Rommel-Enright
Tickets:  $23
Performance Schedule:
Friday, November 4 –  8 pm
Saturday, November 5 – 8 pm
Tuesday, November 8 – 8 pm
Wednesday, November 9 – 8 pm
Thursday, November 10 – 8 pm
Friday, November 11 – 8 pm

Before Rent, there was Tick, Tick… Boom!  This autobiographical musical by Jonathan Larson, the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning composer.  Tick, Tick… Boom! Is the story of a composer and the sacrifices he made to achieve his big break in theatre. His girlfriend wants to get married and move out of the city; his best friend is making big bucks on Madison Avenue, yet Jon is still waiting tables and trying to write the great American musical.  Set in 1990, this compelling story of personal discovery is presented as a rock musical filled with instantly appealing melodies and a unique blend of musical theater styles.
Containing fourteen songs, ten characters, and three actors, Tick, Tick… Boom takes you on the playwright/composer’s journey that leads to a Broadway blockbuster.

4000miles4000 Miles
By Amy Herzog
February 3 – 12, 2017
Directed by Kimberly Rommel-Enright
Tickets $21
Performance Schedule:
Friday, February 3 – 8pm
Saturday, February 4 – 8pm
Sunday, February 5 –  2pm
Wednesday, February 8 – 8pm
Thursday, February 9 – 8pm
Friday, February 10 – 8pm
Saturday, February 11 – 8pm
Sunday, February 12 –  2pm

Ninety-one-year-old political activist Vera Joseph’s solitary existence is entirely shaken when her grandson, Leo, appears at the door in the middle of the night.  Leo is fresh from a cross-country bike ride, and assures Vera that he won’t stay long.  Leo, however, is in crisis, confused by an on-again, off-again romance, furious with his mother’s incessant meddling, and grieving deeply for his best friend and biking partner, Micah, who is recently deceased. While Leo seeks solace in his grandmother, Vera finds companionship in another person since the loss of her husband, Joe.  A finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Drama, Amy Herzog’s 4000 Miles is a compassionate, intimate, and frequently funny play that examines the love of family we can choose, the family we can’t, and the healing power of trust.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Beespelling-bee
Conceived by Rebecca Feldman;
additional material by Jay Reiss
Music and Lyrics by William Finn
Book by Rachel Sheinkin
March 3 – 12, 2017
Director: TBA
Tickets: $23
Performance Schedule:
Friday, March 3 – 8pm
Saturday, March 4 – 8pm
Sunday, March 5 – 2pm
Tuesday, March 7 – 8pm
Wednesday, March 8 – 8pm
Thursday, March 9 – 8pm
Friday, March 10 – 8pm
Saturday, March 11 – 8pm
Sunday, March 12 – 2pm

An eclectic group of six-graders arrives at The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, each eager to win for very different reasons. Sweet and shy Olive brings only her best friend (the dictionary) with her to the bee; Bold and hyper-allergic speller William Barfee uses his “magic foot” to propel him to greatness; former champion Chip is struggling with his burgeoning puberty; easily distracted Leaf is unconvinced that he’s smart enough to be a challenger; overachiever Marcy is disappointed by her consistent success; and politically aware Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre only wants to impress her gay dads. In hilarious, touching, and catchy songs, each speller reveals his/her hopes, struggles, and passions as they make their way through the competition. With an engaging, tuneful score by William Finn and a sweet, funny book by Rachel Sheinkin, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee causes audiences to fall in love, both with the show itself and its “perspicacious,” “jocular,” and “effervescent” spellers.

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By Neil Simon
April 7 – 16, 2017
Director: Jim Tyminski
Tickets $21
Performance Schedule:
Friday, April 7 – 8pm
Saturday, April 8 – 8pm
Sunday, April 9 – 2pm
Tuesday, April 11 – 8pm
Wednesday, April 12 – 8pm
Thursday, April 13 – 8pm
Friday, April 14 –  8pm
Saturday, April 15 – 8pm
Sunday, April 16 – 2pm

Corie and Paul are newlyweds, fresh from their honeymoon. Corie is still enthralled by her recent sexual awakening and the adventure that comes with youth and marriage. She wants their passionate romantic life to continue at full speed.  Paul, however, feels it is time to focus on his burgeoning career as an up-and-coming lawyer. When they don’t see eye-to-eye about their apartment, their neighbors, and their sex drive, the new marriage experiences its first patch of rough weather.

Children’s Series

Snow White and the Seven DwarfsSnow White
By Tim Kelly
Music and Lyrics by Bill Francoeur
August 5 – 7, 2016
Director: Sean Gogan
Tickets:  $15
Performance Schedule:
Friday, August 5 – Sold Out
Saturday, August 6 – 1 pm Sold Out
Saturday, August 6 – 6 pm
Saturday, August 7 – Sold Out

All our old friends, plus a few new ones, are here in this marvelous musical adaptation. We’ll meet the captivating Princess Snow White, the prince, the evil queen, and, of course, the seven mischievous dwarfs — Sarge, Gabby, Gloomy Gus, Ticklish, Spritely, Snore, and Slowpoke. There’s also a hilarious palace cat and an enchanted vixen — a fox, you could say! Following the traditional storyline, the fairy tale is brought to life with an eclectic score of toe-tapping tunes.

The Adventures of Tom SawyerThe-Adventure-of-tom-sawyer

Based on the Mark Twain Classic
Adapted by Dave Barton and Matt Bond
December 15-17, 2016
Director: Sean Gogan
Tickets:  $15
Performance Schedule:
Thursday, December 15 – 7pm
Friday, December 16 – 7pm
Saturday, December 17 – 7pm

Enjoy the humor, action and excitement of life in Missouri in the late 1840s. All of Tom Sawyer’s famous adventures are included, climaxing with the life-or-death battle with Injun Joe in the cave.  It’s easy to see why Twain’s ’Life on the Mississippi’ will forever be an American favorite

The Legend of PocahontasLEGENDOFPO-1
By Vera Morris
May 12 – 14, 2017
Director: Sean Gogan
Tickets:  $15
Performance Schedule:
Friday, May 12 – 7 pm
Saturday, May 13 – 7 pm
Sunday, May 14 – 1 pm

Hi-ya-ya-hi-ya. Listen to the tom-tom drums and the message spoken by the “Wordspinner” that opens and closes this charming adventure suitable for all age groups. The name Pocahontas, belonging to the daughter of the powerful Algonquin Chief Powhatan, means “She-Who-Likes-To-Be-Mischievous.” It’s a fitting name, because the princess enjoys playing tricks and games, especially with Wolf, Raven and Squirrel… her playmates in the forest. She also makes friends with the English settlers in the struggling community of Jamestown. They have no food, and sickness has almost wiped them out. Pocahontas would like to help them, but Thundercloud, the medicine man, forbids it. When Captain John Smith, the leader of Jamestown, comes to the Indian village, he is condemned to death. In a thrilling scene, Princess Pocahontas saves his life and finds a way for the Indians and the settlers to live in harmony and friendship. This colorful play features a wonderful cast of characters: Little Running Rabbit, Brave Eagle, Aunt Morning Star, Forest Spirits, Mother Earth and the people of Jamestown. Filled with Native American lore and true to the original legend, it’s an entertaining and fascinating page from our country’s history that glows with excitement and warmth.

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WaiterNewLogo_July28-3My Son the Waiter:  A Jewish Tragedy
By Brad Zimmerman
December 12, 2016 – January 29, 2017
Tickets:  $45 – $65
Phone:  855-448-7469
On Line: MySonTheWaiter.com
Groups: 888-264-1788
Group Rates:
Wed/Thurs/Fri – Groups 12-19   $43.50 / Groups   20 +    $38.50
Sat /Sun – Groups 12-19   $48.50 / Groups   20 +    $43.50
Showtimes:
Wednesday 7:30 pm
Thursday 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm
Friday 7:30 pm
Saturday 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm
Sunday 2:00 pm
Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center/Studio Theatre 2nd Floor
201 Plaza Real
Boca Raton, FL 3342
(Opposite Lord & Taylor)
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Brad Zimmerman’s My Son the Waiter:  A Jewish Tragedy is the story of one man’s struggle to fulfill his dream and ‘make it’ as a comedic actor in New York.  Zimmerman paid his dues! He spent 29 years “temporarily” waiting tables in New York, all the while chasing a career in acting and comedy.  He tells of his pursuit, along with stories about his childhood, family, and misbegotten love life with warmth, wit, self-deprecating humor, and wicked charm, and combines his years of training as an actor with his innate comedic talent.

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logo-photo with NY Times quote-hi resA Jew Grows in Brooklyn
By Jake Ehrenreich
February 1- 26, 2017
Performances:
Wed 3 PM and 7:30 PM
Thurs:  7:30 PM
Fri: 8 PM
Sat 3PM and 8PM
Sun 2PM and 5PM
Tickets:  $45 – $95
Phone 866-811-4111
  To Order Tickets on Line: www.ajewgrowsinbrooklyn.com
Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center
201 Plaza Real
Boca Raton, Fl  33432
(Opposite Lord & Taylor)
www.ajewgrowsinbrookyn.com
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March 10-12, 2017
Coral Springs Performing Arts Center
2855 Coral Springs Dr, Coral Springs, FL 33065
Performances:
Fri:  8PM
Sat: 3PM and 8PM
Sun 2PM and 5PM
Tickets: $45 – $95
Phone: (954) 344-5990
To Order Tickets on Line: http://www.coralspringscenterforthearts.com
From its record breaking, award winning run in the heart of Broadway, Jake Ehrenreich returns to Florida with a newly minted version of his hit comedy musical A Jew Grows in Brooklyn. The New York Times raves “Brooklyn is beautiful, touching and funny – like Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays” and New York Magazine declares it “poignant and hilarious”.
From the streets of Brooklyn and struggle with his family’s survivor past, to the laughter and rebirth of a Catskills nightclub – with music, humor and multi-media – Jake Ehrenreich recreates his unforgettable journey of discovery – now made more famous in his critically acclaimed bestselling book by the Chicken Soup for the Soul publishers. Directed by NY theater veteran Jon Huberth, Broadway World raves “it’s one of the most uplifting evenings one can spend in the theater. Ehrenreich masterfully takes the audience from tears to laughter and back again.”  and The Miami Herald declares “it’s a knockout – somewhere two loving parents are kvelling over the son who did them proud.”

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D&S - postcard side 1Danny Kaye & Sylvia:  A Musical Love Story
January 13 – 29, 2017
Book by Robert McElwaine
Music by Bob Bain
Produced by Black Box Booking and Hy Juter
Tickets:  $35 / $30 for groups of 6 or more
Phone:   561-347-3948
To purchase tickets on line:  www.willowtheatre.org
Showtimes:
Thursday, Friday, & Saturday at 8:00 pm,
Saturday  & Sunday at 2:00 pm
The Willow Theatre at Sugar Sand Park
300 S. Military Trail
Boca Raton, FL 33486
www.willowtheatre.org
Direct from its sold-out London, Washington, DC, and New York runs:  A musical love story about entertainer Danny Kaye and his partner, personal song writer and wife, Sylvia Fine. Featuring numerous Kaye classics including “Tchaikovsky”, “Minnie the Moocher”, “Anatole of Paris”, and “Deena”.  Starring Carbonell Award-winner Clay Cartland as Danny Kaye, and Katie Angell Thomas as Sylvia Fine.

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Beau-Jest-1ckB’NAI TORAH THEATRE SERIES
Produced and Directed By Shari Upbin

Beau Jest
February 22, 2017
By James Sherman
7:30 pm
Tickets:  $36 ($25 for congregational members)
Phone: 561-392-8566
B’nai Torah Congregation
6261 SW 18th Street
Boca Raton, FL 33433
www.bnai-torah.org
Sarah Goldman is a nice Jewish girl with a problem:  her parents want her married – to a nice Jewish boy, of course. They’ve never met Sarah’s boyfriend, Chris Kringle, who doesn’t exactly fit that description, so to make them happy she invents Dr. David Steinberg – the man of their dreams.  When they insist upon meeting Dr. Steinberg, Sarah contacts an escort service to provide her with a Jewish date – but instead they send her Bob Schroeder, an out of work actor who agrees to perform the impersonation.  Sarah’s mother – armed with challah and lokshen kugel sets out to snare this Beau for her daughter with hilarious mix ups and consequences!!  With Emily Freeman, Roy Lynam, Christopher Mitchell, Larry Bramble, Chris Anthony Ferrer, and Phyllis Spear.

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STAGE DOOR THEATRE
Group and Subscriber Discounts available for these productions

rothschildsThe Rothschilds
September 2 – October 16, 2016
Book by Sherman Yellen
Music by Jerry Bock
Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
Tickets:  $38 – $42
Phone:  954-344-7765
Showtimes:
Wednesday, Saturday, & Sunday at 2 pm,
Friday & Saturday at 8 pm
The Stage Door Theatre
8036 W Sample Rd
Margate, Fl 33065
www.stagedoortheatre.com
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With its engaging and uncompromising book, The Rothschilds is one of the boldest book musicals of its time, a heartfelt testament to family, dignity, honor and unflinching tenacity. Nominated for 9 Tony Awards, The Rothschilds is the final collaboration from the incomparable Jerry Bock & Sheldon Harnick (Fiddler On The Roof, She Loves Me). 

swing logoSwing, Swing, Swing
October 7 – November 20, 2016
Conceived, directed, and choreographed by Kevin Black
Tickets:  $38 – $42
Phone:  954-344-7765
Showtimes:
Wednesday, Saturday, & Sunday at 2 pm,
Friday & Saturday at 8 pm
The Stage Door Theatre
8036 W Sample Rd
Margate, Fl 33065
www.stagedoortheatre.com
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“It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing!”  Stage Door Theatre will bring back the memories with music and dance and the fabulous sounds that dominated the American charts in the Thirties and Forties.  Filled with classic hits by beloved favorites like Benny, Duke, Ella, Glenn, Billie, Cab, and Louis. “Relive the opulence of this bygone era told through the classic sounds you love!”

CharitySweet Charity
November 4 – December 11, 2016
Book by Neil Simon
Music by Cy Coleman
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Tickets:  $38 – $42
Phone:  954-344-7765
Showtimes:
Wednesday, Saturday, & Sunday at 2 pm,
Friday & Saturday at 8 pm
The Stage Door Theatre
8036 W Sample Rd
Margate, Fl 33065
www.stagedoortheatre.com
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Sweet Charity is a tender, poignant and consistently funny look at the adventures, or rather the misadventures, in the ways of love encountered by the gullible and guileless lady known as Charity Hope Valentine.

VegasVegas – A Night on the Strip
December 9, 2016 – January 22, 2017
Conceived, directed, and choreographed by Kevin Black
Tickets:  $38 – $42
Phone:  954-344-7765
Showtimes:
Wednesday, Saturday, & Sunday at 2 pm,
Friday & Saturday at 8 pm
The Stage Door Theatre
8036 W Sample Rd
Margate, Fl 33065
www.stagedoortheatre.com
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This revue is all that you love about the old days of Vegas, presented the only way Vegas knows how … as an incredible music driven spectacular.  The show dives into the rich history that made the city of Las Vegas a hot destination for entertainers from around the world.  Featuring music from some of Vegas’ most memorable icons – Frank, Sammy, Dean, Elvis, and countless others grace the stage once again for a night of vintage Vegas entertainment.

Most_Happy_FellaThe Most Happy Fella
December 30, 2016 – February 5, 2017
Book, Music, and Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Tickets:  $38 – $42
Phone:  954-344-7765
Showtimes:
Wednesday, Saturday, & Sunday at 2 pm,
Friday & Saturday at 8 pm
The Stage Door Theatre
8036 W Sample Rd
Margate, Fl 33065
www.stagedoortheatre.com
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From the composer of Guys And Dolls comes this touching, dramatic and intensely personal love story. Your heart will be warmed by this May-December romance when a city bride is wooed by an aging Italian grape farmer who nearly botches everything until his true goodness shines through. With a gorgeous score and spirited dancing, it’s a simple and touching love story that makes for an extraordinary night of theatre.

BrisThe Bris, The Bar Mitzvah, & Beyond
February 10 – March 26, 2017
By David Jay Bernstein
Tickets:  $38 – $42
Phone:  954-344-7765
Showtimes:
Wednesday, Saturday, & Sunday at 2 pm,
Friday & Saturday at 8 pm
The Stage Door Theatre
8036 W Sample Rd
Margate, Fl 33065
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Welcome to David Jay Bernstein’s delightful new comedy that takes Gary and Max Shapiro through a lifetime, stopping to visit with them and Max’s bris and bar mitzvah, and the other rites of passage that bring Jewish fathers and sons together.

kid_from_BrookylynThe Kid From Brooklyn
February 24 – April 9, 2017
By Brian Childers and ?
Tickets:  $38 – $42
Phone:  954-344-7765
Showtimes:
Wednesday, Saturday, & Sunday at 2 pm,
Friday & Saturday at 8 pm
The Stage Door Theatre
8036 W Sample Rd
Margate, Fl 33065
www.stagedoortheatre.com
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Based on the turbulent and triumphant life of Danny Kaye, this intimate musical portrayal chronicles the master comedian’s career and relationships as we follow his rise from an undisciplined and impoverished comic to his success under the guidance of his wife, Sylvia Fine.

No_Way_to_treat_a_LadyNo Way to Treat a Lady
April 14 – May 28, 2017
By Douglas Cohen (Based upon the novel by William Goldman)
Tickets:  $38 – $42
Phone:  954-344-7765
Showtimes:
Wednesday, Saturday, & Sunday at 2 pm,
Friday & Saturday at 8 pm
The Stage Door Theatre
8036 W Sample Rd
Margate, Fl 33065
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This theatrically charged musical comedy thriller about a publicity crazed actor turned killer and the endearing detective who pursues him is based on the best-selling novel that became a renowned movie. It is a devilish blend of humor, romance and murder.

nineNine
April 28 – June 11, 2017
Book by Arthur Kopit
Music and Lyrics by Maury Yeston
Adapted from the Italian by Mario Fratti
Tickets:  $38 – $42
Phone:  954-344-7765
Showtimes:
Wednesday, Saturday, & Sunday at 2 pm,
Friday & Saturday at 8 pm
The Stage Door Theatre
8036 W Sample Rd
Margate, Fl 33065
www.stagedoortheatre.com
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Nine is the story of a celebrated film director Guido Contini and his attempts to come up with a plot for his next film as he is pursued by hordes of beautiful women, all clamoring to be loved by him and him alone. Flashbacks reveal the substance of his life which will become the material for his next film: a musical version of the Casanova story.

social security logoSocial Security
June 16 – July 30, 2017
By Andrew Bergman
Tickets:  $38 – $42
Phone:  954-344-7765
Showtimes:
Wednesday, Saturday, & Sunday at 2 pm,
Friday & Saturday at 8 pm
The Stage Door Theatre
8036 W Sample Rd
Margate, Fl 33065
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Two married art dealers struggle with the visit of the wife’s goody goody sister, her uptight CPA husband, and her archetypal Jewish Mother – who are there to try to save their college student daughter from the horrors of living only for sex.

Minnies_BoysMinnie’s Boys
June 30 – August 6, 2017
Book by Arthur Marx and Robert Fisher
Music by Larry Grossman
Lyrics by Hal Hackady
Tickets:  $38 – $42
Phone:  954-344-7765
Showtimes:
Wednesday, Saturday, & Sunday at 2 pm,
Friday & Saturday at 8 pm
The Stage Door Theatre
8036 W Sample Rd
Margate, Fl 33065
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The madcap Marx Brothers musical. A touching, song-filled celebration of the origins of these show-business legends and gutsy, tender, matriarch Minnie Marx, the extraordinary woman who gave birth to a generation of laughter in the form of the maddest, merriest quintet that ever drove a mother-and then the world-wild. This is their story—and Minnie’s as well. “Mama a Rainbow,” “Rich Is,” “They Give Me Love” and the title song are just a few of the catchy, Broadway-style melodies in this hummable score from the composer of Goodtime Charley and Snoopy. 

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SPANISH RIVER CONCERTS
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Spanish River Concerts celebrates its fourteenth season this January through March, by yet again offering innovative virtuoso musical performances in conveniently located venues in West Boca Raton and Delray Beach. Prices for individual tickets for these concerts will be announced in the fall, but series subscriptions, which include all four of the following concerts, are available now for the discounted package price of $168 (plus tax).

Zoltán Mága – Live in Concert
Enjoy the passion and romance as PBS star Zoltán Mága – Hungary’s foremost violin virtuoso – performs your favorite Pops, Broadway, Italian, Gypsy, and classical masterpieces. This exciting extravaganza also features Zoltán’s wonderful orchestra in formal attire, extraordinary singers, and costumed dancers.
Schedule: Spanish River Church Monday, January 9; Tuesday, January 10; Monday, January 16; Tuesday, January 17; Monday, January 23; Tuesday, January 24.
Kings Point Theatre Wednesday, January 11; Thursday, January 12; Saturday, January 14 at 2:00 PM

Better than the Beatles – Featuring the Liverpool Legends
We combined one of the most talented Beatles-inspired bands with just the right orchestra to do justice to this repertoire, including songs that the Beatles themselves seldom performed live – because of the extensive instrumentation. Uniquely sanctioned by George Harrison’s sister (Louise Harrison), the Liverpool Legends will make you Twist and Shout.
Schedule:  Spanish River Church: Monday, February 20; Tuesday, February 21; Monday, February 27; Tuesday, February 28; Monday, March 6; Tuesday, March 7.
Kings Point Theatre: Wednesday, March 1: Thursday, March 2: Saturday, March 4 at 2:00 PM.

Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller Orchestras – Battle of the Big Bands
Though the namesakes are gone, the iconic orchestras carry on – with a “battle” of the best kind. Capturing the essence of the Big Band sound and its storied tradition, a talented cast of vocalists and instrumentalists will dazzle you with timeless Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller classics, even if you were born decades later.
Schedule: Spanish River Church: Monday, January 30; Tuesday, January 31; Monday, February 6; Tuesday, February 7; Monday, February 13;
Tuesday, February 14.
Kings Point Theatre: Wednesday, February 8; Thursday, February 9; Saturday, February 11 at 2:00 PM.

Synco Romantico
An amazing 10-piece instrumental ensemble that features powerful male and female vocalists and a hint of Latin Jazz flavor. They deliver a high-energy, international blend of fresh and familiar pop favorites. We call them Synco Romantico, but you will just call them fabulous!
Schedule:  Monday, March 13; Tuesday, March 14; Monday, March 20; Tuesday, March 21; Monday, March 27; Tuesday, March 28.
Kings Point Theatre: Wednesday, March 22; Thursday, March 23; Saturday, March 25; at 2:00 PM.

2017 Optional Concerts

Jim Witter with Tiffany Desrosiers and Full Orchestra
The best music of the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s.  Two wonderful singers and a full orchestra take you on a journey through the songs of Billy Joel, Carole King, Elton John, Linda Ronstdat, James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, and many more.
Tickets are on sale now – price: $48/person
Kings Point Theater
Schedule: Wednesday, March 29, 8 pm; Thursday, March 30, 8 pm, Saturday, April 1, 4 pm, Saturday, April 1, 8 pm.

Kol Esperanza with Lev Voce
With new repertoire added, the biggest concert of the 2016 season is making a return.  Featuring a 25-piece orchestra, this concert will take place at the Carole and Barry Kaye auditorium at the Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton Campus. Kol Esperanza and Lev Voce’s encore concert is sure to be memorable.
Tickets are on sale now – price:  Orchestra seating $65/person; Gallery Seating $40/person.
FAU Boca Raton Campus/Carole & Barry Kaye Auditorium
Schedule: Wednesday, March 15, 8 pm; Thursday, March 16, 8 pm, Friday,  March 17, 8 pm, Saturday, March 18, 2 pm; Saturday, March 18, 8 pm.

All Evening and matinee concerts (except Kol Esperanza) will be presented at either Spanish River Church, at 2400 Yamato Road, Boca Raton, 33431, and Kings Point Theatre, 7000 West Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach, 33446.

Call 1-800-716-6975 or visit CPA’s website at www.SpanishRiverConcerts.com  for specific concert dates, times, and ticket availability.”

 

Stage Door Theatre presents Neil Simon’s BROADWAY BOUND July 8 – August 14

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July 8 – August 14

“A lovely play; warm, perceptive, and gently humorous.” ~ Newsday
“Expectedly funny and unexpectedly moving.”  ~ New York Daily News

June 23, 2016
MARGATE, FL:  Stage Door Theatre’s production of Neil Simon’s Broadway Bound will open on July 8th and run through August 14th.

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Broadway Bound is the third in Neil Simon’s ”BB” trilogy, which includes Brighton Beach Memoirs and Biloxi Blues,” explains the show’s Carbonell Award-winning director, Michael Leeds. “Stage Door’s production of Brighton Beach Memoirs was such a success that this seemed like the logical next step.  And I’m lucky to have some of those original cast members back to reprise their roles.  Since Broadway Bound takes place ten years later, it’s especially interesting for those actors to see how their characters have changed.

“In Broadway Bound Eugene has returned to his family after the war and is teetering on the verge of becoming the famous comic genius we will come to know as Neil Simon,” Leeds continues.  “He is still recording his life in his journal, and he is still struggling to understand the dynamics of sex and of family relationships.

“The play is replete with the humor Simon is known for, but for me there’s a depth in these characters Simon hadn’t shown before.  Perhaps it’s because unlike the other two plays in the trilogy, Broadway Bound is really about Kate, Eugene’s mother, the rock upon which this family stands.  There’s an indelible scene that I’m eager to stage, when Kate reminisces to Eugene about the night she and her girlfriend went to the Primrose Ballroom and George Raft asked her to dance.  The scene comes to life as Eugene asks his mother to dance. Both poignant and funny, this is just one of the many stories that unfold as Eugene finally becomes the man he was destined to be.

“I’ve got a terrific cast,” Leeds says.  “Some will be new faces to our Stage Door audience but they’ll hopefully join the tight knit family of talent that makes Stage Door such a great place to work and, of course, a great place to see great shows.”

The cast of Broadway Bound includes Pam Roza as Kate, Kristian Bikic as Eugene, Alex Salup as Stan, Michael Small as Ben, Peter Librach as Jack, and Donna Warfield as Blanche.

Broadway Bound will run from July 8 – August 14 at Stage Door Theatre in Margate. The theatre is located at 8036 Sample Road, in Margate.

Tickets for Broadway Bound are $38 – $42; $16 student tickets are also available.  Tickets may be purchased at the Broward Stage Door Theatre box office at 954-344-7765 or on line at www.stagedoortheatre.com.

For more information about Broadway Bound and/or Stage Door Theatre, please visit www.stagedoortheatre.com  , or contact Derelle Bunn Executive Producer/Artistic Director, at DerelleBunn@yahoo.com / 954-344-7765 or Carol Kassie (ckassie@gmail.com / 561-445-9244).

Broadway Bound  
July 8 – August 14
By Neil Simon
Tickets:  $38 – $42
Phone:  954-344-7765
On line:  www.stagedoortheatre.com
Showtimes:
Wednesday, Saturday, & Sunday at 2 pm,
Friday & Saturday at 8 pm
The Stage Door Theatre
8036 W Sample Rd
Margate, Fl 33065
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KWP Productions to Create a New Home for the Arts

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KWP Productions launches an Indiegogo campaign to help fund their move to a new home in
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June 21, 2016
PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL:  After years of rehearsing in hallways, small rooms, and other inadequate spaces, and performing in various rental locations throughout the region, KWP Productions (KWPProductions.com) is hoping to finally settle into a permanent home in Northern Palm Beach County by the fall season.   The prospective new venue in Lake Park will provide the young company much needed space for rehearsals and performances, as well as room for their camps, classes, and workshops.

KWP Productions was created 5 years ago at the request of the Borland Center wanting to provide family oriented programming.  After several years of collaboration, the company struck out on its own, finding temporary rehearsal and performance spaces wherever they could in various locations around Palm Beach County.

KWP Productions is dedicated to ‘inspiring the next generation of performers and theatregoers’.  They provide performance and training opportunities in all aspects of theatrical production; since their inception they have entertained over 20,000 patrons, and provided performance opportunities for hundreds of children and adults.  They have employed numerous local actors and tech crews, and have developed an outstanding creative team, many of whom have been with them since their start.

The new 4500 square foot venue will provide a place for the company to create their own theatrical productions; they will also be able to share the space with a number of other organizations who struggle to find cost effective rehearsal and performance space.   The new venue will also be available to rent to private individuals and groups for events.

In order to accomplish this move, KWP Productions has set up an Indiegogo crowdfunding website at HERE. Assistance in any amount is welcome!

For more information about KWP Productions, please visit http://kwpproductions.com , or contact Kimberly Rommel-Enright, Managing Director, at kenright@kwpproductions.com /561-339-4687/561-352-5671 or Carol Kassie (ckassie@gmail.com / 561-445-9244).

About KWP Productions:
KWP Productions is dedicated to inspiring the next generation of performers and theatre goers. “We love working with professional actors and young people to create shows for young and old alike. Through our productions we strive to teach our young actors about the craft of acting as well as the process it takes to create a full scale production. Our auditions are open to the public. For those who come to see our shows we hope to instill a lifelong love of theatre. We endeavor to create a magical experience they will remember for years to come.”
KWP Productions also provides a full range of theatrical classes for children, teens and adults. For more information, call 561-339-4687.

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Stage Door Theatre presents Kevin Black’s THE SOUL OF MOTOR CITY June 10 – July 17

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The Soult of Motor City ( June 10, 2016 - July 17, 2016)June 10 – July 17

 June 3, 2016
MARGATE, FL:  Kevin Black’s The Soul of Motor City, which will open at Stage Door Theatre on June 10th and run through July 17th, is the happy realization of a personal goal for the multi-talented director/choreographer.

“After 25 years of directing and producing shows that have played all over the world, I finally have the opportunity to create a show featuring my absolute favorite style of music, the songs from The Motor City – Detroit!”  he explains.

“Those great songs – classics like “What’s Going On”, “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg”, and “Can’t Get Next To You” couldn’t have originated anywhere else but in Detroit – a city that may be known for the start of the American automotive industry, but will forever be remembered for its unmistakable sound.

Kevin Black

Kevin Black

“Starting in the early 50s, soulful music came pouring out of basements onto the streets of Detroit,” he continues.  “Young singers were forming groups that would become known to the world as The Four Tops, The Temptations, The Marvelettes, The Jackson Five and The Supremes; multi-talented artists like “Little” Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Mary Wells, Smokey Robinson, and even The Queen of Soul herself – Ms. Aretha Franklin – all got their start in Detroit.  The tunes that came out of The Motor City were timeless songs that have impacted generation after generation.  Although they’re often remembered as “feel-good” dance hits, The Soul of Motor City focuses on the lyrics of these now classic tunes.

“As Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell put it so succinctly – “Ain’t Nuthin’ Like The Real Thing.”  And the six performers in The Soul of Motor City are the real thing!”

The cast of The Soul of Motor City includes Mimi J, whose performance in Black’s recent production of On the Radio at Stage Door had audiences on their feet every night, Jar’Davion Brown, Gabrielle Graham, Joshua Graham, Elijah Word, and Alexandria Lugo who has received glowing reviews for her work in Putting It Together, now playing in Stage Door’s Theatre 1.

Kevin Black is the owner of Kevin Black Productions, a global company providing entertainment to cruise lines, corporate events, resorts, musical theater productions, and tours. Kevin’s extensive cruise line work includes costume design, choreography, production, and direction on Norwegian, Saga, Royal Caribbean and Asuka Cruise Lines. Corporate clients include HP, Motorola, Muvico, and Giorgio Armani; tours include original works – Cirque style shows, as well as musical theater productions including La Cage Aux Folles, The Jazz Singer, Smokey Joe’s Café, Funny Girl, Victor/Victoria, Cabaret, and Dreamgirls. Kevin’s work can currently be seen at the Villa de Palmar Resorts in Cabo, Mexico. His most recent work includes Laffing Matterz at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts; 8 Track, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, and Rags at The Plaza Theatre in Manalapan, Florida; What’s New Pussycat?, On The Radio, A Chorus Line, Promises, Promises, Pompadour, and Evita at The Stage Door Theatre in Margate, Florida. He also recently directed and choreographed Spamalot, Tommy, The Rocky Horror Show, and Into The Woods for Entre’Acte Theatrix performing at The Crest Theatre in Delray Beach, Florida. Kevin is the producer, director and choreographer of an original children’s show, The Adventures of Bella & Harry, and is the Artistic Director for CAST (Career in the Arts, School of Talent) located in Cooper City, Florida.

The Soul of Motor City will run from June 10 – July 19 at Stage Door Theatre in Margate. The theatre is located at 8036 Sample Road, in Margate.

Tickets for The Soul of Motor City are $38 – $42; $16 student tickets are also available.  Tickets may be purchased at the Broward Stage Door Theatre box office at 954-344-7765 or on line at www.stagedoortheatre.com.

For more information about The Soul of Motor City and/or Stage Door Theatre, please visit www.stagedoortheatre.com  , or contact Derelle Bunn Executive Producer/Artistic Director, at DerelleBunn@yahoo.com / 954-344-7765 or Carol Kassie (ckassie@gmail.com / 561-445-9244).

A short rehearsal video can be found HERE.

The Soul of Motor City  
June 10 – July 19
Conceived, directed, and choreographed by Kevin Black
Musical direction:  Ben Bagby
Lighting Design by Ardean Landhuis
Set Design by Michael McClain
Costume Design by Jerry Sturdefant of Carousel Theatrical
Projection Design by Kevin Black
Sound Design by Paul O’Donnell
Tickets:  $38 – $42
Phone:  954-344-7765
On line: www.stagedoortheatre.com
Showtimes:
Wednesday, Saturday, &  Sunday at 2 pm,
Friday & Saturday at 8 pm
The Stage Door Theatre
8036 W Sample Rd
Margate, Fl 33065
www.stagedoortheatre.com
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The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)[revised] June 17 – 26 at Sol Theatre

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June 17 – 26

“If you like Shakespeare, you’ll love this show. if you hate Shakespeare you’ll love this show!”  ~The Today Show

June 1, 2016

BOCA RATON, FL:  Evening Star Productions will warp from one classic musical to 37 classical plays when they present The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)[revised] from June 17th through June 26th at Sol Theatre in Boca Raton.  (The company’s production of The Rocky Horror Show completed a sold out run at The Abyss Stage on May 28th).

An irreverent, fast paced comedic condensation of all the Bard’s plays, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) was written in 1987 by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield (aka Reduced Shakespeare Company), and was first performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.  It eventually ran for nine years in London’s West End.  Featured are all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays, meant to be performed in 97 minutes, by three actors.

To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Singer and Winfield thoroughly revised the show to bring it up to date for 21st century audiences, incorporating some of the funniest material culled from numerous productions that have been performed around the world, as well as references to various contemporary cultural touchstones. Renamed The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)[revised] the show is notable for – among other things – holding the world record for the shortest ever performance of Hamlet, clocking in at 43 seconds, as well as the fastest performance of Hamlet backwards, at 42 seconds.

Evening Star’s artistic director Rosalie Grant has enlisted Savannah Rootes to direct the production:

“I’m so excited to be directing my first play and the fact that it’s Complete Works makes it extra special,” Rootes says. “As the first show I stage-managed, Complete Works holds a special place in my heart. It was the beginning of a wonderful journey of learning the ropes and what it really takes to be the brains of the operation. The best part was working beside Rosalie Grant. By the end of my first show with her we were on the same brainwave. I really grew up while expanding my skills in stage management and direction. I’m psyched that I’m re-entering the world of Complete Works. It is funny, witty, and the perfect combination of physical and intellectual comedy. The cast is incredible and the staff at Sol Theatre provides awesome support. It will be a show you won’t want to miss.”

Taking on over 1000 roles in the production are Alex Weiss, Edward Scott, and Seth Trucks – all of whom are well versed in the works of the Bard. Alex Weiss’ numerous stage credits include the roles of Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing, and Caliban in The Tempest.  Edward Scott has played The Grave Digger in Hamlet, Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Lorenzo in The Merchant of Venice. Seth Trucks studied classical theatre at the British American Drama Academy and The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and has performed with the Palm Beach Shakespeare Festival.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)[revised] will run from June 17 – 26 at Sol Theatre in Boca Raton. Tickets are $15 and $10 for students. Group rates are also available. Tickets are on sale now, and can be purchased  by calling 561-447-8829 or on line at www.eveningstarproductions.org.

For more information about Evening Star Productions visit www.eveningstarproductions.org  or contact Rosalie Grant at 561-447-8829 /info@eveningstarproductions.com; For more information about this production, contact Carol Kassie at 561-445-9244 /ckassie@gmail.com.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised]
June 17 – 26
By Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield
Tickets:  $15/$10 for Students
For Tickets:  561-447-8829 / www.eveningstarproductions.org
Performances:  Friday & Saturday at 8 pm / Sunday at 2 pm
Sol Theatre
3333 North Federal Highway
Boca Raton, FL 33431

Bill---gifWarning! This show is a high-speed roller-coaster type condensation of all of Shakespeare’s plays, and is not recommended for people with heart ailments, bladder problems, inner-ear disorders, outer-ear disorders, Shakespearean scholars, degrees in Elizabethan history and/or people inclined to motion sickness. Evening Star Productions cannot be held responsible for expectant mothers!

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