Actually, Mondays this summer won't be dark; tonight the South Florida Theatre League launches its Stages of the Sun, a series of readings of plays written by playwrights who are members of the South Florida Theatre League. The series is part of this year's Summer Theatre Fest, sponsored by the League and WLRN.
Tonight's reading is being held at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts' intimate Abdo New River Room; you may know it as the home of Laffing Matterz. And that's a photo of the room set for theater-style seating. We hope to see you there!
Now You Know... The Rest of the Summer
Florida Theater On Stage has the skinny on what's being read on South Florida stages on upcoming Mondays.
Speaking of Readings
Florida Theater On Stage reports on Jan McArt's next venture (which you've already missed), and Gablestage's staged reading of Holocaust: A Living Journey-Book (which you haven't.).
And On The Subject of Staged Readings
Palm Beach Daily News reports that Palm Beach Dramaworks will be doing a concert version of The Man of La Mancha.
The theater’s first concert-style musical — a sold-out Camelot in January — paved the way for the summer series. Once again, the show will be presented with minimal staging and design and a spare accompaniment. The band will feature a piano, guitar and percussion.
The theater also plans to mount a second concert-style musical later in summer.
It's unlikely that the company will produce these large shows as a full production; like the Caldwell, this is a way to deliver this kind of programming despite a lack of resources (mostly space). So don't wait for later.
Rounding Out Next Season
The Drama Queen reports that Actors' Playhouse has finally announced its complete line-up of shows for next season; Ruthless, The Musical; Making God Laugh; End of the Rainbow; Spamalot; Scott and Hem in the Garden of Allah, and Mid-Life 2 (The Crisis Continues). And yes, that last is the sequel to Mid-Life; The Crisis Musical. She gives us the run-down on each one.
Hometown Girl Makes Good
This isn't the first time Cherilynn Marrocco has been featured in the news.This time, The Miami Herald visits her at the Little Haiti Cultural Center, where she's working with her MAD Dance, a company she founded in 2011.
The program now serves about 120 kids from Miami-Dade and Broward, with classes seven days a week, which have been full almost since the beginning. On a recent evening, groups of giggling dancers filled the center’s lobby — some of the older ones with muscular physiques, reflecting years of training, while others clearly still developing.
Speaking of Young Performers
Broadway World reports that the National Young Arts Foundation has put its application form online for this next year.
For 33 years, YoungArts has been identifying and supporting the next generation of artists, and contributing to the cultural vitality of the nation by investing in the artistic development of talented young people. By providing 15- to 18-year-old artists with life-changing experiences with renowned mentors, access to significant scholarships, national recognition, and other opportunities throughout their careers, YoungArts helps ensure that the nation's most outstanding emerging artists are encouraged to pursue careers in the arts.
Things That Make Us Go Hmmm
Minnesota Playlist now offers a chance for two producers each week to pitch their shows to the readership:
It’s great to have a lot of options, but the sheer volume of local theater can be overwhelming to even the most avid art lover. Every week we give representatives from two local productions a chance to tell us why their show should be at the top of your list.
Leave a comment below, and let us know if you'd like to see The Scene start a similar program.
Pondering The Great Divide
Butts In Seats reflects on how the professional theatre community regards community theatre.