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SPOTLIGHT ON STAGE


Eleanor

Hannan

ESunTimes@aol.com


THE WONDERFUL CHILDREN’S CLASSIC STORY “ LILLY’S PURPLE PLASTIC PURSE” AT AVENTURA CENTER: 

    Meet Lilly, the enthusiastic mouse who loves everything, especially cheese snacks, her new red boots and idolizes her teacher Mr. Slinger, but when she comes to school flaunting her three jingly quarters, movie-star glasses and a purple plastic purse that played a tune, when opened, she interrupts her teachers lessons on “Types of Cheese” and words that rhyme with mice. After one or two many disruptions, he takes away the purse until the end of the day. Lilly becomes humiliated and in revenge, she puts a mean drawing into Mr. Slinger’s book bag. When her purse is returned to her, she finds a note, in the purse from her hero Owen Henkes who understands her feelings for her prized possession, but tries to tell her she has gone too far when acting as she does in class, causing her trouble. Henkes is able to communicate with Lilly through her eyes, so when she goes from sad to furious, her eyebrows shift from U-shaped to hard slants. He also offers some useful advice, like apologizing in order to resolve a conflict, which is a wise lesson she learns as part of growing up and what good behavior earns.

    This enchanting play will be enjoyed by the entire family on October 25th, 2014 at 11 a.m  and 1 p.m. Tickets are $16 including free pre-show activities, face painting and complimentary snacks for the entire family. For more information, call: (954) 462-0222. The Aventura Center is located at 3385 Northeast 188th Street, Aventura.

 

THE PARKER PLAYHOUSE PRESENTS A NIGHT OF MUSIC AND MEMORIES STARRING THE DUPREES: 

   The  Duprees, known for their smooth vocal quality, recorded their first ballad, “You  Belong To Me” which was already a popular hit in 1952, but was later recorded with their Big Band arrangement. It became a national hit, selling their first million copies. The original  group was founded in the early 1960's in New Jersey. George Paxton, a former big band leader, was impressed by the group’s style and signed them to his Coed Records label. Their first single reached the U S top 10 and again ten years later with their own version of the same song. Over the next few years, The Duprees had 40 more  hits including: “My Own True Love” and “Why Don’t You Believe Me?” There were many hits thereafter as: “Puppy Love,” “Tell  Me Why,” “Lover Doll” and dozens more. Current members are Tony Lesta, Tommy Petillo, Jimmy Spinelli and Phil Granto.

    Well represented and starring on the program, will be: Barbara Lewis, Jimmy Charles, Norman Fox, The Rob Roys and The  Dimensions and Lenny Dell. A combination not to be missed on October 25th, 2014 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $51.50 to $61.50 at the Parker Playhouse in person only. Located at 707 Northeast 8th Street, Fort Lauderdale. For more information and reservations, call: (954) 462-0222. Or: (954) 763-2444.

 

CURTAIN RISES ON NEW BROADWAY MUSICAL “THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES” MAKING ITS DEBUT AT BROWARD CENTER'S NEW RIVER ROOM: 

    The Marvelous Wonderettes is a musical comedy. It was recently played at the at the Westside Theatre in New York. The show uses pop songs from the 50's and 60's as a vehicle to tell its story that pays homage to the high school Songleader squads of the 1950's. When called upon to perform at their senior prom as a last minute replacement, Springfield High Songleaders, Betty, Jean, Cindy Lou,  Missy and Suzy rally together to entertain their classmates in four-part harmony. The songs they sing during the musical include: “Lollipop,” “Dream  Lover,” “ Stupid Cupid,” “Lipstick On Your Collar,” “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me,” “It’s My Party” and more than twenty more classic song hits. 

   The story takes place at Springfield High School. It’s prom night and the gym is decorated with homemade decorations. The shows begins when the school’s principal welcomes the class of 1958 to their Super Senior Prom and introduces the night’s entertainment, The Marvelous Wonderettes. Each are dressed in their individual crinoline skirts of colors tangerine, blue, pink and green. The story tells more about their loves, hopes, lives and dreams and a prom night that will bring back fond memories.

   The show is now playing Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through November 23rd, 2014 at the Broward Center, located at 201 Southwest Fifth Avenue, Fort Lauderdale. Tickets are $45. Drinks, desserts and appetizers are available. Showtimes vary. For information, call: (954) 462-0222.