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Art Center Theatre Presents The Summer Musical -Assisted Living, July 16 – Aug 1

Call the Box Office, Phone: 746-7606

Show times: July 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 30, 31, Aug 1, Friday & Saturday nights at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2:00 pm.

Tickets are $21, Box Office Hours: 1-4, Mon. through Fri.

Synopsis

From early retirement right up to the pulling of the plug, 21st Century seniors are partying like it’s 1969. Imagine: no work, no pregnancy and a full array of Medicare-subsidized pharmaceuticals.  It’s the Boomer dream!

The show’s host couple enters heaven, suspecting their son pulled the plug…to get his hands on Dad’s vintage Corvette. They don’t seem to mind. Instead, the couple fondly remembers Pelican Roost, a very active, full-service retirement community. 

About the Author’s

Rick Compton and Betsy Bennett (Music, Lyrics, & Book) are Compton & Bennett. They have been writing and performing original shows since 1995, plowing the fertile fields of political and social satire in and around Naples, Florida. 

Betsy is a life-long theatre denizen, starting professionally in summer stock when she was 15. She has a theatre degree from Albion College, and followed that with an internship at Playwrights Horizons in New York City. Betsy co-founded Arcane Theatriks, a professional company in Chicago. She is a member of The Dramatists Guild. 

Rick leads a creative life since escaping from the corporate world in 1988. Since then, he founded Bio Colori, a small chain of annual street painting festivals; toured Japan as keyboardist for The Platters; and authored a children’s activity book called The Essential Street Painter (Simon & Schuster). Rick’s won several regional awards for magazine articles and is a member of The Dramatists Guild.

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Announcing The Art Center Theatre 2021-2022 Season Schedule

  • Deadline for current season subscribers is May 14.
  • To receive the season discount on the summer and winter musicals, purchase as part of a package. Seating for the Musicals will be assigned season seats or best available seating.  
  • New subscribers will be assigned seats after renewals from current subscribers have been fulfilled. Please enter your subscription as soon as possible to assure your best seat selection. 
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Art Center Youth Theatre Presents: The Secret Garden, April 9-18

The Secret Garden

This spring, the youth theatre will perform the charming, upbeat musical adaptation of a literary classic, “The Secret Garden.” Misselthwaite Manor turns out to be a gloomy fortress.  Her uncle is rarely home and his young son, Colin, never leaves his room, convinced he’s an incurable invalid.  Mary discovers a strange walled garden that has been locked up for years.  With the help of the gardener’s apprentice, Dickon, a lad who can talk to the animals, Mary coaxes the garden back to life. The garden seems to have a wonderful, magical effect on all who come into it, allowing Mary to help restore Colin to health and a reunion with his father.

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Dear Members and Patrons

I want to update you on the status of the Art Center as we deal with the Coronavirus pandemic.

As you know, out of an abundance of caution and in compliance with recommendations of public health officials, we canceled the last two plays of the season and the summer musical. This decision had a financial impact in excess of $76,000 due to lost ticket sales and the need to make refunds for tickets already sold. Part of this loss offset by the generosity of many of our theater patrons who donated the price of their tickets back to the Art Center. Thank you for your generosity and support for the Art Center.

Also, we deeply appreciate the confidence in our organization shown by those patrons who have contributed during this very trying time.

As a non-profit organization owned and operated by members, we do not receive government funding. Our primary source of income is the sale of theater tickets. We also receive some income from contributions and membership dues. When we are not presenting theater productions, we lose most of our income but our ongoing expenses for maintaining the two buildings on the campus continue. These include electricity, water and sewer, telephone and cable, necessary maintenance, insurance and the other costs of an ongoing business.

We also have a mortgage that was incurred when we built the theater. We had paid it down over the years and it is scheduled to be completely paid in a little over a year. We appreciate that our banker has worked with on temporary deferral of payments.

Currently, we are operating almost totally on our financial reserves, which we are fortunate to have due to prudent stewardship over many years. With a set built and a play ready for production, our current schedule is to resume theatre productions in September. In addition, we may do special productions if possible before then. We will continue to keep you updated on our status and plans. We are soliciting special donations to extend our reserves during this time the theater is dark, and we want to give recognition to those who donate. If you have already donated, thank you. If you have not donated and would like your name listed on the plaque as a supporter of the Art Center during this challenging period, mail contributions to P.O. Box 516, Hernando, Fl 34442, or click on the “Donate” button on the front page of our website at artcenterofcitruscounty.org.

Again, thank you for your patronage and support of your Art Center.

Mac Harris on behalf of the Executive Board

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Update on the Schedule of Art Center Theatre Performances

April 3, 2020

Dear Art Center Theatre patron,

I want to give you an update on the schedule of Art Center Theatre performances.

In March, we responded to the then-current guidance from health officials by postponing the play scheduled to open March 20 and rescheduling it to open May 1. The play that had originally been scheduled to open May 1, “The Last of the Red Hot Lovers,” was moved to next season.

However, since then the situation has changed, including the most recent stay at home directive from the State of Florida that is in effect until April 30. Under these circumstances, we cannot open a play on May 1, and rehearsals for the July summer musical cannot be held.

In response, we have canceled both “Will You Still Love Me in the Morning” that was scheduled to open May 1 and the summer musical “Once Upon a Mattress” that was scheduled to open July 17.

Anyone holding a ticket to the cancelled play will have the option of applying the value of that ticket to next year’s season ticket, receiving a ticket to a future play, receiving a cash refund, or donating the value of the ticket to the Art Center.

I want to thank you for your patronage and support of the theater. As a small, volunteer non- profit we do not receive any federal, state or local government operating funds. We fund the vast majority of what it costs to own and operate the Art Center with proceeds from ticket sales, so your purchase of theater tickets makes ongoing operating of the Art Center and theater possible.

Finally, I want to thank you for understanding that while we do not like to cancel events, our first obligation to you as a patron and to our volunteers is to provide a safe environment in which to enjoy the arts and live theater. We will continue to be guided by this principle going forward, and working together we can come through this crisis and resume putting quality productions on the stage.

Mac Harris, president

On behalf of the Executive Board

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Art Center Letter to Patrons

March 17, 2020

Dear Art Center Theatre patron,
I want to communicate directly with you about issues that are confronting our theater and the Art Center overall.

As you know, the coronavirus threat has led to widespread cancellations and closings, from amusement parks to professional theater and athletic events. Because this is a changing situation, guidance from health officials has also been changing.

The most recent change to our operations based on guidance from health officials was the decision to postpone the opening of the next season play in our schedule, “Will You Still Love Me in the Morning,” which was scheduled to open on Friday, March 20. It will now not go on stage until early May.

When we decided to postpone this play, we also decided to move the last play of our season to a slot in next season’s schedule. We are continuing to cast and rehearse the summer musical, “Once Upon a Mattress,” which is scheduled to be on stage in July.

While we believe we are allowing adequate time before we reopen the theater to the public, this schedule could change depending on guidance from public health officials. We will communicate future decisions as soon as they are made.

What the immediate decision means is that there will be one fewer plays this season. Anyone holding a ticket to the cancelled or delayed play will have the option of applying the value of that ticket to next year’s season ticket, receiving a ticket to a future play, receiving a cash refund, or donating the value of the ticket to the Art Center.

I want to thank you for your patronage and support of the theater. As a small, volunteer non-profit we do not receive any federal, state or local government operating funds. We fund the vast majority of what it costs to own and operate the Art Center with proceeds from ticket sales, so your purchase of theater tickets makes ongoing operating of the Art Center and theater possible.

Finally, I want to thank you for understanding that while we do not like to postpone or cancel events, our first obligation to you as a patron and to our volunteers is to provide a safe environment in which to enjoy the arts and live theater. We will continue to be guided by this principle going forward, and working together we can come through this crisis and resume putting on the stage quality productions that you as an audience member enjoy attending.

Mac Harris, president
On behalf of the Executive Board

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Art Center Theatre Presents: The Odd Couple Feb. 14-March 1

Unger and Madison are at it again! Florence Unger and Olive Madison, that is, in Neil Simon’s hilarious contemporary comic classic: the female version of The Odd Couple. Instead of the poker party that begins the original version, Ms. Madison has invited the girls over for an evening of Trivial Pursuit. The Pidgeon sisters have been replaced by the two Constanzuela brothers. But the hilarity remains the same.

Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple Directed by Missy Mullens
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Art Center Theatre Presents: “Christmas on the Air” Radio Show

Get your tickets now for the December 20th, 7:30 pm evening show or the December 21st, 2:00 pm afternoon show!

Featured shows:

  • The Bickersons – A 1947 retelling of O’Henry’s Gift of the magi as told by the loving but bickering couple that far predated the Honeymooners and married with children. Blanche Bickerson – Janet Torcello John Bickerson – Barry Denham.
  • The Christmas Truce – A true Christmas story about an amazing spontaneous truce that happened between English and German soldiers in 1914 as told by 4 soldiers writing home to their loved ones on Christmas day. Eayn Flanagan Chris Patti Zack Johnson Nathan Abbey.
  • Blondie – A different Christmas Carol. Blondie has been a comic strip since 1930, but from 1939 to 1950 the Bumstead’s were also on the radio! This retelling of the Dickens Christmas Carol comes from one of Dagwood’s dreamy naps and is filled with laughs. Blondie – Shirene Thomas Dagwood – Harry Lewis Baby – Holly C. Sherwood Dithers – Lewis Unterman Fuddles – Dave Sotrines.

This Christmas Special is being presented commercial-free, so between shows, we will be treated to lovely singing of classic Christmas carols by the cast of the upcoming winter musical – The Honky Tonk Angels. The singers are -Sharon Vetter Sandy Vetter Mosley Ashlyn Victoria Gibbs

And last but not least our host with the most who will be taking on this magical Christmas ride will be the one and only Rex Young – Robert Darling

Old Time Radio Christmas Show Live on Stage
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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

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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.