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by Daivid Auburn Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award Winner

Volume 2, Issue 4 April 2017


A Word From


Volume 2, Issue 4 | April 2017




Children Theatre Camp

The Villages Philharmonic Orchestra Opera Celebration Billy Gilman

Frontmen of Country Music Olivia Newton-John VCS Events Greater Tuna The Staff Spotlight The Sharon Schedule

Whitney Morse, Artistic Director, The Sharon® L. Morse Performing Arts Center

Closing the Season

Well, here we are sliding in to home base on our first season at The Studio. We are about to open our fourth and final show of our first year. What an amazing five months it has been. We have seen the effects of bi-polar disorder on a suburban family in Next to Normal, the power of passion and the folly that ensues in the pursuit of love in Private Lives, and the pitfalls of navigating love and an artistic carrier in The Last Five Years, now here we are at the final installment of our first season with Proof. In Proof we will again be looking at how mental health issues can effect a family, but in this story we will also examine the very close relationship between insanity and genius, and also how they both can be passed down genetically. In the piece, I am playing a bit of a smaller role, which is a relief coming off of The Last Five Years. I play Claire, the somewhat overbearing sister to Catherine, the genius but homebound daughter of Robert who is a brilliant but unstable mathematical genius. So far the rehearsal process has been wonderful and the cast is just terrific. This is our first production to feature a Villages resident! Lon Ward Abrams will star as Robert. He is loving it because he lives very close by and can take his golf cart to rehearsal every day. He is such a joy to work with and a wonder to watch. He has years of experience and I can already tell you he is a great storyteller. We have been swapping theatre horror stories in the dressing room. The role of Catherine will be played by my dear old friend, Jill Jones. We actually attended college together at Rollins along with our director, Trevin Cooper. So, we are having a grand time with our Rollins reunion. Rounding out the cast is Nicu Brouillette. He is no stranger to me and The Studio as he has been playing violin in the pit for us here in both Next To Normal and The Last Five Years, but this will be the first time he will get to be out on stage and actually play with us without his violin. All in all, we are bringing The Studio’s first season to a close with a bang with Proof, it’s a great cast, a fantastic play, and a lovely set. I simply could not be more pleased.

Backstage at The Studio The Sharon Performing Arts Academy

On Sale May 2

$20 ANNOUNCING OUR FIRST ANNUAL SUMMER CONCERT AUG. 13th - AUG. 29th Only 9 Performances | 7pm

Every summer enjoy a new song cycle featuring new and familiar voices.

MISSED THE INAUGURAL SEASON? Season 2 of The Studio Theatre Tierra del Sol is around the corner!

The four productions that will make up the 2017-2018 season will be officially announced on May 10th. For Season Subscriptions: · Current Subscribers will have from May 16th until Sept 5th to Renew their Season Subscriptions!

· May 16th - Renewals will go on sale at 8:30am

· Sept 5th - Deadline to Renew Subscriptions

· Sept 12th - New Subscriptions will go on sale at 8:30am *There will be a limited number of new subscriptions available* For Tickets: · Sept 19th - Individual Tickets will go on sale at 8:30am · Available at any of The Villages Box Offices or online

Visit for more details. Follow Us! Facebook Twitter (@thesharonstudio) Instagram (@thestudiotheatretds)

Tickets On Sale This Summer! The Studio Theatre Tierra del Sol 806 San Marino Drive, The Villages, FL 32159 | (352) 751-7799 #TheStudioTheatreTDS



The house where genius and insanity collide. Catherine is the daughter of a brilliant, but mentally disturbed mathematician, trying to come to grips with her possible inheritance: both his brilliance and his insanity. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Tony, Outer Critics Circle, and Drama Desk Awards' Playwright, David Auburn's Proof currently holds the record for the longest running Broadway play of the 21st century. The final offering in The Studio Theatre at Tierra del Sol's inaugural season, see the play that has garnered more awards and critical praise than any other play of its time.


The Studio Theatre Tierra del Sol 806 San Marino Drive, The Villages, FL 32159 | (352) 751-7799 #TheStudioTheatreTDS




Performed by local children from our community...


A week-long Children’s theatre camp

Where: The Sharon® When: Who:


June 5-9 | 9:30a-5pm

1st -8th graders

$100 (includes 2 tickets to public performance)

To Register

Visit our website at TheSharon.Com OR The Sharon Box Office **Can only register at The Sharon Box Office or online**

All Students will be cast as a role in the

performance. The roles will be selected the – first day of camp.

Students eligible to apply will be any student entering 1st-8th grade.



The Villages Philharmonic Orchestra is back at The Sharon for the 2017/2018 season! September 3rd, 2017; 7:00 pm – Pops Concert October 9th, 2017; 7:00 pm – Italian/American Celebration November 19th, 2017; 7:00 pm – Messiah Concert December 12th & 13th, 2017; 7:00 pm – Holiday Concert January 17th, 2018; 7:00 pm – Classical Concert February 6th, 2018; 7:00 pm – American Music March 28th, 2018; 7:00 pm – Classical Concert April 10th, 2018; 7:00 pm – Easter Concert May 15, 2018; 7:00 pm – Opera Gala

8 Performance Series Subscription is already on sale. 6 Performance Winter Series Subscription goes on sale April 6, 2017 & individual performance’s tickets go on sale April 20, 2017.

Series prices available at box office windows or call 352-750-5411


It was a great first Season at The SharonÂŽ L. Morse Performing Arts Center. Each single concert series is not only special to us, but special to our audience. For each one, we had many magical moments from our musical point of view, as well as a great connection with the audience. This upcoming 2017/2018 season, I plan to continue to give our audience a great musical selection and present a very articulate program in each concert series. Music is produced differently from concert to concert and from season to season. The biggest differentiators are dedication, perseverance, and overall quality of the music. The American Composer Tribute (February 2018) will highlight music related to the Film Industry, from John Williams, to Ennio Morricone, to Gershwin. The Classical series will bring in International artists for a very special classical music selection as well as the opera gala. We hope to see many returning patrons at our concerts, as well as new faces. We hope you enjoy the 2017/2018 Season at The Sharon!

- Pasquale Valerio


Billy Gilman

An Interview with Derek Richards of The Irish Comedy Tour

APRIL 7TH • 7:30PM • $25-$200

From The Voice 2016

Gilman burst onto the national stage in 2000 releasing the hit single “One Voice.” His debut album was certified double platinum in the United States, and he was included in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the youngest singer to ever reach #1 on the Billboard Top Country Album charts. He has sold five million albums worldwide and garnered awards and nods from the Academy of Country Music, the Country Music Association, Billboard Magazine, and the American Music Association. Now 28, Gilman is eager to come back and share his new music and his new sound with his fans on NBC's THE VOICE: SEASON 11. “It took me a good while to figure out exactly who I was, musically speaking. As a little kid, sometimes I was just told what to sing. But now I have enjoyed coming into my own and discovering what it really is that I want to sing. And I think that my fans will be pleasantly surprised with what they hear." Gilman instantly became a fan favorite week after week with his soaring vocals and amazing song choices and went right to the finale of Season 11’s finale. His coach Adam Levine of Maroon 5 himself said “You can emote so well. You can draw people in so easily,” Levine added. “What you do — you have a very special gift, and I’m just really proud and honored to have you on my team.” Nabbing runner up and winning over the hearts of millions. Speaking of millions, Gilman scored over 31 million views on YouTube in four short months during his sensational run on the show. The closest competitor was 7 million views behind!! Gilman is also mindful of the need to be patient with his career. “Music is my life, and it is always what I will be doing with my life. But I understand, given my unusual history, that the road back is not going to be short and easy. I will have to earn my way back into this business—one fan at a time. And that’s exactly how it should be. So far so good!!”


Insights with Billy Gilman Tell us about experiencing The Voice. What was going through your mind as chairs turned for you? It was an amazing experience. A lot of hard work and many sleepless nights, which is tough when you have to keep your voice in tip top shape. The day of my blind audition, I almost blacked out. Your nerves and adrenaline are at such a high, that you just go into auto pilot and pray one or maybe 4 of the judges hears something good.

You have said that now that you’re older you’ve come into your own voice. Describe what fans can expect from you moving forward. Yes, I think one really starts to know the ins and outs of a voice when it fully matures. It takes time. Fans can definitely expect a record(s) that sound like my time on The Voice. I try to find the best lyrical content or write one! Big ballads. Fun uptempo songs as well.

What was it like making the decision to take time off? And how has it been getting back into the industry? Unfortunately, mother nature made me take the time off. A man goes through what they call "the voice change" and mine really took a long time to come back. To have it back where I could sing like how I am used to singing. The industry is a tough one no matter what, but if you love it, it doesn't matter. It will serve you in ways you never imagined. Especially now having gone on The Voice, the world definitely knows I am alive and belting...I mean, kicking. Haha!

You have a very active Twitter account, is that you that the fans really get to tweet with? Its really me! I love knowing my fans and getting to know new ones all the time! It’s an artists’ greatest gift. The fans! @BillyGilman

"Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” 10

APRIL 19TH • 7PM • $20-$65 11

Larry Stewart • Richie McDonald • Tim Rushlow of Restless Heart

of Lonestar

of Little Texas

About The Front Men TIM RUSHLOW Timing is everything. Sometimes a successful career can  actually be a prelude to an artist’s true calling, but it’s a process that can’t be rushed. Just ask Tim Rushlow. In a career already populated with hit songs, 11 million records sold, CMA and ACM Awards, 3 Grammy  nominations, 8 world tours and numerous other accolades, the former voice and front man for the country super group Little Texas has long held a desire to share his life long dream to be a curator for the Great American Songbook to the next generation. “I have been dreaming of doing this for years, but it just wasn’t time”, Rushlow says of  plunging into a recording and touring big band career. “This is not a genre hop that’s been convenient for me. I’m not doing a one-­off record in the jazz industry and cutting  a country/pop record next year. This is a career move that I felt called to do.” LARRY STEWART Though Larry Stewart was exposed to music early on, it was sports that initially captured his attention. After receiving a baseball scholarship to Nashville’s Belmont College, Larry, whose father had passed away from a heart condition, found music as a way to close the gap he was feeling without his dad. “In some ways, I moved to Nashville to live out my father’s dream,” admits Larry Stewart of what was to become his musical destiny. “When I got here, there were all kinds of people who valued musical talent and I found myself slowly fitting into the music business.” RICHIE McDONALD Richie McDonald has long been one of music's most accomplished and wide-­ranging talents. Recognized as one of country's best singers and a polished and engaging entertainer, McDonald is the face and voice of Lonestar, ranked among the genre's preeminent groups. As one of the industry's most successful songwriters, he has penned some of the era's most memorable songs and earned a mantle full of awards and nominations.

SPECIAL GUEST: DONNIE REIS “When I tell people the story of my life, I always worry that people will think that I’m making it up,” says Donnie Reis. Indeed, the Ohio-­bred singer/songwriter/producer/ multi­‐instrumentalist’s history reads like the synopsis of a great American novel or a classic Hollywood film. But it’s all true, and his diverse experiences inform the artist’s vivid, heartfelt songwriting and his emotionally direct singing. Donnie performs his indelible compositions with a rocking urgency that reflects the focused work ethic that’s central to this front‐man’s approach to music and life. He writes catchy, emotionally resonant songs that capture the trials and triumphs of real life, and he performs them with a level of passion and precision that’s as inspiring as it is infectious. Whether he’s singing about the challenges of life (“Start Over”) love(“A Dozen Roses”) and self-­esteem (“I’ll Be Alright”), or channeling the consciousness of a soldier fighting overseas (“6000 Miles”), Donnie’s songs consistently carry the unmistakable ring of truth, and they’re delivered with the insight of one who’s lived a rich and eventful life.



APRIL 23RD • 7PM • $25-$145


WIN A GUITAR AUTOGRAPHED BY OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN! LRMC Ladies in Philanthropy are selling raffle tickets on a guitar autographed by Olivia Newton-John! One for $10 or three for $20. Call 352-323-5506 or email jbates@ to purchase. The draw will be during the Sunday, April 23rd concert at The Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center.




A+ Upcoming School Shows @ The SharonÂŽ!


APRIL 26TH • 7PM • $20-$55

All New Reimagined & Directed by Co-Creator Jaston Williams

Starring Ryan Bailey

Tim Leavon


Will Me rcer

GREATER TUNA is a hilarious and irreverent comedy about Texas’ third smallest town, where the Lion’s club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies. The eclectic band of Tuna citizens – men, women, children, and animals alike – are portrayed by ONLY 2 performers, making this satire on life in rural America both crazy and delightful. Called “a good ol’ down-home laugh-out-loud fest,” by DC Metro Theater Arts, GREATER TUNA has enjoyed worldwide success, including long-running engagements both on and Off-Broadway, at the White House in Washington, D.C., on Late Night with David Letterman, and as an HBO special. 2 Actors, 20 Characters, 20 million laughs. Although written and first performed over thirty years ago, the residents of Tuna could not be more up-to-date. Contemporary politicians and The Religious Right have put the basis for the comedy in GREATER TUNA back on the front pages of today’s newspapers. Vera Carp is still leading the Smut Snatchers of the New Order in their campaign to clear the library shelves of dirty books like “Huckleberry Finn” and “Romeo and Juliet”. Elmer Watkins speaks up for the KKK, Petey Fisk argues for animal rights, and a celebrity murder is on the front page. UFO Sightings? A Fat, Overbearing Talk Show Host? Celebrity Murder? It’s not the cover of Time Magazine, it’s GREATER TUNA and it’s hilarious! With its humble beginnings at a Sixth Street cabaret in Austin, Texas in 1981, GREATER TUNA came from the minds of master comedians Jaston Williams and Joe Sears, along with original director Ed Howard as the imaginative authors who parlayed the sketch into the critically acclaimed production which has entertained audiences across the country ever since. Co-Creator Jaston Williams will direct this all new tour starring the fresh talent of Ryan Bailey, Tim Leavon and Will Mercer. Assisted by lightning-quick costume changes, the actors will portray all twenty-one characters: men, women, children and animals. This multi-award winning comedy is a funny, loving portrait of rural America -- big hearts, small minds and all.

"Greater Tuna was named Play of the Century by Texas Monthly." "It’s one of th e most highly produc ed comedie s in A merica." 16


Jason Goedken Director of Operations at The Sharon® Producer at The Studio Theatre™ What role and tasks do you have for The Studio Theatre™? For The Studio Theatre™ I primarily act as producer. As Producer I oversee the entire season from a fiscal, artistic, and technical view.

What all goes into producing shows for The Studio Theatre™? More than you think, hah. We start with the artistic vision for the season and the shows that have been selected and the schedule.  All shows selected must have rights obtained and purchased.  We then arrange directors based on submissions that they have been asked to provide. Most of our designers are on staff either at The Studio Theatre or The Sharon®. The design team consist of lighting, sound, costume, props, sets. Once we have selected a director they start working with designers to develop the details of their specific design area. To this we are in the process of selecting actors and musicians (in the case of a musical). We will then cast all of the shows and offer contracts to actors from all over the country. Once the designers and directors have had some time to discuss, we take the ideas and filter them through the budget. All of the design elements are then designed, purchased, built and hung. Rehearsals usually begin about 3 weeks before our opening night. During this time we are in full "hurry up" mode getting all of the pieces in place and ready for opening. Producing a show has sooooo much more minutia than this but for a general overview this is close.

What has been your favorite moment/ favorite Artist/ favorite experience so far at The Studio Theatre™? The reward of the shows this season has been some of the proudest moments of my theatrical career. I have also had some very frustrating and difficult moments. I have had an amazing year working with all of my coworkers and friends, watching my wife and niece perform, discovering, at least to me, talented actors, and creating art. But if I had to pick just one, the moment I hold with the most reverence is sitting alone in the empty theatre after opening night of Next to Normal and just thinking “WE DID IT!”

What are you most excited about for Season 2 with The Studio Theatre™? For Season 2 I am most excited about the opportunity to again have a season that people enjoy, and to continue to expand the offerings of entertainment in The Villages®. What we want to do with every season is produce theatre that we find interesting and that we think any audience would enjoy. One of the great things about the theatre is that it is so individual. The experience of each person is so specific to their life and world view. My wife and I almost always disagree on what we liked about almost any show that we see. Even so, we are constantly consuming theatre and looking for new shows, ideas, and people to bring to The Villages to make every season one that we are proud to produce and that audiences are pleased to be a part of. 

Jason at the opening of The Studio Theatre™

Anything you want to do differently in Season 2? I would say improve but I guess that isn’t really something that can be done differently. I feel like we are always looking at ways that we can improve our process and final product. We put in so much work prior to the show opening that once it has opened everyone can finally take a deep breath for a minute before we plunge into the next one. The audience really sees the payoff to all of the work everyone has already put in. But I take nothing away from the actors, musicians, technicians, and staff that are there every night making the show happen. I think I am getting off topic.  I think we made some errors, I think there are things that can be improved, I think we can do better, but nothing…. different. I don’t like the word it carries with it the connotation of regret and I regret nothing from Season 1.

Anything else you’d rather touch on or add? The response to The Studio has been more than we expected. I knew that I had a team of highly capable individuals. I knew that we could produce a product of high value both artistically and technically. The one thing I didn’t know was would the residents of our community have the appetite for this? Not only did they have the appetite I feel like we ran out of food. I would like to thank all of those that took a risk with us and went on this journey. I would like to thank my entire team for the amazing work that they have done. And rest assured we will be back in Season 2 with more artistic sustenance. 

Jason with Abby Bobb & Whitney Morse




The Studio Theatre™ Tierra del Sol closed on its third production Sunday, March 19, 2017. Along with a farewell to the musical The Last 5 Years, came a tearful goodbye to Actor Brian Zealand, who has starred in the first three productions this inaugural season. Zealand is now a very familiar face on The Studio’s stage and will be greatly missed by the cast, crew, and audiences. Next up….Proof. Rehearsals are already well underway for the award winning play written by David Auburn and starring Jill Jones, Whitney Morse, Nicu Brouillette, and Lon Ward Abrams. Brian Zealand

Jason Goedken (Prod and Trevin Cooper (Ducer) irector)

Musicians/Band & Jason


Closing The Last 5 Years



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