The Season to be Grateful for… Live Entertainment!

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By Zandra Wolfgram

Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) continues its eighth annual season in November with three entertaining offerings. “We love the season of giving. What better way to show the ones you love you care than to enjoy an evening of family-friendly theater. We are proud of our talented ECTC theater kids. They are passionate and put their entire hearts into their efforts on stage as well as behind the scenes,” says Nathanael Fisher ECTC co-founder and producing artistic director.

First, we have Annie Kids! ECTC’s Educational Theatre program elementary students presents one of Broadway’s most beloved family-friendly musical comedy classics. Performances are Friday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 7 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at ECTC’s location at Grand Boulevard, Sandestin. ECTC’s outreach program in DeFuniak Springs has performances at the Florida Chautauqua Theatre Saturday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 22 at 2 p.m.

With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. Annie is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of an orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan. Throw in a grumpy billionaire and an adorable dog named Sandy and you’ve got something to smile about.

Tickest to Annie Kids are $12 per person in advance and $15 at the door. Proceeds benefit ECTC and its Theatre Education programs. Purchase tickets online at www.emeraldcoasttheatre.org.

Next is Legally Blonde Jr.: The Musical. Performances are on Thursday, Nov. 12 and Friday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 14 at 2 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 15, 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Performed by ECTC thespian teens, Legally Blonde Jr. follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. Elle takes matters into her own hands by crafting a showy song-and-dance personal essay and charming her way into law school. As Elle begins outsmarting her peers, she realizes that law may be her natural calling after all. Legally Blonde Jr. features our talented teens in this energetic musical that’s fun for the entire family.

Tickets: $15 per person in advance and $18 at the door. Purchase online at www.emeraldcoasttheatre.org.

Professional Theatre Second Stage is a new ECTC offering this year. As the name suggests, ECTC’s Second Stage, is an additional, intimate performance space located separately from the Mainstage that will showcase musical cabaret acts, as well as small bands, solo musicians and performing artists. “We are thrilled to add an entirely new live series with The Listening Lounge,” says Fisher. “We invite everyone to come on out, kick back, enjoy a cold beverage and great local music.”

The first featured musical act in The Listening Lounge series debuting on Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. is Longleaf Drive. With an old time bluegrass band vibe. This local band’s name Longleaf is inherited from our local Longleaf pines, and the suffix Drive is for the punching rhythm this band produces. Longleaf Drive loves to improvise over the songs they play so you’ll hear some real Florida fresh pickin’. Known for playing many traditional tunes, as well as some classics, their song list ranges from the Grateful Dead to Jimmy Martin, with many stops between, and some originals to top it off. Tickets: $22 for adults; $20 for seniors/military; $18 students. Purchase online at www.emeraldcoasttheatre.org.

Future Mainstage offerings continue with the beloved holiday classic A Christmas Carol, Dec. 4-20; the hilarious comedy Florida Girls (Jan. 15-31) and dramatic comedy Popcorn Falls, Feb. 12-28.

In accordance with CDC guidelines, all offerings will be performed in ECTC’s performance space located at 560 Grand Boulevard, in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin in Miramar Beach. Purchase a season subscription and enjoy a 20 percent savings off ECTC’s 2020-2021 season. All seats are general admission.

To make a tax-deductible donation, volunteer or learn more about Emerald Coast Theatre Company, find them on Facebook, call (850) 684-0323 and visit www.emeraldcoasttheatre.org.

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