Saturday, March 28, 2009

Meanwhile, Beyond the borders of Wilton Manors...

The antics at the 26th Street Theatre aren't the hightlights of the local theatre scene. Believe it or not, there are other theatre stories around:

Two of our community's shining lights have received well-deserved accolades:
  • David Arisco, Artistic Director at Actors' Playhouse, will be honored with the George Abbott Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts at the 33rd annual Carbonell Awards. I took over a corner of his desk in 2001, and spent the next six years working 50 hours a week - and he still had the whole rest of his desk to take care of! You can read more about it in The Drama Queen.
  • Speaking of whom, Christine Dolen, the Drama Queen herself, was honored by the Mosaic Theatre, who awarded her its Jack Zink Spirit Award. It was part of the theater's annual gala. Read about it in the Miami Herald.
Speaking of awards, the Carbonell Awards are comming up fast. Savannah Whaley updates us on their website. Lower prices, leaner staging, and re-designed trophies bring us into a new era of the ceremony. Ticketholders are invited to a free after-party hosted by the Theatre League of South Florida at Revolution Live, located a few blocks from the Broward Center.

Christine Dolen reports that the Fort Lauderdale Children's Theater has new digs in that city's upscale Galleria Mall - at least for now:
LogoFounded in 1952, Florida's oldest children's theater plans to eventually build its own stand-alone facility on Andrews Avenue in Fort Lauderdale. But the move to Galleria, 2414 E. Sunrise Blvd., will allow the company to expand the offerings in its year-round programming for kids from 3 1/2 to 18.

Up in West Palm Beach, Ballet Florida sues its real estate agent. If you recall, the company was going to sell their building to the city so they could pay off debt, fund the rest of their season, and reorganize for the future. Instead, the ballet had to cancel the remainder of its current season and laid off much of its company.

Meanwhile, across the lake in toney Palm Beach, the Royal Poinciana Playhouse is still closed.


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