On Stage

Limelight Putnam County Spelling Bee, St. Augustine, Florida

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is cheerful, humorous, and B-U-Z-Z worthy entertainment the whole family will enjoy!

Limelight Theatre, July 21st – August 20th For tickets, & more information: http://limelight-theatre.org/ Running Time: One hour and 45 minutes with intermission This was my first time attending a show at the in and I really wasn’t sure what to expect. The atmosphere intimate and quaint as the room was full of conversation over flutes of champagne and excitement for the show. When the time came I made my way to Row C Seat 7 taking in all of my surroundings waiting for the show to begin. The buzz escalated as executive director kicked off the evening by welcoming the crowd and …

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SAILING THE NIGHT AWAY—THEATRE ON A MISSION

Theatre on a Mission (TOM) held its annual gala fundraising show on July 31, 2017 at . This is the third year the Alhambra has hosted this annual benefit. Team Coordinator , who has been instrumental in the group’s formation and growth, appeared as Master of Ceremonies. She introduced the group, provided information about its formation, and kept the festivities moving along smoothly. Shelley’s daughter, , and started the group while students at . In 2012, they raised the funds to take a trip to Bondo, Kenya, and invited other interested students to join them. Once there, they offered a …

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Theatre Jacksonville’s 97th Volunteer Awards

On Sunday July 30, 2017, Theatre Jacksonville held its annual celebration honoring volunteers from the 2016 – 2017 season. combines this special event with its annual meeting for members. For the second year, the celebration was at San Marco, a unique restaurant noted for its Thai and Southeast Asian cuisine, and its excellent selection of craft beers. , the outgoing President of the Board, gave an enthusiastic summary of the past season and its accomplishments. While this is a difficult time financially for many theatres, Ms. Thomas announced that TJ has finished in the black. She also thanked the individuals …

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Ghosts? Sir NoFace Lives, Supernatural Sleuth Chad Calek Comes To Jacksonville

Event: Sir NoFace Lives Venue: Ponte Vedra Concert Hall Date/Time: August 11 8pm (VIP access starts at 4pm) Tickets: $28+ Contact: https://www.pvconcerthall.com/ As a renowned paranormal investigator, has seen it all. Ghosts, spirits, apparitions—regardless of what you call them, the seasoned supernatural sleuth has encountered it. But nothing prepared him for the one called Sir, the subject of his new documentary and tour Sir NoFace Lives. Calek spoke to EU Jacksonville about his early experiences and the events which led to the Sir Noface Lives Tour coming August 11 to the . The tour includes a screening the documentary, which …

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Rock On! “AMERICAN IDIOT” at PBTS

PLAYERS BY THE SEA THEATRE REVIEW Jacksonville Beach’s Players by the Sea and The Lazzarra Family Foundation presented the final show of the 2016 – 2017 season with the punk rock musical “American Idiot.” The production will remain on stage through August 12, 2017. Call 249-0289 or visit playersbythesea.org for additional information and reservations. Players is celebrating its 50th year anniversary. The theatre has staged many cutting-edge musicals during past seasons, and done them well. Many readers will remember “Pippin,” “Sweeny Todd,” “Memphis,” “La Cage Aux Folles,” and “Chicago.” With “American Idiot” this community theatre continues to live up to …

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FSCJ ANNUAL HIGH SCHOOL SUMMER MUSICAL “WEST SIDE STORY”

A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW by Dick Kerekes & Leisla Sansom “West Side Story,” the 12th annual summer musical theatre production of the , has opened at the Wilson Center and will run through July 30, 2017. , Director of the Wilson Center for the Arts, conceived and produced the first production of the series. The shows have become a showcase for theatre students throughout the area, and the productions have become bigger and better with each passing year. “” was composed by Leonard Bernstein, with lyrics by , and book by . Choreographer directed the original production, which debuted in …

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Photo by Cathy Jones, American Idiot, Players By The Sea, Jacksonville Beach, Florida

Green Day’s Rock Opera “AMERICAN IDIOT” at Players By The Sea

The tragedies that occurred on 9/11 shook the world to its core and the fallout inspired the need for change on a global scale. Punk rock pioneers Green Day channeled the uncertainties of the post-9/11 era into the bold, daring rock opera American Idiot that proved there is still nothing more rock ‘n roll than rebellion. Released in 2004, American Idiot fused the rock concept arrangement of The Who’s Tommy with the musical theater format of Jesus Christ, Superstar. This cultural cross pollination birthed the hit Broadway musical of the same name that bridged the gap between politics and youthful …

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TRUST YOUR FUNNY: Cocoa Brown Delivers Laughs At Comedy Club of Jacksonville

Cocoa Brown is on fire. It’s a blazing hot July afternoon in Orlando and Brown is tooling around Gatorland with her family in the sweltering summer heat. She could pass for any single mom trying to keep up with her kids and nieces and nephews, gawking at the oversized reptiles and maintaining a constant head count.   When the sun sets, Brown hits the stage with her fiery brand of sharp-tongued comedy and she delivers with no filter and no regrets. appears July 27-29 at the (www.jacksonvillecomedy.com). Brown has appeared in television and film including Ted 2, Psych, The Single …

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SUMMER STAGING: FSCJ’s Summer Musical Theatre Experience Presents WEST SIDE STORY

The Florida State College at Jacksonville High School Summer Musical Theatre Experience is celebrating its 12th anniversary with a presentation of the West Side Story July 21-30 at the . Open to local area high school students, the pairs young thespians with some of the highest recognized local theatre directors, choreographers and musicians for an immersive stage experience. To audition, students must have completed the 7th grade prior to rehearsal. High school graduates may participate if they have just graduated in the current year. This summer, more than 70 student performers and technicians will be directed by in preparation for …

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4 Decades In Comedy: Sinbad Reminisces About Military, Bill Cosby & Donald Trump

In a lot of ways, Sinbad owes the success of his career to the United States military. Back in 1981 when the comedian, known then as David Atkins, was in the Air Force, he competed in a talent contest on base. He got some laughs, enough to keep getting back on the stage. But it was his failure to make the Air Force basketball team that prompted Sinbad to develop the style that would eventually frame his 30-plus year career in stand-up, television and film. “That was the first time I really got serious about comedy,” he says. “Up until …

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