Tag Archives: Orange Park Community Theatre (OPCT)

Bewitchingly 'Bell, Book and Candle' at Orange Park Community Theatre

Bewitchingly ‘Bell, Book and Candle’ at Orange Park Community Theatre

For the second show of its 50th Anniversary season, (OPCT) took on the 1950 classic, Bell, Book and Candle. In a bewitchingly fun version, the audience, to paraphrase Aunt Queenie, was giggling and giggling (and laughing) pretty consistently throughout. Considering this script is almost 70 years old and has spawned two well-known movies (its namesake and Spellbound) and a TV series (Bewitched), there is a large shadow from which they have admirably stepped. It is unusual to critique two consecutive shows by the same director. has cast this impeccably, each character bringing their own distinct personality to the stage. This …

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Let’s Get Spooky! Halloween Events In & Around Jacksonville, Spooktacular

Let’s Get Spooky! Halloween Events for Kids & Adults around Jacksonville

Fun and frights on the First Coast The weather is cooling, store shelves are filled with candy and plastic skeletons, and horror movies make up about half of what’s on TV at any given moment. Yes, my fellow Jacksonvillians, Halloween is officially upon us! Next to Christmas, this is the biggest holiday of the year, and Jacksonville knows how to celebrate it. If you find yourself bored at any point this month, well, that’s on you, because in addition to the hundreds of events and happenings that usually take place in our fair city, this month is loaded with fall …

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A Beauty of a Start to a 50th Season at Orange Park Community Theatre

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast With a rendition of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast that had everyone laughing, clapping, ooh-ing and aah-ing, kicks off its 50th Anniversary season. For a small stage, this theatre touts big talent. Director brings to life a show that delights the senses of young and old alike, and I say that because the entire audience, with a fairly full house, was clearly enjoying themselves throughout. The characters are well-cast, the vocals (Jeremy McKinnies) and choreography (Javi Fernandez) are wonderful, and there are audible gasps and claps from the audience with the myriad of reveals from …

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The Music Man: 76 Trombones are on Parade at Orange Park Community Theatre

The last show of ’s season is The Music Man. This classic musical with book, music, and lyrics by Meredith Willson, was not only based on Willson’s boyhood in Mason City, Iowa, but the role of Marian was based on a real person, Marian Seeley of Provo, UT, a medical records librarian whom Willson met in WWII. There were over 40 drafts and 20 cut songs before the show finally made it to Broadway in 1957, where it has been so successful, it garnered five Tony awards (over West Side Story) in its first year, spawned TV and Film adaptations, …

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One Toe’s in the Funny Bone at Orange Park Community Theatre

Orange Park Community Theatre just opened One Toe in the Grave, a comedy by Jack Sharkey. You may have previously seen a Sharkey play and not realized it, as he wrote under four pseudonyms as well as his own name. He didn’t start writing for stage until in his thirties, but by the time he passed, he had over eighty published comedies, musicals, and thrillers. That the audience was laughing pretty much throughout the show is a testament not only to the cast, but to Sharkey’s wit. Jason Kingsley () is the treasurer for Murdock and Moran (M&M), a company …

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OPCT's Dixie Swim Club, Orange Park Community Theatre

Dive into Enjoyment with OPCT’s Dixie Swim Club

Orange Park Community Theatre’s third show this season is The Dixie Swim Club, a touching comedy by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten.  Even though this is a rather prolifically performed script, it remains  popular. The relevance of the characters in the story consistently cuts across generations and communities as a study in friendship and how it grows and changes through the years. Five Southern women who became friends on their college swim team set aside a long weekend each year to recharge their relationships. Free from husbands, children, jobs, they always meet at the same beach cottage on …

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“LEGALLY BLONDE” at the Orange Park Community Theatre: Filled With Wit And Clever Numbers

ORANGE PARK COMMUNITY THEATRE REVIEW The Orange Park Community Theatre opened the final show of its 47th season on June 9, 2017 with the musical “Legally Blonde.” It will be on stage at 2900 Moody Avenue through July 2. Call 904-276-2599 for reservations. “” began as a novel, was made into a successful film musical starring Reese Witherspoon in 2001, and was transformed into a stage musical in 2007. It remains a popular musical in the USA. The music and lyrics by Neil Benjamin and Laurence O’Keefe (of “Batboy: The Musical” fame) are upbeat, and along with the book by …

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DUAL CRITICS REVIEW : MARY POPPINS “lively, charming, strongly cast, delightfully engineered, and engaging”

ORANGE PARK COMMUNITY THEATRE REVIEW A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW BY DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM [email protected] The opened , the 2006 Tony Award winning musical, on September 9, 2016, which will run through October 2, 2016. The theatre is located at 2900 Moody Avenue in Orange Park, Florida. Tickets are selling fast. Call 904-276-2599 or visit www.opct.info for additional information. Mary Poppins is based on the popular 1964 Disney film of the same name, which was adapted from an earlier series of children’s books by author P. L. Travers, and is a spectacular and family-friendly musical. Under the direction of …

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A zany comedy “Insane with Power”

ORANGE PARK COMMUNITY THEATRE REVIEW Dick Kerekes & Leisla Sansom [email protected] presents the Florida premiere of the zany comedy “” at their playhouse on Moody Road in Orange Park, Florida. The production, which opened on November 6, 2015, will be on stage through November 22. The play was written by Indiana playwright in 2007, and was the first play he ever wrote. Since then, he has authored a dozen plus comedies that have been produced by schools and community theatres throughout the country. OPCT has a tradition of staging farces; plays with farfetched plots filled with physical comedy. Regular patrons …

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