The exhibition is free, open to the public, and may be viewed and Monday through Friday 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM and during every performance of the Art Center Theater. A complete schedule of events can be found on the website https://artcenterofcitruscounty.org/ The Art Center Gallery is located at 2644 N Annapolis Ave. Hernando, Florida. The Art Center of Citrus County is open to all who appreciate and want to support the arts in our community. They are a member-owned and operated 501c3 non-profit organization with programs in the performing and visual arts offering opportunities for participation, education, and appreciation of the arts.
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.
Naturalist and Professional Expedition Leader to give a talk at the Art Center Camera Club
Tom Ritchie will be at the September 13th meeting of the Art Center Camera Club where he will give a talk and film demonstration of his recent expeditions. All are invited to this 7 pm meeting.
“Tom Ritchie is a professional expedition leader and naturalist who has worked in the field of expedition cruising since the middle 1970s. Growing up near the Everglades allowed him to spend his youth exploring the swamps, marshes, forests, and reef systems of South Florida, a perfect training ground for his life with Lindblad Expeditions and the National Geographic Society. He has led ship-based expeditions to many of the far reaches of the globe, including Antarctica, the High Arctic, Patagonia, the Amazon River, Africa, New Guinea, Indonesia, the South Pacific, Southeast Asia, Australia, and many other wild and primitive regions.
Tom did his graduate work at the University of Florida in zoology, vertebrate paleontology, geology, and physical anthropology in the early 1970s. He met Lars-Eric Lindblad, the originator of expedition ship travel, right after he got his degree and has been exploring the world ever since. As a trained scientist, his passion for natural history and exotic cultures is fueled by his traveling way of life and he has created a museum collection of art and cultural artifacts, and natural objects from around the globe. As one might expect, the nature of these voyages commonly attracts serious photographers. Every Lindblad Expeditions trip includes at least one National Geographic Society professional photographer, who is on board to give presentations and advice. Tom has decades of experience with cameras, has published numerous photographs in books and magazines, but still considers his interest in photography as simply an enjoyable hobby.”
The Art Center is located at 2644 N. Annapolis Ave. just off of Rt 486 in Hernando.
For more information call Jim Houle @ 352-422-2838
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.
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.
- 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.
Dear members and patrons,
We want to update you on changes in plans for the Art Center Theatre for the upcoming season, but first we want to thank you for your patronage and support.
We want to particularly thank those generous donors who have contributed to help the Art Center manage through this unprecedented period that has forced temporary closure and almost complete loss of income. Between the cash reserves we had on hand, support of donors, renegotiation of our existing mortgage and a Small Business Administration loan we have structured our finances to meet the changed circumstances and remain financially viable.
Again, thank you for your continued support.
When we closed this spring, we first postponed productions for a short time. We then canceled productions through the summer, with the intent of resuming normal operations this fall.
Since that time, however, it has become increasingly clear that so long as we have the level of infection now prevalent in the state and the county we cannot present the plays originally scheduled for this fall and winter in a way that provides a safe environment for our patrons and volunteers.
For that reason, we made the difficult decision to move the plays originally scheduled for this season to the upcoming 2021-22 season. They will be presented in the same order, and on approximately the same dates, as they were scheduled for this season.
In the place of plays originally scheduled for this season, we will put on the stage a variety of productions that will include but not be limited to, smaller cast plays and musicals, monologues and monologue competitions, virtual productions, radio plays, readings and production of original works by local writers, and other activities that limit the number of people involved in presenting and attending the production.
A team of volunteers is working to develop and schedule productions for the upcoming season. Information about upcoming events will be on our website and on social media pages as it is developed.
Because of the varied nature of the productions we will not sell season tickets for this season. Instead, each show will be priced individually. Seating will be arranged to maintain social distancing. This means fewer tickets for each production. Season ticket holders will maintain their right to their regular seats if they renew for 21-22 season regardless of their ticket activity this coming season.
This is a challenging time for theaters and live performance venues. With the support of our members and patrons, we will get through this and get back to presenting the kind of quality dramas, comedies and musicals that our patrons expect and our volunteers want to present.
Again, thank you for your support and for your understanding.
For the Executive Board
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