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Cultural Park Theater kicks off its Broadway season with 'Tarzan'

September 21, 2017
By ANITA FORCE MARSHALL (news@breezenewspapers.com) , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

"Tarzan" will kick off the much-anticipated Broadway season at Cape Coral's Cultural Park Theater at 528 Cultural Park Blvd. "Tarzan" is a musical based on Edgar Rice Burroughs's story about the heroic ape man. Disney Productions made it into an animated film and then the story went to Broadway and now it's arrived at Cultural Park. With a score by Phil Collins, it is a family musical that brings to life the jungle and high-flying adventures.

"Don't lose track, please come out and see 'Tarzan'," said Michael Moran, executive director for the theater. "We all survived Irma and the cast now has been waiting to perform and are happy to offer some much needed theater relief. As always, the season's opening production will feature the younger performers, so this is their opportunity to get out on stage and shine."

"We are a community theater, so we are always here for the community," Moran said. "Let our theater represent a sense of relief. People need to laugh, to sigh, to relax, especially after Hurricane Irma."

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Ruthgena Augustin portrays Kala in Cultural Park Theater’s production of “Tarzan” which opens tonight.

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"Tarzan" will open on today and play through Sunday. The season will consist of 10 productions in total and the annual fund raiser.

Tickets are currently on sale for "Tarzan." New ticket prices this year are $21 for adults, $18 for seniors over 60, $15 for students w/ID, $10 for children under 12, and $15 for cast members. Group Rates of $14 per seat are available for groups of 10 or more (all seats must be purchased by the same person).

"Once 'Tarzan' opens, you can buy individual seats for any show," Moran said. "The season package is a great way to take care of seeing all 10 (productions)."

Season ticket packages are on sale through Sept. 24 for $150, the Snowbird Package for $120, and the Flex Pass Ticket Book for $155. Box office hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on performance weekends hours are from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Shows are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m.

Following "Tarzan," "Brooklyn Boys Revue" will take the stage from Oct 13-22. It's a Broadway review based on rock legends of the 1950s that come to life in an extravaganza that will leave you calling for more. You will recognize all of your favorites that will be sure to have you singing along and dancing in your chairs.

"We are very excited about our 55th anniversary in business with the city of Cape Coral," Moran said. "This is a really big deal for us. Over the summer the city has remodeled and done restoration to our theater. We are going to honor them and we want everyone to come out and see our new look."

Come celebrate the funny side of Cape Coral celebrating its 60th birthday with Cultural Parks Annual Fund Raiser the "Wizard of Tarpon Point," by local playwright Norman Marcus on Oct. 28.

"We have another milestone this year that is helping the city of Cape Coral celebrate their 60th anniversary by showing the 'Wizard of Tarpon Bay'," Moran said. "This fundraiser is all about Cape Coral's history with a light-hearted look at all our weird regulations and sponsored by the Gunterberg Charitable Foundation and Culliton Family."

The Wizard of Tarpon Bay has a notice to all Cape Coral residents: Alligator Land Company, the biggest and most powerful developer in the country, is trying to buy up the waterfront, land and buildings at the Yacht Club. Once they own the property, they're going to turn it into a gambling casino and promote the waterfront into a nude beach. Only you and the Wizard of Tarpon Point can save the city. All proceeds go to support the Cultural Park Theater and the Cape Coral Historical Society. Be sure and join the pre-show reception and silent auction. Don't miss out on a hysterically fun evening.

"The Mousetrap" will run Nov. 10-19. It is about a group of strangers who become stranded in a house during a snowstorm. Intriguing, exciting and everything we all love about Agatha Christie. Check this play out with all its intrigue thanks to the foremost mystery writer of her time.

The next production in line, "Spectacular Christmas Revue," will be held from Dec. 13-17.

"It's become a massive hit at the Cultural Park Theater," Moran said, noting that it will be the sixth consecutive year the theater has staged it. "The music and show is for the entire family and it's always well-attended."

The show takes your favorite holiday songs and adds some pop music with all the trimmings and Santa.

"The Pajama Game," playing Jan. 12-21, is brimming with songs and dances that have become musical theater standards. Set the scene at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory where lots of sparks fly between Sid, the new superintendent and Babe, the leader of the union grievance committee.

"The 39 Steps" will run Feb. 9-18.

Don't miss this interesting mixture of a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel and a touch of Monty Python. A cast of four actors plays over 150 characters in the fast-paced tale of an ordinary man on an extraordinary entertaining adventure. Filled with intrigue, thills, and riotous comedy.

The next production in line is "Sister Act" from March 9- 18.

Disguised as a nun, disco diva Deloris is put in protective custody after witnessing a murder. The safest place for her is a convent, but she and Mother Superior have lots of differences. You will enjoy Deloris's disco moves and vocal talent to breathe new life into the church and her community.

From April 6-15, "Arsenic and Old Lace" will take the stage.

The Brewster family had always been a bit odd, but Mortimer never imagined his sweet aunt's secret. They have been poisoning lonely men for years. Mix in a very strange brother who resembles Boris Karloff and a very normal fiance and watch the fun and confusion begin.

"The Odd Couple" will be appearing April 27-May 6.

This hilarious Neil Simon comedy is a classic. Put together two divorced men sharing an apartment, one an incurable slob and the other an obsessive neat freak. All this plus neighbors and friends and ex-wives will sure to entertain you.

Closing this season is "The Cemetery Club" playing May 11-20.

This comedy is about three Jewish widows who meet regularly for tea and visit their husbands' graves. Three women all with different personalities, then enters Sam the butcher who is a widower. The story will touch your hearts while keeping you smiling.

During the Broadway season, Cultural Park Theater will also host its concert season. Six performances are planned in total, including live tributes, bands, and even a magical act.

"The first of our concert series is a fun weekend with Craig Diamond the Master Magician and Comedian Sept. 29-Oct. 1," Moran said. "From Caesars Palace to the high seas, Craig has appeared on stage at night clubs, hotels, resorts, casinos, television and on luxury cruise ships around the world and we are happy to have him at Cultural Park."

Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 3 p.m.

For more information, call 239-772-5862 or visit: culturalparktheater.com.

 
 
 

 

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