On Stage

PLAYERS BY THE SEA PELICAN AWARDS 2015

wrapped up its 49th season on August 15, 2015 at their playhouse in Jacksonville Beach, with their annual volunteer celebration and awards ceremony. The have attended a number of the celebrations, but this year’s full house audience seemed particularly lively and excited. The exuberance no doubt reflected Players very successful past season, and the anticipation of the big 50th Season opening in September. and were the Masters of Ceremony, with various actors tapped to present individual awards. A new feature was The Gold Brown Bag Awards, by long-time Players supporter and jack of all trades involving theatre, . She sketched …

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Let’s Do The Time-Warp! THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW

THE 1904 MUSIC HALL THEATRE REVIEW One of the newest additions to the downtown entertainment scene in Jacksonville, Florida opened a two-weekend run of “”, ’s classic musical, on Friday, August 14, 2015. RHS Live Productions, in partnership with the (at 19 Ocean Street), has additional performances scheduled at 8:00 pm on August 15, 21, 22, and at 11:30 on August 15 and 22. For tickets, go to www.1904musichall.com. We have seen a number of live Rocky shows over the years, most recently at in St. Augustine and in 2012 at the in Arlington. This one has the same zany …

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RINGING IN FIFTY YEARS WITH ALL THE FRILLS AND FEATHERS: “LA CAGE AUX FOLLES”

Players by the Sea presents the Tony Award winning musical LA CAGE AUX FOLLES to kick-off the 50th anniversary season. Feathers will fly, for better or worse, in this gender-bending smash hit! Meeting the in-laws is never easy, but Jean-Michel has it tougher than most. His future in-laws are ultra-conservative, while his father runs a drag nightclub where his “mother” is the star performer. When Jean-Michel asks them to masquerade as a straight couple for just one night, things go hysterically wrong. A dazzling musical with lots of humor and even more heart! The show is directed and choreographed by …

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Fiesta 450! The St. Augustine Amphitheatre Celebrates the 450th Anniversary of St. Augustine

BY RENEE UNSWORTH EVENT: EMMA presents Fiesta 450! VENUE: St. Augustine Amphitheatre DATE: Sunday, September 6, 2015 TIME: Doors 3pm / Free Performances 4– 7:30pm / Ticketed Performance 7:30pm TICKET PRICES: $19.00-$100.00 INFO: www.emmaconcerts.com; www.staugamphitheatre.com The nation’s oldest city is celebrating its 450th birthday in September. Visits by the king and queen of Spain, a music and street festival, and the annual Menendez landing will take place, along with a day-long celebration of Spanish culture at the . will feature six hours of live music, dance, cultural groups, reenactors and more. This event is hosted by the , a nonprofit, …

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Ryan Murphy – The Puzzle Master Behind St. Augustine’s 450th

If history has taught us anything, it’s to reflect on our successes and our failures as a roadmap for the future. has a lot of practice staging massive events for the city of St. Augustine and is always looking back at past endeavors to determine what works and where he can find room for improvement. As the director of the city’s Cultural Events Division, Murphy and the St. Johns County staff are gearing up for the city’s 450th anniversary celebration featuring for over 80 bands and cultural arts performances over three days. This is Murphy’s wheelhouse. Putting on large concerts …

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Its all in the planning – St. Augustine’s 450 Gets Organized

By ANNE C. HEYMEN Its party time as St. Augustine prepares to celebrate the 450th anniversary of the city’s founding by . The city’s actual birthday is Sept. 8, but many special events are planned prior to and after that special day. In addition, a number of organizations have completed or are conducting lasting projects to mark this special date in the city’s history. An invitation is extended for a big bash Sept. 5 at the Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth Park, where a 450th Landing Day Thanksgiving feast and celebration are planned. On that day, re-enactors, after recreating …

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“BEYOND THERAPY” A COMEDY FOR NEUROTICS

LIMELIGHT THEATRE REVIEW St. Augustine’s opened the hilarious comedy/farce “” in the Koger-Gamache Studio Theatre on August 7, 2015. It will be on stage until August 30. Show times are at 7:30 pm Thursday-Saturday, with a 2:00 pm matinee on Sunday. This funny funny show was written by in 1982, his first play of many comedies with absurdist themes. Durang is back in vogue at age 66; his 2013 play “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” was awarded the Tony for Best Play and has been staged throughout the country during the past two years. A simple plot summary …

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A Standing O: THEATRE JACKSONVILLE 2015 AWARDS

Theatre Jacksonville held its annual membership meeting and volunteer awards ceremony on August 2, 2015 at 927 Forsyth in downtown Jacksonville, Florida. Outgoing President , completing her second term, recapped the shows of the previous season and reported that it was both artistically and financially very successful. once again finished in the black. She was especially proud of the fourteen thousand volunteer hours donated by people in the community. She pointed out the financial support from a number of corporate sponsors that paved the way to a successful year, which included The Endowed Event Grant Fund, recently established by through …

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CLYBOURNE PARK: exceptional actors exceed the exhausting demands of their roles

THE 5 & DIME THEATRE COMPANY REVIEW Jacksonville’s opened “Clybourne Park,” written by , on July 31, 2015 at . The play, which received the 2011 for Drama and a 2012 Tony for Best Play, will continue for three more performances during August 7 – 9. If you plan on going, we recommend ordering tickets at www.The5andDime.org, since the first weekend sold out. The website also offers tickets for a brunch/dinner option at the Cummer Café before the show. If the title sounds familiar, you may recall ’s Tony-nominated play “A Raisin in the Sun,” in which a widowed African-American …

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Follow A Yellow Brick Road – “THE WIZARD OF OZ”

FSCJ HIGH SCHOOL SUMMER MUSICAL REVIEW The 10th Annual FSCJ High School Musical opened on stage at the at 11901 Beach Boulevard in Jacksonville, Florida on July 24, 2015. This year’s selection, which will run through August 2, is “.” You have probably seen one or more versions of what has become one of America’s most popular family musicals, enjoyed by children and adults of all ages. When wrote “The Wonderful World of Oz,” a children’s novel which was first published in 1900, he could not possibly have envisioned its future success as an enduring classic, capturing both the imagination …

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