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

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

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WHO COULD ASK FOR ANYTHING MORE

“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