Who's been fooling with our fairy tales? Into the Woods, the award winning musical by James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim, combines a number of familiar fairy tales and shows us what happened after they lived happily ever after. Familiar characters include Jack (and the Beanstalk), Little Red Ridinghood and the Wolf, Cinderella, and others, and have added the new tale of the Baker and his Wife to bind together all their stories into a cohesive whole. Featuring many AMP regulars and several actors new to our stage, this show features a full pit orchestra under the direction of Mary Williams, and is directed by Jill Dillingham.
Stage Aurora Theatrical Company Presents: Harlem of the South
The songs, music, and dance of Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway with James Weldon Johnson.
Conceived by Darryl Reuben Hall
Harlem Renaissance icons Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Cab Calloway, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holliday, and Jacksonville’s very own James Weldon Johnson toured the South making Jacksonville one of the stops. Hear such classics as TAKE THE ‘A’ TRAIN, STORMY WEATHER, STRANGE FRUIT and LIFT EV’RY VOICE AND SING. “Harlem of the South: Duke, Ella, and Cab! includes dynamic singers, a dance-a-long, classic musical favorites, and tons of audience participation,” said Director Darryl Reuben Hall. Assisting with the production are Jann Clark and Kenyada Williams. The production will also feature Chae JaQuanda Clements and Ebony Murray last seen in DREAMGIRLS.
Is there a road map that guides us to an understanding of each other when it starts with secrets & lies? You can find out when the comedy drama “Six Dance Lessons In Six Weeks” opens at Amelia Musical Playhouse on July 6th. The Hollywood Reporter calls it “Thoughtful, razor sharp, charming, funny and genuinely moving.” The middle-age former Broadway dancer, Michael Minetti, (Carey Dresser) arrives at the Florida condo of past-middle-age Lily Harrison (Arlene Filkoff) to give her a series of dance lessons over six weeks. Before they can begin, their personalities clash - she is strait-laced and untrusting, the wife of a Southern Baptist minister; he uses foul language instinctively & has little control over his temper.
This comically poignant duet has been a popular showcase for the likes of Gena Rowlands and Cheyenne Jackson, Uta Hagen and David Hyde Pierce, Claire Bloom and Billy Zane, Polly Bergen and Mark Hamill as well as Filkoff and Dresser who are reprising their roles from a 2009 production of “Six Dance Lessons” at Amelia Community Theatre. As the script unfolds the audience gets to eavesdrop on their private conversations as each character slowly reveals more about themselves in very surprising ways. They teach each other the dance that is life in this transcendent story of compassion, love and survival. Author Richard Alfieri tosses out many wonderful one liners and the cast loves delivering them. Be ready for a roller coaster ride of emotions including some touching poignant moments but a lot of belly laughs!
The play has been translated into 14 languages and the play's website describes it as "an international hit and one of the most produced plays in the world.”
Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. Written by Richard Alfieri.
Bits of the Bard is a Shakespearean sampler which includes sonnets, monologues from the comedies and tragedies, ballet and songs based on Shakespearean works, plus some parodies that take light hearted fun at Shakespeare’s expense. The production is a patchwork quilt of talent, creativity, levels of experience, different ages, and people from different ends of Nassau County all pooling their efforts to produce this show.
We hope to leave you humming and thinking as you leave the theatre!
In a theatre workshop, AMP presents the anthem to southern womanhood – STEEL MAGNOLIAS. In Truvy's salon, you get vital life lessons, like "there is no such thing as natural beauty" and that it's actually possible to be "in a bad mood for 40 years."
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