By PAM HARBAUGH
Tired already? December has just started, so rest up. Get those headphones on and nap.
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WILLY WONKA opens Friday and runs through Dec. 16 at the Henegar. This of course is the Roald Dahl classic about the little boy who wins a golden ticket to visit a famed chocolate factory. Complete with Oompa Loompas and music. Tickets are $19 to $29. Henegar is at 625 E. New Haven Ave., Melbourne. Call 321-723-8698 or visit Henegar.org.
MCT’S CHRISTMAS SHOW STARRING ALFIE SILVA opens Friday and runs through Dec. 24 at Melbourne Civic Theatre. This is Mr. Silva’s variety show filled with his impersonations of celebrities such as Dino, Elvis and Johnny Cash. Performances are selling briskly. Tickets are $30. MCT is at 817 E. Strawbridge Ave., Melbourne. Call 321-723-6935, visit MyMCT.org or click on their ad.
A CHRISTMAS STORY: THE MUSICAL runs through Sunday at Cocoa Village Playhouse. Look for a review soon in Brevard Culture. Production assistant Jason Crase said “Patrons will be enchanted by the charming cast of both adults and children and by the beautiful, homey set design by Joseph Lark Riley.” The photos sure suggest that. CVP is at 300 Brevard Avenue, Cocoa. Tickets are $18 to $26. Call 321-636-5050 or visit CocoaVillagePlayhouse.com.
IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: THE NEW MUSICAL runs through Dec. 16 at Titusville Playhouse, 301 Julia St., Titusville. Tickets are $21 to $29. Call 321-268-1125 or visit TitusvillePlayhouse.com.
BOOM runs through Dec. 9 at Theater on the Edge in Orlando. This contemporary dark comedy concerns a sexy romp in a subterranean research lab which might be a source of survival when the threat of global annihilation pops up. Read Brevard Culture’s review by clicking here. Tickets are $20 to $32. Discounted tickets on Wednesday evening industrial shows which also include talk backs Nov. 14 and 28. Theatre on the Edge is at 5542 Hansel Avenue, Orlando, FL. To read more about it, get directions and tickets, visit TheaterOnTheEdge.org.
Nightlife, Music and More:
KING CENTER is the spot to see THE NUTCRACKER BALLET with the Space Coast Ballet. Shows at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. Tickets are $18 to $45. The King Center is at 3865 N. Wickham Rd., Melbourne. Call 321-242-2219 or visit KingCenter.com.
HEIDI’S JAZZ LOUNGE presents Hella with the Ron Teixeira Trio on Saturday. Jam session Sunday. 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.
NOT QUITE RIGHT improv troupe performs 8 p.m. Visit NQRComedy.com.
Exhibits:DEREK GORES: LOCAL EDITION a retrospective of work by Brevard’s popular, award winning and internationally acclaimed artist Derek Gores, opens Saturday and runs through March 23 at Florida Tech’s Foosaner Art Museum. Look for a story soon in Brevard Culture. But in the meantime, this is gonna be the big boy on the cultural block this season.
NANCY DILLEN RETROSPECTIVE runs through March 15, 2019 in Leu Gardens in Orlando. Read a short story about the exhibition by clicking here.
WANDERING SPIRIT: AFRICAN WAX PRINTS runs through Dec. 15 at Florida Institute of Technology’s Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts. It is a tribute to the century-old handmade designs and patterns on textiles that originated in Indonesia and were copied and industrialized by Europeans and exported to West Africa. The Funk Center is on the campus of Florida Tech, 150 W. University Blvd., Melbourne, FL. Call 321-674-6129 or visit textiles.fit.edu.
For complete info on upcoming auditions, click here.
THE SANTALAND DIARIES starring Patrick Ryan Sullivan opens Dec. 7 in the TPI Second Stage at Titusville Playhouse.
BREVARD COMMUNITY CHORUS in Christmas of Light concert Dec. 8 at the King Center.