Cocoa Village Playhouse New Season Announced
By Space Coast Daily // July 8, 2012
Entertainment & Leisure
BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA, FLORIDA — The Cocoa Village Playhouse has announced the schedule for its “Broadway On Brevard” lineup of world- class community theatre entertainment for the 2012-2013 season.
Over 500 guests visited The Maxwell C. King Center For the Performing Arts as it played host to the Announcement Party For The 23rd Season of The Cocoa Village Playhouse.
Executive Director, Anastacia Hawkins-Smith, delighted the excited audience, as she described the wide variety of shows that are planned for the upcoming season.
The elegant evening began with emcees, Pamela Larson and Terry Clowney taking the King Center stage to welcome the enthusiastic crowd, who had gathered in anticipation of learning about another action packed season at the Cocoa Village Playhouse.
Ms. Daliana Gutierrez, who is a featured Galmont Ballet dancer, opened the evening’s entertainment with an enchanting and dynamic dance performed to a beautiful ballad by Andrea Bocelli.
The Galmont Ballet was established in 2003 by international Ballet Master and Choreogrpaher Frank Galvez and international Ballet Mistress and Coach Lucia Montero.
STARS Of Tomorrow
Part of the Cocoa Village Playhouse mission is to develop young, local talent through its “STARS of Tomorrow” program.
Two of those young stars, Michaela Vine and Dominique Solano then performed an entertaining selection from the recent “Guys and Dolls” production.
Entertaining Emcee Recaps 2011-12 Season
Larson and Clowney then introduced the intriguing “CABARET” emcee Benjamin Cox, who took over the microphone to lead the audience through a recap of the 2011-2012 “Broadway on Brevard” season at the Cocoa Village Playhouse.
Cox then welcomed the youthful and pumped-up, Cocoa Village Playhouse cast of HAIRSPRAY, who gave an energetic recap of “You Can’t Stop The Beat”.
The entertaining Cox, then introduced James Spiva who sang the stirring and memorable opening song from “Titanic” – “In Every Age”, followed by the duo of Garrett Hinton and Jonathan Adler who brilliantly performed “The Night was Alive”.
Megan McCreery and Lawrence Mazza then took the audience back to STATE FAIR with a delightful rendition of “Isn’t it Kinda Fun” followed by Leyla Erdogan and Anthony DeTrano who performed selections from “Windy City”
One of the most enchanting moments of the evening was when the wonderfully talented Emily Duerelle performed “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” from the Fall 2011 Cocoa Village Playhouse production of WIZARD OF OZ.
The emcee himself, Benjamin Cox, then seamlessly slipped into his starring role as “Seymour” from the Cocoa Village Playhouse version of “Little Shop of Horrors”. Cox skillfully performed “Feed Me” from “Little Shop of Horrors’ with the highly talented Jonathan Shepard and then joined Rene Laduke, as “Audrey”, for the gorgeous and heartfelt “Suddenly Seymour”.
To complete the trip down memory lane from the Cocoa Village Playhouse 2011-2012 season, Lisa Rhodes delivered a masterful rendition of “Life Is a Cabaret” from the Spring 2012 production of The Musical CABARET.
The OKLAHOMA cast then treated the audience to a sneak peak of their upcoming Summer Musical Theatre Project with performances set for July 13-15 at the King Center.
Following the intermission, The Melbourne Pipes and Drums, led by Bagpipe Major David Spurlock, marched onto the stage to usher in the one and only Drama Mama – Anastacia Hawkins-Smith to announce the 2012-2013 lineup for the Cocoa Village Playhouse
After proclaiming her favorite scottish battle-cry “victory”, Smith thanked Steve Janicki of The King Center for hosting the event, while the Cocoa Village Playhouse is undergoing a major renovation.
Smith thanked, then introduced Cocoa Village Playhouse Costume Director, Dan Hill, who in turn, thanked his volunteer CVP Costume Department workers.
“No One Out-LovesThe Drama Mamma”
After thanking her dedicated theatre musicians, who are looking forward to their new orchestra pit, which is currently under construction, Smith recognized and congratulated the graduating seniors of the STARS of Tomorrow and the GOLD STAR performers who performed in multiple shows.
The 2012-2013 “Broadway On Brevard” Lineup:
Kicks off the season – September 28.
AN AFTERNOON WITH ABRAHAM LINCOLN–
Brevard’s Abraham Lincoln, Ted Allen, will bring his dynamic portrayal of the 16th U.S President.
THE MARTIAN WHO MISSED CHRISTMAS,
A MILITARY MOM’S CHRISTMAS SURPRISE –
STARS Holiday shows written by Shirley Larson.
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS, Volume II –
THE SPACE COAST SWING ENSEMBLE SPECIAL HOLIDAY CONCERT.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL –
Returns this Holiday season.
THE AMERICAN NUTCRACKER –
Galmont Ballet Winter performances.
BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP-
The world premier authored and composed by Tony Macaulay – February.
SPACE COAST ENSEMBLE SPRING SWING CONCERT-
Marion Scott will bring back the Space Coast Swing Ensemble for a Spring Swing Concert.
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR–
Fresh off Broadway this world-favorite will rock the house – March.
GOLDEN STEPPERS –
Will perform for their 25th year – April.
I’LL BE SEEING YOU –
Margaret Cross presents a 1940’s style cabaret in April.
THE RYAN CASE –
A “whodunit” interactive murder mystery. LiveINTheatre takes the drama outside to the streets of Historic Cocoa Village.
Roars into the Playhouse – April.
Disney’s WINNIE THE POOH Kids,
THE LITTLE MERMAID Jr.,
HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING –
STARS Of Tomorrow shows – June.
Will open its stirring performances – July 4.