A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM Opens November 23rd in the Rinker Playhouse

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MNM Theatre Company and the Kravis Center
co-present
A Funny Thing Happened
on the Way to the Forum
Opening November 23rd in the Rinker Playhouse
“Something familiar… Something peculiar…
Something for everyone:  A comedy tonight!”

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

November 12, 2019

WEST PALM BEACH, FL:  The cast and crew of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum are deep into rehearsals and preparation for the show’s November 23rd opening.  Forum, an MNM Theatre Company co-presentation with the Kravis Center, will run in the venue’s Rinker Playhouse through December 8th.

Light, fast-paced, witty, irreverent, and completely politically incorrect, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is one of the funniest musicals ever written. Based on the works of the Roman playwright Plautus (254 – 184 BCE), whose comedies are the earliest Latin literary works to have survived in their entirety, the show focuses on Pseudolus, a crafty slave who struggles to win the hand of a beautiful but slow-witted courtesan named Philia for his young master Hero in exchange for freedom. The plot twists and turns and is filled with cases of mistaken identity, slamming doors, and a showgirl or two. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum allows MNM’s terrific ensemble of comedic actors to shine.

Jonathan Van Dyke

The production’s director, Jonathan Van Dyke is extremely enthusiastic about the show: “I am so enjoying taking this riotous trip to the Forum with MNM and I know this cast would make Titus Maccius Plautus proud!” he says.  “They’re all welcoming this material with open arms and are going to supply our audiences their denarius worth of hilarity!”

“This is the first musical for which Stephen Sondheim wrote both the music and the lyrics,” Paul Reekie, Forum’s musical director explains.  “Some people find Sondheim’s later works more difficult to enjoy because they are musically dissonant,  but Forum has traditional harmonies and many of the songs are eminently hummable! MNM is again proud to have an amazing six-piece band for the show.”

Johnbarry Green

“It’s a farce, effortlessly shifting the audience from humor to biting social commentary on a dime all while throwing lyrics and lines as speedily as it can,” says Johnbarry Green, who plays A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum’s Pseudolus  “It’s the reason I love the piece and why it’s so challenging.  Every moment has to be carefully constructed to walk that delicate edge, otherwise they can fail contextually.  That’s why it’s such a crowning achievement when it works.”

Along with Green as Pseudolus, the Forum cast includes Michael Scott Ross* as Hysterium, Aaron Bower as Domina, J Savage* as Hero, Terry Hardcastle* as Marcus Lycus, Troy Stanley as Senex, Sean William Davis as Miles Gloriosus, Paul Thompson as Erronius, and Meg Frost as Philia.  Other cast members include Victoria Joleen Anderson, Lauren Cluett, Alexandra Dow, Stephen Eisenwasser, Frank Francisco, Elijah Pearson-Martinez, Meredith Pughe, Ashley Rubin, and Alexandra Van Hasselt.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum will run from November 23 – December 8. (There will be a preview performance on November 22nd.) The production will take place in the Rinker Playhouse at the Kravis Center.   Tickets are $39 – $55 and are on sale now.  For tickets and information call 561-832-7469; online: kravis.org or mnmtheatre.org.  For group rates and sales call 561-651-4438.

MNM Theatre Company attained not-for-profit 501(c)(3) status in 2018. They are an award- winning theatre company based in the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. For more information about MNM Theatre Company please visit mnmtheatre.org or contact Carol Kassie at Carol@CarolKassie.com / 561-445-9244.

*Appearing through the courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
November 23 – December 8
(Preview performance November 22 at 7:30)
Book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
For Tickets: mnmtheatre.org / kravis.org / 561-832-7469
Performances:
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, & Saturday at 7:30 pm (no Thanksgiving night performance)
Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday at 1:30 pm
Tickets:  $39 – $55
All performances in
Rinker Playhouse at the Kravis Center
701 Okeechobee Blvd.
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
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About the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts:        
The Kravis Center is a not-for-profit performing arts center located at 701 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach, FL. The Center’s mission is to enhance the quality of life in Palm Beach County by presenting a diverse schedule of national and international artists and companies of the highest quality, by offering comprehensive arts education programs – serving approximately 2.5 million schoolchildren since its inception; by providing a Palm Beach County home for local and regional arts organizations to showcase their work; and by providing an economic catalyst and community leadership in West Palm Beach, supporting efforts to increase travel and tourism to Palm Beach County. To enhance and elevate the customer experience, the Center has embarked upon a $50 million capital campaign to support a campus redesign and facility expansion that will create a more accessible, comfortable and pedestrian-friendly venue for the community. Aptly named Kravis 2020: The Future is Now, this campaign is at the heart of the Kravis Center’s vision for the future. For information, please visit kravis.org or call the Box Office at 561.832.7469.

 

Children’s Auditions for KINKY BOOTS & BEAUTY AND THE BEAST – November 16th at LPAC

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Lauderhill Performing Arts Center (LPAC) and
Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre
Announce Local Children’s Auditions for
Broadway At The LPAC
Roles Available for Kinky Boots & Beauty and The Beast 

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

November 3, 2019
LAUDERHILL, FL: Lauderhill Performing Arts Center, in collaboration with Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre located in Fort Myers, FL, is holding open auditions for children for their upcoming productions from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 16, 2019 from. Auditions will be held at LPAC. All auditions are by appointment only and can be made by emailing Brian Enzman at  Brian@BroadwayPalm.com.   Auditions will be held at Lauderhill Performing Arts Center (LPAC) at 3800 NW 11th Place, Lauderhill

The following are the roles that are available:

Kinky Boots (At LPAC)
Rehearsals January 11, 12, 17 and 18, 2020 in Fort Myers at Broadway Palm
Tech January 20 – 23, 2020 at LPAC in Lauderhill
The production runs from January 23 – February 9, 2020 at LPAC.
Roles of:
Young Charlie – a seven-year old boy who is lost, quiet, and reflective.
Young Lola – a ten-year old African American boy who already knows he is destined to wear high heels.
Both actors must be 5 feet tall and under and must be able to sing and act well.

Beauty and the Beast (At LPAC)
Rehearsals February 6 – 16, 2020 at LPAC
Tech February 17 – 19, 2020 at LPAC
The production runs February 20 – March 8, 2020
Roles of:
Chip -male – seven to ten years old.
Ensemble Girl – seven to ten years old.
Both actors must be 5 feet tall and under and must be able to sing and act well.

All youth actors must be local to the Lauderhill area

Anyone auditioning should be prepared to sing “Be Our Guest” from Beauty and the Beast and read from the script. Audition sides are available at https://lpacfl.com/, or can be picked up at the LPAC box office window. Please bring two current headshots and a resume. Those auditioning MUST audition with these sides and music that is provided.

Lauderhill Performing Arts Center (LPAC) is a professional theatre and 4 complimentary tickets will be provided as payment for their performances in all shows. The role will be double cast and children will alternate performances. Performances at Lauderhill Performing Arts Center are Wednesday through Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. with matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Anyone interested must be available for the rehearsal process and all alternated, assigned performances.

November 2019 Shows at Mizner Park Cultural Center

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There is Something for Everyone in
November at
Mizner Park Cultural Center

Thunder From Down Under – November 6
Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus – November 8 – 10
Icons: The Art of Celebrity Illusion – November 15
Dame Edna in Something Like a Dame – November – 23 – 24

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

October 31, 2019

BOCA RATON, FL:  The Mizner Park Cultural Center will play host to an eclectic selection of theatrical, musical, and event entertainment in November.  From the Off-Broadway hit Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus to the Icons: The Art of Celebrity Illusion, and the sparkling comedy of Michael Walters as Dame Edna in Something Like A Dame to the sexy and seductive Thunder From Down Under, the popular Boca Raton venue can definitely boast they are providing ‘something for everyone’ this month.

On November 6th at 8 pm the internationally acclaimed Thunder From Down Under will demonstrate why they have been called Australia’s hottest export when they take to the Center’s stage, ready to show off their cheeky humor, boy-next-door charm, and energetic dance routines… not to mention their chiseled physiques.  A perfect show for a ‘girl’s night out’!

Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus-Live! will run at the Center from November 8th – 10th.  Performed by Amadeo Fusca, this one-man fusion of theatre and stand-up is a light-hearted theatrical comedy based on the New York Times #1 best-selling book by John Gray.  Moving swiftly through a series of vignettes, the show covers everything from dating and marriage to the bedroom.

On Friday, November 15th at 8 pm South Florida’s top Female Impersonators will transform into music’s legendary icons when the Mizner Park Cultural Center presents Icons: The Art of Celebrity Illusion.  Drag super-star Nicole Halliwell will host a journey filled with glamour, fabulous costumes, and unforgettable hits starring ‘Cher’, ‘Bette Midler’, ‘Barbra Streisand’, ‘Whitney Houston’, ‘Celine Dion’, ‘Judy Garland’, ‘Liza Minelli’, and more.

Carbonell Award-winning actor/singer/comedian Michael Walters will star in Something Like a Dame, a Broadway music and comedy ‘Extravaganza’ on November 23rd and 24th.  With the blessing of Barry Humphries, Dame Edna’s original creator, Walters will ‘don the ‘wisteria coif’ for an evening of glamour, music, and side-splitting laughter featuring incredible glittering gowns, outrageous comedy, and original musical numbers.

Tickets to each of these performances, as well as a number of other Mizner Park Cultural Center November performances are on sale now and can be purchased online at http://miznerparkculturalcenter.com or by phone at 844-672-2849. Ticket prices and performance details are below.

The Mizner Park Cultural Center is located at 201 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, FL 33432.

For more information about the Mizner Park Cultural Center, and any of these shows, please contact Carol Kassie at Carol@CarolKassie.com / 561-445-9244.

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Click HERE for tickets to all events or call 844-672-2849.

Thunder From Down Under
Wednesday, November 6, at 8 pm
Tickets:  $49
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Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus – Live!
November 8 – 10
Performances:
November 8 & 9 at 8 pm
November 9 at 4 pm
November 10 at 2 pm
Tickets:  $50
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Icons: The Art of Celebrity Illusion
Friday, November 15, at 8 pm
Tickets:  $29
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Something Like a Dame: Michael Walters as Dame Edna
November 23 & 24
Performances:
Saturday, November 23 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, November 24 at 2 pm
Tickets:  $34 – $39

Thunder From Down Under

Michael Walters as Dame Edna in ‘Something Like a Dame’

WEST SIDE STORY at Lauderhill Performing Arts Center November 14 – December 1

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Lauderhill Performing Arts Center (LPAC) in Collaboration with
Broadway Palm presents
West Side Story

November 14 – December 1

“Pooling imagination and virtuosity, [they] have written a profoundly moving show that is as ugly as the city jungles and also pathetic, tender and forgiving.”
Brooks Atkinson ~ The New York Times, September 27, 1957

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

October 15, 2019

LAUDERHILL, FL:  West Side Story: Classic. Powerful. Groundbreaking. Heartbreaking.  All words that have been used to describe one of Broadway’s most memorable and iconic pieces of musical theatre.  The Lauderhill Performing Arts Center in collaboration with Broadway Palm will present West Side Story as the first production in their brand-new Broadway at the LPAC series.  The show will run from November 14th through December 1st.

Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is transported to modern-day New York City as two young idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs, the “American” Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks.  The story of their struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence, and prejudice became one of the most innovative, heart-wrenching musicals of all time, and the subject matter is as relevant today as it was when the show opened in 1957.

West Side Story was written by Arthur Laurents. The musical’s score was composed by Leonard Bernstein, and the show was choreographed by Jerome Robbins, who won a Tony Award for his work.  West Side Story also marked the Broadway debut of a then unknown lyricist/composer – Stephen Sondheim.   Sondheim was contracted to write the lyrics for the show after composer Bernstein decided that he needed to concentrate solely on the music.  (Sondheim originally declined the offer, but his mentor, Oscar Hammerstein, convinced him to do it, telling him he would benefit from the experience.)

The production’s Artistic Producer, Brian Enzman, has cast Alexa Lopez and Jacob Tarconish as West Side Story’s star-crossed lovers, Maria and Tony.

Alexa Lopez

West Side Story was the first piece of musical theater I had ever seen live, it was the first thing that sparked my passion for performing, and so it holds an extremely special place in my heart,” seventeen-year old Lopez, a senior at the American Heritage School in Plantation, explains. “Looking back, I remember how moved I was by the rich music, the actors, and the relevant story they were telling. I saw myself on stage that night, and was able to, as a Cuban-American, deeply identify with Maria. I’ve carried this show with me since and am truly amazed at how contemporary it remains today. It is a story that I am honored to be able to tell.

“My journey with West Side has been a long one,” she continues. “I auditioned for the role of Maria many times and at many levels. One of my most memorable experiences was this past year when I had the wonderful opportunity of making it to the final round of callbacks for the upcoming 2020 Broadway revival, auditioning for Ivo Van Hove, the director. In any case, I’m so ecstatic to finally play Maria and be able to share her story.”

Jacob Tarconish

Jacob Tarconish has given a lot of thought to the relevance of the play in today’s world, and to his character:  “The Sharks and Jets are in this world of divisiveness, racism and xenophobia, and then you have two people fall in love and realize “everything we’ve been told to believe is wrong. We’re all just people whose differences aren’t a reason to hate each other, they’re what make us exciting and magical”, and we see what happens when two people challenge those barriers and try to tear them down,” he says. “I think in our country today, there’s a lot of that same divisiveness and there’s also a sense of drastically changing beliefs, which makes West Side Story such a powerful and wonderful piece of theatre to be a part of.

“I think a lot of people have a side of Tony in them,” he continues. “He’s got a job, he’s at a point in his life where he’s grown past what his friends are still doing, but he’s kind of dissatisfied. He’s got all this energy and ambition, but nothing to really use it on. Then, he meets Maria, and his world instantly changes. He realizes “I’ve found someone who understands me, who sees me, and I would do absolutely anything and everything to be with her,” and suddenly he’s alive again, he’s using that drive again, and it makes him feel like he’s superhuman. I think people can absolutely identify with that sense of longing and passion.”

The rest of the West Side Story cast includes the Shark Girls – Katie Whittemore as Anita, Sandi Stock as Francisca, Emily Stys as Rosalia and Emilee Hassanzadeh as Margarita; The Jets Girls:  Sarah Rose Knoche as Anybodys, Laura Titus as Graziella, Lauren Cagnetta as Minnie and Bailee Cudmore as Velman; The Sharks:  Pasqualino Beltempo as Bernardo, Brandon Santos as Chino, Jermarcus Riggins as Pepe, Phillip Giandiletti as Luis and Richel Ruiz as Juan; The Jets:  Rhett Warner as Riff, Robert Ayala as Action, Michael Friedman as A-Rab, Clint Maddox Thompson as Baby John, Mason Lewis as Diesel and Derik Lawson as Snowboy.  Also in the cast are Peter Librach as Doc, Craig Smith as Lieutenant Schrank, and Justin Schneyer as Officer Krupke.

West Side Story will be directed by Dean Sobon, with musical direction by Eric Alsford, and the show’s Choreographer is Ron Hutchins.  Lighting Design is by Russell Thompson, Lighting Design is by Chris Young, and Costume Design is by John White.

West Side Story will run from November 14th– December 1st. Ticket prices range from $35 – $55 and are available online at https://lpacfl.com/or by calling 954-777-2055.  Performances are on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30 pm, and Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2 pm.  There will not be a performance on Thursday, November 28th – Thanksgiving Day.

Subscriptions for the Broadway in Broward series are also on sale, and various subscription packages are available. Subscriptions can be purchased by calling the LPAC box office at 954-777-2055.

The Lauderhill Performing Arts Center (LPAC) has hosted numerous theatrical events and productions since it opened its doors in January 2016 and has grown its audiences to include theatre patrons from not only Broward County, but Miami/Dade and Palm Beach counties as well. The theatre is located at 3800 NW 11th Place (33311), in the Central Broward Regional Park on the Northeast corner of Sunrise Boulevard and State Road 7.  For more information about LPAC visit https://lpacfl.com.

For more information about West Side Story please contact Carol Kassie at carol@carolkassie.com / 561-445-9244

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West Side Story
November 14 – December 1
Book by Arthur Laurents
Music by Leonard Bernstein
Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Based on a Conception of Jerome Robbins
Performances:
Thursday, Friday, & Saturday at 7:30 pm (no Thanksgiving night performance)
Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday at 2 pm
Tickets:  $35 – $55
For tickets:  954-777-2055/ https://lpacfl.com/
All performances will take place at
The Lauderhill Performing Arts Center (LPAC)
3800 NW 11th Place,
Lauderhill, FL  33311
https://lpacfl.com/
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Pigs Do Fly Productions Presents THE LOST VIRGINITY TOUR – October 31 – November 24

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Pigs Do Fly Productions
presents

The Lost Virginity Tour
October 31 – November 24

When liquor laced cookies are the highlight of our week, then it’s time for us to shake things up.”The Lost Virginity Tour

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

October 8, 2019
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL:   Four women ‘of a certain age’ will take to the road and revisit the locales where each lost her virginity in Pigs Do Fly Productions’ The Lost Virginity Tour by Cricket Daniel.  There will be a preview performance on October 31st and the production will run from November 1st through November 24th at Empire Stage in Fort Lauderdale.  

The Lost Virginity Tour is a funny, profound, and provocative play about four women in their golden years – not talking about their grandkids or their knitting circles, but talking about sex and love, and recalling their ‘first time’ with often hilarious but sometimes harrowing detail.   This humorous and adventurous road trip through memories conjures up the choices we make that shape our lives forever, and the friendships that hold us up when we can’t walk on our own.

Deborah Kondelik

Deborah Kondelik, who directed Pigs Do Fly’s recent sold out production of 2 Across, will helm The Lost Virginity Tour: “Old folks ain’t what they used to be! And Pigs Do Fly Productions has a noteworthy mission – to do productions that feature characters over 50 years of age, and oftentimes much older,” she says.  “The plays we present are populated with vibrant, intriguing characters who make “getting older” much more fun than the typical older characters we saw in plays of bygone eras.  This play by Cricket Daniel is a perfect fit for Pigs Do Fly because it features four unique women taking an inimitable, one-of-a-kind road trip. Everyone should come along for the ride because it promises to be filled with tons of raucous laughter and also a few poignant tears.”

Ellen Wacher

Pigs Do Fly founder and Executive Producer Ellen Wacher agrees: “Pigs Do Fly stands for people over 50 living interesting, active lives,” she says.  “And…WOW!  The Lost Virginity Tour fits our mission to a “T”. It has humor, some serious moments, and always strong characters who reflect our lives and who we are today.  We have assembled an amazing cast and I totally believe that those who come will be affected by this play – I know it will inspire laughter, introspection, reflection, and even a few tears.”

Kondelik and Wacher have assembled an impressive cast to travel together on The Lost Virginity Tour: Leigh Bennett, Barbara Bradshaw, Diana D’Ambrosio, and Barbara Sloan will, as Sloan’s character Rita says “…Make like dough and roll”!

“As a playwright, it is very gratifying to give female actresses of a certain age a great vehicle to shine on stage,” playwright Cricket Daniel said recently. “Having a play with one leading role for the older actress is rare, let alone four.  It was fun to create these characters who get to laugh, cry, and play together on stage.  As a former actress, I would have killed to play one of these roles!”

Cricket Daniel

Cricket Daniel holds a theater degree from UC Santa Barbara and studied Shakespeare in Cambridge, England. She has an extensive background in improv, stand-up and theater. Cricket was a member of the national improv troupe Comedy Sportz and has performed stand-up at The Ice House and The Improv and has performed regularly in local community theatre productions. Her short play Break Dreams has been staged in New York City, Miami, Colorado Springs, Eugene, Oregon, and in Austin, TX. Her full-length play Love, Laughter & Lucci took home Best Production, Best Actress and Best Actor awards at the 2012 Golden Gravel Awards. Her full-length play Helen On Wheels was a finalist in the 2015 New Play Development Workshop through Route 66 Theatre in Chicago. Cricket is a 2012 recipient of an Arts, Beautification, and Culture Award for her contribution to local theater and is a member of The Dramatist Guild of America. She lives in Bend, Oregon with her husband and daughter.

The Lost Virginity Tour will run from October 31st (preview performance) through November 24th.  Tickets for The Lost Virginity Tour are $39 and are available online at www.pigsdoflyproductions.com  or by calling 866-811-4111.  Performances are on Friday, and Saturday at 8 pm, and on Sunday at 5 pm. All performances will take place 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.

Funding for this project is provided in part by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council.

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The Lost Virginity Tour
Preview Performance: Thursday, October 31
Runs from November 1 – November 24, 2019
By Cricket Daniel
Tickets: $39
Tickets:  866-811-4111 / www.pigsdoflyproductions.com
Performances:
Friday, & Saturday: 8 pm
Sunday: 5 pm
All performances will take place at
Empire Stage
1140 N Flagler Drive,
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
www.pigsdoflyproductions.com
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Sol Children Theatre presents LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS October 4 – 20

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Sol Children Theatre
presents

Little Shop of Horrors

 

October 4 – 20

 I’m a mean green mother from outer space and I’m BAD!!”
Audrey II – Little Shop of Horrors

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

September 16, 2019

BOCA RATON, FL:  A deviously delicious Broadway horror comedy rock sci-fi musical, Little Shop of Horrors has devoured the hearts of theatre-goers for over 30 years.  Sol Children Theatre will present this beloved cult classic, created by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin), from October 4th through October 20th at Sol Theatre in Boca Raton.  The production will feature a roster of talented young actors and Sol Troupe members.

Meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant he names “Audrey II” – after his coworker crush. This R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to the down and out Krelborn as long as he keeps feeding it…blood. Over time, though, Seymour discovers Audrey II’s out of this world origins and intent towards global domination!

Sarah Elizabeth Grant

“Halloween is right around the corner, and whether it be evil clowns or alien plants, we’re all secretly craving a story that has us checking to see what is lodging in the darkness,” says Sol Producer Sara Elizabeth Grant.  “This iconic musical gives us that perfect dose of horror.  Too scary?  Don’t worry!  It’s paired with fun and unforgettable songs, giant puppets, and some remarkable comic relief!  Little Shop of Horrors is a timeless piece of theatre – enjoyable for everyone.  This wonderful cast of young theatre artists is not only bringing this show to life, but they are embracing every aspect of it.  We are also so fortunate to have Murphy Hayes voice the role of Audrey II… So between the Direction of Courtney Poston, performances from the phenomenal students of Sol Children Theatre and Murphy Hayes, plus some awesome puppets, this is one show you certainly don’t want to miss!”

Courtney Poston

Little Shop of Horrors is a heart-warming musical comedy parody of all those wonderful 1960s B-horror films,” says Director Courtney Poston. “It follows the harried lives of the residents down on Skid Row, and the lengths they’ll go to make a better life for themselves. Who hasn’t been there, am I right? Oh, and there’s a talking, man-eating plant from an alien planet! Just in time for the Halloween season, come get a little scared, laugh it off, “but whatever you do don’t feed the plants”!”

Poston’s Little Shop of Horrors cast includes Niko Zontini as Seymour, Mia Salerno as Audrey, Murphy Hayes as Audrey II, Luke Nappe as Orin, and Celia Roberts as Mrs. Mushnick.  Other cast members include Ava Cavasos, Jaclyn Cohen, Ella Rose Giner, Kylie Lawrence, Maureen Tracy, Eden Wexler, Kimmy Wilkinson, and Sofia Zontini,

Boca Raton’s Sol Children Theatre is a not-for-profit theatre organization founded by veteran director and actor Rosalie Grant twenty years ago.  The company’s mission is to provide children with a safe, secure, and highly professional theatre experience.  Those children then in turn provide quality theatre experiences for audiences.

Tickets for Little Shop of Horrors are on sale now and can be purchased online at www.solchildren.org or by calling 561-447-8829.  Tickets are $20; $15 for children aged 11 or younger. Group rates are available. Sol Children Theatre is located at 3333 North Federal Highway in Boca Raton (33431).

For more information about Sol Children Theatre, visit www.solchildren.org. To speak with someone involved in the production, or to arrange to attend a performance, please contact contact Carol Kassie at 561-445-9244 / carol@carolkassie.com

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Little Shop of Horrors
October 4 – 20
Book by Howard Ashman
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Howard Ashman
Based on the film by Roger Corman, screenplay by Charles Griffith
For tickets: www.solchildren.org / 561-447-8829
Direct ticketing link:  https://tinyurl.com/yalf43yt
Tickets:  $20 /$15 for juniors (11 & under)
Performances:
Friday at 7 & Saturday at 7 pm
Saturday & Sunday at 2 pm
All performances will take place at
Sol Theatre
3333 N Federal Highway
Boca Raton, FL 33431
www.solchildren.org
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LPAC & Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre Announce Auditions for BROADWAY AT THE LPAC

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Lauderhill Performing Arts Center (LPAC) &
Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre Announce
Local Auditions for
Broadway at the LPAC
Casting all roles for Kinky Boots & Beauty and the Beast

For Immediate Release
Contact: Brian Enzman
Brian@BroadwayPalm.com

September 12, 2019

LAUDERHILL, FL:  Lauderhill Performing Arts Center, in collaboration with Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre located in Fort Myers, Florida, is holding open auditions for adults (Non-AEA) for their upcoming productions on
Saturday, September 21, 2019 beginning at 10:00 a.m. All auditions are by appointment only and can be made by e-mailing Brian Enzman at Brian@BroadwayPalm.com. Callbacks will be held on Sunday, September 22, 2019. Actors will be informed at the Saturday auditions if they are needed for a callback on Sunday.

The following are the productions and roles that are available:
Kinky Boots – LPAC (2 Theatre Tour with Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre)
Rehearsals: Jan. 9-18, 2020 at Broadway Palm, Ft. Myers, FL (*Housing will be provided for LPAC local actors)
Tech and Opening at LPAC: Jan. 20-23, 2020. Closes Feb. 9, 2020.

Kinky Boots – Broadway Palm (2 Theatre Tour with LPAC)
Rehearsals/Tech:  Feb. 10-12, 2020
Opening at LPAC: Feb. 13, 2020. Closes Mar. 28, 2020.

Beauty and the Beast – LPAC
Rehearsals: Feb. 6-19, 2020
Opening at LPAC: Feb. 20, 2020. Closes Mar. 8, 2020.

Casting all roles (leads, supporting, and ensemble) in both productions.
Please Note: Any male auditioning for an “Angel” (The Drag performers) or “Lola” in Kinky Boots must bring female heeled shoes to wear at the dance audition.

Anyone auditioning should bring two copies of their current headshots and resumes and be prepared to sing a one-minute cut in the musical theatre genre that best shows off their vocal range. Please bring sheet music in the proper key; an accompanist will be provided (no recorded music is accepted). After the vocal audition actors/actresses may be asked to attend a dance audition or attend the Sunday reading/singing callback auditions.       

Lauderhill Performing Arts Center (LPAC) is a professional theatre and a professional weekly salary will be provided. Productions require a rehearsal process with rehearsals daily, generally from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Anyone auditioning must be available for the entire rehearsal process and all performances. Performances at the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center are Wednesday through Saturday evenings with matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. Limited housing will be available for LPAC, but we are primarily seeking actors/actresses within the Lauderhill area with housing.

David Goldyn’s Delightful Comedy DADDY ISSUES at the Theatre at CSL – October 18 – November 3

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David Goldyn Productions in Conjunction with Theatre at CSL presents
Daddy Issues
October 18th – November 3rd

“A brilliantly structured myriad of sticky situations”
Stage Buddy

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

September 12, 2019

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL: The Off Broadway hit Daddy Issues, written and directed by David Goldyn, is returning to South Florida after a short but successful stint at Boca Raton’s Willow Theatre last March. The production will run from October 18th through November 3rd at the Theatre at CSL (Center for Spiritual Living) in Oakland Park.

How far will a gay guy go to please his parents? Daddy Issues centers on Donald Moscowitz, (Elijah Pearson) an openly gay actor living in New York City in 1982.  His overbearing Jewish parents (Elli Murray and David Goldyn) know he’s gay but that doesn’t stop them from demanding a grandchild.  When Donald learns that Grandma Moscowitz (Vicki Klein) will double his inheritance if he produces a grandchild, he enlists the help of the ten-year old kid from downstairs (Michael Salvanto) to play his son from an experimental tryst he had in college. His two best friends Henrietta (Kayla Fainer) and Levi (Jesus Reyna), a drag star from the village, fight over who will play the birth mother, Mary Ellen McQuire. When Mom and Dad show up what could go wrong?

Daddy Issues was nominated for Best Off Broadway Play by Broadway World in 2017.  In New York it was hailed as “hilarious and heartfelt” (Michael Musto) and the Huffington Post proclaimed it “a frothy whipped dessert of a show.” Seth Kubersky at The Orlando Weekly called the Florida premiere of Daddy Issues in 2018, “the rare snappy play that would go over equally well in a gay nightclub as well as a Miami retirement home.” The Weekly went on to say that “if it were a sit-com on NBC’s Thursday’s lineup, it might run for six seasons.” Prophetically, the play has already received sit-com interest in Los Angeles.

Playwright David Goldyn, who will also be directing the production, has helmed the show five times previously, including the Off-Broadway version, but this is the first time he will appear on stage.  Goldyn ran Fort Lauderdale’s Rising Action Theatre for seven years. He left the company (to pursue a writing career) in the capable hands of Andy Rogow, who reinvented it as Island City Stage.  Since leaving Rising Action Theatre, David has written two full length plays – Daddy Issues and The Manufacturers Daughter and the upcoming film “Black Jack at the Moulin Rouge” (http://blackjackatthemoulinrouge.com/). David also served as an Associate Producer on Broadway’s Honeymoon in Vegas.

Daddy Issues will run from October 18th through November 3rd at the Theatre at CSL (Center for Spiritual Living) in Oakland Park. The theatre is located at 4849 N Dixie Highway in Oakland Park (33334) Tickets are on sale now, and are available by phone at 800-595-4849 and online at www.daddyissuestheplay.com/.  Ticket prices range from $35 – $60.

For more information about Daddy Issues, visit www.daddyissuestheplay.com/ or contact Carol Kassie at carol@carolkassie.com /561-445-9244. To learn more about The Theatre at CSL (The Center for Spiritual Living) visit  www.cslftlauderdale.org.

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Daddy Issues
By David Goldyn
October 18 – November 3
Tickets:  $35-$60
Box Office: 800-595-4849
To purchase tickets: www.daddyissuestheplay.com/
Direct ticketing link:
https://dgproductions.tix.com/schedule.aspx?orgnum=6130
Performances:
Friday & Saturday at 8 pm
Sunday at 5 pm.
All performances will take place at
The Theatre at CSL (Center for Spiritual Living)
4849 N Dixie Highway
Oakland Park, FL 33334

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Entr’Acte Theatrix to present Richard O’Brien’s THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW September 13 – 22

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Entr’Acte Theatrix
to present
Richard O’Brien’s
The Rocky Horror Show
September 13th – 22nd

“So, come up to the lab and see what’s on the slab!” ~ Frank N. Furter

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

August 29, 2019
DELRAY BEACH, FL:  It’s never too early to think about Halloween, and who better to celebrate the fast approaching holiday with than the denizens of Dr. Frank N. Furter’s home-sweet-castle in Richard O’Brien’s beloved cult classic, The Rocky Horror Show.   Entr’Acte Theatrix is inviting audiences to come do the Time Warp again… when they present ‘Rocky’ in the Fieldhouse at Old School Square from September 13th through September 22nd.   

The Rocky Horror Show is an outrageous assemblage of – and humorous tribute to – the most stereotypical science fiction and horror movies, Marvel comics, Frankie Avalon/Annette Funicello outings and rock ‘n’ roll of every vintage. The play (upon which the classic film The Rocky Horror Picture Show is based) has grown from an experimental production originally produced in a small London theatre in June 1973, to a cult phenomenon with fans world-wide.  The musical tells the story of a newly engaged couple who, when caught in a storm, find refuge in the home of a decidedly unusual scientist who is madly working towards unveiling his latest and greatest creation.

Rocky is also the quintessential audience participation show, and Entr’Acte will have what have come to be known as  ‘survival kits’ available for purchase for those who want them.

This is the fourth time Entr’Acte Theatrix will present The Rocky Horror Show.   Their 2012, 2014, and 2017 productions were so successful that when an encore presentation was suggested, it was, as Entr’Acte’s founder and producer Vicki Halmos says, “A ‘no brainer’!  Our audiences love the show,” she continues, “and so does our cast.  You can see it during rehearsals.  Their enthusiasm is boundless, and they are so excited to be able to bring all these characters to life – figuratively and literally!” she says with a smile.

Carlo Rufino-Sabusap, who has appeared in each of the company’s Rockys as well as numerous other Entr’Acte productions, will direct the production.  He will also play Dr. Scott:

Carlo Rufino-Sabusap

“In an age and political climate where we should be progressing as a society and species, we are instead given constant reminders that bigotry is living strong and that people who are different from the status quo are considered less than people, and in some cases, stripped of their rights,” he says. “Rocky Horror celebrates the idea of the outsider. We not only want the audience to have fun, but they should also realize that the enjoyment they are experiencing is because a group of wildly different people from different backgrounds and life experiences worked together to make something great. This is our 4th time mounting this show, and I believe it is our value of working TOGETHER, and including our differences, that we are making something Great Again.”

Cast in Entr’Acte’s Rocky Horror Show are Drew Brown as Brad Majors, Mary Grace Tesoriero as Janet Weiss, Rosseroni Parris as Frank N. Furter, Elana Vital as Magenta, Lara Williams-Palmer as Columbia, Greg Halmos as Riff Raff, Jon Tinker as Rocky, Andy Morejon as Eddie, Ashley Gravlin as the Usherette, and Jeremy Quinn as The Criminologist. Also in the cast are Briana Earhart, Sarah Kenny, Nysia Matos, Sara Rayburn, and Nik Rosa.

Along with director Sabusap, the show’s production crew includes co-Producer Greg Halmos, Musical Directors Roger Blankenship and Mariano Garcia, Choreographer Andy Morejon, and Stage Manager Skylar Stratemeyer. 

The Rocky Horror Show will run for 11 performances only, from September 13 – 22, in the Fieldhouse at Old School Square. The theatre is located at 51 North Swinton Avenue, in Delray Beach (33444) Tickets are on sale now, and are available on line at http://entractetheatrix.com/. Ticket prices range from $45 for VIP Table Seating, $35 General Floor Seating, $25 Balcony Seating.

For more information about Entr’Acte Theatrix or The Rocky Horror Show visit www.entractetheatrix.com, or contact Carol Kassie at carol@carolkassie.com /561-445-9244.
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The Rocky Horror Show
By Richard O’Brien
September 13 – 22
Tickets:  $25-45
Box Office: 561-243-7922
Direct ticketing link: https://oldschoolsquare.secure.force.com/ticket/#details_a0S2I00000t4l0eUAA
Performances:
Friday, September 13th – 7 PM & 10:30 PM
Saturday, September 14th – 7 PM & 10:30 PM
Sunday, September 15th – 7 PM
Thursday, September 19th – 8 PM
Friday, September 20th – 7 PM & 10:30 PM
Saturday, September 21st – 7 PM & 10:30 PM
Sunday, September 22nd – 7 PM
All performances will take place at
The Field House at Old School Square
51 N. Swinton Ave.
Delray Beach 33444
http://entractetheatrix.com/
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The Cast of Entr’Acte Theatrix’ The Rocky Horror Show

                        

THE MERSEY BEATLES – FOUR LADS FROM LIVERPOOL at the Mizner Park Cultural Center – October 5th Only!

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The Mersey Beatles – Four Lads from Liverpool
 at
Mizner Park Cultural Center

October 5th Only!

Liverpool-born Beatles Tribute to Perform in Boca Raton on National Tour

 

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

August 20, 2019

BOCA RATON, FL: The Mersey Beatles, a Liverpool-born and bred Beatles tribute band and the house band for over a decade at Liverpool’s world-famous Cavern Club, will perform at the Mizner Park Cultural Center on Saturday, October 5th at 8:00 p.m.  In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of The Beatles iconic Abbey Road, the band will play the entire album, followed by a set of Beatles’ greatest hits.

Julia Baird, John Lennon’s sister and the Director of the Cavern Club, will be in attendance selling and signing copies of her book Imagine This: Growing Up with My Brother John Lennon at the general merchandise table before, during and after the show. “The Mersey Beatles have been playing the Cavern Club for over 15 years and are one of the best you will see!” Baird said recently.

The Mersey Beatles are no ordinary tribute band. The lads grew up as childhood and schoolmate friends, just like The Beatles. They are the official Beatles tribute band representing the City of Liverpool, and from 2002 to 2012 they were the resident tribute band at The Cavern Club, the nightclub in Liverpool, England, where The Beatles perfected their act before launching a global rock music revolution in the 1960s.

Since 1999, the band has played sell-out shows in more than 20 countries, recreating The Beatles’ most popular hits. The show spans the Fab Four’s entire catalogue with four costume changes and authentic Liverpool accents, wit, and charm. The Mersey Beatles recreate The Beatles’ sound and image with amazing accuracy using replica Hofner, Rickenbacker, and Gretsch guitars and VOX and Ludwig gear

Tickets to The Mersey Beatles range in price from $39 to $55 (VIP) and are on sale now. VIP tickets include premium seating, The Mersey Beatles free CD download, and a Meet & Greet with Julia Baird and the band. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at miznerparkculturalcenter.com or by phone at 844-672-2849. The Mizner Park Cultural Center is located at 201 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, FL 33432.

In the attached photo: The Mersey Beatles, Brian Ambrose (Ringo), Steven Holland (Paul), Julia Baird, Mark Bloor (John), and Craig McGowan (Paul).

For more information about The Mersey Beatles visit www.themerseybeatles.com/

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The Mersey Beatles – Four Lads from Liverpool
Saturday, October 5, at 8 pm
Tickets:  $39 – $55
To purchase tickets:  miznerparkculturalcenter.com
Direct ticket link:  miznerparkculturalcenter.com/events/mersey-beatles/
Phone: 844-672-2849
Mizner Park Cultural Center
201 Plaza Real
Boca Raton, FL 33432

 

The Mersey Beatles with Julia Baird