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The Outsider Audition Dates: Sunday, July 10, 3:00 p.m. Monday, July 11, 6:00 p.m.  

Comedy|110 – 120 minutes

3 W, 4 M, Set: Single set, a governor’s office.

Ned Newley doesn’t even want to be governor. He’s terrified of public speaking; his poll numbers are impressively bad. To his ever-supportive Chief of Staff, Ned seems destined to fail. But political consultant Arthur Vance sees things differently: Ned might be the worst candidate to ever run for office. Unless the public is looking for… the worst candidate to ever run for office. A timely and hilarious comedy that skewers politics and celebrates democracy.


Tickets for the Summer Musical: Once Upon a Mattress are now available on the Box Office TicketPortal

Tickets for the Summer Musical: Once Upon a Mattress are now available on the Box Office TicketPortal

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Art Center Theatre Presents: Once Upon a Mattress, Tickets go on sale June 8th

Seating charts will be available to reserve your seats online, Wednesday, June 8th.

Create an account ahead of time to learn how the new system works.

  • Create an account by clicking on the “Register Now” button.
  • Even if you have bought tickets with us in the past, and have an account from the old system, you will need to set up a new account for the online program.
  • Register your name and create a password to get access to the online ticketing program.
  • The Box Office will merge your old account with the new account you create.
  • Then you will have access to the history of all your purchases.

The Welcome Screen looks like the image below:

Tap the Register Now Button on the welcome page


When you create an account FILL IN ALL THE EMPTY FIELDS above and below the Registration Button. Once all the fields are filled with your information go back up and tap the Registration Button


Many moons ago in a far-off place, Queen Aggravain decreed no couples could marry until her son, Prince Dauntless, found a bride. Princesses came from far and wide to win the hand of the prince, but none could pass the impossible tests given to them by the Queen. That is, until the “shy” swamp princess, Winnifred the Woebegone, showed up. Would she be able to pass the Sensitivity Test, marry her prince and help Lady Larkin and Sir Harry to the altar? Carried on a wave of wonderful songs, by turns hilarious and raucous, romantic and melodic, this rollicking spin on the classic tale The Princess and the Pea provides some side-splitting shenanigans. For after all, a princess is a delicate thing.

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Art Center of Citrus County Welcomes Valorie Vogel Theatre Gallery Artist

Art Center of Citrus County Welcomes Valorie Vogel is a visual artist working with mixed-media/oils, living in Florida. She is a 3rd generation artist. At 5, Valorie was inspired by her formally trained artist grandfather who lived in the redwoods of California, her birthplace. Then, at 8, this shy girl had an incident that shut down her artistic expression for 16 years. It wasn’t until 1978 that the phoenix arose from the ashes of her slumbering desire to paint. Opportunity knocked and her art career was launched at 24.Her creations number over 5,000 in the realm of oil-painting, mixed-media, acrylics, water-colors, mono-prints, murals, sign-painting, stained-glass, etched-glass, fused-glass, residential blueprints, jewelry, and holiday-window-painting.In 2020 Valorie’s expertise transcended to a higher level when she began the Fine Art Mastery Certification at Milan Art Institute.

Valorie Vogel
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Nonprofit Spotlight: Art Center of Citrus County

By Nancy Kennedy Chronicle Reporter Apr 30, 2022

Special to the Chronicle
Editor’s note: Every community depends on the resources and support that nonprofit agencies provide people, whether physical, material, or emotional.

The Chronicle’s ongoing series, Nonprofit Spotlight, profiles the nonprofit agencies in Citrus County that exist to help make life better for us all.

To have your nonprofit organization considered for a spotlight, here’s the link to an online form you can fill out:

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“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” – Thomas Merton

Plays and concerts, are a place for artists to meet other artists to learn from and gain inspiration and education and hone their skills.

As the cultural center of the county, a campus consisting of two buildings, a modern 200-seat theater, and a 6,500-square-foot Art and Education building, the Art Center offers a variety of visual arts, photography, youth programs, and live theater shows.

The mission of the Art Center of Citrus County is to encourage and promote participation, appreciation, and education of the arts in the community.

“The Art Center strives to provide many forms of artistic expression that bring entertainment and education to everyone in our community,” said Dianna Haynes.

When did the Art Center start?

The Art Center was founded by a handful of artists in 1964; incorporation came in 1973. In 1984 a single, small building was constructed at the current site and has grown to the current two-building campus.

What is the annual budget and how is it funded?

The annual operating budget is $160,000. The Art Center is supported by ticket sales, contributions, and membership dues.

Who’s in charge?

The Art Center is an all-volunteer organization, governed by a volunteer board that serves without compensation, a part-time executive director.

How many volunteers does the Art Center have? Are more needed, and if so, how can people volunteer?

The Art Center has roughly 250-500 volunteers throughout the year involved with the visual arts and theatrical productions.

There are many volunteer opportunities, from box office to acting, scenery, tech booth, the front-of-the-house manager and ushering, to helping with the artistic side of the organization, and social events.

Volunteer time can be anything from a steady three hours a week to just a couple of times a year.

Currently, volunteers are needed for the box office; also needed: a concession stand coordinator and helpers.

For information about volunteering, email: or call 352-746-7606.

How has the pandemic affected the Art Center?

Two productions in the 2019/20 season and the whole 2020/21 season had to be canceled. As a result, it hurt the volunteer pool and attendance is 60 percent of what it was pre-pandemic.

What keeps members and volunteers motivated?

“People have been supportive of our organization and they are happy that our doors are open,” Haynes said. “Little by little more people are showing up to volunteer and go to the shows, and the happy smiles keep us going.”

How can the community help the Art Center help others?

“Spread the word about the Art Center,” Haynes said. “If you see us on social media, please share and like our events. Everybody you see on stage, behind the scenes, and in the art programs are all volunteers and can use the community’s support.”

INFO: Art Center of Citrus County is at 2644 N. Annapolis Ave., Hernando.


Phone: 352-746-0924




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Chronicle reporter Nancy Kennedy can be reached at 352-564-2927 or by email at

In this photo from January 2022, the cast of Stephen Sondheim’s “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” rehearse for its debut back on Jan. 7.

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Call To Artist! Nature Coast Exhibit No. 5 Take in May 4, 10 AM – 2 PM

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Four Old Broads tickets are now available for purchase online

Retired burlesque queen Beatrice Shelton desperately needs a vacation – and NOT another trip up to Helen, Georgia to see that “precious little German village for the umpteenth time.” A Sassy Seniors Cruise through the Caribbean may be just the ticket if she can just convince her best friend, Eaddy Mae Clayton, to stop praying and go with her. Unfortunately, things have not been very pleasant at Magnolia Place Assisted Living since Nurse Pat Jones began working there. The newest resident, Imogene Fletcher, is suddenly losing her memory. Maude Jenkins is obsessed with her favorite soap opera and planning her own funeral. Sam Smith, retired Elvis impersonator, keeps trying to bed every woman in the building. A mystery unfolds with laughter as the gals try to outsmart the evil Nurse Pat Jones and figure out why so many residents have been moved to “the dark side,” what exactly IS that mysterious pill, and what happened to Doctor Head? Hilarity ensues as Imogene goes undercover and Maude enters the Miss Magnolia Senior Citizen Pageant to throw Pat off their trail. If they can solve the mystery, they may make it to the cruise ship after all.

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Call To Artist! This Wednesday, March 23, 10 AM – 2 PM

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The Portrait Group Meets Every Friday Morning at 9:30 am


The Art Center has a Portrait Art Session every Friday at 9:30 am, all media used: watercolor, pen and ink, pencil, oil, acrylic. All levels of skill are welcomed. A model poses for 2 hours then we have a review. Some assistance is provided if you desire.

Practice, Practice, Practice.

Join us at The Art Center, 2644 N. Annapolis Ave, Hernando, FL.


If you are interested in posing, please contact:
John Bescher