Friday, June 23, 2017

Thrasher-Horne Family Series 2017 - 2018 tickets are available

The Thrasher-Horne Center has put together a series of exciting family-friendly shows that appeal to audiences of all ages for the 2017-2018 season.  From thrilling martial artists and piano virtuosos to a cappella showstoppers and a holiday visit from everyone’s favorite lasagna-loving fat cat, the upcoming Family Series provides the perfect opportunity for parents to introduce their families to quality live entertainment at an amazing price.

Coming to the Thrasher-Horne Center on December 2, 2017 are The Martial Artists and Acrobats of China.  This troupe of performers from Tianjin, People’s Republic of China was established in 1957 as a combination of the former China Circus & Acrobats that was founded in 1948.  It is one of the best acrobatic troupes in China with over one hundred acrobatic, magical and martial arts performers.  With novelty and superior techniques, the acrobatic troupe is favored by the audiences all over the world.  Tickets for The Martial Artists and Acrobats of China range from $29.00 to $69.00.

Following closely on December 8, 2017 is A Garfield Christmas: Live on Stage.  It’s the most wonderful time of the year – especially if you’re the world’s best-loved fat cat movie star, Garfield.  Coming to you with arms wide open in anticipation of all the Christmas presents he’s expecting, Garfield will light up your holiday this year with his wit, wise cracks and wisdom.  Everyone’s favorite feline is a few gifts short of true Christmas spirit. But with the help of Jon, Odie, the Audience, and his new holiday friends, Garfield gets an “enlightening” lesson.  This lively holiday musical features timeless Christmas favorites such as “Jingle Bells", “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”, “Deck the Halls", and many more.  Sing along as Garfield’s new friends all work together to bring light to Garfield’s Christmas.  Join the fun as the coffee-guzzling, nap-taking, lasagna-loving fat cat Garfield decks the halls with boughs of folly!  Tickets for A Garfield Christmas: Live on Stage range from $19.00 to $39.00. A special school time matinee performance will be held at 10:30 a.m. on December 8, 2017.

January 19 & 20, 2017 welcomes two opportunities to experience the incredible talent of pianist Jason Farnham as he brings his solo show to our intimate Studio Theatre.  Take Jerry Lee Lewis, add some Victor Borge, Beethoven on steroids, garnish with Schroeder from Peanuts, throw it all in a blender, and what comes out is an unmistakable Jason Farnham show!  Piano with Jason Farnham delights audiences around the U.S. again and again.  Fans love his toy piano, his witty Victor Borge-style comedy antics, and the clever way he interacts with the audience.  The variety includes contemporary romantic piano, jazz, bossa-nova, blues, stride piano, and classical with a modern twist!  Tickets for Piano with Jason Farnham range from $29.00 to $39.00.  A special school time matinee performance will be held at 10:30 a.m. on January 19, 2018.

Finally, the Family Series is rounded out by a performance by GOBSMACKED! on January 28, 2018.  Direct from sell out seasons in London, Hong Kong and Edinburgh comes this mind-blowing vocal show from the UK.  This next-generation a cappella show redefines the limits of the human voice.  Featuring the reigning world champion beatboxer Ball-Zee and an international cast of world-class vocalists, GOBSMACKED! weaves stories through all forms of a cappella from traditional street corner harmonies to cutting edge, multi-track live looping.  Heart-stopping singing and jaw-dropping beatboxing guarantees the audience will leave with a song in their heart and a smile on their face. GOBSMACKED! is the latest break-out show that everyone is talking about – it’s funny, joyful and uplifts the spirits of all ages!  Tickets for GOBSMACKED! range from $29.00 to $69.00.

Thrasher-Horne Family Series
DATES: See individual shows above
TIMES: Go to individual links above

LOCATION: The Thasher-Horne Ctr.
      St. Johns River State College
      283 College Drive
      Orange Park, FL 32065

TICKETS: vary according to the show with all fees included, and may be purchased in person, online at THcenter, or by calling (904) 276-6815 between 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Monday – Friday.  Select your seats for each performance individually, or purchase a Series Package and receive 25% off tickets when you purchase three or more of these shows at the same time.  The Thrasher-Horne Center is a not-for-profit performing arts venue and conference center owned and operated by St. Johns River State College.  The Thrasher-Horne Center is located on the Orange Park campus.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Local talent in ‘Steel Magnolias’ are the best

Cast of Steel Magnolias
Usually when a major actor or actress comes out on stage at the beginning of a show, the crowd gives them a rousing round of applause; yet this was not the case for Gilligan’s Island’s star Dawn Wells.  Maybe no one recognized her in costume when she came out because she wasn’t the familiar Mary Ann that we knew and loved, nonetheless, the Alhambra Theater & Dining selected a great show when they chose Robert Harling’s “Steel Magnolias”.

All in all, the show is fantastically funny and nostalgic in comparison to the 1989 movie classic.  You may recall the cast of characters back then, with the talented actresses in the 2017 show: Truvy (Dolly Parton) - Patti Eyler*, Annelle (Daryl Hannah) - Lexi Langs*, Clairee (Olympia Dukakis) - Cheryl Horne*, Shelby (Julia Roberts) - Rebecca Lea Chisholm, M’lynn (Sally Field) - Lisa Valdini*, and Ouiser (Shirley MacLaine) - Dawn Wells*.  * denotes Actors’ Equity Association.  You may note that some of the performers are regulars to the Alhambra (Lisa Valdini, Patti Eyler and Lexi Langs), and out-of-towners Cheryl Horne and Rebecca Lea Chisholm bring loads of humor and well-rehearsed acting to the Jacksonville Dinner-Theatre stage.

First Course (top) & one Dessert
The actresses recreated the movie with creative lines under the tutelage of Producer/Director Tod Booth* and wig designer Patty Pitts did a fantastic job of selecting appropriate hair styles for the show.  Stage Designer Ian Black did a wonderful job with creating the southern Louisiana beauty salon.  You will laugh and almost cry as you engage with the ladies in “Steel Magnolias”.

Steel Magnolias
DATES: May 24 — June 25, 2017

SHOW TIMES: Evening shows Tuesday through Sunday start at 7:50 p.m.  Doors open at 5:50 p.m., and dinner begins at 6 p.m.  Saturday Matinees begin at 1:15 p.m.  Doors open at 10:50 a.m. and the brunch begins at 11 a.m.  Sunday Matinees are at 1:50 p.m.  Doors open at 11:50 a.m. and the meal is server starting 12 p.m.

DRESS: “Business Casual” or “Sunday Best”.  To see the menu, Click HERE.

TICKETS: Prices range from $38 – $62.  Ticket prices include: a plated dinner served to your table, an incredible show and prime parking.  Group sales of 20 + are available upon request.
**Price does NOT include gratuity or orders from the bar**

LOCATION: Alhambra Theater & Dining
       12000 Beach Blvd.
       Jacksonville, Florida 32246
       (904) 641-1212

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Cummer Museum and Gardens are ready for you this June

Children are out of school and it’s the perfect time to enjoy a little entertainment, education and cool air at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens.  Take a look at the activities below and set your calendars for some fun while avoiding the cool summer rain.

Florida Blue Free Tuesday – Each Tues. Evening from 4 to 9 p.m. | Free.  No registration required.  Every Tuesday, enjoy free admission to the Cummer Museum and its historic Gardens, thanks to the generous support of Florida Blue. Guests can enjoy free admission to the Galleries and Gardens. Each Tuesday evening, the Cummer Café is open for Tapas Tuesday sponsored by VyStar Credit Union.

Tapas Tuesday – Each Tues. Evening from 5 to 7:30 p.m. | The Cummer Café.  Reservations recommended.  Tap into Tapas Tuesday sponsored by VyStar Credit Union at the Cummer Café. Every Tuesday from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on the Cummer Café patio, take in the sunset while listening to local musicians with beer, wine, or artfully inspired tapas for sale at the Café. Reserve your table by calling 904.899.6022.

Camp CummerRED Week 1: June 5 through 9; BLUE Week 2: June 12 through 16; RED Week 3: June 19 through 23; BLUE Week 4: June 26 through 30; RED Week 5: July 10 through 14; BLUE Week 6: July 17 through 21.
Mon. through Fri. – 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. | Members $180, Non-Members $215 per week.  Children entering grades 1 through 6.  Registration required.
Immerse your child in summer art camp for a week of learning, adventure, and fun! Students will print, draw, paint, work with clay, and learn new ways to think and talk about art in the Galleries and Gardens. You may enroll your child for two sessions only: one RED week and one BLUE week. We also offer A.M. and P.M. Extended Care. A.M. Extended Care is from 7:30 to 9 a.m. and costs $25 per week. P.M. Extended Care is from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. and costs $35 per week.  For further information, please email or call 904.355.0630.

Weaver First Saturday Free For AllSaturday, June 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Free.  No registration required.  The first Sat. of each month at the Cummer Museum is FREE FOR ALL, thanks to the generous support of J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver. Guests can enjoy free admission, as well as art-making activities for all ages in the Cummer Gardens, live music, and a Docent-led tour at 2 p.m.

Bank Of America And Merrill Lynch Museums On Us – Sun., June 4 from Noon to 4 p.m. | Free to Cardholders.  No registration required.  The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens offers free admission on the first Sunday of the first full weekend of the month to all Bank of America or Merrill Lynch cardholders through the Museums on Us program. Each cardholder receives one free general admission to the Museum. For more information on the Museum's programming and events, please call 904.899.6038.

Art of Cooking: Beer Pairing with Bold City Brewery – Thurs., June 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. | Members $30, Non-Members $40.  Registration required.  Join us for a tasting event featuring Bold City’s summer seasonal beer, Big John’s, along with other Bold City favorites that will be paired with an array of appetizers prepared by their in-house caterer, The Chef’s Garden Catering & Events.  For further information or to register, please call 904.899.6038.

Art For Tots: New Class! – Sat., June 17 from 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.  Members $15 per pair, Non-Members $20 per pair.  Registration required.  This class is for children ages 24-36 months and an accompanying adult.  The program is designed to help develop a child’s sensory and motor skills through art, movement, music and storytelling and takes place in the galleries, garden and studios. Art for Tots is funded through the generosity of the Chartrand Family Foundation. Space is limited, so reservations are encouraged. Entry is through Art Connections. For further information, please email or call 904.355.0630.

Art Adventures: Islamic Art! – Sat., June 17 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. | Members $10, Non-Members $15.  Ages 6 through 12.  Registration required.  Join us on the third Saturday of each month for studio classes. Students will visit Ink, Silk, and Gold and look at the intricate use of line, color, and pattern expressed in glass, metal, and textile before creating their own patterns in wet and dry media in the studio. For further information, please email or call 904.355.0630.

Summer Nights Art Class: Etching – Thurs., June 22 from 6 to 8 p.m. | Members $20, Non-Members $25.  Registration required.  Join local printmaker William McMahan for a workshop that will connect you with etching techniques used by both Whister and McBey as you create a print of your own design. This all-levels program includes supplies, wine, beer, and light nibbles.  For further information or to register, please call 904.899.6038.

Americana Garden Concert: Hackensaw Boys – Sat., June 24.  Doors Open at 6 p.m., Concert at 7 p.m. | Members $20, Non-Members $25.  Registration required.  With feet firmly planted in the old-time song tradition, hands soiled by the dirt of rock n’ roll and eyes fixed steadily on the future of real country music, the Hackensaw Boys are among the most exciting groups charting new territory in today’s diverse Americana music scene. In the genres of string band classico/punk/bluegrass, they will have you up and dancing.  Enjoy an evening of music under the stars* at the fourth annual Americana Concert featuring the Hackensaw Boys. Guests are invited to bring chairs, picnics, and beverages of choice to enjoy the evening. Beer, wine, sodas, and light snacks will also be available for purchase that evening. Don’t feel like packing a picnic?  Let the Cummer Café handle your food and beverages by ordering ahead of time to pick up upon arrival to the concert!  For further information or to register, please call 904.899.6038.

Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens
   829 Riverside Avenue
   Jacksonville, Florida 32204
   (904) 356-6857
   Hours of Operation & Admission

Farewell tour of 'Mamma Mia!' stops at the Thrasher-Horne Center

Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus’ MAMMA MIA!, the smash hit musical based on the songs of ABBA, plays the Thrasher-Horne Center on June 20th, 2017 as a part of its final farewell tour.  This performance will be the hugely successful musical’s last Florida date, as well as the tenth to last engagement before the casts takes its final bows.  After closing a 14-year run on Broadway in September 2015, this will be the American public’s last chance to see this electrifying musical in its original tour.

MAMMA MIA! is one of the most successful musicals of all time, the eighth longest running show in Broadway history and one of only five musicals to have run for more than ten years on Broadway.  The West End production is now in its eighteenth year. To date, MAMMA MIA! has been seen by over 60 million people worldwide in 50 productions in 16 different languages.

Inspired by the storytelling magic of ABBA’s songs from “Dancing Queen” and “S.O.S” to “Money, Money, Money” and “Take a Chance on Me,” MAMMA MIA! is a celebration of mothers and daughters, old friends and new family found.  MAMMA MIA! is produced by Work Light Productions, whose other touring productions include Cinderella, RENT 20th Anniversary Tour, Motown, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, and Vocalosity.

The original production of MAMMA MIA! was produced by Judy Craymer, Richard East and Björn Ulvaeus for Littlestar in association with Universal, the creative team responsible for bringing MAMMA MIA! to theatrical life includes some of the most gifted and celebrated talents of musical theatre and opera. With music and lyrics by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, MAMMA MIA! is written by Catherine Johnson and directed by Phyllida Lloyd. MAMMA MIA! has choreography by Anthony Van Laast, production design by Mark Thompson, lighting design by Howard Harrison, sound design by Andrew Bruce and Bobby Aitken, and musical supervision, additional material and arrangements by Martin Koch.

DATE: Tues. June 20, 2017   TIME: 7:30 p.m.

LOCATION: The Thasher-Horne Ctr.
      St. Johns River State College
      283 College Drive
      Orange Park, FL 32065

TICKETS: range from $43 – $73 with all fees included, and may be purchased in person, online at THcenter, or by calling (904) 276-6815 between 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Monday – Friday.  VIP tickets are available for this show.  The Thrasher-Horne Center is a performing arts venue and conference center owned and operated by St. Johns River State College.  It is located on the Orange Park campus at 283 College Drive in Orange Park, Florida.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Florida Theatre has some ‘hot’ summer entertainment

It’s almost Summer and time to get under some air-conditioning while experiencing the great sights and sounds that the Florida Theatre has to offer this season.  You may be staying home or have guests visiting from out-of-town.  Why not grab some tickets and give them some magical memories to take back home with them?

June 2017 Schedule:

June 3   Mary Pauline Dance Recital
June 7   Artwalk
June 10  Ballet Arts Centre
June 11  Happy Together Tour 2017
June 12 - 15 Mark Spivak Dance
June 15 - 16 Theatreworks Free Summer Theatre
June 16  Art Institute of Jacksonville Graduation
June 17  Britney Boyd Dance Gala
June 24  Jacksonville Dance Theatre
June 25  The Lost Boys – 30th Anniversary
June 30  Bring It Live

June 11 – 7:30pm — Happy Together Tour 2017.  With 53 Billboard chart hits between including: “Happy Together,” by The Turtles; “Cherish,” by The Association; “Joy To the World,” by Chuck Negron; “The Letter,” The Box Tops; “The Rain, The Park and Other Things,” by The Cowsills and “Sugar, Sugar” by The Archies’ Ron Dante.  This annual Florida Theatre summer concert returns to deliver the best music of the 1960s and 1970s.

June 24 — Jacksonville Dance Theatre in Concert.  Jacksonville Dance Theatre (JDT) presents its fifth annual full-length repertory concert. Jacksonville Dance Theatre in Concert will showcase stunning performances by JDT’s 17-member critically acclaimed repertory company.  They will perform newly commissioned work by choreographer James Boyd along with new and current repertory from resident choreographers Rebecca R. Levy and Tiffany Santiero.  This presentation is made possible in part by support from the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, PNC Arts Alive and The Florida Theatre.

June 25 – 2pm — The Lost Boys – 30th Anniversary.  Teenage brothers Michael (Jason Patric) and Sam (Corey Haim) move with their mother (Dianne Wiest) to a small town in northern California. While the younger Sam meets a pair of kindred spirits in geeky comic-book nerds Edward (Corey Feldman) and Alan (Jamison Newlander), the angst-ridden Michael soon falls for Star (Jami Gertz) — who turns out to be in thrall to David (Kiefer Sutherland), leader of a local gang of vampires. Sam and his new friends must save Michael and Star from the undead.

June 30 – 8pm — Bring It Live Tour 2017.  The stars of Lifetime Televison’s hit series Bring It! return with their new stage tour.  Miss D and her Dancing Dolls bring the elite world of hip-hop competition to life, on the stage.  With hotter-than-ever, never-before-seen performances on deck for the 2017 tour, there has never been a better time for Bring It! fans.  New episodes of Bring It! can be seen on Lifetime, Fridays at 9/8c or anytime HERE.

“Florida Theatre June 2017 events”
LOCATION: Florida Theatre
      128 E. Forsyth St.
      Jacksonville, FL 32202

TICKETS: Vary with each show and seat preference.  Order online or call the box office (904) 355-2787, Monday — Friday from 9 a.m. –5 p.m.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Great seats - great shows - great 2017/2018 Times Union Theatre season

The FSCJ Artist Series, sponsored by Vystar Credit Union, is thrilled to announce the 2017-18 Broadway in Jacksonville season, filled with award-winning blockbusters and family favorites. Next season’s lineup will feature Broadway in Jacksonville’s debut of Tony and Grammy Award®-winning BEAUTIFUL– The Carole King Musical along with the Tony Award®-winning audience favorites Rodgers & Hammerstein’s THE SOUND OF MUSIC, Disney’s THE LION KING, and CHICAGO. All performances will be at the Times-Union Center.

“I am pleased to announce our 2017-18 Broadway in Jacksonville Season – our 52nd year of presenting outstanding entertainment on the First Coast,” said Dr. Milt Russos, executive director of the FSCJ Artist Series. “It will be a season of Tony Award®-winning blockbusters with three productions currently on Broadway.”

He further stated, “Disney’s The Lion King is an amazing and stunning show that the entire family will enjoy.  I am very enthusiastic about Beautiful, The Carol King Musical. It is well written and provides so much insight into one of America’s songwriting icons. The Sound of Music is breaking records on its national tour and Chicago, continues to entertain audiences worldwide.”

Four-Show Broadway Subscription:
The Sound Of Music      October 31-November 5, 2017
Disney’s THE LION KING    January 31- February 11, 2018
BEAUTIFUL–The Carole King Musical   April 10-15, 2018
CHICAGO                May 17-20, 2018

The Sound of Music - The beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony®, Grammy® and Academy Award®-winning Best Score, including “My Favorite Things,” “Edelweiss” and the title song, “The Sound of Music.”

Disney’s THE LION KING - More than 90 million people around the world have experienced the phenomenon of Disney’s THE LION KING, and now you can, too. Winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, this landmark musical event brings together one of the most imaginative creative teams on Broadway.  Tony Award-winning director Julie Taymor brings to life a story filled with hope and adventure set against an amazing backdrop of stunning visuals.  THE LION KING also features some of Broadway’s most recognizable music, crafted by Tony Award-winning artists Elton John and Tim Rice.  There is simply nothing else like THE LION KING.

Beautiful - The Carole King Musical tells the inspiring true story of King’ s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation.

Chicago is the longest running American musical and shows no sign of ever slowing down! Chicago is the winner of six 1997 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival and the Grammy Award for Best Musical Cast Recording. Set amidst the razzle-dazzle decadence of the 1920s, Chicago is the story of Roxie Hart, a housewife and nightclub dancer who maliciously murders her on-the-side lover after he threatens to walk out on her. Desperate to avoid conviction, she dupes the public, the media and her rival cellmate, Velma Kelly, by hiring Chicago’s slickest criminal lawyer to transform her malicious crime into a barrage of sensational headlines, the likes of which might just as easily be ripped from today’s tabloids.  The story is a satire on corruption in the administration of criminal justice and the concept of the “celebrity criminal.” Chicago is produced by the Tony Award producing team Barry and Fran Weissler with a legendary book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb.

Season tickets to the FSCJ Artist Series’ 2017-18 Broadway in Jacksonville Season, sponsored by Vystar Credit Union, are on sale now with four-show package prices starting at just $152. Season ticket prices vary depending on the show time, day of the week and seating location.  A renewal brochure and invoice has been mailed to current FSCJ Artist Series subscribers and should arrive within the week.

Current subscribers can renew online with no seat changes at, or by calling (904) 442-2929 or (888) 860-BWAY, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Current subscribers may also mail their invoices to the FSCJ Artist Series Box Office, 501 W. State Street, #109, Jacksonville, FL 32202. Upon renewing, current subscribers have the opportunity to request changes to their seating location. In addition, current subscribers who renew before May 8, 2017 will be rewarded for their loyalty and continued support with an additional savings of $10 off per season ticket subscription they renew.

New subscribers can order their season tickets to reserve their seat now for all four shows long before single tickets are available to the public. New subscriptions may be ordered online at, or over the phone by calling (904) 442-2929 or (888) 860-BWAY, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Subscriber benefits include: guaranteed package pricing, access to the best seats in the house, priority access to purchase additional tickets for friends and family, seat locations, exchange privileges, free lost ticket replacement, access to other FSCJ Artist Series events- many at a discount.

VIP Seating is available to contributors to the FSCJ Artist Series at five levels: Angel, Producer, Benefactor, Patron and Donor.  Donor contributions start for as little as $150. Call (904) 442-2929 or visit to learn more about the additional benefits available through the VIP Theater Club.

Groups of 10 or more are eligible to a discount on tickets to most shows.  To receive the best pricing, reserve your group tickets before June 7, 2017.  Groups may begin placing reservation requests at this time by calling (904) 442-2947 or emailing

Performances for the FSCJ Artist Series’ 2017-18 Broadway in Jacksonville Season are Tuesdays through Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m., Saturday afternoons at 2 p.m. and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. CHICAGO will have an alternate performance schedule beginning Thursday through Sunday for six performances. Tuesday and Wednesday evening subscribers will be given the opportunity to choose to attend any performance of CHICAGO at no additional cost.  Although we will make every effort to secure comparable seating for these subscribers, seating will be subject to availability and comparable seating cannot be guaranteed.

Camp Broadway® prepares for 2017 artistic students this Summer

Camp Broadway®, presented by the FSCJ Artist Series, returns to Jacksonville for its 17th year from Monday, June 12 – Friday, June 16, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the FSCJ Nathan H. Wilson Center for the Arts on Florida State College at Jacksonville’s South Campus.  Applications are still being accepted for Camp Broadway®, and tuition is $575 per camper.  Spaces are limited and Camp Broadway® fills up quickly, so register your camper today!  Visit CampBroadwayJax, contact Amanda Faye at (904) 442-2932, or email for more details.

Camp Broadway® introduces young people to the world of life on-stage and behind the scenes. Campers work with Broadway directors, choreographers, and musical directors to receive training in acting, scene study, improvisation, music theory, solo and ensemble singing, movement, and dance. This five-day performing arts program offers each camper the opportunity to expand his or her creative talents, build self-esteem, learn the art of collaboration, and gain a fuller respect and understanding of musical theatre.

Camp Broadway® has been proclaimed the “Camp of Dreams” for starry-eyed kids who are just beginning to dream of being on Broadway.  It is a self-contained summer workshop that travels around the country bringing Broadway to kids.  The 40 hours of camp include singing, dancing and master classes for kids ages 10 to 17.  No singing, dancing or acting experience necessary - just a willingness to have fun and a curiosity about what happens on stage and behind the curtain.

With authentic Broadway instructors teaching dance routines and musical numbers at the same break-neck speed as a real Broadway show, Camp Broadway® is a fun-filled week of activities designed to teach kids about the serious business of live theater.  One activity is our annual Salute to Singin' and Dancin' Kids™ (a special luncheon where campers meet and hear about the various theater jobs from real theater professionals).  This year, campers will perform either “Peter Pan” or “Shrek” depending on their age group.  The performance will take place on Friday, June 16, 2017 from 4-6 p.m. at the conclusion of camp.

This year, campers have the option to receive an exclusive offer of two half priced tickets to RODGERS + HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA (the 2013 Tony® Award-winning Broadway musical, will play the Times-Union Center for a limited engagement from June 13-18, 2017) with their camp registration.  Restrictions apply.  *Valid on Tuesday night performance only.  Offer is buy two tickets at half price each.  Facility fee and service charges not discounted. Offer valid until 3 p.m. on June 13, 2017. Must be registered for Camp Broadway and paid in full.  Call the box office at (904)442-2929.  Limited to two half price tickets per camper.  Offer may be withdrawn at any time and not valid on previously purchased tickets.  With its fresh new take on the beloved tale of a young woman who is transformed from a chambermaid into a princess, this hilarious and romantic Rodgers + Hammerstein's CINDERELLA combines the story's classic elements – glass slippers, pumpkin, and a beautiful ball along with some surprising twists.

Dawn Wells stars in 'Steel Magnolias' at the Alhambra in JAX

In 1974 Dawn Wells (Mary Ann of Gilligan’s Island) last appeared at the Alhambra Theatre playing the lead in Neil Simon’s Barefoot in the Park.  Ticket started at $7.50, the Alhambra Dinner Theater served a buffet and she was directed by George Ballis.  More than 30 years later, as part of its “50 Years of Memories” celebration, Ms. Wells will once again star at the Alhambra.  This time Tod Booth will be directing “Steel Magnolias and Wells will be playing Ousier Boudreaux.

Wells, of course, gained notoriety in the late 1960’s classic television show, Gilligan’s Island.  She played the girl-next-door, Mary Ann Summers.  While forever etched in television folklore, Gilligan’s Island only ran for three seasons.  Meanwhile, in addition to acting, Wells is a producer, author, spokesperson, journalist, motivational speaker, teacher, and Chairwoman of the Terry Lee Wells Foundation - focusing on underprivileged women and children in Northern Nevada.  She has also served on the alumnae board of Stephens College and is co-founder of the Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald Tennessee. A fourth generation of Reno, Nevada, Miss Wells represented Nevada in the Miss America Pageant of 1959.

About the show: The action is set in Truvy's beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are "anybody" come to have their hair done.  Helped by her eager new assistant, Annelle, the outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy dispenses shampoos and free advice to the town's rich curmudgeon, Ouiser; an eccentric millionaire, Miss Clairee, who has a raging sweet tooth; and the local social leader, M'Lynn, whose daughter, Shelby, is about to marry a "good ole boy."  Filled with hilarious repartee and not a few acerbic but humorously revealing verbal collisions, the play moves toward tragedy when, in the second act, the spunky Shelby (who is a diabetic) risks pregnancy and forfeits her life.  The sudden realization of their mortality affects the others, but also draws on the underlying strengths gives the play and its characters, a special quality of love, feisty women and sisterhood comradery.

Steel Magnolias
DATES: May 24 — June 25, 2017

SHOW TIMES: Evening shows Tuesday through Sunday start at 7:50 p.m.  Doors open at 5:50 p.m., and dinner begins at 6 p.m.  Saturday Matinees begin at 1:15 p.m.  Doors open at 10:50 a.m. and the brunch begins at 11 a.m.  Sunday Matinees are at 1:50 p.m.  Doors open at 11:50 a.m. and the meal is server starting 12 p.m.

DRESS: “Gala Night” (Friday May 25, 2017) attire is “Dressy/Formal/Black Tie”.  All other shows could be “Business Casual” or “Sunday Best”.  To see the menu, Click HERE.

TICKETS: Prices range from $38 – $62.  Ticket prices include: a plated dinner served to your table, an incredible show and prime parking.  Group sales of 20 + are available upon request.
 **Price does NOT include gratuity or orders from the bar**

LOCATION: Alhambra Theater & Dining
       12000 Beach Blvd.
       Jacksonville, Florida 32246
       (904) 641-1212

Cinderella will be finding her Prince Charming in JAX

RODGERS + HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA, the 2013 Tony® Award-winning Broadway musical from the creators of The King & I and The Sound of Music, will play the Times-Union Center for a limited engagement.  With its fresh new take on the beloved tale of a young woman who is transformed from a chambermaid into a princess, this hilarious and romantic Rodgers + Hammerstein's CINDERELLA combines the story's classic elements – glass slippers, pumpkin, and a beautiful ball along with some surprising twists.

More than just a pretty face with the right shoe size, this Cinderella is a contemporary figure living in a fairytale setting.  She is a spirited young woman with savvy and soul who doesn't let her rags or her gowns trip her up in her quest for kindness, compassion and forgiveness.  She longs to escape the drudgery of her work at home and instead work to make the world a better place.  She not only fights for her own dreams, but forces the prince to open his eyes to the world around him and realize his dreams too.

CINDERELLA has music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, a new book by Douglas Carter Beane and original book by Oscar Hammerstein II.  Originally directed by Mark Brokaw, the tour is directed by Gina Rattan and choreographed by Josh Rhodes.  Music adaptation and arrangements are by David Chase and music supervision is by Valerie Gebert. Orchestrations are by Bill Elliott and are adapted from the original Broadway orchestrations by Danny Troob.  CINDERELLA was written for television debuting in 1957 starring Julie Andrews.  In 2013, the show made its long-overdue Broadway debut.

The CINDERELLA tour is produced by Work Light Productions. CINDERELLA was produced on Broadway by Robyn Goodman, Jill Furman, Stephen Kocis, Edward Walson, Venetian Glass Productions, The Araca Group, Luigi Caiola & Rose Caiola, Roy Furman, Walt Grossman, Peter May/Sanford Robertson, Glass Slipper Productions LLC/Eric Schmidt, Ted Liebowitz/James Spry, Blanket Fort Productions and in association with Center Theatre Group.  For more information visit Facebook & Twitter: @CinderellaBway.

DATES:         TIMES:
Tues., June 13, 2017    7:30 p.m.
Wed., June 14      7:30 p.m.
Thurs., June 15     7:30 p.m.
Fri., June 16       8 p.m.
Sat., June 17      2 & 8 p.m.
Sun., June 18      1:30 & 7p.m.

LOCATION: Times Union Center Performing Arts
Moran Theater
300 West Water St.
Jacksonville, FL 32202