The “Gems” of Florida’s Treasure Coast

By Gina Smith

The golf industry along Florida’s Treasure Coast continues to flourish as players enjoy some of the most some of the most challenging, beautiful, well-manicured golf courses in the United States. The Sebastian Municipal Golf Course in Sebastian, Fairwinds Golf Course in Ft. Pierce and Sandridge Golf Club in Vero Beach are exceptional municipal facilities which won’t break the bank.

Both Fairwinds and Sandridge are rated 4.5 stars on Golf Digest’s Recommended Places to Play listing. Sandridge offers two distinguished, 18-hole championship courses. Put your swing to the test at the 14th hole island green on Sandridge’s Lakes course – touted as one of the toughest holes in South Florida. Golf Now features highlights of many of the Treasure Coasts’ esteemed municipal, public and private golf courses.

Just a short drive south, Jupiter and Jupiter Island have become a hotspot for top PGA pros. Tiger Woods, Nick Price, Ernie Els, Robert Allenby, Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler and Jesper Parnevik are among the leading tour players who have chosen to call this beautiful area home. Jupiter was also host to the 95th Florida State Golf Association Amateur Championship, which was just held on June 21st – 24th.

If you’re looking for a world class golf experience, Florida’s Treasure Coast offers a variety of “gems” to fit any budget and every playing style. Some courses offer special rates for residents. Be sure to check out Golf Now for course overviews and ratings to help you plan a perfect South Florida golf experience.

Gina Smith writes freelance articles for magazines, online outlets and publications. Smith, also an avid golfer, covers the latest topics in the golf, tourism, technology and entertainment industries.

Megacon to Host Florida Premiere of Blood Shot

The Megacon Indie Film Expo is proud to present the Florida premiere of the feature film, BLOOD SHOT. This film is based upon the award-winning short film by Dietrich Johnston which originally played at Megacon in the past. Johnston, and the executive producer Andrew Wyly, transformed the positive buzz about the short film into a star-filled full-length production. Brennan Elliot (Strong Medicine, The 4400) and Michael Bailey Smith (The Hills Have Eyes, Men in Black 2), two of the film’s stars will be appearing at Megacon in support of the premiere and hope to meet their fans and make new ones.

“The idea of making a full length feature film in Hollywood is a real dream come true for independent filmmakers,” said Terry Cronin, who is the director of the Megacon Indie Film Expo. “This is a really fun action-packed movie that has incredible potential for a series. A real franchise builder.”

BLOOD SHOT is the story of a cop named Rip, played by Brennan Elliott, whose life falls apart as he chases a terminator-like vampire, played by Michael Bailey Smith, who happens to be a hitman controlled by a CIA agent played by Lance Henricksen (Millenium, Alien) . The great Brad Dourif (The Lord of the Rings) plays a notorious Middle Eastern terrorist who is plotting a major attack on the U.S. that includes detonating a powerful nuke in the heart of Los Angeles; the only thing standing in his way is an unlikely duo formed by the mysterious vampire (Michael Bailey Smith) and the cop (Brennan Elliott) who is chasing him.

Michael Bailey Smith is excited about coming to the show, “It’s great to return to Florida and see all the cool stuff going on at Megacon. I think the fans will love BLOOD SHOT and I hope to meet everyone who comes out to the show.”

The film will show at the Orange County Convention Center as part of the Megacon on Saturday, February 18th from 7:30 – 9:00 pm. Brennan Elliot and Michael Bailey Smith will take part in the Indie Filmmaking Panel and will be available for autographs and photos on the show floor of Megacon.

The Megacon Indie Film Expo showcases numerous award-winning independent short films in the genres of action, anime, animation, comedy, horror, superheroes, science fiction, and suspense. The short films will be shown Friday, Feb 17th from 6:30pm – 8:00pm. This selection of films is hosted by 3 Boys Productions the founders of the Melbourne Independent Filmmakers Festival and the creators of the horror adventure comic series “Students of the Unusual”. Donations will be accepted for the Hero Initiative.

For more information go to www.megaconvention.com

or www.studentsoftheunusual.com

BLOOD SHOT IMDB- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1196124/

“Cinderella The Musical” to Premiere at Vero Beach Theater Guild

Make no mistake about it, Indian River Charter High Schumann School for the Performing Arts production of “Cinderella The Musical” is sure to be a hit. The show will be given at the Vero Beach Theater Guild February 2nd, 3rd and 4th at 7:00pm and February 4th and 5th at 2:00 pm. Tickets can be purchased online by clicking on the “Ticket” tap at www.irchsonline.org.

Students performed a sneak peek of some of the popular musical numbers at By the River today and it was thoroughly enjoyed by the residents and guests. By the River is Sebastian’s affordable senior living community. It was the dream and vision of spiritual teacher Ma Jaya to have a place that seniors can call “home” and live comfortably in a vibrant community.

Marissa Hunt (stepsister Grace), Kaitlin Ruby and Mariah Moore (Joy the stepsister)

The story of Cinderella has been told for more than a hundred years in countless cultures. Threatre director, Michael Naffziger, said that this year they had so many talented kids that he dual-cast all the roles, except for the Fairy Godmother.

Two of the Cinderellas, Kaitlin Ruby, l0th grader, and Julianne Zimei, llth grader, performed today. They are best friends and have not been competing, but rather cheering each other on. As Kaitlin said, “We tag each other. You’re ‘it’ today!”

Harry Getzov to Speak at Treasure Coast Community Health Foundation Luncheon

Steve Dorrance Speaks with Judyth Piazza about Treasure Coast Community Health Foundation on The American Perspective Radio Program – Click to listen

“The way a nation treats its sick and aging is a direct reflection on the character of the nation as a whole. Harry Getzov and Treasure Coast Community Health Foundation have created a 21st century model that strives toward eldercation and available healthcare. I am proud to be part of these important changes.” Judyth Piazza

Steve Dorrance

Harry Getzov, author, national speaker, and upcoming guest on The View and The Doctors will be speaking in Vero Beach at The Quail Valley River Club on December 5 for the benefit of Treasure Coast Community Health. Harry most recently wrote gOLD, a book of fascinating stories from inspired conversations with Hugh Downs, Maya Angelou (one of the great voices of contemporary literature), Jerry Vale, former major league baseball player William Moose Skowron and nearly 1,600 others. “He is thoughtful, caring and amusing, all at the same time! His uplifting and insightful view of the cycles of our lives is prescient for all, including the boomers who are on deck next, and those who are enjoying the golden years.”

Harry Getzov

Mr. Getzov`s Background

Mr. Getzov is an accomplished attorney, educated at Emory University School of Law. Mr. Getzov obtained a bachelor`s degree from Boston University`s College of Liberal Arts and studied at the Brookdale Center on Aging of Hunter College. As a prolific writer, his articles have appeared in the New York Daily News, Newsday, The Dallas Morning News, The Kansas City Star and amNew York, and he has been a guest on radio in the communities he has visited throughout the country. He spent many years in New York City and Hollywood as an entertainment lawyer. He has an insider`s perspective on an industry most will never experience.

To Benefit Treasure Coast Community Health

Mr. Getzov has generously agreed to make this presentation for the benefit of the Treasure Coast Community Health Foundation (TCCHF). Treasure Coast Community Health provides a wide range of medical, dental and behavioral healthcare services, and is a healthcare home to 20,000 Indian River County residents. We accept Medicare and Medicaid patients, populations of importance to Harry.

Event Details

While overlooking the Indian River from the main dining room, attendees will be served an exceptional lunch by a dedicated staff, and receive a complimentary copy of Mr. Getzov`s book. Please call 772-571-1983 to make a reservation for the December 5th luncheon starting at 11:45 a.m. or request additional information. The TCCH Foundation will benefit from your $50 per person, tax deductible contribution.

Generously sponsored by the Brackett Family Foundation

Judyth Piazza chats with Harry J. Getzov, Author of gOLD, The Extraordinary Side of Aging Revealed Through Inspiring Conversations …

Judyth Piazza interviews Steve Dorrance, Executive Director of Treasure Coast Community Health Foundation…

20th Avenue Church of God Fall Carnival – Vero Beach

20th Avenue Church of God is pleased to announce their annual Children’s Fall Carnival on Saturday, October 29th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 775 20th Avenue, Vero Beach, Florida (772) 562-2235.

Fun For All Ages

The carnival will have games and prizes, a moonwalk, giant slides, food, fun and much more.

All proceeds will benefit The Children’s Ministry, K.W.A.M. 24-7.

20th Avenue Church of God
775 20th Avenue
Vero Beach, FL 32962-1454
(772) 562-2235

Church Service Times
Sunday
Sunday School-9:20 a.m.
Morn. Worship-10:50 a.m.
Even. Worship-5:50pm

Wednesday
Bible Study-6:50 p.m Youth Class (1st Wednesday)

Thursday
Prayer-7:00 p.m.

2011 Melbourne Independent Filmmakers Festival This Weekend!

3 Boys Productions announced today the program of films selected to screen at the 2011 Melbourne Independent Filmmakers Festival(MIFF). This year, the festival`s program comprises films from U.S. and international filmmakers selected from 238 entries. The 2011 MIFF runs September 9-10 in Melbourne, Florida at the beautiful Premiere Theaters Oaks Stadium 10.

“I`m particularly struck by the creativity in this year`s selections. These filmmakers are charged with telling compelling stories and engaging the audience and they really deliver” said Terry Cronin, the MIFF 2011 director of programming . “For 2011, we are pleased to be able to shine a light on Florida filmmakers who are making their way on the world-wide film festival circuit. We are particularly proud of the talent that has originated here in Brevard County.”

“On the heels of two sold-out showings at the Florida Film Festival, Melbourne native Andrew Kenneth G(a)y brings his feature film, A Beautiful Belly, to his hometown. Palm Bay`s Lee Thongkham brings his hypnotic feature, Tears of Remedy, for a special engagement on Friday. Orlando`s Jose Zambrano Casella will delight the horror enthusiasts with his suspenseful feature, The Sacred. MIFF alumnus Michael Baumgarten brings an after-hour s(e)xy Hollywood-produced thriller called Pretty Obsession which was co-produced by Melbourne`s Robin Krasny. And the short films will really knock your socks off, too! Whether its the dark humor of Matt Cantu`s zombie reality show The Zombie Factor or Devi Snively`s amazing short Last Seen on Dolores Street or the weather reality of Brevard County`s Chris Kridler and her short film Chasing Reality about passionate storm chasers, it`s all sure to be fun”

The films selected for the 2011 Melbourne Independent Filmmakers Festival are:

Features

A Beautiful Belly directed by Andrew Kenneth G(a)y

A warmly comic story of an aspiring but out-of-work children`s entertainer who gets his longtime crush pregnant on their first date: It`s engaging, entertaining, and hilarious.

Butterflies directed by Ester Brym

A feature documentary film following the lives of six young people that are prominent `weblebrities` on the video site YouTube. The film explores the new media, its power, and its future.

Pretty Obsession directed by Michael Baumgarten

A pretty eighteen year-old puts herself and her family in danger when she leads a double life as an erotic web cam model.

The Sacred directed by Jose Zambrano Casella

Five young people went on a journey, a weekend of fun, and what they found is the evil inside themselves. Sins come back to kill you!

Tears of Remedy directed by Lee Thongkham

Every teardrop comes with a story, one that endures beauty and pain, and mostly, love.

Palm Bay director, Lee Thongkham, tells a rich and enigmatic story about the power of tears.

Horror Films

Blinky™ directed by Ruari Robinson

Meet Blinky™. All he wants is a friend. The only problem is, he`s not very good at making friends.

Last Seen on Dolores Street directed by Devi Snively

In a hard-boiled town, a heartbroken woman says goodbye to an old pet and hello to a new nightmare. Sometimes, life`s a real bitch.

The Sacred directed by Jose Zambrano Casella

Five young people went on a journey, a weekend of fun, and what they found is the evil inside themselves. Sins come back to kill you!

The Zombie Factor directed by Matt Cantu

The zombie apocalypse becomes REALITY on The Zombie Factor, the most dangerous show on television.

Florida Shorts

This year`s MIFF features 18 films shot in Florida

The Adventures of Monty Moudlyn directed by Zach Hibbard

Monty Moudlyn is the friend who`s always `up`. The kind of eternal, insufferable optimist that you sometimes want to kill.

The Breakdown directed by Robby Sparks 

Stress relief never felt so good!

Burial Island directed by Ray and Migdalia Etheridge

Two friends set up camp on a deserted island in the Everglades which had once been an ancient Indian burial ground. (Plus preview of The Money Trail directed by Ray and Migdalia Etheridge)

Chasing Reality directed by Chris Kridler

Storm chasing is portrayed as an extreme sport on television, but the reality is dramatically different. In this documentary, storm chasers talk about life on the road, their peculiar relationship with their cars, and the frustration, smells and miles that go into those few moments of seeing a tornado.

Follow Your Dreams directed by Sue Dontell

A man trying to follow his dream to be a singer is sidetracked by his wife`s illness.  He has to set his priorities in that his wife is the most important thing in his life.  The wife realizes the light is gone from her husband`s eyes in not being able to follow his dreams.  She realizes the importance of following a dream as things come full circle.
The Incredible Banana directed by Paulette King

No matter how hard you think you may have it, there is always someone who is less fortunate them you.

Life Lessons directed by Paulette King

A sister saves the day for her seven year old brother

Maybe directed by Kevin Shah

An average guy Jim trys to find a girlfriend. Jim gets “Maybe`ed” every time and there seems to be no hope, till he meets Rachel. This is a light-hearted take on dating, relationships and being average. A movie inspired by true events.

Melbourne, FL: December/January:

Home  directed by Craig Weinstein

A short nonfiction (mostly) collage of the filmmaker`s home of Melbourne over a winter holiday.

No Boundaries directed by Paulette King

Trusted neighbor is having an affair with her next door neighbor`s son.

The Red Shoes directed by Sue Dontell

“I cried because I had no shoes until I met someone who had no feet.`  A girl learns a valuable life lesson to be grateful for what you do have rather than to be unhappy about what you don`t have.  There is always someone in this world worse off than you.

Special Sneak Preview of “The Space Coast” directed by Lear Bunda

Starring Dana Snyder(Aqua Teen Hunger Force), Amber Freeman, Pat Martin, Dustin Harbin

Twilight of Youth directed by Jerald Fine

Brash, young stockbroker who despises the elderly contracts a strange virus that rapidly ages him.

Vestiges directed by Alex Sushil

Calvin Fields has an appointment with a dermatologist.

Extraordinary Shorts

Caught Short directed by Will Hall-Smith United Kingdom

A scatological romantic comedy.

Crossing Salween directed by Brian O`Malley Thailand/Ireland

In eastern Burma, a young girl named Ho Reh finds herself orphaned after the massacre of her village by the army. She must make the arduous journey to the Salween River that divides the horrors of Burma from the safety of Thailand.

Fumbling Toward Ecstasy directed by Gemma Faith Ireland

Offers comfort in its familiar Irish surroundings yet challenges stereotype, daring to explore female s(e)xuality in later stages of life.

Goliath directed by Ryan Daniel McKinney USA

After contracting HIV, a boy struggles with what is out of his control while his father tries to hold it together by looking to hold someone accountable.

Happenstance directed by Sandy Pranjic & Victoria Strehlau Canada

A cautionary tale.

Karate Wipe directed by Virginia Abramovich USA

A comedic exploration of one of the many challenges of fatherhood.
Loft directed by Gareth Chambers Ireland

A man and his pigeons live in fear of a young boy and his soccer ball…something must be done!

Manhood directed by Melanie M. Jones Canada 

Forced to flee to the woods when war strikes their cozy suburban neighborhood, Midge continues her quest to turn her husband Harold into a paragon of manliness with surprising results.

Ol` One Eye directed by Brain Folan Ireland

An old man gets a new glass eye, however this is not your standard prosthetic. To his amazement he discovers that he can in fact see with his new eye.

Orange Desespoir Directed by John Banana France

What happens when a small sad orange decides to leave for the other side of the shop to meet a bunch of fun dancing pineapples ?

Rest Stop directed by Melanie M. Jones Canada

Danny must make difficult choices and live with the consequences of his actions while hitchhiking through Northern British Columbia.
Signs directed by Vincent Gallagher Ireland

There is magic in what we see every day. Sometimes we just have to look hard enough.

Festival Sponsors

The 2011 Melbourne Independent Filmmakers Festival sponsors include: Celebrity Level Sponsors- A Cut Above Video, Premiere Theaters Oaks Stadium 10, Treasure Coast Dermatology; Leadership Sponsors-Browning`s, The Courtyard at the Oaks, Academy Award Sponsors- Against the Grain Tattoos, Bill and Karen Slover. Food sponsors include The Courtyard at the Oaks, Flo`s Catering, Freddie D`s, Forever Soul Ichabod`s, Island Pasta, Miyako`s, Mustard`s Last Stand, Nature`s Market, Pizza Hut, Shells, Skewer`s, Taste of India, Tijuana Flats, and Tropical Smoothie. The MIFF recognizes critical support from the Space Coast Film Commission, and our patrons- Better Bodies, Victoria Buckley, Paulette King, Tommy “Tricks” Loomis, and Sky Diary. The support of these organizations will help the charity Unconditional Love, Inc. In return, sponsorship of the MIFF provides these organizations with community exposure and unique access to MIFF attendees.

About Melbourne Independent Filmmakers Festival

Now in its 13th Year, the Melbourne Independent Filmmakers Festival prides itself on the promotion of independent filmmakers to the Brevard County community and as a destination for filmmakers worldwide. Each year independent films are screened to enthusiastic audiences and all the funds raised go to charity.

3 Boys Productions

In 1998, a creative group of friends (Terry Cronin, Jeff Hall, Bob Lizek,and Pat Martin) decided to form a production company to produce independent films in Melbourne, Florida. This group has evolved into publishing comic books and novels including the critically-acclaimed detective series “The Skinvestigator”. They continue to host the annual Melbourne Independent Filmmakers Festival and the Megacon Indie Film Expo in Orlando.

 For more info go to

http://www.3boysproductions.com

http://www.premieretheaters.com

or join us on Facebook

http://www.facebook.com/#!/melbourneindependentfilmmakersfestival

LoPresti First Saturday to Benefit By the River

— Join Us for a Lively Discussion — 

LoPresti First Saturday Charity Breakfast, June 4th, will benefit By the River, the area’s independent living community for low-income seniors. Host author/pilot Howard Keefe, a renowned winning race pilot will share his exciting P-51 stories.

A book signing will follow for personalized autographed copies of “Galloping on Wings.” The event will be at the Sebastian Airport off Main Street, with a hot and fresh breakfast at 9:00 a.m. and presentations from l0:00-ll:30 a.m.

Remo rides available. $8 suggested donation. All are welcome to hear more about By the River and Sebastian aviation. 

For more information about By the River and tours of the community, please call 772-3888-5858

Boxing in Vero Beach with ‘Classy’ Chris Gray

Judyth Piazza chats with ‘Classy’ Chris Gray, Sweet Science Training Center, Vero Beach, Florida on The American Perspective Radio Program. (Click here to listen)

‘Classy’ Chris Gray is a spiritual warrior both figuratively and literally. A stanch family man, Chris has built a foundation of success on hard work and love for both family and God.

“My Wife is my best friend and when I am not in the ring we do everything together, I guess you could say I am more of a home body these days,” says Gray.

When asked what is the most amazing thing that has ever happened to you, Gray said, “Getting married, I never thought I would ever get married.  I love being married and that is the most amazing thing that has ever happened to me.”

Gray was also asked who he would like to meet one day and he said, “Christ without a doubt, just the amount of love that he showed for people is amazing.”

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Holy Smokes! Is it a Bird? Is it a Plane? It’s Superheroes at the Brevard Art Museum!

MELBOURNE, FL – Holy smokes! Is it a bird? Is it a plane? It’s superheroes at the Brevard Art Museum! Saturday, February 19 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Release your alter ego, free admission for anyone in a superhero costume. 

On display in the Museum are the exhibitions: Students of the Unusual: Brevard County Comic Books, Superheroes: Photographs by Dulce Pinzón, the Batpod motorcycle from Parker Brothers Choppers, the Dark Knight Batman Costume, vintage comics including Spiderman #1, original art by famous comic book artists Graham Nolan and Allen Bellman, artist for Golden Age “Captain America” comic books, and the Twenty-first Annual Brevard County Student Art Exhibition.  

What do Superheroes and comics have to do with art? Comics emphasize an interdependence of image and text. Defined by some scholars as “sequential art” there is no dispute that images in comics are essential to narrating a story or dramatizing an idea. Graphic artists use the crafts of draftsmanship and scripting, to complete the whole picture; this is accomplished through pacing, drama, humor, suspense, composition, thematic development, and irony. Sequential art is an important tool for conveying the power of ideas and its ability to convey messages effectively is dependent on the skill of the artist. 

The Students of the Unusual comic book project developed from a friendship of four like-minded individuals, Terry Cronin, Jeff Hall, Bob Lizek, and Pat Martin, who decided to make films. “The Students of the Unusual comic book project developed from our experiences in independent film and started as storyboards for some of our wilder ideals,” says Cronin, “but it has always been grounded in our love and respect of the comic art form.” Writers Cronin and Martin enlisted the aid of many talented graphic design artists including Jorge Calamato, Sergio Carriello, Luis Diaz, Dove McHargue, and others to craft visual stories, many of which are set in and around Melbourne.

A fascination with superheroes inspired local chopper artists the Parker Brothers to re-create Batman’s Batpod motorcycle. Fueled by a desire to showcase their artistic and engineering capabilities, the Parker Brothers reveled in the challenge of recreating the Batpod from “The Dark Knight” movie. Designed as a “full scale 1:1 working replica,” the steel and fiberglass machine is powered by nitrous-injected, 650cc engine and wears 508mm tires, grappling hooks, and all manner of faux weaponry including grenade launchers and .50 caliber machine guns. The Parker Brothers Batpod, a unity of inspiration and engineering, exemplifies the Museum’s ideology: “where art and science intersect, where culture and technology thrive.” 

Superheroes of another kind are the muse of Mexican photographer and former New York resident Dulce Pinzón. She photographs documented Mexican migrant workers of New York City at their jobs while wearing superhero costumes. Each portrait’s caption includes the worker’s real life name, hometown in Mexico and the amount of money they send to Mexico each week. Her meditations on the concept of heroes led her to shine a spotlight on those who labor quietly but make daily sacrifices to help others. 

Also on display will be original drawings by well-known comic book artist Graham Nolan. Nolan is co-creator of the villain Bane who will be featured in the upcoming The Dark Knight Rises Batman movie. 

Visual storytelling is a technique employed by many artists. The Museum is devoted, through its various exhibitions and programs, to making audiences aware of other forms of art in Brevard County. 

Jumping Catfish Batman! Don’t forget the Eau Gallie Arts Districts Founders Day Fish Fry from 12 to 6 p.m.

About the Brevard Art Museum

The Brevard Art Museum is a non-profit organization supported in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs; the Florida Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts; Brevard County through the Brevard Cultural Alliance; the Brevard County Tourist Development Council;  and by members of the Brevard Art Museum.

 

Visitor Information 

Location:      1463 Highland Avenue in the Eau Gallie District of Melbourne.

(321) 242-0737

Hours:           Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m., and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m..

Admission:   Adults $5; seniors $3; children and students with I.D. $2. Free for Museum members.  Special rates and tours are available for groups of 8 or more, and can be scheduled by calling Tina at 242-0737 at least two weeks in advance.

Charter High Students To Give Performance of Fame The Musical

The performance officially runs February 16-19 at The Theater Guild in Vero Beach.  By the River, located at ll065 Ganga Way in Sebastian, is the area’s affordable, independent residential community for low-income seniors. This is the second year the students have taken their show on the road to By the River. Last year’s performance was well attended and enjoyed by all. Light refreshments will also be served. The public is welcome to attend.
 
By the River offers a full spectrum of programs designed to keep seniors active and engaged in life, including intergenerational activities, volunteer opportunities, art and music classes, health lectures, fitness plans, yoga and day trips. Area seniors attend many of the programs offered.
 
Fame the Musical is about students and their struggles and accomplishments at New York City’s High School of Performing Arts. Although IRCHS is not as well-known as the school in “Fame,” it is host to accomplished directors and a pool of talented students who can study several disciplines of the arts including dance, music, choir, theater and visual arts. 
 
“I felt this musical really highlights just how talented the students of IRCHS really are,” said Michael Naffziger, Director of Theatre for IRCHS. “Many of the performers have to be able to sing, dance, act and even in several circumstances, play instruments”. 
 
The story of Fame the Musical revolves around several dynamic characters.  Nick Piazza, played by Evan Cisneros, struggles to fend off the affection of fellow acting student Serena Katz, played by Emma Cochran, to focus on his goal of becoming a famous “Method Actor.”  The comic of the show, Jose Vegas, played by Kem Johnson, masks his true feelings for the leading lady Carmen Diaz, played by Nancy Carvajal, through flamboyant flirting with every female at the school.  Fame-obsessed Carmen pushes aside her feelings for the shy pianist Schlomo Metzenbaum, played by Thomas Ingui, in the hopes of making it big in L.A. Other characters search for their identity in the arts. Whether it is Tyrone Jackson’s (Carlos Flores) struggles with illiteracy, Mabel Washington’s( Jernie Talles) quest to not be “the world’s fattest dancer,” Lambchop (Jewel Blakeslee) and Goody King (Sarah Lathem) attempts to get a band together, or Iris Kelly’s (Beth Olsen) battles to break out of poverty, all of the students at the performing arts school, just as they do at IRCHS, have to balance grades, social lives and rehearsals. And while being pressed and pushed by their directors and instructors:  Ms. Sheinkopf (Gabriella Rojas), Ms. Bell (Amellia Strazzulla), Ms. Sherman (Kacy Carvajal) and the acting director Ms. Bell (Sam McCloud).
 
The performance is directed by Michael Naffziger.  Musical Direction is by Dr. Ray Adams and Dave Mundy.  Vocal direction is by Gary Miller.  Choreography is by Hedi Khurandi with guest choreographer Geneau Escobar and student choreographer Rachel Rendon.  
 
Tickets for the full production of “Fame the Musical” at The Vero Beach Theater Guild, February 16-19 are $20 and can be purchased by calling IRCHS at 772.567.6600 ext 200 or at The Theater Guild box office one hour before each performance.