Performing Arts Events Shine Brightly
Tickets make great gifts for residents and visitors
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.
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.