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Players By The Sea is Looking for New Voices

New Voices Program at PBTS Puts Important, Relevant Stories Into The World Players by the Sea is looking for new voices to participate in a year-long program designed to bring original works to the stage. Established in 2016, the was created as a vehicle to nurture and develop scripts by local playwrights. Now that theatres have gone dark during the pandemic, Players revived the program after a yearlong hiatus into a virtual platform “New Voices: Voices Unheard.” “I created the New Voices program as a way for to help nurture and elevate the voices of local playwrights. At that time, …

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FROM THE ARCHIVES: QUILTERS AT PLAYERS BY THE SEA IN 2002  

Reviewed by Dick Kerekes and originally published in EU JACKSONVILLE in 2002 As theatres are closed throughout the world because of the current pandemic crisis, the Dual Critics along with many others, are revisiting and republishing some of their previous work. The musical “Quilters,” was staged at Players By the Sea in 2002 and took home the trophy for best play of the year. Molly Newman and Barbara Damashek used the book “Quilters: Women and Domestic Art” (first published in 1977), as the basis for the production, which dramatized the history of the American frontier in a most unique way. …

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5 Reasons Why Brits Love Florida

Around 700,000 British expats live in the U.S., and a huge chunk of that population has chosen to reside in Florida. By the estimates of the British consulate in Orlando, approximately 400,000 British expats are in the state. But what makes Florida so attractive to the Brits? Brit-Friendly Culture A Florida retirement has become somewhat of a tradition in the UK. Much of this is because local Floridian culture offers a lot to retiring Brits. Home to the La Martina Miami Beach Polo World Cup, Miami’s version of soccer replaces the traditional green field with sand. For soccer fans, the new …

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ROMEO & JULIET Presented by an All-Female Cast at PLAYERS BY THE SEA

A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW BY DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM On Saturday February 23, 2020, the Bard’s Romeo and Juliet was staged at Jacksonville Beach’s Players by the Sea Theatre, and played to an appreciative almost full house. The play, first mounted in the late 1500’s, is one of Shakespeare’s most well-known and most- produced plays. The production at Players included a twist: an all-female cast.  So how did they get to Players, and why an all-female cast? Tyler Lewis’s Self-Produced Theatre initially planned to stage the play in a venue in Springfield, but regrettably lost its space. Players by …

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“A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” at Players by the Sea

A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW by Dick Kerekes & Leisla Sansom “Forum” is based on the comedies of long-ago Greek playwright Plautus (251-183 BC), with a modern-day book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart and music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. An interesting little-known fact about the show occurred during pre-Broadway tryouts when it wasn’t doing well. Jerome Robbins was consulted; he advised presenting the show as a wild, ribald comedy, and got the talented Sondheim to write “Comedy Tonight” for the opening number. That did it: after opening on Broadway in 1962, it remained for almost 1,000 performances, garnered six …

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The Immigrant: An Upbeat, Limited-Set Story at Players by the Sea's Studio Theatre

The Immigrant: An Upbeat, Limited-Set Story at Players by the Sea’s Studio Theatre

A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW Jacksonville Beaches is always coming up with new ideas. Last year, they created a “Second Season” to expand their offerings. The plays, most with limited sets and costuming, are staged in the Studio Theatre, which has about eighty seats. The first play of this venture was “Memories of Ruby Mae” in September, 2019. Players did not sell tickets for the play but did accept donations. This year they staged “The Immigrant,” during January 9 – 11. “The Immigrant” was written in 1985 by multi-talented Mark Harelik, an American television, film, and stage actor, and playwright. The play …

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A Soulful Trip Down the Yellow Brick Road: The Wiz at Players by the Sea Theatre

A Soulful Trip Down the Yellow Brick Road: The Wiz at Players by the Sea Theatre

It’s a familiar story that has endeared families for decades. Based on the original book “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by William F. Brown, The Wiz opens the 54th season at Sept. 20 with a soulful trip down the Yellow Brick Road. The musical features many of the same characters later reprised in the film The Wiz but with a decidedly 70’s urban twist. Directed by , The Wiz is an urban retelling of the classic children’s novel in the context of modern African-American culture featuring a funk, gospel and soulful score. A reimagining of L. Frank Baum‘s classic 1900 children’s …

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Players by the Sea's Annual Pelican Awards Gives Recognition for the Year

Players by the Sea Celebrates a Successful Season with Annual Pelican Awards

PBTS’s Annual Pelican Awards Gives Due Recognition Local theatre group held its annual celebration on Saturday, August 24, 2019 at its theatre in . The festive evening began in the lobby at 6:00 pm with a meet- and-greet which included delicious food and assorted beverages. At 7:00 pm, the full-house crowd took their seats in the main auditorium and were treated to speeches, many happily-received awards, and stage entertainment, which included music and dancing.    Henny Stewart, Players’ Repertory Chairperson, was the dynamic master of ceremonies, who introduced the presenters and the recipients of the awards; they received engraved glass plaques. Board …

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Shrek The Musical at PBTS, Photos by Maxie Lamont Coleman III, Players By The Sea Theatre, Jacksonville Beach, Florida

A Summer Musical For Kids and Adults! Shrek at Players By The Sea Theatre

A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW Jacksonville Beach’s opened Shrek, The Musical, its summer fun-time production on July 19 for a run through August 11, 2019. Players is located at 106 6th Street North in . For reservations call 904-249-0289 or visit playersbythesea.orgthe-musical.  Shrek was a notably successful animated film adapted as a stage musical by Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire. The musical debuted on Broadway in 2008, ran for twelve months, and toured afterward. The opening cost was twenty-five million dollars and it was one of the most expensive shows staged at that time. It received eight Tony Award nominations including …

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Behind the Scenes of Shrek The Musical at Players By The Sea Theatre

Summertime Fun with Shrek The Musical at Players by the Sea Theatre

There’s a new hero in town and he’s coming to ! invites audiences of all ages to journey into the magical world of Shrek the Musical. The summer benefit production directed by is staged July 19-Aug. 11 on the main stage (www.playersbythesea.org).  Shrek The Musical brings all the beloved characters to life including Donkey, Fiona, Lord Farquaad and the big green ogre himself as they sing and dance their way into our hearts. Joshua Bond is delighted to embody the role of Shrek in his triumphant return to the stage after a 10-year hiatus.  “I will be celebrating my 10-year …

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