Stage Door Theatre presents DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS at LPAC – October 12 – November 4

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Stage Door Theatre
present
s
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
October 12 – November 4
at their new venue
Lauderhill Performing Arts Center (LPAC)

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

September 25, 2018:

LAUDERHILL, FL:  Stage Door Theatre’s move to the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center (LPAC) has proved to be the right one, according to the company’s Executive Producer, Derelle Bunn.  “Our patrons’ responses have been totally positive,” she says.  “They love the venue, the ambiance, and the conveniences LPAC offers them.  They’ve all promised they’ll be back, and that they’ll be bringing their friends!”

Stage Door’s second production in their new state-of-the-art home should definitely entice their audiences –returning and new:  Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is an award-winning musical comedy based on the hit movie of the same name.  It will open at on October 12th and run through November 4th

Lawrence Jameson makes his lavish living by talking rich ladies out of their money.  Freddy Benson more humbly swindles women by waking their compassion with fabricated stories about his grandmother’s failing health.  After meeting on a train, they attempt to work together, only to find that their small town isn’t big enough for both of them. They agree on a settlement – the first one to extract $50,000 from their mutual target, young heiress Christine Colgate, wins, and the other must leave town.

Sophisticated, suave, and with a good dash of mischief, this thoroughly entertaining musical features a delightfully jazzy score and was nominated for eleven Tony Awards.  The music is by David Yazbek (The Full Monty, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, and this year’s Tony Award winner for Best musical, The Band’s Visit).  The show’s book is by Jeffrey Lane (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown).

Clayton Phillips

The production will be directed by Clayton Phillips: “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is a perfect example of an escapist piece of musical theatre,” he explains.  “It does not take itself too seriously, and it has a wonderfully jazzy score.  I guess if there is a message in it at all, it is that greed does not pay (or does it?). The show is full of twists and turns and is a real comedy from start to finish.  I love this musical because it is smart and funny and entertaining,” he says.  “And what more could we want these days?!”

Cast in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels are Michael Cartwright as Lawrence Jameson, Matthew Kurzyniec as Freddy Benson, and Sabrina Lynn Gore as Christine Colgate. Also in the cast are Aaron Bower, Austin Carrol, Marty Craft, Alexandra Nicole Garcia, Sebastian Goldberg, Chris Hendricks, Michael Kruetz, Cat Pagano, Vincent Pelligrino, Sarah Rose, Laura Titus, and Alexandra Van Hasselt.

David Nagy will serve as the production’s Musical Director, Choreography is by Danny Durr, Scenic Design is by Daimien Matherson, Lighting Design is by Ardean Landhuis, and Costumes are by Jerry Sturdevant.  The production’s Stage Manager is Nancy Clay.  

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels will run from October 12 – November 4 at the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center (LPAC). The theatre is located at 3800 NW 11th Place, Lauderhill (33311), in the Central Broward Regional Park on the North East corner of Sunrise Boulevard and 441 (State Road 7).  

Tickets for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and for all Stage Door productions remain at $48. (LPAC charges a $5 service fee per ticket, however if a package of four Stage Door shows is purchased the service fees will be waived.) Group rates are available, as are student prices (with valid ID). Tickets may be purchased by calling the box office at 954-344-7765 or on line at www.stagedoorfl.org or on the LPAC website at https://lpacfl.com.

For more information about Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and/or Stage Door Theatre, please visit www.stagedoorfl.org, or contact Derelle Bunn Executive Producer/Artistic Director, at DerelleBunn@yahoo.com / 954-344-7765 or Carol Kassie (carol@carolkassie.com / 561-445-9244).

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
October 12 – November 4, 2018
Book by Jeffrey Lane
Music and Lyrics by David Yazbek
Tickets:  $48
Tickets:  954-344-7765 / www.stagedoorfl.org
Showtimes:
Wednesday, Saturday, & Sunday at 2 pm,
Friday & Saturday at 8 pm
All performances take place at
The Lauderhill Performing Arts Center (LPAC)
3800 NW 11th Place
Lauderhill, FL 33311
www.stagedoorfl.org
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Pigs Do Fly’s THE LADIES FOURSOME Returns to Empire Stage – October 4 – 21

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Back by Popular Demand!

Pigs Do Fly Productions
The Ladies Foursome
Will hit the links again!

“Norm Foster’s hit comedy The Ladies Foursome is a fun-filled romp from beginning to end” ~ Joe Belanger ~ The London Free Press

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

September 11, 2019

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL:   Pigs Do Fly Productions’ production of The Ladies Foursome played to consistently full houses when it ran at Empire Stage last March.  The show was such a success that the company’s founder and Executive Producer, Ellen Wacher decided to bring ‘the ladies’ back onto the golf course and let them swing their way through another round!   The show will run from October 4th through October 21st – once again at Empire Stage in Fort Lauderdale.

“Why not?” Wacher said recently.  “I kept hearing from people saying their friends heard great things about the show and were sorry they’d missed it. Or that they hadn’t laughed so much in the theatre for ages and wanted to see it again.  The play – and the dialogue – is thoughtful, clever, realistic, and very, very funny, and it really resonated with our audiences – both men and women.   So this is truly a case of ‘back by popular demand’!”  

The show’s premise is simple: It’s the day after the funeral, and three women gather for a round of golf in honor of their recently departed play partner.  A mysterious fourth joins them, and so begins a raucous and rowdy 18 holes filled with secrets, surprises, confessions… and sex

The production will once again be directed by Genie Croft and all four original cast members – Janice Hamilton, Deborah Kondelik, Jacquie Laggy, and Elissa Solomon are back on board for this round.

“I am delighted we have the opportunity to be on the links once more, with this production,” Croft says. “Having done the show with this talented cast before, this time around they are able to expand in a more significant, and deeper way to their friendships, and pursuits of their own dreams, while achieving a higher level of humor.

“These four women have played golf together every week for 14 years, and they believe this is the perfect way to honor their friend,” Croft explained when she spoke about the play last March. “Each one of the foursome has her secrets – some have been taken to the grave, and others are revealed in moments of anger, jealously, drunkenness, and guilt.  As they play the links, confessions about men, sex, love, children, and careers come to the fore as they challenge each other’s views.  The Ladies Foursome is a tribute to the pitfalls and pleasures of friendships and their lasting significance in our lives.”

Norm Foster is considered to be Canada’s most produced playwright. He discovered his talents as a playwright in Fredericton, New Brunswick, while he was working as host of a popular morning radio show. He accompanied a friend to an audition, and landed his first acting job, as Elwood P. Dowd in Harvey, without ever having even seeing a play. Intrigued with the theatre, he set his pen to paper and wrote his first play titled Sinners.

An extremely prolific writer, Foster has had more than fifty plays produced on professional stages around the world. Other well-known plays include The Love ListThe Long WeekendBedtime StoriesKiss the Moon, Kiss the SunStorm WarningSkin FlickOutlawHilda’s YardOn A First Name BasisOld LoveMending Fences and Here on the Flight Path. Frequently compared to American playwright Neil Simon, Foster pens plays that are known for their humor, accessibility, and insight into the everyday tribulations of life.

Tickets for The Ladies Foursome are $39 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 Empire Stage, 1140 N. Flager 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 Ladies Foursome
By Norm Foster
Directed by Genie Croft
October 4 – 21
Performances:
Thursday, Friday, & Saturday at 8 pm
Sunday at 5 pm
Tickets:  $39
For tickets:  www.pigsdoflyproductions.com / 866-811-4111
All performances will take place at
Empire Stage
1140 N. Flagler Drive
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
www.pigsdoflyproductions.com
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2018-2019 THEATRE & CONCERT PRODUCTION SCHEDULES

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2018-2019 THEATRE/PRODUCTION SCHEDULES
for
Pigs Do Fly Productions
GFour Productions
Entr’Acte Theatrix
Menopause The Musical
Playhouse Productions
Black Box Booking
Shari Upbin/B’nai Torah
Stage Door Theatre
Spanish River Concerts

PIGS DO FLY PRODUCTIONS

The Ladies Foursome
By Norm Foster
October 4 – 21, 2018
Tickets: $39
Tickets:  866-811-4111 / www.pigsdoflyproductions.com
Performances:
Thursday, 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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It’s the day after the funeral, and three women gather for a round of golf in honor of their recently departed play partner.  A mysterious fourth joins them, and so begins a raucous and rowdy 18 holes filled with secrets, surprises, confessions… and sex.   Directed by Genie Croft.  Starring Janice Hamilton, Deborah Kondelik, Jacquie Laggy, and Elissa Solomon.

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SOL CHILDREN THEATRE

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
October 19 – November 4
Music & Lyrics:  William Finn
Book: Rachel Sheinkin
Conceived by: Rebecca Feldman
Additional Material by: Jay Reiss
Performances:
Friday & Saturday at 7:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday at 2 pm
Tickets:  $20 / $15 juniors (11 and under)
Tickets:  561-447-8829 / www.solchildren.org/
Performances:
Friday & Saturday: 7 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 2 pm
Sol Theatre
3333 N. Federal Highway
Boca Raton, FL  33431
www.solchildren.org
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Nominated for six Tony Awards, and winning 2, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee on an eclectic group of sixth graders, who arrive at a fictional spelling bee set in a 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!

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GFOUR PRODUCTIONS

Menopause The Musical
October 23 – October 28
Tickets:  $46.50 – $66.50
Click HERE For Tickets or call  
877-311-7469
Performances:
Tuesday, October 23 – 8 pm
Wednesday, October 24 – 8 pm
Thursday, October 25 – 8 pm
Friday, October 26 – 8 pm
Saturday October 27 – 2 pm
Saturday, October 27 – 8 pm
Sunday, October 28 – 2 pm
Sunday, October 28 – 6 pm
All performances will take place at
Aventura Arts & Cultural Center
3385 NE 188th Street
Aventura, FL 33180
http://menopausethemusical.com/
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Four women at a lingerie sale with nothing in common but a black lace bra AND memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats, not enough sex, too much sex and more! This hilarious musical parody set to classic tunes from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s will have you cheering and dancing in the aisles! See what millions of women worldwide have been laughing about for 17 years! It’s the Hilarious Celebration of Women and The Change®

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ENTR’ACTE THEATRIX

The Addams Family – A New Musical
Book by Marshall Brickman
Book by Rick Elice
Music and Lyrics by  Andrew Lippa
October 25 – November 4
Tickets: $35 – $45
For tickets: 561-243-7922 /
Performances:
Thurs, Oct 25th – Soft Opening:  8 pm
Fri, Oct 26th – Opening Night 8 pm
Sat, Oct 27th – 2 pm & 8 pm
Sun, Oct 28th – 2 pm
Wed, Oct 31st – Halloween Show 8 pm
Thurs, Nov 1st – 8 pm
Fri, Nov 2nd – 8 pm
Sat, Nov 3rd – 2 pm & 8 pm
Sun, Nov 4th – 2 pm
All performances will take place at
The Crest Theatre at Old School Square
51 N. Swinton Avenue
Delray Beach, FL  33444
http://entractetheatrix.org
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That lovable family of creepy kooks is alive and well and living in their super-spooky mansion in Central Park. The Addams family, led by the elegantly gaunt and seemingly undead Morticia and her ever-devoted husband Gomez, is in turmoil. Their daughter Wednesday, now 18, finds herself falling in love—a sensation that is unsettling for both her and her family of endearing misfits. When the teen invites her new boyfriend, Lucas Beineke, over with his “normal” family to get better acquainted with the Addams household, comic chaos (including everything from mixed-up potions to a scorching tango) ensues.

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Waist Watchers The Musical!
December 14, 2018 – January 13, 2019
Book and Lyrics by Alan Jacobson
Music by Vince Di Mura
Tickets:
Phone: 305-444-9293
On line: www.waistwatchersthemusical.com
Group Sales (12 or more):305-504-5020
Show Times:
Wednesday at 2 pm & 7 pm
Thursday at 7 pm
Friday at 8 pm
Saturday at 2 pm and 8 pm
Sunday 3 pm
All performances will take place at
Actor’s Playhouse at Miracle Mile
280 Miracle Mile
Coral Gables, FL 33314
www.waistwatchersthemusical.com

This hilarious and inspirational musical  comedy will leave you laughing so hard you’ll burn more calories during the show than in the past week!  Come and dance in your seat, or jump right in!
Set in Cook’s Women’s Gym, Waist Watchers The Musical is a lighthearted look at four women dishing on food, diets, exercise, friendship, love, and sex!
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PLAYHOUSE PRODUCTIONS

Old Jews Telling Jokes
January 9 – February 10, 2019
Created by Peter Gethers and Daniel Okrent
Based on the website:  www.oldjewstellingjokes.com
Tickets:  $45 – $65
For Tickets:  844-672-2849 / http://playhouseinfo.com/miznerpark
Group Sales: 1-888-264-1788
Performances:
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30 pm
Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday at 3 pm
All performances will take place at
Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center
201 Plaza Real (2nd Floor)
Boca Raton, FL 33432
http://playhouseinfo.com/miznerpark

Old Jews Telling Jokes showcases five actors in a comedy that pays tribute to and reinvents classic jokes of the past and present.   It celebrates the rich tradition of Jewish humor “and all the rabbis, complaining wives, fed-up husbands, patience-challenged physicians, gossiping ladies and competitive men” populating it. The humor can be suggestive (sometimes even raunchy) as the ‘Old Jews’ make fun of themselves as well as followers of every other religion.

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BLACK BOX BOOKING

To Life – The Stories and Music of the Golden Age of Broadway
January 18 – February 3, 2019
By Scott Siegel
Tickets:  $35 / $30 for groups of 6 or more
Tickets:   561-347-3948 / www.willowtheatre.org
Showtimes:
Friday, & Saturday at 8:00 pm,
Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday at 2:00 pm
All performances take place at
The Willow Theatre at Sugar Sand Park
300 S. Military Trail
Boca Raton, FL 33486
http://www.willowtheatre.org

An exciting concert event that highlights the contribution of Jewish composers and stars to Broadway.  From Irving Berlin to Brock and Harnick, and from Rogers and Hammerstein to Stephen Sondheim, not to mention performers such as Fanny Brice, Barbra Streisand, Zero Mostel, and Jerry Orbach.  Starring Jodie Langel, Wayne LeGette, Alix Paige, and Mark Sanders.  Conceived and Written by Scott Siegel. Directed by Shari Upbin.

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CULTURAL THEATRE ARTS SERIES AT B’NAI TORAH
PRODUCED AND DIRECTED BY SHARI UPBIN

Mikveh
February 27, 2019
2 pm & 7:30 pm
By Hadar Galron
Tickets: $36 / $25 congregational members (group rates)
Tickets:  561-392-8566
Performances take place at
B’nai Torah Congregation
621 SW 18th Street
Boca Raton, FL 33433
www.bnai-torah.org

Mikveh offers a glimpse into the secretive world of the Jewish ritual bath. The intimate stories of seven women unfold in this revealing story of religious observance and evolving feminist consciousness. With humor, sincerity and tragedy, this provocative play explores the evolving position of women in this religious society.  Mikveh was nominated for six Israeli Theatre Academy Awards including Best Play, Playwright, Director, and Scenery and was named the Play of the Year 2004 at Israeli Theatre Academy Awards.

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STAGE DOOR THEATRE

Group and Subscriber Discounts are available for these productions
Please note that Stage Door Theatre’s production of La Cage Aux Folles will be the first in their new home – the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center (

La Cage Aux Folles
August 31 – September 23, 2018
Book by Harvey Fierstein
Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman
Based on the play by Jean Poiret
Tickets:  $48
Tickets:  954-344-7765 / www.stagedoorfl.org
Showtimes:
Wednesday, Saturday, & Sunday at 2 pm,
Friday & Saturday at 8 pm
All performances take place at
The Lauderhill Performing Arts Center (LPAC)
3800 NW 11th Place
Lauderhill, FL 33311
https://www.stagedoorfl.org/
https://www.facebook.com/stagedoorfla/

After twenty years of unwedded bliss, Georges and Albin, two men partnered for better-or-worse get a bit of both when Georges’ son (fathered during a one-night fling) announces his impending marriage to the daughter of a bigoted, right-wing politician. Further complicating the situation is the ‘family business’: Albin and Georges run a drag nightclub in St. Tropez, where Albin is the star performer, Zaza. 

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
October 12 – November 4, 2018
Book by Jeffrey Lane
Music and Lyrics by David Yazbek
Tickets:  $48
Tickets:  954-344-7765 / www.stagedoorfl.org
Showtimes:
Wednesday, Saturday, & Sunday at 2 pm,
Friday & Saturday at 8 pm
All performances take place at
The Lauderhill Performing Arts Center (LPAC)
3800 NW 11th Place
Lauderhill, FL 33311
https://www.stagedoorfl.org/
https://www.facebook.com/stagedoorfla/

Sophisticated, suave, and with a good dash of mischief, this hysterical comedy features a delightfully jazzy score and was nominated for eleven Tony Awards.   Lawrence Jameson makes his lavish living by talking rich ladies out of their money.  Freddy Benson more humbly swindles women by waking their compassion with fabricated stories about his grandmother’s failing health.  A hilarious tale of cons and high jinks on the French Riviera.  Based on the popular 188 MGM film.

The Wiz
December 7 – 31, 2018
Book by William F. Brown
Music and Lyrics by Charlie Smalls
Based on “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank BaumTickets:  $48
Tickets:  954-344-7765 / www.stagedoorfl.org
Showtimes:
Wednesday, Saturday, & Sunday at 2 pm,
Friday & Saturday at 8 pm
All performances take place at
The Lauderhill Performing Arts Center (LPAC)
3800 NW 11th Place
Lauderhill, FL 33311
https://www.stagedoorfl.org/
https://www.facebook.com/stagedoorfla/

A beloved Broadway gem, The Wiz infuses L. Frank Baum’s classic tale with a dazzling mix of rock, gospel, and soul music.   This timeless tale of Dorothy’s adventures in the land of Oz is a fun, family friendly, modern musical.  Winner of seven Tony Awards.

The Producers
January 18 –  February 10, 2019
Book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan
Music and Lyrics by Mel BrooksTickets:  $48
Tickets:  954-344-7765 / www.stagedoorfl.org
Showtimes:
Wednesday, Saturday, & Sunday at 2 pm,
Friday & Saturday at 8 pm
All performances take place at
The Lauderhill Performing Arts Center (LPAC)
3800 NW 11th Place
Lauderhill, FL 33311
https://www.stagedoorfl.org/
https://www.facebook.com/stagedoorfla/

Bialystock and Bloom! Those names should strike terror and hysteria in anyone familiar with Mel Brooks’ classic cult comedy film:  A down-on-his-luck Broadway producer and his mild-mannered accountant come up with a scheme to produce the most notorious flop in history, thereby bilking their backers out of millions of dollars.  Only one thing goes wrong:  the show is a smash hit!

My One and Only
March 1 – March 24, 2019
Book by Peter Stone and Timothy S. Mayer
Music and Lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira GershwinTickets:  $48
Tickets:  954-344-7765 / www.stagedoorfl.org
Showtimes:
Wednesday, Saturday, & Sunday at 2 pm,
Friday & Saturday at 8 pm
All performances take place at
The Lauderhill Performing Arts Center (LPAC)
3800 NW 11th Place
Lauderhill, FL 33311
https://www.stagedoorfl.org/
https://www.facebook.com/stagedoorfla/

Take the heart-stopping songs “S’Wonderful”, “Funny Face”, and of course “My One and Only” from George and Ira Gershwin’s Funny Face, along with great numbers from several other Gershwin shows and joins them into a fun, frothy, and buoyant musical spoof about a barn-storming pilot, a pretty Channel swimmer, and a host of other wonderful characters.

Ghost the Musical
April 12 – May 5, 2019
Book and Lyrics by Bruce Joel Rubin
Music and Lyrics by Dave Stewart
Music and Lyrics by Glen Ballard
Tickets:  $48
Tickets:  954-344-7765 / www.stagedoorfl.org
Showtimes:
Wednesday, Saturday, & Sunday at 2 pm,
Friday & Saturday at 8 pm
All performances take place at
The Lauderhill Performing Arts Center (LPAC)
3800 NW 11th Place
Lauderhill, FL 33311
https://www.stagedoorfl.org/
https://www.facebook.com/stagedoorfla/

Adapted from the hit film by its Academy Award-winning screenwriter, Bruce Joel Rubin, Ghost the Musical follows Sam and Molly, a young couple whose connection takes a shocking turn after Sam’s untimely death.  Trapped between two worlds, Sam refuses to leave Molly when he learns she is in grave danger.  Desperate to communicate with her, he turns to a storefront psychic, Oda May Brown, who helps him protect Molly and avenge his death.

Thoroughly Modern Millie
May 24 – June 16, 2019
New Lyrics by Dick Scanlon
New Music by Jeanine Tesori
Book by Richard Henry Morris, Dick Scanlan
Original Story and Screenplay by Richard Morris for the Universal Pictures Film
Tickets:  $48
Tickets:  954-344-7765 / www.stagedoorfl.org
Showtimes:
Wednesday, Saturday, & Sunday at 2 pm,
Friday & Saturday at 8 pm
All performances take place at
The Lauderhill Performing Arts Center (LPAC)
3800 NW 11th Place
Lauderhill, FL 33311
https://www.stagedoorfl.org/
https://www.facebook.com/stagedoorfla/

Set in New York City in 1922, Thoroughly Modern Millie tells the story of young Millie Dillmount who comes to the big city from Kansas in search of a new life for herself.   Filled with frisky flappers, dashing leading men, and a dragon lady of a villainess, the show is a perfectly constructed evening of madcap merriment.  Winner of the 2002 Tony Award for Best Musical.

The Soul of Motor City
July 5 – July 28, 2019
Conceived, directed, and choreographed by Kevin BlackTickets:  $48
Tickets:  954-344-7765 / www.stagedoorfl.org
Showtimes:
Wednesday, Saturday, & Sunday at 2 pm,
Friday & Saturday at 8 pm
All performances take place at
The Lauderhill Performing Arts Center (LPAC)
3800 NW 11th Place
Lauderhill, FL 33311
https://www.stagedoorfl.org/
https://www.facebook.com/stagedoorfla/

In the early 1960s Detroit was on the move.  The distinctive sound that emerged from the city was the sound of young America.  The music from that time left an indelible stamp on the heart, soul, and minds of subsequent generations.   The Soul of Motor City celebrates the classics of the time by such artists as The Four Tops, Martha Reeves, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, The Temptations, The Supremes, and many more.

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SPANISH RIVER CONCERTS

Concerts take place at Spanish River Church (2400 Yamato Road, Boca Raton, 33431) and Kings Point Theatre (7000 West Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach, 33446).  For tickets, and information: https://spanishriverconcerts.com/ or 800-716-6975.  Series ticket prices:  Premier: $269, Preferred: $239, Standard: $209, Value: $159. 

David D’or
January 28 – February 5, 2019
Israeli superstar David D’or flaunts his 4-octave vocal range, in a magical evening of international music.  D’or has 15 gold and platinum albums to his credit, and is also an accomplished painter and humanitarian, known for integrating his diverse interests into his live performances.  Backed by a full orchestra, David welcomes special guest soprano Betty Lipska to the stage during this very special engagement.

American Rustic
January 7 – January 21, 2019
A concert featuring uniquely American music and instrumentation.  Country and Folk music have evolved into sophisticated art forms, fostering the emergence of highly skilled instrumentalists and uniquely emotive singer-songwriters.  Featuring the heartfelt lyrics and soulful harmonies of some of the most beloved Folk, Country, and Folk-Rock icons, including Peter, Paul, and Mary, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Arlo Guthrie, Bonnie Raitt, Crosby, Stills and Nash, and more.

Four Best Men
March 11 – March 25, 2019
By popular demand, Spanish River Concerts brings back four of the most lauded tenors we have introduced to South Florida audiences in recent years.  The members  of this all-star cast have individually thrilled: now the sky’s the limit as Daniel Montenegro, Marc Devigne, Omer Shaish, and David Burnham join forces to create an incredible evening of Broadway, Opera, and Popular favorites.

Vintage Reflections
February 18 – March 4, 2019
A tribute to the quirky genius of Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox concept, featuring a collection of fabulous singers, performing in visually stunning vignettes.  This performance showcases popular songs that have been re-stylized in ways that will make audiences fall in love with the music all over again.

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES at Stage Door Theatre – August 31 – September 23

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Stage Door Theatre
present
s
La Cage Aux Folles
August 31 – September 23
at their new venue
Lauderhill Performing Arts Center (LPAC)

“We are what we are, and what we are is an illusion.”
La Cage Aux Folles

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


August 7, 2018:

LAUDERHILL, FL:  Stage Door Theatre’s first production at Lauderhill Performing Arts Center (LPAC), their brand new, state-of-the-art home, will be the multiple Tony Award-winning La Cage Aux Folles.   The production will open on August 31st and run through September 23rd.   (The theatre will celebrate the move to their new home at a Gala Party on September 1st – details to be announced.)

After twenty years of un-wedded bliss, Georges and Albin, two men partnered for better-or-worse experience a bit of both when Georges’ son (fathered during a one-night fling) announces his impending marriage to the daughter of a bigoted, right-wing politician.  Further complicating the situation is the ‘family business’: Albin and Georges run a drag nightclub in St. Tropez, where Albin is the ‘star’ performer, ZaZa.

The musical, based on the French play by Jean Poiret, was adapted for the stage by Broadway royalty – Harvey Fierstein wrote the book, and Jerry Herman provided the music and lyrics.  The original production received nine Tony nominations, and won six, including Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Book.  It is the first musical to win the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical twice.

Carbonell nominee (as both actor and director) Bruce Linser will direct the production: “I see this show as somewhat of a period piece,” Linser explains. “It is set in the 70s, a time when gay people and drag queens were still fighting to come out of the shadows. This story of a young straight man forcing his parents to change themselves and their lives so drastically – or these two gay men being willing to suffer that humiliation so willingly – would seem ridiculous or even downright hateful today. Not that gay people aren’t still marginalized. With lawsuits around gay wedding cakes and “religious freedom” laws, there is definitely a culture of fear and hatred for the LGBT community, and there are looming signs of it being allowed to grow under the current administration in Washington DC. So in a way this production of this show at this time is a bit of a warning. “Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it”, as they say. We need to remember where we’ve been, so we can prevent ourselves from going there again in the future. And that’s for all of us – gay and straight alike. What we need right now is empathy and understanding for each other, and what better way to explore that than through the joy and thoughtfulness that is musical theatre?

“To that end, we are following much more of the style of the most recent revival of the show,” he continues.  “Harvey Fierstein, who wrote the book to La Cage, has said that the original production, while glamorous and beautiful, wasn’t really “right” for the world of the play. It was glitzed and glittered up for Broadway, in large part to make it palatable and acceptable for the Broadway audience at the time. And it worked – it’s a beloved, Tony-winning show, gay relationships now enjoy widespread support and acceptance, and drag queens have their own TV shows! Which is why we can now take that shiny veneer off of the show, at least a little bit, so we can explore more of the darker truth that the original movie and show were revealing. Don’t get me wrong – there will still be gorgeous costumes and fabulous dance numbers. It’s a musical, after all! But we’re also looking for the heart and soul underneath all of that … the fear and love that drives these people to be who they are and do what they do. The humanity of these characters and their relationships. That, to me, makes for interesting, powerful, and entertaining theatre.”

Linser has assembled a top-notch cast to populate the Riviera town of St. Tropez:  Larry Buzzeo will play Albin/ZaZa, and Jamie Parnell will play Georges.  2017 Carbonell Award-winner Elijah Word will play Jacob, and Connor Delves will play Jean-Michel.  Dalia Aleman and James Skiba, who recently starred in Stage Door’s production of Victor/Victoria will also be featured. Other cast members include 2017 Carbonell nominee Kat Gold, Alexandra Van Hasselt, JR Coley, Rebeca Diaz, Sean Davis, Nicole Kinzel, Kevin Lozano, Courtney Poston, Dyllan Vallier, Stephen Hohendorf, Korey Harlow, Jonathan Eisele, Johanna Moise, and Cat Pagano.

Paul Reekie will serve as the production’s Musical Director; Choreography is by Danny Durr, and the show’s Assistant Choreographer is Jenny Hegarty.  Scenic Design is by Michael McLain; Lighting Design is by Ardean Landhuis; Sound Design is by King Raymonvil; and Costumes are by Jerry Sturdevant.  The production’s Stage Manager is Nancy Clay.

La Cage Aux Folles will run from August 31 to September 24 at Stage Door Theatre’s new location, the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center (LPAC). The theatre is located at 3800 NW 11th Place, Lauderhill (33311), in the Central Broward Regional Park on the North East corner of Sunrise Boulevard and 441 (State Road 7).

Tickets for La Cage Aux Folles (and for all Stage Door productions) will remain at $48. (LPAC will charge $5 service fee per ticket, however if a package of four Stage Door shows is purchased the service fees will be waived.) Group rates are available, as are student prices (with valid ID). Tickets may be purchased by calling the box office at 954-344-7765 or on line at www.stagedoorfl.org or on the LPAC website at https://lpacfl.com.

For more information about La Cage Aux Folles and/or Stage Door Theatre, please visit www.stagedoorfl.org, or contact Derelle Bunn Executive Producer/Artistic Director, at DerelleBunn@yahoo.com / 954-344-7765 or Carol Kassie (carol@carolkassie.com / 561-445-9244).

La Cage Aux Folles
August 31 – September 23, 2018
Book by Harvey Fierstein
Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman
Based on the play by Jean Poiret
Tickets:  $48 ($53 with s/c)
Tickets:  954-344-7765 / www.stagedoorfl.org
Showtimes:
Wednesday, Saturday, & Sunday at 2 pm,
Friday & Saturday at 8 pm
All performances take place at
The Lauderhill Performing Arts Center (LPAC)
3800 NW 11th Place
Lauderhill, FL 33311
(Central Broward Regional Park – NE corner of Sunrise Blvd. and 441)
www.stagedoorfl.org
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MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL® October 23 – 28 at The Aventura Arts & Cultural Center

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Menopause The Musical®
Comes Home!
Limited Engagement
October 23 – 28
at
The Aventura Arts & Cultural Center

Great for a girls’ night out! Tickets are on sale NOW!

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

July 31, 2018:

AVENTURA, FL: – GFour Productions, winner of 44 Tony Awards and 54 Drama Desk Awards, proudly brings the international hit show Menopause The Musical® to the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center for a limited engagement beginning Tuesday, October 23 through Sunday, October 28.

Four women meet in a department store while shopping for black lace bras at a lingerie sale. After noticing unmistakable similarities to one another’s ‘situations’, the women compare comical (and eminently relatable) notes about their woeful hot flashes, mood swings, wrinkles, weight gain and much more. These women form a sisterhood and unique bond they share with the entire audience as they rejoice in celebrating that menopause is no longer “The Silent Passage.”

Inspired by a hot flash and a bottle of wine, Menopause The Musical® is a celebration of women who find themselves at any stage of “The Change.” The laughter-filled 90-minute production consistently gets audience members out of their seats and singing along to parodies from classic pop songs of the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s.

Now celebrating 17 years of female empowerment – GFour’s first production of Menopause The Musical® was in South Florida in 2004 – Menopause The Musical® is a hilarious groundbreaking celebration of women who are on the brink of, in the middle of, or have survived “The Change.” The show has evolved as a “grassroots” movement for women who deal with life adjustments after 40 by embracing each other and the road ahead.

“We are very excited to bring Menopause The Musical® back to Florida – the place it all began!” says the one of the show’s producers, Kathi Glist.  Glist is a founding partner in GFour Productions. “Menopause The Musical® is very much thought of as a celebration of women,” she continues, “But we have consistently found that men love it just as much as the women do. We look forward to sharing the Menopause The Musical® experience with South Florida audiences again.”

Menopause The Musical® is recognized as the longest-running scripted production in Las Vegas and continues to entertain nightly at Harrah’s Las Vegas. The show recently celebrated its 5000th performance there.  The much-loved musical has entertained audiences across the country in more than 450 U.S. cities, nearly 300 international cities, and a total of 15 countries. 

Menopause The Musical® will run from October 23 – October 28 at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center.  Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased on line at menopausethemusical.com or www.aventuracenter.org or by calling 877-311-7469.  Tickets are $46.50 – $66.50.  The Aventura Arts & Cultural Center is located at 3385 NE 188th Street, Aventura, Florida 33180.

For more information about Menopause The Musical®  visit www.MenopauseTheMusical.com or contact Carol Kassie at 561-445-9244 / carol@carolkassie.com.

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Menopause The Musical®
October 23 – October 28
Tickets:  $46.50 – $66.50
For Tickets:  menopausethemusical.com, www.aventuracenter.org,
or 877-311-7469
Performances:
Tuesday, October 23 – 8 pm
Wednesday, October 24 – 8 pm
Thursday, October 25 – 8 pm
Friday, October 26 – 8 pm
Saturday October 27 – 2 pm
Saturday, October 27 – 8 pm
Sunday, October 28 – 2 pm
Sunday, October 28 – 6 pm
All performances will take place at
Aventura Arts & Cultural Center
3385 NE 188th Street
Aventura, FL 3180
www.aventuracenter.org
menopausethemusical.com
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ABOUT GFOUR PRODUCTIONS: Proud producers of Menopause The Musical, now in its seventeenth year as the longest-running musical in Las Vegas history and can be seen nightly at Harrah’s Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas strip. Menopause is also on tour around the U.S., as well as playing in Spain, Australia, Mexico City, and the U.K. Other recent productions include The Play That Goes Wrong on Broadway, winner of London’s Olivier Award for Best Comedy, and starting its U.S. tour this fall; their acclaimed production of Dreamgirls, currently selling out on London’s West End; Groundhog Day The Musical, nominated for 7 Tony Awards including Best Musical; and their Tony Award-nominated production of Fiddler On The Roof, also launching its national tour this fall. Other selected highlights include winning the 2013 Tony Award for their 50th anniversary production of Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf; Co-financing the 5 time Tony Award, 5 time Drama Desk Award, and 7 time Olivier Award winner for Best Musical, Matilda The Musical; and producing the popular 9 To 5 The Musical with music by Dolly Parton, and Ring Of Fire the Johnny Cash Musical Show. They began producing in 1981 with Nine, winning the Tony Award that year for Best Musical. Among their favorite past Broadway productions are My One And Only starring Tommy Tune, Zorba The Greek starring Anthony Quinn, The Rink starring Liza Minnelli, Baby, Grand Hotel, Grind, Big, True West, the original and the revival of La Cage Aux Folles which won them Tony Awards for Best Musical in 1983 and Best Revival in 2004. Their combined shows have been nominated for 121 Tony Awards, winning 44 and 110 Drama Desk Awards, winning 56. For more information, please visit GFourProductions.com.

Sol Children Theatre Presents YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN August 3 – 19

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Sol Children Theatre
Presents

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown
August 3 – 19

“Happiness is singing together when day is through, and happiness is those who sing with you. Happiness is morning and evening, daytime and nighttime too…for happiness is anyone and anything at all that’s loved by you.”
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Clark Gesner, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown

“Happiness is…pizza with sausage.”
~ Clark Gesner, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown

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


July 24, 2018:
BOCA RATON, FL:  Charles Schulz’s beloved comic strip will come to life in Boca Raton when Sol Children Theatre presents You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.  The musical, which recently celebrated its 50th anniversary, will run from August 3 – 19 at Sol Theatre in Boca Raton. 

The whole gang will be there:  bossy Lucy, hopelessly in love with piano prodigy Schroeder; perfectionist Sally, harassing blanket-toting Linus; Snoopy, in (or on) his doghouse, and of course ‘Blockhead’ himself, Charlie Brown.  Brief vignettes span the months from Valentine’s Day to Beethoven Day, from wild optimism to utter despair.  But through it all, the sweet, joyful innocence of the Peanuts gang stays true.

Courtney Poston will direct the production: “It is a pleasure to have the opportunity to direct You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, and to help keep Peanuts alive for this younger generation,” she says. “I grew up on the comics and TV show, as did my parents (and grandparents), and this musical has a special place in my heart as I played “Sally” in a production in Boca years ago. The musical is written to be performed by adults, but I think it is even more charming to have children portray these iconic characters. They deliver the lines with such honesty, and don’t even have to think about “the funny”, it just comes out naturally.

“Charlie Brown and the gang deal with such relatable topics to young people (and adults, for that matter) such as: fitting in, bullying, struggling in school, breaking bad habits, valuing your friends, etc.” she continues.  “In our table read, we discussed some of these situations, and to quote the kids: “Sometimes people are hard on you, sometimes you’re hard on yourself, but it’s important to find happiness in the little things and to remember your friends and family love you.” 

Poston’s young cast consists of Ava Callahan as Charlie Brown (Boca Raton Community Middle School), Nisa Guvenilir as Lucy (Omni Middle School), Piper Fine as Snoopy (Citrus Cove Elementary School), Tillie Pepos-Lebrun as Schroeder (Pine Crest School),  Maureen Tracy as Linus (Somerset Academy), and Eden Wexler as Sally (Del Prado Elementary School).

Sara Elizabeth Grant who is acting as both the show’s producer and choreographer has seen the show’s young cast come together and form a special bond: “An overall theme throughout You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown is that though times may be difficult, at least you’re surrounded by those who have your back,” she says.  “This is a remarkably fitting production for our cast, where on the first day of rehearsal not a one of them knew each other and were so nervous, to now where they have built a sweet energetic family unit both on and off stage.  It’s encouraging to watch this young group of actors tackling such difficult material with ease and confidence.  They have truly embraced what it is to be the “Peanuts” and are bringing this musical to life.”

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown’s lighting design is by Ardean Landhuis. The show’s Scenic Artist is Kate McVay and Costume Design is by Briana Earhart.  The production’s Stage Manager is Ava Cavasos with Kimmy Wilkinson as Assistant Stage Manager.

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

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown will run from August 3 – 19 at Sol Theatre in Boca Raton.  Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased on line at www.solchildren.org or by calling 561-447-8829.  Tickets are $20; $15 for children aged 11 or younger.  Call the theatre for group and industry discounted tickets.  Sol Theatre is located at 3333 North Federal Highway in Boca Raton (33431).

For more information about Sol Children Theatre, visit www.solchildren.org, or contact Sara Elizabeth Grant at 561-447-8829 / solchildtroupe@aol.com or Carol Kassie at 561-445-9244 / carol@carolkassie.com

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You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown
August 3 – 19
Based on the Comic Strip “Peanuts” by Charles M. Schulz
Book, Music, and Lyrics by Clark Gesner
Additional Dialogue by Michael Mayer
Additional Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa
Tickets:  $20 / $15 juniors (11 and under)
Tickets:  561-447-8829 / www.solchildren.org
Performances:
Friday & Saturday: 7 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 2 pm
Sol Theatre
3333 N. Federal Highway
Boca Raton, FL  33431
www.solchildren.org
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This project is sponsored in part by the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of Arts and Culture and the State of Florida” (Section 286.25, Florida Statutes).

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Conundrum Stages presents SOUTH FLORIDA’S GOT TALENT: THE CONUNDRUM STAGES EXPERIENCE – Saturday, August 4

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Conundrum Stages
presents
South Florida’s Got Talent:
The Conundrum Stages Experience
Saturday, August 4

For Immediate Release
Contact: Kevin Johnson, President, Conundrum Stages, Inc.
conundrumstages@ymail.com / (954) 673-5124
www.conundrumstages.net
Carol Kassie
carol@carolkassie.com / 561-445-9244

June 26, 2018

SUNRISE, FL:  Conundrum Stages will return to the Sunrise Civic Center on August 4th to present a brand-new variety showcase, South Florida’s Got Talent: The Conundrum Stages Experience, spotlighting talented performers from the Tri-County area.  Their previous event, Café Conundrum played to packed houses almost four years ago.

South Florida’s Got Talent will not only celebrate Conundrum Stages’ 10th anniversary, it will also explore the ideology of the company: “To provide a platform for our neighborhood talent, and to educate the public about what we have in our own backyard!”

South Florida’s Got Talent: The Conundrum Stages Experience will feature two critically acclaimed vocalists – cabaret singer David Meulemans, and singer-songwriter Dana DellaCamera, world-renowned magician Pasquale, and family belly dance duo Symphony Hau and Elviza, as well as several other talented local artists. The event will be hosted by comedian Rhett Thompson.

Conundrum Stages is a South Florida based performance company that produces variety programs featuring local performers in various disciplines, including theatre, music, comedy, and other forms of arts and entertainment.   Established in 2008, Conundrum was created to provide platforms for local acts to showcase their skillsets as well as to work with like-minded entities in an effort to strengthen the South Florida talent scene.  Conundrum has produced shows in intimate hospitality venues such as Gigi’s Music Café in Sunrise, and the Open Stage Club in Coral Gables, as well as in performance focused venues such as ArtServe and the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, both in Fort Lauderdale.   Conundrum has also provided talent for a number of community events including the Sailboat Bend Art Festival, the Doral Food and Wine Festival, and the NE Focal Point Senior Center.

South Florida’s Got Talent:  The Conundrum Stages Experience will be presented at the Sunrise Civic Center on Saturday, August 4th at 7 pm.  Tickets are $18 ($10 for students).    The theatre is located at 10610 W. Oakland Park Boulevard in the Sunrise City Hall Complex.  To purchase tickets call the Civic Center Box Office at 954-747-4646; to purchase tickets online, visit www.conundrumstages.net or https://www.sunrisefl.gov/tickets.html.

For more information about Conundrum Stages and South Florida’s Got Talent:  The Conundrum Stages Experience contact Kevin Johnson at (954) 673-5124, conundrumstages@ymail.com.

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South Florida’s Got Talent: The Conundrum Stages Experience
August 4 at 7 pm
Tickets: $18 (Students: $10)
For tickets:  954-747-4646
To purchase tickets online:  www.conundrumstages.net  or https://www.sunrisefl.gov/tickets.html
Sunrise Civic Center
10610 W. Oakland Park Boulevard
Sunrise, FL 33351
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South Florida’s Got Talent: The Conundrum Stages Experience
Performer Bios

RHETT THOMPSON (Host) is a comedian, screenwriter and actor, originally from Akron, Ohio, now based in Miami. She has been an avid Conundrum Stages contributor since 2011; she made her debut at Conundrum Stages On the Boards Alternative Theater Festival. Since then, Rhett has acted in other capacities with Conundrum Stages including hosting and associated producing. Rhett also has an Instagram channel, @YoPhatGirl, where she flips thrift store selling into profit. She credits her Japanese mother’s strength, tenacity and love of Black Culture for her fish-out-of-water survival skills and dark humor.

DAVID MEULEMANS (Performer) has been active in Conundrum Stages programs since 2010 and has been part of the South Florida entertainment scene since the late 1990s.  Career highlights include a duet with Carol Channing, and a regional tour of Cinderella with Davy Jones and Jude Parry. He has appeared with the South Florida Grand Opera, South Florida Light Opera, Piccolo Opera, South Florida Concert Association.  David has travelled throughout the United States and to London with tours of his one man shows – “Hello, New York”, “Welcome to My World”, “Journeys of the Heart” and “December Songs”, among others.  He has appeared in New York City at Don’t Tell Mama and the Metropolitan Room, as well as London’s Pheasantry, and the famous West End cabaret Crazy Coqs, Chicago’s Davenports and Stage 72, and in St. Louis at The Emerald Room, and the Kranzenburg Theatre.  David has studied with Tony Award nominee, Sally Mayes, Tony winner Faith Prince, Ann Hampton Callaway, and Christine Ebersole (opening for her at the Kranzenburg Theatre in St. Louis in 2016).  David has also been a featured performer at Yale University where he participated in the “Music on the Green” series where he was named one of Cabaret’s future stars.  For more info on David, check his website at www.davidmeulemans.com.

DANA DELLACAMERA (Performer) – is a musician, actor, director and producer originally from Connecticut, however she has lived most of her life in South Florida. Dana has acted in award winning short films like “Bon Voyage”​ (Lonely Avocado Productions, 1st place in the 48 Hour Film Festival, 2013) and she won 1st “Best Film” for being the Assistant Director/Producer on “Deep Within”​ in 2016. She also completed her first feature film, “Kali Mah Tina” as Assistant Director/Producer with the 1310 Bandits Collective, which was released in March 2017 and was screened at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival. Dana has performed in a variety of musical theater productions including Wake Up Sleeping Beauty at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Dana has been an enthusiastic Conundrum Stages contributor since 2010, working in different capacities as performer, host, and collaborator, and continues to partner with Conundrum to create more platforms for artists to perform and connect with the community.

PASQUALE (Performer) is an instantly likable older gentleman from Italy with a fancy mustache and a charming demeanor. Billed as Italy’s Greatest Magician in America, his wonderful accent, storytelling, jokes, music, Italian sayings, philosophies, and yes, a bit of really good magic will charm every person in the audience. Pasquale is the brainchild of veteran performer Dan Christopher, who has been working for over 40 years in venues from South Florida to Las Vegas. Dan joined Conundrum Stages in 2015, participating in the company’s comedy shows and community events and we are glad to have him back with his alter ego. The character of Pasquale is based on Dan’s grandfather (same name), as well as other Italian character actors. Since creating Pasquale, audience reactions and repeat bookings have been through the roof. For more info on Pasquale and Dan Christopher, visit www.italianmagician.com or www.danchristopher.com.

SYMPHONY HAU & ELVIZA (Performers) Symphony Hau joined Conundrum Stages in November 2017, presenting her original music at the Doral Food & Wine Festival. She has been dancing since the age of 8 and has performed in several festivals, and taught classes over the years. In addition to dance, her music is out on digital platforms such as iTunes & Spotify. Symphony recently took a more serious turn towards acting in which she is humbled to have lead in a film that recently made it to its third international film festival. Symphony’s mother, Elviza is a professional performer of Middle Eastern belly dance. Elviza has been featured at many events over the past 15 years such as the Grand opening of the South Miami Dade Cultural Arts Center, City of Homestead Halloween, Dragon Boat Festival, etc. and closed out the HealthSouth Annual Fair for almost 10 years running. She produced her own annual holiday event called Skeleton Dance/Dia De Los Muertos Bailando for 8 years. She was the house dancer at UVA Restaurant 2003-2008, and has taught at various studios. Her daughter Symphony Hau performs with her as part of their Rockabelly Hippies dance troupe and they also sing old-timey music together in the band Corn Country! Elviza also has a classic rock band called Medusa Stoned which had the honor of appearing at a recent Miami Festivals and Events Convention.

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Stage Door Theatre presents BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO – Featuring the Music of Neil Sedaka July 6 – August 12

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Stage Door Theatre
present
s
Breaking Up Is Hard to Do
Featuring the Music of Neil Sedaka
July 6 – August 12

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

June 18, 2018:

MARGATE, FL:  Stage Door Theatre’s final production in their long-time venue on Sample Road, Breaking Up Is Hard to Do, will open in Theatre 1 on July 6th and run through August 12th.   (The company’s next production, La Cage Aux Folles, will open in their new home at the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center on August 31st.)

The sweetly comic story is that of Marge and Lois who arrive at ‘Esther’s Paradise Resort’ Labor Day weekend 1960 on a holiday that was intended to be Marge’s honeymoon — until the groom left her at the altar.  It is set to the music of pop icon Neil Sedaka, and the score showcases 18 Sedaka classics, including “Where the Boys Are”, “Sweet Sixteen”, “Calendar Girl”, “Love Will Keep Us Together”, and of course, the chart-topping title song. 

Lois attempts to console Marge by setting her up with the resort’s handsome, self-obsessed singer Del Delmonaco, but her plans backfire when Del mistakenly assumes that Marge’s father can further his ambitions to become the next teen heartthrob on American Bandstand. Gazing forlornly at Marge from the wings is geekish cabana boy and aspiring songwriter Gabe.  And in the meantime, when he isn’t entertaining guests with his comical Borscht Belt shtick, house comedian Harvey is secretly carrying a torch for widowed resort owner Ester, who is more preoccupied with keeping her hotel open.

Stage Door Producer Derrelle Bunn has called upon Jonathan Van Dyke to direct the production:

Jonathan Van Dyke

“As a long-time Neil Sedaka fan, I was thrilled to find out his music was the inspiration for a new musical comedy,” Van Dyke says. “Breaking Up Is Hard to Do is a terrific theatrical collaboration of story and music. It has plenty of laughs, but has its share of poignancy too, as Mr. Sedaka seems to have a song for every emotion.

“I have always been drawn to ensemble shows and this cast of six is tremendous,” he continues. I am so pleased to have been invited back to Stage Door to be a part of this, and to be working with Caryl Fantel, who will lead our band. This team has work to do, but I am so looking forward to taking our audiences on a trip back to 1960 and the Catskills to enjoy the timeless music of Neil Sedaka.”

The cast of Breaking Up Is Hard to Do consists of Molly Shippy as Marge, Leigh Green as Lois, Trenton Bainbridge as Gabe, Bruno Faria as Del Delmonaco, Gail Byer as Esther, and Michael Small as Harvey.

Van Dyke will also serve as the show’s Choreographer, and Caryl Fantel is the production’s Musical Director. Set and Lighting design are by Ardean Landhuis, Costumes are by Jerry Sturdefant, and Nancy Clay is the production’s Stage Manager.

Breaking Up Is Hard to Do will run from July 6 – August 12 at Stage Door Theatre. The theatre is located at 8036 Sample Road, in Margate (33065).  Tickets for Breaking Up is Hard to Do are $48. Group rates are available, as are student prices (with valid ID). Tickets may be purchased at the Broward Stage Door Theatre box office at 954-344-7765 or on line at www.stagedoorfl.org.

For more information about Breaking Up Is Hard to Do and/or Stage Door Theatre, please visit www.stagedoorfl.org, or contact Derelle Bunn Executive Producer/Artistic Director, at DerelleBunn@yahoo.com / 954-344-7765 or Carol Kassie (carol@carolkassie.com / 561-445-9244).
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Breaking Up Is Hard to Do
July 6 – August 12, 2018
Book by Ben H. Winters
Book by Erik Jackson
Music by Neil Sedaka
Lyrics by Howard Greenfield
Lyrics by Philip Cody
Tickets: $48
Tickets: 954-344-7765 / www.stagedoorfl.org
Tickets:  $48
Showtimes:
Wednesday, Saturday, & Sunday at 2 pm,
Friday & Saturday at 8 pm
Stage Door Theatre
8036 W Sample Rd Margate,
Fl 33065
www.stagedoorfl.org
www.facebook.com/stagedoorfla

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Stage Door Theatre presents FROM DOOR TO DOOR – May 25 – July 1

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Stage Door Theatre
present
s
From Door to Door
May 25 – July 1

When a woman reflects on her past as a daughter, a wife, and a mother, who does she see?

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


May 17, 2018:
MARGATE, FL: Stage Door Theatre will open James Sherman’s gentle comedy From Door to Door in the venue’s intimate Theatre 2 on May 25th. The production will run through July 1st.   A heartfelt tribute to American women of three generations, From Door to Door explores the influence culture and religion have in shaping life’s options.  

Even as Mary Goodman, a woman of the ‘greatest generation’ is mourning the loss of her husband, her daughter Deborah is encouraging her to end her period of mourning and move on with a new independence. In a series of scenes between Mary, Deborah, and Mary’s mother, Bessie, Mary reflects back on her life as a daughter, wife and mother. Three actresses play the three women over the course of sixty-five years, and as we see Mary’s life progress from childhood to matrimony to motherhood, we begin to understand how each successive generation of women lives up to the expectations of the past and makes brave new choices about the future.

James Sherman

Playwright James Sherman has penned numerous hit plays, several of which including Beau Jest and God of Isaac have enjoyed successful productions at Stage Door Theatre. Other Sherman plays include Mr. 80%, The Escape Artist, This Old Man Came Rolling Home, Jest A Second!, Romance in D, The Old Man’s Friend,  Affluenza!, Half and Half, Relatively Close, and Jacob and Jack.  However, Sherman has acknowledged From Door to Door is deeply personal: “There’s no secret this play is inspired by my mother,” he has said.  “I think all plays are autobiographical, the more I think about it. Edward Albee wrote Three Tall Women and those women were New England upper-class, like his family was. The women in my play are Jewish in Chicago because that’s where I was from.”

Director Michael Leeds has cast Marah Lieberman as Deborah, Ellen Murray as Mary, and Fern Katz as Bessie.  Katz and Murray are mother and daughter in ‘real life’, which Leeds believes will bring an added poignancy to the production.  And the similarities between the characters and their portrayers don’t end there:

Fern Katz

“Chicago is where I was born, raised, and married,” Katz reminisces. “Roosevelt Road, where my mother worked; Rogers Park and Skokie where my children were born and spent most of their childhoods; all the familiar streets and suburbs where family and friends still live, is a wonderful trip down memory lane.  Though my Bubbe (grandmother), my mother, and I may not exactly be Bessie, Mary, or Deborah, it is definitely part of who I am.  And sharing the stage with my daughter in this generational play is truly the icing on the cake, or as Bessie would say, ‘this is a wonderful thing.’”

Ellen Murray

“A Jewish mother and daughter from Chicago playing a Jewish mother and daughter from Chicago.” Ellen Murray says. “They lived in Skokie, we lived in Skokie.  The playwright said in an interview he remembers waiting in line to see “A Hard Day’s Night” at the Skokie Theatre.  I saw “Help” (and hundreds of other movies) at the Skokie Theatre. Bessie and Mary’s relationship is not like my mother’s and mine, but because I’m with her on stage, I’m home.”

From Door to Door will run from May 25 – July 1 at Stage Door Theatre. The theatre is located at 8036 Sample Road, in Margate (33065).  Tickets for From Door to Door are $48. Group rates are available, as are student prices (with valid ID). Tickets may be purchased at the Broward Stage Door Theatre box office at 954-344-7765 or on line at www.stagedoorfl.org.

For more information about From Door to Door and/or Stage Door Theatre, please visit www.stagedoorfl.org, or contact Derelle Bunn Executive Producer/Artistic Director, at DerelleBunn@yahoo.com / 954-344-7765 or Carol Kassie (carol@carolkassie.com / 561-445-9244).

Note: L’dor vador is Hebrew for ‘from generation to generation’.  It refers to continuity – to the responsibility of passing on spiritual knowledge and cultural traditions for the purpose of sustaining customs, heritage, and collective memory.

From Door to Door
May 25 – July 1, 2018
By James Sherman Tickets: $48
Tickets: 954-344-7765 / www.stagedoorfl.org
Wednesday, Saturday, & Sunday at 2 pm,
Friday & Saturday at 8 pm
Stage Door Theatre
8036 W Sample Rd Margate,
Fl 33065
www.stagedoorfl.org
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Critical Praise for From Door to Door:

“Hilarious and deeply moving” – New York Daily News

“A bittersweet comedy about the blessings and compromises that three generations of women encounter in their pursuit of love, faith and marriage.” – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“Because Sherman has all the details right, they hit home hard, and they touch us with their gentle, tried and true sentiment.” – Chicago Tribune

“Sherman’s women are Jews, but their trial and trails are universal.” – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Lightning Bolt Productions presents Stephen Sondheim’s INTO THE WOODS – June 8 – 17

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Lightning Bolt Productions
presents
Stephen Sondheim’s
Into the Woods
June 8 – June 17

What happens after ‘happily every after’?

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

May 16, 2018
BOCA RATON, FL:   Into the Woods, the multi-award-winning (Tony Awards, Drama Desk Awards, Olivier Awards) musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, skillfully interweaves several classic fairy tales into one epic story that shows what happens when things get real in the fairy-tale world. Lightning Bolt Productions upcoming production of this acclaimed Broadway musical will run at the West Boca Performing Arts Center at West Boca High School* from June 8th through 17th

Sondheim and Lapine’s tale involves a baker and his wife who, unable to have the children they so badly desire, agree to complete a number of “errands” for a witch who promises to grant them their wish if they’re successful. During their journey, they encounter Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Cinderella and Jack (of Beanstalk notoriety) – each of whom has their own wish. All the storybook characters discover that wishes granted often come with a hefty price.

Jessie Hoffman, Lightning Bolt’s founder and Artistic Director, who recently directed the young company’s well received production of Young Frankenstein, will once again take on dual duties for the production –  as the show’s director, as well as the role of Cinderella:

Jessie Hoffman

“I was introduced to Into the Woods back in middle school,” Hoffman explains. “As part of our assignment for musical theater class to learn the job of a stage manager, we had to watch the professional video with the original Broadway cast, and correctly call the show for the entire opening number. The show instantly fascinated me; seeing just the opening number wasn’t enough, and so I found a copy of the video and watched the whole thing. I ended up watching that video a million times. I had every role memorized.

“I quickly noticed (as is the case with many shows by Stephen Sondheim) that when it came to Into the Woods people either loved it or hated it, there was no in-between. I could never understand why. It was such a beautiful show with an incredible message and an engaging story. How could anyone listen to those lyrics, hear the meaning behind them, and not love this musical? Years later, when I was 18, I was fortunate enough to be cast in Into the Woods as Little Red – it was an amazing experience.

“Over the years, I’ve continued to see other productions done by various theater companies, and it’s always done so well, but it’s always done the same way”, Hoffman says. “I had never seen the show looked at from another perspective until I stumbled across some clips from a production done in Regent’s Park back in 2010 and it opened my eyes to the show in a whole new way. This production was so different, so unique, modernized yet true to what the show has always been. The heart of it was still there, but it was new and exciting.

“Seeing clips from that production inspired me and brought back the love I’ve always had for this show in an entirely new way,” she continues. “I decided in that moment I was going to put on a production of Into the Woods that was closer to that version, while making it my own and adding my own heart to it. My goal is for people who have seen the show as many times as I have to see it in an entirely new light, and for people who have never seen the show before to fall in love with it the same way I did when I was 12 years old.

“This show literally has a character for everyone, someone each person in that audience can find themselves in and relate to. Sure, it’s a story about a bunch of fairy tale characters with magical powers and beanstalks to climb but if anything, these characters are more real than any you’d find in any other musical.

“Everyone has their own “wolf” that crosses their path at some point in their life. Everyone dreams of things that aren’t quite what they thought they’d be once that wish actually comes true and realizes that maybe something in-between their life before that wish and their life after is what will truly bring them happiness. Everyone experiences loss, but everyone also learns that truly, no one is alone… even if you feel like you are. Everyone has that moment in their life where they learn that “nice” is different than “good” and sometimes things aren’t always what they seem, and sometimes people aren’t always what they seem, but these are all just lessons that help you the next time life sends you into the woods. It’s not what you go through in life that shapes who you are, it’s how you choose handle it, it’s realizing there truly is “more to learn of what you know”, and finding the courage inside yourself to always be ready for the next journey. I hope that through my direction of this show, each audience member can find their moment in the woods that they connect to.”

Along with Hoffman as Cinderella, Lightning Bolt’s Into the Woods cast includes Giustino Garcia (The Narrator), Renee Elizabeth Turner (The Witch), Maxwell Miller (The Baker), Savannah Marino (The Baker’s Wife), Sarah Rose Knoche (Little Red Riding Hood), Aaron Bravo (Cinderella’s Prince/Wolf), Murphy Hayes (The Mysterious Man), Elijah R. Pearson-Martinez (Jack), Jessica McFadden (Jack’s Mother),Joel Iglesia (Rapunzel’s Prince), Irma Gloria (Rapunzel/Cinderella’s Mother); Myria Jean Baum (Stepmother/Granny), Victoria Kuhns (Florinda), Shannon Motherwell (Lucinda), and Sven Ballarte (The Steward).

Phil Hinton will provide Musical Direction for Into the Woods, and Michael Biggs will serve as the show’s Choreographer and Stage Manager.  Assistant Stage Manager (and House Manager) is Cheryl Crout; Sound Design is by Traci Watkins, Costume and Prop Design is by Myria Jean Baum.  Set Design is by Jessie Hoffman; Set Construction is by Mike Versetti, and Tech is by Jonathan Cabrera and the West Boca Performing Arts Tech Crew. Lance Blank is the Theatre Manager.

Tickets for Into the Woods are on sale now and can be purchased on line at www.lbptheatre.com or by phone at 561-886-8286.  Tickets are $35; student tickets ($20 with valid ID) are also available.

For more information about Jessie Hoffman, Lightning Bolt Productions, and/or Into the Woods, please contact Carol Kassie at Carol@CarolKassie.com / 561-445-9244.

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Into the Woods
Book by James Lapine
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
June 8 – June 17
Tickets:  $35
Students/Seniors (with valid ID) $20
For tickets:  www.lbptheatre.com / 561-886-8286
Performances:
Friday, June 8 at 7 pm
Saturday, June 9 at 7 pm
Sunday, June 10 at 2 pm
Friday, June 15 at 7 pm
Saturday, June 16 at 7 pm
Sunday, June 17 at 2 pm

All performances at
West Boca Performing Arts Center at West Boca High School
12811 Glades Road
Boca Raton, FL  33498
www.lbptheatre.com
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*Disclaimer: Lightning Bolt Productions (“LBP”) is not affiliated with or endorsed by the School Board of Palm Beach County or West Boca High School (“WBHS”) and the events/activities hosted by Lightning Bolt Productions on West Boca High School’s premises pursuant to a lease agreement shall not be construed as being conducted, funded, hosted, or sponsored by the School Board or West Boca High School on behalf of Lightning Bolt Productions.  The School Board and West Boca High School undertake no responsibility for supervising or monitoring Lightning Bolt Productions’ events/activities and will not be liable for any and all actions of Lightning Bolt Productions on West Boca High School’s premises.

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