A sumptuous gala and one of the most hotly anticipated Royal Palm Players productions offer two don't-miss events during a busy February season schedule.
The Royal Palm Players season reaches a peak this weekend during a three-act gala fundraiser featuring a performance by Three Divas and The Dons at the Boca Grande Community Center Auditorium.
The act will be sandwiched by cocktails at 5:30 p.m. at P.J.'s Seagrille and followed by a champagne and chocolate reception afterward.
It's a big change from the costume-themed galas of the past couple of years.
"The board wanted to do something different this year," Strauss said.
RPP talent, including Margaret Bush, returns to the stage for a saucy four-day run of "Secrets of a Soccer Mom" at the Boca Grande Community Center Auditorium. Show starts at 8 p.m. Feb. 9-11 with a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday, Feb. 12.
What: Royal Palm Players gala 'Three Divas and The Dons'
When: Begins 5:30 p.m. Friday with cocktails at P.J.'s Seagrille, the performance at the BGCC Auditorium and closing with Champagne and chocolate reception.
Why: Royal Palm Players benefit
Cost: $150 for dinner, show and reception
Contact: Call 964-2670 for tickets or got to royalpalmplayers.com.
To Go, too
What: 'Secrets of a Soccer Mom'
Who: The Royal Palm Players
When: 8 p.m. Jan. 5-7, 2 p.m. Jan. 8
The All-Star cast also includes Sandra Wood, Tad Ingram and April Whitehead, said RPP Artistic Director Michele Strauss.
"Anything we do with Margaret Bush draws a nice crowd," Strauss said.
Soccer Mom revolves around three women whom reluctantly take the field in a mothers-versus-sons soccer game. They intend to let the children win, but as the game unfolds they become intent on scoring.
The competition ignites a fierce desire to recapture their youthful good-humor, independence and sexiness, paving the way toward a better understanding of themselves, their families and changes they need to make in their lives.
Call 964-2670 for tickets or got to royalpalmplayers.com.
It's been a struggle to draw big crowds early in the season, Strauss said, but attendance usually picks up a little deeper into the season.
"Some things have been doing better than others," Strauss said. "Houses have been moderate. Blues Brothers was packed. I expect Reyn Guyer's event and 'Nowhere Man" to be packed, too. The second half of the season is always busier."