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IRSC Performing Arts Program Announces New Season
Join the Indian River State College (IRSC) Performing Arts program for the 2019–20 season, which marks 40 years of performing arts in the McAlpin Theatre. In that time, hundreds of students have shared their love and discipline, flooding the McAlpin stage with exuberant energy and theatre magic to the delight of thousands of patrons who have laughed, clapped and shared their in boundless pursuit of excellence in the arts.
Featuring seven shows for $70, the McAlpin OnSTAGE! series provides the best variety and value of shows available anywhere on the Treasure Coast. Subscription for the series are now on sale. Series shows are performed in the recently remodeled IRSC McAlpin Fine Arts Center, a 620-seat venue featuring a proscenium stage and orchestra pit, located on the Main Campus in Fort Pierce. Individual tickets to McAlpin OnSTAGE! shows can be purchased starting September 4 for $15.
This year, the seven-show McAlpin OnSTAGE subscription series will bring music to life with shows such as A Tribute to the Movies and Broadway (Dec. 5, 6 & 7), and share laughter with comedies like Barefoot in the Park (Jan. 9, 10 & 11) and the Hotbed Hotel (April 9, 10 & 11). The series features one of musical theater’s most popular shows—IRSC Performing Arts Program production of Grease (Feb. 20, 21, 22 & 22).
Shows not a part of the subscription series are also available during the season. This year, additional shows include the choir concert Music for the Ages (Nov. 23), a Student Dance Concert (April 15 & 16) and more. Those who enjoy a more immersive theater experience won’t want to miss Henrik Ibsen’s great social drama Hedda Gabler (Oct. 17, 18 & 19) at the Wynne Black Box Theatre—a flexible and intimate 100-seat theater that allows the audience to surround the stage.
The seven-show McAlpin OnSTAGE! subscription series is $70. Additional shows can be added to a subscription for just $10. Individual tickets for McAlpin OnSTAGE! are $15 each. Tickets to non-series shows are $5 or $15. Tickets for all shows can be purchased online at www.irsc.edu or at the IRSC box office (Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) or by phone.
The IRSC box office is located on the Main Campus at 3209 Virginia Avenue in Fort Pierce. For the convenience of patrons, the box office is open one hour prior to performance time for ticket sales and to pick up “will call” tickets. Call the McAlpin Fine Arts Center Box Office at 1-800-220-9915 to reserve your seats, as shows can sell out quickly.
Local Small Business Fights Summer Slow-down with Monthly Themes
August is FILM N FASHION MONTH
Stuart, FL - Local small retail business Notes Music Room is not taking summer lying down – and they don’t want their customers to do so either! This quaint live music venue is holding themed events throughout the “dog days of summer” – from August through November. August’s theme is FILM N FASHION, and will feature Fashion Shows and Pop-up Clothing Boutiques, including a Sunday Mimosa Fashion Show featuring clothing and accessories from Style Encore of Stuart.
“At a time when most entertainment venues and other retailers scale back, we’re going full speed ahead, adding even more events and specials throughout the coming months,” explains Notes owner, Priscilla Speicher. “August is Film N Fashion Month, and September is Performing Arts month”.
NOTES already features live music entertainment six days a week, Tuesday through Sunday, with an exceptional Jazz Jam every Thursday that includes between 5 and 10 musicians, plus vocalists. Located at 872 Colorado Ave., Notes has become a mini-cultural and arts center, with work by local artists hung on the walls and a Pop-Up Art Market held the third Friday of every month. There is also a new art gallery inside Notes, just opened, called Heidi Lee Art.
“For the “film” aspect of our August theme, we’ll be showing trailers of films created by local screenwriters and producers, as well as one or two screenings of new local films,” explains Priscilla. “This is being done in partnership with a Treasure Coast non-profit organization called the One More Chance Foundation, that supports, trains, and encourages new screenwriters, filmmakers, and actors.
Every month, Notes hosts a Free Wine Tasting for the public, Art Market, Mardi Gras Party in the Garden (their outdoor bar), Singles Over 50 Night, Free Pizza Wednesdays, and other uncommon, well-done special events. Speicher has a 32-year career background in marketing and event planning, and is committed to showing the local population a great time, every time they come in to NOTES. The full list of Upcoming Events is posted on the website, StuartWineBar.com
NOTES has very affordable prices on fine wines, along with craft, domestic and import beers, martinis, coffees and other non-alcoholic beverages, desserts and snacks. Card & table games are supplied. There is a charming outdoor garden oasis where you can enjoy a beverage and even bring Fido if you like. Children are welcome at Notes up to 9:30 PM, and sometimes, student musicians are featured. The house piano, guitar and drum set are there for anyone to play when they visit.
“NOTES is not a bar,” Speicher shares. “It is a living room, a social house, a place where people can relax and enjoy the camaraderie of being around others who appreciate visual and performing arts. It is an ideal place for small parties and events. It is here for the people of Stuart and Martin County to use and enjoy.”