Audition Notice: Stage It! 10-Minute Play Competition

Posted in Art Festivals, Bonita Springs Performing Arts Center, Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs, Comedy Bonita Springs, Comedy Southwest Florida, Community Theater, Community Theater Bonita Springs, Community Theater Southwest Florida, Lectures and Performances, Special Events, Things to do Bonita Springs, Uncategorized on January 5, 2017 by Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs

On February 18 & 19, 2017 CFABS will be staging performances of 12 of the winning plays from our first ever, Stage It! 10-Minute Play Competition and… WE NEED ACTORS! Robert De Niro once said, “One of the things about acting is it allows you to live other people’s lives without having to pay the price.”

We would like to invite you to take a chance at “living another person’s life without paying the price” by coming to audition for a role (or roles) in these fantastic short plays. Open auditions for the Stage it! 10 Minute Play Competition are being held at our Center for Performing Arts at 10150 Bonita Beach Rd. on Sunday, January 8, 2017 starting at 4:00pm. (Rehearsal schedules will depend upon the role, and cast member availability).  Performances will be held February 18 and 19 at the Center for Performing Arts.

We are looking to fill 36 roles, (18 men, 17 women and 1 child). The characters range in age from 10 – 70.  The audition is open, and all types are welcome.

The twelve outstanding plays being staged were each carefully selected by a jury consisting of 26 judges from across the nation. A brief description of the plays and the roles being cast is below:audition-notice

Counting On Love

by Rod McFadden

A discussion after a first date.

A smart romantic comedy.

VINCENT, 29 years old, magazine writer

SOPHIA, 27 years old NYU post-grad.

(math)

The Dating Game

by Rod McFadden

One single, one married, talking about

the current dating scene. Situational

comedy

MARGE, about 65 – 75

NETTIE, similar age as MARGE

Everyone’s Child

by Delvyn Case, Jr.

Kos, Greece, an island near where

refugees land. Dramatic.

PETER, young Greek male, age 14

KILIKINA, Greek woman,

mother of PETER

The Last Holdout

by Judd Lear Silverman

A menu change at a local senior center

finds the last holdout in final

negotiations with the only staff member

who can get the job done.

IVAN, a senior at the senior center

DOROTHY, at least 20 years Ivan’s junior,

administrator

Life Jacket

by Delvyn Case, Jr.

On a beach near Bodrum, Turkey and a

beach on the Greek Island of Kos, two

refugees cross dangerous waters.

GALIA, a Syrian woman refugee, age 20

AYLAN, a Syrian male refugee, age 20

AHMAD, a Turkish seller of life jackets to

refugees, age 28

The Nude

by William Newkirk

The opening of a new show at an art

gallery. Artist and her new model

meet accidental patron and the

snotty art critique.

CLAIRE, in her 50’s-ish

LISA, in her 50’s-ish

BRIAN, in his 50’s-ish

JEFFREY, in his 50’s-ish

Ode On A Donut Shop

by Ethan Warren

An existential, absurdist comedy

in a donut shop at 1:24 AM.

JUDD – in his 20s, a sweet and

somewhat vacant boy

SEAN – in his 20s, a sweet and

somewhat vacant boy

DWAYNE – in his 50s, friendly and

paternal but with a temper

MAN IN THE JACKET – in his 30s,

ominous and powerful

An Ordinary Woman

by Sean Patrick Nill

Ordinary Suzy Ponelle confesses a

series of vengeful crimes to the police.

SUZY PONELLE, female, late 20’s

to early 30’s

DETECTIVE MORROW, adult female, 30-40

DETECTIVE FEINSTEIN, adult female,

30-40

CAPTAIN MASTERSON, male, 40-50

 

The Professor And The Flea

by Denise Hinson

An odd farce based on a fable.

Presentational characters in an oddball,

artistic comedy.

THE PROFESSOR, 30-70s

CAPTAIN, 30-70s

GOVERNOR, 40s to 60s

WIFE OF GOVERNORE, 40s to 60s

PRINCESS, teens to 20s

The Promise

by Mary Lescoe-Long

A woman confronts her own demon,

literally. An emotional drama.

WOMAN, any age, preferably

late 40’s or early 50’s

BANSHEE, same age as WOMAN

Toil and Trouble

by Trevor Suthers

A retelling of Macbeth. A literal and

intellectual comedy, but still broad.

MAMMY, the grandmother witch

GRANNY, the mother witch

FANNY, the youngest of the witches

MACMETH, drug kingpin on some

crappy streets

Violating Uncle Piggy

by Judd Lear Silverman

Parental betrayal traded for loose change

must be explained in this interrogation

—Uncle Piggy was found violated.

MOMMY, 30ish

DADDY, 30s

INVESTIGATOR, a child

 

IF YOU COME TO AUDITION:

WHO: The Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs

WHAT:  Stage IT! 10-minute play competition

WHEN:  Auditions: 4:00pm, Sunday, January 8, 2017

Performances: Evening of February 18th & 19th, 2017

WHERE: The Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs 34135

PRICE:  No fee to audition.

Potters of the World Unite for Empty Bowls

Posted in Art Outreach, Ceramics, Community Outreach, Empty Bowls, Fundraising, volunteer, Volunteer, Wheel Throwing on December 22, 2016 by Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs

Throwing Dates/ Session Times 10am-3pm
Tuesday & Thursday, December 27 & 29

Calling experienced potters!!!   Join our faculty, Sandy Lawson, Rinny Ryan & Steve Kravec at the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs and donate your time and talent by making bowls for our Empty Bowls Charity Event!  All proceeds go to support raising money and awareness in the local fight against hunger.

Clay provided by CFABS, as well as lunch.
For more information & to Sign Up, please call 239-495-8989

Films for Film Lovers Open for the Holidays

Posted in Bonita Springs Performing Arts Center, Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs, Flims for Film Lovers, Things to do Bonita Springs, Uncategorized on December 20, 2016 by Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs

By Mickey Lacroix

As you are probably well aware, Christmas and New Years are right around the corner. Both holidays fall on a Sunday this year, so many locations are closed on the following Mondays.  As such, it might be easy to think that our Film for Film Lovers series would pack up its popcorn maker, and roll up the red carpet for these two weeks.  This, however, is not the case.  Not only will The Robert and Karin Moe Auditorium and Film Center be open on these two Mondays, but the movies selected for these weeks are timely choices reflective of the season.

For Monday, December 26th, the film committee has selected a powerful tale from Hong Kong, entitled “A Simple Life.”  In a nutshell, the movie is about an older woman who has worked as a servant (an amah) who, upon having a stroke, decides she wants to move into a nursing home, so as not to become a burden on the family she has been caring for for over sixty years, and her relationship with the youngest son of the family.  The film is ultimately a somber exploration of love, selflessness and finding contentment.  The films message might just be particularly poignant right after the bustle of the Christmas holiday.

Whether or not you end up suffering a bit from toasting “auld lang syne” with one too many “good-will draughts” – CFABS will be presenting the 2004 French film “Changing Times” on Monday, January 2nd.  In this film, two of Frances greatest modern actors, Gerard Depardeau and Catherine Deneuve team up to bring us a story about how a love from days gone by, (which is what “auld lang syne” means) never truly dies.   In addition to being a fine love story, the movie might provide a little motivation to those of us who make New Year’s resolutions, but might need a little extra push to fight for those changes we want to make going forward.

We hope you’ll join us at one or both of these exceptional films. We’ll have the popcorn ready, a selection of beverages to help wash them down, and even if the carpets in our film center aren’t red, our staff and volunteers will be ready to give you the red carpet treatment when you arrive.  Even if we don’t see you, all of us at the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs hope you have a Festive Holiday Season and a Happy New Year.

Some Holiday Ideas

Posted in Adult Education, Art Outreach, Bonita Springs Performing Arts Center, Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, Community Theater Bonita Springs, Concerts Bonita Springs, Flims for Film Lovers, Live Music, Special Events, Things to do Bonita Springs, Uncategorized on November 30, 2016 by Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs
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Raku pieces during the firing process at a Raku and You! One-Night Event.

By Mickey Lacroix

Prior to working for the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs, I always struggled during the holiday season to come up with fun and meaningful gifts to share with my loved ones. Last year, I ended up being able to give a number of my family members tickets to see the folk musician Jonathan Edwards, who performed at the Center for Performing Arts last spring.  My sisters and I had not seen him in concert prior to that event, though we had grown up listening to his songs.  My mom and stepdad, who also attended, had seen him perform, but not for many years.  Altogether, it ended up being a wonderful evening that we each look back upon fondly.

There are probably a good many people on your holiday “shopping” list who would also be more touched by a great experience than a cleverly selected item. As such, there are many interesting services, classes and performances held at the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs that might make a great holiday gift, especially as a group gift to an event or class that you can attend together.

One night events and mini workshops often make great group gifts, because they take place in a relaxed environment and allow people to make a work of art over the span of just a few hours. These events are especially fun if you get a group of people together to attend, as there is something magically intimate about sharing in the creative process. Then, at the end of the session, you each get to bring home the art you made, which will serve as a continuing reminder of the shared experience.

CFABS also offers a full series of top-notch performances, varying from improvisational theater, to concerts in a variety of musical genres, foreign films, one man theater productions, and traditional theater. If you might be interested in giving a gift of this nature to someone you know, but are not sure of their schedule, the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs has gift certificates available at any denomination.

One of the other interesting gift possibilities is a ticket to the annual OFF THE WALLS! fundraiser. Everyone is a winner in this amazing ‘lottery’ event and each person selected gets to choose from any number of artworks and collectibles donated for the event.   A fabulous buffet, soft drinks, beer and wine are all included in the $150 ticket price.  Each prize item is valued at a minimum of $275.  Proceeds from this fundraiser are used to give scholarships for youth programming at CFABS.  This year’s off the walls will be on Friday, January 20, 2017 and doors will open at 6:00pm.

Information about any of the programs available through the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs is available online at www.artcenterbonita.org, or by phone at 239-495-8989. You are also cordially invited to drop in to either center, where you may pick up literature, buy tickets, sign up for classes, view the exhibitions in the galleries, and get more information in general.  The Center for Visual Arts is located at 26100 Old 41 Rd. and the Center for Performing Arts is located at 10150 Bonita Beach Rd.  Please consider coming out to see or contacting us to give someone you love the opportunity to enrich their lives through the arts.

MonoPRINTmania

Posted in Adult Education, Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs, Special Events, Things to do Bonita Springs, Uncategorized on November 16, 2016 by Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs

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For as long as I can remember, I have been curious about the printmaking process. I have always thought that there is something mysterious and magical about being able to go from an idea or a sketch to producing hundreds, if not thousands of copies of the same work.  So, I was naturally excited when I found out that, as an employee of the Centers for the Arts, I was invited to a special test-run of the new one night event called “MonoPRINTmania,” in which people will get the opportunity to explore making monotype prints.  Berry van Boekel is the instructor, and the first MonoPRINTmania one night event will be this coming Thursday, November 17, 2016.

During the ‘test run’ I learned that Monotype printing is a process in which each print is unique, but the process lends itself to making a number of similar prints. Five of us went through the test run with Berry, and each of us produced a set of four related prints based on the (very different) images we each wanted to explore.  Two of us made landscapes.  Another person worked from a geometric pattern.  One of us worked from a photograph of a stand of cypress.  I worked on a portrait, and Barry, in his demonstration of the process, made an abstract print.  I was glad to see the variety of “genres” in the session, because I learned more than I would have if we had all been working on portraits.

In a nutshell, here is what we did. We each started by using a Sharpie to sketch an image onto a plate of plexiglass.  The sketch could be as rough or as detailed as we wanted, (and was there only to serve as a guide), because the next step in the process was to flip the glass over and paint the other side.  We discussed and used several different tools/techniques for laying out the paint that would ultimately get transferred to the printmaking paper via the press.

The fact that paint “handles differently” on glass than it does on paper or canvas is a big part of what distinguishes it from more traditional painting techniques in which we apply paint directly to the surface of the painting. Much like driving on ice, glass is less forgiving than paper and canvas, in that it doesn’t grip the paint the way the other surfaces do.  This, in itself, makes for interesting results, accentuating the texture of each brush stroke and allowing the artist to remove paint from the plate with just a swipe.

Making the print itself was easy-peasy once your plate was decorated. The painted glass plate and a piece of printmaking paper were placed in the press, which ran over the images, mashing one onto the other.  Thirty seconds later, a monotype print had been born!  We were then set loose to decorate the plate again, with the options of trying different colors, textures and tools.

If you think you might be interested in trying your hand at making monotype prints, Mr. van Boekel will be offering his one night event, “MonoPRINTmania” from 5:30pm – 8:30pm on the following dates:

November 17, 2016

January 19, 2017

February 23, 2017

March 23, 2017

April 13, 2017

May 11, 2017

These one night events cost only $55 per person, and include all of the materials necessary for making the prints. The setting is comfortably informal, and wine, soft drinks and a light meal will be served.

An Improv Experience

Posted in Uncategorized on November 11, 2016 by Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs
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Bonita City Improv: (Left to Right) Leigh Shein, Margot Escott, Craig Price, Francis Briggs, Bill Owens, Marilu Holmes, Marian Horgan and Steve Cobb

 

By Mickey Lacroix

I was lucky enough to be in attendance at Improv Tonight this past Saturday, November 5th where I got to see Bonita City Improv perform with special guest Stacey Smith.  It was an interesting show, to say the least.  The show was comprised of a number of different skits, most of which involved input from the audience, if not direct audience participation.  (Upon entering the theater, patrons are given a questionnaire, and the audience’s answers to this questionnaire then become material the performers work into their skits.)

In my opinion, the skits ranged from being very strange (imagine a song set in a pizza parlor where a pizza chef is professing his love to his boss, who has a propensity for wearing escargot on her shoe), to being riotously funny.  My favorite skit of the night was “Sideline Karaoke.”  In this skit Stacey Smith was sent out of the room while the audience provided three song suggestions to the other performers.  Once the songs were established, Stacey was called back to the stage, and it became her job to guess the three mystery songs, while the members of Bonita City Improv pantomimed clues to the song names. The audience was prompted to give Stacey feedback by giving her a polite “golf” clap so she would know when she was “getting warmer.”

To make the challenge tougher, Stacy wasn’t allowed to simply guess the songs, she was responsible for singing lyrics to correspond with what she was seeing as the other actors rotated across the stage two at a time miming things they thought would help her.  She got the first two songs relatively quickly, garnering several laughs as she worked her way into singing “Beat It,” then “Sixteen Candles.”  She did this despite the fact that, while Francis Briggs played brilliantly on the piano, he played music that had no relation whatsoever to the songs that had been suggested.    The third song was another matter.

Someone had suggested “Battle Hymn of the Republic” and that’s where the true magic started to happen.  Stacey began to shine as she fished around for the right answers, often poking fun at the pantomimes, and making the audience riotously aware of how easy it was to see other things going on in the gyrations of the other performers, and riffing for several minutes as she worked out the first two words to the title of the song.  As she struggled to put it together, she asked, “Dear God please” let the other performers break the final bit down into syllables, which was a funny moment in itself.  By the time she got it figured out, those of us in the audience were so invested in her getting to the correct song title that we were cheering like the Cubs had finally won game seven of the world series…  in extra innings.  (Like that could ever happen).

Bonita City Improv performs monthly at Improv Tonight, at 8:00pm on the first Saturday of the Month. Tickets are available through www.artcenterbonita.org, and are modestly priced at $15 each, (10% off for current CFABS members.)

Be SuperHero, Volunteer!

Posted in Art Festivals, Art Outreach, Bonita Springs Performing Arts Center, Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs, Children's Education, Community Theater, Community Theater Bonita Springs, Community Theater Southwest Florida, Exhibitions, Special Events, Things to do Bonita Springs, Volunteer, volunteer, Youth Theater with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 4, 2016 by Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs


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There is no secret that today’s super heroes are seen on TV as characters with super strength, laser vision, that can fly and even leap tall buildings with a single bound, but we never see a super hero with the best super power… The power of Volunteering!!!

Yes, volunteering is in fact a super power and here at the Centesr for the Arts we have a league of super heroes using their super powers every day.

They use it to help our staff with daily tasks that have to be done in a flash, they help with stage and lighting production with amazing strength and precision. They help our instructors with super hearing and anticipating all the little summer camper’s wants and needs.

Yes, being a volunteer for the Centers for the Arts is a SUPER and POWerful way to dedicate your time. Volunteering promotes positive leadership skills for our teen volunteers, offering everyone the opportunity to learn amazing new skills, and get the chance to make a difference in our community and in doing so, inspire others to also volunteer.

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So, if you want to be seen as a community super hero, consider volunteering at the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs.

For more information on becoming a volunteer and other CFABS community events, please visit www.artcenterbonita.org.

Who: Local Community
What: Volunteering
Where: Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs
Visual Arts Center – 26100 Old 41 Rd.
Performing Arts Center – 10150 Bonita Beach Rd. SE
When: All Year Around