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Art Center Theatre Presents: Irving Berlin’s I Love a Piano Jan 13-22

I Love a Piano is the celebration of the music and lyrics of Irving Berlin. It follows the journey of a piano as it moves in and out of American lives from the turn of the century to the present. Along the way, the story comes to vibrant life with over sixty of Irving Berlin’s most beloved songs, including classics such as ‘Blue Skies,’ ‘There’s No Business Like Show Business,’ ‘Puttin’ on the Ritz,’ ‘Cheek to Cheek,’ ‘Always,’ ‘How Deep is the Ocean,’ ‘Anything You Can Do,’ ‘God Bless America,’ and, of course, ‘I Love a Piano.’ Alternately heartbreaking and hilarious, rousing and reflective, I Love a Piano is a fitting tribute to the man Jerome Kern famously said had ‘no place in American music – he is American music.’

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Art Center Theatre Auditions Musicals News

AUDITIONS: I Love A Piano Sunday Oct. 9 at 3:00 PM and Monday Oct. 10 at 6:00 PM

3 leading men, 3 leading ladies and a small ensemble.
Ages range from teen to mature.
Please have a prepared piece of music ready for auditions.
During the auditions, you will be asked to read something, and possibly sing a piece of music from the show.

Audition Dates: Sunday, October 9 at 3 pm. In the theater
Monday, October 10 at 6 pm in the theater

Show Dates: January 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 2023

TIME PERIOD
Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century, 1930s, 1920s, 1910s / WWI, 1900-1910, 1990s, 1980s, 1970s, 1960s, 1950s, 1940s / WWII

While the cast retain their identities and names throughout the show, they play different characters in different time periods.

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SUMMARY
I Love a Piano is the celebration of the music and lyrics of Irving Berlin. It follows the journey of a piano as it moves in and out of American lives from the turn of the century to the present. Along the way, the story comes to vibrant life with over sixty of Irving Berlin’s most beloved songs, including classics such as ‘Blue Skies,’ ‘There’s No Business Like Show Business,’ ‘Puttin’ on the Ritz,’ ‘Cheek to Cheek,’ ‘Always,’ ‘How Deep is the Ocean,’ ‘Anything You Can Do,’ ‘God Bless America,’ and, of course, ‘I Love a Piano.’
Alternately heartbreaking and hilarious, rousing and reflective, I Love a Piano is a fitting tribute to the man Jerome Kern famously said had ‘no place in American music – he is American music.’

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2021/2022 Season Plays Art Center Theatre Musicals News

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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2019/2020 Season Plays Art Center Theatre Musicals News

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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2019/2020 Season Plays Art Center Theatre Musicals

Review from last night’s performance of The Music Man ?

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Art Center Theatre Musicals

Opening Night The World Goes Round 7:30 pm Call Box Office 352-746-7606

If you are coming out to see the show TONIGHT ONLY Jan 12 2018 come early and enjoy the Camera Club Gallery Wine & Cheese Reception at 6:00 pm