Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) is searing some sizzle into summer 2022 with a hot live entertainment series in June.
The Summer Pop Fun-raiser serves up three fun-filled Friday evenings of pop rock and, comedy and improvisational comedy theater.
The Summer Pop Series will be held at ECTC’s performing arts place located at 560 Grand Boulevard (upstairs) in Grand Boulevard Town Center in Miramar Beach. Shows are at 7:30 p.m.
The series kicks off on Friday, June 3, at 7:30 p.m., enjoy Comedy Night, an evening of side-splitting comedy hosted by funny man Brian Hilario. ECTC’s featured comics this year are Jason Hedden of Panama City Beach, Gale MzUndastood of Jacksonville and Alabama headliner Clayburn Cox.
Improv and Stand-Up Comedian Brian Hilario has been performing around the Southeast since 2016. He’s best known for his improv work with The Side Splitters out of Panama City and the long-form Comedy-Duo Wildly Unnecessary. His stand-up explores the absurdities of everyday life, and the audience is always painfully aware that he’s paying attention. Combining the New York immigrant perspective, an Army veteran’s sensibility, and improvisational tendencies things can get a little blunt.
Jason Hedden is a theater professor and actor that took to stand-up comedy when his wife stopped laughing at his jokes at home. He lives in Panama City Beach, where he performs regularly and produces monthly shows with Panama City Comedy. He has been seen at StarDome, The Comedy Catch, Stand Up Live Huntsville, Jackie Knight’s Comedy Club and dozens of other venues throughout the southeast. Hedden was part of the Pensacola Indie Fringe and Comedy Festival, New York Underground Comedy Festival, Gulf Coast Comedy Festival and will be part of the 2022 P3 Comedy Festival. He has shared the stage with Henry Cho, Ryan Niemiller, Aaron Weber, Jenn Weeks, Ben Brainard, Chris Cope, Derrick Stroup, Cliff Cash and many other funny folks.
Born, raised, and educated in Jacksonville, Florida, Gale MzUndastood joined the U.S. Army after graduation and served in Desert Shield. She jumped into the comedy arena in 2015 and she has opened for comedy greats like Shawty Shawty from Wild'n Out, Double D, the late Tyler Craig and Don DC Curry (Uncle Elroy) from the Friday movie franchise.
Clayburn Cox is a Southern deadpan comedian with an offbeat delivery and stage presence. This Alabama native has appeared on Dry Bar Comedy, Laughs, and Juce TV. As a public high school teacher, Cox's #mrcox TikTok videos have recently garnered millions of views.
On Friday, June 10, the series continues with Back to the ‘80s and ‘90s With Shenanigans (see photo). Fight for your right to party with live music by Shenanigans Show Band. Known as “the world’s most persistent ‘80s and ‘90s cover band,” th Shenanigans will get everyone on their feet to celebrate “the most energetic decade in music history” by playing everything from Madonna to Hip Hop to Glam Rock.
In 2007, four extraordinary musicians and one very average one got together to jam in a living room. (The average one brought the beer.) The band includes Robert Brainerd (guitar), Jereme Rightley (drums), Tommy Siren (bass), Rob Brown (vocals) and Teddy Siren (lead vocals).
With five separate personalities and skill sets, Shenanigans creates a show unlike any other party band in the world. It's not a show you go to, it's a show you participate in, and a show that creates memories unlike any other. Shenanigans concerts are “must-have-beeen-there” concerts that create memories, each better than the last.
On June 17, ECTC welcomes Pensacola’s Improv Comedy (IC) Troupe: Improvable Cause to its stage. Performing the first Saturday of every month at the Pensacola Little Theatre, Improbable Cause's unscripted shows are sure to bust you at the seams with over-the-top, anything-goes hilarity. Everything is created in the moment with audience suggestions, so each show is different. Improbable Cause shows are edge-of-your-seat theater where anything can happen (and usually does).
“We invite everyone to come on out and join us for one or all three evenings,” says ECTC producing artistic director Nathanael Fisher. “This is a great way to be entertained with friends and family and show your support of our theater company, too.”
Arrive early to enjoy the display of original artwork in the ECTC Lobby Gallery sponsored by the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County. The exhibit features artwork by local artists. All of the artwork is available for purchase. Proceeds benefit ECTC and its theater education programs.
Tickets to each Summer Pop fun-raiser show are $30 per person. Proceeds benefit ECTC and its education programs. Purchase tickets online at www.emeraldcoasttheatre.org.
ECTC’s 2021-2022 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 make a tax-deductible donation, volunteer or learn more about Emerald Coast Theatre Company, call (850) 684-0323 and visit www.emeraldcoasttheatre.org. Engage with them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.