Coming Up! Vero theatrical spotlights on ‘Oleanna’ and ‘Pippin’


Think music and theater in the next few days.

Riverside Theatre has a couple of offerings designed to captivate. David Mamet’s intense drama “Oleanna” runs through April 9 in the more intimate Waxlax Theater. Mamet’s play was written in 1992 but the subject matter resonates today. It concerns the power dynamics between a college professor and a female student. The show contains adult language and situations. Tickets cost $65. The play performs at various times and has plenty of matinees. If the idea of theater in general intrigues, then consider Riverside’s “Backstage Access” program. This is a series of adult courses that take close-up looks at Riverside’s productions. You’ll learn more than the average audience member about the theater as art, examining plays, designs, direction and acting. This is real behind-the-scenes stuff. The classes are popular, so best hop to now and sign up. There are a total of three classes in the series and they meet 10 a.m. to noon on Thursdays, March 30 (“History of the Show”), April 6 (Exploration of Designs and possible sit-in on rehearsal) and April 13 (Chats with directors, designers, cast and staff). Tuition is $75 for all three classes. Riverside Theatre is at 3250 Riverside Park Dr., Vero Beach. Call 772-231-6990 or visit

Vero Beach Theatre Guild presents “Pippin” through March 26. This is a high concept musical revolving around Pippin, the princely son of Emperor Charlemagne. Yearning to find more to life, he goes through a series of adventures and misadventures to find happiness. The show is directed by Ben Earman, music directed by Karen Wiggins and choreographed by Marty Mercado. It performs 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets are $40. The Vero Beach Theatre Guild is at 2020 San Juan Ave. Call 772-562-8300 or visit

The Indian River Symphonic Association presents presents two concerts this month. First is the Palm Beach Symphony which will perform Stravinsky’s “The Firebird” and Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F with guest pianist Misha Dichter. Gerard Schwarz conducts. Tickets are $80. The concert begins 7 p.m. Friday, March 24. The second concert is with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, which will perform Dvorak’s Symphony No. 7 and Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto with guest violinist Sandy Cameron. JoAnn Falletta conducts. Tickets are $90. The concert begins 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 28. Both concerts are held at the Community Church of Vero Beach, 1901 23rd St. Call 772-778-1070 or visit

The Vero Beach International Music Festival presents the Block/Bacon/Ligia Trio 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 26. Mike Block (cellist/vocals) will team up with Christylez Bacon (beatbox/rhymes/guitar) and Patricia Ligia (electric bass guitar/vocals) to create original world fusion music and some musical improvisation as well. Then, the festival presents the Hanneke Cassel Trio 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 1. That concert features championship Scottish fiddler Hanneke Cassel accompanied by Yann Falquet (guitar) and Block. Tickets are $20. All performances held at the First Presbyterian Church of Vero Beach, 520 Royal Palm Blvd. For more information or to get tickets, visit

The Vero Beach Museum of Art presents Mike Telesmanick in its Concerts in the Park series. This is a BYO lawn chair event. There will be refreshments available for purchase. The concert runs 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 23, at the Vero Beach Museum of Art, 3001 Riverside Park Dr. Tickets are $10 and $12. For more information, call or visit

The Sebastian River Area Chamber of Commerce also is presenting a Concerts in the Park series. The first one features swing-a-billy rocksters Professor Pettygoodes’ Mighty Flea Circus. They perform 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, March 24, in Riverview Park, 600 U.S. 1, Sebastian. There will be food trucks on site. Bring a blanket or a chair. Free. Call 772-589-5969 or visit

EagleMania performs 7 p.m. Friday, March 24, at the Emerson Center. The tribute band will perform not only the greatest hits of the Eagles, but also some of the solo work by Don Henley, Glenn Frey and Joe Walsh. Tickets are $35 to $85. For more information, visit or call 800-595-4849. The Emerson Center is at 1590 27th Ave., Vero Beach.

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