Patron producer predicts phenomenal plays
By Jessica Tuggle
VERO BEACH - The theater season will not begin until October, but some Riverside Theatre producers are getting ready to meet the cast.
Heidi Waxlax of Vero Beach has been a fervent patron of the arts since coming to Indian River County. She will join with other arts lovers to see auditions for Riverside Theatre's first production of the 2012-13 season, "Ain't Misbehavin.'"
Mrs. Waxlax is one of about 40 patron producers of Riverside Theatre. Patron producers invest $10,000 into Riverside Theatre productions each year. The money is used solely for production costs and allows for bigger and better quality shows, Riverside Theatre staff said.
"As patron producers we have a lot of little perks and it's very interesting what we get to do," said Mrs. Waxlax.
"You get to follow the whole production from the auditions to the farewell party. In August we'll go to the auditions for the first show in New York," she said.
The first year there were 13 patron producers, but just a few short years later that number has grown to 43, Mrs. Waxlax said
When asked what production she is most looking forward to this season, Mrs. Waxlax said without hesitation, "Les Miz!"
The addition of "Les Miserables" to the 2012-13 schedule was a later addition because it took longer to secure permission to produce an original version of the beloved musical.
"I just read that book (by Victor Hugo) again and I love the whole story," Mrs. Waxlax said.
"It's very emotional and very strong. It's not a "la-la-la" light musical, it's a deep musical with great lyrics and the story is incredible," she said.
Mrs. Walax is also on the board of directors for the theater and she was told of the musical ahead of any official announcement.
"I was like a boiling kettle someone put a lid on," she said with a laugh.
The season will kick off to an uproarious start in October with the music of Fats Waller in "Ain't Misbehavin.' The classic musical, "Funny Girl" will be featured in January.
The most talked about production, "Les Miserables," will begin in February and the season will close with an April production of the all-American Broadway hit, "Grease."
Subscriptions for all four productions on the Stark Stage are as low as $120. A three-show subscription package is also available starting at $90.
The contemporary, new or off-Broadway shows, called the Second Stage Season, will begin in January with the six-time Tony award-winning play, "Red," which follows two characters as they search to find meaning in their artistic careers.
In March, Riverside Theatre will produce "Side by Side by Sondheim," which is a tribute to composer-lyricist, Stephen Sondheim.
"Faith Healer" is the third and final production of the Second Stage series and it will run in April. The story gives a glimpse into the life of a charismatic man who claimed to possess healing powers
Series tickets for Second Stage productions are $105 and single tickets are $40. Single tickets will go on sale in December.
For season tickets or more information about Riverside Theatre, call (772) 231-6990 or visit www.riversidetheatre.com.