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17 May

Northwest Florida Theatre Festival: #AStageForAll

Shakespeare might have said that “all the world’s a stage,” but this weekend Grand Boulevard becomes the stage for the Northwest Florida Theatre Festival presented by Emerald Coast Theatre Company. In its second year, the Northwest Florida Theatre Festival is one of its kind in Northwest Florida as it provides a #AStageForAll. This year, the festival will feature 15 different shows with 24 showings from various groups and organizations throughout the southeast. It is all part of Art Week South Walton.

“The NWF Theatre Festival was created to share our beautiful space at Grand Boulevard with our creative community. Often, creatives may have amazing ideas but may not have a venue or platform in which to execute those ideas. The NWF Theatre Festival hosted by ECTC is designed to literally give those creatives a stage,” says Producing Artistic Director, Nathanael Fisher.

There’s literally something for all ages from aerialists, magicians, musicals, and so much more during this five-day festival running May 16th-20th. Audiences can purchase tickets to individual shows or take part in all 24 with the purchase of an All Access Pass

Festival Schedule

Wednesday, May 16th

7:00 PM
Jessie’s Messy Mind
Messy Mind Productions
Jessie goes inside the mind of mental illness with humor, honesty, and melody! She asks about what makes us human and often finds answers in the original music she plays.
Show Rating: 18 and up
Show Includes: Strong Language, Mild Sexual Themes, Discussion of Mental Illness
Running Time: 90 Minutes
Genre: Solo Musical

8:30 PM
Poems for People Who Hate Poetry!
The Live Bard
Is modern poetry too maudlin? Too obscure? Too self-centered? Well sit down and buckle up because these tales, will recall classic poems which explore human foibles or celebrate bawdy revelry. For the past thirteen years, Peter Thomas has traveled the country, from the Gulf Coast to the Upper Great Lakes, appearing before audiences as “The Live Bard,” giving dramatic recitations of classic works of “narrative verse,” – poems that tell a story. For this upcoming performance, this “affable iconoclast” will recite, often in meter and rhyme, venerated stories that offer poignant insights into the human condition. He may good-naturedly pick on a modern poet or two, and will no doubt include some of his own curmudgeonly tales in the mix.
Show Rating: 13 and up
Show Includes: Age Restrictions
Running Time: 60+ Minutes
Genre: Spoken Word

Thursday, May 17th

7:00 PM
An Illiad
9 Muses Theatre
The Iliad is a one man’s retelling of the Trojan war and the clashing of its two greatest warriors, Achilles and Hector.  Come see as one man relives that conflict over and over and illuminates the innate rage of mankind that drives him toward war. Produced by 9 Muses Theatre company based in Bay County, whose mission is to bring productions that are professional in quality to their area. They have performed Iliad all around Bay county at Creative Con, Arnold High school and at Gulf Coast State College but this is their first time bringing the production to the Walton County area. Come watch this one man’s struggle telling this story that continues to haunt him.
Show Rating: 13 and up
Show Includes: Violence
Running Time: 75-90 Minutes
Genre: Drama

8:30 PM
The Agreement
Treehouse Productions
Sal, a writer, and Jenny, an aspiring actress, dream and work for the day when their talents will be recognized and rewarded. Sharing a cold water flat, they have devised an agreement by which their love and their careers remain separate. But then, one day, Jenny comes home during Sal’s writing time, and he senses that a change has come over her – she is pregnant.
Show Rating:13 and up
Show Includes: Violence, Sexual Themes
Running Time: 45-60 Minutes
Genre: Drama

Friday, May 18th

6:00 PM
Brandon Styles: Celebrity Singing Impressions & Magic Show
Gulf Shores Entertainment Agency
Enjoy nearly 60 different celebrity singing and speaking impressions, comedy, dance, magic, ventriloquism and plenty of audience participation all performed by one man, Brandon Styles! This classy 60-minute show is family-friendly.
Show Rating: All Ages
Running Time: 60 Minutes
Genre: All Genres

7:00 PM
Gardyloo
The Tiny Warriors
After two successful performances of Half Full at last year’s festival, The Tiny Warriors are proud to present Gardyloo. Justin Duncan and Cana Strong return to the ECTC stage in this new, original work.
Show Rating: 18 and up
Show Includes: Strong Language, Sexual Themes, Age Restrictions
Running Time: 60 Minutes
Genre: Comedy

8:00 PM
Winston Churchill: Through the Storm
House of Monkeys
It takes place late in the evening of July 23, 1945. The setting is Potsdam, Germany, site of a summit conference of the victorious Allies following the defeat of Nazi Germany. British Prime Minister Winston Churchill has just hosted a banquet for U.S. President Harry Truman and Soviet Generalissimo Josef Stalin. He is about to return to England to learn the results of a parliamentary election which will determine whether or not he will return to the conference as Britain’s war leader and help plan both the defeat of Japan and the balance of power in the post-war world. Over brandy and cigars, he reminisces about his personal and public life, the war, and the possible future. Moving back and forth from past to present, between his chair and a podium representing his place in the House of Commons, Churchill recalls his worst and finest hours.
Show Rating: 7 and up
Running Time: 70 Minutes
Genre: Historical Drama

Saturday, May 19th

9:00 AM
Favorite Fables
ECTC Homeschool Creative Dramatics
Join ECTC’s Home School Creative Dramatics class as we celebrate the classic tales and humorous characters that reveal the clever truths of Aesop Fables. Adults and children of all ages will enjoy these classic tales filled with familiar humorous characters and morals that contain clever truths. Stories include The Tortoise & the Hare, The Lion & the Mouse, The Wind & the Sun, The Boy Who Cried Wolf, and The Bundle of Sticks.
Show Rating: All Ages
Running Time: 45 Minutes
Genre: Comedy

10:00 AM
The 10 Best/Worst Things About Middle School
ECTC Thespian Troupe
Join a group of real-life middle school students as they uncover the wonders/perils of numerous fond/traumatizing aspects of life as a middle school student.
Show Rating: All Ages
Running Time: 40 Minutes
Genre: Comedy

11:00 AM
A Tale Dark and Grimm: The Whole Story of Hansel and Gretel
ECTC Creative Dramatics
Join ECTC’s Creative Dramatics class on an adventure through the land of Grimm as they present Hansel & Gretel – including all the scary and bloody parts (but not too scary)!
Show Rating: 7 and up
Show Includes: Violence
Running Time: 40 Minutes
Genre: Dark Comedy

12:00 PM
Aerialists in Wonderland
Aerial Teen Performance Company from Aerial Dance Panama City
A young girl who falls asleep in a meadow and dreams that she follows a White Rabbit down a rabbit hole. She has many wondrous, often bizarre adventures with thoroughly illogical and very strange creatures.
Show Rating: All ages
Running Time: 40 Minutes
Genre: Dance

1:00 PM
Teenaging is Hard
Those Meddling Kids…
Teenaging is Hard is a quick skit comedy that deals with figuring out who you really are, meeting your girlfriend’s parents and attempting your first kiss. This is a show for anyone who has ever tried to be smooth, for those who tried to fit in, and those who tried to be the nice guy but seemed to finish last. Life can be tricky (and hilarious) when you are a teenager.
Show Rating: 7 and up
Running Time: 45 Minutes
Genre: Comedy

2:00 PM
Poems for People Who Hate Poetry
The Live Bard
Is modern poetry too maudlin? Too obscure? Too self-centered? Well sit down and buckle up because these tales, will recall classic poems which explore human foibles or celebrate bawdy revelry. For the past thirteen years, Peter Thomas has traveled the country, from the Gulf Coast to the Upper Great Lakes, appearing before audiences as “The Live Bard,” giving dramatic recitations of classic works of “narrative verse,”– poems that tell a story. For this upcoming performance, this “affable iconoclast” will recite, often in meter and rhyme, venerated stories that offer poignant insights into the human condition. He may good-naturedly pick on a modern poet or two, and will no doubt include some of his own curmudgeonly tales in the mix.
Show Rating: 13 and up
Show Includes: Age Restrictions
Running Time: 60+ Minutes
Genre: Spoken Word

3:00 PM
Winston Churchill: Through the Storm
House of Monkeys
It takes place late in the evening of July 23, 1945. The setting is Potsdam, Germany, site of a summit conference of the victorious Allies following the defeat of Nazi Germany. British Prime Minister Winston Churchill has just hosted a banquet for U.S. President Harry Truman and Soviet Generalissimo Josef Stalin. He is about to return to England to learn the results of a parliamentary election which will determine whether or not he will return to the conference as Britain’s war leader and help plan both the defeat of Japan and the balance of power in the post-war world. Over brandy and cigars, he reminisces about his personal and public life, the war, and the possible future. Moving back and forth from past to present, between his chair and a podium representing his place in the House of Commons, Churchill recalls his worst and finest hours.
Show Rating: 7 and up
Running Time: 70 Minutes
Genre: Historical Drama

4:30 PM
Jessie’s Messy Mind
Messy Mind Productions
Jessie goes inside the mind of mental illness with humor, honesty, and melody! She asks about what makes us human and often finds answers in the original music she plays.
Show Rating: 18 and up
Show Includes: Strong Language, Mild Sexual Themes, Discussion of Mental Illness
Running Time: 90 Minutes
Genre: Solo Musical

6:15 PM
Mirrors
View From The Stage Inc. of Crestview
An ordinary man spends an ordinary evening with his ordinary family. Yet, it doesn’t quite feel ordinary at all. There’s friendly banter from teens, an adoring wife, and the eldest son asking advice. It’s ideal… but is it real? A psychological mystery about how far a man’s mind can bend to shield himself from the truth. Is it the truth of the present, the truth of the past… or perhaps, the truth of himself?
Show Rating: 13 and up
Show Includes: Heavy Themes
Running Time: 45 Minutes
Genre: Psychological Drama

7:15 PM
Gardyloo
The Tiny Warriors
After two successful performances of Half Full at last year’s festival, The Tiny Warriors are proud to present Gardyloo. Justin Duncan and Cana Strong return to the ECTC stage in this new, original work.
Show Rating: 18 and up
Show Includes: Strong Language, Sexual Themes, Age Restrictions
Running Time: 60 Minutes
Genre: Comedy

8:30 PM
Musical Theatre Mad Libs
Gulf Coast State College Theatre
Mad Libs meets Musical Theatre! Love musical theatre? Love Mad Libs? This is the show for you! GCSC Theatre students and alumni perform popular musical theatre songs with substituted lyrics provided by the audience. Hilarity guaranteed.
Show Rating: 13 and up
Show Includes: Strong Language, Sexual Themes, Age Restrictions
Running Time: 60 Minutes
Genre: Musical Theatre

Sunday, May 20th

1:00 PM
Teenaging is Hard
Those Meddling Kids…
Teenaging is Hard is a quick skit comedy that deals with figuring out who you really are, meeting your girlfriend’s parents and attempting your first kiss. This is a show for anyone who has ever tried to be smooth, for those who tried to fit in, and those who tried to be the nice guy but seemed to finish last. Life can be tricky (and hilarious) when you are a teenager.
Show Rating: 7 and up
Running Time: 45 Minutes
Genre: Comedy

2:00 PM
An Illiad
9 Muses Theatre
The Iliad is a one man’s retelling of the Trojan war and the clashing of its two greatest warriors, Achilles and Hector.  Come see as one man relives that conflict over and over and illuminates the innate rage of mankind that drives him toward war. Produced by 9 Muses Theatre company based in Bay County, whose mission is to bring productions that are professional in quality to their area. They have performed Iliad all around Bay county at Creative Con, Arnold High school and at Gulf Coast State College but this is their first time bringing the production to the Walton County area. Come watch this one man’s struggle telling this story that continues to haunt him.
Show Rating: 13 and up
Show Includes: Violence
Running Time: 75-90 Minutes
Genre: Drama

3:45 PM
Jessie’s Messy Mind
Messy Mind Productions
Jessie goes inside the mind of mental illness with humor, honesty, and melody! She asks about what makes us human and often finds answers in the original music she plays.
Show Rating: 18 and up
Show Includes: Strong Language, Mild Sexual Themes, Discussion of Mental Illness
Running Time: 90 Minutes
Genre: Solo Musical

5:30 PM
Mirrors
View From The Stage Inc. of Crestview
An ordinary man spends an ordinary evening with his ordinary family. Yet, it doesn’t quite feel ordinary at all. There’s friendly banter from teens, an adoring wife, and the eldest son asking advice. It’s ideal… but is it real? A psychological mystery about how far a man’s mind can bend to shield himself from the truth. Is it the truth of the present, the truth of the past… or perhaps, the truth of himself?
Show Rating: 13 and up
Show Includes: Heavy Themes
Running Time: 45 Minutes
Genre: Psychological Drama

6:30 PM
Musical Theatre Mad Libs
Gulf Coast State College Theatre
Mad Libs meets Musical Theatre! Love musical theatre? Love Mad Libs? This is the show for you! GCSC Theatre students and alumni perform popular musical theatre songs with substituted lyrics provided by the audience. Hilarity guaranteed.
Show Rating: 13 and up
Show Includes: Strong Language, Sexual Themes, Age Restrictions
Running Time: 60 Minutes
Genre: Musical Theatre

7:45 PM
The Heir Apparot
PB&J
Brenda, the owner of a precocious parrot, has passed and left the bird to a skeptical new owner. This whimsical story follows the unlikely pair as they navigate life without Brenda.
Show Rating: 7 and up
Running Time: 45 Minutes
Genre: Comedy

Theatre, and art in general, is certainly alive and thriving in Northwest Florida as more and more audiences are drawn to venues and events such as the Northwest Florida Theatre Festival. As ECTC’s Nathanael Fisher puts it, “Theatre has an analogous function. It is a mirror through which we can see ourselves or those different than us more clearly.”

For more information about the Northwest Florida Theatre Festival and to purchase tickets, visit their website. Don’t forget to also follow Emerald Coast Theatre Company on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Make the most out of the Northwest Florida Theatre Festival by taking in all that Grand Boulevard has to offer including top-notch cuisine and shopping. Then, top the night off by staying at one of our award-winning properties: Courtyard by Marriott Sandestin at Grand Boulevard and Residence Inn by Marriott Sandestin at Grand Boulevard.

About Emerald Coast Theatre Company

Emerald Coast Theatre Company is a non-profit theatre company based in Miramar Beach, Florida. Founded in 2012 by Nathanael Fisher, M.F.A., and his wife, Anna Fisher, M.A. ECTC’s mission is to enrich and entertain the Emerald Coast Community through professional and educational theatre. It operates year-round with a two-fold mission to provide both educational and professional offerings to the Northwest Florida Community.
www.emeraldcoasttheatre.org