May 1, 2007 Volume 3 Issue 5



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Upcoming Events this Month...

An Elegant Gathering of Art and Ideas
Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens

East Coast
The Pirates of Penzance
: Sands Theater Center

Gulf Coast
Reflections: Abraham Rattner Fragments: Portraits of Survivors from the Collection of the Florida Holocaust Museum
: The Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art

North Central
Florida Folk Festival
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

Twilight Passage To Dawn
Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach

Bravo! Brava!
Big Sexy Food 511 S. Palafox Pl

Southeast & Keys
The Clean House
Caldwell Theatre

Measure for Pleasure
FST’s Gompertz Theatre

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Miami Beach Dance Festival Announces 2007 Awards Program
Miami Beach - At the 4th annual Miami Beach Dance Festival, April 12 to 22, awards were presented to two individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the field of dance in South Florida. “This year we present awards to Florene Litthcut Nichols and Pedro Pablo Pena in recognition of their enduring contributions to the world of dance,” said Festival founder and Momentum Dance Company Artistic Director Delma Iles.

Women Playwrights Initiative selects Regina Taylor for its National Council
Orlando - Women Playwrights' Initiative (WPI), a nonprofit advocating the development and production of plays written by women, has selected Golden-Globe winner Regina Taylor for its inaugural National Advisory Council. Council members will take on a support and advocacy role as WPI helps increase the production of plays written by women on the national scene.

Jane Hart Joins the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood as Curator of Exhibitions
Hollywood– Jane Hart has been appointed curator of exhibitions at the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood. As the curator of exhibitions, Hart’s responsibilities include overseeing the Center’s art collections and exhibitions, planning and organizing curated exhibitions, and creating and implementing educational programming related to the exhibitions. Hart will also be a liaison for the Center and the community by advocating the importance of the contemporary visual arts.

Caldwell Theatre Company Wins Two Carbonell Stage Awards
Boca Raton – Caldwell Theatre Company was honored on April 9 with two Carbonell Awards for Lend Me A Tenor, the Ken Ludwig farce produced during Caldwell’s Summer Season of 2006. Caldwell was presented with the Best Ensemble Production Award, and Connie SaLoutos took home the Best Supporting Actress in a Play Carbonell Award for her side-splitting depiction of Maria, the long-suffering wife of Tito the tenor. Uniformly hailed by critics as “the summer’s must-see comedy,” Lend Me A Tenor, directed by Joe Warik, was the sold-out talk of the town last summer.

The Lyric Theatre's 80th Anniversary Gala Is a Huge Success With a Gross of $350,000!
STUART - The Lyric Theatre's first-ever gala event, held on March 11th and featuring The Beach Boys, netted over $200,000, which proceeds will be used for the ongoing upkeep and needed renovations of the Treasure Coast's premier performing arts center. "I believe this may have been the most successful single fundraising event in the history of an arts organization in Martin County. It was probably the most fun too!!" noted John Loesser, the theater's executive director.

Gold Coast Jazz Society Awards $67,000 in Scholarships
Fort Lauderdale– On March 10, 2007, high school and college students from South Florida competed for jazz scholarships in the final round of the Gold Coast Jazz Society’s Jeanette M. Russell Jazz Scholarship Competition. Students won over $67,000 in scholarships from the Gold Coast Jazz Society’s Jeanette M. Russell Jazz Scholarship Fund. The annual jazz competition was held at Dillard High School’s Center for the Arts in Fort Lauderdale. Winners of the competition were recognized at the “Jazz Stars of Tomorrow” reception and program held at ArtServe, 1350 E. Sunrise Blvd. in Ft. Lauderdale on March 29. The event was free and open to the public and featured live performances by a number of the scholarship winners. A total of thirty-one students received scholarship awards to study jazz. Eighteen high school students won a jazz scholarship to study at a summer music camp of their choice. The remaining thirteen students won a scholarship to study jazz at the college or university level.

FST’s Young Playwrights Festival Winners Announced!
Sarasota - On Saturday, May 19, 2007, Florida Studio Theatre will celebrate the achievements of over 200 winning playwrights with the Young Playwrights Festival Day. Winners of the 2007 Young Playwrights Festival, and their families, will gather at Florida Studio Theatre’s downtown campus to see their plays and celebrate. The playwrights will get the opportunity to see their winning plays performed in productions of UNDER SIX, UNDER SIX TOO and SEVEN UP. Winners will receive a special certificate and medal honoring their work at an awards ceremony, to be held at 3:00 pm at nearby Holley Hall.

16th Annual ‘Reach for the Stars’ Gala Auction Raises Over $150,000 for the Miracle Theatre
Coral Gables – On Saturday, April 14, notable guests, community members, and theatre supporters gathered at the Miracle Theatre in Coral Gables for the 16th Annual ‘Reach for the Stars’ Gala Auction presented by Actors' Playhouse and Lexus of Kendall. Hosted by Founding Board Chairman Dr. Lawrence and Barbara Stein, executive producing director, 500 guests were dressed to impress at this formal affair that featured over $300,000 worth of live and silent auction items up for bid. Preceded by dinner provided by 30 of Coral Gables’ finest restaurants and an open Bacardi Bar, it was an evening full of entertainment. Guest auctioneer was South Florida’s own Bob Soper formerly of WFOR Channel 4 TV with the help of Artistic Director David Arisco. The popular auction is the major fundraising event for Actors' Playhouse each year. This year’s funds of $150,000 will be dedicated to capital projects and enhancement to the theatre’s endowment fund.

The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach Announces New Executive Director Cindy Stoddart Joins The Cultural Center
Ponte Vedra Beach - Cindy Stoddart has been named Executive Director for the Cultural Center of Ponte Vedra. The announcement was made by Walter Jewett, Board President of The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach. Stoddart's responsibilities begin in May 2007 and will include overseeing all aspects of the Cultural Center's day to day operations and its programs including the procurement of grants, membership benefits, corporate and private fundraising, strategic partnerships and the development of special events. Additionally, Stoddart will supervise and direct usage of the Center's gallery, art and music rooms and ballroom.

The Lyric Theatre Appoints John Wilkes as Chief Operating Officer
Stuart - John Loesser, Executive Director for The Lyric Theatre, is pleased to announce that John D. Wilkes has accepted the position of Chief Operating Officer for The Lyric Theatre.
"We are extremely fortunate to have John join the Lyric team. His experience, dedication and proven skills in successfully operating performing arts halls in Florida and in Canada over his 32 year career, in every aspect of our business, will greatly benefit The Lyric Theatre immediately and as we plan for the future." Mr. Wilkes has most recently been Executive Director of the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota, the most successful municipally-operated performing arts hall in the country, where he also held that same post from 1987-1993. Prior to returning to the Van Wezel, Mr. Wilkes was Chief Operating Officer for the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach.

Kravis Center Elects New Chairman, Officers
The Board of Directors of the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts elected William A. Meyer of Palm Beach as the new Chairman of the Board at its annual meeting on April 25. In addition, the board elected Alec Flamm of Palm Beach and Amin J. Khoury of Jupiter Island as Vice Chairmen. Garrison duP. Lickle of Palm Beach was elected Treasurer and Jane M. Mitchell of North Palm Beach was elected Secretary. Michael J. Bracci of Jupiter and Laurie S. Silvers of Boca Raton were newly elected for three-year terms, while Meyer, Flamm and Kathryn Vecellio of Palm Beach were re-elected for three-year terms. Barbara Picower of Palm Beach was elected as Director Emerita for a three-year term. Retiring board members Patricia Cook, A. Ephraim Diamond, John B. Dodge, George T. Elmore, Judith B. Goodman, Helen K. Persson and Stanley M. Rumbough, Jr. were elected to the non-voting position of life trustee.

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