With its 10th anniversary season Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) presents six professional main stage productions and three Theatre for Young (and Very Young) Audiences, plus a special Year 10 Celebration — 10 reasons (and counting) to escape to the theater to have a laugh and be entertained.
“Season 10 marks a major milestone and a new era of growth for Emerald Coast Theatre Company,” says ECTC co-founder and producing artistic director Nathanael Fisher. “During our first decade we thrived because our community gathered around us and supported us. We are excited about offering children and adults even more opportunities to get engaged in our tribe and experience the comradery and joy of live theater.”
ECTC’s professional 2022-2023 Professional Mainstage productions includes six sensational offerings: a musical comedy classic, a holiday musical comedy, a Broadway comedy, a romantic dramatic musical, a dramatic comedy and a family musical.
ECTC’s season lineup includes the return of a robust roster of Special Events featuring Cabaret Revues in the “listening lounge,” the StoryTeller series, comedy nights and more. The full line up of Special Event offerings will be announced at a later date.
All professional production schedules are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m., with Sunday and Wednesday matinees at 2:30 p.m. (unless noted otherwise). All ECTC productions will be staged at ECTC’s space located upstairs at 560 Grand Boulevard in Grand Boulevard Town Center, located in Miramar Beach, Florida.
Save the date of Friday, Sept. 16, for a special Year 10 Celebration. Mark the 10th anniversary milestone with the ECTC tribe at a festive fun-raiser. Enjoy a special evening of entertainment, food and fun with ECTC friends and fans. Details to come.
The Professional Main Stage Productions are as follows:
Mainstage Musical Comedy
Sept. 23-Oct 2
Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 28, at 2:30 p.m.
Join Jesus and His disciples as they recount the greatest story ever told. Timeless songs such as “Day by Day” and “Prepare Ye” shine a light on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. At times funny and poignant, this beautiful show dissolves hauntingly into The Last Supper and Crucifixion while Jesus’ message of kindness and love comes vibrantly to life.
“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical”
Mainstage Holiday Musical
Thursday-Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 14, at 2:30 p.m.
The Herdmans are the worst kids in the history of the world–so when they crash Sunday school and demand parts in the Christmas pageant, the whole town panics. There’s not supposed to be biting or cigar-smoking in Bethlehem and soon everyone is calling for reluctant director Grace Bradley to cancel the whole thing. It’s now up to the Bradleys to help the community see the Herdman kids through new eyes in this buoyant musical adaptation of the funny and touching holiday classic.
“The Odd Couple”
Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 2:30 p.m.
Clash of the Titans has nothing on Oscar and Felix. When Oscar the slob and fastidious Felix decide to room together, hilarity ensues as the two have a showdown of epic proportions. A Broadway classic that never goes out of style, “The Odd Couple” is non- stop comedy you won’t want to miss.
“The Last Five Years”
Cabaret Stage: Dramatic Musical
Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30 p.m, Sundays at 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 2:30 p.m.
An emotionally powerful and intimate musical about two New Yorkers in their twenties who fall in and out of love over the course of five years. The show's unconventional structure consists of Cathy, the woman, telling her story backwards while Jamie, the man, tells his story chronologically. The two characters only meet once, at their wedding in the middle of the show. With brilliantly intricate music that is both gorgeous and heartbreaking, “The Last Five Years” is a beautifully compelling chronicle in the book of love.
Mainstage Dramatic Comedy
February 24-March 5
Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 1, at 2:30 p.m.
Make an appointment at Truvy’s Beauty Salon and get all the latest gossip from Shelby, M’Lynn, and the rest of the magnolias as they navigate life’s greatest joys and tragedies. Filled with hilarious repartee and not a few acerbic but humorously revealing verbal collisions, you will find a little piece of yourself in each of the characters. Filled with so much heart and warmth, Steel Magnolias touches on the gentle strength and courage that every woman carries within them as they support each other through the good times and bad.
“The Sound of Music”
Mainstage Family Musical
May 5-14: Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 10, at 2:30 p.m.
Don’t miss the world's most beloved musical based on the true story of the Von Trapp family. Featuring a trove of cherished songs, including "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," "My Favorite Things," "Do Re Mi," "Sixteen Going on Seventeen" and the title number “The Sound of Music,” this is one inspiring musical that brings joy to audiences of all ages.
Emerald Coast Theatre Company’s Professional Theatre for Young & Very Young Audiences showcases professional actors and ECTC’s Jr. Company High School Pre Professional Troupe performing productions on ECTC’s Main Stage especially selected for young audience members.
“Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat”
Theatre for Young Audiences: Musical Comedy
Wednesday & Thursday 9:30 a.m., Fridays 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m., Saturday 6 p.m., Sunday 2:30 p.m.
The Cat in the Hat knows a lot about that! Follow everyone's favorite mischievous cat in this theatrical adaptation of the Dr. Seuss classic. From the moment his tall, red-and-white-striped hat appears around the door, Sally and her brother know that The Cat in the Hat is the most adventurous cat that they have ever met. With the trickiest of tricks and the craziest of ideas, he is certainly loads of fun... but what will mom find when she gets home?
“A Charlie Brown Christmas”
Theatre for Young Audiences Cabaret Stage Musical presented by ECTC’s Jr. Company Educational Program
School Field Trips: Fridays 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Public Performances: Saturdays 9:30 a.m., Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
By Charles M. Schulz, Adapted by Eric Schaeffer with special arrangement by Arthur Whitelaw and Ruby Persson.
Discover the true meaning of Christmas with Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts Gang in this classic adaptation of “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Presented by ECTC’s talented Junior Company teen players.
“You and Me Under the Sea”
Theatre for the Very Young: Interactive Theatre
March 31, April 1; April 7, 8: Fridays and Saturday at 9:30 a.m.
This interactive live show is performed with the youngest of audience members in mind (6 months-old to 5 years-old). Flap your flippers and swish your tail as you float along the waves and explore underwater worlds. You might meet a curious sea turtle or a mischievous dolphin as you sing and clap along to the rhythm of the clam shells keeping the beat. Let your imagination run free and your fins flap along as we take you under the sea. A new work created just for you by our Junior Company teen players.
Subscriptions and individual tickets will go on sale August 1.
ECTC VIP Memberships are on sale now. VIP memberships are $500 per person and up. Silver, Gold, Platinum, and Legacy memberships are also available and include a donation to support Emerald Coast Theatre Company’s Theatre for Young Audiences and Educational programs.
The basic VIP package includes: one ticket to each of the six Professional Productions, and four Flex Pass tickets to use for any Theatre for Young Audiences, Theatre for the Very Young, or Educational Theatre production. Other benefits include a VIP name tag, VIP reserved seats (advanced reservations required) at all productions, access to the VIP Lounge, eight complimentary drinks (wine, beer, or water) for the season, recognition on the ECTC website and in the printed programs, and 10 percent off all classes, camps, and additional tickets for shows. Silver, Gold and Platinum, and Legacy memberships include all of the above plus additional tickets, flex passes, and tickets for some special events.
ECTC’s 2022-2023 season is made possible with support from Grand Boulevard Town Center, St. Joe Community Foundation, Howard Group, and the South Walton Tourist Development Council.
To purchase VIP Memberships call (850) 684-0323 or visit www.emeraldcoasttheatre.org.
For information on sponsoring ECTC, call Nathanael Fisher at (850) 684-0323 or visit emeraldcoasttheatre.org/sponsorship.
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.