Pigs Do Fly Productions Presents The World Premiere of Michael Leeds’ IMPRESSIONS – July 21 – August 6

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Pigs Do Fly Productions
Presents
The World Premiere of
Impressions
by Michael Leeds
July 21 – August 6
(Preview performance July 20)

Art… literally brought to life…

June 20, 2017

WILTON MANORS, FL: “I’ve always been drawn to the paintings of the great Impressionists,” award-winning playwright and director Michael Leeds mused recently.  “As opposed to the idealized forms and perfect symmetry that was the norm, the Impressionists chose subjects from all walks of life, capturing who they were and what they were doing in that fleeting moment in time.  I was especially intrigued by the women in their paintings.  What were they thinking? What were they feeling?  What was their world like?”

Leeds explores this theme when Pigs Do Fly Productions presents the World Premiere of his new play, Impressions, at the Abyss Stage in Wilton Manors.  The production will run from July 21 – August 6. (There will be a preview performance on July 20th at 8 pm.)

From a Monet matron to a Degas dancer, Impressions brings these women to life to reveal their joys, their fears and their passions.

“When Michael approached me with his ideas during our last production, Invasion of Privacy, I became excited immediately,” Pigs Do Fly Productions founder and Executive Producer Ellen Wacher says.  “By wonderful coincidence that period of art is my favorite. I’ve worked with Michael – I am, and always have been – a great admirer of his work, and now, after reading the play I can hardly wait to see it myself!”

“Writing Impressions gave me the opportunity to enter the world of each painting and imagine the events surrounding the moments captured by these incredible artists,” Leeds explains.   “And, although it wasn’t intentional, when I was done, I found these women were all linked in some way by the limitations society imposed on them due to their gender, their class, or their age.

“Of course, none of this would be possible without the enthusiastic support of Ellen Wacher and Pigs Do Fly Productions,” Leeds continues.  “When I first brought the project to Ellen, I had no idea she was a passionate devotee of the Impressionists.   We’re both incredibly excited to see how it all comes together. The production elements of the play present many challenges in how to best bring these paintings to life.  Luckily, I’ve got three extremely versatile actresses, and a great design team.  To quote a Sondheim lyric, “Putting it together bit by bit… Art isn’t easy!”

Wacher and Leeds have cast three award-winning actresses – Patti Gardner, Barbara Sloan, and Karen Stephens – to bring the iconic paintings Leeds has chosen to life.  Along with Edgar Degas and Claude Monet, Leeds has chosen works by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Édouard Manet, Mary Cassatt, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, Gustave Caillebotte, Frédéric Bazille, Isaac Israëls, and Marie Bracquemond to ‘illustrate’.

Leeds and Wacher have enlisted recent Carbonell Award-winner Jodi Dellaventura to design the Impressions set.  Others on the show’s design team are Kevin Black (Projections), Ardean Landhuis (Lighting Design), Jerry Sturdefant (Costume Design), David Hart (Sound). Kevin Raymond Hammond (Wigs). Jeff Ostrow will serve as Impressions’ Production Stage Manager.

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

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

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Impressions
By Michael Leeds
July 21 – August 6
(Preview performance July 20 at 8 pm)
Performance times:
Thursday – Saturday at 8 pm
Sunday at 5 pm
Tickets:  $35
For tickets:  www.pigsdoflyproductions.com / 866-811-4111
All performances will take place at
The Abyss Stage
2304 N. Dixie Highway, Wilton Manors, FL 33305
www.infinite-abyss.org
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Michael Leeds: (Writer/Director) B’way: Swinging On A Star (Writer/Director Tony Award nom. Best Musical).  Off-B’way: Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah – The Songs of Allan Sherman (Drama Desk Award nom. Best Director/Best Choreographer), the European Premiere of Arthur Miller’s Playing For Time (Edinburgh Fringe Festival First Award), A Little Night Music at Houston Grand Opera starring Frederica Von Stade and Regina for Florida Grand Opera starring Lauren Flanigan. Film:  choreographed End of Summer starring Jacqueline Bisset, co-wrote The Simian Line starring William Hurt and Lynn Redgrave, and The Last Film Festival starring Dennis Hopper. His many SF directing credits include Mack And Mabel (Carbonell Best Musical) and The Light In The Piazza (Carbonell nom Best Musical, Silver Palm Award for Direction).  Michael is Assoc. Artistic Director of Island City Stage where his directing credits include The Twentieth Century Way (Carbonell nom. Best Ensemble), The Timekeepers (6 Carbonell Awards including Best Director and Best Production of a Play), the World Premieres of Have I Got A Girl For You, POZFeeding The Bear and his own play Who Killed Joan Crawford? which received the 2016 Award for Best New Work of 2016 by the Broward/Miami New Times.  His other plays include The First Step – Diary of a Sex AddictThe GiftStarmaker and Impressions.   Michael teaches an ongoing weekly acting class. (www.LeedsWorkshop.net)

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The PGA Arts Center presents FUNNY OLD BROADS – July 6 – 30

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The PGA Arts Center
presents
Caryn Bark, Pam Peterson, and Jan Slavin
in
Funny Old Broads
July 6 – July 30

“… fast paced humor with musical comedy mixed in … delicious to watch …”
~ Angela Allyn, Chicago Stage Standard

June 13, 2017:

PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL:  Audiences looking for laughter this summer will find it at the PGA Arts Center when comediennes Caryn Bark, Pam Peterson, and Jan Slavin take the stage in Funny Old Broads, which will open on July 6th, and run through July 30th.  The show is part of the PGA Arts Center’s Summer Series.

Funny Old Broads is a delightful mixture of song and stand-up comedy, and features well-observed domestic humor interspersed with touching personal memories.  The Broads’ reflections on the absurdities of middle age and beyond, living in the ‘burbs’, and growing up in the sixties, not to mention Bark’s description of ‘middle aged Jewish ladies floundering through the Byzantine rules of Mah Jong’, will resonate with all audiences, no matter how old they are.

Funny Old Broads was created, as the multi-faceted (writer, comedienne, humorist, essayist, novelist, and playwright) Bark explains: “When I came to the shocking realization that I am older than Aunt Bee!”  It was her belief that she needed to embrace aging with laughter “…as well as a good support bra and Spanx.” 

Bark enlisted Pam Peterson and Jan Slavin – both of whom are popular and critically acclaimed performers individually, and known together as The Boomer Babes – and built the show around the three of them.

Caryn Bark is the creator/performer of the critically acclaimed one woman show Diary of a Skokie Girl, which played to sold-out audiences in Chicago, Kansas City, Little Rock, Phoenix, and Canada’s Winnipeg Jewish Theater. She has appeared on Lifetime Channel’s “Girls’ Nite Out”, has opened for Joel Grey, and worked for HBO and Comedy Central. She has been heard on NPR’s “The Savvy Traveler”, has been a frequent guest commentator on Chicago Public Radio station WBEZ, and a regular on Marie Osmond’s radio show, “Marie and Friends”. She has performed at comedy clubs across the country, including Catch a Rising Star and The Improv. She is the author of the novel “Mittelschmerz”, a comic romance about Chicago’s Jewish community.

Pam Peterson is the recipient of Chicago’s prestigious After Dark Award for Outstanding Cabaret Artist.  She has performed with pops symphonies and big bands nationwide, as well as at numerous premiere Chicago venues, including Maxim’s, Park West, Davenports, Drury Lane, Bailiwick Theater, and The Peninsula.  A member of Actor’s Equity Association, Pam’s theater credits include Chicago’s Victory Garden’s Theater, and the St. Louis Muny, and has appeared in TV spots for many Fortune 500 companies, including Motorola, Walgreens, MacDonald’s, and Prudential.

Jan Slavin is a singer, writer and stand-up comic who has performed in clubs and theaters throughout Chicago. Comedy venues have included Laugh Factory, Zanies, Comedy Bowl and many others. Most recently, Jan performed stand-up at the Chicago Women’s Funny Festival and the Twin Cities Jewish Humor Festival. Jan performs regularly with Pam Peterson in their musical duo, The Boomer Babes which was created while sitting next to each other at a Passover Seder 13 years ago, during the gefilte fish course. Jan is a registered Music Together instructor, bringing the joy of music to young children. Her only regret is that she has never made homemade chicken soup but she is not about to start now.

Tickets for Funny Old Broads are on sale now, and can be purchased on line at www.pgaartscenter.com or by calling 1-855-448-7469.  For group sales (12+), call 888-264-1788. Ticket prices range from $45-$59.

The PGA Arts Center is located at 4076 PGA Boulevard, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410.
Ample parking is available within close proximity to the theatre.

For more information about Funny Old Broads, Caryn Bark, Pam Peterson, Jan Slavin, and/or the PGA Arts Center please contact Carol Kassie at carol@carolkassie.com at 561-445-9244.

Funny Old Broads
Written & Performed by Caryn Bark, Pam Peterson, and Jan Slavin
July 6 – July 30
Tickets:  $45 – $59
Phone:  1-855-448-7469
For Group Sales (12+): 888-264-1788
To purchase tickets on line:  www.pgaartscenter.com
Showtimes:
Thursday 2 pm & 7:30 pm
Friday 7:30 pm
Saturday 2 pm & 7:30 pm
Sunday 2 pm
PGA Arts Center
4076 PGA Boulevard,
Palm Beach Gardens, FL  33410
www.pgaartscenter.com
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Directions to the PGA Arts Center:
On PGA Blvd heading East, (& RCA Blvd) take first right at Shell Gas Station, and then take the 2nd right into the shopping center driveway. The theater is on the left. Formerly the Cinema 6 Movie Theater inside the former Loehmann’s Plaza. This is less than 1/4 mile off of the PGA Blvd. Exit of 95 North.

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Kevin Black’s SWING! SWING! SWING! Returns to Stage Door Theatre – June 16 – July 30

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Back by Popular Demand!

Stage Door Theatre
presents
Kevin Blacks
Swing! Swing! Swing!
June 16 – July 30

“It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing!” Duke Ellington

“From the opening drum riffs, rippling bass and piano fanfare, you are put on notice:  This show is going to … blow out the roof.”
Bill Hirschman – FloridaTheaterOnStage.com

June 1, 2017
MARGATE, FL:  Last fall Stage Door Theatre’s Theatre 2 jumped and jived with Kevin Black’s exuberant production of Swing! Swing! Swing! The Carbonell Recommended musical revue was so popular with Stage Door audiences, that the theatre’s Executive Producer Dee Wilson-Bunn decided it would be the perfect vehicle to ‘jazz up’ Stage Door’s 2017 summer season.  Swing! Swing! Swing! will open once again on June 16th in the ever-popular venue’s Theatre 2, and run through July 30th.

Kevin Black

“Swing music has its roots in Jazz, beginning in New Orleans and Kansas City then eventually moving its way across the nation.” Black explained last October.  “Once it reached New York City, the phenomenon quickly became the pop music of its day. Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman and Glenn Miller took the jazz infused sounds of George Gershwin and Louis Armstrong and invented a genre that featured a strong drum and bass line, creating that unmistakable rhythm that lead to the high energy dance styles of the jitterbug and the jive.

Swing! Swing! Swing! pays tribute to these Jazz and Swing classics, told through various thematic groupings of songs and artists,” he continued. “That Big Band sound, normally created by a 20 plus piece swing band, will be reimagined by utilizing live piano, bass and drums, while incorporating the cast as the brass section through rhythmic vocals and harmonized scatting. The show is set in an Art Deco style club, masterfully envisioned by Michael McClain. We are certain the more senior patrons of Stage Door will thoroughly enjoy reliving these timeless classics. Our hope is to bring this magnificent musical style to a new generation of audiences.”

Just a few of the classic pieces that will be revisited include ‘Tuxedo Junction’,’In the Mood’, ‘Stardust’, ‘Stormy Weather’, ‘I Got Rhythm’, and of course ‘It Don’t Mean a Thing.’

Three of the show’s original cast will return for this production of Swing!:  Alexandra Van Hasselt, Sharyn Peoples, Elijah Word have all signed on to reprise their roles.  They will be joined by Pasqualino Beltempo, Rebeca Diaz, and Christopher Patterson.

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

Swing! Swing! Swing! will run from June 16 – July 30 at Stage Door Theatre. The theatre is located at 8036 Sample Road, in Margate.

Tickets for Swing! Swing! Swing! are $48. (Student prices are also available 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 Swing! Swing! Swing! 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).

Swing! Swing! Swing!
June 16 – July 30
Conceived and Directed by Kevin Black
Choreographed by Kevin Black and Ben Bagby
Assistant Choreographer Isabel Trelles
Musical Direction by Ben Bagby
Assistant Musical Director Michael Friedman
Costume Design by Jerry Sturdefant of Carousel Theatrical
Scenic Design by Michael McClain
Lighting Design by Ardean Landhuis
Sound Design by Paul O’Donnell
Band Leader / Pianist – Michael Friedman
Bassist – Rupert Ziawinski
Percussionist – Roy Fantel
Tickets:  $48
Phone:  954-344-7765
On line: www.stagedoorfl.org
Showtimes:
Wednesday, Saturday, &  Sunday at 2 pm,
Friday & Saturday at 8 pm
The Stage Door Theatre
8036 W Sample Rd
Margate, Fl 33065
www.stagedoorfl.org
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An Important Announcement from Broward Stage Door Theatre

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Dear Friends and Patrons of the Stage Door Theatre:

As we approach our 25th year anniversary, I am reaching out to you, our loyal friends and supporters, with news about the Stage Door Theatre.

First the great news: everyone agrees, patrons and critics alike, that this past season has been filled with some of the strongest, most creative, most exuberant productions in our history. From classics such as “Evita,” “The Rothschilds,” “Most Happy Fella” and our current production of “Nine,” to our original shows such as “The Soul of Motor City,” “Vegas … A Night on the Strip” and our smash production of “Swing, Swing, Swing” (which we’re bringing back by popular demand on June 16, 2017), the quality of our shows has never been better!

Our next season is again filled with an amazing line-up … from the 40th anniversary production of “Saturday Night Fever” and a brand new, recent Broadway hit, Gershwin’s “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” to astounding new shows such as “Time Step,” “Hot Latin Rhythms,” and “Imagine … A Beatles Retrospective.”  Our 25th Anniversary Season will be historic!

As Broward County’s oldest regional theatre, we strive to provide excellence as a Not-For-Profit theatre at affordable prices for everyone.

However, due to dramatic changes in the cultural and financial climate, our ticket prices will increase to $48.00 per ticket on June 15, the beginning of our fiscal year.

We have been very resistant to this change, but contributing factors have made this adjustment absolutely necessary.  Due to the attempted dismantling of the National Endowment for the Arts, this year we lost a grant for $400,000.  Also, just a few weeks ago the State of Florida cut arts spending by 60%. Knowing these changes were looming possibilities, we offered short-term sales to meet these budget shortfalls without raising ticket prices.

Alas, it was has not been enough. We only succeeded in making you, our loyal patrons, feel taken advantage of and disenfranchised. That was never our intention.  In the future, there will be NO MORE DISCOUNTED SALE PRICES.

So, beginning June 15, 2017 our top ticket price will rise from $42.00 to $48.00 per ticket.  I encourage you, whether you are a single ticket buyer, subscriber, or group leader, to purchase before the price increase goes into effect.

If you haven’t checked out our newly-designed website, I encourage you to take a look. We have rolled out some new features.  Our website is http://www.StageDoorFL.org

Your donations, as always, are tax deductible, but it is now very easy contribute through our donation page.  We are dependent upon your support, and no donation is too small.  We are grateful for any contribution that allows us to continue to provide the kind of programming that is so important to all of us.  To make a tax-deductible donation to the Stage Door Theatre, please click here: https://boxoffice.printtixusa.com/stagedoor/donate

We also offer a flex pass ticket option for $150.00.  You may purchase 4 shows that can be used at your discretion and save $42.00!

Even with the price increase, we remain the most reasonable ticket for professional theatre in the area.  We hope you, our loyal patrons, will understand this has not been an easy decision for us, but it had to made in order to preserve our historic theatre company.  Our primary mission is the preservation of the Great American Musical.  I hope you join with me in that, and in celebrating our 25th year Anniversary.

With Warmest Regards,

Dee Wilson-Bunn
Executive Producer and Founder
Broward Stage Door Theatre

For more information about Broward Stage Door Theatre,   please visit  https://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).

Broward Stage Door Theatre
8036 W. Sample Road
Margate, FL 33065

Dee Wilson-Bunn

 

 

Entr’Acte Theatrix presents THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE – at the PGA Arts Center – June 22 – July 2

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Entr’Acte Theatrix
to present
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
at the PGA Arts Center
June 22 – July 2

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

May 30, 2017

PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL:  Entr’Acte Theatrix will present The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at the PGA Arts Center in Palm Beach Gardens from June 22 – July 2.

“We are happy to be aligning ourselves with the PGA Arts Center, and veteran producers Dana Matthow and Philip Roy, helping to grow their new venue and their audience base to become a popular destination for theatre in mid and north Palm Beach County,” says Entr’Acte Theatrix founder and Executive Producer Vicki Halmos. “Entr’Acte has an excellent reputation as a launching pad for emerging talent in the County; several of our alumni are Carbonell Award-winners, and a number of others have gone on to receive their Equity cards, and to work on and off Broadway and in national touring companies. With Spelling Bee Entr’Acte will bring a more traditional theatrical choice to the Center’s audiences – it’s a ‘tongue in cheek’ parody – and a rollicking, funny, and heart-warming musical that will appeal to theatre patrons of all ages and stages; it will put adults in touch with their inner child, and will bring back memories of their own youth.   And the audience participation aspect of the show will add another layer of enjoyment for our audiences – who knows – they might be asked to come on stage and spell s-y-z-y-g-y.*”

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

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee will be directed by Entr’Acte alumnus Carlo-Rufino Sabusap.  Sabusap has been with the company for10 years, and recently directed their production of Peter and the Star Catcher.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is one of my all-time favorite shows,” Sabusap says. “It’s got a small cast, but a big heart, and tells so much about the experience of growing up, and the different types of relationships kids have with their parents.  Our production will hold on to the classic moments and themes of the show, while introducing some new things here and there that I haven’t seen in other productions.  Our amazing cast is sure to deliver a fun, hilarious, but touching experience for our audiences.”

Spelling Bee’s cast consists of Robyn Eli Brenner as William Barfee, Mary Grace Tesoriero as Olive Ostrovsky, Greg Halmos as Leaf Coneybear, Rosseroni Parris as Chip Tolentino, Rachel Ihasz as Marcy Park, Amanda Ruggiero as Logan Schwartzandgrubenierre, Lissen Ellington as Rona Lisa Peretti, David W. Lamphier as Douglas Panch, James White III as Mitch Mahoney, Megan Cires as Olive’s Mom and Others, and Patrick Kolta as Carl-Dad and Others. The production’s Musical Director is Anneliesa Tretheway, and the show’s Stage Manager is Sean Smyth.

Tickets for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee are on sale now and can be purchased on line at www.entractetheatrix.org, or www.pgaartscenter.com or by phone at: 855-448-7469. Tickets are $38; student tickets are $15.

For more information about Entr’Acte Theatrix or The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, visit www.entractetheatrix.org or contact Carol Kassie at carol@carolkassie.com / 561-445-9244.  

Please note:  The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee contains ridiculously childish adult material.  Not suitable for all audiences.             

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
June 22 – July 2
Music & Lyrics:  William Finn
Book: Rachel Sheinkin
Conceived by: Rebecca Feldman
Additional Material by: Jay Reiss
Performances:
Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 7:30 pm
Saturday at 2:30 pm
Sunday at 3 pm
Prices:  $38 ($15 for students with ID)
For tickets: On line: www.entractetheatrix.org or www.pgaartscenter.com
Phone: 855-448-7469
All performances take place at
The PGA Arts Center
4076 PGA Boulevard,
Palm Beach Gardens, FL  33410
www.pgaartcenter.com
Directions to the PGA Arts Center:
On PGA Blvd heading East, (& RCA Blvd) take first right at Shell Gas Station, and then take the 2nd right into the shopping center driveway. The theater is on the left. Formerly the Cinema 6 Movie Theater inside the former Loehmann’s Plaza. This is less than 1/4 mile off of the PGA Blvd. Exit of 95 North.

*The straight line configuration of three celestial bodies.

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Proclamation Awarded to Curtain Call Playhouse in Recognition of Their 20th Anniversary

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        Proclamation Awarded to Curtain Call Playhouse
Kris Coffelt Honored with her name on building plaque at the new
Pompano Beach Cultural Center.

For Immediate Release
Contact: Kris Coffelt
CurtainCallPlyhs@bellsouth.net / 954.773.1089

May 18,  2017
POMPANO BEACH, FL: On May 9th, 2017, Curtain Call Playhouse was honored with a Proclamation from the City of Pompano Beach on the occasion of their 20th Anniversary.

Kris Coffelt, Founder and Artistic Director of Curtain Call Playhouse, Pompano Beach’s longest running professional theatre, accepted the Proclamation from Pompano Beach’s Mayor Lamar Fisher at the city’s commission meeting.

The proclamation was given in honor of the company’s 20 years of nurturing and providing quality theatre productions and children’s workshops and summer camps to the city.

Curtain Call Playhouse’s partnerships with cities and cultural centers allows them to serve over 7,000 audience members a year. In the past 20 years, they have worked with over 3,500 artists and 3,000 children in the arts.

Kris Coffelt, along with the Pompano Beach Cultural Arts Committee was also honored with her name on the building plaque at the new Pompano Beach Cultural Center, a nineteen million-dollar venue that opened this month. She has been a member of the Pompano Beach Cultural Arts Committee since its inception 19 years ago, and was the organization’s founding chair person.

For more information about Curtain Call Playhouse, visit curtaincallplayhouse.com or contact Kris Coffelt at CurtainCallPlyhs@bellsouth.net / 954.773.1089.

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Evening Star Productions & Sol Children Theatre Announce Their 2017-2018 Season

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From Shakespeare to Cinderella:
Two popular Boca Raton theatre companies will offer audiences and actors of all ages an exciting mix of theatre

 

For Immediate Release
Contact: Rosalie Grant
info@eveningstarproductions.org / 561-447-8829
Contact:  Carol Kassie
carol@carolkassie.com / 561-445-9244

May 10, 2017:
BOCA RATON, FL:  Although Evening Star Productions and Sol Children Theatre are not yet through their fourth and fifteenth seasons, both companies – under the direction of founder and Artistic Director Rosalie Grant – are deep into preparation for next year’s productions.

Evening Star Productions 2017-2018 season will begin with David Mamet’s Oleanna (September 21 – October 8, 2017), continue with Shakespeare’s Macbeth (October 26 – 28), and conclude with Peter Gordon’s Secondary Cause of Death (April 20 – May 6, 2018).

Sol Children Theatre will present Around the World in 80 Days (a musical, adapted from the Jules Verne classic by Chris Blackwood, with music by Piers Chater Robinson) (December 8 – 23, 2017), Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (March 1 – 18, 2018), and a musical version of Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach (August 24 – September 2, 2018).

Sol Theatre’s final production of the 2016-2017 season, Alice in Wonderland, adapted and directed by Seth Trucks, will run from August 10 through August 20.

Rosalie Grant

“Sol Theatre’s 2017-2018 Season needs to be a big party!” Rosalie Grant explains.  “All season long we’ll be celebrating Sol Children Theatre turning sweet sixteen!  With the exception of Rodger’s & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, which will feature all children and teen actors, we will be casting the Sol Children shows age appropriately, giving local actors more chances to get on stage, and our patrons the chance to enjoy professional actors in great children’s musicals!

Evening Star Productions’ recent production of Samuel Beckett’s existential masterpiece Waiting for Godot garnered rave reviews from critics and audiences alike, along with the honor of a Carbonell recommendation, and the young company’s 2017-18 season will once again offer audiences an eclectic – and exciting – menu to choose from.  “Following the extraordinary success of Godot we’re pleased to kick off Evening Star’s fourth season with the still-relevant Oleanna, by David Mamet, followed by Peter Gordon’s Secondary Cause of Death,” Grant reveals. “Secondary Cause of Death is the sequel to Murdered to Death – which proved to be wildly popular when we produced it in April 2016.  And we’re delighted to announce that Seth Trucks will be back as the inept Inspector Pratt, and Murphy Hayes will return as Colonel Craddock.

“We will be announcing additions to the Evening Star season through our newest endeavor, Sol After Dark, which will kick off in October with a one-act adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth,” Grant continues. “This lineup of productions will feature an all-inclusive evening in one ticket price:  a “bite” of theatre, refreshments and talk backs after the shows which will include Shakespeare, absurdism, science fiction etc… something a little off the beaten theatre path for those hungry for a different bite of theatre.  All of us at Sol are very excited for 2017 – 18.”

All Evening Star Productions and Sol Children Theatre performances will take place at Sol Theatre in Boca Raton.  Ticket prices for all 2017-2018 productions are listed below; group rates are available for all shows. Tickets to all Evening Star Productions and Sol Children Theatre 2017-2018 productions will be on sale soon; tickets for both companies’ remaining 2016-2017 productions are on sale now and can be purchased at the Sol Theatre box office at 561-447-8829 or on line at www.eveningstarproductions.org or www.solchildren.org  Sol Theatre is located at 3333 North Federal Highway in Boca Raton (33431).

For more information about Evening Star Productions and Sol Children Theatre, please contact Rosalie Grant at 561-447-8829 / info@eveningstarproductions.com or Carol Kassie at 561-445-9244 / carol@carolkassie.com .

EVENING STAR PRODUCTIONS
2018-2018 Season

Oleanna
September 21 – October 8, 2017
By David Mamet
Directed by Rosalie Grant
Featuring Todd Bruno and Sara Grant
Tickets:  $30 / $20 for students
A seething investigation of “political correctness” in a time when the nation’s morality has been tested by increased incidents of sexual harassment. “Oleanna is likely to provoke more arguments than any play this year.” —NY Times. “One of the ten best plays of 1992…reason enough to cheer for the future of the theatre.” —Time Magazine.

Macbeth
October 26 – 28, 2017
By William Shakespeare
Adapted and directed by Seth Trucks and Sara Grant
Tickets:  $20
Shakespeare’s shortest tragedy, thought to have first been performed in 1606, “The Scottish Play” explores the damaging physical and psychological effects of political ambition on those who seek power for its own sake. Of all the plays Shakespeare wrote during the reign of James I, who was patron of Shakespeare’s acting company, Macbeth most clearly reflects the playwright’s relationship with his sovereign.
The premiere production of ‘Sol After Dark’.

Secondary Cause of Death
April 20 – May 6, 2018
By Peter Gordon
Directed by Rosalie Grant
Tickets:  $30 / $20 students
The hilarious sequel to the author’s hit comedy thriller Murdered to Death: It’s now 1939, and storm clouds are gathering over Europe. Having inherited Bagshot House, Colonel Charles Craddock has converted the property into a hotel for the discerning visitor. Soon Inspector Pratt arrives once again at Bagshot House, bearing grim news for Colonel Craddock. But that’s just the beginning—who is the strange Polish Count? Is Henrietta really an army captain? And where does the flamboyant thespian Cardew Longfellow fit into the picture? When Joan Maple’s sister Cynthia arrives to stage a murder mystery evening, it’s not long before Pratt’s visit turns into a chaotic nightmare as the bodies pile higher than ever!

SOL CHILDREN THEATRE
2017-2018 Season

Around the World in 80 Days
December 8 – 23, 2017
Book and Lyrics by Chris Blackwood
Music by Piers Chater Robinson
Based on the book by Jules Verne
Directed by Rosalie Grant
Tickets:  $20 / $15 juniors (11 and under)
Based on Jules Verne’s classic novel, the musical recounts the journey of Phileas Fogg who has made a bet with the members of his gentlemen’s club that he can travel around the world in 80 days. Accompanied by his servant Passepartout the plot revolves around the adventures Fogg faces in his attempt.

Cinderella  
March 1 – 18, 2018
Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Music by Richard Rodgers
Directed by Seth Trucks
Tickets:  $20 / $15 juniors (11 and under)
The timeless enchantment of a magical fairy tale is reborn with the Rodgers & Hammerstein hallmarks of originality, charm, and elegance. Adapted for the stage with great warmth and more than a touch of hilarity, the hearts of children and adults alike still soar when
the slipper fits!

James and the Giant Peach
August 24 – September 2, 2018
Book by Timothy Allen McDonald
Music and Lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
Based on the book James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
Directed by Rosalie Grant
Tickets:  $20 / $15 juniors (11 and under)
When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that results in a tremendous peach… and launches a journey of enormous proportions. Suddenly, James finds himself in the center of the gigantic peach, among human-sized insects with equally oversized personalities, but after it falls from the tree and rolls into the ocean, the group faces hunger, sharks and plenty of disagreements. Thanks to James’ quick wit and creative thinking, the residents learn to live and work together as a family.  Featuring a wickedly tuneful score and a curiously quirky book.

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Stage Door Theatre presents NINE – April 28 – June 11

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Stage Door Theatre
presents
Nine
April 28 – June 11

“An abundant musical, one which gleefully expands the limits of the theatre. A startling act of the imagination, independence and daring; and, hence, a show to treasure.” – WCBS-TV

April 24, 2017

MARGATE, FL:  The multiple Tony Award-winning musical Nine will open in Theatre 1 at Stage Door Theatre on April 28, and run through June 11.

Based on Federico Fellini’s Academy Award-winning film , Nine focuses on celebrated film director Guido Contini, who is dealing with a mid-life crisis, numerous faltering relationships, including a failing marriage, and his increasingly futile attempts to come up with a plot for his next movie after a number of box office flops. The original Broadway production won five Tony Awards in 1982, including Best Musical.

Nine was originally created and written by Maury Yeston as a class project in Lehman Engel’s BMI Music Theatre Workshop in 1973.  As a teenager he had seen Fellini’s iconic film and was intrigued by its themes.  Yeston, in a 1982 interview in the New York Times explained:  “I looked at the screen and said, ‘That’s me….I still believed in all the dreams and ideals of what it was to be an artist, and here was a movie about an artist – an artist in trouble. It became an obsession.”

Peter J. Loewy

Stage Door’s production will be directed by Peter J. Loewy, who has directed the show previously – at his own Forum Theatre in Metuchen, New Jersey:  “Nine is a show that’s rarely done – it will be somewhat of a departure from Stage Door normal fare,” Loewy says.  “It has a soaring score by Maury Yeston, and the source material, Fellini’s autobiographical film ,  is a fascinating look at one man’s retrospective journey through his life, his career, and at the women he loved, loves, and hopes to love again.”

Loewy is recreating the staging from his original, Forum Theatre production of Nine with additional choreography by Kevin Black. David Nagy is the show’s Musical Director, Lighting Design is by Dean Landhuis, Set Design is by Michael McClain, and Costume Design is by Jerry Sturdefant.

Nine will star Paul O’Donnell as the troubled Guido.  O’Donnell has taken on an unusual ‘double-duty’ in this production – he is also Stage Door Theatre’s Operations Director.  Elizabeth Sackett will play Guido’s wife Luisa,  Ellie Pattison his agent Liliane La Fleur, Alexandra Milbrath his mistress Carla, and Victoria Lauzun his muse, Claudia Nardi.  Other cast members include Emily Freeman, Kat Gold, Dalia Aleman, Sandi Stock, Rebeca Diaz, Alexandra Garcia, Melody Lieberman, Hilleah Neve, Stephanny Noria, Caterina Randazzo,  Alexandra Van Hasselt, and Lara Williams.

Nine is produced in part by a grant from the City of Margate Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA).

Nine will run from April 28 – June 11 at Stage Door Theatre. The theatre is located at 8036 Sample Road, in Margate.  Tickets for Nine are $38 – $42; $16 student tickets are also available.  Tickets may be purchased at the Broward Stage Door Theatre box office at 954-344-7765 or on line at  www.stagedoorfl.org

For more information about Nine 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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Nine
April 28 – June 11
Book by Arthur Kopit
Music and Lyrics by Maury Yeston
Adapted from the Italian by Mario Fratti
Tickets:  $38 – $42
 Phone:  954-344-7765
 On line:  www.stagedoorfl.org
Showtimes:
Wednesday, Saturday, & Sunday at 2 pm,
Friday & Saturday at 8 pm
The Stage Door Theatre
8036 W Sample Rd
Margate, Fl 33065
www.stagedoorfl.com
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NO WAY TO TREAT A LADY at Stage Door Theatre – April 14 – May 28

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Stage Door Theatre
presents
No Way to Treat a Lady
April 14 – May 28

A musical in the key of murder!

“Terrific! Hilarious! Dynamic! An unabashedly histrionic romp with plenty of laughs, a fair share of romance and a welcome abundance of drollery.” –The Los Angeles Times

For Immediate Release
Contact: Derelle Bunn
DerelleBunn@yahoo.com /954-344-7765
Contact:  Carol Kassie
carol@carolkassie.com / 561-445-9244

April 10, 2017

MARGATE, FL:  Stage Door Theatre will present the darkly comedic musical, No Way to Treat a Lady beginning April 14th.  The production will run through May 28th in the popular Margate venue’s Theatre 2.

A blend of devilish humor, romance, murder, and music,  No Way to Treat a Lady features a publicity crazed actor turned serial killer, and the detective who pursues him: Actor Christopher “Kit” Gill, and Detective Morris Brummell have a lot in common – both dream of being headliners in the New York Times, and both are contending with difficult and overbearing mothers.  Gill’s mother issues lead to murder, and Brummell’s to struggles to find independence, love, and of course, a murderer.

The production, directed by Peter J. Loewy, will feature James Hansen as Kit Gill and Dustin Cunningham as Morris Brummell.  Andrea Arvanigian and Kimberly Abrams round out the cast.

Peter J. Loewy

“It’s a fun, funny, and clever show,” Loewy says. “It has a weirdly likeable homicidal maniac, a loveable if somewhat lost hero,  and an interesting take on the relationship between sons and their mothers. And the score is pure Broadway musical comedy.”

Playwright, composer, lyricist Douglas J. Cohen is the recipient of the Fred Ebb Award for Musical Theatre Songwriting,  two Richard Rodgers Awards, a Jonathan Larson Grant, the Gilman & Gonzalez-Falla Theatre Foundation Award, and the inaugural Noel Coward Prize.

No Way to Treat a Lady will run from April 14 – May 28 at Stage Door Theatre. The theatre is located at 8036 Sample Road, in Margate.

Tickets for No Way to Treat a Lady are $38 – $42; $16 student tickets are also available.  Tickets may be purchased at the Broward Stage Door Theatre box office at 954-344-7765 or on line at  www.stagedoorfl.

For more information about No Way to Treat a Lady 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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No Way to Treat a Lady
April 14 – May 28, 2017
Book, Music, & Lyrics by Douglas J. Cohen
Based on the novel by William Goldman
Tickets:  $38 – $42
Phone:  954-344-7765
Showtimes:
Wednesday, Saturday, & Sunday at 2 pm,
Friday & Saturday at 8 pm
The Stage Door Theatre
8036 W Sample Rd
Margate, Fl 33065
www.stagedoorfl.com
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Tommy Koenig’s BABY BOOMER BABY at the PGA Arts Center April 27 – May 28

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Tommy Koenig
Returns to South Florida with his
Hit “Musicomedy”
Baby Boomer Baby
at the
PGA Arts Center
April 27 – May 28

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

April 6, 2017:
PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL:  Comedy Central/National Lampoon star Tommy Koenig’s show Baby Boomer Baby’s well received and successful run at the Plaza Theatre in 2016 prompted PGA Arts Center producers Dana Matthow and Philip Roger Roy to approach the multi-talented actor/comedian about returning to South Florida for a limited engagement at their newly opened Palm Beach Gardens theatre.   Koenig’s one man ‘musicomedy’, which just completed a successful engagement at the Herberger Theater Center in Phoenix, Arizona, is a flashback through our times and the music that defined them”. Baby Boomer Baby will open at the PGA Arts Center on April 27th.

Baby Boomer Baby has been called well written, wildly entertaining, high energy, touching, and very, very funny. It is Koenig’s story, told from his distinctly Baby Boomer perspective. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1953, the year Rock and Roll was born, and was raised in Rockaway Beach, the son of a musician who played with Glenn Miller during World War II.  Koenig was greatly influenced by chance meetings with John F. Kennedy and later George Carlin, and mostly by what the Beatles brought – the influence of music on Boomers’ culture and personal choices.  In Baby Boomer Baby Koenig recounts the years he struggled to keep up with the changing times, just missing Woodstock by a few miles; the rites of passage of College, Travel, Sex, and Drugs; and the ever changing cultural and political landscape that music unleashed as it morphed from Disco to Punk to MTV to Rap and beyond.

During the show Koenig channels dozens of well-known – and original – characters in a one man tour de force spanning 7 decades. With original songs and parodies of everyone from The Beatles to Lady Gaga, and from Doo Wop to Hip Hop, Koenig’s impressions include Elton John, Billy Joel, Blondie, Willie Nelson, Tina Turner, Bruce Springsteen, The Bee Gees, the Eagles, among others.

Tommy Koenig was voted ‘Best New Comic’ by the New York Daily News in 1980.  The multi-faceted comedian, actor, writer, and teacher cut his comedic teeth in such iconic venues as Dangerfield’s, The Copacabana, and The Playboy Club, where he opened for Jazz greats like Lionel Hampton and Damita Jo.  He also appeared frequently on stand-up comedy shows (A&E’s Comedy on the Road from London, Jamaica, New York and Los Angeles, as well as Evening at the Improv, MTV’s Half Hour Comedy Hour, and Showtime’s Comedy Club All Stars. Koenig was one of the rare comics to appear on Don Kirschner’s Rock Concert; he has opened for Warren Zevon, Alvin Lee, Bonnie Raitt, Dave Mason, Los Lobos, and Joan Jett.  He has also guest-starred on numerous television programs – from Miami Vice‘ to Boston Legal and from ‘Not Necessarily The News to The Onion News Network.   Koenig co-starred in the med-school spoof film Stitches, and was part of Mel Brooks’ ensemble casts of Robin Hood-Men in Tights and Dracula – Dead and Loving It.

Koenig has written for the National Lampoon, and starred in two of their rock and roll comedy stage shows: If We’re Late Start Without Us and Class of ’86 (which was filmed for Showtime). He also teaches Stand Up Comedy at the Comics Studio in New York.  One of his students, Brad Zimmerman, has just completed a successful run at the PGA Arts Center in My Son the Waiter:  A Jewish Tragedy.

Baby Boomer Baby was first conceived and performed in 2011 at The Santa Barbara Theatre in Puerto Vallarta. It made its US debut in 2013 as a benefit for victims of Hurricane Sandy, and its Off Broadway debut at Stage 72. It returned to Puerto Vallarta at The Boutique Theatre in 2014. The show also played at The Downstairs Cabaret Theatre in Rochester and Shea’s Smith Theatre in Buffalo, New York, The Stateside Paramount Theatre in Austin, Texas, Sparta Avenue Stage, in Sparta, New Jersey, and The Tiawaga Theatre in Oswego, New York.

Tickets for Baby Boomer Baby are on sale now, and can be purchased on line at www.pgaartscenter.com or by calling 1-855-448-7469.  For group sales (12+), call 888-264-1788. Tickets for all shows are $45.

The PGA Arts Center is located at 4076 PGA Boulevard, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410. Ample parking is available within close proximity to the theatre.

For more information about Baby Boomer Baby, Tommy Koenig, and/or the PGA Arts Center please contact Carol Kassie at carol@carolkassie.com at 561-445-9244.

Baby Boomer Baby
Written & Performed byTommy Koenig
April 27 – May 28 
Tickets:  $45 
Phone:  1-855-448-7469
For Group Sales (12+): 888-264-1788
To purchase tickets on line:  www.pgaartscenter.com
Showtimes: 
Thursday 2 pm & 7:30 pm
Friday 7:30 pm
Saturday 2 pm & 7:30 pm
Sunday 2 pm

PGA Arts Center
4076 PGA Boulevard,
Palm Beach Gardens, FL  33410
www.pgaartscenter.com
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Directions to the PGA Arts Center:
On PGA Blvd heading East, (& RCA Blvd) take first right at Shell Gas Station, and then take the 2nd right into the shopping center driveway. The theater is on the left. Formerly the Cinema 6 Movie Theater inside the former Loehmann’s Plaza. This is less than 1/4 mile off of the PGA Blvd. Exit of 95 North.

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