'On Golden Pond' comes to Melbourne
Melbourne Civic Theatre's next production is "On Golden Pond" by Ernest Thompson.
This Tony and Drama Desk award-winning play will run through Feb. 24.
The performances are Friday and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.
Hailed by theater critics as "a work of rare simplicity and beauty," "On Golden Pond" is the endearing love story between Ethel and Norman Thayer, who return to their waterfront summer home and learn about themselves and the bonds that tie them to those they love: the ultimate triumphs of life, love and family.
The performers are Bill Lembeck as "Norman," Linda Lawson as "Ethel," Tynan Pruett as "Chelsea," Dan Wilkerson as "Charlie," David Baum as "Bill" and Kyle Caudill as "Billy." The crew: Caroline Osborne is set designer, Alan Selby is tech director and light designer and Wendy Reader is sound designer. The event will be directed by Peg Girard.
Cost is $25 for adults and $23 for seniors, students and military.
The Melbourne Civic Theatre, LeGallerie Plaza, is at 817 E. Strawbridge Ave., Melbourne.
For more information, call (321) 723-6935 or email email@example.com.
Tony Award winning musical 'Follies'
The Henegar Center for the Arts in Melbourne's downtown theatre district has announced the Broadway production of "Follies," the Tony Award-winning musical that has reunited some of Melboune's most talented divas!
Based on the book by James Goldman, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and orchestrations by Jonathan Tunic, "Follies" features a cast of 35 singers, dancers and actors, along with a live orchestra.
The show runs through Feb. 3, with performances on Friday and Saturday evening at 8 p.m. and a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m.
"Follies," a visionary musical, crafted around the themes of age and memory, centers around a reunion of performers who appeared in the Weissman Follies over many decades.
The Henegar theatre itself lends the perfect atmosphere for this Tony Award-winning masterpiece with its rich history and its many memories left behind by the former divas of Brevard County.
And those divas will be on the Henegar stage together again, with show-stopping choreography, glorious voices and magnificent character portrayals.
Directed by Joan Taddie, a former diva herself, "Follies" features choreographer Deborah Crisafulli, conductor Mark Nelson and musical director Tim Liscum.
The cast includes Christine Manning Brandt, Deborah Crisafulli, Jack Maloney, Hank Rion, Kim Dickman, Yvonne Mellard Weinstein, Russ Weinstein, Ed Guilbeau, Rita Moreno, Terrence Girard, Priscilla Blyseth, Pam Quenzler, Brooke Deratany Goldfarb, Wendy Chapman and a large talented ensemble of future divas performing the Sondheim classics, such as "Broadway Baby," "Losing My Mind" and "I'm Still Here."
"Follies" is produced by the Henegar Center for the Arts, and is sponsored, in part, by the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners through the Brevard Cultural Alliance Inc., the city of Melbourne, and the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs.
The Henegar Center for the Arts is at 625 E. New Haven Ave., in Melbourne's Downtown Theatre District.
Tickets cost $23 for adults, $21 for seniors and $16 for students, plus handling fees.
Reserved tickets may be purchased at the Henegar Center Box Office Monday through Friday during regular business hours.
Tickets may be purchased by phone using Visa, Mastercard or Discover by calling (321) 723-8698 or online at www.henegar.org.
For more information, visit the center's website at www.henegar.org.
Opening reception at Fifth Avenue
The opening reception for the Larry Moore
exhibit is 5:30-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, during the First Friday Art Walk in Melbourne.
The Fifth Avenue Art Gallery invites you to join in for the opening of a show of paintings by Larry Moore.
He is a prominent plein air painter, who is also a Florida native.
He lectures and travels with the Plein Air Painters of America and understands the full boundaries of color and the craft of oil painting. His works are widely collected and exhibited throughout the United States.
His works can be viewed at www.larrymoorestudios.com.
The exhibition runs through Feb. 24.
The gallery is located in the Eau Gallie Arts District of Melbourne, across the street from the Brevard Art Museum.
The gallery telephone number is (321) 259-8261.
Visit the gallery at www.fifthavenueartgallery.com and on Facebook.
Outdoor painter's works at the gallery
National oil painter, Larry Moore, is the guest artist at Fifth Avenue Art Gallery for the month of February.
Mr. Moore will be present during the opening reception on Friday, Feb. 1 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. to answer any questions and talk about his art. Many of his paintings will be displayed and available for purchase.
Mr. Moore, a prominent "plein air" painter and workshop teacher, is also a Florida native.
Plein Air is a French art term that means outdoors.
Meet Mr. Moore and talk to the gallery's member artists, as you enjoy viewing the artwork. Complimentary light refreshments are served during the opening reception, which is open to the public.
His works can be also be viewed at www.larrymoorestudios.com.
The Fifth Avenue Art Gallery, the premier member gallery in Brevard County, was established in 1975. The gallery is located at 1470 Highland Ave., in the Eau Gallie Arts District of Melbourne, across the street from the Foosaner Art Museum.
The gallery telephone number is (321) 259-8261.
Visit the gallery at http://www.fifthavenueartgallery.com and on Facebook.
The exhibit runs through Feb. 24.
Auditions for performances
The Brevard Theatrical Ensemble has announced that auditions for "Celebrating Shakespeare" will be Saturday, Feb. 2, at 2 p.m. at the First Methodist Church of Melbourne, 110 New Haven Ave., Melbourne.
Men and women, ages 16-80-plus will be needed for performances in April.
For more information, call Lady Gail at (321) 676-0697 email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.Brevardensemble.com.
Music talent competition
Final audition date for "Brevard's Got Talent" will be Sunday, Feb. 3.
Any music student, age 10-19, and a Brevard resident is eligible.
All genre, all instruments including voice will be accepted.
The top 12 auditioners will perform at the Henegar Center show, April 14 in Melbourne, before a panel of judges.
Prizes offered will be: first - $1,000, second - $500 and third - $250.
To apply, go to www.cafob.org and click on "Brevard's Got Music Talent." Open application form and mail in.
The audition fee is $15.
For more information, call (321) 254-3398 - Creative Arts Foundation of Brevard.
Making valentine cards
The Art Gallery of Viera presents the "mommy (or dad or grandma) and me" valentine-making workshop Friday, Feb. 8, 2-4 p.m. or 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Make two elegant valentines and two cute little valentines.
The cost of $15 includes all materials and instruction.
Pre-registration is required by emailing email@example.com or by calling Ree at (321) 773-0095 or (321) 961-2350.
Make your reservation now! Class size is limited.
The Art Gallery of Viera is at 2261 Town Center Ave., Suite 111, Viera.
For more information, call (321) 504-4343.
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.
Abstracts fill the senses
Join Art Gallery of Viera as it celebrates "Driven to Abstraction," a show dedicated to cerebral art of abstracts.
Paintings, photography, sculpture, pastels, mixed media and more will be represented by the member artists of Art Gallery of Viera on the second Saturday of the month, Feb. 9, from 6-9 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.
Experience the "New Era of Art in Viera" at the Art Gallery of Viera, between Cold Water Creek and Yankee Candle, 2261 Town Center Ave., The Avenue, Viera.
For more information, visit www.artgalleryofviera.com or call (321) 504-4343.
Murder revisited on stage
The Actor's Asylum will present the Brevard County premier of "The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later" at Upstairs @ The Henegar, the 99-seat black box venue of The Henegar Center For The Performing Arts in Melbourne.
One month after the brutal murder of gay University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard, 10 members of the Tectonic Theatre Project traveled to Laramie, Wyoming, and conducted interviews with the people of the town.
Over the next year, the company returned to Laramie six times and conducted more than 200 interviews. The interviews became the basis for the play "The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later."
On Sept. 12, 2008, five members of Tectonic returned to Laramie to try to understand the long-term effect of the murder.
They found a town wrestling with its legacy and its place in history.
In addition to revisiting the people, whose words riveted in the original play, this time around, the company also spoke with the two murderers, as well as Matthew's mother, Judy Shepard.
"The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later" is a bold new work, which asks the question, "How does society write its own history?"
"The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later" runs Feb. 22-24 and March 1-3, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.
For ticket information call (321) 723-8698 or visit www.henegar.org.
Tickets cost $18 for general admission. Limited seating, reservations recommended.
The Henegar Center for the Arts, located in the Downtown Melbourne Theatre District is at 625 E. New Haven Ave., Melbourne.