1960s production comes to Brevard
Auditions for "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do," a musical based on the hit songs of 1960s pop rock artist Neil Sedaka, have been scheduled for 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday, Jan. 6 and 7.
There has been a director change in Surfside Players spring musical.
Needed are three women and three men of all ages, plus live musicians (drum, bass, keyboard, guitar) to play soft rock and occasionally sing backup.
Rehearsals will be fast-paced, and performance dates are Feb. 8-24, 2013.
This production will be directed by Nicholas Henn, with Mario Davis as musical director and Danielle Horak as choreographer.
Mr. Henn recently directed Surfside's successful "Rocky Horror Picture Show" in October, as well as "Wizard of Oz" and "Meet Me in St. Louis" at Quincy Music Theatre and "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" at First United Methodist Church in Titusville.
"Breaking Up Is Hard To Do" is a sweetly comic story about blossoming romances at a Catskills resort in 1960, with characters including recently jilted bride-to-be "Marge" and her friend "Lois," self-obsessed singer "Del Delmonaco," geekish cabana boy and aspiring songwriter "Gabe," Borscht Belt comic "Harvey" and resort owner "Esther."
This touching romantic musical was built around 18 songs from the repertoire of 1960s pop singer Neil Sedaka, including "Where the Boys Are," "Calendar Girl," "Sweet Sixteen," "Love Will Keep Us Together" and his signature hit "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do."
The music is by Neil Sedaka, with the book by Ben H. Winters and Erik Jackson and lyrics by Howard Greenfield and Philip Cody.
Surfside Players is located at 300 Ramp Road, Cocoa Beach.
For more information, call (321) 783-3127, email email@example.com or visit www.surfsideplayers.com or Facebook group "Surfside Players."
Art class offered
An art class with Gloria Barto is being offered at the Palm Bay Public Library, 1520 Port Malabar Blvd. N.E., Palm Bay, at 9:30-11:30 a.m. Mondays, Jan. 7, 14 and 28.
Cost is $5 per class.
Call (772) 663-1961 to register.
Art show at gallery
"Go Figure," a figurative art show, will be at the Art Gallery of Viera, 2261 Town Center Ave., Viera, Saturday, Jan. 12, from 6-9 p.m.
"Go Figure" is a tongue-in-cheek look at the figure (and figures) in art, with the opening Saturday, Jan. 12.
Artists will be on hand, drawing figures with a live model and will offer tips.
Come in and try your hand at figure drawing or at modeling for the artists!
Artisans of many mediums will also be there to discuss the figures in their art.
Light refreshments will be served.
For more information, contact Art Gallery of Viera at (321) 504-4343 or visit www.artgalleryofviera.com.
Beach art festival announced
The town of Indialantic will host its signature art festival Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 19 and 20, at Nance Park in Indialantic.
This 23rd annual art festival will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day at 4 Wavecrest Ave., Indialantic.
The festival supports the arts and the local economy.
The vast array of original handcrafted artwork includes a diverse selection of artistic media priced to suit all budgets and ranges from $25 hand-designed earrings to $30,000 metal sculptures. This popular art event will take place at Nance Park, located directly on the ocean and Highway AIA.
Admission is free and open to the public.
For more information, visit www.artfestival.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (561) 746-6615.
Local actress becomes writer, producer and director
A local actress becomes a writer, producer and director with the premier of her original play, "Last Call," at the Henegar Center for the Arts in Downtown Melbourne.
Jessica Taylor, member of the improv troupe Not Quite Right and long-time Brevard County thespian, wrote the play with many of her friends and fellow actors in mind.
"Last Call" is set in a hotel bar, with a bartender (Hank) having to deal with his eccentric customers and their problems, while trying to shake his own past.
Using her improv background, Ms. Taylor wanted to make the show somewhat interactive, replacing the normal upstairs seating with cocktail tables, creating the feeling that the audience members are also bar patrons. The audience will actually be able to order drinks from Hank's bar.
"Although the storyline revolves around Hank, the play has an ensemble cast made up of some of Brevard's most talented actors.
The cast includes Not Quite Right members Joe Boasci, Jon Emmerich, Adam Lucker and Michelle McElvaine, as well as Donna Furfaro, Taylor Kopman, Rob Landers, Michelle Lee, Diana Taylor, Doug Taylor, Tori Smith and Ms. Taylor herself.
Tickets cost $15 and are on sale now through the Henegar Center box office at or online at www.henegar.org.
The show runs Feb. 8-10 and 15-17 at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. on Sundays.
The Henegar Center is at 625 E, New Haven Ave., No. 119, Melbourne.
For more information, call (321) 723-8698.