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.
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. through Friday, Feb. 1.
In addition to this class, 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.
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.
Music talent competition
Final audition date for "Brevard's Got Talent" will be Sunday, Feb. 3.
Any music students, age 10-19, and a Brevard resident are 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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,c all (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.
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."
Create artistic quilts
This class will teach you the basic skills to make your machine quilting successful, artistic and fun. A sewing machine, with a free motion or darning foot, is required. Cost is $25. An optional kit is available for $10, or you can bring your own supplies.
To register, contact Dij Pacarro at firstname.lastname@example.org or (321) 806-5550.
Class size is limited, so register early! Payment is required at time of registration.
The class will be at the Art Gallery of Viera, in The Avenue Shopping Center, 2261 Town Center Ave., Suite 111, Viera, 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 9.
For more information, call (321) 504-4343 or visit www.artgalleryofviera.com.
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.
Nude art on display
On Saturday, Feb. 16, The Indian River Gallery will feature "Art in the Buff."
Local and visiting artists will have on display artwork that is of the human body in the buff.
The event will be from 6-8 p.m. There will be refreshments and artists on hand. The event is open to the public.
There is plenty of parking in front and on the side of the building.
The Indian River Gallery is at 226 King St., Ste 100, Cocoa.
For more information, call (321) 305-6947.