Fleming Island

A Good Time for the Complete History of America (Abridged) at Island Theater 

by Madeline DeLorie (photos by Rachel Pontarolo) The Island Theater has brought a comic and quick version of the history of America to its stage in this new comedy sure to have you laughing throughout its two hour run time.  You may even have the chance to participate in this fun show put on by the energetic cast. If you are unfamiliar with Abridged shows – you may not know what to expect. However, if you enjoy satire and take a joke – you will be entertained. The three players of the show include Liane Barkley, Cindy Baker and Tricia …

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Major Awards for A Christmas Story at The Island Theater

Major Awards for A Christmas Story at The Island Theater

It’s the holiday season and options are abundant in the Jacksonville community but one familiar classic has landed in Fleming Island and shouldn’t be missed. A Christmas Story at The Island Theater is a beautiful presentation of the beloved movie live on stage. Directed by Shelley Finn, the production is the play version of the hit movie and brings to life all the iconic scenes in an immersive atmosphere that guarantees you’ll feel like you are sitting right in the Parker’s living room. Audience members can sit near the infamous flagpole or sit at the front of the class with …

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A Fairy-Tale Delight: Into the Woods at The Island Theater 

A Fairy-Tale Delight: Into the Woods at The Island Theater 

Fairy-tale lovers, delight! Into the Woods at The Island Theater in Fleming Island is the perfect family-friendly live theater experience to share with your children this Fall. Quirky, delightful, and entertaining from beginning to end, you’ll enjoy the show just as much as the kids as you revisit fairytale favorites with a fresh twist.   The woods are a pretty crowded place these days and everyone has their own competing interests and desires, each intertwined in a complicated plot line complete with fabulous musical numbers and choreography. Meet Cinderella, who desires a reprieve from domestic drudgery to attend the King’s Festival. …

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Laughter Through Tears: Steel Magnolias at the Island Theater

Laughter Through Tears: Steel Magnolias at the Island Theater

The Extraordinary Power of Friendship: Steel Magnolias at the Island Theater They’re as beautiful and delicate as magnolia flowers, but also as tough as steel.  A favorite Southern classic comes to life on stage at Fleming Island’s , and it’ll tickle you pink. Robert Harling’s 1987 play—most famous perhaps as a 1989 film starring Julia Roberts, Sally Field, and Dolly Parton—invites us into the close-knit world of small-town Louisiana women as they share life’s ups and downs and support each other during the heart retching death of one of their own. Based on Harling’s experience with the death of his …

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The Island Theater Upgrades with ‘Be More Chill’

The Island Theater Upgrades with 'Be More Chill'

‘Be More Chill’ is a phenomenal musical about teen angst, self identity and the impact social disconnection has on the generation Be More Chill may have closed on Broadway this past weekend, but it’s just ramping up at in and how lucky the fan base is that it is. Be More Chill is a musical with a unique history. It opened on Off Broadway and closed without making the leap to Broadway only to be revived two years later by popular demand. It’s second Off Broadway run quickly turned into a more than respectable Broadway run and a Tony nomination …

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Take a Journey of the Mind This Summer with The Phantom Tollbooth at The Island Theater

Phantom Tollbooth at The Island Theatre, Photo by Jennifer Melville, Fleming Island

Fantasy and allegory unite in this classic children’s tale brimming with mysterious characters, smart puns, and delightful adventures.  The Phantom Tollbooth—a play by Susan Nanus based on the classic 1961 novel by Norton Juster—has long served as many young reader’s first foray into the world of science fiction and fantasy adventure. in enlivens the quirky tale for a new generation. Whether you’re a reminiscing reader sharing the story with your kids or grandkids or you’re entirely unfamiliar with the storyline but are looking for a family-friendly summer excursion, you’ll find a whole lot to love.   The story begins in the …

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Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy: A Treasured Classic Comes Alive at The Island Theater  

Prepare to be charmed and delighted as you experience a timeless coming-of-age story that will delight audiences young and not-so-young alike.  Fleming Island’s brings Little Women- A Broadway Musical to life in a sweet and homey way. Feel like a child again as you relive this classic tale, or discover it for the first time. You’ll instantly fall in love with sisters Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March as they explore themes such as family, friendship, purpose, and fulfillment during the Civil War years. Written by Louisa May Alcott in 1868, the show debuted on Broadway in 2005 with a …

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Drama, Gossip, and the Power of Female Friendships – “The Women” Offers an Amusing Girl’s Night Out in Fleming Island

Drama, Gossip, and the Power (and Dangers) of Female Friendships - "The Women" Offers an Amusing Girl’s Night Out in Fleming Island, Photo by Jennifer Melville

No need for reality TV or Desperate Housewives reruns if you’re in the mood for a good dose of gossip and drama. ’s presents The Women with an all-female cast that charms and delights the audience from beginning to end. Although male characters play a vital role in the plotline– they’re the much-discussed source of the characters’ heartache, misery, and security all in one—there are no male performers whatsoever. These ladies really pull it off! Lovely Mary Haines leads a charmed life: a husband who adores her, an enviable lifestyle, servants, and two sweet children who are her pride and …

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A Musical Murder Mystery with Plenty of Intrigue: The Island Theater’s “Curtains”

Curtains, The Island Theater, Fleming Island

Jessica Crenshaw is terribly untalented. When the leading lady mysteriously dies during opening night of Robbin’ Hood of the Old West, the rest of the cast isn’t terribly upset…. Apart from the fact that a murder has occurred and they’re all suspects. It’s up to the Boston Police Department’s Lieutenant Frank Cioffi (played by ) to solve the crime. Believing the murderer is still in the building, he sequesters it and begins his investigation. Is the killer producer Carmen Bernstein (Laura Moussakhani) or her philandering husband, Sidney Bernstein (Mac McDonald)? Or perhaps one of the divorced songwriting team, Aaron Fox …

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A Play For The Times: The Crucible at the Island Theater

The Island Theater, The Crucible

By Madeline Delorie In 1953, Arthur Miller wrote a play called The Crucible as an allegory for the McCarthyism which was sweeping the country at the time. The Tony award winning play became destined to become an American classic. With repeated productions on Broadway and regular treatment in the classroom, The Crucible is a play that has withstood the test of time. This season, The Island Theater produced the show in a similarly tumultuous political landscape. The play is originally set in 1692 in the Massachusetts Bay Colony In the house of Reverend Samuel Parris (portrayed by Solomon Greene). Betty …

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