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. 15-17 at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
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 Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. through Feb. 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."
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.
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.
Make jewelry at the gallery
If you've never made jewelry before, you will love "Jewelry-Making for Beginners."
The two-hour class will be taught at The Art Gallery of Viera, Friday evening, Feb. 22 from 6-8 p.m.
The $20 fee, plus $10 for materials, will have students making earrings and a bracelet.
The gallery is located in The Avenue Mall, 2261 Town Center Ave.
To register, call Beverly Morgan at (321) 507-4022.
Fun with fabric for adults
Create a beautiful, floral art piece in the impressionist tradition, using fused snippets of fabric in place of paint strokes. No sewing machine is required. Cost is $30.
Optional kit includes everything you need for $15 more.)
The class will be 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 2 at the Art Gallery of Viera in The Avenue, 2261 Town Center Ave., Suite 111, Viera.
To register, contact Dij Pacarro at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (321) 806-5550.
Class size is limited, so register early!
Payment is required at time of registration.
Basic perspective drawing class offered
Learn the fine art of perspective drawing.
Students learn the basic principles of one-, two- and three-point perspective, with hands-on participation.
Drawing simple boxes and moving on to more complex drawings, such as stairways, houses and cityscapes, students will have the foundation to experiment on their own.
Basic Perspective II will delve further into cast shadows and architectural elements, such as arches, steeples, dormers and more.
Take one or both days. Cost is $65 for one day or $100 for both.
Materials for use during class will be provided. Pre-registration with payment is required.
Contact Susan Stone at email@example.com or (401) 596-4266.
Basic Perspective I is March 16. Basic Perspective II is March 17. Times are: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (with an hour for lunch) each day.
The classes will be at the Art Gallery of Viera, 2261 Town Center Ave., Suite 111, Viera.
For more information, call (321) 405-4343 or visit www.artgalleryofviera.