Theatre

Tommy-guns & Tootoos: “THE ODD FATHER”

TURNING POINT OF DANCE REVIEW Turning Point of Dance held its annual showcase on Saturday, June 27, 2015 at Parker Auditorium on the campus of Middle School. , initially founded by in 1984, has been active in Jacksonville for over twenty years. After Nelson’s death in 2011, , who had just recently moved to Jacksonville and just happened to have some thirty-five years of experience as a musical theatre performer, director, and dance instructor, stepped in to take over teaching, and has remained ever since, continuing the tradition as Artistic Director. Turning Point of Dance is located at , 3674 …

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“Hairspray” is loaded with great voices and zany characters

THEATRE JACKSONVILLE REVIEW and present the blockbuster musical “” on stage at 2032 San Marco Avenue in Jacksonville, Florida during June 12-27, 2015. For reservations, call 904-396-4425 or visit theatrejax.com. The musical, which is based on a 1988 film, debuted on Broadway in August, 2002 and was a big hit from the beginning, with audiences at 99% capacity for the first year. The story is based on events related to Baltimore’s real life “Buddy Dean Show,” a popular televised teen dance show that was on the air from 1957 to 1964. The play received eight Tonys, and had a six-year …

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A Delightful Dilemma: Men are from Mars – Women are from Venus, Live!

Event: , Live! The differences between men and women are innumerable. The similarities are what are worth noting. There are truths big and small that we all share. “Men are from Mars – Women are from Venus, Live! explores the commonalities in relationships with humor and humanity. The presents this one-man fusion of theatre and stand-up starring June 11th-13th at the (www.artistseriesjax.org). The theatrical comedy is based on the New York Times #1 best-selling book by . Topics including sex, love, dating, and divorce are all represented in a candid and personal way that relates to many of us. As …

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They’re Creepy & They’re Kooky THE ADDAMS FAMILY

REVIEW OPCT chooses a summer musical to close out their theatrical seasons, and for the 2014-2015 season, it’s that preposterously zany laugh riot, “,” which opened on June 5, 2015 and will run through June 28, 2015 at their playhouse on Moody Road in Orange Park, Florida. The musical is based on the cartoons of the late , whose first published cartoon with the famous characters he created appeared in 1938 in “The New Yorker.” The characters became an enterprise unto themselves, with a sitcom, two animated series, three films, and pinball games. The musical opened in 2010 in New …

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High Wattage Cast In AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY

in Jacksonville Beach opened “,” on June 5, 2015, for a three-weekend run through June 20. The play, which had over 600 Broadway performances, has received wide critical acclaim and garnered multiple Tony Awards, while playwright Tracy Letts was awarded the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for drama. is no stranger to North Florida audiences. Players has staged two of his plays, “” and “,” in past seasons; both were excellent and well-received by audiences.  Like many playwrights, Letts uses personal experiences for his work. If you read the Dramaturg notes in the program, you will learn, that yes, Mr. Letts had …

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HELLO DOLLY: YOU’RE STILL GOING STRONG

St.Augustine’s opened that wonderful family musical, “” on June 5, 2015; it will run through July 5, 2015 on the Matuza Main Stage. The theatre is located in downtown at 11 Old Mission Avenue, and has ample free parking available for patrons. Tickets are selling fast; call 904-825-1164 or visit limelight-theatre.org for reservations and additional information. The musical, with music and lyrics by collaborator , is on everybody’s list of top musicals. The play opened on Broadway in 1964, and was awarded ten Tonys. This classic musical is a joyride through the glory days of early New York and it …

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DELIGHTFUL THEATRE DAY-TRIP: Valdosta’s Peach State Theatre

Have you seen ? If answer is no, it’s time for a trip to Valdosta, GA’s . Summer stock theatre is rare these days, so if you’d like to support this kind of theatre, even if you have seen Les Mis, the drive is a little under two hours from Jacksonville. Les Misérables has a reputation as being one of the most depressing musicals, which I’ve always found to be unjust, as ultimately the message is one of hope, not in the system, but in individuals and their quest to be better people, despite a crushingly unfair world that may …

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Teach Your Children Well: Dr. Lee Beger to retire from DASOTA

BY BRADLEY AKERS June 5th will mark itself as the end of a legacy—a legacy that has resulted from a 30-year tenure of a woman who has remarkably changed the lives of young artists through the devoted and in-depth training of the theatre arts. retires from the Chair of Theatre at , a position she has held since the school’s inception. Beger has led the theatre program through a student body growth from 30 to over 200 pupils and a faculty growth from 2 to 7 teachers. She has directed more than 45 productions at DA, winning statewide awards at …

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Spinning Yarns: Swamp Radio Tells Tales of North Florida

Swamp Radio Summer 2015

Event: Swamp Radio: How’s Your Summer? Date/Time: Friday June 12th, 8pm Location: Florida Theatre, 128 E Forsyth St Tickets: $25.50 or $50 with Olio dinner Contact: Florida Theatre Box Office 355-2787 or floridatheatre.com There is little doubt that Florida is a melting pot where all eccentricities proudly strut about with their freak flags flying high. There is also a brilliant undercurrent of culture and history that help weave the fabric of the region. That diversity offers a deep well of thought-provoking material and hilarious gems floating generously close to the surface. , a live radio show experience created and directed …

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Theatre On A Mission Brings Disney To Alhambra

AN ENCHANTED EVENING THEATRE ON A MISSION REVIEW presented an evening filled with songs and skits from Disney films on June 1, 2015 at the as a fundraising event. Sixteen energetic young adults will be going to Golfito, Costa Rica on June 23, to conduct a theatre camp for 350 or more elementary school students. The organization is a 501(c) non-profit group, whose members have taken their talents to Kenya on two previous trips, bringing theatre, as well as other changes, including a new village school and a fresh water system. Students who will be traveling to Costa Rica made …

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