Sol Children Theatre Presents ALICE IN WONDERLAND – August 10 – 20

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Sol Children Theatre
Presents
Alice in Wonderland
August 10 – 20

Especially adapted for Sol Children Theatre by Seth Trucks

July 28, 2017
BOCA RATON, FL:  Sol Theatre will play host to The Mad Hatter, The Queen of Hearts, Tweedledum, Tweedledee, and of course The White Rabbit, when Sol Children Theatre presents Seth Trucks’ adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s magical classic, Alice in Wonderland.  The production will open on August 10th, and run through August 20th at the popular Boca Raton venue.  Alice and her friends will then move to the Delray Beach Children’s Garden for three special sunset performances on August 24th, 25th, and 26th.

“This is an original adaptation written specifically for Sol Theatre the actors involved in the production,” explains the show’s director, Seth Trucks.   “Our co-director, Savannah Rootes, is a recent graduate of Sol Children’s Troupe and she has returned to pass on her knowledge and passion to our newer members.

“We have enough enthusiasm to power Boca for a year!” Trucks continues. “Our production will balance a faithful approach to Carroll’s language, with a ton of new twists and takes on Wonderland and its strange inhabitants.”

Alice in Wonderland – originally titled Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – was first published in 1865 and immediately became a publishing sensation, beloved by children and adults alike.  The book has never been out of print, and has been translated into close to 180 languages.  In Trucks’ adaptation, Alice finds a glove belonging to a White Rabbit, and wanting to return it, she follows him down a rabbit hole, into a fantastical Wonderland, where the Queen of Hearts rules over a peculiar assortment of creatures, and Alice’s adventures become ‘curiouser and curiouser’.

Alice in Wonderland’s Alice will be played by three actors:  Eden Wexler, Mandy Feuerman and Zoe Alarcon; Noah Fineman has been cast as The White Rabbit, Ava Cavasos as The Mad Hatter, and Brooke Hall as The Queen of Hearts.  Other cast members include Jamie Feuerman, Zoe Wexler, Addison Wexler, Zoe Alarcon, Sami Mascaro, Kimberly Wilkinson, Faith Alfieri, Isabella Welch, Natalie Macadar, Emma and Kylie Lawrence, Alan and Amalia Hasselman, Violet Zeiders, Olivia Shiver, Celia Roberts, and Rylee Siegel.

Seth Trucks studied experimental theatre at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and classical theatre at the British American Drama Academy and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts.  In New York, Seth performed with Fractured Atlas, Synaesthetic Theatre, and worked as a freelance fight choreographer.  He also spent five years as a writer/performer with the New York based comedy troupe, The Six Characters.  In Florida, Seth has performed with the Palm Beach Shakespeare Festival, Outré Theatre Company and Entr’Acte Theatrix.  He recently received glowing reviews in Evening Star Productions’ Waiting for Godot, and is currently starring in Outré Theatre Company’s 1984.

Boca Raton’s Sol Children Theatre is a not-for-profit theatre organization founded by veteran director and actor Rosalie Grant sixteen years ago.  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.

Tickets for Alice in Wonderland 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.  Sol Children Theatre is located at 3333 North Federal Highway in Boca Raton (33431).  The Delray Beach Children’s Garden is located at 137 SW 2nd Avenue in Delray Beach (33444).

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

Alice in Wonderland
August 10 – 20 at Sol Theatre
August 24 – 26
at Delray Beach Children’s Garden
Adapted and Directed by Seth Trucks
From the novel by Lewis Carroll
Tickets: $20 (Juniors – 11 & under $15)
Phone: 561-447-8829
Online: www.solchildren.org
Showtimes:
Thursday, Friday, & Saturday at 7 pm
Saturday & Sunday at 2 pm

Sol Theatre
3333 N. Federal Highway
Boca Raton, FL  33431
www.solchildren.org
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Delray Beach Children’s Garden
137 SW 2nd Avenue
Delray Beach, FL 33444
www.delraybeachchildrensgarden.org


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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Playhouse Productions at the PGA Arts Center presents Sandy Gelfound in THE KOSHER CHEERLEADER – August 3 – 27

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Playhouse Productions at the PGA Arts Center
presents
Sandy Gelfound
in
The Kosher Cheerleader:
A Truish, Jewish Love Story

August 3 – 27

A former NFL Raiders Cheerleader’s journey to Jewish Orthodoxy… and beyond.

July 18, 2017:
PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL:  Sandy Gelfound’s life story is a fascinating tale filled with love, laughter… and cheerleading.  Beginning August 3rd, the multi-talented comedienne, raconteur, and former NFL Raider cheerleader will spend four weeks at the PGA Arts Center performing her one person show, The Kosher Cheerleader.  The production will run through August 27th

Gelfound, who has performed stand-up alongside the likes of Jerry Seinfeld and Jay Leno, tap dances, pom-pom waves, eats, shops, writes, and cartwheels through her life’s journey, which begins with her father – a Borscht Belt performer, who was a Jewish atheist: “He knew he was one of the Chosen People, he just didn’t know by Whom,” she explained recently; and her mother, a Russian Orthodox gypsy flamenco dancer who taught her to play the castanets.  “Theirs was like a marriage between Carmen Miranda and Jackie Mason,” she has said.

Gelfound spent five years as a Raiderette, travelling with the team, and making an impressive $35 per game: “I loved being an NFL Cheerleader,” she says, “But my Jewish grandmother didn’t understand my excitement. “It’s the Raiders, Grandma – I get to cheer for the team – I get to go to the game”.  And she said, “Other people go to the game. The owner’s wife, that’s a job for a Jewish girl!”

Born with a hole in her heart, Sandy Gelfound’s childhood was filled with drama and trauma. Her decision to write, and subsequently perform her story “Came to me during my morning meditation,” she explains.  “The next thing I know I have a clothesline in my kitchen, pinning up and arranging the order of the scenes to a play about my life.  I wanted to share with the world my story…. hoping I can give some experience, strength, hope, and lots of laughter to anyone who is overcoming any hardships.

“In Judaism the Rabbi’s say, “Gams zu la tova” – everything is for the good,” she continues. “I was born with a hole in my heart. How can that be good?  Well after many years the doctors have finally said that nothing needs to be fixed…the hole never grew bigger…only my heart did!”

Tickets for The Kosher Cheerleader 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 The Kosher Cheerleader, Sandy Gelfound and/or Playhouse Productions at the PGA Arts Center please contact Carol Kassie at carol@carolkassie.com at 561-445-9244.

The Kosher Cheerleader
August 3 – 27, 2017
By Sandy Gelfound
Tickets:  $45 – $59
Tickets:  1-855-448-7469 / www.pgaartscenter.com
Group Sales: 1-888-264-1788
Performances:
Thursday, Saturday, Sunday: 2 pm
Thursday, Friday, Saturday:  7:30 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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AVI HOFFMAN’S TOO JEWISH? at Stage Door Theatre – July 19 – August 3 Only!

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Avi Hoffman Returns to the
Stage Door Theatre after 20 years
in the original
Avi Hoffman’s Too Jewish?
July 19 – August 3 Only!

“Delightful tour of Jewish humor, language, and music. Avi has an instant rapport with his audience.  Touching, moving, and delightful.”  NY Newsday

July 5, 2017
MARGATE, FL:  20 years ago, multi-talented actor, director, comedian, singer, and Jewish cultural activist Avi Hoffman brought his award winning New York show Avi Hoffman’s Too Jewish?  to the Stage Door Theatre. His life was never the same. Now, he’s back! Avi Hoffman’s Too Jewish? will open on July 19th, and run through August 3rd.

Avi Hoffman’s Too Jewish? premiered Off-Broadway at New York’s Houseman Theatre in 1994 and has been presented thousands of times all over the world, as well as on the national PBS network.  Hoffman, a child of Holocaust survivors, was taught at an early age to appreciate the beauty and depth of Jewish literature, music, and tradition.  In Avi Hoffman’s Too Jewish? he combines a delightful mix of music, comedy, impersonations, and personal reminiscences to take his audiences on a journey through his own Jewish roots, and to illustrate the traditions and history of his beloved Yiddish culture.

“I couldn’t be more excited to be returning to Stage Door for the 20th anniversary of the production that changed my life,” Hoffman says. “With the incredible success of Too Jewish? at the Stage Door, we moved our family to Florida, and the rest, as they say, is history!  This will be the ORIGINAL production, with some new perspectives on how my life has dramatically changed since then.”


Avi Hoffman’s
Too Jewish? has won multiple awards, including Performer of the Year ’95 by NY Press Magazine, and the prestigious Los Angeles Ovation Award as Best Actor in a Musical in 2001. His recent portrayal of Willie Loman in the Yiddish production of Death of a Salesman garnered him a NY Drama Desk Award nomination for Best Actor in a Play, and was featured last summer at The Ashkenaz Festival in Toronto, the largest Yiddishkayt Festival in North America. He has also been nominated for both the NY Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards.  His 2012 Carbonell Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical was in recognition of his work as Wilbur Turnblad in Hairspray at Actors Playhouse in Miami. He performs worldwide and has proudly worked in nearly every professional South Florida theatre, garnering multiple awards and nominations. Hoffman was also featured in the hit Starz series ‘Magic City’ and Netflix’s ‘Bloodline’, as well as USA’s ‘The Glades’ and NBC’s ‘Law and Order’. His upcoming Yiddish film Shehita (Slaughter) will be featured in next season’s Miami Jewish Film Festival. Hoffman recently directed and performed in the world premiere of Unlikely Heroes, and performed in the Daryl Roth Florida tour of Stars of David. His two popular sequels to Too Jewish? – Too Jewish Two!, and Still Jewish After All These Years, have been seen throughout North America.


Avi Hoffman’s Too Jewish? will run from July 19 – August 3 at Stage Door Theatre. The theatre is located at 8036 Sample Road, in Margate.  Performances are Wednesdays at 8 p.m. and Thursdays at 2 p.m.

Tickets for Too Jewish? are $36. 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 Too Jewish? contact: Carol Kassie (carol@carolkassie.com / 561-445-9244). For more information about Avi Hoffman visit:  www.avihoffmanactor.com

Mr. Hoffman can be contacted through:
Margie Sernik | JWI PR |margie@jwipr.com | 786-200-2516
Jessica Wade Pfeffer | JWI PR | jessica@jwipr.com | 305-804-8424

Yiddishkayt Initiative, Inc., in association with Stage Door Theatre
Presents:
Avi Hoffman’s Too Jewish?
July 19 – August 3
Created and performed by Avi Hoffman
Tickets:  $36
Phone:  954-344-7765
On line: www.stagedoorfl.org
Showtimes:
Wednesday at 8 p.m.
Thursday at 2 p.m.
The Stage Door Theatre
8036 W Sample Rd
Margate, Fl 33065
www.stagedoorfl.org
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Stage Door Theatre presents MINNIE’S BOYS – June 30 – August 6

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Stage Door Theatre
presents
Minnie’s Boys
(The Madcap Marx Brothers Musical)
June 30 – August 6

“My mother loved children – she would have given anything if I had been one.”  Groucho Marx

June 26, 2017
MARGATE, FL:  Julius, Adolph, Herbie, Leo, and Milton – names that are not at all familiar in the American comedic lexicon.  However, almost any mention of Groucho, Harpo, Zeppo, Chico, and Gummo will immediately elicit nods of recognition, and in most cases happy smiles.   Broward Stage Door Theatre will present the musical Minnie’s Boys – the tale of how the sons of Minnie Marx became The Marx Brothers – one of the most beloved and respected comedy acts in history.  Minnie’s Boys will open on June 30th and run through August 6th in Stage Door’s Theatre 2.

Based on the works of Groucho’s son, Arthur Marx, Minnie’s Boys is a song-filledcelebration of the Marx Brothers’ early years – the beginning of their rise to fame and fortune. But it is really the story of their mother, Minnie Marx, who shaped, molded, encouraged, cajoled, pushed and pulled them towards their eventual – and in her mind – inevitable success.

Peter J. Loewy will direct and choreograph Minnie’s Boys.  Loewy has directed the show before – at his own Fourm Theater in Metuchen, New Jersey; he recently directed Stage Door’s Carbonell-recommended production of Nine: “I love this show,” he says. It’s rarely done.  It has a great score by Larry Grossman, and it’s full of humor and heart.”

Loewy has cast Melody Lieberman as Minnie Marx, Jonathan Eisele as Julie Marx (Groucho), Michael Brown as Adolph Marx (Harpo), Will Nash Broyles as Leonard Marx (Chico), R. J. Magee as Herbie Marx (Zeppo), Steddy Amory as Milton Marx (Gummo), and Ben Prayz as Sam “Frenchie” Marx.  Also in the cast are Matthew Korinko, Sean Dorazio, Whitney Grace, Hilleah Neve, Ellie Pattison, Caterina Randazzo, and Ashlley Rodriguez.

Dave Nagy is the show’s musical director, and Kevin Black will assist Loewy with the choreography. Minnie’s Boys’ set design is by Michael McClain, lighting design is by Dean Landhuis, sound design by Rushnay Henry, costumes by Jerry Sturdefant, and Paul O’Donnell takes care of operations.  The show’s stage manager is Nancy Clay.

Minnie’s Boys will run from June 30 – August 6 at Stage Door Theatre. The theatre is located at 8036 Sample Road, in Margate.

Tickets for Minnie’s Boys 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 Minnie’s Boys 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).

Minnie’s Boys
June 30 – August 6
Book by Arthur Marx and Robert Fisher
Music by Larry Grossman
Lyrics by Hal Hackady
Tickets:  $48
Phone:  954-344-7765
On line: www.stagedoorfl.org
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
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5 Marx Brothers c. 1957

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.

~*~

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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