“Players by the Sea” opened its 53rd continual season of programming with the inspirational and uplifting musical, “The Color Purple”. The show will be on the main stage for four consecutive weekends. The first two shows (September 21 & 22) have been “sold out”. “Around Town With Ms. “V” would like to welcome Players to her venue of things happening in Jacksonville, Florida and the surrounding area.
About the Show:
If you think that you’ve already seen adaptations of this play/musical, or you’ve seen it in the movies, then you haven’t seen this presentation. Some of the lines are the same and so is the music, nonetheless, the choreography and singing cannot be compared. Talk about harmonizing, all of these individuals can S-I-N-G! Pay special attention to the “Church Ladies” and the “Ensemble”. The cast is comprised of more than 20 diverse local volunteer actors, singers and dancers and reading their bios in the program is a real treat.
The Set is moved around with ease and precision. Lighting is ‘spot-on’, and the costumes are colorful and well made. Kudos go out to the six-member Band, who played behind stage during the entire performance and sometimes without the assistance of a track.
Even if you’ve never seen the show before, you will be thoroughly entertained with this production. There are a few colorful-metaphors, yet there are not a lot and it’s not vulgar. It is a show that the entire family can watch together. Besides a little hiccup in timing a couple times, the entire show rates five stars. Bravo and Brava to all!
The Color Purple is directed by Jereme Raickett (also seen on stage in other presentations around town), with music direction by Meachum Clarke and choreography by Sherrod Brown.
More about : The theater is quaint, comfortable and seats 150 people. The restrooms are very clean and modern. Entrance to the theatre is well-lite and parking is sufficient and close to the building. The reception area has tall tables and is decorated with local art work. On Gala night (the opening night for each show) Players offers their patrons some finger foods (927 Catering & Events) and a complimentary taste of champagne. For your pleasure there is a bar that offers beer, wine, soda and water for purchase. All the volunteer staff members are very friendly and courteous.
Stay tuned for more events from Players By The Sea and get your tickets early, so you are not standing out in the heat.
Fri., Sept. 21, 2018 8 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 22 8 p.m.
Fri., Sept. 28 8 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 29 8 p.m.
Sun., Sept. 30 2 p.m.
Thurs., Oct. 4 8 p.m.
Fri., Oct. 5 8 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 6 8 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 7 2 p.m.
Thurs., Oct.11 8 p.m.
Fri., Oct. 12 8 p.m.
Sat., Oct 13 8 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 14 2 p.m.
: Regular tickets are $28, with a discounted price of $25 for Senior/Student/Military. The theatre offers half price tickets to students on Thursday nights. Showtimes are 8 p.m. from Thursday - Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sundays. Advance ticket purchases are strongly encouraged. Tickets are available at playersbythesea.org or by calling the Box Office at (904) 249-0289.
106 6th Street North
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250