Founded in 1978, the Flagler Playhouse had one of its best ever seasons artistically and financially, and is preparing to stage five plays and musicals in the season opening in September with “Mama Mia!”
A GOP candidates’ coming-out at the Knights of Columbus this evening, Harriet Tubman gets on the $20, “Into the Woods” starts a two-week run at the Playhouse.
A weekend rich in theater with “Wrong Turn at Lungfish” at CRT and “Unnecessary Farce,” at the Playhouse, an Aerosmith tribute band at the Auditorium, and another Flagler Reads Together event.
“Greetings,” the Christmas-themed 1990 comedy by Tom Dudzick staged by the Flagler Playhouse through Nov. 22, doesn’t quite rise to the charms or “It’s a Wonderful Life” but only a Grinch would say it’s not a pleasant Yuletide diversion.
“The Dixie Swim Club,” now playing at the Flagler Playhouse, makes more demands on funny bones than cerebral cortexes as it explores what makes women tick and men wonder about women.
Neil Simon’s “Barefoot in the Park” opens a new season for a Flagler Playhouse that benefited from a $150,000 state grant and used it to improve its stage’s wing space, provide better rest rooms and storage space.
Aside from “Urinetown,” its last play of the current season, the Flagler Playhouse’s offerings hew to traditional crowd-pleasers, which keeps seats filled, though the community theater’s leaders are interested in experimenting beyond their comfort zone.
Eleven cultural organizations applied and all 11 got cultural grants from Palm Coast government, but with many strings attached even though none of the grants exceeds $2,370, and the total awarded is still a far cry from the $40,000 budget of six years ago.
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.