Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Original watercolor raffle at "Teatime Travesty" to benefit elementary school play

Well, this is fun. And yet another reason that I love Laurie Nienhaus.

As part of the early October production of her original (and charming) original comedy "A Teatime Travesty," six oversized watercolors will decorate a conference room of The Holiday Inn on Estero Boulevard.

Created by local artist Babs Snyderman, the images - each six feet tall - feature 1920s women. Each painting carries a popular Jazz Age name, like Daisy, Lillian or Clara.

The works are for more than decoration. Beach Haus Productions will sell $3 raffle tickets during their shows. Six lucky winners can take home a painted lady, while proceeds from the raffle will go to Fort Myers Beach Elementary to help finance their spring production of "Aladdin."

"A Teatime Travesty" runs Oct. 5, 6, 12 & 13 at the Holiday Inn, 6890 Estero Boulevard on Fort Myers Beach. Doors open at 1 p.m., with lunch service at 1:30 p.m. and showtime at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $30; call (239) 463-1079 or

You can read my long-ago review of "A Teatime Travesty," when it was performed at Brambles Tea Room in Naples, here:

Complete press release below.

Put a Child on a Magic Carpet
It Happens When Artists & Theatre Collaborate

Contact: Laurie Nienhaus
              Beach Haus Productions  

For Immediate Release

FORT MYERS BEACH, FLORIDA (September 16, 2013): As Beach Haus Productions began considering how best to turn a conference room of The Holiday Inn on Estero Blvd. into a 1920's tea room for the October production of the farce, A Teatime Travesty, over sized images of women dressed in 1920's style seemed the answer. Local artist, Babs Snyderman immediately came to mind. A couture accessory artist and silversmith who has long been behind the scenes of various Lee County theatre performances, Babs was pleased to create six 6-foot tall watercolor images of 1920's women.

Says Babs Snyderman, "I'm always pleased to help with a theatre production but when I learned these images are to be raffled off and the proceeds given to the Fort Myers Beach Elementary School for their spring production of Aladdin, I knew this was a web I wanted to be a part of. I immediately began preliminary sketches and gave each image a name popular in the twenties, such as Daisy, Lillian and Clara.

Each spring Fort Myers Beach Elementary produces a play and this year's production of Aladdin will hopefully be financially aided by the raffle of these six images. At each of the four performances of Travesty - Saturday and Sunday, October 5th & 6th and 12th & 13th, $3 raffle tickets can be purchased before and after the show. Winners will be drawn and announced after the show closes on October 13th.

To order tickets, call 463.1079 or pay via PayPal by visiting

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