As it launches its fourth season this fall, Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) will be moving into the upper level of 560 Grand Boulevard which offers ample performance space and frontage on Highway 98, as well as an enviable “address.” This new location will provide ECTC with an official space that will be utilized for professional productions, educational programming and improv shows.
“This partnership with Grand Boulevard is huge for Emerald Coast Theatre Company,” says Producing Artistic Director Nathanael Fisher. “One of our goals is to help this area become a cultural destination, and this partnership is an exponential step in that direction.”
During the 2016‑17 season, ECTC will present a variety of professional programs the Emerald Coast is sure to love. This October and November, Nick Payne’s romantic journey Constellations—recently performed on Broadway by Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson—will keep your wheels turning as this two‑character drama questions the boundaries of our world. Constellations will run Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., with Sunday matinees at 2, Oct. 21‑Nov. 6.
The holiday season will welcome a haunting story as told by Charles Dickens himself through the voices of four storytellers. This year’s adaptation of A Christmas Carol—titled A Dickens Christmas—will be revised with a new twist that highlights the ghostly aspects of the story. Scrooge will be chilled by those infamous apparitions as audiences are warmed by the classic tale. Performances are scheduled Dec. 9‑24 on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., with Sunday matinees at 2.
January 2017 aims to please with Bakersfield Mist, a hilarious, true events-inspired comedy‑drama that follows unemployed bartender Maude and art expert Lionel Percy as they begin to question the true definition of art and the authenticity of people. Bakersfield Mist runs Jan. 27 through Feb. 19 with evening performances Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 and Sunday matinees at 2.
ECTC is also proud to announce that its preliminary roster of 2016‑17 sponsors include Grand Boulevard, St. Joe Foundations, Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County and Culture Build Florida (the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs). Those interested in becoming sponsors should contact Nathanael Fisher at 850‑684‑0323.
Being a nonprofit, Emerald Coast Theatre Company appreciates the support of those in the community and is currently looking for the donation of 100 cushioned chairs, a cargo van, and volunteers to help move in and set up the new location.
To find out more about the professional season, purchase tickets, volunteer, or learn about ECTC’s educational programming, please visit EmeraldCoastTheatre.org or call 850‑684‑0323.
‑ Zandra Wolfgram
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