Thursday, August 8, 2019

New staff joins ‘Players By The Sea’ team

The popular community (PBTS - Players By The Sea) theatre has hired two new valuable staff members to keep the theatre in top shape. Kanesha Frederick was named the Box Office Administrative Assistant and Alexandra Blackwell will take on the role of Marketing & Communications Manager.

Kanesha Frederick is a Jacksonville native who discovered a love for the stage at an early age.  She began singing at the age of 6 years old and her love of music and the arts blossomed.  She has been acting for 13 years and has been cast in numerous plays under the direction of some of Jacksonville’s greatest directors including Jereme Raikett with Megamind Productions, Toni Diamond-Bingham with Dynamic Duo Productions, and Cedarian Crawford with Cedarian Crawford Presents.  Kanesha is a passionate Pastry Chef and owner of Tickled Pink Sweets, a local bakery, “Tickling Your Tastebuds One Treat At A Time.”

“My love for theatre and my community are a part of what makes me who I am. I am excited to be a part of the Players By The Sea family and I can’t wait to see what life has in store for me. I am #ProudToBeAPlayer,” she says.

Alexandra Blackwell graduated from Florida State University this past May.  She has a Bachelor of Arts in Media and Communication Studies and a minor in Music.  Over her college career, she gained marketing, writing, editing and reporting experience from internships with WFSU Public Media, College Magazine, WJCT Public Broadcasting and Alcom Marketing and Advertising.  Ever since the 8th grade, she’s been in love with the theatre.  Her first role was Dina in School House Rock Jr.  From there she went on to participate in theatre at Nease High School, Summer Musical Theatre Camp in St. Augustine, the Northeast Florida Conservatory and the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival.

She says, “I am beyond thrilled to accept a role that combines my skills with my passion.  Players by the Sea became my happy place the second I stepped inside.  And I am honored to start creating alongside such a talented team.”

You can find both Kanesha and Alexandra at the theatre five days a week with extended hours during show runs.  They are always looking for volunteers to help them with anything from administrative work to set building.  Visit the
Players By The Sea website to learn how you can get involved.

About Players By The Sea— For over fifty years, Players by the Sea has brought quality creative and classic theatre to the Jacksonville community. With a team of only three full time workers, the theatre relies on volunteers to dedicate their time and talents to making each show a success. Through the years, Players has grown in its operations, incorporated educational programs, and increased its membership and volunteer base. But they have not lost site of the main ideal its founders lived by — “the passion of individuals for creating satisfying theatre experiences to share with audiences.”

LOCATION: Players By The Sea Theatre
      106 6th Street North
      Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
      (904) 249-0289

Monday, August 5, 2019

Mamma Mia! is Abba-Solutely Fun at the Alhambra!

The third-longest running show in Broadway history comes to the Alhambra Theatre and Dining.  “Mamma Mia!” - the Alhambra's highest pre-opening show of the 2019 season; is already more than 75% sold out.  Hurry and take a look at ALL the dates for this fantastic show.

Based on the music of the supergroup, ABBA, the musical includes such hits as: "Super Trouper," "Lay All Your Love on Me," "Knowing Me, Knowing You," "Take a Chance on Me," "Voulez-Vous," "SOS" and the title track - "Dancing Queen."  Mamma Mia! has been played in more than 50 countries in all 6 continents and more than 60 million people have seen the show, which has grossed $2 billion worldwide since its 1999 debut - and now for five weeks the Jacksonville area will get its own glimpse at this global hit show.  With 75% of the Alhambra's available 10,000 seats already sold for the run of the show, Mamma Mia's popularity proves to remain high even four years after it closed on Broadway.

Mamma Mia! takes place on an exotic Greek isle where a gorgeous young woman is set to be married.  The blushing bride-to-be sets out on a search to find both her true identity and the identity of her father.  The fun gets ratcheted up when her mom finds out that she's invited three men that could potentially be her dad.  On top of the entertaining story, this lively musical will have the audience dancing in their seats with the infectious music of ABBA.

Said Alhambra Managing Partner, Craig Smith, "This show has been circled on a lot of calendars since we announced the season back in the fall of 2018.  We've only got 25% of our seats left and we don't open for two more weeks.  After the sellout of Disney's Little Mermaid just now, it seems like our market is catching on to the quality and the value of the Alhambra.  Every time we have an Abba tribute band the show sells out within days, we were confident in this pick.  It is going to be a blast here - even more than it usually is!”

You can expect nothing but the best from Executive Chef DeJuan Roy, and this show is no exception.  Chef has chosen the following culinary delights to please every pallet in the house.

First Course (Choice of One): Traditional Greek Salad with crisp romaine, tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, bell peppers, black olives, feta, Greek dressing *GF*; OR Greek Chicken & Rice Soup with yogurt and lemon garnish.
Second Course (Choice of One): Roasted Leg of Lamb in natural jus, orzo primavera, roasted asparagus, tzatziki sauce *GF* without pasta; OR Moussaka (Greek Lasagna) ground beef, potatoes, eggplant, broccolini, roasted cherry tomatoes with Greek spices; OR Mediterranean Cod with shrimp, mussels in garlic tomato broth, roasted fingerling potatoes, olives and sun-dried tomatoes, asiago crostini *GF* without crostini; OR Eggplant Parmesan orzo pasta salad.
Third Course (Choice of One) Baklava Cupcake with honey, fig and whipped Greek yogurt; OR Tiramisu. Menu subject to change. Gluten-free & sugar-free desserts available upon request.

Mamma Mia!
DATES: August 7, 2019 through September 15, 2019

SHOW TIMES: Evening shows Tuesday through Friday start at 7:50 p.m.  Doors open at 6 p.m., and dinner is served until 7:30 p.m. Saturday Matinees begin at 1:15 p.m.  Doors open at 11 a.m., and brunch is served until 12:30 p.m.  Sunday Matinees are at 1:50 p.m.  Doors open at 12 p.m. and the meal is server until 1:50 p.m.

DRESS: “Gala Night” (Friday August 9, 2019) attire is “Dressy/Formal/Black Tie”.  All other shows could be “Business Casual”, or “Sunday Best”.  There is always complimentary Champagne and Hors d'oeuvres served in the lobby before dinner, on Gala evening and special pastries served after the show.

TICKETS: Prices range from $40 – $66.  Ticket prices include: a plated three-course meal that changes for each show, and is served directly to your table; a Broadway-style performance and complimentary parking.  Tickets may be purchases on line, or by calling the theatre.
     **Prices do NOT include gratuity, professional photos, or orders from the bar**

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