Working with pastels
This is a basic pastels class, from color mixing to preserving and storing your work.
This class is for beginner and practicing pastel artists.
Cost is $28 for this four-week series. It begins at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11 in the Jane von Thron Room of the Cocoa Beach Public Library, 550 N. Brevard Ave., Cocoa Beach.
For more information, visit www.cocoabeachpubliclibrary.org or call (321) 868-1104.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.cocoabeachpubliclibrary.org.
Comedy-drama at playhouse
This romantic comedy, one of the most popular of the century, follows a love affair between two people, Doris and George, married to others, who rendezvous once a year.
Twenty-five years of manners and morals are hilariously and touchingly played out by the lovers, who discuss the births, deaths, marital problems and social changes affecting their lives, and develop an emotional intimacy deeper than what one would expect to find between two people meeting for a clandestine relationship just once a year.
The play was adapted into a 1978 movie starring Ellen Burstyn and Alan Alda. Caution: Contains mild profanity and adult themes.
Surfside Players, the community theatre of Cocoa Beach, presents "Same Time, Next Year," by Bernard Slade, directed by Janet Rubin and starring Becky Behl-Hill and Gordon Ringer.
The show runs for three weekends, January 11-27, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors and active military and $13 for students.
Tickets are available online at www.surfsideplayers.com, or through the box office at (321) 783-3127.
The operator works 2-4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, but leave a reservation request with your name and phone number on voicemail and she will respond.
Surfside is located in Cocoa Beach, an hour's drive east of Orlando.
In Brevard County, take S.R. 520 or S.R. 528 eastbound to Highway A1A southbound, or take Pineda Causeway, Eau Gallie Boulevard, or U.S. 192 eastbound to Highway A1A northbound.
Drive into Cocoa Beach, and turn west on South Fifth Street.
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.
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.
1960s production comes to Brevard
"Breaking Up Is Hard To Do," a musical based on the hit songs of 1960s pop rock artist Neil Sedaka, will be performed Feb. 8-24.
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."