Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) announces its sixth annual season on the Northwest Florida Gulf Coast.
The nonprofit professional theater company was founded in 2012 by Anna and Nathanael Fisher with a mission to enrich and entertain the Emerald Coast community through professional and educational theater.
After six years, ECTC has clearly established itself as a professional theater company focused on staging thought-provoking productions, festivals and creative collaborations as well as a valued community resource for professional acting, improv workshops and creative corporate team building.
The 2018-19 season will include a musical comedy, a hilarious one-woman show, a live radio play, a romantic comedy and an adventure-filled classic play. ECTC’s expanded programming includes a new Storytelling series and, by popular demand, additional evening performances of the Educational program productions.
All main stage productions are staged Thursday (opening night) through Saturday at 7:30 PM, with Sunday matinees at 2 PM (unless noted otherwise) at 560 Grand Boulevard Upstairs in Miramar Beach.
The 2017-18 main stage productions include:
The Spitfire Grill
Sept. 20-Oct. 7
A feisty parolee follows her dreams, based on a page from an old travel book, to a small town in Wisconsin and finds a place for herself working at Hannah’s Spitfire Grill. It is for sale but there are no takers for the only eatery in the depressed town, so newcomer Percy suggests to Hannah that she raffle it off. Entry fees are one hundred dollars and the best essay on why you want the grill wins. Soon, mail is arriving by the wheelbarrow full and things are definitely cookin’ at the Spitfire Grill. Music and book by James Valcq, with lyrics and book by Fred Alley, based on the film by Lee David Zlotoff. For ages 13 and older.
It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play
This beloved American holiday classic by Joe Landry comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings dozens of characters to the stage— and on-stage sound effects—the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers a world in which he’d never been born one fateful Christmas Eve. For all ages.
Jan. 17-Feb. 3, 2019
This charming play by Mark St. Germain tells the story of Ever, a young man with Asperger’s syndrome, who seeks the instruction of a Broadway dancer to learn enough dancing to survive an awards dinner. The dancer, Senga, however, is recovering from an injury that may stop her dancing career permanently. As their relationship unfolds, they’re both caught off-guard by the discoveries— both hilarious and heartwarming— they make about each other and about themselves. For ages 13 and older.
Bad Dates Starring Jennifer Steele
March 7-10, 2019 (One Weekend Only)
Restaurant manager and shoe connoisseur Haley Walker is finally ready to re-enter the dating world. From the privacy of her bedroom, she relates a series of hilarious tales while preparing for, and recovering from, one dreadful date after another. For mature audiences.
Around the World in 80 Days
March 28-April 7, 2019
Jules Verne’s classic tale adapted by Mark Brown—a clever, fast-paced comedy for the whole family.
In 2019, ECTC launches its StoryTeller Series, featuring professional actors presenting compelling stories and dramatic works. The performances will be in February on Wednesdays at 7:30 PM. The lineup is as follows:
Feb. 6, 2019. Stories by actor Thom Gossom.
Feb. 13, 2019. The Iliad, performed by 9 Muses Theatre.
Feb. 20, 2019. Winston Churchill: Through the Storm, performed by Bruce Collier.
Feb. 27, 2019. TBD.
For additional information on ECTC’s programs for young audiences, the 2019 Northwest Florida Theatre Festival, and more, call 850-684-0323 or visit EmeraldCoastTheatre.org.