SEASON OF THE ARTS
50 years ago, in 1973, it transformed into the St. Lucie Community
Theatre. Eventually it found its forever home on West
Weatherbee Road and named it the Pineapple Playhouse.
The January show is a twist on Neil Simon’s comic tale,
The Odd Couple, with women in the principal roles. Wait Until
Dark is the March show — you may recall it as a movie starring
Audrey Hepburn and Alan Arkin of Little Miss Sunshine
fame. Steel Magnolias, with its Southern women and their
steely bonds of friendship, finishes the season.
VERO BEACH OPERA
The Vero Beach Opera celebrates its 25th anniversary this
year. The dedicated group of people who bring these magical
operas to the local stage chose Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore
Elixir of Love, an Italian comic opera, this year with music by
the Brevard Symphony Orchestra.
Artistic director Russell Franks provides the stage direction.
Audience members will be able to read English supertitles
on the proscenium just above the stage. With plenty of
laughter, romance and love potions, it features three big duets
and the famous tenor aria Una Furtiva Lagrima.
Vero Beach Opera began life as the Vero Beach Opera Guild
but became the Vero Beach Opera Inc. in 2006. As support
grew, it evolved into a professionally oriented performing
company that has attracted major opera stars.
TREASURE COAST COMMUNITY SINGERS
The singers, based in Martin County, have made beautiful
music together for 20 years. Their goal is “to keep people
singing.” Beginning with just six founding members, they
have more than 120 singers split into youth chorus, chamber
singers for classical music, and the community chorus open
to all who want to join.
This year the singers perform Handel’s Messiah at Trinity
United Methodist Church in Jensen Beach on Nov. 19 and
at St. Bernadette Catholic Church in St. Lucie West on Nov.
20. More concerts are planned for December, March, April
and May. You’ll find a large gallery of its music online where
anyone can watch free from a link on its website at www.
tccsingers.org. The songs include I Heard it on the Grapevine,
Dancing Queen, the Isley Brothers’ Twist and Shout alongside A
Gaelic Blessing, White Christmas and many more.
Celebrating its 30th anniversary and 30th year of its popular
holiday show Star of Wonder, the planetarium at Indian
River State College’s Fort Pierce campus draws fascinated
and enthusiastic audiences for its weekend shows featuring
the planets and stars as well as for its concerts, speaker
series and children’s programs. Director Jon U. Bell writes
the scripts for the shows, one of which is narrated by Kate
Mulgrew of Star Trek fame.
“The amazing shows and special events are chief among
reasons that the Hallstrom Planetarium has been so successful
through its 30 years of operation here at Indian River State
College,” college spokesman Robert Lane said.
We have four more long-lived and well-loved theaters on
the Treasure Coast in their 40s, 50s, and 90s, serving up sparkling
shows this season.
The Lyric Theatre in Stuart is 96 this year, the Barn Theatre
in Stuart is 56. The McAlpin Fine Arts Center at Indian
N AT U R E + C ULT U R E
THE CREATIVE HEART OF F LORIDA
November 25 – December 31, 2022
VESSELS: A JOURNEY IN CLAY
BY WALFORD CAMPBELL
Jamaican-born ceramicist Walford Campbell traces an
extraordinary creative voyage, balancing and
integrating traditional pottery and avant garde
sculptural approaches to captivating effect. Vessels
chronicles this artistic journey through the mysterious
essence of acceptance in organic and refined wares,
both practical and abstract.
December 1-24, 2022 during regular hours
HOLIDAY SALE - GIVE THE GIFTS OF FLORIDA
Image Credits: Walford Campbell (b. 1960). Female Classic,
2008, coiled stoneware clay / Large Thrown Vase, 2019,
stoneware clay, wax resist decoration / Linda’s Twist,
2015, coiled stoneware clay / Thrown and Altered, 2019,
stoneware clay / Cotton Bag Series (3 pieces), 2015, coiled
porcelain clay / Courtesy of the Artist.
A . E . B A C K U S M U S E U M & G A L L E R Y
500 N. Indian River Drive | Historic Downtown Fort Pierce
772.465.0630 • www.BackusMuseum.org
The Backus Museum
Store is your pictureperfect
destination for unique
and creative gifts from
items, artisan jewelry,
specialty books, and
more festive joys await.
And exhibiting artist
Walford Campbell will
pottery available also!
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