By PAM HARBAUGH
Dance and Romance your way with the Brevard Symphony Orchestra at its first big concert. Don’t miss the two big costume shows at TPI and CVP. You have until tomorrow to see an art exhibit featuring iconic women artists. A big VIP meet and greet with YES band members coming up Tuesday at the King Center. And, of course, First Friday happens this evening in the Eau Gallie Arts District. Read below about all those plus more.
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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.
OF MICE AND MEN runs through Sunday 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 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 Sunday 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.
BREVARD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA begins its “Dance and Romance” season 8 p.m. Saturday at the King Center. Led by Maestro Christopher Confessore, it features concertmaster Lisa Ferrigno in two concerti: Beethoven’s Romance No. 2 and Gardel’s “Tango Por Una Cabeza.” Other works in this crowd pleasing concert include Offenbach’s “Overture to Orpheus in the Underworld,” Hanson’s Love Duet from “Merry Mount,” scenes 6 through 9 from act 1 of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” and Ravel’s “Bolero.” Tickets are $25 to $38 for subscribers, $39 to $50 for individuals and $5 to $6 for the BSO Kids Concert Club Members. There will also be a pre-concert chat with the Maestro. The King Center is at 3865 N. Wickham Rd., Melbourne. Call 321-242-2219 or visit KingCenter.com or BrevardSymphony.com.
YES featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman perform 8 p.m. Tuesday at the King Center. The recent inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame reunited for a U.S. tour in 2016. They have performed sold-out shows in Israel, the U.K., Belgium and Holland, and have a Japanese tour scheduled for April. Due to public demand, they return to tour the U.S. again from August 26 through October 11. There are also some VIP ticket packages available which range from $215 to $650. Some of the goodies offered include admission to sound check, pre-show reception, meet and greet with select band members, merchandise and a lot more. To find out more about the VIP packages, click here and scroll down. Otherwise, regular concert tickets start at $58.50. 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 the Smokin’ Torpedoes. 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 Norm Stultz and William Jacobs 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 enjoy the theater’s Oktoberfest offerings, like roast pork & German Spaetzle Dumplings, pretzel burgers & brats, and seasonal beer served in souvenir steins. Tickets begin at $16. Call 772-231-6990, visit RiversideTheatre.com or click onto their ad.
DEREK GORES GALLERY will have a pop up shop of Julie Shaw jewelry 5 to 8 p.m. this evening. 587 W. Eau Gallie Blvd. Melbourne. This takes place during this evenings FIRST FRIDAY in the Eau Gallie Arts District.
NOT QUITE RIGHT PLAYERS improv troupe performs this evening at the Derek Gores Gallery, 587 W. Eau Gallie Blvd. Melbourne. Recommended for ages 13 and up. General Admission Seating is limited and tickets are $15/$12 for students and are non-refundable. Patrons are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance, since shows often sell out. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Visit NQRComedy.com.
WOMAN-MADE: FEMALE ARTISTS FROM THE FOOSANER COLLECTION is on view through Saturday 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.
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. The opening reception is tonight, 5:30 through 8:30 p.m. during the Eau Gallie Arts District’s FIRST FRIDAY open house event. Renee´will be present to talk to you about her work and share her enthusiastic spirit. 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.
THE MAGICAL WORLDS OF NANCY DILLEN opens this evening at the Renee Foosaner Education Center. A special reception will be held tonight during the FIRST FRIDAY. There will be a gallery talk Oct. 26. The Renee Foosaner Education Center is at 1520 Highland Ave., Melbourne.Call 321-674-8923 or visit FoosanerArtMuseum.org.
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.
Auditions and Calls for Art:
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 late nights 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.
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 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.
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.
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 HISTORY OF SPACE PHOTOGRAPHY and GUARDIANS OF THE COSMOS: PAINTINGS BY RAIMUNDO MARTIN open Oct. 14 at the Foosaner Art Museum.
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 ROCKY HORROR SHOW runs Oct. 20 to 29 at the Titusville Playhouse.
CULTURAL ARTS SHOWCASE will be held Oct. 29 at the King Center.