REMINDER: The Belle of Amherst at Amelia Musical Playhouse

Back by popular demand, and benefiting Friends of the Library’s Capital Campaign, don’t miss this rare opportunity to see Sinda Nichols in her “masterful performance” as Emily Dickinson in “The Belle of Amherst” on January 6 & 7 at 7:30 p.m. at Amelia Musical Playhouse and January 8 at 4:00 p.m.

Find out why Emily proclaimed, “Take all away from me, but leave me ecstasy!” Ms. Nichols first performed, “The Belle of Amherst” in December 2010, and has toured the show at multiple theaters in and around the First Coast, the United States and in Ireland. Frequently her performances have benefited local Friends of the Library in honor of Emily Dickinson’s extraordinary contribution to literature.

Wherever Ms. Nichols performs, audiences have one thing to say about her “energizing and uplifting” performance as Emily Dickinson, “Don’t miss it! Do whatever you have to do to see it!” Her “spellbinding performance” takes the audience on an unforgettable journey over 40 years. Bursting with humor, wisdom and enormous energy, “The Belle of Amherst” reveals the many secrets of our most enigmatic poet. Ms. Nichols brings not only Emily to life, but also over a dozen of the poet’s family, friends and loves. This “exquisitely intelligent” performance leaves the audience, “seduced, captivated and uplifted.”

William Luce’s extraordinary play weaving together letters and poems won Julie Harris a Tony Award in 1977. Unique and intimate, this play invites the audience into the home of Emily Dickinson’s parlor as she lifts the veil on the greatest joys and deepest sorrows of her life.

Tickets are available online at www.ameliamusicalplayhouse.com or by phoning 904-277-3455.

Ebenezer at Amelia Community Theatre

Directed by Kristin Sakamoto, Ebenezer is a lighthearted musical interpretation of A Christmas Carol. The musical features music from all genres, including gospel, country, rock and jazz songs and traditional Christmas carols.

An original production, Ebenezer will make it’s NE Florida Premiere on our ACT stage.

The eleven Main Stage Performances are:
December 1-3, 8-10, 15-17 at 8:00pm
December 4 & 11 at 2:00pm

Adult tickets: $25

Student tickets through high school: $15

Group discount not available for musicals.

Belle of Amherst at Amelia Musical Playhouse

Back by popular demand, and benefitting Friends of the Library’s Capital Campaign, don’t miss this rare opportunity to see Sinda Nichols in her “masterful performance” as Emily Dickinson in “The Belle of Amherst” on January 6 & 7 at 7:30 p.m. at Amelia Musical Playhouse and January 8 at 4:00 p.m.

Find out why Emily proclaimed, “Take all away from me, but leave me ecstasy!” Ms. Nichols first performed, “The Belle of Amherst” in December 2010, and has toured the show at multiple theaters in and around the First Coast, the United States and in Ireland. Frequently her performances have benefited local Friends of the Library in honor of Emily Dickinson’s extraordinary contribution to literature.

Wherever Ms. Nichols performs, audiences have one thing to say about her “energizing and uplifting” performance as Emily Dickinson, “Don’t miss it! Do whatever you have to do to see it!” Her “spellbinding performance” takes the audience on an unforgettable journey over 40 years. Bursting with humor, wisdom and enormous energy, “The Belle of Amherst” reveals the many secrets of our most enigmatic poet. Ms. Nichols brings not only Emily to life, but also over a dozen of the poet’s family, friends and loves. This “exquisitely intelligent” performance leaves the audience, “seduced, captivated and uplifted.”

William Luce’s extraordinary play weaving together letters and poems won Julie Harris a Tony Award in 1977. Unique and intimate, this play invites the audience into the home of Emily Dickinson’s parlor as she lifts the veil on the greatest joys and deepest sorrows of her life.

Tickets are available online at www.ameliamusicalplayhouse.com or by phoning 904-277-3455.

Dream Girls Continues at Amelia Musical Playhouse

Amelia Musical Playhouse is showing the production “Dream Girls”.

Dream Girls tells the story of the up and coming 1960’s girls group and the triumphs and tribulations that come with fame and fortune. This hit Broadway musical won six Tony Awards including Best Book of a Musical, Best Choreography, and Best Actress in a Musical.

Remaining show dates are: November 18th and 19th at 7:30 pm, and November 20th at 3:00 pm. Tickets are just $20 general admission and $15 for students.

For more information call (904) 277-3455 or check online: http://www.ameliamusicalplayhouse.com/events/dreamgirls/

Third Annual Teen Theatre Lock-In at ACT

The Third Annual Teen Theatre Lock-In will be August 26 from 7:30 p.m. until 7:00 a.m. on August 27, in the main stage of the Amelia Community Theatre.

This is an entire night of theatre activities just for teens ages 13-18.

What will they be doing?
There will be workshops on preparing for auditions, stage make-up, scene work, and more, with ample adult supervision. We will also discuss our ACTeen Troupe auditions which will be the following Sunday, August 28 at 2:00 p.m.

What to Bring
Teens need to bring a sleeping bag, pillow, and $5 for pizza and beverages.

If you have a teen or are a teen interested in theatre, this will be a fun and informative night!

Space is limited; parents or guardians must sign up their teens, by August 20, in order to attend the lock-in.

Amelia Community Theatre is located at 207 Cedar Street, and this event is sponsored by the theatre’s teen troupe, known as ACTeen.

These Two Couples Went to Italy

Fernandina Beach, FlThese Two Couples Went to Italy opens at Amelia Community Theatre! Sightseeing becomes a no-holds-barred competition as four American tourists in Italy strive to out-do each other as the savviest traveler in Amelia Community Theatre’s These Two Couples Went to Italy.

Performances are at 8 p.m. on August 4-6, 11-13, 18-20 and 2 p.m. on August 14 on the main stage at 207 Cedar Street.

The cast includes Judy and Jim Tipton as a married couple from Indiana, traveling through Europe in matching track suits and fanny packs. Catherine West and Doug McDowell play a New York couple who feel vastly superior to the Midwesterners. The two couples keep crossing paths with one another and brag and boast their away across Italy.

Michael Williams plays a mysterious Italian man, showing up in the most unusual places. Audiences will also be surprised to see some local celebrities traveling through Italy at each performance. These Two Couples Went to Italy is sponsored by Wallace Pierson Travel and directed by Peggy Strickland.

Tickets are $22 for adults and $10 for students through college, available at ameliacommunitytheatre.org, or by calling 261-6749. The ACT box office is open from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, and 90 minutes before curtain on show dates.

Chicago comes to Amelia Island in August 2016

Amelia Musical Playhouse is currently in rehearsal for the upcoming August performances of “Chicago The Musical”. The Bob Fosse, Fred Ebb and John Kander collaboration won critical acclaim for the 1996 revival which won six Tony Awards.

The show features favorite songs such as “All That Jazz”, “Cell Block Tango” and “Razzle Dazzle”. The show has a cast of 19 and features a 15 member orchestra. It is being directed by Carey Dresser with Musical Direction by Mary Williams, and five choreographers contributing their talents to the show.

The story takes place in the late 1920’s and is a satire of the corruption of the criminal justice system and the concept of the “celebrity” criminal. Kailin Friedrich will be seen as Velma Kelly, Alexandra Carroll as Roxie Hart, Jill Dillingham as Matron Mama Morton, Bill Mayo as Amos Hart, Jeff Groden-Thomas as Billy Flynn. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. for performances on August 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, 27 and a 2:30 p.m. matinee on August 14th.

Tickets are $20.00 for general admission, and $15 for students. Stop by AMP Monday-Thursday 8:30am-12:00pm/5:00pm-8:30pm Call (904) 277-3455 for more information.

Actors Night Out July 29th at Amelia Community Theatre

It is time for Actors Night Out, July 29, 2016, at 7:00 p.m., at the main stage lobby of the Amelia Community Theatre. This is designed for actors 18 years and up, and there is no charge to participate.

Learn more about the shows selected for the 2016-17 season in an informal social setting, where you can sit back, relax, and enjoy refreshments. The beverage bar will be open.

You will have the opportunity to read a scene aloud from an upcoming play just for fun, plus meet directors, actors, and other volunteers at ACT. Learn about backstage volunteer opportunities too.

The Plays
Read from Silent Sky – Studio show in November
Learn a song from Ebenezer – main stage show in December
Plus, scenes from Calendar Girls – main stage show in February.

Amelia Community Theatre is a volunteer-based, not-for-profit 501(c)3 corporation, registered with the State of Florida.

Auditions & volunteer opportunities are open to all. Call us at (904) 261-6749 to arrange a time to check out a script.

Save Me Dolly Parton

Save Me Dolly PartonFernandina Beach, FL – Anyone who has experienced or watched someone experience the “joys of new motherhood” should make plans now to attend Save Me Dolly Parton at the Amelia Musical Playhouse. The author, Megan Gogerty, who has made a career of stand-up comedy shares her experiences in this one woman show.

The new Mom, Megan, is played by Rachel Tyler who has a long history in our local theatres. Rachel has costumed several shows at AMP including most recently Spamalot and she has directed shows including Bad Panda and The Producers. Maybe you’ve seen her on stage in shows like A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Rocky Horror Picture Show, and Vagina Monologues.

Now we are fortunate enough to see Rachel in her delivery of Megan’s new baby experience with all the love, surprises, self doubt and frustrations. She comes from a long line of very strong women and compares herself to all of them. She idolizes Dolly Parton and looks to her for inspiration. She looks to find herself again in the midst of sleep deprivation, juggling a career and a baby, What should she do? Where should she go? Come see the solution.

Get your tickets by calling (904)-277-3455, or by visiting www.ameliamusicalplayhouse.com. Performances are at 7:30 on July 22nd and July 23rd. Save Me Dolly Parton is produced by special arrangement with Original Works Publishing. It is directed by Arlene Filkoff.

On Golden Pond Auditions at Amelia Community Theatre

Directed by Toni D’Amico, On Golden Pond auditions will be held on July 9, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. at the Amelia Community Theatre.

Characters include:
Norman Thayer – Age Late 70’s –
Nearing his eightieth birthday, Norman is flirting with senility and is aware of it enough to use it to his advantage, usually in a humorous way. He is a curmudgeon, as he feels his age entitles him to be. He is very much in love with Ethel, his wife, but doesn’t quite know what to do about their daughter, Chelsea. He is frustrated with himself and life. He has memory and hearing troubles and rails against old age and its limitations.

Ethel Thayer – Age 60- 70
Norman’s wife and lifelong companion, she is a spritely, active woman who loves her husband completely and who is in love with simply being alive. She is caregiver, sweetheart, and friend to Norman. She is resolute, strong-willed and determined. As she watches Norman’s struggles she shows cracks in her determination and is inwardly fearful, Ethel remains the sturdy wall her husband needs.

Chelsea Thayer Wayne – Age 40-50
The daughter of Norman and Ethel. She has an uneasy relationship with Norman which she tries to come to grips with. Although confident in most aspects of her life, she sometimes reverts to being “the little fat girl” in her father’s presence.

Billy Ray, Jr. – Age 13 or 14
Son of Chelsea’s fiancé. He is abruptly left with Norman and Ethel to spend a large part of the summer. He is at first resentful and upset but comes to appreciate Norman and Ethel and even thrives on their lifestyle.

Bill Ray – Age 40-50
Chelsea’s fiancé. A dentist in California. He seems out of place with the rustic surroundings of Golden Pond and is unsure of how to deal with Norman. Definitely not the outdoors type.
He is trying his best to make a good impression on Norman and Ethel.

Charlie Martin – Age 40-50
The local delivery-by-boat mailman, and town gossip Charlie is a long-time family friend. Still single, he has had a life-long crush on Chelsea.

Actors should come prepared to the auditions. Knowledge of the play will be helpful. Actors will read from the script. You may check out a script at the box office by calling (904) 261-6749.

On Golden Pond Auditions at Amelia Community Theatre

Directed by Toni D’Amico, On Golden Pond auditions will be held on July 9, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. at the Amelia Community Theatre.

Characters include:

Norman Thayer – Age Late 70’s
Nearing his eightieth birthday, Norman is flirting with senility and is aware of it enough to use it to his advantage, usually in a humorous way. He is a curmudgeon, as he feels his age entitles him to be. He is very much in love with Ethel, his wife, but doesn’t quite know what to do about their daughter, Chelsea. He is frustrated with himself and life. He has memory and hearing troubles and rails against old age and its limitations.

Ethel Thayer – Age 60- 70
Norman’s wife and lifelong companion, she is a spritely, active woman who loves her husband completely and who is in love with simply being alive. She is caregiver, sweetheart, and friend to Norman. She is resolute, strong-willed and determined. As she watches Norman’s struggles she shows cracks in her determination and is inwardly fearful, Ethel remains the sturdy wall her husband needs.

Chelsea Thayer Wayne – Age 40-50
The daughter of Norman and Ethel. She has an uneasy relationship with Norman which she tries to come to grips with. Although confident in most aspects of her life, she sometimes reverts to being “the little fat girl” in her father’s presence.

Billy Ray Jr. – Age 13 or 14
Son of Chelsea’s fiancé. He is abruptly left with Norman and Ethel to spend a large part of the summer. He is at first resentful and upset but comes to appreciate Norman and Ethel and even thrives on their lifestyle.

Bill Ray – Age 40-50
Chelsea’s fiancé. A dentist in California. He seems out of place with the rustic surroundings of Golden Pond and is unsure of how to deal with Norman. Definitely not the outdoors type.
He is trying his best to make a good impression on Norman and Ethel.

Charlie Martin – Age 40-50
The local delivery-by-boat mailman, and town gossip Charlie is a long-time family friend. Still single, he has had a life-long crush on Chelsea.

Actors should come prepared to the auditions. Knowledge of the play will be helpful. Actors will read from the script. You may check out a script at the box office by calling (904) 261-6749.

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