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Arts& Entertainment: Breeze of Nov. 28, 2012

By Staff | Nov 28, 2012

Lee County Community Band Christmas Concert Dec. 9

The Lee County Community Band will present a concert of Christmas music on Dec. 9, the second of six monthly Sunday afternoon performances this season.

Additional concert dates are Jan. 13, Feb. 10, March 10 and April 7.

All programs will be at Cape Coral High School at 3 p.m. The events are free though donations will be accepted.

Band members are musicians from all walks of life – career musicians, amateurs and folks renewing skills from years past – who reside in Lee, Collier and Charlotte Counties. The band rehearses Thursdays from 7 to 9 p.m. at St. Michael’s Lutheran School in Fort Myers; new members are welcome.

Director Richard Bradstreet has selected a program of lively, familiar Christmas music – both sacred and secular – including Christmas Music for Winds, Greensleeves, Brazilian Sleigh Bells, Christmas Sing-A-Long, and Christmas ‘a la’ Big Band.

Emcee and vocalist is Norman Jones. For more information, visit www.leecountyband.org or phone Norman Jones at 239-995-2097.

Cape Coral High School is at 2300 Santa Barbara Boulevard just north of Veterans Parkway.

Broadway Palm making miracles

As Broadway Palm prepares to present the holiday classic Miracle on 34th Street they are also trying to make some miracles of their own. Through Nov. 30 they are collecting canned goods and nonperishable food that they will donate to needy families this holiday season. For each person who brings a donation in, Broadway Palm will offer a *$5 discount on tickets purchased for Miracle on 34th Street for any performance now through Nov. 30. (*Discount is valid for full-price tickets only and is not valid on previously purchased tickets.).

Miracle on 34th Street tells the heartwarming story about Kris Kringle, a white-bearded man who claims to be the real Santa Claus. Kris Kringle is hired as a Macy’s holiday Santa where he completely enchants children and shoppers. This dazzling musical is filled with humor, spectacle, beloved songs and is joyful entertainment for the entire family

Join Broadway Palm in Making Miracles in November with Miracle on 34th Street playing through Dec. 25.. Performances are Tuesday through Sunday with selected matinees. Be sure to check out the all-new, upscale dinner theatre experience on Saturday nights. Ticket prices range from $35 to $55 with discounts available for children and groups of 20 or more. Tickets are now on sale and can be reserved by calling (239) 278-4422, by visitingwww.BroadwayPalm.com or by stopping by the box office at 1380 Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers.

Symphonic Chorale of Southwest Florida

Approximately 20 singers from the Symphonic Chorale of Southwest Florida will perform from 11:30 until noon at Santini Marina Plaza, 7200 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, on Dec. 1

The singers were so well-received last year that organizers invited them back for a repeat performance.

The full 80-voice Chorale will present concerts on Dec. 14 at 8 pm at Moorings Presbyterian Church in Naples; on Dec. 15 at 7:30 pm at BIG Arts on Sanibel; and on Dec. 16 in collaboration with the Gulf Coast Symphony, Gulf Shore Ballet and Lee Community Youth Chorus at Barbara B. Mann Hall for th ePerforming Arts at 5 pm.

For more information about ticket purchases for those concerts, please call 239.560.5695.

The Santaland Diaries

David Sedaris’ snarky holiday comedy, The Santaland Diaries, is back for a fourth season at Florida Rep, playing Dec. 19 – 30 in the new ArtStage Studio Theatre.

Starring Florida Rep regular, Jason Parrish, The Santaland Diaries follows the outrageous exploits of an unemployed writer who desperately takes a job as a Macy’s Elf and exposes the underside of the Christmas season.

The newly renovated ArtStage Studio Theatre is an adaptable and intimate theatre space where no seat is farther than nine feet from the stage, and The Santaland Diaries will be presented “in-the-round” which means the audience is seated on four sides with the stage in the middle. Furnished with 120 comfortable new chairs, higher ceilings and assigned seating, the renovation allows Florida Rep to present larger shows than in previous seasons.

Written by bestselling humorist and NPR and New Yorker contributor, David Sedaris, The Santaland Diaries is a hilariously funny and bitingly honest portrait of the Christmas season that Sedaris spent working as an Elf. Adapted for the stage by Tony winning actor and director, Joe Mantello, the play takes audiences on an Elfin journey from the interview process to the last crazed shopping days before Christmas.

The Santaland Diaries by David Sedaris and Joe Mantello plays Dec. 19-30. All seats are $25, $10 student price for FGCU, Edison and other area colleges and universities. Tickets are going fast and available online and through the Florida Rep box office at 239-332-4488.

Regular performances are Tuesday -Saturday at 8 p.m.; Wednesday, Sunday, and selected Saturdays at 2 p.m. and a 7 p.m. twilight performance on Sunday, Dec 23.

The Santaland Diaries contains adult language and content and is not appropriate for children.

Florida Repertory Theatre is located on Bay Street between Jackson & Hendry with ample free parking in the Fort Myers River District. Follow Florida Rep on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube by visiting us online at www.floridarep.org.

“The Magic of Mermaids”

“The Magic of Mermaids” by Jessi Dilich. The month of December with an opening reception Dec. 14 from 5-7 p.m. at the Cape Coral Art Studio.

Music Under the Oaks

Mother of God House of Prayer, 17880 Cypress Creek Rd, Alva, will celebrate the close of its 30th Anniversary year with a live musical concert on Dec. 2, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Bring your family and friends, a blanket or lawn chair, and a non-perishable item for the Harry Chapin Food Bank.

For more information, call 239-728-3614. Web site: www.moghop.com .