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2016-17 Season

Art Center Theatre 2016/17 Season Play Schedule

2016-17 Season Marquee1.The Sensuous Senator (Comedy/farce)
Sept 23, 24, 25, 30, Oct 1, 1, 2, 7, 8, 9.
A Samuel French Production
by: Michael Parker
Senator Douglas is running for President on a “morality” platform, but when his wife Lois leaves to attend a conference in Chicago he does not hesitate to invite Veronica, his secretary and lover, over. Finding her unavailable, he has an escort agency send voluptuous Fiona. All seems well until his
elderly Congressional colleague and neighbor locks himself out and asks to spend the night.

2. Murdered to Death – (Comedy/thriller)
Nov 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20.
A Dramatist Production
By: Peter Gordon
A spoof of the best Agatha Christie traditions, with an assembled cast of characters straight out of typical mystery plays: Bunting the butler, an English Colonel with the prerequisite stiff upper lip, a shady French art dealer and his moll, bumbling local inspectors and a well meaning local sleuth who seems to attract murder – they’re all here, and all caught up in the antics which follow the mysterious death of the owner of a country manor house.

3. Seniors of the Sahara (Comedy)
Feb 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26.
A Samuel French Production
By: Barbara Pease Weber
Sylvia Goldberg, a respectable retired New Jersey school teacher, brings home more than just souvenirs upon returning from her grandson’s wedding in Israel. Sylvie’s troubles begin when she realizes that the old teapot she purchased at an outdoor market is actually a priceless relic containing a geriatric genie “Eugene” with a bad back and a penchant for vodka and V8.

4. Nana’s Naughty Knickers (Comedy/farce)
March 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 25, 26, 31, April 1, 2.
A Samuel French Production
By: Katherine DiSavino
Bridget and her Grandmother are about to become roommates. However, what Bridget saw as a unique opportunity to stay with her favorite Nana in New York for the summer quickly turns into an experience she’ll never forget. It seems her sweet Grandma is running an illegal boutique from her apartment, selling hand-made naughty knickers to every senior citizen in the five borough area!

5. Murder by Appointment (Drama/mystery)
April 28, 29, 30, May 5, 6, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14.
A Samuel French Production
By: Frank Williams
David Langton, a young man in his mid-twenties returns home, clearly in a state of great agitation. Then his eighteen year old brother, Charles, arrives with the news that there has been a murder on the cliff top. David’s father, Richard, the editor of the local paper goes out to the scene of the crime with his younger son, to get the story. Things come to light about David’s past which suggest that there might be reasons why he could be interested in this particular type of murder.

Additional Productions
Summer musical R&H, Carousel – July 15-31
Gilewitz Concert – Dec 3,2016
Halavan Youth Theatre – Dec 9-11, 2016
Winter Musical
The Kids Left. The Dog Died. Now What? – Jan 13-22
Youth Theatre – April 14, 15, 16

Art Center Theatre

Art Center's Seating ChartThe Art Center Theatre is a modern building containing 200 comfortable seats, a large raised stage, modern lighting and sound systems. Plays are presented in the theater throughout the year.

The basic series consists of five plays running from September through May. Season subscribers maintain their same seats for the season series and have flexibility in changing their performance dates when needed.

They also have first choice of tickets for the supplementary programs, which consist of a summer musical, a winter musical, two additional plays and several youth productions. Individual tickets are also available for any of the performances.

Special performances times vary. Please check with the box office for performance dates and times or on the Art Center Calendar tab on this website.

First night performances are often when a new art exhibit opens in the Art Center gallery, awards and ribbons are given, People’s Choice artist is selected by all present including theatre goers, and refreshments are served before the play starts. A great night to get your tickets!
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56b1a5d3ce3f33058d4a7b48918106cdScenes from past theatre productions: Mame, My Fair Lady and Witness for the Prosecution.

Tickets can be ordered by calling the Theatre box office at 352-746-7606.

Box office hours are 1-4 pm Monday through Friday and 1 hour prior to show time.

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Season Tickets $70 Five Plays

The Art Center Theatre season tickets $70 include five plays in the regular season running for 10 week-end performances each from September, 2013 through May, 2014. In addition to the Sunday matinee and additional Saturday matinee is held the second Saturday for each production. In addition to the regular season there are several additional productions; a winter musical, a one night performance, and youth holiday programs. This year the Theatre will also present a “Second Season” with two additional performances, “The Psychic,” which was a great success and “Murder at the Howard Johnson’s,” in the spring.

A MESSAGE FROM THE Vice President of Performing Arts, Edwin Martin

Soon the snow birds will return and again join our ranks. Thanks to Mel Rustom, our sponsorship is growing.

Thanks to Jim Wellborn, Tim Stuart and Sharon Vetter we have embarked upon a new series of plays entitled the Interlude Series. That means that we have a 9 play schedule this season with 7 plays and 2 musicals. Very ambitious.

On Saturday, October 19th, due to some special circumstances we had a large contingent of younger audience members. Hopefully, they will return and spread the word about our facility.

Our Play Reading Committee members are a dedicated group of people from various walks of life, with multifaceted backgrounds, who voraciously read plays and submit reviews.

Our actors, in my estimation, deserve high praise not only for the quality performances they produce, but also for the dedication to… a sometimes rigorous rehearsal schedule. Musicals, in particular, involve longer rehearsal times than non-musicals.

Our set construction guys are fantastic. In just a few hours, they can turn an empty stage into a complete room with windows and doors. In two days they can provide the illusion of a two story set.

Another very dedicated group are our box office staff. These ladies do an amazing job of handling both the routine and unusual box office requests. I can’t leave out the valuable contribution of our stage managers, tech crews, costume and props manager, house managers, ushers and concession volunteers.

My point here is that our theater is growing. Of course, that is what we want, and with that growth comes more challenges and opportunities. We hope that you will help us meet those challenges and opportunities. Thank you.