Friday, November 22, 2013

Opening: 9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL at Cypress Lake High School Center for the Arts

Want a musical that isn't holiday-themed this weekend? Check out "9 to 5: The Musical" at Cypress Lake High School.

"We have so many talented girls this year, and '9 to 5' is a great production to show them off," Jason Loete said in a news release.

"9 to 5: The Musical" runs Nov. 21-24. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Nov. 21-23 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Premium VIP seating is $20. Call (239)-481-2233 x 6510 for information. Box office opens one hour before curtain.

Cypress Lake High is located at 6750 Panther Lane in Fort Myers.

Complete press release below.

Opening: BECKY SHAW at Theatre Conspiracy

"Becky" opens tonight at Theatre Conspiracy. The cast includes Kim Crowe, Mike Breen, Denise Scott, Christopher Brent and Tera Nicole Miller. It is a story about a blind date gone VERY, VERY bad.

When Suzanna decides to set her best friend Max up on a blind date with her husband's mysterious co-worker, Becky Shaw, she sets into motion a series of cataclysmic events forever changing all of their lives. Mixing sharp wit and humor with the taut suspense of a psychological thriller, Becky Shaw is a comedy of romantic errors that keeps audiences at the edge of their seats guessing what will happen next.

Tickets are $20. Call 239-936-3239 or Anyone under 30 can get their ticket for just $10, Thursday performances are “buy one get one half off” and Opening Night is “pay what you will.”

Complete press release below.

"My Three Angels" hopes to steal holiday hearts at Florida Rep

Graham Smith as Joseph in "My Three Angels"
at Florida Repertory Theatre.
OK holiday fans, here's something to warm the cold cockles of your heart. Florida Rep opens "My Three Angels" on Dec. 6.

Bob Cacioppo has had way too much fun describing this "three convicts, spying on a family from up on the roof...." at the openings the past few weeks. It was a movie - "We're No Angels," starring Bogart.

"My Three Angels" opens in previews Dec. 3 and runs through Dec. 22. Tickets are $40 & $45. Call 239-332-4488 or

Find out what happens when "The Nutcracker Goes Pop!" with KidzAct

More than 100 students will sing and dance their way
through a modern song and dance version of beloved
classic "The Nutcracker Goes Pop!"
Here's the press release and a couple photos for the Naples Players KidzAct show "The Nutcracker Goes Pop!"  Performances are at 5 p.m. Thursdays through Fridays, 2 p.m. on Saturdays and 6 p.m. on Sundays. Call 239-263-7990 or for tickets.

Complete press release below.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

SAG film "25" seeks actors, extras for December shoot in Naples

A film titled "25" will shoot in Naples during December.
OK. I've got details on a SAG film that will be shooting in Naples during the month of December. It is called "25" and is from Seymore Films.

Check out their website here:

Actors will be paid SAG scale for a low-budget film.

Prospects should contact Karen Kayser Benson and submit photo, resume AND CONTACT INFORMATION to

Casting sessions will be held by appointment only. Sides will be available prior to casting.

  • (1) Young Asian female comedian. Principal role in the film. Must be available for the entire month.
  • (2) Hispanic woman in her 60’s. Comedian. Must be able to smoke large Cuban cigars. Principal role
  • (3) Male, mid-50’s, tall, thin, pale. Character
  • (4) Male, mid 70’s, resembling an old rabbi who is homeless
  • (5) White female in her 60’s, appears to be homeless.
  • (6) Day players who could be White House Staff, CIA, FBI, Secret Service, Military Personnel, all nationalities.
  • (7) Extras will be Naples crowds, beach goers, party guests.
Please submit photo and resumes to Karen Kayser Benson is the casting director. Please include contact information. Casting sessions will be by appointment only. Sides will be available prior to the casting session.

Photos from OUR TOWN at the Naples Players

Michael Frank as George Gibbs along with his on-stage wife,
Emily Webb, played by Brigid Wallace, in "Our Town."

Here are a few photos from the Naples Players production of "Our Town."

The show, an American classic, runs Nov. 27 - Dec. 21. Tickets are available at the box office, by calling  (239) 263-7990 or

Complete press release below.

Comedy Cabaret hopes for big laughs to benefit Friends of Foster Children on Dec. 7

Comedy lovers, this one is for you.

The Hollywood-style cabaret will begin with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7 at the Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club,  then a cabaret-style dinner and silent and live auctions, followed by two featured comedians: Cory Kahaney and Ted Alexandro.  ​​​

For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit or call (239) 262–1808. 

Complete press release below.

13th Annual Comedy Cabaret to benefit Friends of Foster Children of SWFL

(October 16, 2013 - Naples, Florida) – The Friends of Foster Children of Southwest Florida (FFC) is proud to announce the 13th Annual Comedy Cabaret will be held on Saturday, December 7th at the Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club, 851 Gulfshore Boulevard North in Naples. Tickets to the event are $175.00 per person and sponsorships are still available starting at $2500.00.

Marilyn Hilbert brings "Second Lady" to Marco Players Lunchbox Series

Marilyn Hilbert - a wonderful and longtime community theater actress - will bring the one-woman show "Second Lady" to the Marco Players Lunchbox Series on Dec. 7.

"Second Lady," by M. Kilburg Reedy, is a piece about a fictional political wife who confronts the truth about her husband.

The show includes a box lunch, the presentation and a question-and-answer session with the star. Doors open at 11:30 a.m., with showtime at noon.

Tickets ($25) available at this link or call (239) 642-7270.

Lab Theater kicks off play reading series with Riti's "Paranormal Producer"

The Laboratory Theater of Florida kicks off its series of play readings with Tom Riti's "Paranormal Producer" at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25.

The comedy features a fifty-something Rachel, who dreams of reality TV stardom - and she fabricates ghost stories to get there. What happens when she meets a ghost?

Anne Dodd directs a cast that includes: Sandy Porter, Marcus Colon, Bonnie Grossmann, Patrick Day, Mike Dinko, Taylor Adair Nave, Dave Kensler and Jonathan Best.

Tickets are just $5 and are available for purchase at the door only. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call (239) 218-0481. The theater is located at 1634 Woodford Ave. in Fort Myers.

Complete press release below.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

TICKET SPECIAL: Get $15 off tickets for SOCIAL SECURITY at Florida Rep

Vandy Major / Florida Repertory Theatre
Kate Hampton, Mark Lainer, Carrie Lund and David Breitbarth in 'Social Security.'
OK. We've got a deal for you. Florida Repertory Theatre is offering $15 off tickets for its season-opening hit comedy "Social Security" from now through noon Thursday.

Call 239-332-4488, toll free at 877-787-8053 or online at Use code LAUGH. Limit four tickets per person, some restrictions.

Here are the reviews:

Chris Silk: Florida Rep enrolls sellout crowd in 'Social Security'
I had the (good?) fortune to sit in front of a some young folks who screamed and howled at the sight of old folks getting it on. When David S. Howard and sassy Ann D. Hurst snuggled on the couch I heard yelps of "YOU GO GET IT GRANDMA!" right behind me. Best. Audience. Ever. If the show seems mechanical, it is. Andrew Bergman's script (and Robert Cacioppo's direction) moves characters through the paces in methodical fashion. But it is still hilarious. Look for Carrie Lund and Mark Lanier as droll, drop-dead funny in-laws.

AUDITION: "The Drowsy Chaperone" at the Naples Players

The Naples Players will hold auditions for spring musical "The Drowsy Chaperone" at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9 and 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10.

Auditions, at Sugden Community Theatre, are by appointment only. This show calls for seven principal men, ages 25-60, one principal man, (speaking role) age 30-60, and five principal women, ages 25-60. Rehearsal begins January 13. Performance dates are March 5 through April 5, 2014.  The show will be directed by Dallas Dunnagan, with choreography by Dawn Lebrecht Fornara and musical direction by Charles Fornara.

For an audition appointment or additional information, call 434-7340, ext. 10.

TheatreZone adds two matinees to accomodate ticket demand

TheatreZone opens Season 9 with
"Whistle Down the Wind,"
which runs Jan. 9-19 2014.
TheatreZone announced last week that it had added performances of "Whistle Down the Wind" and "High Society" to meet the strong demand from patrons for its upcoming season.

Both shows have already sold out multiple performances, TheatreZone's artistic director Mark Danni said in a news release. (Seriously, don't wait to get tickets - grab them now!)

"Whistle Down the Wind" adds a matinee at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18. "High Society" adds a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, February 15.

To purchase tickets, call 1-888-ZONE-FLA (1-888-966-3352); visit the onsite Box Office Wednesdays from 10 a.m. - noon or review seating chart and purchase tickets online at

TheatreZone also has numerous volunteer usher opportunities available throughout its season. Contact Rita Albaugh if you're interested in volunteering at TheatreZone.

 Complete press release below.

Raoul Bhaneja finds something rotten in the state of Denmark as "Hamlet {solo}" opens Nov. 30

Raoul Bhaneja as Hamlet. Photo Credit: Andrew Kenneth Martin.
BIG ARTS always brings in some interesting acts.  They previously brought in ""A Couple of Blaguards" and actress Miriam Margolyes. This year, it is Canadian actor Raoul Bhaneja getting to the bottom of what, exactly, is rotten in the state of Denmark, in "Hamlet {solo}."

The show runs Nov. 30 - Dec. 5. Here's a line from the press release - but it actually nails the essence of the show: "'Hamlet {solo}' focuses on three most essential elements of theatre: the actor, the text and the audience."

Tickets to "Hamlet {solo}" are $35. Tickets for children under 17 and students with valid ID are just $5. Group discounts and various subscription packages available. Purchase online at, call the BIG ARTS Marks Box Office at 239-395-0900, the Herb Strauss Theater Box Office at (239) 472-6862 and at BIG ARTS, 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel.

Complete press release below.

Let's Put On A Show Productions announces cast for "Seminar"

Here's the cast for the Let's Put On A Show Productions play "Seminar."

In alphabetical order:

Brandon Anderson - Martin
Joel Brink - Leonard
Ty Landers - Douglas
Laura Lorusso - Izzy
Jessica Walck - Kate

"Seminar" runs at 8 p.m. Thursday - Saturday from Feb. 7 - 22. There's one 3 p.m. matinée on Sunday, Feb. 16. Let's Put On A Show performs at the Joan Jenks Auditorium at the Golden Gate Community Center, located at 4701 Golden Parkway. Doors open one-half hour before showtime. Tickets ($18) are available via or at the door. For more information, call 239-398-9192.

Complete press release below.

Cast lists, directors announced for ETC "Evening of New Plays" on Dec. 6 & 7

Here's the cast lists and directors for the Naples Players’ ETC…Readers’ Theatre "Evening of New Plays."

Public readings of the four finalists' plays will be 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6 and Saturday, Dec. 7 at Sugden Community Theatre. A reception follows the Friday show. For tickets ($10), call 239-263-7990 or contact the box office.

Complete press release below.

AUDITION: "An Evening of Radio Theater" at BIG ARTS Community Players

The BIG ARTS Community Players will hold open auditions for "An Evening of Radio Theater" at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4 and 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5.

Auditions will be held in Schein Performance Hall in the BIG ARTS complex, located at 900 Dunlop Road on Sanibel. Actors should bring a headshot, resume and be prepared to do a cold reading from the script.

"An Evening of Radio Theater" will stage selections from "The Bickersons" and "Dragnet." Radio jingles and songs from the Andrews Sisters will also feature.

For more information, or to inquire about directing or volunteer positions, contact Shirley Jewell at

Complete press release below.