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Wildlife Artist Exhibiting Paintings
At Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre
Award-winning wildlife artist Joel Loeper is exhibiting more than 60 oil paint-
ings spanning 30 years at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre during Show
Boat now through February 14. The theater is located at 1380 Colonal
Boulevard in Fort Myers. Visit broadwaypalm.com for more information.
A former Naval intelligence gatherer, Joel Loeper used the old G.I. bill at the
University of South Florida to receive his degree in fine arts. The oil paintings on dis-
play at Broadway Palm includes portraits of his hero Vincent van Gogh, endangered
animals, seascapes and landscapes. The subject matter includes manatees, roseate
spoonbills, snook, tigers, a gorilla and clownfish. More information about the artist
may be seen online at wildlifepottery.com.
Painting by artist Joel Loeper
Stories For Adults
Comes To The
As part of the Laboratory Theater
of Florida’s Speaker Series,
Sidney Simon of Sanibel Island
takes the stage. Stories For Adults is
based on his popular monthly series
with the Sanibel Public Library, First
Friday Stories For Grownups. He will
make a highly anticipated appearance
at the Lab Theater on Monday, January
11 at 7 p.m . Information is available
by calling the box office at 218-0481.
Tickets are $5 at the door, or free to
season ticket holders.
The featured story-teller of Stories
For Adults is Dr. Sidney B. Simon,
Professor Emeritus from the University
of Massachusetts, and an internation-
ally known authority in Psychological
Education. Author or co-author of 15
books in the areas of values clarification,
getting “unstuck” and forgiveness, Simon
has also written two books for children,
penned for his own when they were little.
W.W. Norton published them in the late
Simon has appeared on various talk
show programs, including The Oprah
Winfrey Show and The Phil Donahue
Show. He tells good stories, ones that
are witty and wise, but he also has the
knack for drawing stories from people
in the audience. That’s half the fun and
half the program. Come to listen, or see
if Simon’s stories trigger one from your
Simon’s stories aren’t fairy tales. No
princesses appear, and frogs don’t talk.
His stories are often right out of his
own life. Stories about growing older in
Florida, about parenting, grand-parenting,
memories of great teachers and stories
about what life has to teach us. Audiences
are advised to arrive early, as his events
fill a house quickly.
Stories For Adults with Sidney Simon
will be held at the Laboratory Theater,
1634 Woodford Avenue in the Fort
Myers River District. Doors open at 6:30
p.m . Tickets are available at the door
only. Tickets are $5; season ticket hold-
ers admitted free. Seating is limited.
by Di Saggau
Kern and Oscar
Show Boat is
now showing at
From start to fin-
ish, this musical is
It’s a riveting slice of the south with
spectacular vocals and choreography.
First performed in 1927, Show Boat
raised racial and social issues never before
thought possible in a Broadway musi-
cal. Hammerstein meant to shock the
audience in 1927, but this Show Boat
won’t shock; it will entertain in the way a
superb cast of mixed theatrical actors play
off each other.
The musical is based on Edna Ferber’s
novel about life on the Cotton Blossom,
a Mississippi showboat in the late 1880s
in a troubling south. The musical spans
several decades as it follows the lives,
loves and heartbreaks of three genera-
tions of riverboat perfor mers.
The singing is exquisite. Joe (Keith
McCoy) sings the most famous song Ol’
Man River and the result is magnificent.
Julie (Kira Galindo), who is forced to end
her career on the boat because of her
mixed race, and thus is guilty of inter
racial marriage, delivers a gorgeous rendi-
tion of the musical’s second big musical
moment, Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man.
Kern’s score is sublime. The Captain’s
daughter Magnolia (Kayleen Seidl) and
gambler Gaylord (Jesse Dalton) have voic-
es that blend together beautifully, remi-
niscent of Kathryn Grayson and Howard
Keel’s singing in the 1951 movie. You’ll
be blown away by their You Are Love
and by Seidl’s After The Ball. Queenie
(Shuga Henry) sings Mis’ry’s Comin’
Aroun’ with a sadness as old and deep
as the river itself. Captain Andy (Paul
Crane) delivers some terrific character
work as he squabbles with his hilariously
shrill wife Parthy (ML Graham). Ellie
(Sarah Cammarata), along with Frank
(Tyler Brown), inject plenty of wit and
talent as a couple of showbiz wannabes.
Their Goodbye My Lady Love is another
The chorus is first rate and the chore-
ography is dazzling. I think you know by
now that I totally loved this show. As it
ends, you are left feeling emotional and
on an absolute high.
Show Boat runs through February 14
at Broadway Palm, Southwest Florida’s
Premiere Dinner Theatre. Tickets are
available by calling 278-4422, online
at wwwBroadwayPalm.com or at the
box office, located at 1380 Colonial
Boulevard in Fort Myers.
Show Boat is playing at Broadway Palm Dinner Theater through February 14
Broadway Palm’s cast of Show Boat
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