By PAM HARBAUGH
There is theater, music and dance galore on the cultural horizon right now. Or, catch your breath by visiting area museums and galleries, especially the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery which has its annual Holiday Craft Show.
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AN IMPROV CHRISTMAS PRESENT featuring the Fearless Improv Brigade performs 8 p.m. Saturday at Surfside Playhouse, 301 Ramp Road, Cocoa Beach. Tickets are $10 at the door, but…and here’s the “present” part…admission is free to Surfside season pass holders. Call 321-783-3127, visit SurfsidePlayers.com or click onto their ad.
A CHRISTMAS STORY: The Musical runs through Dec. 18 at the Henegar Center. And wow, is this delighting audiences. Read the bubbling over review of the show by clicking here. The show performs 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $16 to $26. The Henegar is at 625 E. New Haven Ave., Melbourne. Call 321-723-8698, visit Henegar.org or click onto their ad.MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS runs through Saturday at the Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse The musical performs 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets are $16 to $24. Cocoa Village Playhouse is at 300 Brevard Ave., Cocoa. Call 321-636-5050, visit CocoaVillagePlayhouse.com or click onto their ad.
A TUNA CHRISTMAS runs through Dec. 24 at Melbourne Civic Theatre. This production will be reviewed soon, but all bets are in that this is a real winner. It has to be, director Peg Girard has two of the area’s best and funniest actors in it — Steve Costner and Michael Thompson who take on 22 roles in this warm-hearted but decidedly off beat comedy. It performs at various times throughout the holiday season, including Christmas Eve. Tickets are $30. MCT is at 817 Strawbridge Ave., Melbourne. Call 321-723-6935, visit MyMCT.org or click onto their ad.
MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET: The Musical continues its run through Dec. 18 at Titusville Playhouse. It performs 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Titusville Playhouse is at 301 Julia St., Titusville. Tickets are $20 to $28. Call 321-268-1125, visit TitusvillePlayhouse.com or click onto their ad.AN AMERICAN IN PARIS opens Tuesday at the Dr Phillips Center in Orlando. The national tour runs through Dec. 18. Based on the 1951 film, this award winning musical features music and lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin, and a book by Craig Lucas (“The Light in the Piazza”). Dr. Phillips Center is at 445 S. Magnolia Ave., Orlando. Tickets start at $33.75. Call 844-513-2014 or visit drphillipscenter.org
HOWL AT THE MOON this weekend at Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach featuring dualing pianos by Ken Gustafson and Clayton Senne. This fun-packed music-filled evening has shows at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The shows invite guests to come enjoy a picnic style dinner while listening to some great music, free. Tickets start at $16. Shows sell out quickly, so purchase in advance. Riverside Theatre is at 3250 Riverside Park Drive, Vero Beach, FL. Call 772-231-6990, visit RiversideTheatre.com or click on their ad.
TIDINGS OF JOY: A BAROQUE CHRISTMAS with the Brevard Community Chorus performs 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the King Center. This annual event is a favorite among Brevard’s music patrons. Directed by Robert Lamb, it features more than 100 voices and select musicians from the Brevard Symphony Orchestra. Included in the program are Bach’s “Magnificat” and Handel’s “Messiah.” The King Center is at 3865 N. Wickham Rd., Melbourne. Tickets are $24 general, $19 seniors and military and $7 students. Call 321-242-2219, visit KingCenter.com or click onto their ad and navigate.
HOLIDAY CRAFT SHOW runs through Jan. 7 at the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery. This is a great spot to pick up unusual gifts for the holidays. The Fifth Avenue Art Gallery is at 1470 Highland Avenue, Melbourne, Florida. Gallery hours during this exhibit will run 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. Call 321-259-8261, visit FifthAvenueArtGallery.com or click onto their ad.
RADIANT MESSENGER: Drawings by China Marks runs through Jan. 7, 2017 at Florida Tech’s Foosaner Art Museum. Read about the exhibit by clicking here. The museum also has LIGHT UP THE ARTS is an exhibit commemorating the 40th anniversary celebration of Preston Studios running through Dec. 31 Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Free admission. The Foosaner Art Museum is at 1463 Highland Ave., Melbourne. Visit FoosanerArtMuseum.org, call 321-674-8916 or click onto their ad.
TRANSFORMERS: RE-CONTEXTUALIZING OUR MATERIAL CULTURE runs through Dec. 17 at the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts is on the campus of Florida Institute of Technology, 150 W. University Blvd., Melbourne. To read more about it, click here. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Admission is free. Call 321-674-8313, click here or click onto their ad.
AQUA EDITIONS is a new Derek Gores Gallery project combining artists and interior designers/decorators. Read more about that by clicking here. Derek Gores gallery is at 587 W. Eau Gallie Blvd., Melbourne. Call 321-258-2119 or visit DerekGores.com.
Ballet:AN AMERICAN IN PARIS…again, lovers of dance should consider this as it has received volumes of great acclaim for its dance. To repeat my previous post — it opens Tuesday at the Dr Phillips Center in Orlando. The national tour runs through Dec. 18. Based on the 1951 film, this award winning musical features music and lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin, and a book by Craig Lucas (“The Light in the Piazza”). Dr. Phillips Center is at 445 S. Magnolia Ave., Orlando. Tickets start at $33.75. Call 844-513-2014 or visit drphillipscenter.org
MY CHRISTMAS DREAM will feature the Brevard Ballet Academy dancers under Artistic Director Elena Shokhina. It will be held 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17 in the performing arts center at Eau Gallie High School. Tickets are $15 to $25. For more information, click onto their ad or click here.