Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre presents Ragtime 1/28/15 – 2/22/15

Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre presents Ragtime
Wednesday, 01/28/2015 – 02/22/2015 08:00 pm –
newActors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre
280 Miracle Mile,
Coral Gables, Florida 33134
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Cost: $15 – $59

Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre continues its celebrated 2014-2015 season with a regional premiere production of the Tony Award-winning musical Ragtime from January 28 – February 22, 2015. This sweeping musical portrait of early 20th century America tells the powerful tale of a white, upper-middle class family, an African American couple, and an Eastern European immigrant escaping to America with his daughter, as they all confront the timeless contradictions of wealth, poverty, freedom, prejudice, hope, and despair in pursuit of the American Dream. Unfolding through the fiery rhythms of Harlem and Tin Pan Alley, and the vibrant klezmer of the Lower East Side, this vivid and unforgettable Tony-winning score bursts onto the stage in what will be the largest and most epic production ever staged at the Miracle Theatre.

Based on E.L. Doctorow’s award-winning book of the same name, Ragtime features music by Stephen Flaherty, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, and book by Terrence McNally. Directed by award-winning Artistic Director David Arisco, Ragtime features a cast of 40 professional actors.

The cast of Ragtime includes: Broadway actors Tally Sessions and Melissa Minyard, Reggie Whitehead, Ken Clement and Dominique Scott returning from National/International Tours, and Actors’ Playhouse veterans Irene Adjan, Nick Duckart, Mark Sanders, Gabriel Zenone and George Schiavone. Miami natives Don Juan Seward II and Sarah Nicole Batts will make their leading role debuts at Actors’ Playhouse as Coalhouse Walker, Jr. and the woman he loves, Sarah. The children’s cast for Ragtime includes Miami HEAT National Anthem singing sensation Julia Dale, Athena Pacanins, Max Leifman and Julian Gorelick.

The cast of Ragtime in alphabetical order:

Irene Adjan – Emma Goldman
Sarah Nicole Batts – Sarah
Ken Clement – J.P. Morgan
Joshua Dobarganes – Harry Houdini
Nick Duckart – Willie Conklin/Ensemble
Melissa Minyard – Mother
Mark Sanders – Father
George Schiavone – Grandfather
Dominique Scott – Younger Brother
Tally Sessions – Tateh
Don Juan Seward II – Coalhouse Walker, Jr.
Stephanie White – Evelyn Nesbit
Reggie Whitehead – Booker T. Washington
Fredena J. Williams – Sarah’s Friend/Ensemble
Gabriel Zenone – Henry Ford

Ensemble members:

Lauren Bell, Hannah Benitez, Dexter Carr, Anne Chamberlain, Diana D’Ambrosio, Marcus Davis, Mark Della Ventura, Sean Dorazio, Justen Fox-Hall, Deidra Grace, Noel Harris, Jr., Walter Kemp-Edwards, Nicole Kinzel, Michael Leyte-Vidal, Maha McCain, Cindy Pearce, Elizabeth Sackett, Kaylin Seckel, Johnathan Shepherd, Asher Makeba Timmons, Brian Varela and Ray Yanez.

The creative team for Ragtime includes: David Nagy (musical director), Ron Hutchins (choreographer), Tim Bennett (scenic design), Ellis Tillman (costume design), Patrick Tennent (lighting design) and Mitch Furman (sound design).

Preview performances of Ragtime will be held Wednesday and Thursday, January 28 and 29 at 8 p.m. The show will open on Friday, January 30 at 8 p.m. and play through February 22, 2015. Evening performances will be held Wednesday through Saturday at 8 p.m., with afternoon matinees on Sunday at 3 p.m. A special weekday matinee is scheduled on Wednesday, February 4 at 2 p.m.

Preview night tickets on the first Wednesday and Thursday are $37. Tickets for weeknights and matinees are $52, and on Friday and Saturday evenings $59. The theatre offers a 10 percent senior discount rate the day of performance and $15 student rush tickets 15 minutes prior to curtain with identification. Discounts are based on availability and exclude Saturday and Sunday.

Group discounted rates are offered for 15 or more through our group sales department. Single tickets may be purchased through the box office at 305-444-9293 or online at www.actorsplayhouse.org.

This event is made possible with the support of Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs Council, and the Miami Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners for Major Cultural Institutions, and is sponsored in part by the State of Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Florida Council on Arts & Culture, with support of the City of Coral Gables, and by the following sponsors: Azamara Club Cruises, Star Alliance, TotalBank, InterContinental Miami, Lexus of Kendall, NBC Miami and South Florida Times.

*Photo: The cast of Ragtime directed by David Arisco at Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre. Photo by George Schiavone.

Cine Al Fresco Presents: THE WIZ! 1/24/15

Cine Al Fresco Presents: THE WIZ!
Saturday, 01/24/2015 – 06:00 pm – 09:00 pm
1421074_929987393679010_6080090902330081065_oO Cinema
90 N.W. 29th Street,
Miami, Florida 33127
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Cost: Free

The Cine Al Fresco series takes the magical experience of art and culture under the stars. Once a month, our outdoor courtyard will be transformed to give families and friends of the Wynwood community a chance to unite through art, film and music.

This event is free to the public.

– Feel free to bring your own blankets and chairs.

– Dinner will be available for sale from Vibe 305!

This month’s featured film: THE WIZ

Featuring spectacular musical numbers with Diana Ross, Michael Jackson and Richard Pryor, experience the magic of The Wiz when Dorothy is whisked away to the enchanting wonderland of Oz.

A re imagining of L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz featuring an entirely African-American cast, The Wiz was adapted from the 1975 Broadway musical of the same name. The film follows the adventures of Dorothy, a shy Harlem, New York, schoolteacher who finds herself magically transported to the Land of Oz, which resembles a fantasy version of New York City. Befriended by a Scarecrow, a Tin Man, and a Cowardly Lion, she travels through the land to seek an audience with the mysterious Wiz, who they say has the power to take her home.

Supported by Art Place.

City Theatre launches brand new Island Shorts production on Key Biscayne as part of its 20th Anniversary Season 2/6/15-2/8/15

City Theatre launches brand new Island Shorts production on Key Biscayne as part of its 20th Anniversary Season
Friday, 02/06/2015 – 02/08/2015 06:30 pm –
tango1Key Biscayne Community Center
10 Village Green Way,
Key Biscayne, Florida 33149
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Cost: $20 – $30

City Theatre continues its 20th anniversary celebration with a brand new Key Biscayne production of ISLAND SHORTS, a special program that will comprise seven “Best of the Fest” plays from 19 previous seasons of SUMMER SHORTS, America’s Short Play Festival, and one new play selected from the company’s recent SWAMP SHORTS play reading showcase. The limited engagement of only three performances runs February 6 – 8, 2015 in the Island Room of the Key Biscayne Community Center.

Directed by City Theatre Guest Artist Gail Garrison, ISLAND SHORTS will be performed by Elizabeth Price, Andres Maldonado, Vanessa Elise, Marquis Rogers, Corina Ramirez and Michael Uribe.

The ISLAND SHORTS play line-up includes:

Feel the Tango by Susan Westfall
A boring night turns upside down when the waiter takes Sandy’s order.

DMV Tyrant by Christopher Durang
A man goes to a woman clerk at the Division of Motor Vehicles and tries to get his license renewed with infuriating results.

The Crocodile’s Bite by Vanessa Garcia
Four characters, all immigrants to the city, connect and collide one night in Miami.

Please Report Any Suspicious Activity by Rick Park
Dirk and Antonio are both in hot water when a trip to the aquarium goes wrong.

I’ll Be Theatre by Joyce Turiskylie
Sometimes in modern romance, the perfect partner can be found as close as the nearest bush.

Controlling Interest by Wayne S. Rawley
Four successful young businessmen gather for their weekly staff meeting. Two persuasive young businesswomen arrive to negotiate the ultimate deal.

Plan Day by Leslie Ayvazian
One woman plays a mother to her only child, a son, in four different stages of her life: her 30s, 40s, 50s, and 70s.

Parent Interview by Justin Warner
A New York couple might get their daughter into an elite preschool – but it will cost them more than money.

Island Shorts, an exclusive limited engagement of only three performances, will open on Friday, February 6 with a pre-show reception at 6:30 p.m., and play through February 8. Performances are Friday, February 6 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, February 7 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, February 8 at 4 p.m.

Advance tickets are $20 for Key Biscayne residents and seniors (60 and over), and $25 for non-residents. Tickets purchased the day of the performance, or after February 6, are $30. Tickets may be purchased through the Key Biscayne Community Center by calling (305) 365-8900, or online at islandshorts.org.

Theatre Night featuring Ragtime 1/29/15

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Theatre Night featuring Ragtime
Theatre-Night-01292015_4733914Thursday, January 29, 2015 5:30PM – 8:00PM
Actor’s Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre
280 Miracle Mile
Coral Gables, FL
Tickets On Sale Online Only

RAGTIME is a sweeping musical portrait of early 20th century America tells the powerful tale of a white, upper-middle class family, an African American couple, and an Eastern European immigrant escaping to America with his daughter, as they all confront the timeless contradictions of wealth, poverty, freedom, prejudice, hope, and despair in pursuit of the American Dream. Unfolding through the fiery rhythms of Harlem and Tin Pan Alley, and the vibrant klezmer of the Lower East Side, this vivid and unforgettable Tony-winning score bursts onto the stage “on the wheels of a dream” in what will be the largest and most epic production ever staged at Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre.

MelanchoLalaland Transmedia Opera and A Proper Marriage 2/3/15

MelanchoLalaland Transmedia Opera and A Proper Marriage
Tuesday, 02/03/2015 – 07:00 pm – 10:00 pm
24x36posterOutlined-012Miami Light Project Inc.
404 Northwest 26th Street,
Miami, Florida 33127
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MELANCHOLALALAND

It’s the 21st century, and time to re-invent opera, but in a way that’s more fun, less pretentious, and a little messed up.

MelanchoLalaland™—with music by composer and Florida Atlantic University professor Joey Bargsten and libretto by writer Thea Zimmer—accomplishes this by fusing traditional elements of opera, theater, and dance with new and experimental visual media forms, all set to an electronic music score. MelanchoLalaland™ tells the dark tragi-comic story of three artist/engineers who design mind-altering experiences, enhanced by self-pleasuring technologies and a variety of brain chemicals. They deal with disgruntled employees, corporate takeovers, dissatisfied girlfriends, and cheesy space-aliens.

A PROPER MARRIAGE

Concept / Choreography: Pioneer Winter

A Proper Marriage is a speculative piece that comments on the perceived co-dependence of music and movement, especially live music with dance–underlying properties of a dancer’s dependence on composition, and the musician’s own foresight to create action from sound. Sheet music is attached to the backs of dancers, and the musicians follow the dancer in order to read the music and maintain the melody. Irony rests in the notion that if the dancer moves too quickly and the musician cannot keep up, the music will falter and the dancer’s own rhythm will stop.

Pioneer Winter is a Miami-native choreographer, dancer, and filmmaker of Pioneer Winter / Collective. He is co-director of RIFT Blackbox and the curator of transmedia performances for FilmGate Interactive Media Conference. Winter also directs Project LEAP (Living Equality through Arts and Performance), a free dance and creative communication program for LGBTQ teens that focuses on teaching how to use the arts for activism and social change. He was recently awarded the 2014-2015 Miami Choreographer’s Fellowship, and is on faculty of the FIU Honors College. His project Grass Stains was also recently awarded a Knight Arts Challenge Grant.

Best of I’m Not Gonna Move to LA 2/2/15

Best of I’m Not Gonna Move to LA
Monday, 02/02/2015 – 06:30 pm – 09:00 pm
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90 Northwest 29th Street,
Miami, Florida 33127
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Cost:

I’M NOT GONNA MOVE TO L.A. (or NOLA, as we like to call it) is a monthly event hosted by Indie Film Club Miami that gives local musicians, comedians, and filmmakers a platform to show their work. Each month the audience votes for their favorite film by hurling stuffed animals at the director, and the winner is named. At FilmGate Interactive, all of the winning films of the year will screen in one final round, and the winner of I’M NOT GONNA MOVE TO L.A. 2014 will once again be determined by the audience votes.

Don’t miss the best of the best of South Florida talent at this fun-filled event! And remember, #stayMIA

2015 Miss Art Deco Beauty Pageant 1/10/15

2015 Miss Art Deco Beauty Pageant
Saturday, 01/10/2015 – 06:00 pm – 08:30 pm
Art-Deco-2015-Official-Flyer2Rebeca Sosa Theater
1401 Westward Drive,
Miami Springs, Florida 33166
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Cost: $15 in Advance / $20 at the Door

The third annual Miss Art Deco Beauty Pageant will take place on Saturday January 10, 2015. The contestants will compete in Vintage Fashion Opening number, swimwear, and evening gown. The winners will be part of the 37th Art Deco Weekend Festival Classic Car Parade and Bettie Paige Vintage Red Carpet Fashion Show hosted by Miami Design Preservation League with media coverage by Local 10 Miami/Fort Lauderdale. The winners will also advance to the state televised Miss Florida USA and Miss Florida Teen USA Pageants. For more information you can visit the website at www.southfloridausapageants.com or contact the director Fatima Coello at 305-753-1223 or via email [email protected]

Ticket sales, $15 in advance, $20 at the door.