TO LIFE 3: STORIES & MUSIC CELEBRATING THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF JEWISH COMPOSERS TO THE GREAT HOLLYWOOD MUSICALS – January 20 – February 5 at the Willow Theatre

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January 20 – February 5, 2023

“Music doesn’t argue, discuss, or quarrel. It just breathes the air of freedom.
~ Harold Arlen

Hooray for Hollywood!” ~ Johnny Mercer

“You ain’t heard nothing yet, folks!” ~ Al Jolson

For Immediate Release
Contact:  Carol Kassie
carol@carolkassie.com / 561-445-9244

November 29, 2022

BOCA RATON, FL:  George Gershwin.  Irving Berlin. Johnny Mercer. Harold Arlen. Sheldon Harnick.  Jerry Herman. These composers and many more will be highlighted in To Life 3: Stories & Music Celebrating the Contributions of Jewish Composers to the Great Hollywood Musicals.  The production will run from January 20th through February 5th at The Willow Theatre in Boca Raton’s Sugar Sand Park. To Life 3 is a follow-up to two previous To Life productions – both of which sold out at the Willow Theatre in 2019 and 2020. 

Featuring amusing anecdotes and fascinating historical facts, along with tributes to some of the greatest Jewish performers in Hollywood history, including Eddie Cantor, Danny Kaye, and Barbara Streisand, To Life 3 will be performed by five of South Florida’s award-winning musical theatre artists:  Julie Kleiner, Bruno Faria, Michael Materdomini, Amy Tanner, and Shari Upbin.

Hy Juter

Hy Juter (Jupiter Theater Company, LLC) will produce the show: “We’re extremely excited about this iteration of our To Life series,” he says.  “This time we’re focusing on Hollywood and the outstanding talents that contributed to those great musicals we all remember. We have an amazing cast – their talent is extraordinary! Our director, Shari Upbin, has also written the show this year.  Her background in theatre and her extensive knowledge of the Hollywood musical made her a natural choice to continue our tradition of presenting audiences with a unique combination of history, music, and fun!”

Shari Upbin

Upbin will also direct the production, and Bobby Peaco will serve as music director and pianist.

To Life 1 and 2 featured the Jewish composers of Broadway,” Upbin says. “But what most people don’t realize is first of all, how many of them transitioned to Hollywood, and secondly, that there were numerous Jewish composers who wrote primarily for ‘the movies’.  I had an amazing time writing the script for the show,” she continues. “I learned so much – there are so many fascinating stories involving these amazingly talented individuals I can’t wait to share with our audiences. And of course,  I couldn’t leave out some of the greatest Jewish stars who left their indelible marks – Eddie Cantor, Danny Kaye, Barbra Streisand… so many and so memorable.”

To Life 3 will run from January 20 through February 5 at the Willow Theatre in Sugar Sand Park.  Tickets are $43; group rates (6 or more tickets purchased in one transaction) are $38.  Tickets can be purchased online at www.sugarsandpark.org/life-3 or by phone at 561-347-3948.  The Willow Theatre is located at 300 South Military Trail, in Boca Raton’s Sugar Sand Park (33486).      

For more information about To Life 3: Stories & Music Celebrating the Contributions of Jewish Composers to the Great Hollywood Musicals please contact Carol Kassie at carol@carolkassie.com / 561-445-9244.    

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Hy Juter (Jupiter Theater Company, LLC) presents
To Life 3: Stories & Music Celebrating the Contributions of Jewish Composers to the Great Hollywood Musicals
January 20 – February 5, 2023
Written and Directed by Shari Upbin 
Tickets: $43 / $38 for groups of 6 or more tickets purchased in one transaction
For tickets:  561-347-3948 or
https://www.sugarsandpark.org/life-3
Showtimes:
Friday & Saturday at 8 pm
Saturday, & Sunday at 2 pm
All performances take place in
The Willow Theatre at Sugar Sand Park
300 South Military Trail,
Boca Raton, FL 33486

About The Willow Theatre:
The Willow Theatre, opened in 1998, is a beautiful 155-seat proscenium theater, located inside Sugar Sand Park Community Center and allows for a unique experience for theatre patrons. Before or after a show, you may wander the nature trails, visit the Children’s Science Explorium, look at the art exhibit on display, or picnic at one of our pavilions.

MNM Theatre Company presents THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE – December 2 – 18

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MNM Theatre Company
to present
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
at the Willow Theatre

December 2 – 18, 2022

“…Hilariously F-U-N-N-Y (enjoyment, amusement or lighthearted pleasure) and delightfully Q-U-I-R-K-Y (characterized by peculiar or unexpected traits) night of theatre.”   Ilene Chalmers – DC Metro Theater Arts

For Immediate Release
Contact:  Carol Kassie
carol@carolkassie.com / 561-445-9244

November 14, 2022

BOCA RATON, FL:  MNM Theatre Company will present The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at The Willow Theatre December 2 – 18.  This will be the award-winning company’s first production at the popular Boca Raton venue.   

Nominated for six Tony Awards, and winning 2, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee features an eclectic group of sixth graders (played by adult actors in uproariously comical caricatures), who arrive at a fictional spelling bee set in the geographically ambiguous Putnam Valley Middle School to vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime; the Bee is run by three equally quirky grown-ups. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter – one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box!

Marcie Gorman

“We are so pleased to be making our Willow Theatre debut with ‘Spelling Bee’”, says Marcie Gorman, MNM’s CEO and Producing Artistic Director. “This show is fun, funny, and heartwarming all at once.  It’s a bit ‘raunchy’, that’s true – so it’s not for very young audiences – but we think it will appeal to theatre patrons of just about any age.  And there’s even some audience participation – it’s very possible someone will be invited onstage and asked to spell ‘syzygy*’!”

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee will be directed by Johnathan Van Dyke, who will also do the show’s musical staging: “I am so excited about digging into this gem of a show,” he says. “The content is so strong and a rare gift for actors to sink their teeth into such fulfilling material.  The humor, music, and poignancy are all so relevant to the human condition I think audiences are in for a wonderful time at the theatre.” 

Spelling Bee’s cast consists of Jen Chia as Marcy Park, Mikayla Cohen as Olive Ostrovsky, Jinon Deeb as Rona Lisa Perretti, Michael Harper as Chip Tolentino, Michael Materdomini as William Barfee, Geoffrey Mergele as Leaf Coneybear, Leah Sessa as Logainne Schwartzandgrubenniere, Troy J. Stanley as Vice Principal Douglas Panch, and James White lll as Mitch Mahoney.

As in the past, the production will be accompanied by a live band led by Musical Director Eric Alsford, with Rick Kissinger on woodwinds, Tim Kutcha on drums, Eden Marte on synthesizer, and Madalina Marcovel on cello.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’s Production Stage Manager is Francesca Barioli. The show’s Assistant Stage Manager is Anna Schulman, Production Manager/Set Design is Jordon Armstrong, Technical Director is Johnbarry Green, who will share Sound Design duties with Jordon Armstrong.  Penny Williams is Costume Design, and Abby Rasmussen is Props.

Tickets for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee are on sale now and can be purchased on line at www.willowtheatre.org, or by calling 561-347-3948.  Tickets are $45; a group rate of $35 is available if 6 or more tickets are purchased in one transaction.

For more information about MNM Theatre Company or The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, visitwww.willowtheatre.org or contact Carol Kassie at carol@carolkassie.com / 561-445-9244.        

Please note:  The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee contains ridiculously childish adult material!  It is not suitable for children under the age of 13.      

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
December 2 – 18, 2022
Music & Lyrics:  William Finn
Book: Rachel Sheinkin
Conceived by: Rebecca Feldman
Additional Material by: Jay Reiss
Performances:
Friday and Saturday at 8 pm
Saturday and Sunday at 2 pm
Prices:  $45 ($35 for 6 or more tickets purchased in a single transaction)
For tickets:
Online: www.willowtheatre.org or mnmtheatre.org
Phone: 561-347-3948
All performances take place at
The Willow Theatre at Sugar Sand Park
300 South Military Trail
Boca Raton, Florida  33486

*The straight line configuration of three celestial bodies.


Riveting Legal Drama! A CLASS ACT – November 11 – 20, 2022 at Sandrell Rivers Theater

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A Riveting Legal Drama
A Class Act
at Sandrell Rivers Theater
November 11 – 20, 2022

“…always absorbing, always unpredictable.”
~ TheaterScene.net

“…contamination is really a national crisis, and the real scale of contamination is staggering. The more we test, the more we find it.”
~ Melanie Benesh, Legislative Attorney at the Environmental Working Group, Washington

For Immediate Release
Contact:  Carol Kassie
carol@carolkassie.com / 561-445-9244

October 20, 2022

MIAMI, FL:   A major chemical company pours cancer-causing waste into the water supply, and a high-powered law firm brings a class action lawsuit on behalf of thousands of “the little people” – who might die from the poisonous water. Who wins?  Who loses?  A Class Act, Norman Shabel’s intriguing and timely look at the inner workings of our justice system will ask and possibly answer these, and other questions when the play runs from November 11th through November 20th at the Sandrell Rivers Theater in Miami.  

As the lawyers wheel and deal and decide whether to take a settlement or go to trial, it becomes increasingly unclear who is really winning. Who makes millions whether they win or lose? Which lawyers battle the best… or the worst? Who gets justice in the end? A Class Act is a sophisticated thrill ride that has been described as “engrossing and gripping”. It examines a world in which greed pervades, the loyal suffer, and morality is always relative.

Norman Shabel

“When I originally wrote the play, we were all probably peripherally aware that there was poison being dumped in the worlds’ drinking waters by non-caring corporations whose only consideration was saving expenses in the production of their products,” Shabel said recently.  “But of late there have been numerous articles and exposés – nationally and locally – that have brought the issue to the forefront. 

“In fact, this past June, the Environmental Protection Agency warned that ‘forever chemicals’ found in our nations’ drinking water are more dangerous than previously thought, and by some estimates, these toxic family of chemicals can be found in the blood of nearly every person on our planet.

“The issue of polluted drinking water is now in the headlines regarding Camp Lejeune, where millions of soldiers housed there were poisoned by deadly drinking water.  A Class Act involves the deadly drinking water in the fifty states of the US and the litigation that evolved from that awful water poisoning, etc.

“Courts are inherently dramatic places, and I guess I saw that connection between law and theater before I even realized it,” he continued. “A Class Act depicts the dramatically war-like negotiations between those corporate non-caring pollution perpetrators and the lawyers who represent the dying public.”

Attorney turned author and playwright Norman Shabel spent close to 50 years as a trial and class action lawyer.  He has drawn upon his experience to fashion a ‘pulled from the headlines’ look at what goes on in corporate America, in courtrooms, and behind the scenes.  A Class Act received excellent reviews when it played Off-Broadway in 2016.

A Class Act director Seth Trucks’ cast includes Lito Becerra, Adam Crain, Christopher Dreeson, Carey Hart, Harold Petion, and Nick Valdes.  Sara Grant will serve as the production’s Stage Manager.

A Class Act will run at Sandrell Rivers Theater from November 11 – 20. Ticket prices range from $25 to $40 and can be purchased online at https://normanshabel.net/plays/a-class-act-performance  or by phone at 305-284-8872.

Sandrell Rivers Theater is located at 6103 MW 7th Avenue, in Miami (33127).

For more information about A Class Act, or to arrange to see the production, pleasecontact Carol Kassie at carol@carolkassie.com / 561-445-9244.
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A Class Act
By Norman Schabel
November 11 – 20, 2022
Performances:
Friday & Saturday at 8 pm
Saturday & Sunday at 2 pm
Tickets: $25 (veterans, seniors, students with ID)/$35 (advance sale)/$40 (at the door)
For tickets: https://normanshabel.net/plays/a-class-act-performance
Or call 305-284-8872
Sandrell Rivers Theater
6103 NW 7th Avenue
Miami, FL 33127

Mel Brooks’ YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN at the Willow Theatre – October 21 – 30

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Entr’Acte Theatrix
Gives Back with
Mel Brooks’

Young Frankenstein

A Halloween treat:  Tickets for the award-winning musical are only $20!

For Immediate Release
Contact:  Carol Kassie
Carol@CarolKassie.com /561-445-9244

October 17, 2022

BOCA RATON, FL:  Along with their commitment to provide opportunities for young and up and coming talent, Entr’Acte Theatrix has a longstanding tradition of giving back to their community.  They have often donated tickets and profits to local and national not-for-profit organizations, including Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids, Compass LGBTQ Community Center, Red Nose Day – Comic Relief, and earthquake victims in Haiti.  They are continuing this tradition in a different way with their upcoming production of Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein, which will open on October 21st, and run through October 30th at the Willow Theatre in Boca Raton.

“We have set our ticket prices at $20 for this production,” says Entr’Acte Theatrix producer and founder Vicki Halmos.  “We believe this very low price for a fully produced musical comedy will encourage people who have been hesitant to venture back into a theatre until now will find this an incentive to do so.  And that it will perhaps encourage those who have never seen live theatre to come to the Willow Theatre to see what it’s all about! 

“In addition, for this show we are holding an on-line auction to benefit Hurricane Ian relief efforts and offering a chance for an audience member to join the cast on stage in a scene during the show,” she adds.

“We have a wonderfully talented cast, they’re doing a marvelous job, and it’s such a fun show,” she continues, “And we want to share the fun with as many people as we can!” 

A wickedly inspired re-imagining of the Frankenstein legend, Mel Brooks’ comedy masterpiece follows bright young Dr. Frankenstein (that’s Fronkensteen!) as he attempts to complete his grandfather’s masterwork and bring a corpse to life. Together with his oddly shaped and endearing helper Igor (that’s Eye-gor), his curvaceous lab assistant Inga, and in spite of his incredibly self-involved madcap fiancé Elizabeth, Frankenstein succeeds in creating a monster — but not without scary and quite often hilarious complications

Tickets for Young Frankenstein The Mel Brooks Musical are on sale now and can be purchased online at www.sugarsandpark.org/young-frankenstein or by phone at 561-347-3948.  Tickets are $20.  Group rates (10 or more tickets purchased in one transaction) are $15.

For more information about Entr’Acte Theatrix and/or Young Frankenstein, please contact Carol Kassie at Carol@CarolKassie.com / 561-445-9244.
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Young Frankenstein – The Mel Brooks Musical
Book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan
Music and Lyrics by Mel Brooks
October 21 – 30, 2022
Tickets: $20 (Group Rates available)
For Tickets:  https://www.sugarsandpark.org/young-frankenstein  / 561-347-3948
Performance Schedule:
Friday and Saturday at 8 pm
Saturday and Sunday at 2 pm
All performances at
The Willow Theatre in Sugar Sand Park
300 S. Military Trail
Boca Raton, FL 33486

Entr’acte Theatrix is a not-for-profit, semi-professional, showcase company providing opportunities for emerging theatre artists, both on-stage and backstage. The company puts students of college or post-graduate programs on a professional trajectory with a goal of working in the profession a chance to gain experience in their area of training or interest.  Entr’acte, as the name suggests, is the “next step,” from classroom to career, and provides the young theatre artist with one of his or her all-important first professional resume-building credits. 

About The Willow Theatre:

The Willow Theatre, opened in 1998, is a beautiful 155-seat proscenium theater, located inside Sugar Sand Park Community Center and allows for a unique experience for theatre patrons. Before or after a show, you may wander the nature trails, visit the Children’s Science Explorium, look at the art exhibit on display, or picnic at one of our pavilions.

‘Hot Gypsy Jazz’! The DJANGO FESTIVAL ALL STARS at the Boca Black Box – November 8th Only!

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Pat Philips in Association with
Boca Black Box Center for the Arts
presents
Django Festival All Stars
Performing ‘Hot Gypsy Jazz’

November 8th Only!

“Lightning-fast finger-work, powerful strumming, wide sweeps across the fingerboard, and astonishingly fast tempos…” – LA Times

For Immediate Release
Contact:  Carol Kassie
Carol@CarolKassie.com /561-445-9244

October 3, 2022

BOCA RATON, FL:   The Django Festival All Stars,a group of renowned French jazz musicians, have wowed audiences in venues across North America including the Kennedy Center, New York’s Birdland Jazz Club and Carnegie Hall, the San Francisco Jazz Festival, and the Newport Jazz Festival. 

The group will appear at the Boca Black Box Center for the Arts for one night only, on November 8th at 8 pm.

Led by Gypsy guitar great Samson Schmitt of the legendary Schmitt musical family, the Django Festival All Stars’ performances bring to mind Paris in the 1920s and 30s when ‘gitane’ music filled the air in the cafés, in the streets, or in the countryside.  It is evocative of a romantic Paris evening, filled with lovers in the time of Montmartre and la belle époque. Yet their music, in the style of the legendary Gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt, is fully that of the twenty-first century.

Reinhardt’s driving, swinging style became known as hot jazz. With its roots in American popular music and reverence for Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, and other American jazz greats, hot jazz continues to enjoy world-wide popularity to this day.

The brilliantly cohesive Django Festival All Stars with their unique, high-energy performances pay tribute to Reinhardt while adding their own interpretations, arrangements, and original compositions to the mix. A sample of the All Stars’ music can be found HERE.

Along with Samson Schmitt on lead guitar, the group members are Ludovic Beier on accordion and accordina, Pierre Blanchard on violin, Antonio Licusati on bass, and Michael Harris on rhythm guitar.

A photo filled musical slide show can be viewed HERE.

The Django Festival All Stars will perform on November 8th at 8 pm and 10 pm at the Boca Black Box Center for the Arts in Boca Raton.  Tickets, which range in price from $36.50 to $46.50, are on sale now, and can be purchased online at www.bocablackbox.com or by phone at 561-483-9036. The Black Box Center for the Arts is located at 8221 Glades Road in Boca Raton.

For more information about the Django Festival All Stars visit the222.org/django-festival-allstars/ or contact Carol Kassie at Carol@CarolKassie.com / 561-445-9244.

“The highpoint of the entire weekend of the Playboy Festival at The Hollywood Bowl was The Django Festival Allstars” – LA Scene Magazine

Django Festival of All Stars
November 8th at 8 pm.
Tickets:  $35.50/$46.50
Direct link for tickets:  www.bocablackbox.com/detail.php?id=2358#detailsection
Or call:  561-483-9036
Boca Black Box Center for the Arts
8221 Glades Road #10
Boca Raton, Florida 33434

“Some of the greatest musicians in the world”
Leonardo DiCaprio

Maplewood Playhouse presents YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN (revised) at Stage West Theater- October 7 & 8

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Maplewood Playhouse Presents
You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown
(revised)

October 7th & 8th

Happiness is great musical theatre! 

For Immediate Release
Contact:  Carol Kassie
carol@carolkassie.com / 561-445-9244


September 22, 2022

LAKE WORTH, FL:  Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang will take the stage at the Stage West Theater in Lake Worth when Maplewood Playhouse presents You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (revised) at Stage West at the Duncan Theatre on October 7th and 8th

With charm, wit, and heart, You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown explores life through the eyes of Charlie Brown and his friends as they battle with kites, school, baseball, and misunderstandings before finally coming to realize what makes them truly happy. A charming revue of vignettes and songs, spanning the months from Valentine’s Day to Beethoven Day with emotions ranging from wild optimism to utter despair. 

“We are very excited to be producing the classic family musical You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown,” says the show’s director and Maplewood Playhouse Artistic Director Kimberly Rommel-Entright. “We wanted to focus our return season on friendship, love, happiness, and positivity. We wanted audiences to be able to come to the theater, sit back and enjoy a feel-good show and leave the theater relaxed and renewed.”  

“I’ve loved the Peanuts characters since I was a kid,” says Jessie Hoffman, who will play Snoopy in the production, and shares choreography duties with Demi Master. “They’re each so lovely, everyone can find a character they relate to. My childhood dream role was Snoopy… he’s always had a special place in my heart. I admire his imagination, how he can look at a doghouse and see a home, a bed, a plane, a writing desk for his typewriter, and more! I do my best each day to try to be as creative as he is. I’m honored that I get to bring him to life in this production.”

Justin Roland-Bramkamp, who will be playing Charlie Brown, agrees: “This show is special to me as it is the first music I sang together with my husband, Josh. It has also been a long time favorite of mine,” he says.

Along with Jessie Hoffman and Justin Roland-Bramkamp, Rommel-Enright has cast Heidi Salonia as Sally Brown, Jy’ireze Bell-Bennett as Schroeder, Christopher Ombres as Linus, and co-choreographer Demi Master as Lucy Van Pelt.  Michael Ursua is the production’s Music Director.

Tickets for You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown are on sale now and can be purchased online at www.maplewoodplayhouse.org/ or by phone at 561-657-6400.  Tickets are $35 plus service fee).

For more information about You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown and/or Maplewood Playhouse, visit www.maplewoodplayhouse.org  or contact Carol Kassie at Kassie at carol@carolkassie.com / 561-445-9244.

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You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (revised)
October 7th & 8th, 2022
Music & Lyrics:  Clark Gesner
Additional Music & Lyrics by Andrew Lippa
Additional Dialogue by Michael Mayer
Based on the characters created by Charles M. Schulz
Performances: 
Friday at 7:30 pm
Saturday at 2 pm and 7:30 pm
Tickets:  $35 (plus service fee)
Direct link for tickets: 
https://www.ticketsource.us/Maplewood-Playhouse/youre-a-good-man-charlie-brown-revised/e-oxalgb   or
Call 561-657-6400
All performances will take place at
Maplewood Playhouse/Stage West at the Duncan Theatre
4200 Congress Avenue
Lake Worth, FL 33461
www.maplewoodplayhouse.org

Pigs Do Fly Productions Presents THE SAVANNAH SIPPING SOCIETY – November 4 – 20

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“…the perfect show for these times – many of us have faced uncertainty, loss, and the struggle of rediscovering who we are and who we want to be – difficulties the characters in this show face with much humor and grace.”  Andrea Stephenson – Broadwayworld.com

For Immediate Release
Contact:  Carol Kassie
carol@carolkassie.com / 561-445-9244

September 13, 2022

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL:   Rehearsals will begin shortly for Pigs Do Fly Productions’ production of the Jones, Hope, Wooten comedy, The Savannah Sipping Society.  The show will run from November 4th through November 20th at Empire Stage in Fort Lauderdale.

Filled with laughter, hilarious misadventures, and the occasional liquid refreshment, The Savannah Sipping Society focuses on four unique Southern women, initially strangers, as they successfully bond and find the confidence to jump-start their lives.  Together they discover lasting friendships and a renewed determination to live in the moment – and most importantly, realize it’s never too late to make new old friends.

“This play is absolutely perfect for us,” says Pigs Do Fly’s Executive Producer Ellen Wacher.  “It completely fulfills our mission to produce plays that highlight actors – and characters – over the age of fifty, who are doing interesting things with their lives.  And these four women are certainly doing that!  We have assembled an amazing cast, who will bring these four women to life with humor, grace… and perfect timing.  And I can’t wait to see it!”

Ellen Wacher
Deborah Kondelik

“Everyone needs purpose, self-affirmation, and connection,” says the show’s director and Pigs Do Fly Productions’ Artistic Dirctor, Deborah Kondelik.  “The Savannah Sipping Society is about four women of a certain age, being accepted for who they are and realizing that there is more to life than they can imagine. It is through friendships and influences that the women in the play relearn how to have fun, make discoveries, and flourish. After all, ‘girls just wanna have fun!’”

Kondelik has cast Dalia Alemán as Randa, Barbara Bonilla as Marlafaye, Janice Hamilton as Jinx, Carol Sussman as Dot,and Donna Pacheco de Castro as Cordelia.

The Savannah Sipping Society’s Stage Manager is Joseph Long; David Hart will do the Sound Design; Preston Bircher will create the Lighting Design; director Deborah Kondelik will provide Costumes and Props, and MNM Theatre Company’s Jordon Armstrong and Johnbarry Green will Design and Construct the Set.   Jessica Kaschube is the Company Manager.

Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten, collectively known as “Jones Hope Wooten”, enjoy the reputation of being three of the most popular and widely produced playwrights in the United States. They specialize in writing laugh-out-loud comedies and creating vivid strong roles for women.  Between them, they’ve written classic television, hit movies, and Off-Broadway comedy.

Tickets for The Savannah Sipping Society are $39 and are available online at www.pigsdoflyproductions.com  or by calling 954-678-1496.  Performances are on Friday and Saturday at 8 pm, and on Sunday at 5 pm. All performances will take place at Empire Stage, 1140 N. Flagler Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304.

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 arrange for interviews, or for photos, please contact Carol Kassie at carol@carolkassie.com / 561-445-9244.

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The Savannah Sipping Society
By Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten (Jones, Hope, Wooten)
November 4 – 20, 2022
Directed by Deborah Kondelik
Performances:
Friday & Saturday at 8 pm
Sunday at 5 pm
Tickets:  $39
For tickets:  www.pigsdoflyproductions.com / 954-678-1496
All performances will take place at
Empire Stage
1140 N. Flagler Drive
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
www.pigsdoflyproductions.com
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/PigsDoFlyProductions/

The Celebrity Housewives Invade Delray Beach!

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The Delray Beach Playhouse Presents
The Ultimate Girls Night Out

When
The Celebrity Housewives Invade Delray Beach!

For Immediate Release
Contact:  Carol Kassie
Carol@CarolKassie.com /561-445-9244

September 8, 2022

DELRAY BEACH, FL:  Get ready to get real with your favorite Celebrity Housewives – onstage in person! The Delray Beach Playhouse is launching a special series this season featuring reality stars from all your favorite Housewives shows. Each evening will feature a different Housewife as they discuss the scandals and the high points of the ground-breaking TV program that changed the face of television!

Audiences will learn all about these dazzling ladies, their personal lives, cherished families, amazing businesses, and how fame has changed their lives forever! Meredith Marks (Salt Lake City) will take the stage on December 8, Dolores Catania (New Jersey) on February 2, Jill Zarin (New York) on February 23, and Marysol Patton (Miami) on March 23.

See below for more information about each of these Fabulous Housewives.

To purchase tickets or for more information about the Celebrity Housewives shows, visit www.delraybeachplayhouse.com or call 561-272-1281.  Tickets range in price from $50 to $75.  There will also be a limited number of Meet & Greet/Photo Op tickets available and an exclusive, very limited Ultimate V.I.P. Package for customers which includes a private “Meet & Greet” backstage, champagne toast, exclusive limited edition signed poster from the show, souvenir VIP Pass, and a personal photo op with the Celebrity Housewife prior to the show.

The Delray Beach Playhouse is located at 950 NW 9th Street, in Delray Beach, 33444. (561-272-1281).

For more information about The Celebrity Housewives at the Delray Beach Playhouse, contact  Kevin Barrett/Executive Director, Delray Beach Playhouse at kevinbarrettgm@gmail.com / 561-272-1281 or Carol Kassie at carol@carolkassie.com /561-445-9244.

The Celebrity Housewives at the Delray Beach Playhouse:

Meredith Marks (Salt Lake City) December 8, 2022 @ 7:30 PM

Meredith Marks

Meredith Marks is an award winning and celebrity favorite jewelry designer and TV personality. After joining the cast of the Real Housewives of Salt Lake City franchise in 2020, she quickly became a fan-favorite due to her extravagant looks and extensive background in fashion. As the founder of a multi-functional, luxury jewelry line ‘Meredith Marks Jewelry’ her designs have been worn by many A-list celebrities including Charlize Theron and Courteney Cox. Marks currently resides in Utah with her husband Seth and her two children, as she continues to embark on new business ventures. Third season premieres September 29th.

Dolores Catania (New Jersey) February 2, 2023 @ 7:30 PM

Dolores Catania

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Jill Zarin (New York City) February 23, 2023 @ 7:30PM

Jill Zarin

As a former, and one of the original cast members of Bravo’s Real Housewives of New York City, and who recently appeared in “Ultimate Girls Trip”, Jill Zarin is no stranger to the spotlight! Zarin had a major career in fashion and textiles prior to her time on RHONY, which helped start her entrepreneurial journey of creating her own home decor and fashion line, The Jill Zarin Home collection. Aside from Zarin’s business and philanthropic endeavors, she appeared in the film “Night of the Wild” and has made multiple cameos on other Reality TV shows. As a current resident of Boca Raton, Florida, she focuses on her rapidly growing, woman-owned company Jill & Ally.

Marysol Patton (Miami) March 23, 2023 @ 7:30 PM

Marysol Patton

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Entr’Acte Theatrix Presents Mel Brooks’ YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN – October 21 – 30

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October 20 – 31, 2022

The Tony Award-winning musical will run at the Willow Theatre in Sugar Sand Park
just in time for Halloween!

For Immediate Release
Contact:  Carol Kassie
Carol@CarolKassie.com /561-445-9244

September 6, 2022

BOCA RATON, FL:  Entr’Acte Theatrix, whose previous productions such as Into the Woods, Avenue Q, Spamalot, and The Rocky Horror Show have proven to be consistently popular with young and older audiences alike, will present Mel Brooks’ Young FrankensteinThe Mel Brooks Musical from October 21st through October 30th at the Willow Theatre in Sugar Sand Park. This will be the company’s first production at the popular Boca Raton venue.

A wickedly inspired re-imagining of the Frankenstein legend, Mel Brooks’ comedy masterpiece follows bright young Dr. Frankenstein (that’s Fronkensteen!) as he attempts to complete his grandfather’s masterwork and bring a corpse to life. Together with his oddly shaped and endearing helper Igor (that’s Eye-gor), his curvaceous lab assistant Inga, and in spite of his incredibly self-involved madcap fiancé Elizabeth, Frankenstein succeeds in creating a monster — but not without scary and quite often hilarious complications.

“We have not produced a show since 2019 because of the pandemic, and I was not prepared to do so until the audience was ready to return,” says Entr’Acte Theatrix producer and founder Vicki Halmos. “Fortunately, I have seen strong evidence of that in the last few months. We will be in a new venue The Willow Theatre, in Boca Raton, which is very exciting. We are fortunate to have Jeremy Quinn as our director, who has expertise in the Mel Brooks comedic style and he will be joined by our long-standing music director, Roger Blankenship. In addition, we will be adding Andy Morejon, from our Entr’Acte ranks, to choreograph.

“Entr’Acte Theatrix has a tradition of promoting young artists to director positions who have honed their skills working in Entr’Acte productions specifically,” Halmos explains. “At Entr’Acte, our practice is to engage local emerging talent, and give them continuing support and opportunities to polish and enhance their skills. Several of our Young Frankenstein cast members were part of the Halmos’ Palm Beach Principal Players group several years ago, and are now back with freshly minted theatre degrees, and looking for the on-stage experience Entr’acte provides.  Our young cast is enthusiastically gearing up to be a part of what promises to be one of the outstanding productions of the coming season!  We hope our South Florida audience will continue to support local theater in developing a world class body of actors, and creative teams,” she concludes.

“I’m delighted to be returning to Entr’Acte for my fourth show, directing Young Frankenstein,” says director Jeremy Quinn. “This is my first opportunity to direct a large-scale musical (in-person) after the pandemic, so I’m incredibly grateful to Vicki Halmos and Entr’Acte for inviting me back to the table. I’ve been wanting to sink my teeth into something like this for quite some time, needless to say.

Jeremy Quinn

“Comedy has always been a strong suit in my 40+ year career in theatre, so the opportunity to tackle one of the greatest comedic properties of all time is nothing short of thrilling!” he continues. “After directing the national tour of Old Jews Telling Jokes (before the pandemic), I realize how much more I’ve added to my comedic canon from working with several masters of comedy in that production…and what a fitting segue to this project! Obviously, I’m a long-time fan of Mel Brooks and his unapologetic comedic style, so all the good stuff audiences remember from his movies will be on display here; including all the funny bits, nuances and innuendos.

“I can’t wait to share my joy of comedy with the Young Frankenstein cast and strengthen their knowledge/experience of what comprises good comedic timing. It’s actually somewhat mathematical and scientific when you break it down. Like I always say (even when directing a drama)…Find The Funny! It’s always there, you just have to look for it… and right now, audiences are desperately needing it.” 

Young Frankenstein’s cast includes Kevin Cruz as Frederick Frankenstein, Chase Stante as the Monster, Greg Halmos as Igor, Nicole Roach as Inga, Ashley Gravlin as Frau Blucher, Kalli Courakos as Elizabeth, and Carlo Sabusap as the Constable and the Hermit.  Also cast are Chris Calhoun, Christian Cooper, Briana Earhart, Tyler Fitch, Victoria Hocton, Nysia Matos, Andy Morejon, TJ Pursley, Sarah Rayburn, and Hannah Rosenberg.

Entr’acte Theatrix is a not-for-profit, semi-professional, showcase company providing opportunities for emerging theatre artists, both on-stage and backstage. The company puts students of college or post-graduate programs on a professional trajectory with a goal of working in the profession a chance to gain experience in their area of training or interest.  Entr’acte, as the name suggests, is the “next step,” from classroom to career, and provides the young theatre artist with one of his or her all-important first professional resume-building credits. 

Tickets for Young Frankenstein The Mel Brooks Musical are on sale now and can be purchased online at www.sugarsandpark.org/young-frankenstein or by phone at 561-347-3948.  Tickets are $20.  Group rates (10 or more tickets purchased in one transaction) are $15.

For more information about Entr’Acte Theatrix and/or Young Frankenstein, please contact Carol Kassie at Carol@CarolKassie.com / 561-445-9244.

Young Frankenstein – The Mel Brooks Musical
Book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan
Music and Lyrics by Mel Brooks
October 21 – 30, 2022
Tickets: $20 (Group Rates available)
For Tickets:  https://www.sugarsandpark.org/young-frankenstein / 561-347-3948
Performance Schedule:
Friday and Saturday at 8 pm
Saturday and Sunday at 2 pm
All performances at
The Willow Theatre in Sugar Sand Park
300 S. Military Trail
Boca Raton, FL 33486

About The Willow Theatre:

The Willow Theatre, opened in 1998, is a beautiful 155-seat proscenium theater, located inside Sugar Sand Park Community Center and allows for a unique experience for theatre patrons. Before or after a show, you may wander the nature trails, visit the Children’s Science Explorium, look at the art exhibit on display, or picnic at one of our pavilions.

MNM’s AVENUE Q Will Run at the Willow Theatre April 14 – 30, 2023

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MNM Theatre Company Reveals the 3rd Show of Their 2022-2023 Season!

The Residents of
Avenue Q
Will Move into The Willow Theatre
April 14 – 30, 2023

For Immediate Release
Contact:  Carol Kassie
carol@carolkassie.com / 561-445-9244

July 28, 2022
BOCA RATON, FL: MNM Theatre Company has revealed that Avenue Q will be the third production the award-winning company will present during their 2022 – 2023 Season.  The show will run at the Willow Theatre in Sugar Sand Park from April 14th – 30th 2023The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee – December 2nd – 18th, 2022 – will mark the company’s debut performance at the popular Boca Raton venue; Disenchanted will run at the Kravis Center from May 9th – 28th.

Written by Jeff Marx and Robert Lopez (The Book of Mormon, Frozen) the Tony Award-winning show is a clever and irreverent look at the world through the eyes of the residents of Avenue Q as they explore and address the issues associated with growing up in the ‘real’ world, rather than the one their parents – and Sesame Street – described to them. Using a unique combination of humans and puppets, the musical chronicles its characters’ struggles to find decent jobs, stable relationships, and their purpose in life.

Marcie Gorman

“Not only is Avenue Q one of the longest running and most popular musicals ever produced on Broadway,” says MNM Theatre Company’s CEO and Producing Artistic Director Marcie Gorman. “Its content, although often adult in nature, is extremely appropriate in today’s environment, and touches on issues – racism, pornography, homosexuality, schadenfreude, among others – that are as important now as they were when the show opened in 2003.   And it’s very funny, too!”

All three 2022 – 2023 MNM productions will be directed by Jonathan Van Dyke. 

Tickets will be on sale soon for all three shows.

For more information about MNM Theatre Company (www.mnmtheatre.org/) please contact Carol Kassie at carol@carolkassie.com / 561-445-9244

Avenue Q
April 14 – 30, 2023Music and Lyrics: Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx
Book: Jeff Whitty
Performances:
Friday and Saturday at 8 pm
Sunday at 2 pm
Tickets: $45
For tickets:
www.sugarsandpark.org/willow-theatre
Phone: 561-347-3948
All performances will take place at
The Willow Theatre
300 S. Military Trail
Boca Raton, FL  33486

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
December 2 – 18, 2022
Music & Lyrics:  William Finn
Book: Rachel Sheinkin
Conceived by: Rebecca Feldman
Additional Material by: Jay Reiss
Performances:
Friday and Saturday at 8 pm
Sunday at 2 pm
Tickets:  $45
For tickets:
www.sugarsandpark.org/willow-theatre
Phone: 561-347-3948
All performances will take place at
The Willow Theatre
300 S. Military Trail
Boca Raton, FL  33486

Disenchanted
May 9 – 28, 2023
Book, Music, and Lyrics:Dennis T. Giacino
Developed wit: Fiely Matias
Performances: Friday & Saturday at 7 pm
Saturday & Sunday at 1:30 pm
Prices: $50 – $65
For Tickets: mnmtheatre.org / Kravis.org / 561-832-7469
All performances in
Rinker Playhouse at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
701 Okeechobee Blvd.
West Palm Beach, FL 33401