'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.
Theater classes offered
Brevard County South Area Parks and Recreation is offering theater classes at the Viera Regional Community Center, 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, in Viera.
One class will be held either Mondays from noon to 1 p.m. or Wednesdays from 1-2 p.m.
A second class will be held on Thursday evenings from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
The cost is $5 per child, per class. The recommended age for the class is 10 to15.
Classes will focus on developing acting skills and encouraging creativity and growth. Students will learn the ins-and-outs of acting terminology, rehearsals, auditions and more.
All activities are conducted and supervised by Brevard County Parks and Recreation staff.
For more information or to register for a class, call the Viera Regional Community Center at (321) 433-4891 or email email@example.com.
Local artist wins award
Lori Pitten Jenkins took one of the top awards at Halifax Art Festival in Daytona Beach recently.
Her watercolor painting "Black, White, & Read All Over" was given the $1,000 award of distinction.
She is a member of Fifth Avenue Art Gallery, located in the Eau Gallie Arts District of Melbourne.
The gallery is at 1470 Highland Ave., Melbourne.
For more information, visit www.fifthavenueartgallery.com or call (321) 259-8261.
Artist wins award
Witha Lacuesta, a member of the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery in Eau Gallie, recently received a merit award for her watercolor painting "The Robbers" in the ninth annual Flora & Fauna at the Refuge Wildlife Show at the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge.
The cara caras in her painting were observed at the Rich Grissom Memorial Wetlands at Viera.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, visit www.lacuesta-art.com or call (321) 259-3635.
Creative cards and gift-making classes
Bring a friend and learn quick, fun and easy techniques in a relaxed setting to create quality cards and/or gifts at the Art Gallery of Viera.
Greeting cards, gifts, gift bags and new projects are created each week.
Beautiful, quality materials, including cardstock, decorative papers, stamps, inks, embossing products, die cuts and accessories are included in the $12 price of the class.
Advanced reservations are needed and may be placed by contacting Ree at (321) 773-0095, (321) 961-2350 or at email@example.com.
You may sign up for either the morning class (10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) or the afternoon class (1:30-3:30 p.m.) on Mondays.
Pre-registration is required by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling Ree at (321) 773-0095 or (321) 961-2350.
The Art Gallery of Viera is at 2261 Town Center Ave., Suite 111, Viera.
Exhibition at Fifth Avenue
The Fifth Avenue Art Gallery invites you to join in for 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.
Acrylic painting for beginners, experienced
This class is designed for adults, 16-99 years of age. No experience is needed, but welcome.
After completion of four meetings, the students will leave with a completed 18x28 acrylic painting on stretched canvas, ready for a wall.
They will be working some wet-on-wet and some on-dry surface and also explore texture usage.
The color wheel, mixing techniques and the creation of new colors will be learned. Large, two-inch brushes, as well as smaller ones are the main tools.
Acrylic painting requires no chemicals. Water is used for cleanup and paint thinning.
This class meets on Tuesdays in February only at the Indian Harbour Community Center, Gleason Park.
Meeting times are 9:30 a.m. to noon (morning class) and 5:30-8 p.m. (evening class), Feb. 19 and 26.
For more information, call Meike Aton at (417) 343-3481, email email@example.com or visit www.meikeaton.com
1960s production coming to Brevard
"Breaking Up Is Hard To Do," a musical based on the hit songs of 1960s pop rock artist Neil Sedaka, will run 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.surfsideplayers.com or Facebook group "Surfside Players."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
'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.
Gallery member receives award
A member of Fifth Avenue Art Gallery, Earl Evans, received his second consecutive "Photograph of the Year Award" during the Indian River Photo Club's annual year-end banquet and competition.
This is the first time that a member has collected the club's highest individual award two years in a row.
The 2012 award was for his old barn image, "Last Light," while 2011 was for the "Great Blue Heron piece, Irritated."
The Indian River Photo Club of Vero Beach, one of the state's larger and more established photography groups, also holds monthly contests and sponsors the annual photo competition for the Vero Beach Museum of Art. Mr. Evans has won numerous awards in these competitions.
In addition to being a member of the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery, he is vice-president of the Camera Club of Brevard and a member of the Beech Mountain, N.C. Art Guild.
To see more of Mr. Evans' work, visit the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery at 1470 Highland Ave., in the Eau Gallie Arts District of Melbourne.
Artist takes first place
Lori Pitten Jenkins, a member of Fifth Avenue Art Gallery, took first place at the Sebastian River Art Festival on Jan. 19 and 20.
She also won an award of Excellence at the Mount Dora Art Festival on Feb. 2 and 3.
Ms. Jenkins lives and creates in Melbourne, where she specializes in fine art watercolor painting.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.