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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

 

NOW THAT’S ITALIAN MAMA COOKS IT UP – THE HILARIOUS ITALIAN MUSICAL Saturday, April 9, 7:30pm at the Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs

Posted in Bonita Springs Performing Arts Center, Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, Comedy Bonita Springs, Comedy Southwest Florida, Community Theater, Community Theater Bonita Springs, Community Theater Southwest Florida, Things to do Bonita Springs, Uncategorized with tags , , , on May 12, 2016 by Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs

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By Patrice Shields

Join The Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs for a big Italian style performance with the comedic musical hit “Mama Cooks It Up,” Saturday, April 9, 7:30pm at the Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs (CPABS.) The CPABS’ Hinman Auditorium will transport you to “Mama’s Restaurant” where you will watch the entertaining chaotic dynamics of an Italian family restaurant as a virtual “tableside” audience.

This fun show delivers loads of laughs and packs the two-hour performance with audience interaction and toe tapping numbers! As a virtual guest at Mama’s restaurant you will laugh out loud and sing along to cherished Neapolitan favorite songs including Volare, That’s Amore, Mambo Italiano, Pepino The Italian Mouse and many more. You can almost smell Gnocchi as you fall in love with “Mama” and the family that works along side her. So tuck your white napkin in your shirt collar, then sit back and enjoy this heart-warming show will have you laughing for days.

Tickets for “Mama Cooks It Up,” are $45 for Premium Seats, $40 for Center Seats and $35 for Side Seats. Tickets for “Mama Cooks It Up” can be purchased on-line at http://www.artcenterbonita.org or by calling the Center for the Arts at 239-495-8989.

Those who join the Centers for the Arts for the first before time as an individual member receive two VIP tickets to a select Live at the Center performance including “Mama Cooks It Up.” The Centers for the Arts offers this benefit for first time members for select performances. This offer is valid through May 31, 2016.

The Centers for the Arts offers a full performance series including “Tuesday Art Talks,” April 5, 7:00pm, “Helios Swingtet Big Band Orchestra,” April 15, 8:00pm, “Patchouli & Terra Guitar: The Landscape of Guitar,” April 22, 8:00pm and “Films for Film Lovers” foreign and independent film series on Monday evenings. Tickets for all of the events listed can be purchased at http://www.artcenterbonita.org or by calling the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs at 239-495-8989.

IF YOU GO:

WHO: The Centers for the Arts of Bonita Springs
WHAT: Mama Cooks It Up – An Italian Musical

WHERE: Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, FL 34135
WHEN: Saturday, April 9, 2016; 7:30pm
COST: Tickets: $45 Premium Seats, $40 Center Seats, $35 Side Seats

WHO KILLED THE RABBI? CFABS Deliciously Hilarious Murder Mystery Dinner/Brunch Theater Friday, October 16, 2015; 6:30pm (Dinner) & Sunday, October 18, 2015; 11:30am (Brunch)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on October 7, 2015 by Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs
Cut line: Chad Schmous, CC Bronson, Steve Cobb,  Lisa Guzda, Leigh Shein, Jodie Fox Costello, Marian Horgan, Margot Escott in Who Killed the Rabbi Murder Mystery Dinner/Brunch  at the Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs (Dinner Show, Friday, October 16, 2015; 6:30pm) (Brunch Show, Sunday, October 18, 11:30am)

Cut line: Chad Schmous, CC Bronson, Steve Cobb, Lisa Guzda, Leigh Shein, Jodie Fox Costello, Marian Horgan, Margot Escott in Who Killed the Rabbi Murder Mystery Dinner/Brunch at the Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs (Dinner Show, Friday, October 16, 2015; 6:30pm) (Brunch Show, Sunday, October 18, 11:30am)

By Patrice Shields
You are cordially invited to a traditional Jewish wedding at the Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs that is anything but typical. It’s the rabbi’s first wedding, the groom’s mother is distraught, the maid of honor is drunk and the bride is clueless. Or, maybe it is typical… until the Rabbi is killed. “Who Killed the Rabbi?” is a laugh riot that almost becomes a real riot and you are invited to eat, dance, and celebrate as an invited guest.
Audience members help sort through the clues and unravel the mystery behind this comedy wedding murder mystery. Be the first table to solve the mystery and win the grand prize. There are two performances offering a dinner show option and a brunch matinee. The dinner show is Friday, October 16, 2015; 6:30pm and the brunch show is Sunday, October 18, 2015; 11:30am.

The very funny Margot Escott and Leigh Shein, who both teach and perform improv wrote and star in this show. “You will recognize all of your dysfunctional relatives,” says Writer/Director/Actress Margot Escott. “Just imagine, it’s a wedding you can laugh at and you don’t have to bring a gift.” Escott and Shein’s cast include members of CFABS’ notorious Improv Anonymous troupe, CFABS’ Community Players and some fresh faces to the comedy scene.

The widowed mother of the bride “Sadie Berkowitz” played by Margot Escott is not happy and she has reason. Not only is her beloved orthodox daughter “Sarah Berkowitz” played by Jodie Fox Costello marrying the ‘half Jewish’ “Steve Miller” played by Steve Cobb, but she is saddled with the clueless “Rabbi Leo,” played by Leigh Shein who is stumbling through officiating his first wedding. You will agree that Sadie should have paid the “MC” played by Craig Price better because he is just not making enough on this gig to care that this wedding fiasco is spiraling out of control.

And the wedding party does nothing to help things at all. One “Maid of Honor” played by Marina Acosta Miller is clueless and very drunk and the other played by CC Bronson loves gospel music more than Hebrew songs. The groom’s buff, wrester brother and best man “Chad Miller” played by Chad Schmous is distracted with his ‘I could have been a contender’ complex and then there is Sadie’s sister “Aunt Marian,” played by Marian Horgan who is busy supervising her pianist granddaughter played by Miranda Shein. Coincidentally, “Aunt Lisa” on the groom’s side, played by Lisa Guzda is both a singer and volunteer sheriff.

Margot Escott & Jodie Fox Costello in Who Killed the Rabbi Murder Mystery Dinner/Brunch  at the Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs (Dinner Show, Friday, October 16, 2015; 6:30pm) (Brunch Show, Sunday, October 18, 11:30am)

Margot Escott & Jodie Fox Costello in Who Killed the Rabbi Murder Mystery Dinner/Brunch at the Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs (Dinner Show, Friday, October 16, 2015; 6:30pm) (Brunch Show, Sunday, October 18, 11:30am)

Oy vey! As the title suggests, a murder occurs during the show and you as an audience member are there to help sort through the clues and unravel the mystery behind this deliciously wacky murder mystery. If your table is the first to solve the mystery, you win the grand prize.

Besides the laughs, and lots of dancing, the redeeming aspect of this wedding is the food catered by Artichoke & Company. The buffet dinner includes Cesar Salad with Roasted Tomatoes & Kalamata Olives, Grilled Chicken Medallions with Wild Mushroom and Marsala Wine Sauce, Penne Pasta with Creamy Pomodoro Sauce, Tri Color Cheese Tortellini in Creamy Basil Alfredo Sauce, Farfalle with Roasted Garlic Wine Sauce Prosciutto Di Parma Fresh Spinach and Pecorino, New York Cheese Cake with Raspberry Sauce and Coffee. Beer and wine are available before and during the performance.

The buffet brunch show menu includes Fresh Scrambled Eggs with Sides of Diced Tomato and Cheddar Cheese, Fresh Bacon & Breakfast Sausage, Assorted Muffins and Crumb Cakes, French Toast Casserole with Granny Smith Apples and Cinnamon, Bagels, Tropical Fruit Salad, Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice, Vanilla Glazed Strawberry Roll and Coffee.

You’ll be glad you came to this wedding reception of a lifetime and glad this is not your family! Tickets are $50 for members of the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs, $55 for non-members and $55 for all at the door if available. Doors open 30 minutes before the performance time. Tickets include dinner/brunch and the show. To select seats and purchase tickets visit http://www.artcenterbonita.org or call 239-495-8989.

Those who join the Centers for the Arts for the first time as an individual member receive two VIP tickets to select Live at the Center performances. The Centers for the Arts offers this benefit for first time members and it is for a limited time only.

The Centers for the Arts offers a full performance and film series including “Deb & the Dynamics,” Saturday, October 17, 8pm, “Tab Benoit,” Wednesday, October 21, 8pm, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” October 30, 8:30pm (Center for Visual Arts Outdoor Stage, 26100 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs) and the “Films for Film Lovers” foreign and independent film series on Monday evenings. Tickets for most events listed are available at http://www.artcenterbonita.org or by calling 239-495-8989.

IF YOU GO:
WHO: The Centers for the Arts of Bonita Springs
WHAT: Who Killed the Rabbi? Murder Mystery Dinner/Brunch Theater
WHEN: Friday, October 16, 2015; 6:30pm (Dinner) &
Sunday, October 18, 2015; 11:30am (Brunch)
WHERE: The Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, FL 34135
PRICE: $50 Members, $55 Non-Members, $55 Door for all if available (Ticket price includes dinner/brunch and show)

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

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 11, 2014 by Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs

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

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

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on February 26, 2013 by Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs

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.