“The Shooter” by Lee Weaver Returns

The response was so good at our sold-out debut Sept. 29 at the Corazon Cinema & Cafe, that we are doing another performance here in Saint Augustine on Thursday, December 1st / 7:30pm at The Pioneer Barn. 

“The Shooter” – Subtitle: Gun Violence in America. We believe one of our “national shames” is the ever-present recurrence of gun shootings where the innocent are wantonly or accidentally shot and killed.

In “The Shooter,”  a TV impresario making a documentary with her husband “Bill”, who also portrays nine other people (Police, Lawyer, Doctor, parents, etc.) whose lives have been drastically effected by gun violence.

 “Joan” wants to get rid of all guns and “Bill,” is a Second Amendment fan.

“VOICES OF THE DARK AND CLASSIC” by A Classic Theatre

St. Augustine _ A Classic Theatre brought to the stage a new and different theatrical event, “Voices of the Dark and Classic”, for only three performances on Friday and Saturday, Nov 18 and 19 at 7:30 and Sunday Nov. 20 at 2:00pm at the Pioneer Barn Theater at Fort Menendez, 259 San Marco Ave, St. Augustine.

 You were able to have the rare opportunity to taste and savor the elegant language of world-renowned classic authors including Longfellow, Shakespeare, Edgar Allen Poe, Dante, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and Robert W. Service. Their beautifully constructed passages transport you to the far reaches of the imagination…where dreams and fears reside.  The audience was able to sit back and let their words evoke images of other times and other places…real and imagined.

A Classic Theatre Performs “Voices of the Dark and Classic”

From the Classic poetry of Edgar Allen Poe to the Gothic prose of Dante, you will be transported to the far reaches of the imagination…where dreams and fear reside! First Coast.TV had a chance to drop by rehearsal and speak with Anne Kraft before the first performance on Nov. 18th.

“Urinetown” the Musical to Open Soon

The St. Johns County Center for the Arts Theatre Department at St. Augustine High School will present the musical Urinetown, performed by more than 60 students. Jeff Dodd is director. 

In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity’s most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero decides that he’s had enough and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom!

Urinetown is a hilarious musical satire of the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, municipal politics and musical theatre itself! Hilariously funny and touchingly honest, Urinetown provides a fresh perspective on one of America’s greatest art forms. First oast.TV got a chance to speak to director Jeff Dodd and choreographer Kaila Schippani.

The musical is the winner of three Tony Awards, three Outer Critics Circle Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards and two Obie Awards.

Performances are 7 p.m. Oct. 6-8, and 2 p.m. Oct. 9 in the school auditorium, 3205 Varella Ave, St. Augustine. Check our upcoming events on First Coast.TV website.

A Week of Theatre in St Augustine

First Coast.TV reviews a week of theatre in St Augustine. We talk Oklahoma, The Shooter, Junie B. Jones and Rethinking the Barbarians. We must add that theatre is very healthy in St Augustine.

Coming Soon “The Shooter” a Play by Lee Weaver

On September 29, Lee Weaver will be debuting a new play, “The Shooter – Gun Violence in America” at The Corazon Theater. The Corazon, formerly Potbelly’s, is a fine eatery and great place to take in any number of grand events and movies under the direction of its owner, Karla Wagner.

“The Shooter” brings Nanette to the mic again, this time as Joan Blake (Director) who with her husband Bill (Producer) is making a documentary for Public Television, in which nine persons relate how their lives have been dramatically changed because of the gun violence. 

“The Shooter” – will address the issue of gun violence, our national nightmare and shame, in a very meaningful way. Thursday, Sept. 29 is the date. It will be for just one night! If it goes well, we’ll do it again.

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“Sweet Emmaline” is a Hit

A Classic Theatre presents “Sweet Emmaline – the Musical Journey of Debbie McDade” from May 8th to the 12th.  Sponsored by Romanza St. Augustine, the show tells the story of Debbie McDade, born Emmaline Maultsby, who journeyed from her home in St. Augustine’s Lincolnville to New York City — the city she dreamed of as a child listening to the weekly radio broadcasts from The Savoy Ballroom in Harlem. There she found a career on the stage, performing and touring as a vocalist with the likes of Earl “Fatha” Hines and Count Basie. Louis Armstrong and his wife Lucille became friends, with Satchmo giving her the stage name Debbie Moore. She recorded an album aptly titled “My Kind of Blues” which captured her sweet and sassy style along with her signature whistling skills. The production features many of Debbie’s own compositions along with musical standards of the American songbook.

Limelight Theatre and “A Facility for Living”

A Facility for Living — March 4-26

“A Facility for Living” is a very funny dark comedy by Katie Forgette and directed by Margaret Kaler.

Joe Taylor, a retired actor, moves into a prison-turned-elder care facility shortly after the demise of Medicare and the election of Dick Cheney as President.

PG-13 (Adult themes and language.)

Gregory Bright and Lara Naughton Perform and Speak in St Augustine

Gregory Bright (born 1954) is a New Orleans native who was convicted of second-degree murder in 1974 at the age of 20. He was sentenced to life without parole, served at the Louisiana State Penitentiary. After several years of appeals, Mr. Bright was granted a new trial in 2001 on the grounds that the prosecution had withheld evidence from the defense in his previous trial. On June 24, 2003, after 27 ½ years in prison for a crime they did not commit, Mr. Bright and Earl Truvia were both released after the Orleans Parish district attorney dismissed all charges. When Bright was released from prison, the State of Louisiana only provided a US$10 check and garbage bags full of legal paperwork.

Bright speaks around the country about his wrongful incarceration and life since prison. He can also be seen on HBO’s Tremé and TNT’s Memphis Beat.

Never Fight A Shark In Water: The Wrongful Conviction of Gregory Bright is an original dramatic production written by NOCCA Creative Writing Chair Lara NaughtonNever Fight a Shark in Water is based entirely on the words and recollections of Gregory Bright who spent 27 ½ years in prison for a crime he did not commit. The play, performed by Bright himself, tells the remarkable story of Bright’s wrongful conviction and exoneration, and explores the universal experiences of anger, forgiveness and compassion. It exposes the criminal justice system failures that lead to wrongful convictions and challenges us to rethink our understanding of freedom. St Augustine had the opportunity to see this play this last Friday (Feb. 12th) at the Ringhaver Student Center at Flagler in the Virginia Room, and First Coast.TV was there.

Lara Naughton has taught students K-12 as well as adults. As a writer and documentarian, she assists individuals who wish to tell their own stories, and has led writing workshops with people who have faced challenging circumstances including homelessness, HIV/AIDS, wrongful conviction, incarceration, and torture. Her writing has appeared in The Sun, Salon, and on stages across the country. Her one-man documentary stage play, Never Fight a Shark in Water, about the wrongful conviction of Gregory Bright, is currently being performed by Bright himself.

 

“The Grapes of Wrath” plays at the Limelight Theatre

In The Grapes of Wrath a desperately proud, but reduced to poverty by the loss of their farm, the Joads pile their few possessions on a battered old truck and head west for California, hoping to find work and a better life.

Directed by Dave Alan Thomas

January 22 – February 14