By PAM HARBAUGH
Here are some cool ideas for this hot weekend. As always, we start with a darkened theater because you don’t need sun screen. And really…for something totally different, check out the item below about Riverside Theatre’s Comedy Zone. We start, though, with a one-time only playreading at Melbourne Civic Theatre.
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SCOTLAND ROAD playreading Saturday afternoon at Melbourne Civic Theatre. These playreadings are always great fun. This time, it’s Jeffrey Hatcher’s most intriguing, eerie mystery. The term “Scotland Road” was the name for a hidden passageway between first and third class on the Titanic. Directed by Terrence Girard, it stars Priscilla Blyseth, John Dwyer, Ember Victoria Everett and Shane Frampton. It begins 2 p.m. Saturday at MCT, 817 E. Strawbridge Ave. Free admission but do kick in at least $5 into their donation jar to defray costs. Call 321-723-6935, visit MyMCT.org or click onto their ad for “The Price.”THE PRICE at Melbourne Civic Theatre, is a 1968 drama by Arthur Miller produced with guts and grit by MCT. Read the review by clicking here. The show runs through June 26 at MCT, 817 E. Strawbridge Ave., Melbourne. Tickets are $25 general and $23 seniors, military and students. All credit card purchases have a $3 handling fee per ticket. Call 321-723-6935, visit MyMCT.org or click onto their ad.
THE DROWSY CHAPERONE continues its run through Sunday at Titusville Playhouse with a talented and entertaining cast. Read the review by clicking here. $20 to $26. Titusville Playhouse, 301 Julia St., Titusville. Call 321-268-1125, visit TitusvillePlayhouse.com or click onto their ad.
DISNEY’S ALICE IN WONDERLAND JUNIOR children’s theater performs 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse. The show features young students from CVP’s Stars of Tomorrow. Tickets are $9 to $11. CVP is at 300 Brevard Ave., Cocoa. Call 321-636-5050, visit CocoaVillagePlayhouse.com or click onto their Dreamgirls ad and navigate to the right spot.
DANCE AND DREAM 2016 Showcase by the Space Coast Ballet performs 2 p.m. Saturday at the Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy performing arts center. The second act features a ballet from the Sleeping Beauty Ballet. Read more about it by clicking here. Advance tickets are $20 general and $15 for children and seniors. Tickets at the door will cost $25 and that’s cash only. Holy Trinity is at 5625 Holy Trinity Dr, Melbourne, FL. Call 321-684-7390, visit Spacecoast-Ballet.com or click onto the ad for their Summer Intensive and navigate to the right spot.
MOMENTS OF TRANQUILITY with Dance Arts Centre performs 6 p.m. Saturday at the Henegar Center. Its director, Sarah Balda, always comes up with some stunning modern work. No wonder there are only a few tickets left. $15. The Henegar is at 625 E. New Haven Ave., Melbourne. Call 321-723-8698, visit Henegar.org or click onto the Henegar’s ad.
FIRST FRIDAY in the Eau Gallie Arts District runs 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. today. You’re invited to stroll Highland Avenue in Melbourne. You’ll enjoy exhibits, shops, restaurants as well as vendors selling beer and food. This time, the The Orlando City Soccer Club will have games and giveaways. Also on board will be SkyZone, an indoor trampoline entertainment center opening a new location in Rockledge in June. And, the Foosaner Art Museum will present free jazz by Cosmic Jazz in its Harris Auditorium. For more information, visit EauGallieArts.com or click onto their ad.COMEDY ZONE at Riverside Theatre features stand up comics Ron Feingold and Doug Almeida 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. tonight and Saturday. From the theater’s website: “Ron is a corporate and cruise ship entertainer residing in Florida and also performs at his favorite comedy clubs around the country” and Doug is “Winner of Improv’s New Faces of Comedy, Miami’s Comedy Idol, participant in Laughing Skull Comedy Festival, Gilda’s Laugh Fest, Cleveland Comedy Festival, Cape May Comedy Festival and the World Series of Comedy.” To read more about the very cool Comedy Zone experience, click here. As always, there’s food and drink and live music before. Tickets start at $16. Call 772-231-6990, visit RiversideTheatre.com or click onto their ad.
ExhibitsCONNECTIONS, the ceramic art of Katherine Mathisen runs through June 26 at the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery, 1470 Highland Avenue, Melbourne. You can meet the artist during the EGAD’s FIRST FRIDAY (see above). Call 321-259-8261 or visit FifthAvenueArtGallery.com.
RADICAL ELEMENTS and A VIEW WITHIN: The Collaboration of Two Fiber Artists runs through Aug. 27 at the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts. “Radical Elements” comes from the Studio Art Quilt Associates and is sponsored in the memory of Judy Roach. “A View Within” is a collaborative project by Paula Chung and Karen Rips, two artists fascinated by the human body. The Ruth Funk Center, is on the campus of Florida Tech, 150 W. University Blvd., Melbourne. Admission is free. Call 321-674-8313 or click here.
RAY TURNER: POPULATION exhibition is also sponsored in the memory of Judy Roach. It runs through Aug. 6 at the Foosaner Art Museum. Read more about it by clicking here. The Foosaner Art Museum is at 1463 Highland Ave., Melbourne. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. Admission is free. Call 321-674-8916, visit FoosanerArtMuseum.org or click onto their ad.