This definitive spoof of Gothic melodramas is a quick-change marathon in which two actors play all the roles. A sympathetic werewolf, a vampire, and an Egyptian princess take you from the moors of England to Egypt and back again in this campy masterpiece.
Dwight Icenhower, Up Close and Personal
Thank you for joining us for Dwight Icenhower, Up Close and Personal. We’re delighted to be producing live shows again and are so excited you’ve chosen to join us. With our safety protocols in place, we are confident that we’ll experience a fun and safe time together. Please take a moment to read about the performers and about some of what’s currently happening at Venice Theatre. We also invite you to patronize our local advertisers who’ve helped make this show possible. Sit back, relax, and enjoy!
Learn more about Dwight and his guest star
Dwight Icenhower is a Five Time World Champion Elvis Presley Tribute Artist. Dwight is considered to be one of the best Elvis Tribute Artists in the world today. He has mastered the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s eras of Elvis’ career and has won a myriad of national Elvis awards.
Dwight Icenhower is recognized not only for his great personality on and off stage, but also for his amazing voice that has sometimes even been mistaken for Elvis Presley himself! He has performed with many of the original musicians who have worked with Elvis including: The Jordanaires, The Stamps Quartet, The Sweet Inspirations, Joe Gerchio, DJ Fontana and Duke Bardwell (just to name a few). He has taken home over 75 “First Place” awards in contests from all over the world; and in 2015, Dwight Icenhower became the only Elvis Tribute Artist in history to ever win four World Championship “First Place” titles consecutively during Elvis Week, in Memphis TN. In august 2016 Dwight’s dreams came true when he won the ELVIS Presley Enterprises Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest.
In 2018 Dwight Icenhower’s popularity was catapulted when he was hand picked by APPLE to be the face of their new worldwide advertising campaign. This amazing journey has been a dream come true to Dwight, and he wishes to continue using his incredible talents to keep the memory of Elvis Presley alive for many more generations to come.
Shawn Bryant’s portrayal of BUDDY HOLLY is widely known as the most authentic tribute to the legendary rocker from Lubbock Texas. Shawn was discovered by producer John Stuart and cast as Buddy in the Las Vegas show of the year, Legends In Concert. During his 10 years in Legends, Shawn performed at the Imperial Palace, Las Vegas, Caeser’s Atlantic City, The Rio Hotel , Las Vegas and The Palladium, Hollywood CA.
Shawn also appeared as Buddy in the Moody Blues video “Say it with Love” which appeared worldwide on MTV and VH1. Shawn has performed as Buddy in Lubbock TX (Buddy’s hometown) and throughout Canada and Mexico. In addition to his portrayal of Buddy, Shawn is an accomplished musician and has worked with and for Chubby Checker, Roger McGuinn, The Crests, Joey Dee, The Legends of DooWop and Wrecking Crew studio legends Hal Blaine, Don Randi and Jerry Cole.
PLAY YOUR PART
We are grateful beyond words for your support these past several months.
Your generosity this year has been vital to keeping Venice Theatre strong…and alive. As theatres across the nation have closed their doors forever during this pandemic, your gifts have kept us going.
Thanks to those gifts—along with a lot of belt-tightening, some PPP and EIDL assistance, and much support from local foundations—we have been able to keep our top-notch staff (albeit at reduced levels). We have also been able to prepare the theatre for operation in the post-pandemic world, with extra cleanings and Personal Protective Equipment. With the advice and assistance of medical professionals, we’ve been able to return to limited live performances, while keeping our audiences, staff, and volunteers safe.
The next few months are critical to all of us. There are multiple indications that vaccines will be available to us soon. Hopefully it won’t be long before we spend a full evening in the Jervey Theatre, laughing at—and clapping for—another exhilarating Venice Theatre performance.
We’re asking you to help us get to that evening. Even with heavy cuts to our operating expenses, we still have fixed monthly costs—mortgage, facility maintenance/repair, utilities, insurance, payroll, internet, communications and marketing—of about $148,000.
Right now we’re doing all we can to keep our classes exciting and informative, even online. We’re presenting a number of live shows, 1-3 times per week, with strict protocols and safety guidelines for all casts and crews. And we’re making some exciting plans to implement in the next couple of years. Please donate what you can. No gift is too small…or too large! We look forward to welcoming you back to the Next Act of Venice Theatre.
Thank you for joining us. We look forward to seeing you again soon!
A comedic romp into the fantasy world of Dungeons and Dragons! In this high-octane dramatic comedy laden with vicious fairies, nasty ogres and ‘90s pop culture, acclaimed playwright Qui Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all.
Starke, Florida has everything: agoraphobia, ‘80s nostalgia, spray cheese, road kill, hysterical pregnancy, a broken electric chair, kleptomania, strippers, flan and disco. Get your seats early… Trailer Park filled every seat in 2009, 2011, and 2013!
“All About Soul” performs incredible renditions of some of Billy Joel’s most requested and popular hits. A must see for any fan of Billy Joel! This truly amazing tribute pays homage to one of the industry’s most decorated, honored, and multi-talented musicians of our time.
Dwight Icenhower and his Blue Suede Band are back at Venice Theatre bringing you the ULTIMATE Tribute to the KING! Dwight is considered one of the best Elvis tribute artists in the country today. He has mastered the ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s eras of Elvis’ career and had won a myriad of national Elvis awards. In 2018 Dwight was hand picked by APPLE to be the face of their new worldwide advertising campaign.
The comedy team of Compton and Bennett are off their walkers again in this hysterical sequel to the runaway hit about the nursing home and beyond. Christmas, Hanukkah, and retirement will never be the same.
A magical Venice Theatre tradition celebrating its 20th year! Our original musical adaptation of Dickens’ classic story follows Ebenezer Scrooge (played by Brad Wages) as he reflects on his past, present and possible future.
Celebrated as the finest retro holiday party in the southeast for 5 years running, Johnny Wild brings his acclaimed Christmas Spectacular to life for two wild nights of winter wonderland fun! With classic Christmas tunes, your favorite Sock Hop melodies, guest appearances by Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper, and even the big man in red, you won't want to miss Johnny Wild & the Delights' Christmas Spectacular!
Rus Anderson has spent years perfecting the piano playing, vocals, and mannerisms of Elton John and has traveled the world over with thousands of performances to his credit. This insanely energetic performer is endorsed by the official Elton John Fan Club!
The inimitable Thomas “Fats” Waller rose to international fame during the Golden Age of the Cotton Club with a jumpin’ new beat. Ain’t Misbehavin’ evokes the infectious energy of this American original as a versatile cast struts, strums and sings the songs that Waller made famous. Winner of the 1978 Tony Award for Best Musical.
Broadway and TV star NORM LEWIS has been seen in the NBC television special, “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert!,” alongside John Legend, Sara Bareilles, and Alice Cooper. He recently appeared in the Broadway revival of "Once on This Island" and as Sweeney Todd in the Off-Broadway production of "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" at the Barrow Street Theatre. In 2014, he made history as "The Phantom of the Opera’s" first African American Phantom on Broadway.
This group of 10 seasoned entertainers is preserving the music and style of the iconic group Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. Respectfully paying tribute to all the classic "Seasons" details, Let's Hang On! also pays tribute to the Broadway show, The Jersey Boys. Capturing The Four Seasons' trademark vocal virtuosity, tight harmonies, and crisp choreography, this full-blown stage show includes "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Walk Like a Man," "December '63," and many more mega hits of the '60s.
Majesty of Rock faithfully recreates the exact sounds and nuances of the super group, Journey. They pay special homage to Journey’s best years (1977-1998) when Steve Perry fronted the band. Lead singer John D’Agostino aces Steve Perry’s golden voice, capturing his power, range and tone.
Travel to a French provincial town where you’ll meet smart and beautiful Belle, arrogant Gaston, a castle full of talking inanimate objects, and a Prince under a beastly spell. The original Broadway production ran for over 13 years and was nominated for nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
Featuring Tom Becker, a former member of the New Christy Minstrels. Tom Becker recreates the style and sound of one of America's immortal musical storytellers. Hear all your favorite John Denver songs like "Country Roads," "Annie's Song," "Rocky Mountain High" in an evening that is sure to have you singing along.
This Drama Desk winner was named one of TIME Magazine's ten best shows of 2001. With just two cast members this beloved modern musical ingeniously chronicles the five-year life of a New York marriage.
Yet another Venice Theatre very special event. The Showtime Benefit is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society and features some of the area’s top talent. Come join us for an afternoon of singing, dancing and just plain fun while helping to support a worthy cause. Be there!
The Folk Legacy Trio sings the Great American Folksong Book™, the songs of the great Folk Era from the ‘50s through the mid-‘70s. Take a journey through American Musical History with the trio's signature dynamic harmonies enriching some of the most beloved songs ever written.
Jade and Samuel E form the perfect duo combining powerhouse vocals with show stopping arrangements. The Anthems: The Music of Whitney Houston is more than the incomparable music of a legendary diva. It takes the listener on an exclusive journey, using multi-media platforms to give an inside look at the stories behind the music.
The Silver Foxes are a professionally-directed volunteer troupe who have been bringing entertainment to the area for over 25 years. These young-at-heart retirees act, sing and dance! Each March they bring a full-scale production to our MainStage, led by their beloved director, Brad Wages. Check your calendars now and get your tickets for their 28th Annual Extravaganza - "Broadway for the Chill of It.”
The facade of a seemingly peaceful Alabama town begins to crack when a young black man is accused of a terrible crime. Lawyer Atticus Finch defends him in a trial that rocks the community. As told through the eyes of Atticus’ daughter, this hard-hitting work explores prejudice, compassion and courage.
Una and Ray had a relationship 15 years ago and haven’t set eyes on each other since. She’s found him again and is seeking answers about the past. Guilt, rage, and raw emotions run high in what The Telegraph calls, “an extraordinary, no-holds-barred drama.”
Back by popular demand, with an added show! This tribute to The Eagles includes all their greatest songs, from their earliest classics like "Take It Easy," "Desperado," and "One of These Nights" to huge hits like "Heartache Tonight" and "Hotel California."
Multiple award winning Tribute Artist, Carla Del Villaggio, has entertained across the country from Miami to Las Vegas to New York City. She has the look and sound of the incomparable Barbra Streisand. From the hair down to the trademark nails, and wearing meticulously detailed replicas of iconic concert gowns, she is "Simply Streisand" in every way.
Danish prince Hamlet discovers that his uncle Claudius murdered his father and took the throne; Hamlet’s mother has married the usurper. This action-packed interpretation of Shakespeare’s tragedy will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Delight in performances from top-quality theatre troupes from around the globe. Many perform in their native language, but it’s easy to follow what’s happening because the language of theatre is universal!