ImageBy Patrice Shields

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. 

 

 

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