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2015-2016 season
Will Have Something for Everyone!

Two popular Boca Raton theatre companies will offer
audiences and actors of all ages an exciting mix of theatre

May 4, 2015:

BOCA RATON, FL: The first half of Evening Star Productions’ second season concluded on May 3rd after a sold out weekend of The Addams Family – A New Musical Comedy at Sol Theatre in Boca Raton. Their production of The Last Five Years will run at Sol from July 16 – August 2nd, and Bug by Tracy Letts will run from August 12th – 29th at Infinite Abyss in Ft. Lauderdale. And Sol Children Theatre, also housed at Sol Theatre, will present the innovative musical comedy The Mystery of Edwin Drood (June 12-28); Thumbelina (August 27 – September 6) will close out their season.

However Sol and Evening Star founder and Artistic Director Rosalie Grant is already deep into preparation for next season.

“Sol Theatre’s 2015-2016 season needed to be an exciting one – being Sol Children’s 14th and Evening Star’s 3rd seasons respectively,” Grant explains.  “The big question of course, was how to equal or top our previous seasons and shows?”

Both companys’ 2014-2015 seasons were extremely successful in terms of both ticket sales and recognition. A large percentage of patrons who attended one Evening Star production returned to see a second, and even a third. And Sol Children Theatre attendance numbers also rose.

“I carefully took each company’s mission statement into consideration,” Grant continues.  “Evening Star will open with 35MM a Musical Exhibition, a regional premiere – we’re only the 4th theatre in the country to stage this difficult, contemporary musical. We’ll follow that up with the still-relative theatre classic, David Mamet’s Oleanna, and close our season with the hysterical British comedy Murdered to Death.

Sol Children will open with the funny, clever, and beloved classical musical Once Upon a Mattress; we’ll continue the classic theme with the family-favorite, but seldom staged Around the World in 80 Days, and close with a ground-breaking project directed and adapted by Seth Trucks – William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  I am over the moon excited with each choice; our audiences are in for another season of Sol Theatre-style theatrical delights!”

Evening Star Productions’ mission is to offer serious young adult actors, stage managers, and designers the opportunity to push the boundaries of their knowledge and talent in a safe and highly professional environment, and to afford them the opportunity to work with professionals in their chosen fields. Grant’s choices will allow the company to further those goals with her talented casts and crew combinations.

Founded by artistic director/producer Grant in 2002, and soon to be celebrating their fourteenth season, Sol Children Theatre’s goal is to provide children with a safe, secure, and highly professional theatre experience.  The company’s three 2015-2016 productions will not only fulfill the Sol Children Theatre’s mission, but will allow Sol students and actors, as well as their audiences, the opportunity to experience an exciting, eclectic, and extremely enjoyable season of theatre.

All Evening Star Productions and Sol Children Theatre performances will take place at Sol Theatre in Boca Raton. Ticket prices for all productions are listed below; group rates are available for all shows. Tickets to all Evening Star Productions and Sol Children Theatre 2015-2016 productions will be on sale soon; tickets for both companys’ remaining 2014-2015 productions (The Last Five Years, Bug, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and Thumbelina, 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 / ckassie@gmail.com .

2015-2016 Season

35mm prelim logo35 mm: A Musical Exhibition
October 8 – 25
Music and Lyrics by Ryan Scott Oliver
Based on photographs by Matthew Murphy
Vocal arrangements and orchestrations by Ryan Scott Oliver
Additional percussion arrangements by Jeremy Yaddaw
Additional guitar arrangements by Matt Hinkley
Directed by Rosalie Grant
Tickets:  $25 / $20 for students
If a picture is worth 1,000 words – what about a song?  Can a picture inspire a song or fifteen?  In 35mm each photo creates an unique song; moments frozen in time; a glimmer of a life unfolding; a glimpse of something happening.  A stunning new multimedia musical which explores a groundbreaking new concept in musical theatre… this intricately woven collection of stories told through song re-imagines what the modern American musical can be.

oleanna prelim logoOleanna
By David Mamet
January 14 – 31, 2016
Directed by Rosalie Grant
Tickets: $20 / $20 students
A seething investigation of “political correctness” in a time when the nation’s morality has been tested by increased incidents of sexual harassment.  Featuring Todd Bruno as John.
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.

murdered to death prelim logoMurdered to Death
By Peter Gordon
April 14 – May 1, 2016
Directed by Rosalie Grant
Tickets: $20 / $10 students
From the author of Out of Focus comes this hilarious spoof of the best Agatha Christie traditions, with an assembled cast of characters guaranteed to delight: Bunting the butler, an English Colonel with the prerequisite stiff upper lip, a shady French art dealer and his moll, bumbling local inspectors and a well meaning local sleuth who seems to attract murder – they’re all here, and all caught up in the side-splitting antics which follow the mysterious death of the owner of a country manor house. But will the murderer be unmasked before everyone else has met their doom, or will audiences die laughing first?

2015-2016 Season

once upon a mattress prelim logoOnce Upon a Mattress
December 4 – 20, 2015
Music by Mary Rodgers
Book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller & Marshall Barer
Lyrics by Marshall Barer
Directed by Rosalie Grant and Gisbert Heuer
Tickets: $15 / $10 juniors (11 and under)
If you thought you knew the story of ‘The Princess and The Pea,’ you may be in for a walloping surprise! Did you know, for instance, that Princess Winnifred actually swam the moat to reach Prince Dauntless the Drab? Or that Lady Larken’s love for Sir Harry provided a rather compelling reason that she reach the bridal altar post haste? Or that, in fact, it wasn’t the pea at all that caused the princess a sleepless night? Carried on a wave of wonderful songs, by turns hilarious and raucous, romantic and melodic, this rollicking spin on the familiar classic of royal courtship and comeuppance provides for some side-splitting shenanigans. Chances are you’ll never look at fairy tales quite the same way again.

80 Days GraphicAround the World in 80 Days
June 17 – July 3, 2016
Book and Lyrics by Chris Blackwood
Music by Piers Chater Robinson
Based on the book by Jules Verne
Directed by Rosalie & Gisbert Heuer
Tickets: $15 / $10 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.

msnd prelim logoA Midsummer Night’s Dream
August 6 – 21, 2016
By William Shakespeare
Adapted and directed by Seth Trucks
Tickets: $12 / $8 juniors (11 and under)
One of Shakespeare’s most popular plays, A Midsummer Night’s Dream depicts the events surrounding the marriage of Theseus, the Duke of Athens, and his bride Hippolyta, including the adventures of four young Athenian lovers and a group of six amateur actors, who are controlled and manipulated by the fairies who inhabit the forest in which most of the play is set.

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