Per­form­ing Arts Events Shine Brightly

Tick­ets make great gifts for res­i­dents and vis­i­tors

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With the Lee County per­form­ing arts sea­son for 2018-2019 in the wings, or­ga­ni­za­tions of all sizes from Bonita Springs to Cape Coral plan a feast of plays, mu­si­cals, con­certs and yes, even a taste of opera and bal­let. Sur­prise your loved ones with tick­ets to their fa­vorite per­former or troupe—for that per­fect hol­i­day present—and then be sure to mark the cal­en­dar.

What fol­lows are just some of the up­com­ing sea­son’s high­lights that were in the works at press time. Be sure to con­sult web­sites for up­dated sched­ules, and ticket prices and avail­abil­ity. And remember, there is al­ways a bounty of artis­tic tal­ent show­cased at many lo­cal houses of wor­ship on Sun­day af­ter­noons. Woody Allen fans will en­joy

Don’t Drink the Wa­ter, playing through Nov. 4 at Cape Coral Cul­tural Park Theatre, which is now in its 56th sea­son. Two ma­jor mu­si­cals are planned— An­drew Lloyd Web­ber’s Je­sus

Christ Su­per­star from Jan. 11-20, and Chicago from March 1-10. (cul­tur­al­park­the­atre.com)

Florida Reper­tory Theatre’s 2018-2019 sea­son be­gins the com­pany’s third decade of pro­duc­ing na­tion­ally rec­og­nized, pro­fes­sional pro­duc­tions in the down­town Fort My­ers River District. Steel Mag­no­lias, the play that in­spired the 1989 movie, runs through Nov. 7.

All ages will en­joy see­ing a world-pre­miere adap­ta­tion of Charles Dick­ens’ A Christ­mas Carol, by Mark Shana­han, on the stage Nov. 30Dec. 19. Or cel­e­brate spring­time by watch­ing Mil­lion Dol­lar Quar­tet, which rocks and rolls March 22 to April 10. (Flori­daRep.org)

Al­though most fa­mous for its lessons and shows in­volv­ing paint­ing and sculp­ture—and much more—the Cen­ters for the

Arts Bonita Springs of­fers an ar­ray of per­for­mances. Its Musical Mo­ment Series is a sta­ple on the first Sun­day af­ter­noon of each month, show­cas­ing all kinds of mu­sic and dance.

Stu­art Lit­tle is the au­tumn play of the cen­ter’s youth troupe, set Nov. 16-18. Record­ing artist John Ford Co­ley takes the stage on Dec. 1. And res­i­dents and vis­i­tors alike are al­ready look­ing for­ward to when the cur­tain goes up Feb. 21-24 for the Bonita Springs In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val. (art­cen­ter­bonita.org) You can’t go wrong when giv­ing tick­ets to Broad­way Palm

Din­ner Theatre, cen­trally lo­cated on Colo­nial Boule­vard in Fort My­ers. On the sched­ule through Nov. 17 is 42nd Street. Then Elf The Musical rings in the hol­i­days from Nov. 22 through Christ­mas Day, while Satur­day Night Fever struts in on Dec. 29 un­til Feb. 9. (broad­way­palm.com)

Help­ing launch a var­ied sea­son, Gulf Coast Sym­phony joins with Gulf­shore Bal­let for The Nutcracker at 2 and 7 p.m. on Dec. 1 at the Bar­bara B. Mann Per­form­ing Arts Hall in Fort My­ers. The Mid­town Men, stars from the orig­i­nal cast of Jersey Boys, deck the halls with yule­tide clas­sics Dec. 16. The sym­phony goes on the road Jan. 10 for Mozart Un­der the Stars, at Shangrila Springs Re­sort & Spa in Bonita Springs.

On Jan. 13, back at the Mann, famed vi­o­lin­ist Sarah Chang will per­form Brahms’ Con­certo No. 1 in D Ma­jor, Op. 77. Then the Fort My­ers Sym­phonic Mastersingers and guest soloists join the sym­phony to per­form Mozart’s Re­quiem. Cirque de la

A feast of plays, mu­si­cals, con­certs and yes, even a taste of opera and bal­let, is on the way.

Sarah Chang

Cape Coral Cul­tural Park Theatre The Mid­town Men Sir James Gal­way Florida Reper­tory Theatre Va­ri­ety is the name of the game for the 2018-2019 en­ter­tain­ment sea­son.

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