Posts Tagged ‘October 2013’

Melbourne Civic Theatre

Melbourne Civic TheatreMelbourne’s Melbourne Civic Theatre began its 2013-2014 season just a few weeks ago with Laughter on the 23rd Floor which ran from August 2nd through September 8th. While this first show has just completed its run, there are many more to look forward to this season beginning in just a couple weeks.

Started as the Indian River Players in 1951, the Melbourne Civic Theatre (MCT) adopted its new name in 1988. They currently perform in the 93-seat La Galerie on East Strawberry Avenue in downtown Melbourne. Show tickets are very reasonably priced at $25 for adults and $23 for seniors (aged 62 and older), military (active and retired), and students (must be full-time and aged 25 or younger) for individual shows. A season “flex pass” is also available at $115 for adults and $105 for seniors, military, and students. The “flex pass” allows entry into five performances, not including the holiday show.


The next show running in the 2013-2014 season is The Cocktail Hour, in production from September 28th through November 3rd. Performances will be held Friday and Saturday nights at 8pm and Sunday afternoons at 2pm. Written by A.R Gurney, this comedy is set in the 1970’s and revolves around an upper-class family and the arguments that occur after they have consumed a few drinks.

Following The Cocktail Hour production is the MCT’s holiday show, An Elvis Christmas Special, a musical variety show with special guest star Alfie Silva. Silva has starred in previous MCT productions as both Dean Martin and Tom Jones. The holiday show is one of the Theatre’s most popular shows and is running this year from November 29th through December 24. Performances will again run Friday and Saturday nights at 8pm and Sunday afternoons at 2pm with additional shows on December 23rd at 8pm and on Christmas Eve at 2pm.

Additional productions rounding out the 2013-2014 season include There Goes the Bride in production from January 17th through February 23rd, The Full Monty running from March 21st through April 27th, and The Night of the Iguana concluding the season from May 16th through June 22nd. The MCT website has additional information and synopsis’ for each performance along with open audition dates for anyone interested in participating on stage, and there is always plenty of backstage work needed. With a reputation for always putting on quality shows during its 55+ year run, if you haven’t seen a performance yet, now is the time!

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Melbourne Fla

Melbourne FlaFor the 20th year running Melbourne Main Street’s “Fall Festival” is just around the corner. The festival is being held this year officially on Saturday, October 5th and Sunday, October 6th (with some pre-events on Friday, October 4th) among the beautiful historic downtown area of Melbourne. On a typical day in the downtown area, visitors can partake in shopping, dining, and even yoga – the fall festival adds to the already vibrant area with live music, family activities, and more food and drinks!

Catering to families, retirees, and young adults/professionals, this festival is the place to be in Melbourne the first weekend in October with over 30,000 people expected to attend. East New Haven Avenue will act as the main thoroughfare for the festival with many of the side streets serving as branches with additional vendors. Main attractions this year include the main stage, the Gen-X Motors exhibit, food court, the Rockstar Energy Drink side stage, and a kids zone.


Previous years vendors and exhibits have included a variety of live music, great food and drinks, various merchants, along with face painting, bouncy houses, and temporary tattoos for kids. In addition to all this, one of the real draws to this festival is the availability of arts and crafts. This year will feature two separate shows: “The Fine Art Promenade” and “Artisans on the Avenue”. The “Promenade” will be displaying work from over 150 fine artists who will be competing for at least $3500 in prize money. “Artisans” will be made up of 60 to 70 artisans selling various wares such as decorative art, vintage goods, and hand-made creations. They will be off the main track on Deport Road.

Finally, while the daily offerings are all family oriented, there are evening and nighttime activities more geared for adults. Just off East New Haven Ave, on Municipal Lane, there will be a silent disco. Truly a hysterical thing to behold and an even more fun activity to participate in! It will be running prior to the festival on Friday from 7pm to 2am and again on Saturday from 3pm to 2am. This type of event first debuted at the Bonnaroo festival in 2005 and has since grown in popularity. If you haven’t seen or heard of this type of event, participants wear wireless headphones, all broadcasting live music. Those who don’t have the headsets will only hear silence so it looks like there are a bunch of people dancing in silence! People watching at its finest.

Make sure to stop by at this year’s 20th Melbourne Fall Festival the first weekend of October. Between the food, music, and kids zone – it will be fun for the whole family!