What's Happening: 'Room to Dance,' 'Treasure Island,' 'Cabaret' and more

Gainesville Sun
International touring musician Mean Mary will appear at Lightninֱ Salvage on June 11. This special performance will include songs from all of her albums and many old favorites as well.


ֱROOM TO DANCEֱ: Students in the Dance Theatre of Santa Fe will present the student-choreographed audience favorite ֱRoom to Danceֱ at 7:30 p.m. June 7-8 in the Jackson N. Sasser Fine Arts Hall at the Northwest Campus of Santa Fe College, located at 3000 NW 83rd St. A question-and-answer ֱtalkbackֱ between the audience and the student choreographers will follow each performance. Tickets are $15 for adults; $9 for seniors, students, military service members and children 12 and younger; and free for SF students, faculty and staff with college ID cards. Tickets are available from the Fine Arts Hall box office at 395-4181 or online from Showpass at . Students in the dance program typically start with technique classes in the different dance styles taught in the department ֱ contemporary modern, ballet, hip-hop, West African, jazz and musical theatre dance. Throughout their two years in the program, the students rehearse, perform on the Fine Arts Hall stage, and learn not only from dance program faculty members but also from visiting master artists and guest choreographers. Toward the end of the program, students take a course in dance composition that helps them refine what they have learned about choreography, the term for creating a dance. Of the 10 dance program graduates this year, all are either going on to higher education in dance or entering dance as a professional career. For more information about ֱRoom to Danceֱ or the SF Dance Program, call 395-4194. For more information about tickets, call the SF Box Office at 395-4181.


ֱTREASURE ISLANDֱ: Picture a world where pirates rule what we call Earth. Humanityֱs desire to find hidden treasures will take them to heights they never imagined. Based on the masterful adventure novel by Robert Louis Stevenson, ֱTreasure Islandֱ ֱ the newest production from Gainesville Community Playhouse ֱ is an epic adventure from Ken Ludwig. It begins at an inn on the Devon coast of England, and quickly becomes an unforgettable tale of treachery and mayhem featuring a host of legendary swashbucklers including the dangerous Billy Bones, the sinister two-timing Israel Hands, the brassy woman pirate Anne Bonny, and the hideous form of evil incarnate Blind Pew. Sail the vastness of space to find Captain Flintֱs treasure in this coming-of-age tale that is out of this world! Join Jim Hawkins as he navigates the universe longing for adventure with the infamous Long John Silver, perhaps the most famous hero-villain of all time. Silverֱs greedy quest for gold, coupled with his affection for Jim, cannot help but win the heart of every soul who has ever longed for romance, treasure and adventure. Catch a show at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays plus 2 p.m. Sundays through June 9 at the Gainesville Community Playhouse, located at 4039 NW 16th Blvd. Tickets are $24 for general admission, $20 for seniors and $12 for students. For more information, or to purchase tickets online, visit gcplayhouse.org.ֱ


Need a break?

ֱC鷡ֱ: In a Berlin nightclub, as the 1920s draw to a close, a garish master of ceremonies welcomes the audience and assures them they will forget all of their troubles at the Cabaret. With the emceeֱs bawdy songs as wry commentary, ֱCabaretֱ explores the dark, heady and tumultuous life of Berlinֱs natives and expatriates as Germany slowly yields to the emerging Third Reich. Cliff, a young American writer newly arrived in Berlin, is immediately taken with English singer Sally Bowles. Catch a performance at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through June 23 at the Acrosstown Repertory Theatre, located at 3501 SW Second Ave., Suite O. Tickets are $25 for general admission; and $20 for students, seniors, military and teachers. For more information, or to purchase tickets online, visit acrosstown.org.


ֱDEAD MANֱS CELLPHONEֱ: An incessantly ringing cellphone in a quiet cafe. A stranger at the next table who has had enough. And a dead man ֱ with a lot of loose ends. So begins ֱDead Manֱs Cellphone,ֱ a wildly imaginative new comedy by Sara Ruhl. A work about how we memorialize the dead ֱ and how that remembering changes us. Catch a performance st 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays through June 30 at High Springs Playhouse, located at 23416 NW 186 Ave. in High Springs. Tickets are $15 for general admission, and $10 for students and ages 65 and older. For more information, or to purchase tickets online, visit highspringsplayhouse.com.


ֱTHE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEEֱ: The fast-paced, phonetic musical comedy ֱThe 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,ֱ the newest production from the Hipp Theatre, focuses on an eclectic group of six young people who compete in the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing ֱdingֱ of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Eight spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box. Complete with audience participation and plenty of effortless improv, ֱThe 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Beeֱ guarantees a one-of-a-kind, musical theater performance that spells F-U-N! Catch a preview show at 7 p.m. May 29-30, then regular-season shows will begin at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, and 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays through July 21. The Hippodrome Theatre is located at 25 SE Second Place. Tickets run $10 to $30. For more information, or to purchase tickets online, visit . Content Advisory: PG-13. Play discusses race, LGBTQ+ themes, and has some profanity and strong language.


E.G. KIGHT: The North Central Florida Blues Society is set to bring E.G. Kight to Heartwood Soundstage for a solo acoustic gig. Over the years, Kight has emerged as a preeminent voice in roots music. In her 25-plus years in the blues, Kight has entertained on stages around the world and has received 19 various music industry nominations, including nine for Female Artist of the Year, three for Song of the Year, and four for Album of the Year. Her 2023 release, ֱSticks and Strings,ֱ was nominated for the 2024 Blues Music Award for Acoustic Album of the Year. Kight is an indisputable triple threat ֱ singer, songwriter and guitar player ֱ with her own unique blend of "country flavored southern fried blues.ֱ Her music appeals to fans across genres, and her songwriting is a true strength, evidenced by her original songs being recorded by Koko Taylor, Saffire, The Uppity Blues Women, Dorothy Moore, and Ann Rabson and Bob Margolin, among other luminaries. In 2013, Kight received the Georgia Music Legend Award, which honors people from Georgia who have contributed to the stateֱs musical heritage. The North Central Florida Blues Society also will include Bear and Robert in this show. Bear and Robert (row-bear) are Cindy Bear and Franc Robert, an award-winning singer-songwriter duo from Jacksonville. Their acoustic sound has been described as a deep well of folk, blues and Americana with a high-energy je nais se quois. Their catchy melodies, toe-tapping rhythms and soulful lyrics leave their audiences wanting more. The show starts at 6:30 p.m. Advance admission is $20. The North Central Florida Blues Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation, cultivation, nurturing and promotion of blues music. See ncfblues.org for more details.


MEAN MARY: International touring musician Mean Mary will perform at Lightninֱ Salvage on June 11. This special performance will include songs from all her albums and many old favorites as well. Mean Mary could read music before she could read words, and wrote original songs at age five. By age seven, she was proficient on vocals, guitar, banjo and violin, and her life became one long road show of events, venues, TV, radio and film. Today, Mary plays 11 instruments and tours internationally. She also is an award-winning songwriter and book author, and, recently, her original banjo song, ֱIron Horseֱ ֱ the story of a Native American maiden and her horse racing against a train ֱ received the IMAֱs Vox Populi award for best Americana song (and has been viewed more than 11 million times on YouTube. Her free performance will begin at 6 p.m. at Lightnin' Salvage, located at 1800 NE 23rd Ave. For more information, visit meanmary.com.ֱ


SUNDAY ASSEMBLY: Sunday Assembly will host Michael Hall, a senior advisor at the International Medical Corps, the Los Angeles-based humanitarian organization that has delivered health services and training in conflict and disaster zones in more than 80 countries since 1984. The title of Hallֱs talk will be ֱInternational Medical Corps Working in Gaza, Ukraine, Sudan and Around the World.ֱ Music will be provided by Sunday Assembly musicians with the opportunity to sing along. There will be a potluck lunch following the talk and program. Sunday Assembly Gainesville is a secular congregation that celebrates life at 11 a.m. the third Sunday of each month. The group will meet at the Pride Center located in the Springhill Professional Center,ֱ 3850 NW 83rd St., Suite 201. It also is possible to attend via zoom. Sunday Assembly Gainesville is a chapter of the Global Secular Sunday Assembly Movement. For more information, visit sagainesville.weebly.com or email SundayAssembly32601@gmail.com.