By PAM HARBAUGH
Hope you’ve been paying attention. Brevard Culture has warned you that hot ticket items on area stages are going fast. The same holds true for DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS at Melbourne Civic Theatre. It just opened but is already close to selling out. Read on. And sorry, no pics this time, just the facts, ma’am.
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DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS has nearly sold out its opening weekend and tickets are disappearing for the entire run, which goes through Sept. 9 at Melbourne Civic Theatre. This is a hysterical musical and is based on the 1988 movie with Steve Martin and Michael Caine. Set on the French Riviera, the story concerns two con men who swindle heiresses. While the Broadway show had big names connected to it (John Lithgow, Norbert Leo Butz and Joanna Gleason), Brevard’s show has its own big names — Terrence Girard, Dana Blanchard, Holly McFarland Karnes, Rob Kenna, Tracey Thompson and Mary Carson Meyer. Don’t wait to get those tickets, which cost $29 to $31. MCT is at 817 E. Strawbridge Ave., Melbourne. Call 321-723-6935, visit MyMCT.org or click on their ad.
THE GROOM HAS COLD FEET, an audience participation murder mystery comedy, runs through Sunday Aug. 5 at Surfside Playhouse. This is Surfside’s annual such show, and they’ve got it down to a science. Director Bryan Bergeron always brings out ribaldry and great, fun times with this genre. The show performs 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $20 and include cake! Surfside is at 301 Ramp Road (5th Street South), Cocoa Beach, FL. Call 321-783-3127, visit SurfsidePlayers.com or click on their ad.
FOOTLOOSE will finish its run with performances 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday at the Henegar Center. This is the culmination of the Feller Theatre Academy’s High School Summer Theatre Workshop. Tickets are $18 to $21. The Henegar is at 625 E. New Haven Ave., Melbourne. Call 321-723-8698 or visit Henegar.org.
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.
HOWL AT THE MOON show this weekend features dueling pianists Ken Gustafson and Katie Pinder Brown performing 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. tonight and Saturday night. Guests may purchase a picnic style dinner while listening to some great music, free. Tickets start are $12 to $22. 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.
For more complete info on upcoming auditions, click here. But here are some quick looks:
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.
THE LITTLE MERMAID, Cocoa Village Playhouse will hold auditions for Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” Aug. 11, 12 and 13. Children 12 years and younger will be auditioned 10 a.m. Aug. 11; males and females 13 years and older will be auditioned 1:30 p.m. Aug. 12 and 7 p.m. Aug. 13. The show is scheduled to run Sept. 21 to Oct. 7. CVP is at 300 Brevard Ave., Cocoa. Call 321-636-5050 or visit CocoaVillagePlayhouse.com.
THE WIZ will audition 6 p.m. Aug. 26 and 7 p.m. Aug. 28, with callbacks scheduled for 7 p.m. Aug. 29 at the Henegar. It runs Oct. 12 – 28. The Henegar is at 625 E. New Haven Ave., Melbourne. Call 321-723-8698.
ELIANA BERREAN IN CONCERT will be presented Aug. 11 at Cocoa Village Playhouse.
NEWSIES runs Aug. 17 to Sept. 9 at Titusville Playhouse.
HOT PINK THE MUSIC OF QUEEN will be performed Aug. 17 to 19 at Cocoa Village Playhouse.
CLASSIC ALBUMS LIVE recreates THE BEATLES: White Album Aug. 18 at the King Center.
OPEN HOUSE AT ORLANDO SHAKES, free, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 18, 812 E. Rollins St., Orlando, FL.
JERRY SEINFELD Sept. 13 at the King Center.
6th ANNUAL CULTURAL ARTS SHOWCASE, noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 23 at the King Center.