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A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the Forum

Travel back to ancient Rome in the classic comedy A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to The Forum. Featuring a score by the legendary Stephen Sondheim and a book by Larry Gelbart and Burt Shevelove (The Frogs), the original 1962 Broadway production won six Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Author! Read the libretto for free and see for yourself how this show has “something for everyone.”

A Funny Thing Happened… is a nonstop laugh-fest in which Pseudolus, a crafty Roman slave, struggles to win the hand of a beautiful, but slow-witted, courtesan named Philia for his young master, Hero, in exchange for freedom. The plot twists and turns with cases of mistaken identity, slamming doors, and a few trips around the seven hills of Rome.

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Art Center Youth Theatre Presents: A Fairy Tale Christmas Carol

Everyone’s favorite classic holiday tale gets the fractured fairy-tale treatment.  All the famous fairy-tale characters take on all of the memorable roles of Dickens’s A Christmas Carol.  You’ll never know who will show up next as the Big Bad Wolf (as Ebenezer Scrooge) meets his old business partner Jacob Midas (Marley), who could turn anything into gold.  Midas warns Big Bad that he’ll be visited by The Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future (played by a Fairy Godmother, Old King Cole, and the Queen of Hearts respectively).  The ghosts make Scrooge realize what a scoundrel he’s been to the Charming (or Crachit) family — including Prince Philip, Cinderella and their kids, Hansel, Gretel, and Tabitha, their Little Match Girl — and help him to remember what the Christmas spirit is all about.  This fun-filled adaptation stays true to the warmth and heart of the classic.

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Opening Night – Friday, Nov. 5, 7:30 PM. Art Center Theatre Presents: Neil Simon’s Rumors

At a large, tastefully-appointed Sneden’s Landing townhouse, the Deputy Mayor of New York has just shot himself. Though only a flesh wound, four couples are about to experience a severe attack of Farce. Gathering for their tenth wedding anniversary, the host lies bleeding in the other room, and his wife is nowhere in sight. His lawyer, Ken, and wife, Chris, must get “the story” straight before the other guests arrive. As the confusions and mis-communications mount, the evening spins off into classic farcical hilarity.

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Art Center Theatre Presents: Neil Simon’s Rumors

At a large, tastefully-appointed Sneden’s Landing townhouse, the Deputy Mayor of New York has just shot himself. Though only a flesh wound, four couples are about to experience a severe attack of Farce. Gathering for their tenth wedding anniversary, the host lies bleeding in the other room, and his wife is nowhere in sight. His lawyer, Ken, and wife, Chris, must get “the story” straight before the other guests arrive. As the confusions and mis-communications mount, the evening spins off into classic farcical hilarity.

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Will You Still Love Me in the Morning: Opening Sept 17, CALL: 352-746-7606

Jeremy and Celia return a week early from their unsuccessful honeymoon to find that both Jeremy’s partners have accepted his offer to stay in his house while he is away. The only problem is that they have each brought the other’s wife with them. Jeremy discovers one illicit couple, Celia the other. Both issue invitations to them for dinner. Complications pile up thick and fast as, realizing their dilemma and desperate to make a good impression on Jeremy’s colleagues, the couple stages two dinner parties simultaneously, one on the patio and one in the dining room. As if there aren’t problems enough, Sid the plumber, up to his eyeballs in water in the cellar, has to call in the Water Board Emergency Service just when all seems resolved and Jeremy and Celia are attempting to salvage their lost honeymoon.

Will You Still Love Me in the Morning
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Art Center Theatre Presents: Will You Still Love Me in the Morning

Will You Still Love Me in the Morning?

Jeremy and Celia return a week early from their unsuccessful honeymoon to find that both Jeremy’s partners have accepted his offer to stay in his house while he is away. The only problem is that they have each brought the other’s wife with them. Jeremy discovers one illicit couple, Celia the other. Both issue invitations to them for dinner. Complications pile up thick and fast as, realizing their dilemma and desperate to make a good impression on Jeremy’s colleagues, the couple stages two dinner parties simultaneously, one on the patio and one in the dining room. As if there aren’t problems enough, Sid the plumber, up to his eyeballs in water in the cellar, has to call in the Water Board Emergency Service just when all seems resolved and Jeremy and Celia are attempting to salvage their lost honeymoon.

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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