Curtain Comes Down On ‘Titanic’ At Cocoa Village Playhouse
By Keith Malone // April 23, 2012
BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA, FLORIDA — After 17 days of playing to packed houses, the curtain has finally come down on ‘Titanic The Musical,’ a brilliant show performed by the Historic Cocoa Village Players at Cocoa Playhouse in Brevard Avenue, Cocoa.
But the dust won’t be allowed to settle – the Titanic set is already being struck and the stage cleared for the next production ‘Cabaret The Musical’ that makes its debut on May 4 at 7.30pm and runs until Sunday 2pm on May 20.
The Players are justifably known as ‘Broadway on Brevard’ – and ‘Titanic The Musical’ proved to be so popular that three extra performances had to be provided such was the demand for tickets.
One of those extra shows was the final performance on Sunday night, April 22 – when the show’s director and producer Anastacia Hawkins-Smith paid an emotional tribute to all the cast, musicians, technicians and ushers who’d helped make it such an “unforgettable production.”
A special mention was given to costume designer Daniel Hill, to Ian Cook and Jeremy Phelps for set design and to Sharon Metz for hats and wigs – and not least to musical director Bob Barone and all the members of his orchestra.
The timing of the musical coincided deliberately with the recent 100th anniversary of the Titanic tragedy, which has been marked with events all over the world.
The great ship – the biggest afloat at the time – sailed from Southampton, England on April 11, 1912 – with more than 2200 passengers and crew on board. But she hit an iceberg just before midnight on April 14 and went to the bottom inside three hours. More than 1500 people lost their lives.
“Cabaret The Musical” is set in Berlin, Germany in the 1930s during the rise of Hitler’s Nazis. There will be a total of 13 performances. Rehearsals have been running alongside the Titanic show.
Not for nothing is the Players’ director/producer Stacey known as the “Drama Mama.”
She joined the Historic Cocoa Village Players 22 years ago. At the tender age of 58, she feels she’s got “plenty left in the tank” to keep the Players “forging ever onwards ahead” for a long while yet.
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