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Art Center Theatre Season Update

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.

Mac Harris

For 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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Dear Ticket Holders and Patrons of the Art Center of Citrus County

We are all going through challenging times and face an uncertainty of what lies ahead.  All performances of “Will You Still Love Me in The Morning” have been postponed. I want to thank everyone for their patience while we try to contact ticket holders.

If you have not heard from us, we ask that you call the box office or email and leave a message as to whether you would like to exchange your tickets for a credit to be used towards the next season pass, request a gift certificate for future use, ask for refund or donate your ticket value back to the theatre as a charitable contribution.

Our email is: artcenterofcitruscounty@gmail.com  Or you can call the Box Office 746-7606, leave a short message with your first & last name, phone number and which option you would prefer. Someone will respond as soon as possible to confirm.

I would like to thank everyone so far who has donated their tickets back to the Art Center Theatre, it is uplifting to see such support from the community. 
Please, follow updates on our website (artcenterofcitruscounty.org), and Facebook page. Thank you for your patience and support through these trying times. Please stay safe, God bless and hope to see you soon.

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Postponement of Activities at the Art Center

Out of an abundance of caution and to protect our patrons and volunteers, the Art Center and the Chamber of Commerce have agreed to postpone the mixer scheduled for March 19. We are also postponing opening “Will You Still Love Me in the Morning” which was scheduled to open March 20 for a three weekend run. The upcoming art exhibition will be postponed until a new date is set for opening “Will You Still Love Me in the Morning” and the exhibit on display will remain on display until then.  We will continue to follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state and local health officials in setting future schedules for opening the play and for other activities at the Art Center.

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Steel Magnolias Opening Tonight 7:30pm Nov 2 @ The Art Center Theatre

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The Following Workshop, Acting For Beginners, will be offered on Sundays from 6-8 pm, starting March 11-April 22.

The Art Center Of Citrus County Will Be Offering The Following Workshop, Acting For Beginners

Instructor Missy Mullens

Classes will be Sunday Evenings from 6-8 pm in the               

A&E building beginning March 11 and running through April 22nd   

With  Showcase on April 29. No class Easter Sunday.    

Cost is $35 for non- members or free with membership.

Do people tell you that you should be on stage? Have you always been curious about acting and maybe have a secret yearning to strut your theatrical stuff? This class is ideal for you! It is designed for those who are new to acting as well as those who just want to polish their technique and add new skills to their toolbox.

Acting For Beginners – Meisner Technique is an introduction to Sanford Meisner’s approach to developing a foundational acting technique. This acting class is a step-by-step progression of acting exercises that develop the actor’s ability to work organically, creating truthful, expressive behavior in acting. This acting class covers the beginning Meisner techniques from word repetition through their first application to a scene and monologue. In a fun safe environment. This workshop will run for six weeks and will end with a showcase performance, where you can share your new skills with friends and family.

This workshop is open to students age 14 and up ( or with the approval of instructor). Space is limited. For more information or to register please contact Missy Mullens at 352-270-2749 or by email at missymullens@yahoo.com

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Amy’s Wish Opening Night Feb 9 The Nature Coast Exhibit #3 Starting at 6.30 pm Wine and Cheese Reception Show Starting at 7:30 pm

This timeless romantic comedy finds senior citizens Sam and Amy, newly-married, arriving at their honeymoon retirement village only to discover the “Fountain of Youth” in their new Florida home. No one realizes that the water supply to their new apartment wing is hooked up to this fabled liquid. Amy sips some of the water, and their honeymoon turns topsy-turvy when she becomes a nineteen-year-old! Now they must survive the most incredible and comical “period of adjustment” a bride and groom have ever encountered. Call 352-746-7606 for tickets $19. Nature Coast Exhibit #3 Wine and Cheese Reception Free.

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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

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2017-2018 Season Tickets Available Call the Box Office 352-746-7606

Boeing Boeing – Comedy/Farce, September 22,23,24,29,30,30, October 1, 6,7,8 On Sale Date – Season Subscribers: Aug 11 / On Sale Date – Public: Aug 25 Marc Camoletti, Comedy/Farce This 1960’s French farce adapted for the English-speaking stage features self-styled Parisian lothario Bernard, who has Italian, German, and American fiancees, each beautiful airline hostesses with frequent “layovers”. He keeps “one up, one down and one pending” until unexpected schedule changes bring all three to Paris and Bernard’s apartment at the same time.

The Night of Dark Intent – Mystery-Thriller November 3,4,5,10,11,11,12,17,18,19 On Sale Date – Season Subscribers: Sept 22 / On Sale Date – Public: Oct 6 Don Swartz, Mystery/Thriller A shrill-inducing chiller in which six women must race against the clock to solve a murder and to save their own lives. A Night of Dark Intent is the perfect night of theatre for any mystery lover! Set in October 1978, A Night of Dark Intent is the story of six women, who spend the weekend together in an abandoned house. The house, however, is no ordinary home: 13 years prior, a young woman by the name of Lenora Stark brutally murdered her parents in this location. Now, as the six women try to unravel the secrets of what really happened 13 years ago, they learn a horrifying truth: Lenora Stark as escaped from her asylum and just might be coming home.

Butterflies Are Free – Comedy/Drama, March 16,17,18,23,24,24,25,30,31, April 1 On Sale Date – Season Subscribers: Feb 2 / On Sale Date – Public: Feb 16 Leonard Gershe, Comedy/Drama Young Don Baker, the hero of his mother’s children’s book series, “Donny Dark” has been blind since birth, his overprotective mother following his every move. Don finally decides to take his own apartment in Manhattan and pursue his songwriting ambitions. When she meets his kooky neighbor, sexy actress Jill, Mrs. Baker’s controlling instincts go into overdrive with hilariously touching results.

Amy’s Wish Romantic Comedy, February 9,10,11,16,17,17,18,23,24,25, 2018On Sale Date – Season Subscribers: Dec 18 / On Sale Date – Public: Jan 12
Tom Sharkey, Romantic/Comedy
“A romantic comedy the entire family will enjoy!” – Howard Cobbs of the Gaslight Dinner Theatre
Recently retired and newlywed, Sam Galway is flabbergasted when the spring water at his honeymoon retreat transforms dear old Amy into a 19-year-old knockout. His “young” bride attracts a young man’s admiration and the local sheriff’s suspicion.

The Amorous Ambassador by Michael Parker
Harry Douglas from The Sensuous Senator is back to his old shenanigans again, but this time as the American Ambassador to Great Britain. He tells his wife Lois, that he has arranged a golf outing in Scotland for the weekend. Lois, in turn, tells Harry that she too will be gone for the weekend. He stoically watches as each of them leaves for the weekend. So… Where’s the farce? Harry, secretly returns to the empty house, having planned a romantic rendezvous with a sexy, next-door neighbor Marianne. Debbie returns with her boyfriend Joe, believing they have the house to themselves. Harry’s secretary, Faye Baker, and Captain South of the U.S. Marine Corps arrive in the wake of a bomb threat at the embassy, and must set-up embassy communications in Harry’s country home. Captain South places a squad of marines around the perimeter, and everybody is sealed in.

  • Fall Christmas Play: Dec 8, 9, 10.
  1. Gilewitz Concert, Dec 2.

On Sale Date – Public & Season Subscribers: June 2

 

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Art Center's Seating ChartThe Art Center Theatre is a modern building containing 200 comfortable seats, a large raised stage, modern lighting and sound systems. Plays are presented in the theater throughout the year.

The basic series consists of five plays running from September through May. Season subscribers maintain their same seats for the season series and have flexibility in changing their performance dates when needed.

They also have first choice of tickets for the supplementary programs, which consist of a summer musical, a winter musical, two additional plays and several youth productions. Individual tickets are also available for any of the performances.

Special performances times vary. Please check with the box office for performance dates and times or on the Art Center Calendar tab on this website.

First night performances are often when a new art exhibit opens in the Art Center gallery, awards and ribbons are given, People’s Choice artist is selected by all present including theatre goers, and refreshments are served before the play starts. A great night to get your tickets!
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56b1a5d3ce3f33058d4a7b48918106cdScenes from past theatre productions: Mame, My Fair Lady and Witness for the Prosecution.

Tickets can be ordered by calling the Theatre box office at 352-746-7606.

Box office hours are 1-4 pm Monday through Friday and 1 hour prior to show time.

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