An emerging arts alliance for Palm Coast and Flagler County would capitalize on the economic benefits of an arts scene with more coordinated projects and strategy, led by the tourism council’s conciliating voice of Georgia Turner. Obstacles remain, however.
The Palm Coast Arts Foundation, the Flagler County Art League, the Flagler Playhouse, and Flagler Youth Orchestra open their second Taste of the Arts festival today, but county arts organizations have a way to go before calling themselves truly, communally unified.
The Palm Coast Arts Foundation, lease finally in hand, plans to raise up to $7 million and build an events venue in Town Center, the first phase of a much bigger plan that would culminate in a $30 million, 2,300-seat performing arts center. It faces a tide of difficulties in a fractured arts community.
Palm Coast is willing to subsidize its money-losing tennis center to the tune of $240,000 in the last two years, but is awarding just $20,000 to support just nine arts and culture organizations. Some council members (calling the small amount “a joke”) want to change that.
Ed Hess was a Beverly Beach commissioner for at least 16 years, and had performed on stages and elsewhere for half a century, especially his Walter Brennan imitations.
“Fiddler on the Roof,” a timeless classic rendered quite effectively by Stephen Pigman’s third production at the Flagler Playhouse, is the theater company’s final play of the 2012 season. A review.
Joe DiPietro’s Off-Broadway hit comedy, ‘Over the River and Through the Woods,’ ending its run at the Flagler Playhouse this weekend, has its issues, but is worth seeing if you can make it to the second act.
What to do with four dead nuns in a freezer and no money for their burial? Why, throw a talent show and let the nun puns rip: the Flagler Playhouse’s production of “Nunsense,” running through Feb. 5, is worth an evening’s conversion. A review.
The Flagler Playhouse production of “A Christmas Carol” is rendered as Charles Dickens intended it: a sort of Christmas-time thanksgiving, a booster shot of themes playing roles as important as his characters—the conquest of greed, the capacity for redemption, the dividends of generosity.
Robert Harling’s “Steel Magnolias” was awful when it was first staged off Broadway in 1987. The greeting-card writing was dated then. Age or venue changes haven’t done it any favors, and the Flagler Plahouse production is unable to salvage it.