'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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Exhibition at Fifth Avenue
The Larry Moore
exhibit is at the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery.
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.
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.
Zumba, Zumba, Zumba
Brevard County Parks and Recreation offers Zumba classes on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Ted Whitlock Community Center, 1951 Malabar Road N.W., in Palm Bay.
Zumba fitness is the Latin-inspired dance-fitness program that blends red-hot international music by Grammy Award-winning producers and contagious dance steps to form a "fitness-party" that is downright addictive.
Since its inception in 2001, the Zumba program has grown to become the world's largest, and most successful, dance-fitness program, with more than 14 million people of all shapes, sizes and ages participating in weekly Zumba classes in more than 140,000 locations across more than 150 countries.
The cost is $5 per class, and multiple class discounts are available. The first class is free for anyone who wants to give it a try.
Zumba is taught by certified instructor Candace Pytel.
For more information, call (732) 573-5620.
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.
Local artist receives status
A member of Fifth Avenue Art Gallery, Lori Pitten-Jenkins, has been awarded the prestigious American Watercolor Society Signature status in the American Watercolor Society. Ms. Jenkins' winning artwork, "Prawns on Prongs," will be part of the 146th Annual International exhibition in New York this year.
Each year, the society holds a juried exhibition of watercolor artists throughout the world.
To become a signature member, an artist must be accepted into two shows, then apply for signature status and be accepted into a third show. This allows the artist to use the initials AWS following his or her signature. Each artist may only submit one piece of art each year. In 2008, Jenkins' piece, entitled "Crustacean Frustration," was accepted for exhibition; and in 2012 "A Decided Fate" was accepted.
Ms. Jenkins lives and creates in Melbourne, where she specializes in fine art watercolor painting.
Being a Florida native is reflective in her subjects, highlighting the unique treasures that Florida has to offer.
She has been an artist all of her life and received her formal training in studio art from Florida State University.
Ms. Jenkins is the president of the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery, located in the Eau Gallie Arts District of Melbourne. She is a signature member of the Florida Watercolor Society and Southern Watercolor Society.
Her most recent awards include the 2012 Melbourne Art Show First place Watercolor, 2012 Mount Dora Art Festival Award of Excellence, the 2012 Space Coast Art Show Second place Watercolor, the 2012 Santa Fe 2D Award of Excellence, the Halifax Art Festival Award of Distinction and the 2012 Artworks Max Spector Memorial Award.
To see more of Ms. Jenkins' work, visit the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery at 1470 Highland Ave., in Melbourne or go to her website at www.loripittenjenkins.com.
Embroidery at the museum
The Brevard Museum of History and Science in Cocoa will host "Threads in Motion," an exhibit featuring exquisite needlework by members of the Embroiderers Guild of America, Indian River Chapter, through Monday, Feb. 25.
The exhibit will showcase 70 dazzling examples of the art and craft of embroidery.
Pieces were selected to display the creativity and artistic bent of the stitchers, as well as workmanship and creativity in the use of fibers and embellishments. Most of the stitchers who entered something have been stitching since childhood.
Categories include beading, cross-stitch, pulled thread, drawn thread, gold work, blackwork, canvas/needlepoint, crewel work, embellishment, pieces with specialty stitches (some up to 20 different stitches) and more.
The largest piece has 200,000 cross-stitches, and one of the smallest is stitched on 40-count silk gauze. A number of pieces are completely original, designed by the stitcher. Several pieces are from Guild-certified master craftsmen who are members of the Indian River Chapter.
Further information on the exhibit can be found at the museums's website at www.brevardmuseum.org.
The Embroiderers' Guild of America Inc. is open to anyone interested in the textile arts. The website is www.indianriverega.org.
Chapter meetings are held the third Monday of each month, 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Front Street Civic Center, Front Street (off of New Haven Avenue, by the river), Melbourne.
'A Grand Night For Singing'
The Henegar Center for the Arts in Melbourne's downtown theatre district is announcing a change in its current season of shows.
"A Grand Night For Singing," the Tony Award-nominated musical revue by Rodgers and Hammerstein, will run March 8-24.
The musical replaces "Sunset Boulevard," which the Henegar looks forward to producing in the future.
Taste and imagination, the two key ingredients for a first-rate revue, abound in this fresh take on the Rodgers & Hammerstein canon, conceived by Tony Award winner Walter Bobbie.
"A Grand Night For Singing" opened the 1994 Broadway season with flair and distinction, earning two Tony nominations, including Best Musical.
Rodgers and Hammerstein's founding fathers probably never imagined "Shall We Dance?" as a comic pas de deux for a towering beauty and her diminutive admirer, nor did they suspect that one day a lovelorn young lad might pose the musical question. "How do you solve a problem like Maria?" But that's precisely the kind of invention lavished upon this revue, with innovative musical arrangements, including a sultry Andrews Sisters-esque "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Out-a My Hair," a swingin' "Honeybun," worthy of the Modernaires, and a jazzy "Kansas City," which leaves no question about how terrifically up to date the remarkable songs of R&H remain.
Featuring beloved songs from "The King and I," "South Pacific," "State Fair" and more, the play provides new life for these signature songs, echoing the timelessness of Rodgers and Hammerstein's work. Don't miss this magical, musical revue at The Henegar Center for the Arts.
A Grand Night For Singing begins on March 8 and runs through March 24 on Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. at the Henegar Center for the Arts, 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.
Patrons who have reserved seats for "Sunset Boulevard" may use their tickets for "A Grand Night For Singing." No exchange is needed.