Local theater bolsters area with quality performances


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During the past five years, there has been something transformative happening to Brevard’s theater scene.

Steven Heron, the artistic director of the Titusville Playhouse, has rebuilt his theater from the ground up because he knows the value of quality theater for the community.

“Theater exposes our communities to situations that make us laugh, love, but most of all, think,” he said. “Theater should, at some point, make the audience feel uncomfortable and through those awkward moments open the patron to feelings and thoughts they would not have been expecting to receive.”

With the variety of shows that open this month, the theaters of Brevard are bringing a little something for everyone.

The Titusville Playhouse is staging the musical “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” This musical is based on the Victor Hugo novel and includes songs from the Disney animated feature. A sweeping score, 40-person choir and powerful story makes this musical a don’t miss, instant classic. Hunchback runs from April 6 to 29.

The Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse is taking Monty Python from the screen to the stage with “Spamalot.” Lovingly ripped off from the motion picture “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” “Spamalot” adds swipes of Vegas glitz and Broadway conventions to the film’s unruly spirit. Start looking at the bright side of life from April 27 to May 13.

In Melbourne, the Henegar Center stages the play “Ugly Lies the Bone” in its upstairs black box theater. After three tours in Afghanistan, Jess finally returns to Florida. Experimenting with a pioneering virtual reality therapy, she builds a breathtaking new world where she can escape her pain. There, she begins to restore her relationships, her life and, slowly, herself. This emotional journey runs from April 12 to 22.

Cocoa Beach’s Surfside Playhouse lightens the mood with the humorous “who-done-it” play “The Games Afoot.” It is December 1936 and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his leading role in the play Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast-members to his Connecticut castle for a weekend of revelry. But when one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities in this isolated house of tricks and mirrors quickly turn dangerous. Catch this wild ride for two weekends, April 27 to May 6.

The richness and quality of productions has risen to unimaginable heights. These communities have brought gut-busting laughter alongside sorrow-filled tears. This month is no different. Support your local theater, see spectacular shows and leave changed.