Category Archives: Art Center Theatre

The Honky Tonk Angels Opens – Jan. 10, 2020 – Tickets on Sale Now 352-746-7606

The perfect follow up to “Always…”. Country classics combine with a hilarious story about three good ole gals who follow their dreams to Nashville. Songs include Stand By Your Man, Coal Miner’s Daughter, 9 to 5, I Will Always Love You, and Harper Valley PTA. Sold out runs at the Barter Theater, Abingdon, VA and the Flatrock Playhouse, Flatrock, NC and many other theaters throughout the country.

REVIEWS

The creator of “Always…Patsy Cline” combines over 30 classic country tunes with a hilarious story about three gutsy gals who are determined to better their lives and follow their dreams to Nashville. The all-hit song list includes I’ll Fly Away, Stand by Your Man, 9 to 5, Coal Miner’s Daughter, Ode to Billy Jo, These Boots Are Made for Walking, Rocky Top, and I Will Always Love You. This charming, foot-stompin’ musical has played to sold-out audiences across the country. – Broadwayworld.com

Touched by ‘Angels’ | “ATC Productions of “Honky Tonk Angels” make audiences laugh until they cry!” – TULSA World

“You’ll have to step on your toes to keep them from tappin’.” -Asheville Times

Opening Night: The Game’s Afoot Tonight! November 1 Call the Box Office for Tickets 352-746-7606

The Game’s Afoot Show Poster

A comedic mystery with shades of Sherlock Holmes opens Friday, Nov. 1, for a three-weekend run at the Art Center Theatre in Citrus Hills.

“The Game’s Afoot” is set in the 1930s and takes place in the Connecticut home of William Gillette, an actor and writer who played Sherlock Holmes on stage for over 25 years.

Gillette has invited friends and a famous theater critic to his home for a Christmas celebration only two weeks after there was an attempt on his life in the theater.

He hopes to use this holiday party to uncover the would-be killer, but as the evening continues, it becomes increasingly clear there is a killer on the loose, and increasingly unclear who it is.

Add in witty comic lines and a cast of interesting characters, and the play serves up a delightful dish of comedy and mystery before it all comes together in an unexpected conclusion.

Directed by Mac and Sharon Harris, the play features Rich Mesker as William Gillette, Marvia Korol as his mother Martha Gillette, Jacki Scott as Madge Geisel, Paul Bolognese as Felix Geisel, Kay Gear as Aggie Wheeler, Kyle Flanagan as Simon Bright, Sarah Schuyler as Daria Chase and Kristi Fuller as Inspector Goring.

Eayn Flanagan is the stage manager and Gloria Jardinella is assistant stage manager. The set was designed by Sharon Harris and built by a set crew under the direction of set construction coordinator Gary Boesch. The set construction crew was John Cocco, Doug Haynes, Ashley Gibson, Eayn Flanagan, Harry Lewis and John Koch.

Edwin Martin painted the set and Nancy Hoffman was the costumer. Technical design of the play is by Eayn Flanagan. Sharon Harris and Dianna Haynes did the artistic design and specialty painting.

Performances are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday. There is an additional performance at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9. Tickets are $21 and are available at the box office on the Art Center campus at 2644 N. Annapolis Ave. or by calling 352-746-7606.

The Game’s Afoot Opening Friday Nov. 1, 7:30 PM Call 352-746-7606 for Tickets

It is December 1936, and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his leading role in the play Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast members to his Connecticut castle for a weekend of revelry. But when one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities in this isolated house of tricks and mirrors quickly turn dangerous. It is then up to Gillette himself, as he assumes the persona of his beloved Holmes, to track down the killer before the next victim appears. The danger and hilarity are non-stop in this glittering whodunit set during the Christmas holidays.

The Game’s Afoot Opening Friday Nov. 1, 7:30 PM Call 352-746-7606 for Tickets

It is December 1936, and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his leading role in the play Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast members to his Connecticut castle for a weekend of revelry. But when one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities in this isolated house of tricks and mirrors quickly turn dangerous. It is then up to Gillette himself, as he assumes the persona of his beloved Holmes, to track down the killer before the next victim appears. The danger and hilarity are non-stop in this glittering whodunit set during the Christmas holidays.

The Game’s Afoot Show Poster

Art Center Youth Theatre Presents The Enchanted Bookshop Dec. 13, 14, 15

The Enchanted Bookshop

During the day, A Likely Story may look like any other used bookstore. But at night, it’s a place where magic happens. That’s when the characters inside the books come alive.

Six of those characters — Dorothy Gale, Robin Hood, Pollyanna, Sherlock Holmes, Heidi, and Tom Sawyer — long to help Margie, the scatterbrained owner, save her struggling store. But they’re not allowed to leave the building or be seen by human eyes. So when a pair of smugglers comes looking for a stolen necklace hidden inside one of the books, the characters are torn. Should they warn Margie and risk disappearing forever? Or can they find a way to defeat the crooks without being seen?

Featuring additional appearances by such beloved literary characters as the Queen of Hearts, Long John Silver, and Doctor Dolittle, this charming comedy celebrates the joy of reading in a fresh, fun-filled way.

Opening Night Friday Sept. 20 Love, Lies and the Doctor’s Dilemma

Love, Lies, and the Doctor’s Dilemma

Love, Lies, and the Doctors Dilemma

The first ‘play’ of the new season a comedy/drama by Michael & Susan Parker, Directed by Larry Mitchell

Performance Dates: Sept 20, 21, 22, 27, *28, 29, Oct 4, 5, 6, 2019

Joan Scheller lives with the great love of her life, Sandy. In an effort to hide her relationship, she introduces him as her psychiatrist. One little white lie leads to another. Before long, Vinny the Enforcer, a quintessential Italian mobster, masquerades as her security guard, while her son, Chris, is forced to wear a dress and become her daughter Christina. Further complications occur when her new neighbor, Rachael, whose life appears to be a series of catastrophes, creates chaos and confusion wherever she goes. “The Doctor” is in. Has Joan created a monster? Everyone wants a session. Olivia wants to discuss her love life, Rachael wants to know why she’s such a disaster, and Vinny wants to discuss his work as an “Enforcer.” Sandy is forced to listen and give misguided advice, which, to everyone’s surprise, seems to work. But what about love? Of course there’s Joan and Sandy, if they can survive Joan’s white lies; then there’s Rachael, who is strongly attracted to Chris, if he can survive her mayhem. Finally, there’s Olivia, who hires Vinny away from the mob to be her personal security guard (With benefits?). Little white lies create mistaken identities and chaos in this enchanting love story.

Playwriting 101 Theater Workshop with Patrick Erhardt

Register before: September 9, 2019 Contact: Patrick Erhardt erhardtpatrick@yahoo.com

This six week course will focus on how to write a one act, ten minute play. The classes will begin on Thursday, Sept 12, 2019 at 6:30 PM and meet each Thursday until October 17, 2019. Class size is limited to 15 students.

Instructor: Patrick Erhardt, a 35 year theatrical veteran will moderate the class.

The course will cover:

  • Developing a play idea
  • Building your characters
  • Creating a solid opening, middle and ending

The final two classes will be devoted to reading and improving our plays.

Cost:

$20 for Art Center members
$40 for non-members.

Where:

A&E building
The Art Center Of Citrus County
2644 N. Annapolis Ave, Hernando, Florida 34442

Sign Up: Contact Patrick Erhardt erhardtpatrick@yahoo.com before September 9, 2019