By PAM HARBAUGH
Gas up the car, jump in the balloon, hitch a ride on a blimp, whatever it takes and get to Orlando to see some of Brevard’s own on stage in SUPERIOR DONUTS and ANIMAL CRACKERS (read below). Get ready for a wealth of children’s theater camp productions.
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SUPERIOR DONUTS opens tonight and 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.
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.
ALICE IN WONDERLAND runs through June 11 at Surfside Playhouse in Cocoa Beach. Some big community theater names are strutting their dramatic/comic stuff in this production, which is directed by Bryan Bergeron. Perfect timing for an absurd story given all the curiouser and curiouser stuff going on in Washington. Read a story about it by clicking here. Surfside Playhouse is at 301 Ramp Road (5th Street South), Cocoa Beach. The show performs at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets start at $25 with discounts for students, seniors and military. Call 321- 783-3127, visit SurfsidePlayers.com or click on their ad.
THE GLASS MENAGERIE runs through June 25 at Melbourne Civic Theatre. Okay, just because this is not a comedy is no reason to avoid going. This is great drama, folks. Expand your cultural horizons and take it in. 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.
FINDING NEVERLAND runs through Sunday at Dr. Phillips Center in Orlando. This is a stunning show, with inventive use of props and a story that weaves into a sweet surprise that settles into the new theatrical genre, if you will, of “backstory.” This time, it’s about Peter Pan. Tickets start at $33.75. Dr. Phillips Center is at 445 S. Magnolia Avenue, Orlando. Call 844-513-2014 or visit DrPhillipsCenter.org.
Für die Kinder:
DISNEY’S HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL runs through Sunday at the Cocoa Village Playhouse. It is being performed by students in CVP’s Stars of Tomorrow children’s program. Curtain is 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $11 to $13. The Cocoa Village Playhouse is at 300 Brevard Ave., Cocoa. Call 321-636-5050, visit CocoaVillagePlayhouse.com or click on their ad.
Keep an eye out for a story in BREVARD CULTURE about all the summer theater camps in the area.
Nightlife & Concerts:
HOWL AT THE MOON this weekend at Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach featuring dualing pianos by John Kenny and Joe Genuardi. 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.HEIDI’S JAZZ CLUB is busy this weekend with some great entertainment, a wonderful bar and a super bar menu. On stage this weekend is Jessie Jones, Jr.. tonight with the Ron Teixeira Trio. Jones has performed internationally and is known for his soulful sound both on instruments and as a vocalist. His sets run 8:30 p.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday. $10. 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, visit HeidisJazzClub.com or click on their ad.
CROONER SAL VALENTINETTI, star of “America’s Got Talent,” performs 8 p.m. Saturday at the King Center. Tickets are $44. Meet and Greet available. The King Center is at 3865 N. Wickham Rd., Melbourne. Call 321-242-2219 or visit KingCenter.com.
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.
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.
CAPTURED: A PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT runs through June 16 at the Studios of Cocoa Beach, 165 Minutemen Causeway. The exhibit features work of area photographers Ray Baldino, Rebecca Gomme, Rene Griffith, Jim Kalupa, Don Martin, Mark Mittleman and Nancy Williamson. This evening’s opening includes wine and chocolates and a meet and greet. The Studios of Cocoa Beach is a cooperative gallery featuring 25 plus local artists presenting painting, graphics, watercolor, photography, jewelry, pottery, fibers, basketry, sculpture and more. Call 321-613-3480 or visit StudiosOfCocoaBeach.org.
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.
NUNSENSE the SECOND COMING runs June 23 to July 2 at Cocoa Village Playhouse. Click here.