July-August: 8 live theatre shows in St. Augustine

 

A Tea with Zora and Marjorie

July 15-16: Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings is well known to Florida readers as the author of “The Yearling” (1938) and of  “Cross Creek” (1942).  A woman who came to Florida from the North and fell in love with the flora and fauna of rural Florida. …it became her refuge. Zora Neale Hurston is a New York-educated writer, born in Alabama and raised in the all-black town of Eatonville, Florida. She came to prominence during the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920’s and was noted for her personality, wit and writing talent.  Zora returned to her roots in Eatonville to collect stories and write about the folklore of the region.  Among Hurston’s acclaimed books are “Their Eyes Were Watching God” (1937) and “Dust Tracks On A Road” (1942). Directed by Jean Rahner, performances are 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 15, and 2 p.m. Sunday, July 16 at the Lincolnville Museum Cultural Center, 102 ML King Ave., St. Augustine. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students. Tickets are available online at www.aclassictheatre.org or by calling 904-501-5093. For more details, email aclassictheatre@hotmail.com or for reservations.

 

Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Jr.

July 21-23: Limelight Theatre’s KidzfACTory program presents this summer theatre camp musical. Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Jr. will feature 30+ local elementary and middle school students on stage in this popular fairytale. In a magical underwater kingdom, the beautiful young mermaid, Ariel, longs to leave her ocean home – and her fins – behind and live in the world above. But first, she’ll have to defy her father, King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch, Ursula, and convince the handsome Prince Eric that she’s the girl whose enchanting voice he’s been seeking. Performances are 5 p.m. July 21-22; and 11 a.m. July 23. Tickets are
$10 for adults, and $5 for students, available at limelight-theatre.org or 904-825-1164.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

July 21-August 20: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is the final musical in Limelight Theatre’s 25th season. An eclectic group of six students vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. Preview night is July 20 with $15 tickets; Terrific Tuesday is July 25 with two for $30 tickets. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and Terrific Tuesday; and 2 p.m. Sunday matinee. Advance reservations are suggested. Choose your seats at limelight-theatre.org or call 904-825-1164. Limelight Theatre is located at 11 Old Mission Ave., uptown St. Augustine. Free parking is located on site or street-side.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged

July 22: The Apex Theatre Studio Inc., in partnership with the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, is delighted to present the fast paced and hilarious production of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged” live on stage 8 p.m. July 22. in the Concert Hall, 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach. Three madcap performers in Elizabethan dress (and sneakers) weave their way through all 37 of Shakespeare’s tragedies, comedies and histories at a breakneck pace. It’s an irreverent rollercoaster ride through all of the Bard’s plays. The show originally premiered in London and went on to become its longest running comedy. Tickets are $25, available at Ticketmaster or at the door prior to the performance. Go to www.apextheatrejax.com for more details.

Bye Bye Birdie

July 28-29: Originally titled Let’s Go Steady, Bye Bye Birdie is set in 1958. The story was inspired by the phenomenon of popular singer Elvis Presley and his draft notice into the Army in 1957. The rock star character’s name, “Conrad Birdie,”  is word play on the name of Conway Twitty. Twitty is best remembered today for his long career as a country music star, but in the late 1950s, he was one of Presley’s rock ‘n’ roll rivals. This musical features local middle and high school students in the Summer Musical Theatre Camp, produced by Curtis Powell, and directed by Joe Kemper. Show times are 7:30 p.m. July 28-29 in Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College, 14 Granada St., downtown St. Augustine. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students, available at the door prior to each performance.

The Rockin’ Tale of Snow White

July 29-30: Elementary school students in Summer Musical TheatreCamp will present The Rockin’ Take of Snow Whiteat 7:30 p.m. July 29, and 2 p.m. July 30 in Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College, 14 Granada St., downtown St. Augustine. The tale of Snow White has never felt so fresh with this funny adaptation that will make even the most jaded among us laugh out loud!  New characters and comedic twists come to life as a modern mom reads the Brothers Grimm tale to her restless children.  In addition to the well-known cast of the kind princess, evil queen, multiple dwarves and the morally conflicted Huntsman, this musical introduces us to some fresh new faces such as rhyme-happy ladies-in-waiting and a stick-in-the-mud governmental representative out to ruin everyone’s good time! Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students. Tickets are available at the door one hour prior to each performance.

Godspell

Aug. 4-5: The Apex Theatre Studio Inc., in partnership with the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall,  presents Godspell, the well-loved Off-Broadway classic that puts a contemporary spin on the Gospel of St. Matthew, live on stage at 8 p.m. Aug. 4, and 2 p.m. Aug. 5 in the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach. Tickets are $25, available at Ticketmaster or at the venue prior to each performance. An instant hit when it was produced Off Broadway in 1971, “Godspell” offers a variety of musical styles and theatrical formats to make the Gospel of St. Matthew accessible to today’s audiences. The production features young artists from five area high schools including Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, Atlantic Coast High School and Stanton College Preparatory School. Joshua K.A. Johnson, a rising freshman at the prestigious Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, will play the role of Jesus.

Aug. 4-6: Poor Cinderella is endlessly mistreated by her wicked stepmother and stepsisters, and denied a chance to go to the royal ball. With a little help from her mice friends – and a lot of help from her Fairy Godmother – Cinderella’s dreams come true. She goes to the ball, meets the Prince and falls in love! This musical is on stage at Limelight Theatre, presented by the KidzfACTory education program. Students from kindergarten through middle school will be on stage in this popular fairytale. Performances are 5 p.m. Aug. 4-5; and 11 a.m. Aug. 6 at Limelight Theatre, 11 Old Mission Ave., uptown St. Augustine. Tickets are available at limelight-theatre.org or 904-825-1164. Free parking on site and street-side.

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