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quirky and whimsical “Almost, Maine”

PLAYERS BY THE SEA THEATRE REVIEW DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM [email protected] Jacksonville Beaches’ opened a three-week run of John Cariani’s quirky and whimsical play “Almost, Maine” in its Studio Theatre on March 11, 2016. “” was a play that almost wasn’t at all successful. It opened Off-Broadway in 2006, and had a brief run. A very brief run; it closed a month later after poor ticket sales. But after this unpromising beginning, other theatres discovered that the script, filled with both funny and tender romantic moments, has many desirable features. Set requirements are minimal, and casting is expansible; roles …

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PBTS: 50 Years of Curtain Call Is Just The Beginning

The Script Before The Curtain: Inspiring Playwrights A collaborative program at is giving voice to local playwrights. , developed by associate director , will nurture the development of two new scripts from the page to the stage. “Players by the Sea has a long and rich history of producing original works, in particular by local playwrights,” says Executive Director . “It’s never been anything formal. People would come to us with an idea or concept or a play and we would look at it and say, ‘yeah, why not. We are a local theatre. We want to serve the community.” …

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A Christmas present to North Florida: Godspell

GODSPELL PLAYERS BY THE SEA THEATRE REVIEW by DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM [email protected]   Players by the Sea opened its Christmas present to North Florida with ”,” a true theatre classic. The opening was on December 6, and it will run through December 20, 2015. Players is located at 106 Sixth Street North in Jacksonville Beach. Call 904-249-0289 or visit playersbythesea.org for additional information and reservations. “Godspell,” which debuted in the early 70s, was conceived by , with music by a young . The musical ran for five years and has remained popular. In 2011, for its 40th anniversary, …

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An Amazing 50 Years of Players By The Sea in Jacksonville Beach

Event: Players by the Sea 50th Season Kickoff Gala at the Opening Night of La Cage Aux Folles Venue: Players by the Sea, 106 6th St. N., Jacksonville Beach 32250 Date/Time: September 18, 7pm gala, 8pm curtain Tickets: $85 for non-members and $50 for members Contact: 904.249.0289 www.playersbythesea.org   Before the first curtain at Players by the Sea in October 1966, beaches residents had to travel west on Atlantic Boulevard, then the only arterial road leading into downtown, to enjoy a live theatre experience. But the founders of Players wanted to do more than bring live productions to the stage. …

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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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Intriguing Music & Excellent Voices in “AIDA”

PLAYERS BY THE SEA THEATRE REVIEW Jacksonville Beach’s and present and ’s AIDA, on stage during July 17 – August 8, 2015. , hoping to attain the success they had with “,” produced this musical which is based ’s opera of the same name. Featuring the music of Elton John and Tim Rice, two of the most popular names in show business, it ran on Broadway for over 1,800 performances. Elton John’s fame no doubt was the reason for its success; the critics were often lukewarm. Even if you have never been to one of Elton John’s many concerts , …

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Timeless Love: “AIDA” @ Players By The Sea

  is celebrating summer by staging a rock ‘n roll version of a timeless love story. Elton John’s “” is presented July 17-31 and Aug 1-8 on the theater’s Main Stage. Based on the book by , and with music by and lyrics by , Aida is directed by . Music is under the direction of with choreography by . Originally written by , Aida was first performed as an Italian-language opera in 1871. The evolution to the Broadway stage was led by Elton John and Tim Rice in March, 2000. The PBTS production honors the story by sticking to …

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[TITLE OF SHOW] – PLAYERS BY THE SEA/LIMELIGHT THEATRE REVIEW

As part of its March Madness theme, Players by the Sea brought in [title of show], a musical new to Jacksonville, for three performances beginning March 19, 2015. The musical was previously staged at Limelight Theatre in St. Augustine in August, 2014. Due to a heavy reviewing schedule, the were not able to see it in the Ancient City, so we were delighted that it was coming to the Jacksonville Beaches. We have to admit we did not know anything initially about this show, but had seen most of the cast elsewhere on stage, and so were inspired to go. …

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ABET “Twas The Night Before Christmas” Review

ABET opened its final show of 2014 with a very family-friendly Christmas play on stage at 716 Ocean Boulevard in Atlantic Beach, Florida, on-stage through December 21, 2014. Call 249-7177 or visit abettheatre.com for reservations. Tickets are $20.00 for adults, $10 for children under 18. Before we tell you about this delightful yuletide treat, let us say that a good reason for going to see it is because it was written by Ken Ludwig, one of the most popular playwrights in the North Florida area. How many of his locally produced plays have you seen? The list includes “,” “,” …

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Water By The Spoonful

 presents ‘ Pulitzer Prize winning play, “,” which, after opening on August 22, 2014 will run through September 6. The production is staged in the Studio Theatre at Players in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. For reservations, call 904-249-0289 or visit playersbythesea.org.“,” an earlier work by Ms. Hudes, received a Tony for Best Musical in 2007. “Water” debuted in Connecticut at the Hartford Stage in 2011, and was awarded the coveted Pulitzer in 2012. It opened in New York in January 2013, and ran for one month. Notes prepared by Resident Dramaturg  are posted on Players’ website and are recommended reading, as …

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