Home' The River Weekly News : RWN 012717 Contents THE RIVER - JANUARY 27, 2017
Sunday, January 29th, 2:30 PM
First Church of Christ, Scientist
2390 West First Street
Fort Myers, Florida 33901
(Next to the Edison-Ford Estates)
Preview lecture on
First Church of Christ, Scientist, Fort Myers, FL
For more information,
call 239-334-6801 or email email@example.com
pray and heal
A spiritual adventure
Explore the how-to of Scientific
healing prayer. Learn how to have faith
that isn’t blind, understand God and
is a practitioner of
healing and a
member of the
Board of Lectureship.
Lake Kennedy Senior Center
Cruise To Cabbage Key, Cayo Costa
The Kennedy Kruisers are ready to commune with nature on Thursday, February
2 during a Cabbage Key and Cayo Costa Cruise. Participants should arrive by 8
a.m . prior to the 8:15 a.m . departure. The approximate return time is 5 p.m .
Visit the secluded Florida state park beaches that are only accessible by boat.
Passengers will cruise to the quiet beaches of Cabbage Key for lunch and Cayo Costa
for two hours of shelling, swimming and relaxing. Enjoy a narrated cruise along with
the beautiful morning breeze. Later, the group will take in an afternoon lunch with
friends at the quaint Cabbage Key Restaurant.
Next, the cruise will head to Cayo Costa where participants will discover some
of nature’s most beautiful shells, go swimming, bird watch and explore this beautiful
Florida treasure. The half-hour cruise back to Pine Island is the per fect time to
compare your finds while looking for dolphins surfacing in Pine Island Sound.
Sunscreen, drinks, snacks, and beach bags are encouraged. There is a restroom
available on the cruise. There are no facilities on the state park islands. Dutch treat
lunch at Cabbage Key.
Cost is $72 per member and $77 per non-member. Pre-registration is required by
Thursday, February 2.
Lake Kennedy Senior Center is located at 400 Santa Barbara Boulevard in
Cape Coral. For more information, call 574-0575.
Cabbage Kay Restaurant
photo courtesy Lake Kennedy Center
Visitors who attend the Sanibel Shell
Show love the little bags of shells
that they receive when they enter
the show. They are a “thank you for your
donation” gift from the Sanibel-Captiva
Shell Club. These gift bags are 4” by 4”
and are typically filled with about six or
eight appropriately sized shells.
The club always needs shells to fill
these bags. You might consider donating
some of your shells to the SanCap Shell
Club. Donated shells should not be larger
than a full-grown Florida fighting conch.
Ideally, each bag will be filled with shells
around the size of an adult apple murex
and might include banded tulips, olives,
calico clams, moon snails, nutmegs, or
others of that size. The shells do not
have to be from the local area. Any
shells of the right size make the bagging
process go smoothly and quickly. The
shells should be cleaned, with barnacles
removed and the sand shaken out, since
the club does not have a way to clean
them at the “bagging parties.”
Very small shells, such as kitten paws
and coquinas, get lost in the bags, but
will be accepted since they can be used
as craft shells.
Do not leave shells you are donating
to the club at the Bailey-Matthews
National Shell Museum. Contact Linda
Edinburg at 395-9426 or Irene Longley
at 283-7417 to arrange for either pick-up
or delivery of your shell donation.
At Theatre Conspiracy
by Di Saggau
Ihave enjoyed numerous plays over the
years at Theatre Conspiracy and their
current production is one of their best.
It is a deeply moving production. 33
Variations by Moises Kaufman examines
the creative process behind Beethoven’s
Diabelli Variations and musicologist
Katherine Brandt’s journey to discover
why Beethoven was compelled to write
33 distinct variations on a simple waltz by
a minor music publisher.
The cast is perfect with Lauren
Drexler as Katherine, Jim Yarnes as
Beethoven, Julia Rivera as Clara Brandt,
David Coretti as Anton Diabelli, Joann
Haley as Dr. Gertrude Ladenberger, the
archive librarian who assists Brandt in
Bonn, PJ McCready as Mike Clark who
is Katherine’s nurse, Scott Carpenter
as Anton Schindler, Beethoven’s semi-
trusted associate and – so very important
– Heidi Thompson as the pianist
who plays excerpts of the variations
throughout the play.
Katherine is in the early stages of Lou Gehrig’s disease. She poses a question in the
first scene: Why did a genius like Beethoven devote himself in his precious later years
to writing variations on a mediocre waltz composed by his publisher Anton Diabelli?
Beethoven spent three years writing 33 different variations, and it is such a treat to hear
them and follow the story line. The play is about passion, parenthood and the moments
of beauty that can transform a life. Several themes concern the nature of art and
obsession and their intimate connection to sickness and dying.
The play moves swiftly back and forth through time and space, often several time
periods are on stage together. Scenes take place in New York, Bonn, Germany and
Vienna, Austria in 1819, 1823 and the present. Its works splendidly. Screens on either
side of the stage portray various scenery including copies of Beethoven’s manuscripts.
Katherine’s troubled relationship with her daughter Clara is largely due to her disdain
of mediocrity. But does she really understand her daughter? There are many humorous
moments between Mike, and Clara. Beethoven and Schindler also have several amusing
scenes. Yarnes truly brings Beethoven to life and Drexler is outstanding as Katherine.
Each character makes this extraordinary play waltz elegantly between past and
present, fact and speculation, art and life. As to why Beethoven wrote 33 variations?
You’ll have to see the play and I strongly recommend that you do.
Directed by Rachael Endrizzi, the play is heartbreakingly real. 33 Variations plays
through February 4 at Theatre Conspiracy, located in the Alliance For the Arts, 10091
McGregor Boulevard in Fort Myers. For tickets or more information, call 936-3239 .
Joann Haley and Lauren Drexler
Jim Yarnes and Scott Carpenter
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