• Emerald Coast Theatre Company Launches 8th Annual Season Following CDC Guidelines

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    August 03, 2020
    Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) announces its eighth annual season on the Northwest Florida Gulf Coast. 
     
    “Given the extraordinary times we are all experiencing, we are especially honored to launch a thrilling season roster filled with exciting new program offerings for theater lovers of all ages,” said ECTC co-founder and producing artistic director Nathanael Fisher. “We are implementing our Safety Protocol Plan in accordance with CDC guidelines to ensure our patrons can enjoy all of our offerings in a safe environment.” 
     
    ECTC’s professional main stage productions includes four offerings. The 2020-2021 season will include a hilarious musical comedy, a fresh adaptation of a charming holiday classic, a wonderful comedy written by a local Floridian, and an adventurous dramatic comedy. ECTC’s programming includes the return of the Storytelling series and, by popular demand, evening performances of the Educational program productions. New this year are two entertaining series — Cabaret Revue and Listening Lounge — performed on ECTC’s Second Stage. 
     
    Two new offerings also are added to ECTC’s popular Theatre Education program. Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) program will offer interactive theater programs designed especially for the very young (ages 6 months to 5 years-old). 
     
    The newly formed ECTC Jr. Company will provide two exciting opportunities for high school-aged thespians to showcase their creative talents on ECTC’s stage. 
     
    “As they say, children are the future! This year, we are beyond excited to begin our education outreach ‘sooner’ to the very young, and for our highly-engaged thespians — many who have performed with us for seven years — instead of aging out, the Jr. Company ensures they can continue to grow with us while receiving professional performing arts training and preparation beyond high school,” Fisher says. 
     
    All professional mainstage production schedules are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. (unless noted otherwise). All ECTC productions will be staged at ECTC’s space located upstairs at 560 Grand Boulevard in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin, located in Miramar Beach, Florida. 
     
    Enjoy a sampling of the season and special subscription rates at Taste of the Season launch party with the ECTC tribe on Thursday, Oct. 1, 5 to 7 p.m. at ECTC’s performance space located at 560 Grand Boulevard in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin. The event is free and open to the public. 
     
    The Professional Main Stage & Second Stage productions are as follows: 
     
    First Date
    October 9-10, 15-16, 22-24 at 7:30 p.m.; October 18, 25 at 2 p.m.
    Main Stage Production
    The story of this romantic musical comedy begins when blind date newbie Aaron is set up with serial-dater Casey, a casual drink at a busy New York restaurant turns into a hilarious high-stakes dinner. Can this couple turn what could be a dating disaster into something special before the check arrives? Adaptation written by Austin Winsberg (Gossip Girl) with music and lyrics by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner. 
     
    Cabaret on the Boulevard 
    October 13 at 7:30 p.m.
    Second Stage Musical Revue
    Mix, mingle, and enjoy live musical selections performed by our talented First Date cast. Meet the local and regional actors that grace our ECTC stage in this intimate cabaret setting. Don’t miss this unforgettable limited engagement performance.
     
    Cabaret on the Boo-levard
    October 20 at 7:30 p.m.
    Second Stage: Musical Revue
    Join the cast of First Date and other beloved ECTC actors for a spooky night with your favorite hair-raising Broadway show tunes. Spine-chilling selections include songs from Wicked, The Addams Family and Beetlejuice.
     
    The Listening Lounge 
    November 17 at 7:30 p.m.
    Second Stage: Singer/Songwriter 
    Join us for a glass of wine or beer while listening to some of the best local musicians in the area. An entertaining evening of music you won’t want to miss. 
     
    A Christmas Carol 
    December 4, 5, 10-12, 17-19 at 7:30 p.m.; December 6, 13, 20 at 2 p.m.
    Main Stage Production
    This theatrical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ spirited classic uses only five actors to bring our most beloved holiday characters to life. From Ebenezer Scrooge and Tiny Tim to Bob Cratchit and Mrs. Fezziwig, Patrick Barlow's take on A Christmas Carol uses nothing more than some simple props, fresh physicality and the power of imagination to convey this timeless story of redemption. 
     
    Christmas Cabaret on the Boulevard
    December 15 at 7:30 p.m.
    Second Stage: Musical Revue 
    Mix, mingle, and enjoy live musical selections performed by our A Christmas Carol cast. Enjoy classic holiday songs and join in some carols as well. Like a mug of hot cocoa, this one-night-only event will warm your heart and get you in the holiday spirit.
     
    Florida Girls
    January 15, 16, 21-23, 28-30 at 7:30 p.m.; January 24, 31 at 2 p.m.
    Main Stage Production
    Florida Girls takes place in Crestview, Florida, circa 1965 and focuses on the upheaval in a middle-class family when two sisters compete in a high-school beauty pageant. Written by celebrated local playwright Nancy Hasty, this comedy is sure to deliver on laughs, heart and lots of local charm.
     
    Broadway on the Boulevard 
    February 4-6 at 7:30 p.m.
    Second Stage: Musical Revue
    Mix, mingle, and enjoy live musical selections performed by our talented company actors. Meet the local and regional actors that grace our ECTC stage in this intimate cabaret setting. Don’t miss this unforgettable limited engagement performance.
     
    Popcorn Falls 
    February 12, 13, 18-20, 25-27 at 7:30 p.m.; February 14, 21, 28 at 2 p.m.
    Main Stage Production
    In this dramatic action adventure comedy by James Hindman, the sleepy town of Popcorn Falls is forced into bankruptcy when a neighboring town threatens to turn them into a sewage treatment plant. Their only hope — open a theater! Two actors play more than 20 roles in a world of farce, love and desperation, proving once and for all that art can save the world.
     
    The Listening Lounge 
    March 25 at 7:30 p.m.
    Second Stage: Singer/Songwriter 
    Join us for a glass of wine or beer while listening to some of the best local musicians in the area. An entertaining evening of music you won’t want to miss. 
     
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    Returning this year is ECTC’s StoryTeller Series, featuring professional actors presenting original compelling stories and dramatic works. The performances will be in January on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. The lineup is as follows: 
     
    January 12 & February 9, Three Palaces at Yalta by Bruce Collier
    The world premier staging of a one-man show written by playwright/actor Bruce Collier, previously seen on ECTC’s stage as Churchill in Winston Churchill: Through the Storm and various other roles. In Three Palaces at Yalta, Collier plays World War II's "Big Three" — Churchill, Josef Stalin and Franklin D. Roosevelt.
     
    January 26, Give ‘Em Hell Harry! by Carl Eugene Bolt 
    Alan Tuttle stars in this faithful and often humorous portrayal of President Harry S. Truman’s life and presidency. This original play spans Truman’s childhood, his “political apprenticeship” as a judge in Jackson County Missouri, his years in the U.S. Senate and his momentous two terms as President of the United States.
     
    February 23, Katharine Hepburn by Shirley Simpson 
    An unforgettable one-night only event, our very own Shirley Simpson embodies the wit, charm and fierce grit of Katherine Hepburn. Simpson gives a humorous and touching portrayal of the fiery and independent Hepburn throughout her career and the events and people who shaped her life. A fascinating story performed by a fascinating woman. 
     
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    Emerald Coast Theatre Company’s Professional Theatre for Young Audiences showcases professional actors performing productions on ECTC’s Main Stage especially selected for young audience members. 
     
    Red Riding Hood 
    September 19, 26 at 7 p.m.; September 20, 27 at 2 p.m. 
    Bridget and Stephen are on a sleepover at grandma’s house and neither of them can sleep. Bridget finds a red cloak in the wardrobe and imaginations soar as they act out their favorite story with props and costumes found around the attic. Reality and imagination blur, and soon the children find themselves in the deep dark woods with a hungry wolf tracking them down. This play was written by Mike Kenny with music and lyrics by Julian Butler. 
     
    Dot and Ziggy
    October 23, 24, 30, 31 at 9 a.m. 
    Theatre for the Very Young (ages 6 months to 5 years)
    Spend a fun and interactive morning with our delightful skunk and ladybug duo. Children get to experience this hands-on show with all their senses as they become part of the story. This colorful play uses music, dance, movement and touchable props to envelop our young audience members and inspire their little imaginations. Written by Linda Hartzell and Mark Perry with music composed by Christopher Walker. Running time is 40 minutes.  
     
    Marcus Pfister’s The Rainbow Fish 
    March 26, 27; April 2, 3 at 9 a.m.
    Theatre for Young Audiences: Theatre for the Very Young (ages 6 months to 5 years)
    Sharing makes you shiny in this beautiful children’s classic written by Marcus Pfister with book, music and lyrics by Austin Zumbro. Children will experience The Rainbow Fish through movement, song, color and hands-on sensory opportunities as they become part of the story with the actors. Running Time is 60 minutes. 
     
    Treasure Island
    May 14-16 at 7:30 p.m.; May 17 at 2 p.m. 
    The feared black spot, a dead Billy Bones, and a treasure map to Captain Flint's gold.  Stow away on the Hispaniola with Long John Silver and the crew as they hunt for hidden treasure on a remote Island.  Our young hero Emily finds mutiny, treason, and double dealings around every corner in this reinvented classic tale that promises twists at every turn.
     
    ECTC’s educational outreach programs includes Field Trips to the theater. School Groups are invited to book field trips to these shows: 
     
    Red Riding Hood, Sept. 22-25 at 9 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.
    A Christmas Carol, Dec. 9, 10, 16, 17 at 10 a.m.
    Treasure Island, May 14, 19, 20, 21 at 10 a.m.
     
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    ECTC continues its popular Educational Programs with creative and engaging programs (one in fall and one in spring) designed especially for young thespians from pre-school to high school.  The full schedule and registration information can be found at www.EmeraldCoastTheatre.org. The community is invited to attend and support these young thespians at their final performances.
     
    Annie Kids 
    November 6 and 7 at 7 p.m. (Grades 3-5); November 7 at 2 p.m. (Little Rascals/Grades 1-3)
    Little orphan Annie is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan. This popular Broadway musical comedy with music and lyrics by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin and book by Thomas Meehan, will be performed by ECTC’s very own education program students. 
     
    Legally Blonde Jr. 
    November 13 at 7 p.m.; November 14 at 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.
    Based on the novel by Amanda Brown and the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer motion picture
    Legally Blonde Jr. follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. With book by Heather Hach, music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin, Legally Blonde Jr. features ECTC’s very own talented teens in an energetic musical that’s fun for the whole family. 
     
    ECTC Jr. Company Showcase
    March 9 at 7 p.m.
    New this year, an exciting showcase featuring group and solo works by ECTC’s talented teen thespians. This evening will include classic and contemporary musical theatre pieces, improv, and comedic and dramatic selections. Don’t miss this one-night only event that promises fun for the whole family.
     
    Madagascar Jr.: A Musical Adventure 
    April 9 and 10 at 7 p.m. (Grades 3-5); April 10 at 2 p.m. (Little Rascals/Grades 1-2) 
    Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip Hippo and, of course, those hilarious, plotting penguins as they as they escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar. With book by Kevin Del Aguila, music and lyrics by George Noriega Joel Someillan, this musical comedy is performed by ECTC’s very own education program students. 
     
    Mary Poppins Jr. 
    April 16 at 7 p.m.; April 17 at 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.
    Young Jane and Michael Banks have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. With book by Julian Fellowes, original music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, Disney’s Mary Poppins Jr. is an enchanting mixture of irresistible story, unforgettable songs and crowd pleasing dance numbers all performed by ECTC’s talented teens. 
     
    ECTC Jr. Company & ECTC Junior Thespian Showcase
    May 4 at 7 p.m.
    An exciting showcase featuring group and solo works by ECTC’s talented teens and members of ECTC’s Junior Thespian troupe. This evening will include classic and contemporary musical theatre pieces, improv, and comedic and dramatic selections. Don’t miss this one-night only event that will be fun for the whole family.
     
    The Summer 2021 Education Program offerings will be detailed in a future announcement.
     
    Tickets for musicals are $36 per person for adults; $34 for seniors (55 years old and up) and military and $30 for students (must show ID). Non-musical professional productions are $32 per person for adults; $30 for seniors (55 years old and up) and military and $28 for students. Tickets for Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) productions are $18 per person for adults; $12 for children (12 and under); ages three and younger are free. Tickets for Field Trips are $10 for students and chaperones; teachers are free (minimum 20 students). Theatre for the Very Young (TVY) productions are $15 for adults, $10 for children seven through twelve, and free for six years old and younger.

    Tickets for Educational Program shows are as follows: ECTC Kids Program tickets are $12 in advanced and $15 at the door; ECTC Teen Program tickets are $15 in advanced and $18 at the door. Ages 4 and under are free, must sit on an adult's lap.

    Ticket prices for StoryTeller, Cabaret and Listening Lounge, ECTC fundraisers, and special events may vary.
     
    ECTC VIP Memberships are on sale now. VIP memberships are $300 per person and include: VIP badge of honor, one ticket to all Professional productions, TYA productions and Theatre for the Very Young (TVY); Educational Theatre (EDU) productions and complimentary admission to select Second Stage events as well as VIP reserved seating (advanced reservations required); access to the ECTC VIP lounge and eight complimentary beverages (wine, beer or water) for the season, recognition in ECTC playbills and on the ECTC website, and 10 percent off additional ECTC production tickets, classes, camps. Purchase VIP memberships online at www.emeraldcoasttheatre.org/support.
     
    ECTC’s 2020-2021 season is made possible with support from Grand Boulevard at Sandestin, St. Joe Community Foundation, Howard Hospitality, and the South Walton Tourist Development Council. 
     
    For more information on sponsoring ECTC, call Nathanael Fisher at (850) 684-0323 or visit emeraldcoasttheatre.org/sponsorship.
     
    To make a tax-deductible donation, volunteer or learn more about Emerald Coast Theatre Company, find them on Facebook, call (850) 684-0323 and visit www.emeraldcoasttheatre.org.
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