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Magical nights await



iLuminate

iLuminate is spectacular. Dancers outlined in lights on a very dark stage will amaze everyone fortunate enough to have tickets to this January show at the Sunrise Theatre in Fort Pierce.

Treasure Coast performance venues pack season full of thrills, chills, cheers and tears

BY SUSAN BURGESS

Prepare to be awed, to fall in love with, and to remember forever the shows coming to the Treasure Coast this season. It’s going to be lively, filled with dancing and singing, magic and mystery; it’s a good year to go often, and a good time to introduce young family members to the wonders of live theater.

First up in the amazing magical performance department is iLuminate, the show that takes outlining dancers with lights on a dark stage to a new level. iLuminate stole the judges’ hearts in America’s Got Talent, appeared on Dancing with the Stars, and it will take you (and the kids) about one minute into the show to know why.

The Sunrise Theatre in Fort Pierce grabbed the chance to bring the family-friendly act to the Treasure Coast, and you’ll find them on stage in January. Be wowed by the sneak preview on the Sunrise’s upcoming events page by clicking the show name and then scrolling down to the video.

Elvis lovers rejoice — the King is back, in the person of Chris MacDonald, possibly the best Elvis impersonator in the business. The Sunrise is hosting him in January, when Elvis would have celebrated his 83rd birthday.

Remember the raw and explosive voice of Janis Joplin? She was unique, and her devoted fans, some of whom remember her at Woodstock in 1969, will be thrilled to hear that voice again in a tribute show at the Sunrise in January.

SIMPLY AMAZING MUSIC
Gobsmacked! the amazing a cappella and beatboxing show, will leave you wondering how they did that, says Sunrise spokeswoman Anne Satterlee. Without instruments they manage to sound like they are playing instruments.

Million Dollar Quartet at the Riverside Theatre in Fort Pierce is a musical that will have audiences wishing they were there in the 1950s. Singers playing four of the most famous names in 20th century music — Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins — relive Dec. 4, 1956, when they came together unexpectedly at the recording studio of Sun Records for an impromptu jam session.

The January musical tells the story of that meeting, what they said and did, and how the megastars, then in the early stages of their careers, got along.

Riverside auditions actors in New York and produces its own plays. Lombardi, a play about the football legend Vince Lombardi is the theater’s February offering, telling the story of how Lombardi inspired and motivated the Green Bay Packers in the week before they won the NFL championship in 1965.

Gypsy comes to the Riverside in March, and Momma Mia!, featuring the songs of Abba, will be performed in April.

EXTRA, EXTRA
Maltz Jupiter Theatre jumps in with Disney’s Newsies the Musical, based on a true paperboy strike in 1899 when wholesale newspaper prices rose and the boys struggled to buy enough to sell. They banded together to take on some of the biggest names in New York City media, eventually winning the battle in an unexpected way.

Branford Marsalis entertains at the Lyric Theatre in Stuart in January. “In the jazz world he is one of the most amazing artists,” Lyric Director Kia Fontaine says. “He’s a saxophonist, a band leader, and a Grammy award winner.” He’ll be playing music from his extensive repertoire.

Magical pirates invade the Lyric stage on Dec. 29 when Skullduggery sails in with comedy, magic and loads of fun for families. The illusionists are internationally acclaimed for their high seas adventures merging magic with storytelling.

“We are trying to develop a well-rounded program to make sure there is something for everyone at the Lyric,” Fontaine says. “We want to entertain, educate and stimulate and within that, to diversify the type of artist we present — comedy, jazz and blues, folk, Americana and so on.”

BLOCKBUSTER SEASON
Oops — a new kind of Frankenstein is loose at the Barn Theatre in Stuart. Mel Brooks’ comedy Young Frankenstein tells the story of how the grandson of the infamous creator of Frankenstein creates a new monster that escapes and leads to a bunch of funny situations. The Barn also presents Breaking Legs and a good play by Noel Coward called Waiting in the Wings.

In Vero Beach in March, the Theatre Guild presents To Kill a Mockingbird, based on Harper Lee’s famous 1960 Pulitzer Prize winning novel. For all who loved the book, this is a great chance to see the story as a play. The guild also offers The Fantasticks and Lend Me a Tenor.

Pineapple Playhouse at the southern end of Fort Pierce has a great Oscar Wilde play, The Importance of Being Earnest, a comic masterpiece that has the audience just waiting for the next twist of the plot. The Pineapple also offers The Boys Next Door, a comedy/drama, and Incorruptible, a dark comedy set in France in 1250 A.D.

Opera lovers will enjoy Madama Butterfly with an international cast presented by the Vero Beach Opera. The Atlantic Classical Orchestra will provide the music.

The Atlantic Classical Orchestra has a great season ahead, including a January performance called Bernstein, Beethoven, Ode to Love — Ode to Joy. And in February, Prokofiev, Barber Schumann — Songs and Dances. Chamber concerts include Three Generations of Beautiful Wind Music and music from West Side Story.

The Community Church of Vero Beach is one of several churches around the Treasure Coast that hosts concerts — among them, concerts by the Atlantic Classical Orchestra. The beautiful music of the Treasure Coast Handbell Festival can be heard at the church in February. And the Vero Beach Choral Society performs there in April.

There will be a wonderful season for live performances all around the Treasure Coast.