By PAM HARBAUGH
We’re changing the order around a bit this week because this is the time when the kids get some top attention…mostly via theater camps. Be sure to keep an eye out for these offerings. They’re fun to get your child involved in and also fun to see the shows they produce.
Also, NQR Players doing something different this weekend. Read below. Please click onto the sponsors’ ads to show your appreciation of their support of BREVARD CULTURE.
Für die Kinder:
DISNEY’S JUNGLE BOOK FOR KIDS runs this weekend at the King Center in its studio theater. This performance is the result of the Cocoa Village Playhouse/King Center’s Summer Musical Theatre Project. Curtain is 7:30 p.m. today, June 23, and Saturday, June 24 and 2 p.m. Sunday, June 25. Tickets $12 general and $8 for students, seniors and children 12 years and younger. The King Center is at 3865 N. Wickham Rd., Melbourne. Call 321-242-2219 or visit KingCenter.com or click on their ad.
SEUSSICAL KIDS runs 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, June 24, at Titusville Playhouse. It is performed by TPI’s Rising Stars program. The story’s characters include Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat and Jojo, the Who child. Tickets are $10. TPI is at 301 Julia St., Titusville. Call 321-268-1125, visit TitusvillePlayhouse.com or click on their ad.SUMMER THEATER CAMPS are in full swing at area theaters. Read about them and get info by clicking here.
NUNSENSE II: THE SECOND COMING opens tonight and runs through July 2 at Cocoa Village Playhouse. For those who cracked up at last season’s production of the first “Nunsense” play, you’ll love this as it has most of the same cast members. To read a story about the show, click here. Tickets are $16 to $24. Cocoa Village Playhouse is at 300 Brevard Ave., Cocoa. Call 321-636-5050, visit CocoaVillagePlayhouse.com or click on their ad.
THE GLASS MENAGERIE runs through Sunday at Melbourne Civic Theatre. Read about MCT mounting the production by clicking here. Melbourne Civic Theatre is at 817 Strawbridge Ave., Melbourne. The show performs 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $29 and $31. Handling charges may apply. Call 321-723-6935, visit MyMCT.org or click on their ad.
SUPERIOR DONUTS runs through July 2 at Theater on the Edge in Orlando. The play features three Brevard actors — NELIA LAKE, ZACK ROUNDY and ALLAN WHITEHEAD. To read more about it, click here. In addition to conventional Friday, Saturday and Sunday shows, there are some 7 p.m. Wednesday industry performances as well. For those who have never been there, Theater on the Edge is a 30-seat theater with a penchant for hyper-realism. It is at 5542 Hansel Ave., Orlando. $19 to $24. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit TheaterOnTheEdge.org or click on their ad.
ANIMAL CRACKERS runs through July 2 at Mad Cow Theatre in Orlando. What makes this especially appealing for Brevard audiences is that our very own Margaret Cross is in the cast. This Marx Brothers “wacky romp” turns a dignified weekend party into lunacy filled with visual gags, puns and more Marx Bros. mayhem. Mad Cow Theatre is at 54 W. Church Street (second floor) in downtown Orlando. Tickets start at $33. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays and at 2:30 p.m. Sundays, with additional performances Saturday, June 2 at 2:30 p.m. and Mondays, June 12 and 19 at 7:30 p.m. Visit MadCowTheatre.com.
STAGED: DEREK GORES GALLERY with NQR Players happens 8 p.m. Saturday in Melbourne. NQR will bring an improvised play to life on a real set only revealed at the start of the show. Derek Gores will design the set. Audience members are encouraged to bring in props that can be incorporated throughout the show. Tickets are $15 plus convenience fees and are available online through nqrcomedy.com. Recommended age 13+. Seating is limited and shows often sell out. No refunds or exchanges.
Nightlife & Concerts:
HEIDI’S JAZZ CLUB is a cool thing to do in the hot summer. The lively spot is busy this weekend with some great entertainment, a wonderful bar and a super bar menu. Steve Kirsner & Friends perform 5 to 8 p.m. Friday followed by the Ron Teixeira Trio. Saturday, the Israeli entertainer Hella joins the trio from 8 p.m. to midnight. And Sunday is the always fun Jam Session from 7 to 11 p.m. Heidi’s is at 7 N Orlando Ave, Cocoa Beach, FL. Call 321-783-4559 or visit HeidisJazzClub.com or click on their ad.HOWL AT THE MOON this weekend at Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach featuring dueling pianos by Ken Gustafson and Randy Keith. 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.
COLORS OF THE SPIRIT will have an opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. this evening and will run through July 15 at The Studios of Cocoa Beach. The exhibition comprises watercolor paintings by eight guest artists: Jeanette Drake, Therese Ferguson, Darlene Hunt, Witha LaCuesta, Linda D Neal, J. Susan Cole Stone, Lolly Walton and Pam E Webb. Awards will be announced during the reception. Included in the festivities tonight will be food bites by Juice-n-Java, steel drum musician Hudson DeBoer, a drawing for a print by Ed Carlson and a best of show award sponsored by Mambo’s Oceanside Bar & Grill. The Studios of Cocoa Beach is at 165 Minuteman Causeway, Cocoa Beach. Call 321-613-3480 or visit StudiosOfCocoaBeach.org.
FLORA & FIBER runs through Aug. 26 at the Ruth Funk Center for the Arts. The exhibit, culled from the Textile Center’s permanent collection, is designed to show how plants inspire hand-weaving and dyeing and how they also inspire both the design and adornment in textile art especially in Asia and later in Europe and America. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. The center is located next to Evans Library on the Florida Tech campus, 150 W. University Blvd. in Melbourne. Admission is free. More information click here or click on their ad.
FABRICATIONS, an exhibition of art by Gabriele DiTota, runs through June at the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery. DiTota is the winner of the gallery’s annual 100% Pure Florida juried exhibition. She will be there 5 to 8:30 p.m. this evening for a meet and greet and to talk about her unique organic fabric art. DiTota was born in Germany where he mother was a seamstress, so fabrics had an early influence on her. Her art quilts have been exhibited throughout America, England, Ireland and Australia and have been represented in publications as well. As the press releases states: “Matching seams and meticulous piecing were her first efforts in textile art fabrication, but they quickly gave way to a more organic, raw edge approach to quilting. Surface design techniques including monoprinting, mark making, dyeing, discharging and screen-printing help Gabriele create the unique fabrics she uses in her art works.” The Fifth Avenue Art Gallery is at 1470 Highland Avenue, Melbourne. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. Call 321-259-8261, visit FifthAvenueArtGallery.com or just click on their ad.
PAN AMERICAN MODERNISM runs through July 29 at the Foosaner Art Museum. Organized by the University of Miami’s wonderful Lowe Museum, the exhibition comprises work by artists from 13 countries in North, South and Central American plus those living in the Caribbean between 1919 and 1979. The Foosaner Art Museum is at 1463 Highland Ave. in the Eau Gallie Arts District of Melbourne. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Free admission. Call 321-674-8916, visit FoosanerArtMuseum.org or click on their ad.
Call for Art:
12th ANNUAL 100% PURE FLORIDA Juried Show at The Fifth Avenue Art Gallery, 1470 Highland Avenue, Melbourne, FL. Call for art is open to all Florida artists. Entries must be postmarked by July 8. The show runs Aug. 29 to Sept. 30, 2017. Entry form available online at FifthAvenueArtGallery.com.
FENCES DOWN, NO ONE TAKING TICKETS, a new play by Nancy Andrews, will be produced at Surfside Players June 30 to July 2. It is the winner of Surfside’s 17th Annual Full Length Play Competition.
SURFSIDE FILM SOCIETY gathers 7 p.m. July 8. The theater presents THE CASE OF GHOSTLY HALL, a murder mystery event, July 15.
THE STRIPES RUN THROUGH US exhibition opens July 5 at Fifth Avenue Art Gallery in Melbourne.