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Hurricanes and the Cultural Community

This public domain painting is by J. M. W. Turner – http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/paintings/joseph-mallord-william-turner-calais-pier, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=159747.


While heading to the theater or taking in an art exhibition might not be on the front of your mind right now, those who have had plans to take in a show might wonder what to expect now that Hurricane Matthew is breathing down our necks.

First, know that arts providers are a sensitive and responsive bunch. If their “adjustment” to this weekend’s plans don’t fit with yours, just call them up and have a friendly conversation with them and I’m sure they’ll turn themselves inside out to accommodate you.

Here’s what’s happening at the theaters:

COCOA VILLAGE PLAYHOUSE has cancelled the Friday performance of “JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT.” The hope is that the rest of this weekend’s shows will play, but that could change. So far, CVP has added a Saturday evening show 7:30 p.m. Oct. 15 to make up for the canceled performance. Stay up to date by following their website.

HENEGAR CENTER does not have any shows this weekend, but it’s a very busy place…usually. The Henegar closed this afternoon. It will remain closed through Saturday morning. The building will reopen pending any damages or power loss.

THE KING CENTER has moved the performance of CLASSIC ALBUMS LIVE “LED ZEPPELIN: PHYSICAL GRAFFITI” from this Saturday evening to 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6. If you can attend the new date, you don’t need to do a thing — your current ticket will automatically be valid for that new date. However, if you cannot attend, you can receive a refund or gift certificate. (See, I told you the peeps in the cultural community are good guys.) The box office has closed early and will reopen Monday, Oct. 10 — 321-242-2219; however, you can still buy tickets online. “The safety of our patrons, staff and volunteers is our number one priority. We wish you the best as you make preparations for the storm,” writes marketing director Autumn Shrum.

MELBOURNE CIVIC THEATRE has cancelled its Friday night performance of “MAURITIUS.” Patrons can exchange tickets for another performance. The Saturday and Sunday shows are scheduled to run. The box office will be closed Thursday and Friday. Call 321-723-6935. “Stay safe!” writes staffer Kathy Kett.

RIVERSIDE THEATRE has cancelled all performances this weekend. That includes the COMEDY ZONE and the children’s show, “THE MUSICAL ADVENTURES OF FLAT STANLEY.” Comedy Zone ticket holders will have their tickets exchanged for another weekend; to change those tickets, call the box office at 772-231-6990. The “Flat Stanley” show was scheduled to perform this Friday and Saturday; but those performances have been rescheduled for 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21 and 1:30 and 4 p.m. Oct. 22; current ticket holders will have their tickets automatically moved to the new performances.

SURFSIDE PLAYHOUSE does not have a show on its boards right now. But it has cancelled all activities. Rehearsals for “THE PRODUCERS” will resume 5 p.m. Sunday.

TITUSVILLE PLAYHOUSE has postponed Friday’s performance of “LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS” to 8 p.m. Oct. 13. The Saturday and Sunday performances are playing as scheduled unless notified otherwise. Although the theater already called and emailed its patrons about the changes, TPI suggests that patrons check its Facebook page to keep current. “The most important thing is everyone be safe and see at the theatre soon!” writes its artistic director, Steven Heron.

And here’s what’s happening at museums and galleries:

FIFTH AVENUE ART GALLERY has cancelled its artist’s reception for Friday evening. The gallery will be closed Thursday and Friday.

FOOSANER ART MUSEUM is closed until Wednesday. It’s also had to postpone special talks and the Grace Leal reception. But stay tuned.

is closed until Tuesday.