By PAM HARBAUGH
Behold. An entire universe of creativity awaits you. And even some astrological art on display at a fine art museum. While one show closes Sunday in Titusville, two highly anticipated shows open tonight in Melbourne. Local talent will dazzle you. And yes, there’s a big show coming to Orlando’s Dr. Phillips Center as well.
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SWEENEY TODD opens tonight and runs through Oct. 29 at the Henegar Center. This is a handsome production, filled with gorgeous voices and sumptuous visuals. Cocoa Village Playhouse has set the bar for big musical productions pretty high for community theater, and the Henegar is reaching for it. Read a story about it by clicking here. Tickets are $26 general, $23 military and seniors and $16 students. Handling fees are $3 per ticket. The Henegar is at 625 E. New Haven Ave., Melbourne. Call 321-723-8698, visit Henegar.org or click on their ad.
BASKERVILLE: A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY opens tonight and runs through Nov. 12 at Melbourne Civic Theatre. This is written by Ken Ludwig, so expect comedy and witty goings-on. Also, look for a story on this later in Brevard Culture. Tickets are $29 and $31. Better get them now because opening weekend is sold out and the rest are going fast. Pretty soon, MCT is going to have to add performances to its runs. Wednesdays and Thursdays perhaps? MCT is at 817 E. Strawbridge Ave., Melbourne. Call 321-723-6935, visit MyMCT.org or click on their ad.THE ADDAMS FAMILY runs through Oct. 15 at Titusville Playhouse. Although director Niko Stamos drew inspiration from the original 1930s cartoons, the musical is based on the 1960’s television show. Read more about it by clicking here. 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. BEAUTY AND THE BEAST has been extended through Oct. 22 at Cocoa Village Playhouse. This Disney musical has all the elements you expect. And yes, CVP costume designer Dan Hill made the costumes. The creature suit was created by Tracy Wines and Ben Cox, who plays the role. Mr. Hill also got help from an engineer to create the costume for Lumiere, which is played by Jason Crase. Read more about it by clicking here. 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.
Orlando Area Theater:
ON YOUR FEET opens Tuesday and runs through Oct. 22 at the Dr. Phillips Center. This national tour of the Broadway blockbuster tells the inspiring story of megastars Gloria and Emilio Estefan. It is directed by Jerry Mitchell (“Kinky Boots) and choreographed by Sergio Trujillo (“Jersey Boys”). And if you’ve never been to Dr. Phillips Center’s Walt Disney Theater, this is a great introduction to it. Tickets begin at $34.25. Dr. Phillips Center is at 445 South Magnolia Avenue, Orlando. Call 844.513.2014 or visit DrPhillipsCenter.org.
BIG RIVER: THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN 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.
CLASSIC ALBUMS LIVE: LYNYRD SKYNYRD will perform 8 p.m. Saturday at the King Center. Tickets start at $29.75. The King Center is at 3865 N. Wickham Rd., Melbourne. Call 321-242-2219 or visit KingCenter.com.
HEIDI’S JAZZ CLUB offers great entertainment, a wonderful bar and a super bar menu. Steve Kirsner & Friends perform Friday, followed by Miss Jacqueline Jones. 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.
HOWL AT THE MOON this weekend at Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach featuring dueling pianos by Ken Gustafson and Rhoda Johnson. This fun-packed music-filled evening has shows at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Get there early and enjoy the theater’s Oktoberfest offerings, like roast pork & German Spaetzle Dumplings, pretzel burgers & brats, and seasonal beer served in souvenir steins. 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.
IMPROV with the Fearless Improv Brigade 8 p.m. Saturday at Surfside Playhouse, 301 Ramp Road, Cocoa Beach (5th Street South). $10. Call 321-783-3127, visit SurfsidePlayers.com or click on their ad.
CLOTH AS COMMUNITY: HMONG TEXTILES IN AMERICA 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.FRIENDS OF TEXTILES LECTURE SERIES features Prof. Geraldine Craig speaking on “Hmong Paj ntaub: Cloth as Language” 6 p.m. Oct. 17 at Florida Tech. The lecture will be illustrated and interactive. It will explore “one of the world’s greatest textile traditions that was not widely known outside of Asia until after the Vietnam War.” Craig, an exhibited artist and writer who has published volumes of articles and reviews in respected publications, will also discuss the cultural history of flower cloths. Admission to lecture is $10 per person and free to Friends of Textiles members, Florida Tech students or staff with I.D. Call 321-674-8313 or click here.
THE MAGICAL WORKS OF NANCY DILLEN exhibition is on view through Jan. 26, 2018 in the Frits van Eeden Gallery at the Renee Foosaner Education Center. The exhibition explores the real and imaginary — two worlds which inspire the art professor emeritus. Ms. Dillen will offer a free gallery talk on Thursday, Oct. 26, at 2 p.m. She will also offer a one-day painting workshop at the Renee Foosaner Education Center on Saturday, Dec. 9. The Frits Van Eeden gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, as well as from 5:30-7:30 p.m. the first Friday of each month. Admission is free. The Renee Foosaner Education Center is located at 1520 Highland Ave. in the Eau Gallie Arts District of Melbourne. Call 321-674-8923 or visit FoosanerArtMuseum.org.
THE HISTORY OF SPACE PHOTOGRAPHY and GUARDIANS OF THE COSMOS: PAINTINGS BY RAIMUNDO MARTIN open Saturday and run through Jan. 6, 2018 at the Foosaner Art Museum. The museum experience will include 150 photos and a collection of cosmological paintings. Keep your eye out for an upcoming story in Brevard Culture. In the meantime, visit the museum, which is at 1463 Highland Avenue. It is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Call 321-674-8916, visit FoosanerArtMuseum.org or click on their ad.
STUDIOS OF COCOA BEACH presents October featured artist and animal rights activist John Cielukowski. The artist is an accomplished painter, with a Fine Arts degree from Montclair University plus advanced study at the School of Visual Arts and the Art Student League of NYC. His colorful, sometimes playful, works often feature vintage amusement park rides, old Florida advertising art, and industrial images…like that seen here. The Studios of Cocoa Beach are at 165 Minuteman Causeway in downtown Cocoa Beach. Regular hours are 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday and 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Call 321-613-3480 visit StudiosOfCocoaBeach.org.
FIFTH AVENUE ART GALLERY opens “Dreams & Wishes,” a one-woman show with work by Renee Decator. On Saturday, October 14, at 1 p.m., Renee will hold an artist’s talk. The Fifth Avenue Art Gallery is at 1470 Highland Ave., Melbourne. Call 321-259-8261 or visit FifthAvenueArtGallery.com.
Auditions and Calls for Art:
ANNIE will audition for adults 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday 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.
RIVERSIDE THEATRE will hold auditions for both AEA and on-Equity actors Oct. 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 email@example.com 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.
CALL FOR ART has been made by the Studios of Cocoa Beach Holiday Gift Shoppe. Apply online at studiosofcocoabeach.org. The gallery is at 165 Minutemen Causeway, Cocoa Beach. Call 321-613-3480.
DEREK GORES WORKSHOPS are filling up fast. He’s got a one-day drawing workshop Oct. 18 ($175) and a two-day collage workshop Oct. 16 to 17 ($300). Learn more by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.