Hitchcock's 'The 39 Steps' at the Civic Theatre
The Melbourne Civic Theatre presents Alfred Hitchcock's "The 39 Steps" through Sunday, Sept. 23 at LeGallerie Plaza, 817 E. Strawbridge Ave., Melbourne.
This blissfully funny show follows the incredible adventures of our handsome hero Richard Hannay, complete with stiff-upper-lip, British gung-ho and pencil moustache as he encounters dastardly murders, double-crossing secret agents and, of course, devastatingly beautiful women.
Literally nothing has been cut from this hilarious and spectacular version of Britain's most spell-binding thriller.
"The 39 Steps" is adapted from the novel by John Buchan, from the movie of Alfred Hitchcock and an original concept by Nobby Dimon and Simon Corble.
The show is directed by Peg Girard with a cast of four, including Mark Blackledge as "Richard Hannay," Christina LaFortune as "Annabella," "Margaret" and "Pamela," Dana Blanchard as "Clown 1" and Pete Jacobsen as "Clown 2." The set and light design, as well as technical direction, is by Alan Selby, sound design by Wendy Reader and costume design by Alice Henning.
"The 39 Steps" will run Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. at the Melbourne Civic Theatre, LeGallerie Plaza, 817 E. Strawbridge Ave., Melbourne.
For more information or tickets, call (321) 723-6935 or visit www.mymct.org.
Creative cards and gift-making class at the Art Gallery of Viera will be 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 1:30-3:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 27.
Cost is $12 per class.
The Art Gallery of Viera is at 2261 Town Center Ave., Suite 111, Viera.
For reservations, call (321) 773-0095 or (321) 961-2350 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Artist Retreat inspires exhibit
Discussion about a weekly painting session and a request for a birthday gift to get away and paint for a few days morphed into a four-day artist retreat that inspired new ideas, stirred creativity and planning of future trips.
Creative results of the four-day artist retreat will be on display during the month of August at Art and Antique Studio and Gallery, 1419 Highland Ave., Melbourne.
The exhibitors are: Carol Marshall, Jo Lincoln, Karen Lewis, Barbara May Smythers, Cynthia Perry, Mike McCluiston, Therese Ferguson and Lolly Walton.
For more information, call (321) 253-1941.
'Rescue Me' theme for August at the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery
"Rescue Me" is a members show that will bring awareness to animals in need of help.
It will be highlighting three organizations, the Friends of Viera Wetlands, Florida Wildlife Hospital and the Humane Society of South Brevard.
Members will have art works that represent endangered, threatened, protected or simply animals in need or of concern.
The show will run through Friday, Aug. 31.
For more information, call (321) 259-8261 or email judyedwards05@gmailcom.
Indian River Potters Guild expands educational program
The Indian River Potters Guild is offering new courses in fused glass and mosaics to expand the spectrum of visual arts instruction at the studio.
Classes in wheel thrown/hand-built pottery and sculpture have been filled to capacity, requiring the addition of more options to the schedule.
Class description and times may be found at the studio's website at www.indianriverpotters.com.
Indian River Potters Guild is a ceramic art studio located in the Eau Gallie Arts District at 1542 Guava Ave., Melbourne.
Classes are open to adults and mature teens.
The studio provides opportunities to explore visual arts through classes and memberships.
For more information, visit www.indianriverpotters.com.
Art League officers
Officers for the Strawbridge Art League are:
. Kathy McElhinney -
. Kelli Coats - vice
president of exhibits
. Mike Passariello - vice
president of programs
. Leala Dunn - treasurer
. Donn Spencer -
. John Mark McElhinney -
The Strawbridge Art League welcomes volunteers and new members.
For more information, call (321) 952-3070.
Cuba unveiled in two books
Dawn Currie is proud to announce the release of two new books: "In Search of the Real Cuba: A Journey from East to West; From Ignorance to Insight" and "Faces of Cuba."
These books provide a glimpse of life in Cuba, where time stands still, yet takes its toll.
They are the fruits of a physically and mentally challenging two-week trek by the author / photographer that spans the island of Cuba from east to west.
Ms. Currie brought school and clinic supplies to impoverished areas and left enriched with memories to last a lifetime.
"In Search of the Real Cuba" includes more than 300 photos that will stir the mind and stories that touch the soul.
"Faces of Cuba" includes images of the resilient, creative, and generous Cuban people, where they work and live.
These works were made possible, in part, from the patrons who purchased her photographs during the solo exhibition and art sale at the Viera Government Center. The books are available online at blurb.com.
She is preparing for a solo exhibition at the Gallery of Hope in Vero Beach, that opens Oct. 3. Her images can also be viewed and purchased at curried.smugmug.com.
What is the Brevard Theatrical Ensemble?
The Brevard Theatrical Ensemble's storytellers search all year for stories about Florida's historical past.
The events and people involved with the states long history is exciting, funny and sometimes sad, but always entertaining.
For, not only is the state surrounded by water that is enjoyed by tourists, but it has nurtured and produced some of the worlds great events.
The nonprofit ensemble uses these historical facts to bring a frozen moment in time back, so that you can share the common ground on which we all walk.
This year's production starts in the world of 1513 and continues with events and people who assisted in developing the state:
. Ponce de Leon: 1513,
Fountain of Youth)
. Osceola: 1838, (his
. Dr. John Gorrie: 1842,
be thankful to him for
every glass of cold water
. Henry Flager: at 53,
when most are thinking of
retirement, he began
opening the East Coast
. St. Augustine: not only
the oldest city in America,
but it holds many ghost
. Carl Fisher: his dreams
built Miami Beach with
his faithful elephant
These are just a few of the stories told by master tellers in costumes of the time and live music to enhance the evening performances.
For more information about the Brevard Theatrical Ensemble, email email@example.com or call (321) 676-0697.
Eau Gallie Arts District events
The Eau Gallie Arts District in Melbourne presents:
. Sculpture workshops: every Thursday 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 1:30-3:30 p.m., at Ralph's Art Supply, 1520 Highland Ave., Melbourne. Instructor is Pearl Ollie. Cost is $35 for two hours or $65 for all four hours. Firing is additional.
For more information, call (321) 255-3331.
. Art class: Saturday, noon to 4 p.m., Aug. 25 at Highland Art Studio, 1414 Highland Ave., Melbourne: Pollock-Style Black & White Abstract Splatter, spray, sand, glass. Instructor is Humberto Rebollo. All ages welcome. Cost is $35. All supplies are provided. Leave with a 20-by-16 finished artwork you created. Bring snacks, sodas and wine, if you like.
Call to reserve or stop by the studio 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays or noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursdays.
For more information, call (321) 243-9855 or visit www.highlandstudiio.com.
. Farmers Market: every Saturday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Highland Avenue and Eau Gallie Boulevard, Melbourne. Fresh produce, plants, flowers, arts, crafts and more outdoors in Eau Gallie Square.
For more information, call (321) 917-0721 or email Richard@brevardfarmersmarkets.com.
. Coming in September: five-course meal with wine tasting and live music at Live Oaks Bistro, 1385 Highland Ave., Melbourne.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Auditions for upcoming production of 'Foreigner'
The Melbourne Civic Theatre, LeGallerie Plaza, 817 E. Strawbridge Ave., Melbourne, is conducting auditions for "Foreigner" by Larry Shue.
Needed are five men and two women. Age range is 20-60 years of age.
Accents needed are British and Southern.
The scene is a fishing lodge in rural Georgia, often visited by "'Froggy' LeSeuer," a British demolition expert, who occasionally runs training sessions at a nearby army base.
This time "Froggy" has brought along a friend, a pathologically shy young man named "Charlie," who is overcome with fear at the thought of making conversation with strangers. So "Froggy," before departing, tells all assembled that "Charlie" is from an exotic foreign country and speaks no English.
Once alone, the fun really begins, as "Charlie" overhears more than he should - the evil plans of a sinister, two-faced minister and his redneck associate; the fact that the minister's pretty fiancée is pregnant; and many other damaging revelations made with the thought that "Charlie" doesn't understand a word being said. That he does fuels the nonstop hilarity of the play and sets up the wildly funny climax in which things go uproariously awry for the "bad guys," and the "good guys" emerge triumphant.
Auditions will consist of cold readings from the play.
The event will be directed by Peg Girard. The show will run six weeks from Oct. 12 through Nov. 18.
Rehearsals will begin immediately.
For more information, call (321) 723-6935.
'Call for Art' deadline
Gallery of Viera has announced "Something to Talk About ... art with a message."
The gallery is looking for art that makes a statement.
Art Gallery of Viera shows draw quite a crowd, so guest artists, this is a chance to let your voice be heard.
This featured art show will run from Sept. 7 through Oct. 6, with an opening reception on Sept. 8 from 6-9 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.
All art mediums are accepted. The theme of the show is centered around.
Artwork should be "family-appropriate." No work previously exhibited at Art Gallery of Viera will be accepted.
Submissions are due Thursday, Aug. 30.
To apply, visit www.artgalleryofviera.com and scroll down to the call for art.
Opening reception: '100% Pure' exhibition
The Fifth Avenue Art Gallery presents the opening of "100% Pure Florida 2011" juried exhibition.
Artists from all over the state entered this competition, and winners are chosen by a panel from the gallery.
The show is always an eclectic montage, highlighting the various talented artists who live throughout the state. Winners in years past have come from as far away as St. Augustine and Miami.
Visit with the artists as you peruse the artwork and enjoy light refreshments during the First Friday Art Walk, 5:30-8 p.m. Friday, Sept 7.
The reception is free and open to the public.
Afterwards continue your stroll down the street to enjoy dinner and other shops, galleries as well as the museum in Eau Gallie.
The exhibition runs from Monday, Sept. 3 through Sunday, Sept. 30.
The Fifth Avenue Art Gallery is at 1470 Highland Ave., Melbourne.
The Fifth Avenue Art Gallery, the premier member gallery in Brevard County, was established in 1975. It is artist owned and operated. The gallery is located in the Eau Gallie Arts District of Melbourne, across the street from the Foosaner Art Museum.
Gallery telephone number is (321) 259-8261. Visit the gallery online at www.fifthavenueartgallery.com and on Facebook.
Be a part of an interactive digital happening
Art Gallery of Viera invites you the reception of its newest art show, "Something to Talk About ... art with a message," on Saturday, Sept. 8 from 6-9 p.m.
This promises to be a fascinating show, giving local artists a chance to speak their minds through their art. Come see what they have to say!
While you are there, be sure to take advantage of the chance to become part of a one-of-a-kind, live digital photography creation!
The gallery's creative director and digital artist Jerry Hanzl will create an interactive collage of this event as it unfolds. Gallery guests will be invited to be photographed and become part of this exciting real time piece of art.
The final image, which will be available for purchase, will be seen on the Art Gallery of Viera website the next morning.
Come enjoy light refreshments and music and become a part of Art Gallery of Viera's Digital Art Happening.
The gallery is located at The Avenue in Viera.
For more information, visit the website at www.artgalleryofviera.com or call the gallery at (321) 504-4343.
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