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.

Sym­phonie comes to the Mann on April 28, with vet­er­ans of ex­cep­tional cirque pro­grams through­out the world per­form­ing to clas­si­cal mas­ter­pieces and pops. (gulf­coast­sym­phony.org) A typ­i­cally busy sea­son is planned for the Broad­way Se­ries at Bar­bara B. Mann Per­form­ing Arts Hall in Fort My­ers. The sal­sath­emed On Your Feet is sched­uled Jan. 1-6 and A Bronx Tale— billed as “Jer­sey Boys Meets West Side Story”—starts the se­ries when it runs Jan. 23-27. That’s fol­lowed by Spa­malot from Feb. 5-10 and Les Mis­er­ables from Feb. 19-24. Tap Dogs comes March 5-10 and The Lion King roars on­stage April 3-21. (bb­man­npah.org) Also sched­uled at the Mann is the 70th sea­son of the Fort My­ers Com­mu­nity Con­cert Se­ries. The Na­tional Sym­phony Orches­tra of Ro­ma­nia comes Jan. 7 and Teatro Lirico D’Europa per­forms Puc­cini’s Tosca on Jan. 14. The Rus­sian Na­tional Orches­tra and Bal­let ap­pear Feb. 12 and 25, re­spec­tively. In­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed vi­o­lin­ist Itzhak Perl­man per­forms March 11 and renowned flutist Sir James Gal­way on March 28. (fort­my­er­scom­mu­ni­ty­con­certs.org) Es­tero Con­cert Se­ries presents its eighth year of cham­ber mu­sic con­certs by lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional tal­ent. This sea­son’s con­certs will be on Dec. 9, Jan. 13, Feb. 24, March 24 and April 13 in the vin­tage (Phone 646-257-0003)

Art Hall at Kore­shan State Park. BIG (Bar­rier Is­land Group) Arts of Sani­bel-Cap­tiva

an­nounces that Paci­fica Quar­tet, with gui­tarist Sharon Is­bin, is set Jan. 10 on Sani­bel. iLu­mi­nate comes Jan. 30 to take the Etch A Sketch ex­pe­ri­ence of yes­ter­day to a whole new level. It en­ables per­form­ers, chore­og­ra­phers, engi­neers, tech­ni­cians, stylists and artis­tic direc­tors to pro­duce ex­plo­sive dance and ac­ro­batic per­for­mances with daz­zling wire­less light­ing. For Valen­tine’s Day, Feb. 14, take your sweet­heart to see The New Shang­hai Cir­cus—com­prised of about 30 Chi­nese per­form­ers with top-notch agility, flex­i­bil­ity and tim­ing. And on Feb. 22, no one will want to miss the per­for­mance by mu­sic icon Judy Collins. (BIGarts.org)

Jeff Ly­tle is the re­tired ed­i­to­rial page ed­i­tor and TV host from the Naples Daily News. He now lives in Bonita Springs.

Sarah Chang

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

The New Shang­hai Cir­cus Area venues are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing very busy ticket sales. Judy Collins Tosca

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