June-July: 14 Summer Theatre Shows in St. Augustine and beyond

Into the Woods

Into the Woods

June 24-25: The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall proudly announces that Apex Theatre Studio will host the regionally celebrated summer musical theatre intensive. This year’s intensive features local high school and college students starring in the Broadway classic Into the Woods on June 24 and 25, with show times at 2 and 8 p.m. each day. Doors open 1 hour prior to each performance. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for students and seniors. The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall is located at 1050 A1A North, in Ponte Vedra Beach. Go to pvconcerthall.com

Stephen Sondheim’s stirring Into the Woods is a thoughtful and entertaining exploration of classic fairy tales.

Apex Theatre Studio is a non-profit performing arts training center celebrating its third year in operation. Apex fosters young artists with a passion and curiosity for acting, singing, dancing and stagecraft through a series of master classes, intensives, readings and theatrical presentations. Apex is located at 5150 Palm Valley Road and will offer a full range of summer classes to support young actors in the Northeast Florida area. Summer classes, intensives and workshop schedules are available at www.apextheatrejax.com

Laundry & Bourbon and Lone Star

Cathy O'Brien as Hattie and Linda Mignon as Amy Lee gossip in Laundry & Bourbon, on stage June 3-26 at Limelight Theatre. Lone Star, another one-act, follows Laundry & Bourbon in the black box space. Photo by Renee Unsworth

Cathy O’Brien as Hattie and Linda Mignon as Amy Lee gossip in Laundry & Bourbon, on stage June 3-26 at Limelight Theatre. Lone Star, another one-act, follows Laundry & Bourbon in the black box space. Photo by Renee Unsworth

June 23-26Laundry & Bourbon centers on the discontent and very funny gossip of three small-town wives, Elizabeth, Hattie and Amy Lee, whose marriages have turned out to be less than they hoped for. Lone Star is set in the cluttered back yard of a small Texas bar with Elizabeth’s macho husband, Roy, who just returned from Vietnam with tales of war and amorous exploits. **Lone Star has strong adult language. The one-act comedies are stage at Limelight Theatre, 11 Old Mission, uptown St. Augustine. FREE parking. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, and a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee. Tickets are $26 for adults; $24 for seniors; $20 for military and students; and $10 student rush (30 minutes prior to show). Go to limelight-theatre.org or call 904-825-1164.

In the Heights

In the HeightsJuly 1-3: Composer Lin-Manuel Miranda is now making American musical theater history with his current musical, Hamilton, now a mega-hit on Broadway. Presented by Summer Musical TheatreCamp (Curtis Camp), In the Heights features more than 40 area high school students. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 1; 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 2; and 2 p.m. Sunday, July 3 in Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College, 14 Granada St., downtown St. Augustine. Tickets are $15 for adults; and $8 for children ages 8 and younger. Tickets can be purchased at the Lewis Auditorium box office one hour prior to each performance. Seating is general admission.

In The Heights is the winner of the 2008 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Score, Best Choreography and Best Orchestrations. The musical In The Heights tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood — a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It’s a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind.

Little Mermaid

Little MermaidJune 23-26: Disney’s The Little Mermaid is on stage at Theatre Jacksonville, 2032 San Marco Blvd., Jacksonville. The musical is based on the Hans Christian Andersen story and the Disney film, and features Northeast Florida opera singer Regina Torres as Ursula. Go to theatrejax.com for ticket details.

Ariel, King Triton’s youngest daughter wishes to pursue the human Prince Eric in the world above and bargains with the evil sea witch, Ursula to trade her tail for legs. But the bargain is not what it seems and Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull, and Sebastian the crab to restore order in the ocean’s depths. With music by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken, this fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs including “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl,” and “Part of Your World.”

Cats

catsJuly 22-31: FSCJ Artist Series and the FSCJ Nathan H. Wilson Center for the Arts present the
11th Annual High School Summer Musical Theatre Experiences’s Amateur Production of CATS
Based on “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats” by T.S. Eliot, with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. St. Augustine theatre student Kyle Thompson is part of the cast, having been seen locally on stages at Limelight Theatre and Pacetti Bay Middle School.
Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. July 22-23 and July 29-30; with 2 p.m. matinee shows on July 24 and July 31. Tickets are $25 for adults; $20 for seniors, military and students. Call 904-646-222 or 904-442-2929 or order online at www.fscjartistseries.orgAll performances will be held at the FSCJ Nathan H. Wilson Center for the Arts at FSCJ South Campus, 11901 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville.

Beauty & the Beast

Alhambra BeastJune 15-July 31:Be Our Guest! Relive the romance and magic of the “tale as old as time” in this live stage performance at Alhambra Theatre and Dining, 2000 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. The heartwarming tale of Belle and the Beast swirls to even greater life with its colorful costumes and the songs you’ve come to love. You’ll be swept away all over again! Matinee and evening shows are available. Go to alhambrajax.com or call 904-641-1212. Family four-packs are available for this family-friendly musical as well. Inquire when calling the box office.

Jump N Jive Juliet

Jump n Jive JulietJuly 8-10: This summer musical features more than 25 local 3rd-6th grade students at Limelight Theatre, 11 Old Mission Ave., uptown St. Augustine (free parking!). Join the high-flyin’ fun of the post-war 1940s with exuberant jitterbug, boogie-woogie, and jump ‘n’ jive songs of the big band spirit! This one-hour musical gives dancers a chance to showcase their talent within the context of a delightful, family-friendly comedy.

Show times are 7:30 .m. July 8; 2 and 7:30 p.m. July 9; and 2 p.m. July 10. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students. Tickets can be purchased at limelight-theatre.org or by calling the box office at 904-825-1164.

The Montague-Capulet family feud has moved to Venice Beach in the late 1940s. Mr. Montague and his son Ron are planning a jitterbug dance contest. Mr. Capulet and his daughter Juliet are rehearsing “Romeo and Juliet.” When the community center gets double-booked for both these events at the same time, it’s up to Ron and Juliet to settle the grudge between their fathers. If they don’t succeed, the mayor threatens to shut down both family businesses. But with a nosy cleaning woman, a slimy lawyer and his escaped con henchman fueling the fire between the families, this tragedy quickly turns into a hysterical comedy.

 

EMMA A Pop Musical

EMMA-A-Pop-MusicalJuly 15-17: Emma, a senior at Highbury Prep, is certain she knows what’s best for her classmates’ love lives, and is determined to find the perfect boyfriend for shy sophomore Harriet by the end of the school year. But will Emma’s relentless matchmaking get in the way of finding her own happiness? Based on Jane Austen’s classic novel, this sparkling new musical features the hit songs of legendary girl groups and iconic female singers from The Supremes to Katy Perry. Girl power has never sounded so good!

Performances are 7:30 p.m. July 15; 2 and 7:30 p.m July 16; and 2 p.m. July 17 on the Matuza Main Stage at Limelight Theatre, 11 Old Mission Ave., uptown St. Augustine. Tickets are $10 for adults, and $5 for students. Tickets can be purchased at limelight-theatre.org or by calling the box office at 904-825-1164.

Wee Wed Widing Hood

July 30-31: Summer Musical TheatreCamp features the musical DooWop Wed Widing Hood, performed by elementary school age students. Show times are 2 p.m. July 30-31 in Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College, 14 Granada St., downtown St. Augustine. Tickets can be purchased one hour prior to each performance at the auditorium box office. Seating is general admission.

It’ss the 1950s, hula-hoops are in high demand, and so is Little Red Riding Hood! Wise Prince Jason (winner of the Math Olympics and the Nobel Prize), Strong Prince Justin (who can bench press his own mother) and ordinary Loud Prince Frank all want to woo Red Riding Hood. The king and queen hire the Fairy Godmother to set three tasks for the princes.

Only the prince who can find the missing girl, defeat the dragon, and awaken a castle visitor from her slumber earns the right to woo Wed Widing Hood. Complete with the big bad wolf and a sock-hopping 1950s score, this adventure is guaranteed to end in happily-ever-after laughter for audiences and performers of all ages.

Princess Whatsername was staged during the 2015 Summer Musical Theatre Camp. The 2016 camp for elementary age students is

Princess Whatsername was staged during the 2015 Summer Musical Theatre Camp. The 2016 camp for elementary age students is DooWop Wed Widing Hood.

 

Big Fish

July 29-30: The middle-high school crossover camp with Summer Musical TheatreCamp will present the musical Big Fish, on stage at 7:30 p.m. July 29-30 in  in Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College, 14 Granada St., downtown St. Augustine. Tickets can be purchased one hour prior to each performance at the auditorium box office. Seating is general admission.

Big Fish is a new Broadway musical featuring music and lyrics by Tony nominee Andrew Lippa (The Addams Family, The Wild Party) and a new book by esteemed screenwriter John August (Big Fish, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory).

Based on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed film directed by Tim Burton, Big Fish centers on Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest and then some! Edward’s incredible, larger-than-life stories thrill everyone around him — most of all, his devoted wife Sandra. But their son Will, about to have a child of his own, is determined to find the truth behind his father’s epic tales.

From Playbill.com: A rollicking fantasy set in the American South, Big Fish centers on the charismatic Edward Bloom, whose impossible stories of his epic adventures frustrate his son Will. As Edward’s final chapter approaches, Will embarks on his own journey to find out who his father really is, revealing the man behind the myth, the truth from the tall tales.”

Memphis

MemphisJuly 22-30 and August 4-13:  Memphis will be on stage at Players by the Sea,106 6th Street North, Jacksonville Beach. Hot rock & roll songs, roof-raising dancing and forbidden interracial romance spark the story of smooth-talking rebel Huey Calhoun, a white radio DJ who falls in love with the music he hears in the black underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis. He also falls hard for Felicia, a black singer whose career he wants to promote on his radio show. Huey has to fight opposition on both sides of the racial divide, but he knows that “Everybody wants to be black on a Saturday night.” Show times are 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday July 22-23, July 28-30, Aug. 4-6 and Aug. 11-13. General admission is $28. Thursday night is student night, with 1/2 price tickets for students with ID. Go to www.playersbythesea.org

Suessical Jr.

suessicalJuly 29-31: Summer camp students will perform Suessical Jr. at Flagler Playhouse, 301 E. Moody Blvd., in Bunnell. Shows are July 29-31. For tickets, go to www.flaglerplayhouse.com or call 386-586-0773.

Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat and all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters spring to life onstage in Seussical JR., a fantastical musical extravaganza from Tony-winners, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty.

Transporting audiences from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus, the Cat in the Hat narrates the story of Horton the Elephant, who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos. Horton must protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, and he must also guard an abandoned egg that’s been left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird.  Although Horton faces ridicule, danger and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him.  Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant!

The Dingleheimer Predicament

DinglheimerPredicamentJune 9, 16, 30 and July 7, 13, 20The Dingleheimer Predicament, a new murder mystery, will be staged at Raintree Restaurant, 102 San Marco Ave., uptown St. Augustine. Dinner begins at 6 p.m., followed by the show. For reservations, call 904-824-7211 after 1 p.m. daily.

Show details: There’s a new murder mystery in town! Maggie Thierrien has written a zany murder mystery play. The Raintree Restaurant, originally a lovely Victorian home, presents guests with a gourmet meal followed by an animated evening of mystery. The play is set in the 1940s with a cast of unique and boisterous characters.

Each actor swears their innocence in the poisoning of the wealthy, pompous Mr. Dingleheimer played arrogantly by Amber Atteberry clad in smoking jacket and fez. Veteran actress Dianne Jacoby slinks on stage as his haughty wife (and ex-showgirl!) with plenty of motive for murder. Maggie herself is the heart-broken, innocent (?) housemaid who has been cruelly spurned by Dinglleheimer. But madly infatuated with the lovely maid is agitated and angry Chef Nightshade, played by Mark Jacoby, who dreams of a grandiose future. And what about that shady handyman Mumbles, mysteriously played by James Dean Fiske, who pops up constantly adding his cryptic comments to the mix?

So whodunit? The mystery unravels at the arrival of actor Kelly McTaggart as dynamic Detective McHolligan who has some secrets of his own. Go to raintreerestaurant.com/dinner-theater-events/ for more details.

The Last 5 Years

Last 5 Years posterSMALLJuly 29-August 21: An emotionally powerful and intimate musical about two New Yorkers in their twenties who fall in and out of love over the course of five years. The two characters only meet once, at their wedding in the middle of the show. This musical features actor Megan Morton as Catherine Hiatt and Micah Laird as Jamie Wellerstein. The show is directed by Bradley Akers.

Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday matinee performances in the Koger-Gamache Studio Theatre at Limelight Theatre, 11 Old Mission Ave., uptown St. Augustine. Preview night is July 28, with Terrific Tuesday on August 2. Tickets are $26 for adults,  $24 for seniors; $20 for military and students; and $10 student rush (30 minutes prior to show). Preview night tickets are $15, and Terrific Tuesday tickets are 2 for $30. Get tickets at limelight-theatre.org or by calling the box office at 904-825-1164.

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