By PAM HARBAUGH
It’s okay to come out. Just tuck away politics and nature’s fury and head to some beauty instead. The arts community has a treasure trove waiting for you. Be sure to click on the ads of those organizations supporting BREVARD CULTURE…thank you.
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST opens tonight and runs through Oct. 8 at Cocoa Village Playhouse. This Disney musical has all the elements you expect. Read more about it next week in Brevard Culture. Cocoa Village Playhouse is at 300 Brevard Ave., Cocoa. Tickets are $24 adults, $22 seniors, students and active military and $16 children. Handling fees are also applicable. Call 321-636-5050, visit CocoaVillagePlayhouse.com or click on their ad.
THE ADDAMS FAMILY opens tonight and runs through Oct. 15 at Titusville Playhouse. The musical is based on the old television show. Look for a story about it next week in Brevard Culture. Tickets are $23 to $29. Titusville Playhouse is at 301 Julia St., Titusville. Call 321-268-1125, visit TitusvillePlayhouse.com or click on their ad.
A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM runs through Sunday at Melbourne Civic Theatre. This is the “hurricane weekend” performance and is more than likely completely sold out by now. But you can always try! MCT is at 817 E. Strawbridge Ave., Melbourne. Call 321-723-6935 visit MyMCT.org or click on their ad.
OF MICE AND MEN opens tonight and runs through Oct. 8 at the Central Florida Community Arts Theatre in Orlando. The play is an adaptation of the John Steinbeck novel. The production features West Melbourne actor Zack Roundy. Tickets start at $15. The theater performs in the fellowship hall in a church at 250 SW Ivanhoe Blvd., Orlando. Call 407.937.1800 or visit Central Florida Community Arts Theatre.
BIG RIVER: THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN opens Saturday and runs through Oct. 22 at Mad Cow Theatre in Orlando. Tonight’s performance will be a preview, which had to be postponed until tonight due to Hurricane Irma. The musical is based on Mark Twain’s novel about a runaway young boy, Huck Finn, who joins Jim, a slave running for his freedom. Tickets are $23 to $47. The show performs at various times throughout the week with Talkbacks after each Thursday and Sunday performance. Mad Cow Theatre is at 54 W. Church Street (second floor) in downtown Orlando. Call 407.297.8788 or visit MadCowTheatre.com.
MAN OF LA MANCHA runs through Oct. 8 at Orlando Shakes. But the shows are quickly selling out thanks to the acclaimed performances of Davis Gaines as Don Quixote and Laura Hodos as Aldonza/Dulcinea. Tickets are $35 to $65. Orlando Shakes performances at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center, 812 E Rollins St, Orlando. Call 407-447-1700 or visit OrlandoShakes.org.
HEIDI’S JAZZ CLUB is back from a vacation. This spot has great entertainment, a wonderful bar and a super bar menu. Steve Kirsner & Friends perform Friday. On Saturday, the Israeli entertainer Hella joins the Ron Teixeira 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.
COMEDY ZONE features stand up comics Carl “Cee Jay” Jones and James Yon Friday and Saturday evenings at Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach. Shows begin at 7:30 and 9:30 tonight and Saturday. Patrons to the Comedy Zone can also enjoy free music before the shows and casino games in the lobby. Riverside Theatre is at 3250 Riverside Drive, Vero Beach. Get there early and buy a burger and a beer if you like. Tickets begin at $16. Call 772-231-6990, visit RiversideTheatre.com or click onto their ad.
CLOTH AS COMMUNITY: HMONG TEXTILES IN AMERICA opens Saturday and runs through Dec. 16 at Florida Institute of Technology’s Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts. Although rich in history, Hmong flower cloth did not become widely known until after the Vietnam War when refugees from the war-torn country arrived in the United States. The exhibit features 28 textiles—flower cloths and embroidered story cloths—by those in the Hmong community. It also features Peter Kastan’s photographs of contemporary Hmong women and children in traditional dress. Look for a story about the exhibit later in Brevard Culture. The Ruth Funk Center is on the campus of Florida Tech, 150 W. University Blvd., Melbourne. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. Free admission. Call 321-674-8313, visit their website or Click on their ad.
WOMAN-MADE: FEMALE ARTISTS FROM THE FOOSANER COLLECTION is on view through Oct. 7 at the Foosaner Art Museum. The exhibition is sponsored in part by the John K. and Julia R. Roach Fund in memory of Judy Roach. And we love thinking about Judy Roach and how much she loved the arts. The exhibition comprises select 20th century women artists such as Isabel Bishop, Louise Nevelson and Miriam Schapiro…as well as some of the area’s best artists (who happen to be women) including Susan Martin, Vera Sattler and the late Ellen Plankey. The Foosaner Art Museum is at 1463 Highland Ave., Melbourne. Call 321-674-8916, visit FoosanerMuseum.org or click on their ad.THE 12TH ANNUAL 100% PURE FLORIDA juried exhibit is on view at the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery. This year, nearly 200 pieces were entered. Jurors chose 57 works by 42 artists for the show. Thirty of those artists are from Brevard. 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 or visit FifthAvenueArtGallery.com.
DOMINIC AGOSTINI PORTRAITS exhibition runs through today at the Renee Foosaner Education Center, 1520 Highland Ave, Melbourne. Read more about it by clicking here. The exhibit is installed in the Frits Van Eeden Gallery. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission free. Call 321-674-8923 or visit FoosanerArtMuseum.org.
Auditions and Calls for Art:
SPAMALOT needs a host of performers. Auditions will be held 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday (Sept. 24 and 25) at Surfside Playhouse, 301 Ramp Road (5th Street South), Cocoa Beach. The show is scheduled to run Nov. 3 to 19. Call 321- 783-3127 or visit SurfsidePlayers.com.
CHRISTMAS WITH DINO needs a wide assortment of performers. Auditions will be held 2 p.m. September 30 and 7 p.m. Oct. 3. The special show stars Alfie Silva and is scheduled to run Nov. 24 to Dec. 24 at Melbourne Civic Theatre, 817 E. Strawbridge Ave., Melbourne. Call 321-723-6935 or visit MyMCT.org.
RIVERSIDE THEATRE will hold auditions for both AEA and on-Equity actors Oct. 2 and 26. The season includes productions of “Million Dollar Quartet,” “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” “Lombardi,” “Gypsy,” “Buyer & Cellar” and “Mamma Mia.” To schedule an audition appointment, contact Kyle Atkins, Company Manager, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 772-410-0456. AEA members without appointments will be seen as time permits. Performers of all ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to attend. Riverside is at 3250 Riverside Dr., Vero Beach.
SANTALAND DIARIES needs one male actor, late 20s to mid-30s. Auditions will be held 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8 and 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 9 at the Henegar Center, 2nd floor Studio Theatre. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script, which will be available for perusal before the audition. The one-man one-act is scheduled to run Dec. 7 to 10 and possibly be extended through Dec. 17. The Henegar is at 625 E. New Haven Ave., Melbourne. Call 321-723-8698 or visit Henegar.org.
ANNIE will audition for adults 7 p.m. Oct. 16 and 17 at the Henegar Center. The show is scheduled to run Dec. 1 to 17. The Henegar is at 625 E. New Haven Ave., Melbourne. Call 321-723-8698 or visit Henegar.org.
CALL FOR ART has been made by the Studios of Cocoa Beach Holidy Gift Shoppe. Apply online at studiosofcocoabeach.org. The gallery is at 165 Minutemen Causeway, Cocoa Beach. Call 321-613-3480.
JAZZ LEGENDS: RON TEIXEIRA TRIO is scheduled for Oct. 4 at the Henegar Center.
THE MAGICAL WORKS OF NANCY DILLEN exhibition opens Oct. 6 at the Renee Foosaner Education Center.
THE BREVARD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA starts its season Oct. 7 at the King Center.
BASKERVILLE: A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY opens Oct. 13 and runs through Nov. 12 at Melbourne Civic Theatre.
SWEENEY TODD opens Oct. 13 and runs through Oct. 29 at the Henegar Center.
THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW runs Oct. 20 to 29 at the Titusville Playhouse.
CULTURAL ARTS SHOWCASE will be held Oct. 29 at the King Center.