Rock Musical Hair at Amelia Community Theatre

Rock Musical Hair at Amelia Community TheatreThe American Tribal Love Rock Musical (rated R for Adult theme, heavy language and subject matter), Hair, is coming to Amelia Community Theatre on September 19, 20 & 21st.

Hair follows a group of free-spirited youths who passionately preach a lifestyle of peace, love, freedom and happiness in a society that they see suffering from intolerance and brutality during the Vietnam War. The musical features such memorable numbers as Let the Sun Shine In, Aquarius and Good Morning Starshine.

The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical. Book and lyrics by Gerome Ragni and James Rado. Music by Galt MacDermot. Presented by special arrangement with Tams-Witmark Music Library, Inc.

Tickets are $25.00 and can be purchased online by CLICKING HERE.

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Amelia Musical Playhouse Presents The Laramie Project

Amelia Musical Playhouse Presents The Laramie ProjectAmelia Musical Playhouse is offering their production of The Laramie Project on September 4, 5, 6th at 7:30 PM.

This new theatre in Fernandina Beach is presenting the highly lauded, award winning, off Broadway play at 1955 Island Walkway, right off 8th Street in Fernandina Beach.

The play, directed by Jeff Goldberg, tells an emotional story based on the real-life murder in 1998 of Mathew Shepard, the victim of this hate crime because he was gay. The play is based upon real life interviews with members of the community who knew Mathew when he attended college in the town.

Townspeople are played by a cast of 22 local actors in short scenes that reflect the impact that Mathew had upon the town when he was alive and the effect his death had on both the local and the world community.

Tickets are $15 and are available at the theatre, or on www.ameliamusicalplayhouse.com, or call the theatre box office at 277-3455.

This play contains adult themes and adult language; attendees under 18 with parent or guardian only.

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Fernandina Little Theatre’s Dearly Departed Returns

Fernandina Little Theatre's Dearly Departed ReturnsGood news for those who missed the Fernandina Little Theatre presentation of Dearly Departed, a hilarious comedy about a dysfunctional southern family, opening August 30 at 1014 Beech Street in Fernandina Beach.

The crisis for the Turpin family is the passing of the not-so-beloved family patriarch Bud. His son wants to save money on the funeral by putting the casket on top of his Impala; his daughter is only interested in the food; his sister is relishing the thought of his burning in hell for eternity; and his wife wants to have “mean and surly” put on his gravestone. This simmering Southern stew of family resentments comes to a boil at the funeral, and a family that can’t stand one another realizes they love each other more than they know.

Cast members, including both stage veterans and newcomers, are: Karen Antworth, Mike Bond, Frank Dawedeit, Arlene Filkoff, Francis Flood, Stephen France, Amelia Hart, Lily Maritz, Joe Parker, Annette Rawls and Shannon Shaw. The production is again directed by FLT Managing Artistic Director Kate Hart.

Performances of this long-running FLT hit are August 30, and September 2, 4, 5 & 6 at 7:30pm, and August 31st at 4:30pm.

Tickets are $16.50 for all performances except the Tuesday performance on September 2nd, when tickets are only $14.00. Tickets may be purchased in advance at The UPS Store, located in the Fernandina Beach Publix shopping center.

FLT is an intimate performance space, and patrons are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance to guarantee seating availability. For info on FLT activities and events, check our website.

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Laugh In Revue at Amelia Musical Playhouse

Laugh In Revue at Amelia Musical PlayhouseAmelia Musical Playhouse’s presentation of “Laugh in Revue” will be August 29 and 30th, at 7:30 PM.

Amelia Musical Playhouse, the newest theatre in Fernandina Beach, is presenting Laugh In Revue, a musically comic “blast from the past”, directed by Linzy Marie Lauren Kennedy. This variety show features an entertaining, nostalgic blend of comedy sketches and songs from the 60’s that will light up the end of summer. This show will bridge the generation gap while providing a wistful walk down memory lane featuring go-go dancers and a group of soloists and backup singers singing some of the favorite songs of that era.

The theatre is located at 1955 Island Walkway right off 8th Street in Fernandina Beach. Tickets are $15 and are available at the theatre, or on the website www.ameliamusicalplayhouse.com, or call the theatre box office at 277-3455.

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Amelia Community Theatre Auditions on Sunday

Amelia Community Theatre Auditions on SundayACTeen and Adult Auditions will be held at the Amelia Community Theatre on Sunday, August 17, 2014.

TEENS
ACTeen auditions will be held at 2:30 pm, in Studio 209. Ages 13 – 18 welcome.

Please prepare a monologue no more than 2 minutes in length and no less than 1 minute.

We meet and rehearse Sunday afternoons from 2:30 – 4:30.

For more information e-mail Toni D’Amico at tonidamico@ymail.com

ADULTS
Always a Bridesmaid by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten, will be directed by Linda McClane. Auditions for this play will be held on Sunday, August 17th at 4:00 pm on the main stage. Six women are needed. Performance dates are October 9 – 25th.

The play takes place in a sitting room of a Virginia home that has been converted to a special events venue that is used for weddings. The play spans seven years. Four of the women were high school friends who vowed 30 years ago to always be in each other’s weddings – and they have kept that vow, no matter the circumstances or how ugly the bridesmaid’s dresses were.

Kari, late 20s – daughter of Libby Ruth. Wearing a wedding dress and getting tipsy, she has a monologue at the beginning of each scene. Initially, Kari will not have to be at all rehearsals.

Sedalia, 60s – a force to be reckoned with; owner of the wedding venue

Libby Ruth, Monette, Charlie, and Deedra, late 40s. They are the four high school friends.
-Libby Ruth: romantic and sweet, plain-spoken and guileless country woman, happily married
-Monette: multiple marriages, flashy and kinda trashy, a Southern flirt
-Charlie: Birkenstock-wearing, tree-hugging free spirit. Never married.
-Deedra: a judge with a dry wit, a no-nonsense Northern transplant. Marriage in trouble.

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Readers Troupe at Fernandina Little Theatre

Readers Troupe at Fernandina Little TheatreThere is a Readers Troupe at the Fernandina Little Theatre, this for actors interested in performing on stage, but not memorizing their lines.

The initial gathering is set for Saturday, August 9th, at 3:15pm. The theatre is located at 1014 Beech Street.

The Troupe will be preparing for a staged readiing of a comedy in October. Rehearsals will typically be on Monday and Tuesday evenings, from 7:15 to 8:30, beginning in September. Three performances are set for October 3rd thru 5th.

For more information, please contact Kate at fltplay@peoplepc.com, or visit their website at ameliaflt.org.

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Encore of The Good Body

Encore of The Good BodyBack by popular demand, Studio 209 of the Amelia Community Theatre is having an encore presentation of The Good Body on July 18th and 19th, at 8:00 PM.

Botox, bulimia, breast implants. Eve Ensler, author of The Vagina Monologues, rocks our view of what it means to have a “good body.” Whether undergoing botox injections or living beneath burkas, The Good Body examines women of all cultures and backgrounds and how they feel compelled to change the way they look in order to fit in.

You can read my original review by CLICKING HERE.

Tickets are $15.00 and can be purchased on line on the ACT Website or by calling the box office at 904-261-6749.

Please note: This play contains strong adult language and subject matter.

Micah’s Place will be on hand selling raffle tickets for a “Good Body” basket and collecting items from their wish list.

Micah’s Place Wish List
If you are interested in making an in-kind donation, you can go directly to the Purple Dove resale store anytime Monday through Saturday 10 am to 5 pm. The store is located at Amelia Market Shopping Center, 474311 East SR 200, Fernandina Beach, Florida 32034 (next to Dick’s Wings Restaurant in Yulee), (904) 261-5227.

For larger items, please call the store directly at 904.261.5227 to arrange for a pickup on Tuesdays.

Our shelter is in desperate need of the following items:
Paper Towels
Toilet Paper
Copy Paper – 8 ½” x 11”
Post-it Note pads
Dishwashing liquid
Laundry Detergent
Disinfectant wipes
Antibacterial hand soap
Laundry Detergent
Bleach
Light Bulbs
Lysol Spray
Trash bags
Non-dairy Creamer
Assorted sizes of ladies new underwear and bras
Diapers, sizes 3, 4, 5 and 6
Standard size pillows, twin sheet sets, sets of towels
Gift Cards from Walmart or Staples so that we may purchase the above items.

Please drop off the items at the Purple Dove Resale Center and indicate they are for the shelter. NO used underwear, used stuffed animals or used child’s car seats.

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Sound of Music at Amelia Musical Playhouse

Sound of Music at Amelia Musical PlayhouseThe hills will be alive on Amelia Island this summer when Amelia Musical Playhouse brings you this beloved family classic.

This family-friendly show features local talent and live music from a 9 piece orchestra. The children’s roles are double cast so if you are going to see a specific student, please talk to them to find out their specific performance dates.

Tickets are available on our website through Brown Paper Tickets, http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/737227 or at the AMP Box Office every morning and evening.

Box office tickets are cash or check only, please.

Tickets are selling fast and are only $20/00 for adults and $15.00 for students.

Show dates are July 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, and the 26th at 7:30 pm. Matinee showings will be on July 13th & 20th at 2:30 pm.

You will hear all of the classics you’d expect like The Sound of Music, Maria, Do-Re-Mi, Sixteen Going On Seventeen, My Favorite Things, The Lonely Goatherd, So Long, Farewell, Climb Ev’ry Mountain and Edelweiss.

Director: Geoffrey King
Music Director: Jill Dillingham
Vocal Director: Mary Williams
Children’s Director: Arlene Filkoff.

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July 3rd Celebrate America Concert

July 3rd Celebrate America Concert

Celebrate America with a concert by the Crescendo Amelia Big Band on Thursday, July 3rd, featuring Kathryn Trembaly singing The Star Spangled Banner.

Bring the whole family and kick off your Independence Day with Crescendo Amelia Big Band in ACT’s main stage theatre. Enjoy a mix of traditional patriotic songs, plus some contemporary big band sounds with a jazzy flair.

There’s a song for everyone. From Rockin in the USA to Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy!

Tickets for adults are $25.00 and student tickets are only $10.00 through college

Buy Tickets Here: https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=act11

The concert will be at the maing stage of the Amelia Community Theatre, at 7:00 pm.

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Audition Now for Hair, Coming to Amelia in September

Audition Now for Hair, Coming to Amelia in SeptemberThe Americal tribal love rock musical, Hair, is coming to Amelia Community Theatre in September 2014.

Auditions will be held Saturday, June 28th, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at the theatre.

Show dates will be September 19, 20, and 21st, with two performances on September 20th.

Auditioners should prepare 32 bars of a song in the Musical Theatre or 60’s folk or rock style. An accompanist will be provided. Please bring sheet music in the appropriate key.

No a ccapella or karaoke track auditions allowed.

All roles are open. The director, Lee Hamby, is looking for a culturally and physically diverse tribe.

Please arrive a few minutes early to fill out an audition sheet.

If you have any questions email the director at Lhamby1000@gmail.com.

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Get Jaguar Tickets and Support Local Theatre

Get Jaguar Tickets and Support Local TheatreGive and Go 100 is your chance to get the best deal on Jaguars tickets in town while supporting your favorite charity! For every ticket you purchase to any of the Jaguars 2014 preseason and regular season home games through the secure Give and Go 100 site, you automatically donate $10 to Amelia Community Theatre. Once the organization has sold 25 tickets, your $10 donation will be matched dollar for dollar for their WeGive.org project, instantly doubling your impact! And even better, once Amelia Community Theatre sells 100 tickets, the match becomes a 3-to-1 deal, which means it could make up to $30 per ticket purchased!

In addition, your donation is being matched dollar-for-dollar and sent to fund this nonprofit’s project on WeGive.org.

ACT’s project is Taking Theatre To Children in Nassau County Schools

Click the link below for more details!
http://wegive.org/look/project.asp?wgpID=1824

Give and Go 100 is a partnership of the Nonprofit Center, the Jacksonville Jaguars, The Jaguars Foundation, the DuBow Family Foundation, and WeGive.org. Only tax-exempt 501c3 organizations located in and serving Northeast Florida can participate.

Taking Theatre to Children in Nassau County Schools
Goal: Our goal is to present a 30 minute play at each of the Nassau County elementary schools.
Total Project Value: $800

Project Description
Amelia Community Theatre’s project involves taking a 30 minute play to elementary schools in Nassau County. Our greatest expense is for royalties for each performance. We have a troupe of adult actors called the Peppermint Players who perform for children and for seniors at assisted living facilities. We have traveled to preschools and elementary schools in Nassau County since 1981. However, we are not able to do this every year, due to resources. Funding would allow us to pay royalties for many more performances, thereby visiting more schools. We also need better sound equipment to use in the very large cafetoriums where we perform. We have often found that our play is the first live theatre that many of the children have ever seen. We encourage them to write and produce their own plays, using their imagination – creating their own costumes and sets. Our shows often have a gentle lesson, whether it is about recycling, tolerance, or accepting oneself. Funds will also be used for costumes, props, and set pieces. Everything we use for the play has to fit in our cars and be easily set up on the school stage.

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The Foreigner Opening at Amelia Community Theatre

 The Foreigner Opening at Amelia Community TheatreThe Amelia Community Theatre will feature The Foreigner by Larry Shue. The setting is a fishing lodge in rural Georgia often visited by “Froggy” LeSeuer, a British demolition expert who occasionally runs training sessions at a nearby army base. This time “Froggy” has brought along a friend, a pathologically shy young man named Charlie who is overcome with fear at the thought of making conversation with strangers. So “Froggy,” before departing, tells all assembled that Charlie is from an exotic foreign country and speaks no English. Once alone the fun really begins, as Charlie overhears more than he should, evil plans and damaging revelations made with the thought that Charlie doesn’t understand a word being said. That he does fuels the nonstop hilarity of the play and sets up the wildly funny climax in which things go uproariously awry for the “bad guys,” and the “good guys” emerge triumphant.

The Cast:
Tim Beard, Chris Collinsworth, Michael Flynn, Jeff Grant, Bill Mayo, Lila Mayo, Heather Van Wagner

The Director:
Fran Hindsley

“I laughed start to finish at one comic surprise after another.” —The New Yorker.<.em>

This comedy is a light-hearted event for those with a keen sense of humor. Tickets are $10 for students and $20 for adults.

Show dates are at 8:00 PM on June 12-14, 19-22, 26-28 and a 2:00 PM matinee will be performed on June 22nd.

For more information, visit www.ameliacommunitytheatre.org or call (904) 261-6749.

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A Lucky Life at Amelia Musical Playhouse

A Lucky Life at Amelia Musical PlayhouseA Lucky Life is opening at Amelia Musical Playhouse!

Baseball’s immortal Lou Gehrig is about to make an appearance in Florida. The legendary New York Yankee Iron Horse, one of the most celebrated and iconic heroes in sports, will live again in A Lucky Life, a new play to be performed at the Amelia Musical Playhouse for a limited run: June 6, 7 and 8. The play is produced by National Pastime Productions, LLC in association with C3 Entertainment Holdings, LLC and Hard Work Productions, LLC.

Broadway singer/actor, Brandon Dahlquist, who recently performed the character of Gehrig in Broadway’s Bronx Bombers, gets to expand the Gehrig role in this new dramatic production. New York Times/Associated Press scribe, Pete Durantine, has penned the play and packed it with plenty of lively stories of the glorious Yankee days when Gehrig and Babe Ruth were the core of the Yankees incredible lineup, including the 1927 Murderers’ Row. Director Richard Scanlon added, “This performance exudes an abundance of good humor and graciousness, just like Gehrig himself, with just a touch of warmth and heroic heart that made him a timeless hero.”

The limited run opens Friday evening, June 6th at 7:30 pm, with matinees on Saturday/Sunday June 7th and 8th at 2:30 pm. Saturday and Sunday evening performances, on June 7th and 8th will be at 7:30 pm at the Amelia Musical Playhouse, 1955 Island Walkway in Fernandina Beach.

Advance tickets can be purchased by calling Amelia Musical Playhouse at (904) 277-3455 or online at www.ameliamusicalplayhouse.com.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the ALS Association.

About National Pastime Productions
National Pastime Productions, LLC is a New York-based Production Company formed in 2013 by John Raffaeli, Jr., Michael Liebeskind and Richard Scanlon. It is dedicated to imaginative stories that celebrate and honor American heroes and legends in Sports, in the American Historical landscape and in American Arts and Culture. We seek to present stage, film and television stories that enrich the tapestry of our lives to all audiences and contribute lively content to the American conversation.

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Musical Master Class at Amelia Community Theatre

Musical Master Class at Amelia Community TheatreAmelia Community Theatre has announced their first Master Class: “16 Bars: Nailing the Audition”.

The class will be held at 7:00 PM on Monday, June 2 in Studio 209 at ACT.

Meet the Instructor
Kristin Sakamoto has been a musical theatre professional for 23 years. She has served as a music director, director, choreographer, and/or performer for over 50 productions in both community and professional theatres across Florida and North Carolina. She performed as a singer/dancer at Walt Disney World for eight years, and she has taught numerous musical theatre camps and classes to both children and adults. She has also written original vocal arrangements for five musicals.

About the Master Class
Have you ever wanted to audition for a musical but had no idea what to sing? Or how to sing it? Or what to do with your hands? Or where to look? Here’s your chance to hear from an experienced music director and learn more about:
-How to pick your audition song
-Unusual sources for audition material
-Making transitions within an audition
-How to classify your vocal range
-Preparing music for an accompanist
-The pros and cons of using a background track
-What to do with your hands, feet, etc. during a vocal audition

Next Season, ACT will be presenting the musicals Grease and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. Join us for ideas and tips to help you prepare for these upcoming auditions. Learn how to make the most of every audition and maybe even enjoy the process!

During the Master Class, instructor Kristin Sakamoto will work with pre-selected students who will prepare and present a mock audition on stage. Kristin will coach each student through the audition and address the ways to make it more effective. Audience observers will also be given the opportunity to participate in group exercises pertaining to musical theatre auditions.

The suggested donation for the June 2 Master Class is $5, but all are welcome to attend, regardless of ability to pay. A donation container will be set up in the lobby; pay what you are able!

We hope to see you on June 2. For more information, call ACT at 904-261-6749 or email actheatre@att.net.

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The Good Body Review

The Good Body ReviewI had the opportunity to catch the final dress rehearsal of Eve Ensler’s The Good Body at Amelia Community Theatre.

The Good Body has moved up from Ensler’s Vagina Monologues, and this time focuses on her forty-something belly and her mid-life obsession to have a good body, including a flat stomach.

As Eve travels around the world she finds herself in body image conversations with other women like Helen Gurley Brown of Cosmopolitan fame, an aging model with a plastic surgeon husband, a woman she meets in India working out on the treadmill, and more.

The show is laugh-out-loud funny taking socially placed values of women head-on, but it also stirs up emotions when some of these women disclose personal, and often uncomfortable memories.

You’ll learn from women who have had liposuction, breast reduction, and faced the buttocks spread. You’ll meet a wise African tribal woman, a Lesbian, and an Afghani woman, and you’ll never think about bread, kale, ham or ice cream the same way again.

Aimed at women and the men who love them, this show is not for the mild mannered and you can expect to be rocked out of your comfort zone by more than one “F-bomb” dropped on the audience.

The cast in order of appearance:
Laura Swaim
Susan Raab
Michele Giltmeir
Christie Miklas
Cynthia Riegler
Diana Herman
Buffy Wells

The show will run on Saturday evening, May 24th at 8:00 PM, and once more at 2:00 pm on Sunday afternoon. Friday night’s show has already sold out… and now that I’ve seen the play, I suggest you buy your tickets right away because the other two shows are likely to sell out, too!

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