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Volume 3, Issue 7 July 2018



The Villages Philharmonic Orchestra Better Together

CCD: Peter Pan Jon Secada

Ethel Merman's Broadway Gary Lovini Dance to the Movies Howie Mandel Steel Magnolias Intern Spotlight Backstage at The Sharon

A Word From

Volume 3, Issue 7 | July 2018


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

Theatre Education Month: The heat has arrived, school is out, and things are a little quieter around town this month… but not at The Sharon! We have had a month full of youth education! This is a subject near and dear to my heart as my experiences in the theatre as a youth played a huge part in shaping who I am today. I had great opportunities as a young person: community theatre, high school drama, and summer programs at Lake Sumter Community College; but I tell you what, if I had the opportunities these young people have now right here in The Villages, I probably would have wept for joy. In the last month we have welcomed our interns who spend the summer working here with us. They are all in college studying different aspects of the theatre business. While here at The Sharon they get to apply the skills they have learned, and hopefully pick up a few new ones, all while earning a paycheck. In June, we also hosted The Villages Charter School’s The Performing Arts Academy. Not only did we host the final performance here at The Sharon, we also had five fifth and sixth graders here at The Sharon for two weeks learning all about sound and lights in the theatre with our technical team. They even got to have a showcase spot in the final performance. Most recently, we invited Compass Creative Dramatics back for the third year running. They are an educational theatre company out of Chicago. Two professional actors come here on a Monday morning, audition all 75 of the kids in our camp, and by Friday they were all performing Peter Pan on The Sharon stage for hundreds of people. Not only was the show adorable, but it was amazing to see how quickly children can learn and perform. We had an exciting June with all these young people, and now we are looking forward to a much needed break in July. We spend July cleaning and restoring The Sharon, reorganizing props and costumes for The Studio, and of course taking a much needed break. In the winter here much of our team works upwards of 70 to 80 hours a week. So, a little down time in July is more than well deserved. Happy summer everyone!

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$25-$65 7PM SEPT 2 - MAY 13 3

2018/19 Season

Sunday, September 2, 2018......................................................POPS Sunday, October 7, 2018..................................................Opera Gala Tuesday, November 13, 2018.................................................Messiah Thursday, December 13, 2018...............................................Holiday Friday, December 14, 2018....................................................Holiday Monday, January 7, 2019......................................................Classical Wednesday, February 13, 2019......................Celebrated POPS Music Monday, March 18, 2019......................................................Classical Monday, April 15, 2019........................................................Classical Monday, May 13, 2019.................Magical Moments of Opera Scenes


FULL SERIES (8 CONCERTS) October-May concerts with a 15% off discount WINTER SERIES (6 CONCERTS) December-May concerts with a 7% off discount (September Pops concert is not within a series. It will only be sold individually.) You can purchase tickets online, over the phone, or in-person at any of The Villages Box Office Locations.

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NOV 3 & 4

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3PM & 7PM A family that sings together, stays together!

Fernando, Susan and Zeke are extremely excited to bring this heartwarming show to the best patrons in the world. The show features some of your favorite duets and some very new trios, with the couple's 8 year old son Zeke taking the stage for the first time. You definitely won't want to miss this magical show, coming this November to The Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center!


After touring the world with Sarah Brightman and David Foster, Fernando returns home to sing with his favorite artists: his family. Don’t miss Zeke Varela’s singing debut with his parents!




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Jon Secada

Grammy Award Winning Singer

With a career spanning over two decades, two Grammy Awards, 20 million albums sold, and starring roles on Broadway, the acclaimed, romantic sounds of Jon Secada, have resulted in numerous hits in English and Spanish, establishing him as one of the first bilingual artists to have international crossover success. Adored by millions around the world, he is recognized as an international superstar by both fans and peers alike for his soulful and melodic voice. Acknowledged as Humanitarian of the year in 2016 by The Muhammad Ali Foundation, Secada's career skyrocketed in 1991, with the release of his self-titled debut album Jon Secada (SBK/EMI), which sold over six million copies worldwide, was certified triple platinum in the U.S., and reached No.15 on Billboard's Pop album chart. The Spanish-language version of the album, Otro Dia Mas Sin Verte (EMILatin), went on to become the Number One Latin album of 1992 and earned Jon his first Grammy Award, for "Best Latin Pop Album." Three more top 20 Billboard hits would eventually come from that album including "Angel," "I'm Free," and "Do You Believe In Us." The unprecedented success for Secada continued in 1994 with the platinum selling release of his second album Heart, Soul and Voice (EMI), which garnered another top 10 hit, "If You Go", and followed with his third album, Amor, earning him his second Grammy Award for "Best Latin Pop Performance." Beyond his own hits, Secada is widely recognized for his impeccable producing and songwriting skills. One of his first major breaks came from collaborating with Gloria Estefan in the late 1980s, which led to him co-writing her #1 hit single, "Coming Out of the Dark." Still friends to this day, Estefan shares the world’s passion for Secada's talent, remarking, "I've been a big fan of Jon's since I first heard his beautiful voice! He's one of those special singers that makes my hair stand on end!" Ricky Martin for whom Jon wrote the #1 hit, "She's All I Ever Had," raved, "In addition to being a great human being, Jon has an innate talent for writing beautiful songs. All of us artists who have worked with him sincerely admire him."


$20-$65 7PM AUG 20 9

Starring Rita McKenzie

A Broadway Belter Bonaza!

Ethel Merman was the best of the Broadway belters. What's a belter? She's the lady who comes out in the middle of the first act, plants her feet squarely on the stage and sings her song (preferably a raucous and stirring number) both louder and with more excitement than anyone in the show. And for 40 years you could always rely on "The Merm" to deliver the goods. When she retired from Broadway in 1970 she left people wondering if they would ever hear that sound again. Fast forward to 2011. You CAN hear it again. Rita McKenzie and I wrote Ethel Merman's Broadway because we missed experiencing those classic Broadway musical moments. This show brings back that old Merman magic. New theatergoers can find out just what that magic is all about.

movie?" Without hesitation she replied, "Why I am, of course!" Oh… I skirted around that subject and we exchanged pleasantries. And I wished her good luck. Well, it was a thrill to talk to the lady herself. This was just two years before she died. Our first tryout was at Don't Tell Mama, the cabaret club in New York City – a very successful run which led to engagements at New York's Ballroom cabaret. Next came theatrical engagements at the Pasadena Playhouse, as well as San Francisco, Boston, Miami and countless cities nationwide. Also, Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, Atlantic City and the American Jewish Theatre in New York – all leading up to the Off-Broadway production at the John Houseman Theatre on Manhattan's Theatre Row. In 1994, Tokyo was in the middle of Merman Mania (go figure). We did two tours of the country that same year. And that brings us to the historic El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood in 2011. We also adapted the show for Symphony Orchestra concerts. Rita has performed this version nationwide – with orchestras ranging from the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Cincinnati Pops, to the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center.

The idea for Ethel started when I was working at Paramount Pictures. I read an article in Variety about movie producer Lester Linsk's plans to film a biography of Merman's life. I knew who could play the young Merman – my long-term friend, Rita McKenzie. With a little Rita McKenzie is also a television and movie actress telephone detective work, I called Miss Merman, then based in Los Angeles, but her theatrical roots grow in her late seventies, at her Manhattan hotel room. deep. After introductions were made I very innocently asked, "Who's going to play the young Merman in the



AUG 25



The Violin Showman

British TV Personality and International Violin Music Star Gary Lovini was the first UK violinist to successfully bridge the gap between classical and popular music. A true showman, he captivates audiences of all nationalities, ages and tastes in music and language is no barrier to the talents of the world class entertainer. His music ranges from Classical Pop, Patriotic, Irish, Scottish, Country, Classic Rock and Disney Medley’s to Ed Sheeran, Coldplay, David Guetta and Avicci.

Alongside his theater shows and tours, Gary flies to cruise ships all over the world performing his amazing violin show to passengers. He was the youngest entertainer in Cunard history to fly on Concord to join the QE2 in Rio De Janeiro to perform alongside idols such as Neil Sedaka, Jack Jones, Dionne Warwick and Rod Stewart. He remains a major head liner act in the cruise industry to this day. During the last five years, Gary’s career highlights have included headlining at a UK festival with pop star Rita Ora and performing for Disney Cruise Lines, wowing the Disney guests with his own special form of musical magic with his laser violin rendition of Star Wars! Gary Lovini has become one of the most sought after violin star’s in the UK and is now bringing his award winning headliner show to the USA. We are absolutely thrilled to have him perform for us at The Sharon!




5PM & 8PM


Starring performers from Dancing With The Stars, So You Think You Can Dance, America’s Got Talent and American Idol.

Dance to the Movies is the new, high octane stage hit!. You'll want to Dance to the Movies! Hollywood's Best Musical Moments - Celebrated and Reinvented Live, Onstage! Seven of TV and stage's top choreographers bring to life the classic movie dances of yesterday with a fresh new vision! Starring Dancing with the Stars Celebrity Pros, So You Think You Can Dance top finalists, America's Got Talent aerialists and combining forces with singing stars from American Idol. Dance to the Movies recreates some of the most iconic characters and memorable musical moments. From movies like West Side Story, Grease, Chicago, and Moulin Rouge. With new, stunning dances to scores from such movies as Singin' In The Rain, Titanic, The Matrix and Willie Wonka. A perfect family-friendly evening of cinema magic LIVE onstage. *Dance to the Movies is not sponsored by or affiliated with Dancing with the Stars in any capacity.



OCT 12

5PM & 8PM


Howie Mandel With Opening Act Preacher Lawson

Howie Mandel has remained a constant force in show business for over 30 years. Mandel is executive producer of many shows through his production company ALEVY PRODUCTIONS, which has produced the series Take It All and Howie Do It for NBC, and Mobbed for FOX, among others. Mandel also serves as one of the judges on NBC's summer hit talent competition series America's Got Talent alongside Heidi Klum, Mel B and Howard Stern. Previously, Howie received an Emmy nomination for "Outstanding Host For A Reality or RealityCompetition Program" for Deal or No Deal and a Daytime Emmy nomination for "Outstanding Game Show Host" for the syndicated version of the show. Howie's versatile career has encompassed virtually all aspects of the entertainment spectrum, including television, film and stage. From his work on the Emmy-Award winning St. Elsewhere to the international animated children's series Bobby's World, Howie has become a mainstay of the American comedy scene. In 2009, Howie added another title to his resume, author, when he released his frank, funny, no-holds- barred memoir Here's the Deal: Don't Touch Me. The memoir that revealed his ongoing struggle with OCD and ADHD-and how it has shaped his life and career made the New York Times Bestseller list on its first week and remained on the list for several consecutive weeks. Howie started his career on a dare in Toronto in 1979 and then one night during a trip to Los Angeles he was at the legendary Comedy Store on amateur night and Howie was coaxed by his friends to get up and try his luck. As fate would have it, there was a producer in the crowd who immediately hired him to appear on the comedy game-show Make Me Laugh. His appearance on the show led to talk show appearances, a stint as Diana Ross' opening act and eventually to the television series St. Elsewhere, where Howie spent six seasons as "Dr. Wayne Fiscus" on the award-winning NBC drama. Howie's Emmy Award-nominated animated children series Bobby's World ran eight seasons on FOX and now appears in syndication six days a week in 65 countries. As the series' creator and executive producer, Howie was closely involved in its writing, as well as providing the voice of Bobby, Bobby's dad and other characters. Howie attributes the show's success to drawing the story lines from real life. Howie has done countless comedy specials both on cable and network television. He has also hosted his own syndicated talk show, The Howie Mandel Show, and continues to be a mainstay on the talk-show circuit. Howie also continues to perform as many as 200 concerts a year throughout the US and Canada. Howie lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Terry, and their three children.




Susan Albert Loewenberg, Producing Director Presents

Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling

About LATW

OCT 22

Learn More About L.A. Theatre Works


Steel Magnolias remains one of the great stories of female empowerment and resilience. The L.A. Theatre Works national tour features a diverse cast of six extraordinary women. In each of our lives, we encounter those with whom we share an indescribable bond. These special people could be siblings, childhood pals, a college roommate, a mentor-they are the ones we'd go to any lengths to support, with whom we can disagree strongly while loving deeply. They change our lives just by being in them. Our connections with them defy the limitations of distance and time. Within the walls of Truvy's beauty shop, set in the deep Bayou of Louisiana, are six women whose lives increasingly hinge on the existence of one another. Together, they absorb the passing seasons, just like the weathered wooden structure of the salon "home" that they share. What if, like these six women, we didn't have to go it alone? What if the comfort we've been searching for has always been there, right in our own backyard? At turns both laugh-out-loud funny and deeply touching, Steel Magnolias reveals the strength of the human condition and our shared need for companionship. Steel Magnolias was a popular film starring Sally Fields, Dolly Parton, and Julia Roberts. The play has had multiple New York City runs and performances staged around the globe. Steel Magnolias, a play full of memorable characters, is considered a tour de force for the all female cast.

You may have seen them perform The Mountaintop on The Sharon Stage last season!


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3 N O S A Individuality: Take the leap SE and celebrate the difference. Diana Son

Music & Lyrics by Neil Bartram Book by Brian Hill


A Doll's House


Book & Lyrics Brian Hargrove

THE STORY OF MY LIFE is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI

Preview: SEPT 25-SEPT 27 Opening: SEPT 28 Closing: Nov 4 $20 Previews $40 Performances

Henrik Ibsen

h ou l d a S t I n You B ee

Music & Concept Barbara Anselmi

Translated by Christopher Hampton “A Doll's House (Hampton, trans.)” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

Preview: NOV 27 -NOV 29 Opening: NOV 30 Closing: DEC 30 $15 Previews $35 Performances

Preview: JAN 15 -JAN 17 Opening: JAN 18 Closing: FEB 24 $20 Previews $40 Performances

Preview: MAR 19-MAR 21 Opening: MAR 22 Closing: APR 28 $15 Previews $35 Performances

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Intern Spotlight

Ani Inman - Technical Intern What is your role and daily tasks as an Intern of The Sharon/The Studio?

As an Intern I am currently working at The Studio Theatre as Lighting Operator for Defending The Caveman. At The Sharon I am doing a lot of carpentry work. I have done a lot of wood cutting and building scenery. I also have worked on a multitude of little things such as hanging and cleaning lights and helping with the set up for Don't Tell Nonnie. I love to be in the shop doing things hands-on no matter what it is. 

What do you hope to still learn before you leave?

I hope to learn a lot more from working here this summer. I would really like to learn more about scenery painting. I would love to learn different techniques and different ways to paint one thing. I would also love to learn more about audio and mixing for a live performance. I have very little experience in audio and would love to be comfortable with it. I would also like to learn about just running a theatre and what it takes. So, learn anything and everything I can from working here.

Catherine Burns - Administrative Intern What is your background / what made you interested in Theatre? I had always performed in shows through elementary school to my senior year of high school, but when I got to college I had left theatre behind to focus on education. After my first year I did my first internship at the The Sharon in 2016 and realized I could never leave theatre. What is your role and daily tasks as an Intern of The Sharon/The Studio?

I am the administrative intern so at the moment I’ve been focusing my time on prepping auditions and season 3 shows. I hope to learn as much as I can because honestly, I love it all.


Jessica Mahoney - Technical Intern What is your background / what made you interested in Theatre?

My grandma introduced me to theatre at a young age, but I didn't get very involved until high school. I never liked performing, but I enjoyed all of the behind the scenes stuff. I loved the atmosphere and the people that theatre attracts, so I decided to pursue it as a career. I am currently earning my BFA in Theatrical Production and Design at the State University of New York at Fredonia.

What is your role and daily tasks as an Intern of The Sharon/The Studio?

My tasks as an intern of The Sharon/The Studio vary from day to day. I focus on lighting and stage management, so sometimes my tasks relate to that, and other times I do things like carpentry and operating a sound board.


Jonathan Stoff -Technical Intern What is your background / what made you interested in Theatre? My background is actually in music, I've always loved music and have been going to school for Commercial Music: Technology for the past two years. I'm more interested in the sound of the theatre. What is your role and daily tasks as an Intern of The Sharon/The Studio?

My role is usually being the assistant to the resident sound engineer or running the sound board and setting up the sound equipment when he is busy doing other shows.

What do you hope to still learn before you leave?

I hope to learn more about audio in general and how it interacts with different rooms and with different sets on the stage.


Maddie Louviere - Production Intern What is your background / what made you interested in Theatre?

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I started doing theatre back in middle school, I can blame the whole technical part of it on the teacher I had at the time. He assigned me the task of running one of our shows and it kinda just stuck. I fell in love with stage management after doing some intense all-night research. I really enjoy the entire process that stage managers fall into. I love the process from beginning to end, the way you feel when you walk into a rehearsal studio for the first time to the last time you walk out of the theatre after wrapping up a show. Currently, I am a second-year Stage Management BFA Candidate at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. 6/26/2018, 11:32 AM

What is your role and daily tasks as an Intern of The Sharon/The Studio?

At the Sharon, I help where help is needed as a Production Intern. I help clean lights then re-hang them, build sets for upcoming shows for the next season, I have also helped with The Performing Arts Academy staying with the kids the entire two weeks.


Backstage with the


Performing Arts Academy

(Left) Technical Director Kenny Constant demonstrating the electronic fly system in The Sharon to children from our community who joined the Performing Arts Academy through The Villages Charter School.

(Right) Lighting Designer Weston Corey demonstrating the electronic fly system in The Sharon.

(Above) Intro to clowning class taught by Lighting Assistant Mike Giovinco (left) & Lighting Designer Weston Corey (middle) and Layna Sasser (right). These exercises taught the students about “breaking the 4th wall” and the importance of “playing to the audience.” This was probably one of the student's favorite classes. Smiles and laughs were had by all.


(Left) Story Telling Through Production seminar with Jason Goedken, Operations Manager and Kenny Constant, Technical Director.

(Right) Master Carpenter Preston Speaker introduction to theatrical carpentry.

(Left) Intern Madeleine Louviere teaching a stage management class to PAA students.





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