EVERYTHING'S COMING UP SONDHEIM
In their fifth anniversary show, the Coastal Cabaret Ensemble will be performing songs from America's musical theatre master, Stephen Sondheim, in Everything's Coming Up Sondheim this weekend, June 5th, 6th and 7th.
Stephen Sondheim turned 85 this year and his music has been heard in theaters, concert halls and cinemas world-wide. With numerous Broadway hits, several musicals of his were turned into hit movies like Sweeney Todd and Into the Woods. This CCE performance will include songs from those shows and also from Gypsy, Company, Assassins, Anyone Can Whistle, Follies, Merrily We Roll Along and A Little Night Music, along with the movies Reds, The Seven-Per-cent Solution, and Dick Tracy.
The group's creative team includes Founding Director Andy W. Davis, Assistant Director Joseph Garnett, and longtime accompanist Kathy Johansen. The cast also features local and returning musical theatre veterans from the area including Candi Bramlett, Kristen Carter, Tricia Coady, Chantelle Cognevich, Lewis Elliott, Musetta Feldman, Brooke Fleming, Michele Edge Green, Scott W. Haring, Haley Jensen, Liza Mae, Denley Messerly, A. Mark Palmer, Kelly Shepherd, Julie Smith, and Nathan Toepfer.
The Coastal Cabaret Ensemble has enjoyed performing together for five years and includes upwards of fifty professional entertainers from around the Gulf Coast. Founded in 2010 by local singer and voice teacher Andy W. Davis, CCE shows have included PLT Rewind, Broadway Goes Haywire, Music of Jason Robert Brown, A Night of Jekyll & Hyde, Titanic - The Musical: In Concert, CCE After Dark! and I Got Rhythm: The Gershwin Songbook along with annual performances of Holiday Cabaret.
Performances will be held in the M.C. Blanchard Courtroom Theatre at the Pensacola Little Theatre/Pensacola Cultural Center. Show times are Friday and Saturday night at 7:30 pm along with a Sunday matinee at 2:30 pm. Tickets are available by calling the PLT Box Office at 850-432-2042 or purchasing online at pensacolalittletheatre.com. Box office hours are 10:00 am until 5:30 pm on weekdays and one hour prior to show time. Ticket prices are $17 for Cafe Seating and $10 for General Admission. Seating is limited, so get your tickets now.
BILLY BOWLEGS PIRATE FESTIVAL
If you look just over the horizon, you might spy Capt. Billy Bowlegs LX and his pirate crew, charting their course for Fort Walton Beach, where they’re sure to invade the city for the 60th time sometime during the Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival, which takes place from June 4 to 6. This is the Diamond Celebration of the Festival, and it’s sure to be an extra-special occasion.
On Thursday night, June 4, there will be an opportunity to “Party with the Pirates” at the Fort Walton Beach Landing, as members of the Krewe kick off the Bowlegs Pub Crawl at the Landing at 6:00 pm. Information about the Pub Crawl can be found at www.fwbpubcrawl.com. Food and beverages will be available for purchase from the vendors in the Pirate Village, and there will be music and revelry supplied by Tom Mason and the Blue Buccaneers.
There’s plenty for the kids to do as well! The Downtown Merchants will present their annual Little Scallywags Pirate Walk from 4 to 6pm. Come dressed in costume, and Trick or Treat through the downtown stores, www.DowntownFWB.com. Back at the Landing, the kids can work off all that sugar in the PMI Pirates’ Play Zone, which will be open from 5 to 8pm on Thursday evening.
The Festival grounds at the Landing will open at 3 pm on Friday, June 5, and Rossi will play from 3:30 to 5:30pm, followed by the Kasba Dancers and a “Defense of the City” demonstration by Reed’s Raiders at 6pm. Capt. Billy and his Krewe will dock at the Landing around 7 pm for his reconnaissance mission and a skirmish with the Mayor and Reed’s Raiders. That will be followed by great music from “Heritage”, who will entertain the crowd until the fireworks, sponsored by CenturyLink, starting at 9pm.
While you’re at the Landing, be sure to register for a special “Billy’s Booty” promotion. Cumulus Broadcasting, in conjunction with Fort Walton Mitsubishi, will be giving away Billy's Booty. Every hour on Saturday, from 11 am until 6 pm, someone will win $100 of “Billy's Booty.” Just register with your favorite Cumulus radio station, 99ROCK, Z96, NASH FM 105.5, Coast 93.3 or News Talk 1260, at the gazebo at The Landing on Friday night or anytime Saturday.
On Saturday, June 6, the Festival grounds will open at 10am. The day will be filled with pirate revelry and music, with Deja vu playing on the Apex Stage from 1 to 3pm. The pirates are expected to attack the City at approximately 4pm. Let’s see if Mayor Anderson will have success in repelling Capt. Billy’s invasion this year. After that suspenseful moment, Cherri One will entertain the crowd, and the Festival will close at 6pm.
Throughout the Festival, there will be entertainment on the main stage, sponsored by Apex Broadcasting, and there will be a large kids’ Pirate Play Zone sponsored by PMI. Kids’ bracelets, allowing unlimited access to all the children’s attractions, will be available each day. The cost will be $10 per bracelet on Thursday, and $15 each on Friday and Saturday (no multi-day bracelets available). Attractions will include the rock wall, Euro-Bungee, and Space Walk of Fort Walton and Crestview interactive attractions.
The Torchlight Parade, sponsored by WindCreek Atmore, will be on Monday, June 8, at 7pm. The parade floats will go from First Street up Eglin Parkway, with crowds screaming for beads and throws from the festive floats.
The Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival is such a community tradition that it has inspired several spinoff events, all part of the “Pirate Season” that surrounds this celebration. These include:
• Now through May 29 - “Shiver Me Timbers” art exhibit at Arts & Design Society (www.artsdesignsociety.org)
• Saturday, May 30 - Little Pirates Parade at First City Bank (www.firstcitybank.com) (10 am to Noon)
• Saturday, June 6 - 41st Billy Bowlegs 5K (www.nwftc.com), 9 pm
• Saturday, June 20 - Billy Bowlegs Scholarship Drawdown, sponsored by the FWB Rotary Club (www.fwbrotaryscholarshipinc.org)
THE LURE OF THE OCEAN: ORIGINAL WORKS BY GUY HARVEY
The Pensacola Museum of Art welcomes The Lure of the Ocean: Original Works by Guy Harvey, May 9 - August 9. Harvey combines his artistic gifts with his background as a marine biologist, diver, photographer and angler to create his unique and colorful pieces.
Harvey is self-taught and credits his childhood growing up on the island of Jamaica for his artistry. While attending a boarding school in England, Harvey became enamored with The Old Man and the Sea, by Earnest Hemingway and developed a series of sketches based on the novel. Many years later, in 1985 to be exact, Harvey opened his first solo show that displayed the 44 pen and ink drawings he created based on The Old Man and the Sea.
While Harvey is widely recognized for his aquatic themed merchandise, he is much more than just a t-shirt brand. In addition to being an artist, Harvey is a scientist, conservationist, and explorer. Harvey earned his Ph.D. from the University of the West Indies in 1984 and devotes much of his time to traveling the world in pursuit of unveiling the mysteries of the deep.
This exhibition will also feature a Guy Harvey themed photo booth so visitors can take home a memento of their visit to the exhibition. You can also discover Sea Monsters through Mote Marine Laboratory’s hands-on learning components.
Schedule of Events:
Saturday, May 9: 10am-5pm: Opening Day
Friday, May 15: Fundraising Reception w. Dr. Harvey, 5-6:30pm
Saturday, May 16: Dr. Harvey Book Signing, 12-2pm
Saturday, May 16: Dr. Harvey will throw out the first pitch at the Blue Wahoos’ game
Make a splash this summer only at the Pensacola Museum of Art!
Museum hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10:00am - 5:00pm and Sunday 12:00 - 5:00pm. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for children 11 & under, active duty military, seniors, and Museum members.
For more information about the Museum call (850) 432-6247, visit the website at pensacolamuseum.org or log on to Facebook at facebook.com/pensacolamuseum.
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