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A TOE-TAPPING GOOD TIME CFABS TEEN PLAYERS PRESENT LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 11, 2014 by artcenterbonita

A TOE-TAPPING GOOD TIME
CFABS TEEN PLAYERS PRESENT LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
Friday February 21, 7:00pm & Saturday February 22 2:00 & 7:00pm
at the new Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs

by Patrice Shields

The Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs (CFABS) Teen Players present one of theLittle Shop of Horrors CFABS Teen Playerslongest-running Off-Broadway shows of all time as their first performance in the New Center for Performing Arts Moe Auditorium.  For three shows February 21-22, the new “Teen Players” prove the charming, tuneful and hilarious, with tongue firmly planted in cheek, “Little Shop of Horrors” never fails to entertain.

“’Little Shop of Horrors’ is the only production I know that can combine 1950’s Doo Wop with modern day street smarts,” says Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs Performing Arts Director Craig Price.   “I can’t wait for families to come experience our first Youth Theater production in what will be their permanent home at the new Center for Performing Arts.”This is the first teen production added to the Centers for the Arts popular Youth Theater program, designed to pique the interest of area youth and cultivate their knowledge of theater.  Price directs this and the two additional youth theater productions throughout the year with The Wizard of Oz set to play in the Hinman Auditorium May 9-11, 2014.

 Little Shop of Horrors“Little Shop of Horrors” by Howard Ashman is based on the film by Roger Corman with screenplay by Charles Griffith. A down-and out skid row floral assistant becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving for fresh blood. Soon “Audrey II” grows into an ill-tempered, foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore who offers him fame and fortune in exchange for feeding its growing appetite, finally revealing itself to be an alien creature poised for global domination!  The two-act musical takes off from the plot of a low-budget horror movie with musical numbers by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, the team responsible for the songs in Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid.  The story follows what happens when nerdy, downtrodden Skid Row floral-shop employee Seymour (Maykol Palencia), who has been rescued from an orphanage and exploited by the shop’s owner, Mr. Mushnik (James Corbett), discovers an unusual and particularly demanding plant.

 

Seymour names the plant Audrey II, after fellow employee Audrey (Alana Pound), who is involved in an abusive relationship with a sadistic dentist (Alec Figueroa). When man-eating Audrey II begins demanding to be fed, Seymour comes up with a solution that solves some problems while creating others. The show bounces brightly from one musical number to the next, with equal attention to show tunes, doo-wop numbers and R&B tunes performed by the Ronettes (Faith Ferretti, Sarae Addison, Athena Kelley and Cierra Miller) and the voice of Audrey II (Eduardo Marin).Seymour_Maykol Palencia_and Audrey_Alana Pound

“Little Shop of Horrors,” presented by CFABS Teen Players is sure to please anyone hungry for a musical production where the sinister characters end up getting their just deserts. CFABS Teen Players production of “Little Shop of Horrors” three shows are Friday February 21, 7:00pm & Saturday February 22, 2:00 & 7:00pm.  Show run time is 2 hours. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth and students. To purchase tickets call the Centers for the Arts at 239-495-8989.

 A full performance and film series continues throughout the year at the new Center for Performing Arts, which includes “A Night at the Opera – Doug Renfroe” on February 27, Flamenco Puro on March 4, Noah Waddell “Eleven-Year-Old Concert Pianist” on March 6, “Moving Currents Dance Troupe” on March 7 and the “Films for Film Lovers,” foreign and independent film series on Monday evenings. A full listing of events is available at www.artcenterbonita.org.

Tickets for all of the events listed can be purchased by calling the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs at 239-495-8989 or by visiting the Center for Visual Arts, 26100 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs, FL 34135.

Those who join the Centers for the Arts for the first time receive two tickets to one of this season’s Live performance events including “Little Shop of Horrors.”  The Centers for the Arts offers this benefit for first time members and it is for a limited time only.

 You can learn more about the new Center for Performing Arts, located at 10150 Bonita Beach Road SE, Bonita Springs and how you can help, by calling the Centers for the Arts at 239-495-8989 or visiting their website at www.artcenterbonita.org

 IF YOU GO:

WHO: The Centers for the Arts of Bonita Springs
WHAT: CFABS Teen Players production of “Little Shop of Horrors,”
WHEN: Friday February 21, 7:00pm & Saturday February 22, 2:00 & 7:00pm
WHERE: The Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs – Moe Auditorium & Film Center, 10150 Bonita Beach Road SE, Bonita Springs 34135
TICKETS: $10 adults, $5 youth

WHO COULD ASK FOR ANYTHING MORE

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on February 11, 2014 by artcenterbonita

“Rebecca Richardson – Women Who Made Jazz Great”
Thursday February 13, 7:00pm at the new Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs

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by Patrice Shields

 

The elegant, confident voices of Sarah Vaughn, Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald will forever be remembered for bringing the lyrics of great jazz songs to life. Echoes of those unforgettable voices can be heard today in the sounds of contemporary vocalists like Diana Krall, Norah Jones, Alicia Keys and, on February 13 at 7:00pm, by Rebecca Richardson as she pays tribute to “Women Who Made Jazz Great” at the new Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs.

Accompanied by Lou Califano on saxophone, Dan Heck on bass and guitar, Patricia Dean on vocals and drums, jazz vocalist Rebecca Richardson pays tribute with her favorite selections from the playbooks of female jazz greats who thrilled audiences and imbued songs with fire and emotion.

“Rebecca has one of those voices that just leaves you wanting to hear more,” says Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs Performing Arts Director Craig Price.  “We can’t wait to hear her with the great acoustics we have available in the new Hinman Auditorium at our Center for Performing Arts.”

Like the great women of jazz, Richardson found her love of singing early in life.

Beginning vocal training at the age of thirteen, Richardson continued her education earning her Bachelor’s of Vocal Jazz Performance from Cornish College of the Arts and went on to study in New York with esteemed jazz musician David Budway and master classes at the Juilliard School. Richardson’s career has spanned thirteen years, beginning in Seattle where she performed jazz in popular venues including Tula’s, The Space Needle, and the Sorrento Hotel. It was in Seattle that Richardson met professional jazz guitarist and bassist Dan Heck, who would become her husband and musical partner.

After Seattle, Richardson and Heck spent five years pursuing their musical dreams in New York City, working in famous venues such as the Blue Note, the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, Kavehaz, Flute, The Pierre Hotel, Cleopatra’s Needle, and the French Consulate with a wealth of incredible musicians.  Lured away from the grey skies of New York by the sun and surf of Southwest Florida, s, Richardson and Heck relocated to Naples where they continue to play together, solo and with larger groups.

Richardson makes time for classical music, singing with and managing “Oncore” (Opera Naples Young Artist Division), and performing mainstage roles with Opera Naples. Rebecca has been teaching voice and piano lessons privately for more than ten years, and served on the voice faculty for the Center for Preparatory Studies in Music at the Aaron Copeland School of Music at Queens College. A lifelong dancer, she has created and taught local Musical Theater Workshops for KidzAct and Etudes de Ballet.

On Thursday, February 13, 7:00pm, Richardson and her band offer an evening of unforgettable music saluting “Women Who Made Jazz Great.”  Advance tickets are $25 for members, $30 for non-members and $35 for all at the door on the day of the show. To purchase tickets call the Centers for the Arts at 239-495-8989. With Richardson performing songs like “At Last” and “Misty,” in the new Center for Performing Arts, 400 seat Hinman Auditorium, who could ask for anything more?

A full performance and film series continues throughout the year at the new Center for Performing Arts, which includes CFABS Teen Players “Little Shop of Horrors,” February 21-22, “A Night at the Opera – Doug Renfroe,” February 27 and the “Films for Film Lovers,” foreign and independent film series on Monday evenings. A full listing of events is available at www.artcenterbonita.org.

Tickets for all of the events listed can be purchased by calling the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs at 239-495-8989 or by visiting the Center for Visual Arts, 26100 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs, FL 34135.

Those who join the Centers for the Arts for the first time receive two tickets to one of this season’s Live performance events including “Rebecca Richardson – Women Who Made Jazz Great.”  The Centers for the Arts offers this benefit for first time members and it is for a limited time only.

You can learn more about the new Center for Performing Arts, located at 10150 Bonita Beach Road SE, Bonita Springs and how you can help, by calling the Centers for the Arts at 239-495-8989 or visiting their website at www.artcenterbonita.org

 

IF YOU GO:

WHO: The Centers for the Arts of Bonita Springs
WHAT: Rebecca Richardson Women who Made Jazz Great
WHEN: Thursday, February 13, 2014; 7:00pm
WHERE: The Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs – Hinman Auditorium 10150 Bonita Beach Road SE, Bonita Springs 34135
TICKETS: $25 in advance for members, $30 for non-members and $35 at the door for all

CFABS New Center for Performing Arts Opens January 2014…What are You Most Looking Forward to?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on September 24, 2013 by artcenterbonita

We can’t help but be excited about CFABS new 29,000 square foot Performing Arts Center opening in January 2014. With a 400 seat theater, 200 seat film center, culinary center, studios for dance, theater, music classes and more!

So we are asking people in Bonita Springs what they are most looking forward to at the new Center. Here is what they have to say…

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“The dedicated film center! We are also looking forward to the opportunity for a permanent venue where we can go see local talent and enjoy an evening with great wine, food and friends.

Tom and Paula Falciglia

The Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs is Bringing Community Theater Back! The Perfect Game February 21, 22 & 23

Posted in Uncategorized on February 26, 2013 by artcenterbonita

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Just in time for the NBA season, the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs Community Theater brings the story of the invention of the game of basketball to the stage on February 21, 22 and 23. 

The Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs presents the first production of their Community Players with The Perfect Game: Jim Naismith Invents Basketball.  The Perfect Game will be performed on February 21 & 22 at 7:00pm and on February 23 at 2:00pm and 7:00pm at Estero High School Auditorium, 21900 River Ranch Rd. Estero, FL 33928.

 

“Bonita Springs was left with a cultural void when Stage 88 closed and Gulfshore Playhouse moved to the Norris Center in Naples,” says Craig Price Performing Arts Director at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs.   “There is an untapped spring of theatrical talent in Bonita that we experience every day in our adult Improv, Reader’s Theater, Singing with Confidence and Acting for the Stage classes at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs.  Having an accessible community theater program is vital to a community with residents who enjoy the arts and theater as much as those in Bonita Springs do.

“The Perfect Game: Jim Naismith Invents Basketball was chosen as the first performance of the Community Players in view of the great story line, impressive musical score and February release during the NBA’s ‘March Madness’ basketball season,” says Price.

The Perfect Game, a musical comedy by Author John Grissmer is  based on the true story of the games invention. The historic story is of a young man given his first teaching assignment to come up with a new game for an unruly class of physical education students. In the contemporary story, two young basketball coaches Frank and Nancy begin to work together and fall in love. Everyone, including the audience, learns about the history of basketball and a little something about themselves.

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The story follows the journey of Dr. James Naismith, the Canadian-American sports coach and innovator who invented the sport of basketball in 1891.  Naismith’s contributions to basketball have earned him several posthumous honors, such as in the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame, the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame, the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame, the Ontario Sports Legends Hall of Fame, the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame, the McGill University Sports Hall of Fame, the Kansas State Sports Hall of Fame and the FIBA Hall of Fame. The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts, where he is a member of the original Hall of Fame class, was named in Naismith’s honor.

Tickets for The Perfect Game are $20 for members of the Center for the Arts, $25 for non-members and $5 for students and youth.  Tickets are available by calling the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs at 239-495-8989.  Performances are February 21 & 22 at 7:00pm and on February 23 at 2:00pm and 7:00pm at Estero High School Auditorium, 21900 River Ranch Rd. Estero, FL 33928.

The Perfect Game is sponsored by Northern Trust, FineMark National Bank & Trust, Lee County Visitors Center Arts & Attractions Grant and WGCU Public Media, The Indiana Pacers.

Those who join the Center for the Arts for the first time receive two tickets to one of this season’s Live at the Promenade events. The Center for the Arts offers this benefit for first time members only. 

 

 

D.K. Kristi Reviews The Perfect Game: Jim Naismith Invents Basketball

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on February 26, 2013 by artcenterbonita

D.K. Kristi Reviews The Perfect Game: Jim Naismith Invents Basketball
The Center for the Arts Bonita Springs First Community Theater Production

The Perfect Game opens Community Theater season in Bonita Springs, Florida

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The Perfect Game – Jim Naismith Invents Basketball kept its promise to entertain the audience with music, dancing, humor, a tight dialogue and actual history for the opening performance at the Center for the Arts Bonita Springs Community Theater, Estero Auditorium, February 21-23. Author, lyricist and playwright, John Grissmer wrote the script that honors Jim Naismith, the quiet and scholarly Canadian-American who invented basketball in December 1891 and entertains audiences with a historical plot.

DE Joseph played a scholarly and believable Jim Naismith who mysteriously traveled to the current century from the past.  The musical score and dialogue flowed smoothly as the quick-paced story led the audience to believe a new, indoor game was as inevitable as the budding romance between Jim Naismith and Maude, played by the lovely Jodie Fox, that culminated in their charming duet, “Something Happened Here.”    DE Joseph was on stage ninety percent of the evening and gave a flawless performance.

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Ex-coach Nancy, played by Beverly Canell, the romantic object of Coach Frank, played by Keith Gahagan, also provided flawless dialogue and a lovely rendition of the melody, “What’s The Word?” The infamous Coach Alvin Roach, played by Dan Klein provided comic relief, including a dead chicken tossed from the imaginary bleachers during the final and critical “Home Game.”  The audience enjoyed the antics of the six girls on the Pom Pom squad whose dance timing, singing and acting supported Ex-Coach Nancy as she evolved from Ex-Coach to Assistant Coach for the final game play.

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Director, Craig Price stepped into the play for a few moments as Dr. Luther Gulick during the 1891 challenge to create a new game.  Price as Director engaged his cast in sixteen musical numbers, often with dancing, that never missed a beat and enhanced the dialogue, contributing to the surprises provided in each scene.  There was no time to sit back and wonder what was next as the quick-paced dialogue kept the audience glued to the stage until the rousing musical number, “To the Rim” signaled a pause.

The final act culminated in a virtual “Home Game” that brought imaginary players to the stage with all the excitement of the final play in a hard fought basketball game.  “Steal the Ball” closed the game and the performance with the strong voices of the full cast and a bit of philosophy about winning in life.

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The Perfect Game – Jim Naismith invents Basketball has the music, dialogue and timeless plot to carry it to the top of the list of modern day musicals.  The “virtual basketball” and imaginary scenes were convincing and clever, fully taking in the audience.  A healthy sprinkling of humor provided comic relief to the potentially dull history in the making that was, instead, alive with excitement and sparkle.

 

There are Two Sides to Everything The Art of Joan Brechin Sonnenberg

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on February 26, 2013 by artcenterbonita

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“There are two sides to everything,” says artist Joan Brechin Sonnenberg.  The theology behind her statement describes both her personal and artistic philosophy. As an artist Sonnenberg combines abstraction and realism to create oversized artworks that layer concepts and ideas into works that stop observers in their tracks.

“I came from a family that combined religion and politics.  In doing this we always found there was a middle of the road,” says Sonnenberg.  Now a resident of Naples, Sonnenberg began her art training 70 years ago at the age of six as a child prodigy attending pre-college art scholar classes at the Carnegie Institute.  Sonnenberg continued her education attending Chatham College and graduating with a BA College of Fine Arts from Carnegie Mellon University where she was the staff cartoonist to the editor of the campus newspaper.  Sonnenberg continued on to study Multi-colored Intaglio Printmaking with George Nama at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and Non-Toxic Printmaking with Keith Howard at Peace River College.

“Joan is this walking dichotomy,” says Susan Bridges President of the Center for the Arts Bonita Springs.  “A petite, soft spoken person with huge artworks that are totally in your face.  Knowing Joan for over 15 years has been a joy—her continued evolution as an artist—always stretching ideas out farther and farther.  She has this exquisite ability to take an image, move it back and forth between abstraction and realism and arrive at her very own dialog.  It’s truly wonderful to experience her art.”

The depth of Sonnenberg’s talent and mastery appears subtly but unmistakably in her work.  Sonnenberg’s enormous portraits offer insight into the soul of each subject without judgment or commentary.   Sonnenberg will often stop subjects and ask if she can take their picture to paint.  Bonita Springs resident Richard Theurer saw an article about the Center for the Arts Bonita Springs’ Portrait and Figure Exhibition in a local magazine that include a picture of her work “Art Aficianado.”  Theurer immediately recognized his image in the larger than life artwork and remembered yeas back that a woman had stopped him at Costco and asked if she could take his picture to paint.  Joan Brechin Sonnenberg was that woman and “Art Aficianado,” was the painting.

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For more than 70 years Sonnenberg still find time to paint every day.  “It’s a passion.  It’s something I want to do more than anything else,” says Sonnenberg.  “I think being an artist and painting is the most fun you can have in this world.  If there’s something you want to do in life, you’ll find the time.  It’s out there for you.  Go for it.”

Joan Brechin Sonnenberg’s work can be seen at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs 24th Annual Members Exhibition, January 25 through February 21, 2013.  Open only to current members of the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs, this exhibition is the ‘crème de la crème’ competition for our member artists. A very tightly pre-juried and judged collection of artworks from our members showcasing the best artists and a wide variety of media and styles.

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The Center for the Arts Bonita Springs’ Members Exhibition Opening Reception is 6:00pm, Friday, January 25, 2013. The Members Exhibition’s opening reception also features a campus-wide Open House, featuring faculty and visiting artists’ demonstrations and displays, and live music on their outdoor stage and light refreshments.  The Members Exhibition is sponsored by Collins & DuPont Interior Design.  Admission is free.  For more information, please call the Center for the Arts at 239-495-8989 or visit them on-line at www.artcenterbonita.org.

 

 

 Those who join the Center for the Arts for the first time receive two tickets to one of this season’s Live at the Promenade events. The Center for the Arts offers this benefit for first time members only.

Are You Ready for an Adventure Guaranteed to Leave You Laughing? Sunday February 17 the Amazing Race at the Center for the Arts Bonita Springs

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on February 11, 2013 by artcenterbonita

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Are you and your family or friends ready for an adventure? At 1:30pm on Sunday February 17, the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs’ second annual Amazing Race will have you laughing and breathless as you and your team race across Bonita Springs seeking the items on your scavenger hunt list. Participants of this scavenger hunt and road rally will compete in cars with teams of four passengers.  This year the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs is expecting more than 200 participants who will contend for prizes by solving riddles, finding items, taking photos, and having an overall great time!

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 “Get ready for fun, entertainment, teamwork and just lots of laughs as you and your team race through our fair city, solving the clues, searching for your special items,” Says Susan Bridges, president of Center for the Arts Bonita. “Last year we had over 100 people participate, that’s 25 teams of four people per car.   Everyone had a great time, came back with hilarious stories of what they did and what happened to them along the way.” 

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The Amazing Race begins and ends at the Center for the Arts campus. An awards ceremony, hors d’oeuvres and cocktails culminate the Amazing Race competition. Proceeds from this fun day directly benefit the at-risk youth programs at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs.

“This is a fun event for a car full of friends,” says Larry Hinman a director on the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs board. Hinman participated in the first annual Amazing Race held in February 2012.  Last year’s overall winner was the Wallace family of Bonita Springs whose team included their young daughter.  The Wallace family team was successful at finding scavenger hunt items that included the tiki hut at the Flamingo Flea Market on Bonita Beach Road.

Susan Bridges advises this year’s Amazing Race participants that while some scavenger hunt items are easy to find, some are designed to be challenging.  “We often recommend each team choose who does what,” says Bridges.  “For example, one person is the driver, another person your photographer, one team member is your navigator, and your fourth is the person who pops out of the car to retrieve your items, gets his or her photograph taken in front of a special clue location to document the team’s visit.  After checking in some people sit down and plan everything out and others just dash out the door, solving as they travel.  A total slice of life!”

The Amazing Race will end with a cocktail party with refreshments provided by The Fresh Market, awarding all the prizes to the participants.

Tickets for the “Amazing Race” are $25 per person and $100 for a team of four. Limited tickets are available by calling the Center for the Arts Bonita Springs at 239-495-8989.   Learn more at www.artcenterbonita.org.  The “Amazing Race” is sponsored by Bonita Lakes by Toll Brothers, The Fresh Market and Haines A/C & Refrigeration, Royal Scoop Homemade Ice Cream.

Those who join the Center for the Arts for the first time receive two tickets to one of this season’s Live at the Promenade events. The Center for the Arts offers this benefit for first time members only. 

If You Go:
Who:    Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs
What:   Amazing Race
When:  February 17, 2013, 1:30pm—5:00pm
Where: Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs
Cost:    $25 per person / $100 for four person car

 

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