Theater classes offered
Brevard County South Area Parks and Recreation is offering theater classes at the Viera Regional Community Center, 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way in Viera.
One class will be held either Monday from noon to 1 p.m. or Wednesday from 1-2 p.m.
A second class will be held on Thursday evenings from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
The cost is $5 per child, per class. The recommended age for the class is 10 to15.
Classes will focus on developing acting skills and encouraging creativity and growth. Students will learn the ins-and-outs of acting terminology, rehearsals, auditions and more.
All activities are conducted and supervised by Brevard County Parks and Recreation staff.
For more information or to register for a class, call the Viera Regional Community Center at (321) 433-4891 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Local artist wins award
Lori Pitten Jenkins took one of the top awards at Halifax Art Festival in Daytona Beach recently.
Her watercolor painting "Black, White, & Read All Over" was given the $1,000 award of distinction.
She is a member of Fifth Avenue Art Gallery, located in the Eau Gallie Arts District of Melbourne.
The gallery is at 1470 Highland Ave., Melbourne.
For more information, visit www.fifthavenueartgallery.com or call (321) 259-8261.
Artist wins award
Witha Lacuesta, a member of the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery in Eau Gallie, recently received a merit award for her watercolor painting "The Robbers" in the ninth annual Flora & Fauna at the Refuge Wildlife Show at the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge.
The cara caras in her painting were observed at the Rich Grissom Memorial Wetlands at Viera.
For more information, email email@example.com, visit www.lacuesta-art.com or call (321) 259-3635.
Blowout sale at studio
The Highland Art & Studio will be having a blowout sale 5-8:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4 at 1414 Highland Ave., Eau Gallie Arts District, Melbourne.
For more information, visit www.highlandarsstudio.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (321) 243-9855.
'Shadow'' art featured at the museum
The "Shadows" exhibit will run at the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery in Melbourne, from Jan. 4-27.
This month is a member's show, revolving around the theme of shadows in any capacity.
It is an opportunity for members to be creative and explore different mediums and new ideas.
Also this month, members will be having a vintage art sale. The studios are cleaned out and prices on vintage art pieces are deeply discounted.
The Fifth Avenue Art Gallery, the premier was established in 1975. It is artist owned and operated. The gallery is located in the Eau Gallie Arts District of Melbourne, across the street from the Brevard Museum of Art.
The gallery telephone number is (321) 259-8261. Visit www.fifthavenueartgallery.com and on Facebook for more information.
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."
Card, gift classes offered
Bring a friend and learn quick, fun and easy techniques in a relaxed setting to create quality cards and/or gifts at the Art Gallery of Viera.
Learn to create greeting cards, gifts or gift bags with new projects each week.
Beautiful, quality materials, including cardstock, decorative papers, stamps, inks, embossing products, die cuts and accessories are included in the $12 price of the class.
Upcoming classes will be on Mondays, Jan. 7, 14, 21 and 28.
The Art Gallery of Viera is at 2261 Town Center Ave., Viera.
Advance reservations are needed and may be placed by contacting Ree at (321) 773-0095, (321) 961-2350, (321) 504-4343 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Arts and crafts at the beach library
Local artist Alex Stankiewicz will teach a series of pastels classes for beginners on Fridays from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11 through Friday, Feb. 1.
Professional calligrapher to the Historic Charleston Foundation and instructor at the Charleston Museum, Natasha Lawrence, will teach a calligraphy workshop on Saturday, Jan. 19 from 9 a.m. to noon.
Professional calligrapher to the Historic Charleston Foundation and instructor at the Charleston Museum Natasha Lawrence will teach the practical art of calligraphy ("beautiful writing") to address wedding invitations or greeting cards, write in journals and make gift tags and personal correspondence.
The class takes place Saturday, Jan. 19, from 9 a.m. until noon. Cost for this workshop is $10 and pre-registration is required.
The Cocoa Beach Library continues to present its patrons and members of the community with an array of stimulating and engaging classes. This season's art class offerings have expanded to include new instructors and some new opportunities to learn new skills.
In addition to these classes, the library offers watercolor classes with local artist Helen Wheatley, a social watercolor painting group, and many arts and crafts workshops throughout the year.
The library is located at 550 N. Brevard Ave., Cocoa Beach.
For more information, call (321) 868-1104, email email@example.com or visit www.cocoabeachpubliclibrary.org.
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.
Auditions for comedy-farce
Auditions for "Love, Sex and the IRS," a comedy-farce about taxes and refunds, have been schedule for Jan. 13 and 14 at the Surfside Playhouse, 301 Ramp Road, Cocoa Beach.
The play, presented by special arrangement with Samuel French and directed by Troy Jones, is about out-of-work, male musicians, who have been claiming a "married" (to each other) status on their tax forms to save money.
When the Internal Revenue Service investigates them, one has to masquerade as a housewife, aided by one of the character's fiancée.
The character's mom drops by to meet the fiancée, and an ex-girlfriend shows up to find out why the other character hasn't called her.
Show dates for the play are March 8-24.
For more information, call (321) 783-3127.
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.