By PAM HARBAUGH
If you haven’t floated away to…say San Francisco or New York or points in between…there are a few engaging cultural goodies you may like. First, if you have a brave core and want to see some heavy drama, head to GIDION’S KNOT. If, on the other hand, you prefer something peppy and positive, JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT may be your thing. (I’m hoping the drama-loving adults out there will head to Gidion’s Knot, which…ahem…I directed.)
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GIDION’S KNOT has been extended at Theater on the Edge in Orlando. If you need a drama fix, this is it. The setting is a fifth grade classroom and the action starts when a mother visits the teacher who suspended her son for something he wrote. A mystery quickly unfolds. The play is muscular enough to hold many themes, including censorship, responsibility, honesty, cowardice, bullying and more. Read the review by clicking here. Although set in a classroom, this play is intended for adults, so leave the children home. It performs at 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday and 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 18. There will be a 30-minute talk back with the actors after each performance. Tickets are $18 to $26. Theater on the Edge is at 5542 Hansel Avenue, Orlando, FL. Email firstname.lastname@example.org, visit TheaterOnTheEdge.org or click on their ad.
JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT performs 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the King Center. This is performance product of the King Center’s joint summer musical theater program with Cocoa Village Playhouse. Tickets are $12 to $18. The King Center is at 3865 N. Wickham Rd., Melbourne. Call 321-242-2219, visit KingCenter.com or click on their ad.
Nightlife and Music:HEIDI’S JAZZ CLUB presents Steve Kirsner and Friends 5 – 8 p.m. today followed by the Ron Teixeira Trio. Hella performs Saturday night with the Ron Teixeira Trio. In addition to great entertainment, Heidi’s offers a wonderful bar and a super bar menu. This is definitely a favorite sophisticated night spots in Brevard. It’s warm and inviting and has a dance floor and impeccable service. Read more by clicking here. Heidi’s is at 7 N Orlando Ave, Cocoa Beach, FL. Call 321-783-4559 or visit HeidisJazzClub.com or click on their ad.
VEGAS NIGHTS this weekend at Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach. Its “COMEDY ZONE” show this weekend features stand up comics Larry Reeb and Brian Thomas performing 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. tonight and Saturday night. Patrons can win prizes at the casino while helping raise funds for the theater’s children’s program. Guests may purchase a picnic style dinner while listening to some great music, free. The Vegas Style Casino will be open 6 to 10 p.m. in the lobby. Casino Dollars may be purchased onsite or with your comedy ticket – $10 USD for 20 Casino Dollars or $20 USD for 50 Casino Dollars. All proceeds fund the children’s discount tuition program at Riverside Theatre.Tickets start are $12 to $22. Special packages available $40 to $55. 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.
A LOOK BACK: FORTY YEARS OF THE FOOSANER COLLECTION exhibit runs through Nov. 3 at the Foosaner Art Museum. Selections come from the Foosaner’s wonderful 5,000-piece collection, which includes works by big name Pop artists Jim Dine, Robert Rauschenberg and John Chamberlain, celebrated photography of Clive Butcher, fabulous women artists Jennifer Bartlett and Viola Frey and award winning artists with a Brevard connection Larry Leach, Frits van Eeden and George Snyder. Also selected will be pieces from the Foosaner’s ancient American pottery and art deco objects collection. The Foosaner is at 1463 Highland Ave, Melbourne, FL. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Admission is free. Call 321-674-8916 or visit FoosanerArtMuseum.org.
MAGGY ROZYCKI HILTNER: NOT QUITE SEW and APRON STRINGS: TIES TO THE PAST exhibits run through Aug. 11 at the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts. Ms. Hiltner has exhibited in important museums around the country, has been featured in publications and is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts’ Artist’s Innovation Award for the state of Montana. The Ruth Funk 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.
HAIR, Titusville Playhouse will hold auditions 6:30 p.m. July 23 and 24 for the musical “Hair.” Only those 18 years and older. There will be nudity on stage. The show is scheduled to run Sept. 21 to Oct. 14. TPI is at 301 Julia St., Titusville. Call 321-268-1125 or, for more information, click here.
BLITHE SPIRIT, Surfside Players will hold auditions 7 p.m. July 29 and 30 for “Blithe Spirit.” The show is scheduled to run Sept. 14 to 23. Surfside Playhouse is at 301 Ramp Road (5th Street South), Cocoa Beach, FL. Call 321-783-3127, visit SurfsidePlayers.com or for more information, click here.
SLEUTH, Melbourne Civic Theatre will hold auditions for “Sleuth” 7 p.m. Aug. 5 and 6. The show is scheduled to run Oct. 5 to Nov. 11. MCT is at 817 E. Strawbridge Ave., Melbourne. Call 321-723-6935 or, for more information, click here.
DARKSIDE will be performed by the new Boots on the Ground Theatre Company July 19 to 29 at Derek Gores Gallery. For more information, click here.
CARRIE, The Musical performed by TPI Rising Stars program will run July 19 to 22 at Titusville Playhouse.
MARY POPPINS, JR. will be performed by the Feller Theatre Academy students July 20.
THE GROOM HAS COLD FEET, an audience participation murder mystery comedy, will be performed July 27 to Aug. 5 at Surfside Playhouse.
DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS opens Aug. 3 at Melbourne Civic Theatre.